Some of these seem to specific to particular types of healing work. However, they're recommended to everyone because having a broad cultural context is incredibly important. The links here are to Amazon for simple summations. See if your library has a copy or if you can get it electronically through the same library. These are meant to broaden the language you use around healing, however it shows up for you, and counter your own and others' biases when they arise. The UnCommon Touch by Tom Harpur . This was the book about 'spiritual' healing that created comfort around the experiences I had as I began exploring what it was like to touch people and within moments, create dramatic change. Mr. Harpur is a former Anglican priest who investigated healing across religions and other cultures. He offers language and experiences that are not ambiguous or dogmatic. The stories he shares may end up resembling your own. The Hummingbird's Daughter by Luis Urrea . When I read this, I felt I had been written. It was as if it gave me permission to exist in the form I'd become. This is historical fiction inspired by the author's great-aunt who became a phenomenal healer that disrupted and built so much. The second book called The Queen of America, is about her forced move into the US after she shook things up in Mexico City. The Body Keeps Score by Dr. Bessel van den Kolk . This is a must for everyone to read if you're entering into the healing work that involves direct relationships with other people. If it feels like you're heading into the hands-on healing arts or another kind of direct modality, this is a must. If you're struggling with your own psycho-physio-spiritual unfolding with a personal background involving trauma, this will be a really helpful tool. Libraries won't have the workbook for personal use but you can find those online. The Water Dancer by Ta-nehisi Coates . This is another piece of historical fiction that has a language of it's own when describing the energetic flow of healing energies and our unique experience of moving through time. For me it was the second book (read ten years after the first) where I felt my lived experience with the natural or 'spiritual' world was written by someone who knew me and believed it to be true. It brings brilliantly African (then African-American) traditions of magic to life. The following are recommended because healing is in no way isolated to an individual. It is directly related to issues of collective injury and injustice. There are many, many books that illustrate this connection but I'd like you to include these in your own education for any number of reasons; the primary one being that we are called to serve in the communities these modern, written experiences come from. Alice Walker's In Search of Our Mother's Gardens J ust Mercy by Bryan Stevenson Native by Kaitlin Curtice There will be more but this is enough to get you started. Share those you have found useful.