Author | Spiritual life coach | Martial artist
Cynthia Sue Larson
I’ve had a lifelong love affair with books, having grown up in a home with more bookshelves than other types of furniture. This group of books is particularly meaningful to me; they are ten books that have been amongst the most spiritually transformative, yet are also slightly ‘off the beaten path.’ These books are written in different styles. Some of these books were written for general western audiences, such as: The Holographic Universe, and One Mind. Some of these books describe personal spiritual experiences, such as: Born Aware, The World is as You Dream It, Dying to be Me, Future Memory, and Conscious Musings. Some of these are experiential books, showing a spiritual way of living through exercises and activities, such as: Time, Space, and Knowledge; The Untethered Soul; and Soul in the Storm. I recommend all of these books for their ability to positively transform our lives.
CYNTHIA SUE LARSON is the best-selling author of several books including Quantum Jumps, Reality Shifts, and High Energy Money. Cynthia has a degree in physics from UC Berkeley, an MBA degree, a Doctor of Divinity, and a second-degree black belt in Kuk Sool Won.
Cynthia is founder of RealityShifters, president of the International Mandela Effect Conference, managing director of Foundations of Mind, and creator and host of Living the Quantum Dream. She has been featured in numerous shows including Gaia, the History Channel, Coast to Coast AM, One World with Deepak Chopra, and the BBC. Cynthia reminds us to ask in every situation, “How good can it get?” Subscribe to her free monthly ezine at: www.realityshifters.com
My 10 Best
by Larry Dossey
One Mind, presents us with a concept of unified consciousness on a level beyond anything we can comfortably label, categorize, or fully define. Dossey brilliantly tackles such a big topic from a number of different perspectives, so much like the parable of the blind men and the elephant, readers can glean fresh insights as to the entirety of One Mind a little at a time. I appreciate inclusion in the Introduction to One Mind of a short list of what we’d expect to witness if such a thing as One Mind exists. Dossey explains we would expect people could share thoughts and feelings at a distance with other people and with pets, and that some people could demonstrate detailed knowledge known by someone who has died. We’d expect to witness coordinated movements of animals, people finding lost objects, and people experiencing a sense of direct contact with a transcendent domain. As it turns out, all these things actually do happen, as Dossey further describes in an abundance of fascinating case histories and real life examples. What I love best about One Mind is the sense of joyful peace I feel in my mind and heart while reading it, as a sense of being at one with One Mind washes over me. This book is one best savored as one would enjoy a fine gourmet meal, but rather than delighting in visual presentation, fragrance, texture, taste and sound–relishing each new facet of oneness described. I love all of Dr. Dossey’s books, and this one is no exception, even though it differs from many of his previous works by virtue of tackling a subject that cannot be concretely contained. There is a quintessential mystery in the very topic of One Mind that defies precise definition or containment within any human labels. One Mind will be treasured by those who embrace holistic experience, and who have a sense of reverence for what may ever be just beyond human comprehension to fully grasp. Readers possessing reverence for nature’s wonders will best appreciate the call to awakening One Mind represents.
Dr. Dossey describes a number of experiences involving a sense of connection with wild animals, which I find completely natural when contemplating oneness and the idea of “One Mind.” There is something truly special about nature, and in our connection to it, as so much of those connections are beyond the human realm of spoken and written words, and are based in pure direct experience.
The concept of “One Mind” is something we can appreciate in terms of recognizing that there are times when we can communicate with loved ones and pets across great distances without using telephones or the internet. Sometimes we move and act in synchronization with loved ones as if we have some kind of connection with them. In ancient cultures and civilizations, this concept of interconnectedness across space and time was relied upon when nomadic tribes met at new locations in times of inclement weather or adverse environmental conditions. With an expectation that a person could recognize someone was sending an important telepathic message when smoke signals were rising above forest trees, for example, a message could be received, understood, and acted upon. While we might presume modern technologies do a better job at conveying critical information, the simple truth is that our built-in connection to One Mind is far more comprehensive than just human-to-human communication, and gifts us with knowledge that sometimes has the power to save and transform our lives.
