Welcome to Reading Heaven!
I have always been a lover of books. It is my total delight
that there are so many books on the market at the moment, which, at least
to my eye/ear, are all saying basically the same thing in many ways. It reinforces
my basic understanding that whoever goes all the way on whatever their
spirtual path is, will find themselves in the same territory in the long
run. It also helps, I think, to read many different people's description
of this territory, because the territory isn't really describable, and
the multiplicity of manners of expression gives an ever fuller sense of
what this is that we are on the brink of collectively.
My own first book "Life Beyond Belief" is at this link at Amazon.
The Recommended Reading List from the Upcoming Book:
Finding Our Way Forward,
The World Situation as Catalyst for Critical Advances in Human Development.
This top list is from the new book that will soon be published in 2012. The subject is quite different than my first book, with a reading list that diverges from the more-or-less non-dual or advaita-ish list below it. In this book I've tried to write about the big questions in life without using spiritual lingo in plain language, in hopes that it could speak to a broader audience. Not many of us have this spiritual seeker type of background that I have and maybe you who are reading this have, but every person addresses the big questions in life in whatever way they are abke. Anyway, here is the recommended reading list from the upcoming book, a list of books to stimulate pathfinding in whatever direction you may feel the pull - as you find your way forward. If you use the links below to purchase any of these books, a little bit of the purchase price will go to support this site.
The list below this one is by no means outdated. Those are books for a different stage of exploration and are still absolutely recommended for those who are attracted to and inspired by them. They served me wonderfully and I don't mean to make them seem secondary at all, just by putting them underneath this new list.
Atlee, Tom. The The Tao of Democracy: Using co-intelligence to create a world that works for all
. BookSurge Publishing, 2002.
Beck, Don Edward, and Christopher Cowan. Spiral Dynamics: Mastering Values, Leadership and Change
. Wiley-Blackwell, 2005.
Berry, Thomas. The Great Work: Our Way into the Future
. Reprint. Broadway, 2000.
———. The Sacred Universe: Earth, Spirituality, and Religion in the Twenty-first Century
. Edited by Mary Evelyn Tucker. Columbia University Press, 2009.
Block, Peter. Community: The Structure of Belonging
. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2009.
Bohm, David. RC Series Bundle: On Dialogue (Routledge Classics)
. Edited by Lee Nichol. 2nd ed. Routledge, 2004.
Briskin, Alan, Sheryl Erickson, Tom Callanan, and John Ott. The Power of Collective Wisdom: And the Trap of Collective Folly
. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2009.
Brown, Juanita, David Isaacs, and World Cafe Community. The World Cafe: Shaping Our Futures Through Conversations That Matter
. 1st ed. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2005.
Cameron, Julia. The Artist's Way
]. 2nd ed. Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, 2002.
Caplan, Mariana. Eyes Wide Open: Cultivating Discernment on the Spiritual Path
. Sounds True, Incorporated, 2009.
———. Halfway Up the Mountain: The Error of Premature Claims to Enlightenment
. Hohm Press, 1999.
Chardin, Teilhard de. The Future of Man
. Image, 2004.
Chodron, Pema. Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears
. Reprint. Shambhala, 2010.
———. The Places that Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times (Shambhala Classics)
. 1st ed. Shambhala, 2005.
———. When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times (Shambhala Classics)
. 1st ed. Shambhala, 2002.
Cooperrider, David L, Diana Whitney, and Jacqueline M Stavros. Appreciative Inquiry: A Positive Revolution in Change
. 2nd ed. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2008.
Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly. Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention
. Harper Perennial, 1997.
———. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience
. 1ST ed. Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2008.
———. The Evolving Self: A Psychology for the Third Millennium
. 1st ptg. Harper Perennial, 1994.
Dowd, Michael. Thank God for Evolution: How the Marriage of Science and Religion Will Transform Your Life and Our World
. Plume, 2009.
Eisler, Riane Tennenhaus. The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics
. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2008.
