Student | Philosopher | Librarian | Author | Lecturer | Renaissance man


Steven A. Ross 

My first introduction to the spiritual aspects of life was when I had a reading from a trans-medium in 1975. The individual went into a full trance and a spirit came through. This spirit gave a complete physical of the human body starting from the top of the head including organs, nerves, foods that couldn’t be absorbed in the body, things caught in the sinus, the sublaxation of all vertebrae in the body, how the brain was in the brain pan, gases, and so much more. Included were six past lives that were directly affecting me in my current life and questions. I have spent 47 years in this field, around the world and with top mediums and psychics…no one has ever come close to the depth.

At that time, readings were donation-only and could last two hours. There were six spirits working with this spirit guide and they said they used diagnostic equipment on the astral with equipment to be developed in the 2030s. This person is now deceased. So, the first three books came from this source.

It was fun for me to think about the most impactful books in my life. My library contains 15,000 books dating to 1492. This has been amassed since 1975. What was interesting for me in compiling this list is how each of the books came into my life and how, when I asked for more information, it came to me.

STEVEN A ROSS, Ph.D., is co-founder and CEO of the World Research Foundation. For nearly 40 years he has researched and lectured around the world. He has delivered more than 200 lectures and made presentations to various worldwide government agencies, hospital networks, and been interviewed on more than 150 radio programs and 15 regional and national television programs. He has been an expert witness for the City of Los Angeles and consulted for the insurance industry. His publications include And Nothing Happened…But You Can Make It Happen! and A Grand Design of Dreams.

My 10 Best

(In no order of suggested reading or importance)

The Spirits Book
by Allan Kardec


This was the first book that I read dealing with any spiritual topic. It was recommended to me by a spiritual source that I had a channeled reading from in 1975. The Spirits Book was written around 1877 and it contained 1000 questions and answers asked of a collection of spirits through a medium. The questions were questions that I would have asked of spiritual sources and it gave me a basic foundation of why we are here and how our actions have an affect upon our soul’s growth.

Wisdom of the Overself
by Paul Brunton


Paul Brunton wrote several books dealing with spiritual topics from the East. But, as someone from the West, his writings were not filled with a lot of Eastern terms that I was not familiar with. It was also my first real understanding of the Higher Self, Oversoul, and Overself. I was told through spiritual sources that this was more than likely the closest description of the Overself or this greater self that resides with us. It is our God-self.

The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ
 by Levi


This book. written in the late 1800s, is considered a sacred text by many people. It purports to tell the story of Jesus and his education and experiences in transcending to the Christ. It was very impactful because of its simplicity, depth, and beauty. It made more sense to me than most religious books.

Life and Teachings of the Masters of the Far East
by Baird Spalding


This series of books discusses the possibilities of all humans when they understand the greater aspects of who we are as human beings. When I came across this set of books I believed the information was for me. To conceive, to aspire. and to become that which we all are destined to reach in the future. While some believe it is fanciful information, I know it to be real.

The Secret Teachings of All Ages and Times
by Manly P. Hall


Perhaps one of the greatest modern philosophers/mystics/guides that we have had in modern times. This book is a classic of all times and covers so many esoteric and spiritual topics. Written with depth and first-hand knowledge, I had the opportunity to meet and spend time with this great and wonderful man. He walked and lived the precepts he wrote about. He lectured for nearly 60 years and gave 90-minute lectures without notes on every subject imaginable in human life. At the end of his life, he was still only charging a few dollars for attending his lectures. I was fortunate that he allowed me into his private vault where I photocopied extremely rare alchemical and esoteric texts. The Philosophical Research Society, which Manly Hall founded, is one of the greatest collections of books on earth.


The Modern Bethseda
by J.R. Newton


Through a dream I had one evening, the name J.R. Newton came to me. I began looking for this individual who lived in the 1800s. There was precious little other than one paragraph in a book. Upon searching, I found another reference to Newton and learned of his ability to heal people through love. Eventually, I found his autobiography written in the middle 1870s. It was overwhelming because he healed nearly 250,000 people through love and the book had testimonials signed by sheriffs, mayors, lawyers, and newspaper editors claiming he had cured paralysis, cancers, blindness, deafness, and hundreds of other problems in less than 15 minutes. People who’d had these conditions for five, ten, or even twenty years were cured in fifteen minutes. This book speaks of love, without a specific religion being pushed, and I have used this in my healing work around the world. It does work.

Let There Be Light
by Darius Dinshah


One day I woke up and during my meditation I heard that color could cure many diseases and illnesses. This was 1979 and I had never thought about this technique. Eventually, I discovered Dinshah Ghadiali, a yogi from India, who brought a 12-color healing system to the United States in the early 1900s. I have used this system over the last 40 years working with almost 400 people, animals, and plants. My father, who due to a hospital accident, was told by Kaiser Permanente that he would be a quadriplegic for the rest of his life, was cured, according to hospital records when we introduced color therapy to his regime.

The Journals and Miscellaneous Notes
of Ralph Waldo Emerson


I have always been drawn to the down-home philosophy of Emerson. He was known as the New England Brahmin because within his lectures, poems, and articles he integrated Eastern philosophy with the Western world.

My library has over 15,000 books and when the Northridge earthquake hit in Southern Calif in 1994, a 7.0, I was told that I would have to abandon my home and library, Emerson’s journals were the only books I carried with me.

The Kybalion
by the Three Initiates


This book discusses the 7 great hermetic principles that underscore all activity of the earth plane. What more can I say than that these principles are the bedrock of our existence.


Paracelsus His Mystical and Medical Philosophy
by Manly P.Hall


More than likely the greatest alchemist of all times. Paracelsus could do what others just wrote about. He has come to me in dreams and visions and I am aware that I spent a lifetime with him.