The Reading Room

The Reading Room is an evolving collection of books, music, poetry written by others which have inspired me to grow, holistically–body, mind, heart, soul, and spirit–the Matrix.

All of the books fall under the theme of the ART of the matrix, the Matrix, and the Design to Empower. I include a variety of genres including non-fiction, fiction including poetry, and even music at times.

Reading is one part of the ART Matrix, 7-Part DESIGN for Empowerment.

7 tools in the design to empower toolbox



creativity through the arts

critical thinking

language of symbols



The Reading Room is a continually evolving source of reading resource as is the Library and the Library Archives. Please click the title-link for the related reading review post.

Reading on The ART of the Matrix

The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

Reading Reviews relating to the Matrix

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami


When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chödrön

The Soul of Rumi by Coleman Barks

The Seat of the Soul

Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D.

Leaving My Father’s House: A Journey to Conscious Femininity by Marion Woodman

Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma by Peter Levine, Ph.D.

Soulcraft by Bill Plotkin

Care of the Soul by Thomas Moore

Soul Retrieval: Mending the Fragmented Self 

Welcome Home: Following Your Soul’s Journey Home 

Circe by Madeline Miller

A Map to Otherworld by Rebekah E. Gamble

Dime Store Magic (Otherworld #3) – Even Paige’s wildest antics can’t hold a candle to those of her new charge–an orphan who is all too willing to use her budding powers for evil and evil is all too willing to claim her. This book is full of Otherworld magic with powerful characters–many interesting dynamics in relationships. If I wasn’t a reader already, this book would have certainly convinced me to be one.

A Shamanic Kundalini Awakening by Brendan Ring who also reviewed Map to Otherworld

the book of disquiet by fernando pessoa

Reading reviews related to the Design

The Dog Listener by Jan Fennell

Provence, 1970 with M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, James Beard, by Luke Barr

Van Gogh: The Life by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith

Van Gogh in Auvers: His Last Days by Wouter van der Veen

Jackson Pollock by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith

The History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russell

The Ancient Celts by Barry Cunliffe

Namasté, Leah

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