Eisler, Riane. The Chalice and the Blade: Our History, Our Future
. First. HarperOne, 1988.
Fisher, Roger, William L. Ury, and Bruce Patton. Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In
. Revised. Penguin (Non-Classics), 2011.
Fritz, Robert. Your Life As Art
. 1st ed. Robert Fritz Inc, 2002.
Greenleaf, Robert K., and Larry C. Spears. Servant Leadership: A Journey into the Nature of Legitimate Power and Greatness 25th Anniversary Edition
. Edited by Larry C. Spears. 25 Anv. Paulist Pr, 2002.
Hanh, Thich Nhat. Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life
. Edited by Arnold Kotler. Bantam, 1992.
Harvey, Andrew. The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism
. Hay House, 2009.
Hawken, Paul. Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Social Movement in History Is Restoring Grace, Justice, and Beauty to the World
. Viking, 2007.
———. The Ecology of Commerce Revised Edition: A Declaration of Sustainability (Collins Business Essentials)
. 1st ed. Harpercollins, 1993.
Hawkins, David. Reality, Spirituality, and Modern Man
. 1st ed. Axial Publishing Co, 2008.
Heath, Chip, and Dan Heath. Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard
. 1st ed. Crown Business, 2010.
Holman, Peggy, Tom Devane, and Steven Cady. The Change Handbook: The Definitive Resource on Today's Best Methods for Engaging Whole Systems
. 2nd ed. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2007.
Holman, Peggy. Engaging Emergence: Turning Upheaval into Opportunity
. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2010.
Hopkins, Rob. The Transition Companion: Making Your Community More Resilient in Uncertain Times
. Chelsea Green Publishing, 2011.
Houston, Jean. A Passion for the Possible: A Guide to Realizing Your True Potential
. HarperOne, 1998.
———. Jump Time: Shaping Your Future in a World of Radical Change
. 2nd ed. Sentient Publications, 2004.
Hubbard, Barbara Marx. Conscious Evolution: Awakening Our Social Potential
. 1st ed. New World Library, 1998.
———. Emergence: The Shift from Ego to Essence
. Revised ed. Hampton Roads Publishing, 2012.
Institute, Arbinger. The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict
. 1st ed. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2008.
Institute, The Worldwatch. State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet (State of the World)
. 1st ed. W. W. Norton & Company, 2011.
Isaacs, William. Dialogue: The Art Of Thinking Together
. 1st ed. Crown Business, 1999.
Jaworski, Joseph. Synchronicity: The Inner Path of Leadership (Bk Business)
. Second ed. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2011.
Johnson, Elaine. A Beginner's Guide to the Brain: Major Discoveries that Will Change Your Life
. First. The Teaching and Learning Compact, 2012.
Kabat-Zinn, Jon. Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness
. First ed. Delta, 1990.
Kahane, Adam. Power and Love: A Theory and Practice of Social Change
. 1st ed. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2010.
———. Solving Tough Problems: An Open Way of Talking, Listening, and Creating New Realities
. 2nd ed. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2007.
Kegan, Robert. In Over Our Heads: The Mental Demands of Modern Life
. Harvard University Press, 1998.
Kegan, Robert, and Lisa Laskow Lahey. Immunity to Change: How to Overcome It and Unlock the Potential in Yourself and Your Organization (Leadership for the Common Good)
. 1st ed. Harvard Business School Press, 2009.
Korten, David C. Agenda for a New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth
. Second ed. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2010.
———. The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community
. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2007.
Lipton, Bruce H., and Steve Bhaerman. Spontaneous Evolution: Our Positive Future and a Way to Get There From Here
. 3rd ed. Hay House, 2010.
Loye, David, ed. The Great Adventure: Toward a Fully Human Theory of Evolution (Suny Series in Transpersonal and Humanistic Psychology)
. State Univ of New York Pr, 2004.
Macy, Joanna, and Molly Young Brown. Coming Back to Life: Practices to Reconnect Our Lives, Our World
. New Society Publishers, 1998.