Another aspect of the “One Mind” experience I find particularly valuable is the way it provides us with access to a state of mind in which we are able to disengage from our ordinary sense of identity and consciousness, and re-engage in a state of all-possibility. Through meditation, lucid dreaming, and near-death experiences, people frequently report a sense of being aware of the interconnectedness of all things, and of ways they can live their lives free from fear and in better accordance with their gifts and ability to be of service. There can often be a spiritual sense of unity with all that is at such times, and a sense of more fully appreciating events that otherwise might seem random or disconnected.
by Diane Brandon
I feel close to a sense of divine source/oneness/Tao/God when reading Diane Brandon’s book Born Aware—I feel like I’m in heaven. Born Aware is truly uplifting and inspirational, as it shares spiritual insights and wisdom from the point of view of those who have been spiritually aware since birth, and know they come from somewhere else. This innate spiritual orientation is thus their primary focal point, with those having been ‘born aware’ experiencing benefits of higher soul awareness all through life. Brandon includes interviews with twelve ‘born aware’ individuals (including me) and also includes her autobiographical account. I was moved while reading Born Aware to recognize through its thirteen personal stories a rich and beautiful vision of the spiritual true nature of reality being revealed. Whether each person interviewed says it or not, all sound much like Heather, who “knows she is an incarnated angel and has always had a pervading knowing, which was innate in her, that everything is made of energy and is light and energy.”
Brandon includes chapters after the sharing of personal accounts to discuss spiritual lessons from the born aware phenomenon. Not only is it possible to have natal awareness, but as Brandon puts it, “it is our norm.” (p. 239) Higher spiritual awareness is possible while human, and it is not only possible but likely that many people have been born aware all through history. And there is tremendous value in being born aware: “One salient hallmark of having been spiritually aware since birth is our split awareness of our prevailing access to our higher soul awareness. It is being in our higher soul awareness that maintains our strong connection to these higher spiritual levels and keeps us oriented there and spiritually sustained, even as we dip back and forth into our human persona.” (p. 242) Indeed, this is a source of tremendous comfort for those of us ‘born aware’! As Brandon puts it, “This shows us that it’s indeed possible to live a life on this planet as a human and not be completely embroiled in or blinded by or encased in our human side. It’s possible to be here as a human and also have a spiritual clarity of vision, spiritual awareness, and access to some higher knowledge, truths, and wisdom.”
I love how Born Aware points out the connection to God that most ‘born aware’ individuals have at their very core–which means there is no need for intermediaries (between God and us) and also that there is a lack of fear and a sense of trust and faith that all is well, regardless how it may seem. There is also much less effort made by those ‘born aware’ to strive in some unbalanced way for material gains or self-centered manifesting, based on short-term, ego-based desires. Reading this book is as refreshing for me as being in the blessed presence of others who know and live this spirit-centered life. I especially love chapter 19, which is all about grooming higher soul awareness! This is a chapter for everyone who loves the feeling of living in resonant harmony with spiritual awareness, who wishes to enhance the experience. It is also a chapter that encourages all of us to recognize our spiritual core nature. Brandon writes, “I wouldn’t be surprised if a large percentage of babies have this awareness at birth, before amnesia erases any memory of it.” (p. 259)
Time, Space, and Knowledge
by Tarthang Tulku
I am transported deeper into the true state of reality by reading this book, and doing its exercises, than by any other book I’ve ever read. Time, Space, and Knowledge is a journey into reality as true perception, rather than what our senses sometimes seem to suggest. This book is written by Tibetan meditation master, Tarthang Tulku, with extraordinary life-changing exercises interspersed with the text, to ensure readers gain an experiential journey into the heart of consciousness itself. One of the best ways to fully appreciate this book is with a teacher or study group, taking time to deeply explore one or a few meditation exercises. This book is much more than a reading experience—it is literally an invitation to jump into a full-blown exploration of consciousness, awareness, meaning, and reality.
This is one of the most disheveled books on my bookshelf, for the simple reason that it’s a working book, where each reading is a journey. I am fortunate to have participated in a Time, Space, and Knowledge experiential weekly group in the 1990s, where I appreciated how extraordinary it is to come together with others to do the meditation exercises, and share individual experiences with others afterward. Physicist George Weissmann and were so stunned to discover how highly we both value this book, that we were inspired to co-author a physics paper together in 2017, “The Quantum Paradigm and Challenging the Objectivity Assumption.”
The Survival of the Soul
by Lisa Williams
I’ve read The Holographic Universe often, and have gained new insights into the nature of consciousness and reality from its riches every time. I consider it to be author Michael Talbot’s most important work, as well as one of the best books ever written on the subject of so-called paranormal phenomena. Talbot’s fascination for finding scientific explanations for psychic and paranormal activity began when he noticed objects moving inexplicably around him, regardless where he lived. He would sometimes awaken to find socks draped on his houseplants, and occasionally found objects in his apartment that he knew for a fact had been hundreds of miles away. His real-life experiences with such shifts in reality combined with his training in physics led him to explore possible reasons for these and other mysterious happenings.
