Books you are meant to read
Ever had the same book recommended to you by several people in a short period of time? Ever had an experience where someone has offered you a book without prompting and it has turned out to be exactly what you needed? Chances are your guides are trying to get your attention on a particular topic so be sure you pay attention!
This has happened to me on several occasions. The most recent was just last week. A client and friend came for a reading and brought with her a copy of a book she’d mentioned to me when I saw her at the Boutique Markets the week before. The book was Sonia Choquette’s Ask Your Guides: Connecting to Your Divine Support System. It’s a great book which introduces the range of guides available to you and how they can help. Sonia provides information about guardian angels as well, describing the difference between them and our spirit guides. I’d recommend this book to anyone wanting to know more about their guides and how to communicate with them. There was a great chapter on automatic writing too, which I have found to be the best way to receive information for yourself. This booked turned up to remind me to I have more than one guide available to help me and that there is a world of support available if I just ask.
Two other occasions come to mind when I think of how certain books make their way to you in unusual ways and I want to share them with you here.
The first happened about four or five years ago. It was Christmas and my family was sitting around the tree ready to share gifts. I could see one of my sisters had bought me a book, which is not unusual as I love to read. As she handed it to me to unwrap, she relayed the story of how she had chosen the book. She was in the bookstore standing in the self-help/new age section by herself. She knew she wanted to pick the perfect book but was having trouble knowing which one to choose. She thought to herself, “I have no idea which book to buy for Helen.”
A gentleman who hadn’t been in the aisle previously was now by my sister’s side. He reached forward taking a book off the shelf and handed it to her, saying: “Try this one, she’ll enjoy this.” Startled, Liz took the book and looked at it, front and back. By the time she looked up again to thank him, he’d disappeared as quickly as he’d arrived.
Intrigued to see what the book was, I unwrapped the gift to reveal a book by Debra Lynne Katz called You Are Psychic. It was the first book I received on how to control and manage the images and information I’d been receiving for a while but didn’t know how to handle. The stranger was right, I did really enjoy that book and I’ve built up quite a collection of similar books since.
The second story I’d like to share is about another book which made its way into my personal library through a ‘strange’ recommendation. A good friend of mine had been attending Buddhist meditation classes for a while and he had often invited me to attend. After a few times of his asking and my declining, I finally gave in. Not doing things by halves, I signed up to a six week introductory course on Buddhist meditation. That in itself was an important decision because it opened me to the practice of meditation, which in turn further enhanced my psychic abilities. However, it was what happened in the break during that first class which was more interesting to me.
Not knowing anyone else in the class and with my friend distracted by other students asking questions of him in the break, I sat at the back of the room by myself, happily observing everyone else. A gentleman from the other side of the room wandered over and sat in the spare seat beside me. He struck up a conversation, asking me what brought me along to the class. I told him it was my friend who was leading the meditation. I also explained that I found Buddhist principles interesting and I thought learning more about them and meditation might help me find more calm in my life. I told him I worked in a job where I was under a lot of pressure with deadlines and demands although I never actually told him I worked in communications. He said he knew just the book for me. He took off, back across the room to where he’d originally come from, to the library of Buddhist texts. He came back and handed me a book called Buddhism for Busy People: Finding Happiness in an uncertain world by David Michie. To be honest, my initial reaction when he first handed me the book was the thought that he was trying to ‘convert’ me, or convince me to keep coming along to the classes. Nonetheless, I thanked him for the book and he got up to join the queue for the tea.
Class finished that night around 9pm. I’d had a long day in the office prior to that, but when I got home I wasn’t tired enough to sleep. I settled onto my couch and flicked through the book and read its synopsis: “David Michie thought he had achieved his life’s goals – the high-level job, the expensive city apartment, the luxury car, great holidays – but a small voice was telling him he wasn’t really happy.”
Although I may not have reached the same level of achievements as David, I could certainly relate. I ended up staying on the couch for the remainder of the evening and devoured the book. It turns out David Michie also was working in the pressure-ridden world of PR and communications and had found Buddhism as a way to help him cope. The book made a lot of sense to me and helped me in finding the calm I was looking for. It was also reassuring to me that someone else had experienced what I was currently feeling and that things could turn around. I felt better immediately and in the days that followed I began to make some important and life changing decisions.
When I went back to class the following week, I returned the book to the library and wanted to thank the gentleman who had suggested it to me, but I couldn’t find him anywhere. I have since bought that book and it too is in my personal library.
These are some of the subtle ways our guides try to get our attention to answer the questions we often ask in our lives. I have no doubt You Are Psychic turned up in my life when I was ready to learn more about my abilities and how to manage them. Similarly, Buddhism for Busy People turned up at a point when I was looking for meaning in my job and lifestyle which both felt they were no longer for me. Pay attention to those things which come to you seemingly out of nowhere, because more often than not, they are trying to give you the advice or direction you are looking for.
Let me know if this, or anything like this, has happened to you!