Macy, Joanna, and Chris Johnstone. Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We're in without Going Crazy
. New World Library, 2012.
Macy, Joanna. Pass it On: Five Stories That Can Change the World
. Parallax Press, 2010.
Macy, Joanna. World as Lover, World as Self: Courage for Global Justice and Ecological Renewal
. Revised. Parallax Press, 2007.
Maslow, Abraham H. TOWARD A PSYCHOLOGY OF BEING
. Martino Fine Books, 2011.
Masters, Robert Augustus. Spiritual Bypassing: When Spirituality Disconnects Us from What Really Matters
. Original. North Atlantic Books, 2010.
———. Transformation through Intimacy, Revised Edition: The Journey toward Awakened Monogamy
. 1st ed. North Atlantic Books, 2012.
McLaughlin, Corinne, and Gordon Davidson. The Practical Visionary: A New World Guide to Spiritual Growth and Social Change
. Unity House, 2010.
McKnight, John, and Peter Block. The Abundant Community: Awakening the Power of Families and Neighborhoods
. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2012.
Meadows, Donella H. Thinking in Systems: A Primer
. Chelsea Green Publishing, 2008.
Neal, Craig, and Patricia Neal. The Art of Convening: Authentic Engagement in Meetings, Gatherings, and Conversations
. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2011.
O’Sullivan, Edmund V., Amish Morrell, and Mary Ann O’Connor, eds. Expanding the Boundaries of Transformative Learning: Essays on Theory and Praxis
. Lst Ed. Palgrave Macmillan, 2002.
Owen, Harrison. Open Space Technology: A User's Guide
. Third ed. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2008.
Palmer, Parker J. Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit
. 1st ed. Jossey-Bass, 2011.
———. Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation
. 1st ed. Jossey-Bass, 1999.
Paul, Richard W., and Linda Elder. Critical Thinking: Tools for Taking Charge of Your Professional and Personal Life
. 1st ed. FT Press, 2002.
Pearce, Joseph Chilton. The Biology of Transcendence: A Blueprint of the Human Spirit
. Park Street Press, 2004.
Pink, Daniel H. A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future. Rep Upd. Riverhead Trade, 2006.
Ray, Paul H. and Anderson, Sherry Ruth. The Cultural Creatives: How 50 Million People Are Changing the World
. Three Rivers Press, 2001.
Reed, Jack. The Next Evolution: A Blueprint for Transforming the Planet
. Community Planet Foundation, 2001.
Renesch, John. The Great Growing Up: Being Responsible for Humanity's Future
’s Future. Hohm Press, 2011.
Richards, Ruth. Everyday Creativity and New Views of Human Nature: Psychological, Social and Spiritual Perspectives
. 1st ed. American Psychological Association (APA), 2007.
Rifkin, Jeremy. The Empathic Civilization: The Race to Global Consciousness in a World in Crisis
. First ed. Tarcher, 2009.
Rosenberg, Marshall B. Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life
. 2nd ed. Puddledancer Press, 2003.
———.. Speak Peace in a World of Conflict: What You Say Next Will Change Your World
. Puddledancer Press, 2005.
Rough, Jim. Society's Breakthrough!: Releasing Essential Wisdom and Virtue in All the People
. AuthorHouse, 2002.
Scharmer, C Otto. Theory U: Leading from the Future as It Emerges
. 1st ed. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2009.
Senge, Peter M., C. Otto Scharmer, Joseph Jaworski, and Betty Sue Flowers. Presence: Human Purpose and the Field of the Future
. Crown Business, 2008.
Senge, Peter M., Bryan Smith, Nina Kruschwitz, Joe Laur, and Sara Schley. The Necessary Revolution: Working Together to Create a Sustainable World
. 1st ed. Crown Business, 2010.
Senge, Peter M. The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization
. Revised. Crown Business, 2006.
Swimme, Brian. The Universe Story : From the Primordial Flaring Forth to the Ecozoic Era--A Celebration of the Unfolding of the Cosmos
. HarperOne, 1994.
