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Top Ten List
This is my very subective list of top 10 books. I've selected these with a focus on thinking about which books would be best for someone who has read my book and wants to read more but isn't sure where to start. --Gary
by Shakti Gawain
This book is the best I've found that describes how to use the powerful tool of visualization to get what you want out of life. It includes step by step in structions that anyone can follow to create things and opportunities. Some people would call this magic, but it's really simply tapping into the abundance of the Universe. Similar practices go by many names, but this one is non-denominational and very straightforward. I have personally seen the techniques work in my life. If you want to make things happen in your life, it can't hurt to try these techniques; you have nothing to lose and the Universe to gain.
Autobiography of a Yogi
by Paramahansa Yogananda
Yogananda's autobiography has long been regarded as a spiritual classic, revealing the sentiments and teachings of one who helped spread Eastern knowledge in the West.
How to Meditate
by Lawrence LeShan
This is the book that sparked my interest in the similarites of the world's religions. The detailed story of how my research began can be found in the Preface of my book. I strongly recommend this book to everyone. Meditation is such a powerful tool; the sooner you get started the better!
You Can Heal Your Life
by Louise Hay
If you haven't seen Hay House's Lifestyles series of gorgeous gift books, there is no better way to acquaint yourself than with publisher/author Louise Hay's You Can Heal Your Life. A bestseller for many years, You Can Heal Your Life has been republished with bright, beautiful illustrations in full, living color and exquisite typography--each and every page is a work of art by artist Joan Perrin Falquet. The timeless message of the book is that we are each responsible for our own reality and "dis-ease." Hay believes we make ourselves ill by having thoughts of self-hatred. She includes a directory of ailments and emotional causes for each with a corresponding affirmation to help overcome the illness. For example, the probable cause of multiple sclerosis is "mental hardness, hard-heartedness, iron will, and inflexibility." The healing "thought pattern" would be: "By choosing loving, joyous thoughts, I created a loving joyous world. I am safe and free." --P. Randall Cohan
The Tao of Physics
by Fritjof Capra
When I was researching the parallels between the world's religions for my book, I came across this book which opened up a whole new world for me. I began to realize that modern science is confirming the teachings of the ancient religions, so I decided to devote a chapter in my book to this incredible subject. This book is a monumnetal work, as it was probably the first book of its kind that is directed towards the common citizen. Although it explains extremely profound discoveries in a highly scientific field, it is easy to understand. First published in 1975, it is a classic and highly recommended.
The Greatest Salesman in the World
by Og Mandino
I've never been a reader of fiction books, but this is one of my all time favorites. A good friend of mine gave me a copy of this book a couple weeks after I met him. He told me he gives a copy to everyone he knows. Read it and you'll understand why.
Emmanuel's Book : A Manual for Living Comfortably in the Cosmos
by Pat Rodegast
Here is the revealing underground classic, a work that stands beside the "Seth" books as a delightful and invaluable guide to our inner spirit and our outer world. Emmanuel speaks to us through Pat Rodegast and shares his wisdom and insights on all aspects of life. Beautifully written and illustrated, Emmanuel's Book I is to be treasured, enjoyed and passed on to a friend. Emmanuel says: "The gifts I wish to give you are my deepest love, the safety of truth, the wisdom of the universe and the reality of God . . . . The issue of whether there is a Greater Reality or not, for me at least, has been settled. I know that there is. So I will speak to you from the knowing that I possess."
Ram Dass, in the introduction, says: "Being with Emmanuel one comes to appreciate the vast evolutionary context in which our lives are being lived . . . And at each moment we are at just the right place in the journey. As Emmanuel points out, 'Who you are is a necessary step to being who you will be.'"
Chop Wood, Carry Water : A Guide to Finding Spiritual Fulfillment in Everyday Life
by Rick Fields (Editor)
An authoritative resource tool and essential companion on any spiritual journey. Practical and inspirational. A must for anyone who wants to integrate the wisdom of spiritual tradition into daily living.
The Gnostic Gospels
by Elaine Pagels
Elaine Pagels suggests that Christianity could have developed quite differently if Gnostic texts had become part of the Christian canon. Without a doubt: Gnosticism celebrates God as both Mother and Father, shows a very human Jesus's relationship to Mary Magdalene, suggests the Resurrection is better understood symbolically, and speaks to self-knowledge as the route to union with God. Pagels argues that Christian orthodoxy grew out of the political considerations of the day, serving to legitimize and consolidate early church leadership.
Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming
I picked up this book and I had no idea what "lucid dreaming" was. In no less than a week, I had discovered the incredible world of lucid dreaming. What really impressed me was that out of all the spiritual excercises and disciplines out there, this one is something you can learn and do in a short period of time, and you'll see the results for your own eyes. It really is incredible!
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