10 Books That Can Help You Develop Your Intuition
What we know from working with mediums here at goop is that everyone has intuition, or a deep knowing, inside of them. Whether you want to sharpen your psychic abilities or expand your consciousness through manifestation, creativity, or astrology, these books offer incredible stories of the inexplicable, invisible, and powerful mysteries of the world.
To go further with us: Watch “Are You Intuit?”—the episode of The goop Lab on Netflix that’s all about intuition. And read and listen to what we’ve learned from psychics over the years about grief, living and dying well, and tuning into ourselves.
Laura Lynne Jackson believes we all have psychic abilities and that messages from the other side can come to us at any time, in any form. With this book (which we discussed with her here), she wanted to show others that they can also connect with the subtle messages of the world. The stories she shares of regular (nonpsychic) people receiving signs from loved ones who have passed are full of hope and magic. (For anyone not familiar with Jackson, she’s one of the most gifted psychic mediums of our time—and you can listen to her on The goop Podcast episode “How to Cultivate Intuition”.)
If you’re looking for guidance on how to connect to your intuition and higher power, Jill Willard’s insight is what you’re seeking. She’s taught us the power of trusting our gut and given us wisdom on releasing stress and balancing energy, and she brings her ability as both a medium and a meditation leader together to this easy-to-follow read that’ll help you unlock your power.
Certified by the Windbridge Institute and the Forever Family Foundation, Kim Russo was one of the first mediums to show us that there’s much to be learned from dead people—and that the overwhelming message she receives from those who have crossed is one of unconditional love. In The Happy Medium, she tells us what it’s like to be clairvoyant and how mediums communicate, and she offers advice for harnessing your own psychic abilities.
Medium Rebecca Rosen gives us a candid look at her life, which is, for the most part, pretty ordinary—except she reveals how she hears, sees, and feels spirits from the other side and how she uses this connection to help her make daily decisions. Her book is full of tools and tips for maintaining a relationship to the spiritual realm and recognizing and reading signs.
This fascinating read sheds light on past-life memories and tells the real-life story of a prominent psychiatrist whose life was changed after meeting a patient with crippling fear and anxiety—one who couldn’t be cured though traditional talk therapy. She underwent hypnosis and began recounting vivid (and accurate) information and memories of distant lifetimes. She found the source of her symptoms—and also the secrets of the universe. There’s no scientific explanation for how she became incredibly psychic and was able to heal her suffering, but it suggests that there’s much more beyond us to be explored.
If you’ve never had a birth chart reading, we recommend getting one with psychological astrologer Jennifer Freed. She blends together thirty years of psychology, astrology, and intuition, and her new book (which we excerpted here) shows how you can embrace your own cosmic potential by putting together your complete birth chart. For more with Freed, listen to her on The goop Podcast episode “Determining Your Life’s Purpose”.
Philosopher Preethaji and her husband, Krishnaji, who cowrote this new book, put forth the idea that we live in one of two states: the suffering state or the beautiful state. They share how we can connect to the beautiful state—one of joy, love, understanding, and purpose—through four pieces of wisdom. (Preethaji also came on the podcast and took us through a short, guided meditation at the end.)
After getting sober, Gabrielle Bernstein turned to spirituality, and her path to recovery has helped many people. In her latest book, she shares why aligning with the universe is a daily choice, how to manifest the life you want, and why it begins with forgiveness.
Tapping into the science behind the law of attraction, neuroscientist Tara Swart explores the possibility that how we think influences how we live and that trusting your intuition begins by unblocking the mind. Her helpful book teaches us how to retrain our brains to manifest and visualize, with specific exercises for a clearer pathway to achieving goals.