Talbot begins his book with an excellent introduction to physicist David Bohm’s concept of the holographic model of the universe, and combines the physics model with Karl Pribram’s work on the holographic model of the brain. The result is a marvelous description of a non-local, interconnected and alive universe that moves in response to our every thought and feeling.
I am very impressed with the clarity with which Talbot presents the concept of a holographic universe and how various paranormal phenomena can be explained within that model. Talbot’s discussion is comprehensive, fascinating, clear, and packed with relevant and intriguing stories of paranormal phenomena. Out of body experiences (OBEs), near death experiences (NDEs), auric readings, psychokinesis, acupuncture, X-ray vision, healing, and psychic readings are all described and considered for placement into the holographic model. Talbot presents a wealth of relevant research studies and scientific theories from David Bohm, Helmut Schmidt, Marilyn Schlitz, Robert Monroe, Charles Tart, Larry Dossey, Paul Davies, PMH Atwater, Ian Stevenson, Fred Alan Wolf, Harold Puthoff, Russell Targ, Lyall Watson, Stanislav Grof, and many others.
The Untethered Soul
by Michael A. Singer
The Untethered Soul is truly exceptional for its ability to simultaneously explain the nature of enlightenment while also providing simple, practical tools for attaining that exalted state. It lives up to its subtitle: “The Journey Beyond Yourself” by demonstrating how we are able to transcend worldly troubles by changing the way we view our lives. Just as we might notice that problems cannot be solved at the same level where they were created, there is great advantage in rising above the inner chatter and emotional storms to a peaceful, blissful state of mind we’ve all experienced… that can become our new core identity.
The big idea here is that by identifying ourselves as being observers who watch thoughts and feelings flowing through, we can keep our hearts open to love even (and especially) during times of crisis. This simple-sounding concept of separating the part of us that thinks and feels and acts from the part of ourselves that sees ourselves thinking and feeling and acting becomes extraordinarily liberating. The proof of the efficacy of this concept is immediately verifiable by readers willing to roll up their sleeves and start feeling the burn of releasing energies from the past, by taking this book as a workbook, and not merely an intellectual sourcebook.
At its core, The Untethered Soul is a book about the energies of emotion. Readers are encouraged to recognize and appreciate the expansive experience of feeling love and joy, as well as the restrictive sensations we feel when guarding ourselves from potential pain or suffering. Just as a good athletic coach might guide us to start noting the difference between “good pain” and “bad pain” in order to achieve the best athletic results, Singer teaches the value of recognizing the “good pain” that accompanies emotional release and the greatest resulting state of true spiritual happiness, joy, and well-being.
Here is a book that has the power to completely transform your life to be free of stress, fear, and melodrama. This book is highly recommended for spiritual seekers everywhere, as well as those seeking emotional clarity in order to transcend the common human condition of the pain of suffering. This is a book you will read and find yourself thinking about for years to come, hoping everyone else in your life will read it, too!
The World is as You Dream It
by John Perkins
John Perkins’ book, The World Is As You Dream It is one of those rare books that tells a riveting story at the same time as it provides deep insights into what makes us who we are and the world what it is. I was so riveted to this book that I couldn’t put it down for a second until I finished reading it.
The big idea in The World Is As You Dream It is outlined by shamans in Ecuador who describe to Perkins the difference between living one’s fantasies and living one’s dream—and how this difference has enormous personal and global repercussions. Healing involves changing one’s dream; replacing a dream of illness with one of health. As one shaman tells Perkins, “I don’t heal. I simply help them change their dream.”
Perkins has been bringing people to learn from native shamans for many years—living true to a desire he had since childhood to see indigenous peoples teach westerners their ways, and in so doing, change the course of history. Shamans have a strong need to change things, and Perkins does a fabulous job of describing some of his experiences visiting native shamans in Ecuador who demonstrate their healing and psycho-navigation skills. A doctor who was part of Perkins’ group was certain she died after ingesting ayahuasca (also known as “Vine of the soul” or “Vine of death”)—and she was also certain that a Shuar shaman brought her back to a healthy body by sucking the toxins from her and vomiting them nearby.
