• Alexa de los Reyes

"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest." - Benjamin Franklin

"I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library.” - Jorge Luis Borges

"I have never let my schooling interfere with my education." - Mark Twain

Do you get inspired by back-to-school season? I always feel more energized and focused at this time of year. Whether or not I'm on an academic schedule, it just feels like the perfect time to crack into new material, finish my bedside stack, or revisit some classics.

In the spirit of the season, here are some of my recommendations for anyone interested in learning more about the chakras and the subtle energy bodies, both for casual, personal interest as well as professional development. This is by no means an exhaustive list but rather a few of the tried and trusted resources that I rely on and most often share with others. They are all likely available used and in libraries.

Energy Healing Resources An accessible introduction to fundamental energy healing concepts plus practices to manage and understand specific symptoms and challenges:

  • Donna Eden, Energy Medicine

A comprehensive framework for understanding and working with the chakras:

  • Anodea Judith, Charge and the Energy Body

A more spiritual perspective on the chakras:

  • Caroline Myss, Anatomy of the Spirit

So you want to be an energy healer?

  • Jonathan Goldman, Gift of the Body

  • Barbara Brennan, Hands of Light, Light Emerging, Core Light Healing

Research that informs my work:

  • Bessel van der Kolk, The Body Keeps the Score

  • Stanely Rosenberg, Accessing the Healing Power of the Vagus Nerve

  • Lissa Rankin, Mind Over Medicine

Chakra-based practices for personal growth:

  • Anodea Judith + Lion Goodman, Creating on Purpose

Complementary personal development practices:

  • Nick Ortner, The Tapping Solution for Parents, Children, and Teenagers

  • Julia Cameron, The Artist's Way

Useful online video libraries of self-care practices:

As always, if you dig in please let me know how it goes. I'm happy to discuss and offer more customized recommendations. And if you have resources you trust and recommend, I would love to hear about them!

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