Taylor, Jill Bolte. My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey
. 1st ed. Viking Adult, 2008.
Taylor, Steve. The Fall: The Insanity of the Ego in Human History and the Dawning of A New Era
. John Hunt Publishing, 2005.
Tolle, Eckhart. A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose. Reprint. Penguin, 2008.
———. The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
. 1ST ed. New World Library, 2004.
Ury, William L. The Third Side: Why We Fight and How We Can Stop
. Rev Upd. Penguin (Non-Classics), 2000.
Ury, William L., ed. Must We Fight?: From The Battlefield to the Schoolyard - A New Perspective on Violent Conflict and Its Prevention
. 1st ed. Jossey-Bass, 2001.
Vaillant, George. Spiritual Evolution: How We Are Wired for Faith, Hope, and Love
. Reprint. Three Rivers Press, 2009.
Wade, Jenny. Changes of Mind: A Holonomic Theory of the Evolution of Consciousness
(S U N Y Series in the Philosophy of Psychology). State University of New York Press, 1996.
Wheatley, Margaret J. Leadership and the New Science: Discovering Order in a Chaotic World
. 3rd ed. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2006.
———. Turning to One Another: Simple Conversations to Restore Hope to the Future
. Second ed. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2009.
Wheatley, Margaret. Perseverance
. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2010.
Wilber, Ken. Integral Psychology: Consciousness, Spirit, Psychology, Therapy
. Shambhala, 2007.
———. The Marriage of Sense and Soul: Integrating Science and Religion
. Three Rivers Press, 1999.
———. Up from Eden: A Transpersonal View of Human Evolution
. Quest Books, 2007.
The Pre-2010 Reading List
The book descriptions below are meant to be helpful in your
own explorations, but should only be taken as my own opinion. Above all enjoy
this feast! They are arranged alphabetically by last name.
Adyashanti is a home-grown California based teacher who has come up through the Zen Buddist tradition but awakened out of all traditions. All of his books are highly recommended. He's clear,
and totally on target, and focused on the living of it. Adya's books at Amazon
A.H. Almaas, a prolific writer and inventor of "The
Diamond Appproach" writes lucidly about issues of integration of
personality and beingness. It is an approach that offers full and lengthy study programs and much to read. I have not been deepy involved, but others whom I very much respect, have been. Diamond Approach books on Amazon
Arjuna Ardagh has several wonderful books, with the most recent being "The Translucent Revolution" as of this writing. (he has since continued being prolific) He was awakened by Papaji, and is a father and
householder. He teaches with his wife Chameli in northern California. Arjuna's books on Amazon
Ramesh Balsekar is an older Indian man, who still
opens his home to seekers. He has numerous books but and I hope to dip
into them some time soon. His teachings are clear but evidently living it was a difficulty. There are stories, but I have not first-hand knowledge Ramesh's books on Amazon
Michael Brown, "The Presence Process". Michael had an extremely painful physical condition which caused him to do deep exploration into the possibility of core emotional distress being the cause. He has through his own explorations created a process that he is now offering freely to everyone everywhere through this book. It's well worth looking into. The Presence Process Micheal has now, in 2008 written a new book called "The Alchemy of the Heart" which I am finding quite difficult to read. Maybe its just me.