What impresses me most about The World Is As You Dream It is the way Perkins illuminates the big picture of what humans are doing on Earth at the same time as he shares moving personal accounts of people who come to the Amazon and Andes to receive healings and gain vision in their lives. We are all inter-connected, and dreaming this dream together… and we change this world by changing our perceptions. Dream change is an essential skill that everyone concerned with the future of humans on Earth has a vested interest in, and that we all can learn.
If you are ready to journey to a place where “what we dream, happens,” this is the book for you!
by PMH Atwater
Do you wonder what it’s like to remember the future? How would it feel to remember events from both your future and your past? PMH Atwater’s book, Future Memory presents compelling evidence and a fascinating explanation of the future memory phenomenon, where people prelive future experiences while still active and functional in present time. Atwater’s expertise in the field of Near-Death Experiences (NDE) shines through as she shares many stories from her personal life and guides readers through the labyrinth of the mind and the fabric of time, space, and the universe itself. Future Memory masterfully balances subjective experience with relevant theories and scientific findings, bringing the otherwise lofty material “down to Earth” for practical applicability in daily life. We can all experience expansive brain shifts when we experience the Void that lies at the heart of All That Is with patience and receptivity… and can benefit tremendously when our consciousness expands. I felt torn between devouring this book as quickly as possible and savoring each and every page. If you’ve been looking for a book that will shift your mind into higher gear, this is it!
Dying to be Me
by Anita Moorjani
Anita Moorjani’s book, Dying To Be Me tells the real-life story of how Anita Moorjani died of cancer… and then came back to life after an amazing near-death experience in which she realized she could be well simply by dropping all her fears and simply being herself. Despite a loving family and friends, and the best efforts of medical staff and educating herself to reduce stress and live a healthier life, Moorjani found herself in a terrifying downward spiral toward listlessness and probable death.
I love the way Moorjani describes the feeling of pure unconditional divine love she felt–pure agape–and the sense of fearlessness and Oneness she experienced from a state of consciousness that allowed her to watch everything unfolding on Earth… as well as see what was transpiring in the emergency room where doctors were doing everything they could to save her malnourished, cancer-ravished body.
This book doesn’t just tell a story about overcoming cancer–it’s really about attaining prosperity and abundance and blessings by letting go of fears and moving into a state of allowing as you are fully 100% yourself. This is a book you’ll likely want to get more than one copy of, so you can loan and give copies away… it’s that good!
by Alexis Brooks
Conscious Musings is a celebration of inspiration and a feast for the soul. Alexis Brooks has a rare talent for combining the most mind-boggling metaphysical concepts with down-to-Earth practical ideas. Brooks illuminates some of the great ideas of our time with graceful dexterity as she takes us on a journey to comprehend the nature of reality, asking questions such as “Is paranormal the new normal?” Conscious Musings guides us through the challenges of our times, envisioning a state of mindful awareness and wonder we can attain by which all problems can be solved.
Soul in the Storm
by Nancy Wagaman
I love how Soul in the Storm immediately hits all the high notes I’d most wish to emphasize when I am communicating with someone who is grappling with how best to stay on a spiritual path, when it feels like the world is collapsing all around their shoulders. Humans are capable of going from surviving to thriving when we can better manage our responses to stress, and Soul in the Storm provides the best kind of balanced, helpful, positive, practical advice.
Each chapter in Soul in the Storm is like a little gem. Reading just a few chapters ‘randomly’ (or in sequential form, if that’s more your style) can provide a healing effect something like receiving a treatment from a skilled chiropractor, capable of masterfully resetting a person’s equilibrium and balance with just a few well-selected, beautifully deft moves.
I love how Soul in the Storm points out that yes, you are soul; yes, peace is present and already exists within you. So does love, and light. Awareness of our soulfulness can bring us instantly to a place of strength and acceptance, where we can be gentle, and caring while knowing we are perfectly and completely free.
At this time in human history when so many of us can benefit from tips on reducing and managing stress, it’s deliciously refreshing to find a book based in wisdom, capable of assisting us in finding and re-establishing our true center of being in our sense of soulful being. For those already on a spiritual path, this book will likely feel quite familiar, like a dear friend reminding us to stay on track with living our lives from a place of fearless loving kindness, with unconditional love for all concerned. For those new to such concepts, the practical, down-to-Earth ideas are clear and simple enough to provide just the right next steps to start noticing reduction in stress immediately.
This book can provide excellent support and assistance, and is a marvelous companion to working with a therapist, especially when feeling overwhelmed or in need of professional care. Despite use of the word ‘soul,’ this book is not a religious book, but rather a book describing what the author and others have found to be real, trustworthy, and true.