I've learned something new from each of these sources, even if I don't necessarily agree with everything they contain. I'd love to hear what you recommend!
Ted Andrews' books about connecting with animals and interpreting their messages are wonderful reference guides:
Ellen Brenneman is an incredibly talented artist. Her series of paintings on animals touched me so deeply when I discovered her Etsy store a few years ago that I had to email and tell her. I'm so glad I did! She has become a wonderful friend and pen pal. Visit her store or website and follow her on Facebook or YouTube to see her latest creations and go behind the scenes.
A simple internet search will reveal many websites devoted to animal messages. I particularly like https://www.whats-your-sign.com as a starting point and enjoy that it features symbolism of all kinds, not just animals.
You can also find a variety of animal symbolism decks. My favorites include:
Medicine Cards: The Discovery of Power Through the Ways of Animals by Jamie Sams and David Carson
Ancient Animal Wisdom Card Deck by Stacy James and Jada Fire
Power Animal Oracle Cards by Steven D. Farmer, Ph.D.
I can't recommend the MIR Method enough. MIR stands for "Mental and Intuitive Reset." Mireille Mettes, a holistic therapist in The Netherlands, created this simple DIY system to promote self-healing. It only takes a few minutes each day. I've done the program twice and experienced huge shifts each time. This handout provides a good overview, but the best way to understand what the MIR Method entails is the short introductory video.
Tapping is another great DIY tool that's helped me in the past. You can learn more and find additional resources at https://www.thetappingsolution.com/tapping-101/.
NDE and Past Lives
Anita Moorjani miraculously recovered from stage 4 cancer following a near-death experience (NDE). She powerfully details her NDE and the lessons she learned in Dying to Be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing, followed by What If This Is Heaven? that sets forth spiritual teachings based on her experience. I love that she always brings everything back to LOVE. I am love, you are love, we are love.
I also appreciated Lessons from the Light: What We Can Learn from the Near-Death Experience by Kenneth Ring and Evelyn Elsaesser Valarino because it includes many firsthand accounts. The authors have compiled these around different topics. I liked being able to see for myself certain uniform aspects of NDEs.
Saved by the Light: The True Story of a Man Who Died Twice and the Profound Revelations He Received by Dannion Brinkley is another eye-opening read. To be honest, I don't know what to make of his claims regarding future predictions. But his personal journey is fascinating because he was a government assassin prior to having his NDEs and he describes how they changed his life.
Brian L. Weiss, M.D. is a psychotherapist whose patients introduced him to the power of past-life therapy. He's authored several books on the topic. I sped through Many Lives, Many Masters and Only Love Is Real. Both are compelling reads!
astrology and spirituality
I enjoy these sites because they help provide context for the collective energy that may be impacting us at any given time. Learning about astrology has also been a fun way to gain insights into how other people may be wired differently than I am, while recognizing that none of us fit cookie cutter boxes. I'm all for anything that promotes greater compassion, tolerance and self-awareness.