Beatrice Bruteau is a practicing Catholic who describes
Catholocism as Vedanta in Western dress. I have read "the Grand Option"
and "Radical Optimism". Her books are not easy reading but are
well worth the effort. She is especially inspiring about describing the beauty of the contemplative life. Beatrice's books on Amazon
Mariana Caplan has written an important book; a compilation
of the wisdom of numerous teachers from several traditions. It is called
"Halfway up the Mountain; The Error of Premature Claims to Enlightenment"
but it covers much more ground than the title implies, about a subject
that is hard to find balanced multifaceted perspectives on. Although it
can be quite dark in some sections, it is highly recommended by
me to anyone seriously dedicated to spiritual matters. "Halfway up the Mountain" on Amazon
David Carse is a builder by trade who lives in Northern Vermont. He has written a book called "Perfect Brilliant Stillness" and I am hearing that people are liking it. Check it out at Amazon
Katie Davis is a wonderful teacher that I have known for a long time. She has, in 2008, written a book called "Awake Living Joy: The Essence of Enlightenment". I'm sure its wonderful, though I admit I haven't read it yet. Eckhart Tolle is one of her teachers. Her husband, Sundance, also has a book out called "Free Spirit, A Guide to Enlightened Being". I don't know him but I want to check it out. Katie doesn't seem to be on Amazon but she has a lovely web site which sells both books at www.katiedavis.org
Anthony DeMello was a priest in the Catholic Church who has obviously woken up. His book "Awareness" is a favorite of
Adya's. Books by Anthony DeMello at Amazon
Bede Griffiths was a British born Benedictine monk who traveled to India at the age of fifty and lived there for almost 35 years. He eventually awoke into an understanding that embraces all religions. Books by Bede Griffiths at Amazon
Douglas Harding, born in 1909 has long taught the "headless way" and has died just this January (2007) leaving behind a wonderful body of work about this direct and simple way of seeing into reality. Books by Douglas Harding at Amazon
Jeff Foster has written "Life Without A Center", and I'm hearing that its wonderful. Go find out more info at Amazon
Gangaji has written many excellent books, and also
has many wonderful tapes and videotapes. She has someone who edits her
talks and arranges them according to topic and these compilations I particularly
recommend. In spite of the recent trouble she has been having thanks to her husband Eli's exploits, I still think her teachings have plenty of value for many people. Gangaji's books on Amazon
Steven Harrison has written several excellent books on these matters. I especially liked "Doing Nothing" but his most recent book is "What next after now" which is a most pertinent question, don't you think? Check out the selection at Steven's books at Amazon
David Hawkins, who awakened after a very successful
psychotherapy practice has written some amazing material in a multi volume
set. My favorite is "The Eye of the I". Can be quite "heady"
but deals so straightfowardly and wonderfully with the hardest topics
to get words around. Amazing stuff. One problem I have with it though is the way he calibrates everything numerically, and puts such ultimate faith in kinesiology as a way of measuring that calibration. Its still really interesting though, and not to be missed. David Hawkins' books on Amazon
Chuck Hillig. I first read Chuck's delightful littlel book called
"The Way It Is" which in simple words, and not too many of them,
and pictures, does a good job of encapsulating what is going on and making
you smile. More recently I have had the pleasure to read his other books which he is re-releasing through Sentient Publications. One is "Enlightenment for Beginners" which is also an excellent read for people trying to get a sense of the non-dual and wanting to get it simple and straight. Chuck's other book "Looking for God" is wonderful in the same way, using a big hole through the center of the book in the cleverest way. "Seeds for the Soul" dives more deeply into the material for those who want more, displaying the wisdom that Chuck has gathered from his lifelong work with people by showing how these simple truths can be lived in the world. Chuck Hillig's books on Amazon
Catherine Ingram has a wonderful book called "Passionate
Presence" which I thoroughly enjoyed. She holds satsang in the northwest
US. She is another Papaji-awakened person and has a clear unpretentious and beautiful way of teaching. Catherine's books on Amazon
Stephen Jourdain, "Radical Awakening, Cutting through the Conditioned Mind" and eleven other books, Stephen is in his sixties now and living in France. Books by Stephen at Amazon
Byron Katie is an amazing person who has written numerous wonderful books, all highly recommended and particularly useful in those points in the process where you are exploring how your conditioning is affecting your behavior and relationships and want to explore what is real or true. Byron Katie's first question "is it true?" is so incredibly valuable to ask ourselves about what we think and say. Byron Katie's books on Amazon
Jerry Katz, who has built nonduality.com has put together a compilation of writing and it is just called "One: Essential Writings on Non-duality" I haven't read it yet but if you are interested in non-dual thought, this is a great place to start. Here it is on Amazon
Jan Kersschot, a Belgian Naturopath,has written several wonderful and easyily readable books on the awakening process. They have exercises in them which are amazingly
effective in facilitating the reader in reversing attention from the world
of subjects and objects to the seer itself. Jan was awakened through Tony
Parsons. Jan's books on Amazon
Jean Klein is a wonderful teacher in the Advaita Tradition. I have personally read "Ease of Being" and it is beautiful! I'm sure the rest of his books are also. Books by Jean Klein at Amazon
"The Perfection of Nothing", by Rick Lewis is a wonderful book about transformation. Rick seems to have studied under
Lee Lozowick, someone I am not familiar with, but seems to have arrived
in familiar ground and has described it with humor and grace.
