Throughout the years many books have helped me along my spiritual path. Sometimes they were helping me get through some very human lessons. Sometimes books would come to me through vision or would practically fall off the shelves to get my attention.
On this page I am giving you the names and in some cases the links so you can choose to read some of the books I recommend. To be honest, some of them I might not have read but I always have Spirit helping me out when I do things like this so if I get a “feeling” it might be useful in pursuing an understanding of the Seven Lessons I have included it. Please feel free to email me or sign in on the guest book with other recommendations. We are all in this together.
On the Spiritual Writing page you can also tell me about books you want to write and I will help you make that happen. Enjoy!
Initiation by Elizabeth Haich was one of the first books I read while starting on my search for Spiritual Wisdom in the late 1980s. I am not even sure how I discovered it. I think it fell off a shelf at my local esoteric bookstore. Back then if you were looking for a book on something not mainstream you had to go to an out of the way place, in my case, someone’s house, to find it. If felt like you were doing something really rebellious. What I liked about this book is it gave me a sense that we are here for a purpose beyond what we see. It is a bit dense to read but the story is captivating and it was the genesis of what later emerged as the seven lessons of soul-odyssey. We are all here to experience “initiation” into the higher realms of consciousness so we can eventually have a greater connection to the Divine inner spark.
Illusions by Richard Bach followed on the heals of the very successful book: “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” published in 1970. If it is possible to find Illusions or other Richard Bach books, I highly recommend them. They help you see the world differently. There is a parable in Illusions about a rock on the bottom of the river bed who wants to know more about the world. He lifts himself up and immediately gets crashed against the other rocks as he fights the strong current. It isn’t until he surrenders to his fate that he begins to float and enjoy the ride. Need I say more?
Joy’s Way, By Dr. Brugh Joy is an amazing classic book on the transformative nature of energy. Dr. Joy helped innumerable people discover the unlimited potential of energy healing. The book includes a great deal about his own Spiritual journey. It was very influential in my early unfoldment. I find his work to be very sincere and illuminating.
Shirley MacLaine’s “Out on a Limb,” is a classic about the spiritual path. There have been many books written about Spirituality since then, but I believe this book puts everything in easy to read perspective. Shirley MacLaine truly brought the spiritual path out in the open and made many people comfortable to express how they were feeling about shifts in reality. As a public figure it was a risk for her to be so open about her beliefs at a time when people were not ready to consider new things. If you are experiencing the yearnings of the soul and are not finding what you need in organized settings, start here.
I love the work of Manly Palmer Hall. He was a mystic through and through and a very prolific writer. He was the founder of the Philosophical Research Society. I had the privilege of hearing him speak when he was in his late nineties in what was probably one of his last public lectures. This is not easy reading but it is worth it if it captures your heart. I will never forget one story in one of his books where he describes various religious practices that “enlightened “ people use to show their devotion to God. He described the swamis, and gurus and people who sacrifice so much to show discipline and supplication. He then said that it is actually more difficult to bring spirituality into the world in which we live on a daily basis. That is the real challenge of the spiritual path. I will continue to list his books.
Krishnamurti’s work helped me a great deal. Here is a bio quoted from Wikipedia. Ironically, the theosophical society, a group highly active at the time believed he was a type of messianic figure which he disavowed.
Jiddu Krishnamurti (12 May 1895 – 17 February 1986) was a writer and speaker on philosophical and spiritual issues including psychological revolution, the nature of the mind, meditation, human relationships, and bringing about positive social change. Maintaining that society is ultimately the product of the interactions of individuals, he held that fundamental change in society can emerge only through freely undertaken radical change in the individual. Krishnamurti stressed the need for a revolution in the psyche of every human being and posited that such revolution cannot be brought about by any external entity, be it religious, political, or social. Krishnamurti denounced the concept of saviors, spiritual leaders or any other intermediaries to reality, and urged people to directly discover the underlying causes of the problems facing individuals and society. Such discovery he considered the natural outcome of unconditional, absolute psychological freedom, which he proclaimed to be within reach of everyone, irrespective of background, ability, or disposition.
His work is wonderful particularly in its simplicity.
Ted Andrews, who has transitioned from this world, has written some of the best books on Spiritual transformation, Spiritual self-protection and all aspects of developing your gifts. I believe his work is trustworthy in guiding you on your path.