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Choosing the 10 Best books which, at the moment, I consider to have had a significant impact on my spiritual growth has required a lot of thought. In part, this is because some of the titles that might fall into the spiritually lightweight category have actually been invaluable in my own development.
I learned much from books like The Secret, Zero Limits, and Access Consciousness, and I still encourage people to investigate the ideas presented as they borrow from Spiritual Laws or Truths in an accessible way. However, they all fall into a category which I think of as spiritual marketing. Marketing, advertising, and business in our society operate by creating a sense of lack and selling solutions which promise you more and better.
It is the continual striving for more and better, and the means to control our circumstances and environment, which are actually the cause of our dissatisfaction. It was the first book on my list, The Power of Now, that woke me up to this fact. In essence, my spiritual journey has been about learning to surrender to and fully accept the present moment. I have taught workshops on the Law of Attraction, and shared the teachings of Ho’oponopo, and whilst great fun, they all have an element of “when-then” thinking behind them. Crudely put, when I arrange my external universe, then I will be OK. I now operate in completely the opposite direction.
The books that made it to my 10 Best List attempt to avoid the trap of Spiritual Marketing.
My 10 Best
(In no order of suggested reading or importance)
Wizard – The Life and Times of Nicola Tesla
by Marc J. Seifer
Tesla has been written out of history, but he was undoubtedly the greatest scientist/inventor that ever lived. If you haven’t heard of him, you will be stunned when you research his story and inventions, as it’s been said that he virtually invented the 20th century! Tesla said he only discovered what was already there. Among his discoveries were the alternating current, The Tesla Turbine, The Tesla Coil, Radio (it wasn’t Marconi), Remote Control, Magnifying Transmitter, Neon Lamp, Shadowgraph, X-ray, the Induction Motor, and much more. He was also fluent in eight languages.
Forget Edison, who was a mason and got his name in the history books because of his connections to the elites of the day. Time has shown that Edison actually stole many of Tesla’s ideas. Even Einstein, who was a more humble man, acknowledged the genius of Tesla; when he was asked how it felt to be the smartest man on Earth, he replied, “I wouldn’t know. Ask Nikola Tesla.”
Nikola Tesla was a humanitarian on a mission to change the world for the better, but he was blackballed by J. P. Morgan and other powerful people who had vested interests in the oil and energy industries. Had Tesla been supported, we’d have likely had the first mobile devices in the
The The Bhagavad Gita: A Walkthrough for Westerners by Jack Hawley
Swami Sri Prabhupada brought Krishna consciousness to the West, but the story of his journey to achieve this goal was quite miraculous. He was told by his spirit guides that his specific mission was to take Krishna consciousness to the Western world which was in need of enlightenment. So, in 1965 at the age of 69 with very little money in his pocket, he took a boat from India to New York. He had few contacts in the USA. Upon his arrival, he would walk the streets of New York chanting the Hare Krishna mantra and giving out books and leaflets he’d brought over from India, which included The Bhagavad Gita</>. He arrived in New York at the time of the counterculture revolution in the
When George Harrison and John Lennon became followers, the movement really started attracting a lot of publicity. The Hare Krishna Maha~Mantra performed by George Harrison and the London Radha Krishna Temple went to number 12 in the UK charts in 1969. Today, the thriving Krishna Consciousness movement has millions of followers and hundreds of temples and centers worldwide, which operate independently from each other to protect the movement as a whole. But their collective aim is to spread peace and love and raise the consciousness of the world
The Trick to Money is Having Some
by Stuart Wilde
This is a brilliant book on abundance, which completely transformed the way I thought about money and success when I first read it 25 years ago. It taught me that money is purely an energetic force, and that becoming successful and abundant is simply a mind shift—a shift in perception. This book, more than any other, propelled me into an abundant and successful life that I couldn’t have imagined before I read it. It is also infused with Stuart’s quirky London humor.
Shaman, Healer, Sage
by Alberto Villoldo
This book was recommended to me by a shaman that I spent time with in the Jungle in Panama a few years ago. I was learning about shamanism at the time, and this book took my knowledge to another level. It explains how our luminous energy field holds all the information we need to prevent illness and disease from manifesting in our physical bodies. When our luminous energy field is healed and clear, we will remain healthy and well. This book is a great introduction to shamanic healing.
Born to Run: The Hidden Tribe, the Ultra-Runners, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall
This is one of my all-time favorite books and everyone I’ve recommended it to has absolutely loved it. It tells the story of a mysterious tribe, the Tarahumara Indians, who live in Mexican canyons and are reputed to be the best distance runners in the world. Christopher McDougall spent time with the Tarahumara in the canyons to try to learn their secrets. He tells an amazing story of how they are able to run long distances, often barefoot and at lightning speed. The book is infused with tales of amazing feats, characters, and spiritual discovery. The story of the American hermit, Caballo Blanco, who lived and died with the Indians is an amazing story in itself.
2012 and Beyond: An Invitation to Meet the Challenges & Opportunities Ahead by Diana Cooper
Written in 2009, this book focuses on the year 2012 and the shift in consciousness that was due to take place then. It talks about the greatest opportunity for spiritual growth that there has ever been, which is exactly what we are seeing now in 2019. Diana writes about the ancient prophecies for 2012, what was to happen in that year, and the incredible changes the world will see in the twenty years beyond. Many of the predictions in this book have now come true. The book also offers practical information to help us deal with the incredible transformational shift the world is now experiencing.
Autobiography of a Yogi
by Paramahansa Yogananda
A classic in the world of spirituality that tells the story of the author’s life from humble beginnings in India to
You Can Heal Your Life
by Louise L. Hay
This book almost launched the modern self-help movement when it was first published in 1984. It was one of the first books I read 25 years ago that offered an alternative view to healing and health. It opened my eyes and mind and took me on a journey of healing that I’ve never looked back from. It explores the relationship between the mind and the
Infinite Self: 33 Steps to Reclaiming Your Inner Power by Stuart Wilde
A self-help book in every sense of the word, as it is a step-by-step guide on how to transcend our ego and superficiality and raise our consciousness. I loved this guy’s early work, as his books like Infinite Selfare full of deep eastern wisdom and infused with humor.
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
A wonderful book, which has become one of the biggest sellers in the self-help genre. I actually met and had a one-to-one with Eckhart after one of his seminars in Malibu, as we shared the same app developer at the time. Everything I saw and heard about him during my time on the label was authentic—he walked his talk, which is not always the case with many western self-help ‘gurus.’