This book on Amazon
Wayne Liquorman, a student of Ramesh Balsekar, has
books out which have had such good recommendations, but i haven't read them yet myself. If you know them, let me know what you think and I'll say more here. Wayne's books on Amazon
Jed McKenna has written an unusual book called
"Spiritual Enlightenment, The Damnest Thing" and another called " Spiritually Incorrect Enlightenment. His rather irreverent
approach is delightfully to the point, but perhaps lacking in warmth. Some people have looked for him and can't find him as being a real person, so say he doesn't exist. You decide for yourself if his books are valuable no matter if he really exists or not. Jed's books on Amazon Now he has written one called "Spiritual Warfare" which is in my opinion the best of the three. I loved it!
Scott Morrison has two books that I have read and
they are both very wonderful and both very simple and to the point. The
one I have here is "Open and Innocent, the gentle passionate
art of not knowing" but there are other really good ones too. Evidently Scott is not longer alive,
but I don't know
what the story is. Scott's books on Amazon
Nisargadatta was an uneducated
Indian householder and cigarette seller from Bombay, who spent his later
years "teaching" from his home. These talks have been captured
in many books but the one that I have read and that I recommend HIGHLY
is "I am That". It is truly a source of endless wisdom,
description and bliss to allow these words in, and wonder too, as you
are forced to ponder how an uneducated and illiterate man could speak
so eloquently about his enlightened state, and what it means for mankind. Nisargadatta's books on Amazon
Toni Packer is a wonderful woman dharma teacher out of the Buddhist tradition. She lives and has a center in Rochester NY. Books by Toni Packer at Amazon
Papaji was an Indian man who
died not so long ago. He awakened several western seekers and instructed
them to go home and hold Satsong, or teach in the west. Gangaji, Arjuna
& Catherine Ingram are examples of these. Andrew Cohen was also, but
had a falling out with Papaji. Papaji's books are radiantly full of his
illumination, though there are a few stories about his life that are not good. "As it Is" and "Wake up and Roar
I & II" and the ones that I have read. His cassette tapes "The quickest way to Enlightenment" capture his sense
of humor and his personality the way the books cannot.Papaji's books on Amazon
Tony Parsons is a lovely older gentleman/Englishman
who seems to have entered the enlightened state without a relationship
with a teacher. His descriptions and clarity of mind are wonderful to
spend time with. Refreshing. His first book is called "As it is" and he has continued with more wonderful volumes since. Tony's books on Amazon
Robert Powell is a wonderful inspired writer on Advaita philosophy, including the illuminating of the early christian texts. Books by Robert Powell at Amazon
Ramana Maharshi has had a mulitude
of wonderful books written about him, many of them containing the words
that he actually spoke in response to questions while he was alive. I
was given his book "The spiritual teachings of Ramana Maharshi" when I was a teenager, and still have that one today. As a young person
however, although I could feel the Truth in his words, his method of inquiry
was not accessible to me until late in my 40's. My own assessment of that
is that the message is so simple and unadorned, that it takes a certain
spiritual maturity to be able tohear it. There are now many books about Ramana's teachings which are more accessible in my opinion. He is a wonderful clear voice for our highest possibility in this life.Books by or about Ramana on Amazon
Jed McKenna has written a trilogy of books about enlightenment, and they are all interesting. Intriquingly Jed McKenna doesn't actually exist. People have really tried to find him and he can't be found. His third, and supposedly last book is really good if you ask me, although it is quite disturbing if butchering all of your sacred cows is not ok with you. I found the third book, Spiritual Warfare, both hard to put down, highly energizing, important and true, though lacking in warmth. Spiritual Warfare
Satyam Nadeen was a drug dealer
who awoke under the ultimatily stressful conditions of prison. It is such a teaching to see how his
seemingly negative experiences benefited his awakening. His book "Onions
and Pearls", tells his story, but his second book " from Seekers
to Finders" I liked even better. Nothing new recently, so not sure how he is doing. Satyam's books at Amazon
Robert Rabbin, author of three books, also serves professional organizations and corporate executives with a deep and mystical approach to helping people actualize their true nature. Books by Rob Rabbin at Amazon
Karl Renz Karl is from Germany and has written "The Myth of Enlightenment, Seeing through the Illusion of Separation". Karl is from the Advaita tradition. Books by Karl Renz at Amazon
Rita Marie Robinson has written "Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Wisdom", a wonderful book documenting twelve interviews she did with awakened women, several of them associated with Adya. It gave me a feeling of the extended family of awakening and delighted me to no end. I highly recommend it. Click Here
Bertram W. Salzman "Being a Buddha on Broadway, Access the Power of Your Naturally Peaceful Mind". This man is an Academy Award winning director who tells his story here of a profound mystical transformation when he was 8, and meetings with J. Krishnamurti and others. Books by Bertram Saltzman at Amazon
Suzanne Segal was an American born woman who while
catching a bus one day in Paris experienced the total and complete loss
of the sense of there being an "I" in her. She went through
great trials before hearing the perspective that this might actually be
a beneficial state spirtitually, and much of the book is taken up by these
trials, but I absolutely adored the book, as well as being devastated
by it's ending. It is called "Collision with the Infinite".Collision with the Infinite at Amazon
Sunyata was a simple man born on a Danish farm who
was born as a clear channel for divine energy. His story is fascinating.
I have a book about him called "Sunyata, The life and Sayings of
a Rare-born Mystic" by Betty Camhi and Elliott Isenberg.Sunyata's books at Amazon
Lama Surya Das is a teacher in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition who has many wonderful books worth reading. Books by Lama Surya Das at Amazon
Amber Terrell is a Gangaji awakened person who wrote
a book about her experiences called "Surprised By Grace" which I loved, but which might turn you off if you have a problem with
the whole "Guru" thing. Amber is humble and accessible and makes
it all seem real and human.Surprised by Grace at Amazon
Eckhart Tolle Eckhart
Tolle wrote the "Power of Now" and subsequetly several other books. He awakened without the benefit of a teacher or any of the traditions,
into a particularly deep state . This seems to be an advantage in his
case, for it makes his words applicable to a wide variety of people from
a wide variety of backgrounds. The Power of Now is a pure clear simple
description of our human situation of thinking that we are the mental
ideas of who we, when who we really are is "presence". Also
describing "portals" to open up to living and speaking from
"presence". Eckhart has three other books out now also: Practicing
the Power of Now, Stillness Speaks and A New Earth. All are wonderful, but the heart of
the teaching is best explored through the original PON book in my opinion.
He has innumerable other materials available on his website. Both reading
and being with Eckhart has had monumental impact on my own life. Eckhart's books on Amazon.com
Joan Tollifson has written "Awake in the Heartland" and is wondful in her approachability and ordinaryness, something that really works for me. I loved the way you can really feel her as a person in her writing. Books by Joan at Amazon
Irina Tweedie is a recent teacher in the Sufi tradition, who though she is no longer alive, has left a wonderful set of writings, and also left some people behind who have awakened through her influence.
Books by Irina Tweedie on Amazon
Dennis Waite is a British man who writes about Advaita and has several books out that are well worth looking into. Check out his work at: Dennis' books on Amazon
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