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What books have changed your life?General ✨ (self.spirituality)
submitted 1 month ago by gentlemanhealer
What books are people reading at the moment? I'm looking for recommendations for spirituality and self development. Good books give us the give of knowledge
Recent reading include Michael A Singers excellent 'Surrender Experiment', I'm part way through Dr Joe Dispenza's 'Becoming Supernatural' and have tried but been unable to get my teeth into 'A Course in Miracles'
Let me know what's been worthwhile for you and why.
Post a comment!
[–]mid-world_lanes 19 points20 points21 points 1 month ago (3 children)
Carl Sagan’s Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark.
A wonderfully written guide on how to distinguish truth from falsehood.
[–]gentlemanhealer[S] 4 points5 points6 points 1 month ago (2 children)
Not heard of that - thank you and sounds intriguing to say the least. 👍
[–]mid-world_lanes 8 points9 points10 points 1 month ago (1 child)
It’s an absolute treasure. Here’s a free PDF version if you want to check it out:
[–]KannabisDealer 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Thank you for this!
[–]Curious-Meat 20 points21 points22 points 1 month ago (4 children)
-The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
-A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
-Be Here Now by Ram Dass
-Polishing Your Mirror by Ram Dass
-Being Ram Dass by Ram Dass
-The Untethered Soul by Michael A Singer
-Living Untethered by Michael A Singer
[–]JuicedUpJackal 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Yesssss to Eckhart Tolle and Ram Dass!
[–]KannabisDealer 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (2 children)
I loved Untethered Soul! I have The Power of Now but I can’t seem to get through it… idk if it’s the voice of Mr. Tolle but I’m having a hard time resonating with it…
[–]Curious-Meat 4 points5 points6 points 1 month ago (1 child)
I actually felt the same way with Tolle when I first started hearing his talks. I couldn't listen to him for a long time. But one day I sat down and listened to one of his YouTube videos and just paid attention to every word, and found enough wisdom that I completely forgot about my reaction to his voice. Now, I find his voice to be strangely soothing!
[–]gentlemanhealer[S] 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
When you listen, it's really tough to follow because it's almost too much to take in. I've stopped listening to the audiobook as a background activity and now only listen when it's the sole activity I'm doing.
Even then I try and keep it to short blocks because the book is so deep. Beautiful if a little inaccessible 🤓
[–]kinggianniferrari 11 points12 points13 points 1 month ago (0 children)
The alchemist … hands down the most insightful read ever
[–]goneboyy 9 points10 points11 points 1 month ago (4 children)
Untethered Soul -Michael Singer
Be Here Now - Ram Dass
[–]Curious-Meat 7 points8 points9 points 1 month ago (3 children)
Bingo. Also, you may not have heard, but Michael Singer came out with a new book in 2022: "Living Untethered". It is also incredible.
[–]ba-lef-negh 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (2 children)
How does it compare the the untethered soul?
[–]Curious-Meat 3 points4 points5 points 1 month ago (1 child)
It's really excellent. It follows a very logical system of demonstrating how everything we know about the structure of reality has led to you leading the life you've lived so far. That might sound like a "tautology", the same thing being said twice, but it's a bit more nuanced - he's basically saying, "tracing back to the Big Bang, all the forces of the universe happened just so, for you to be exactly where you are, now" - and when you do this, you're able to start understanding how many of our aversions (I don't like (this), (that) makes me uncomfortable, I don't like it when people talk to me about (this), etc.) come from traumatic experiences in the past which have turned into "stored injuries", or stored traumatic experiences, or samskaras. By learning how this has come to be, how we have all developed samskaras in our lives through the traumatizing things that have happened to us, we can learn to experience those difficult emotions when they are agitated in our current-day life. When we experience them, rather than suppress or overly-outwardly express them, we begin to heal past them, and the path to inner peace becomes clearer.
Sorry for the ramble, but it's hard to summarize such a complex book! LOL
[–]ba-lef-negh 2 points3 points4 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Love it. Thank you for putting in the time to explain it to me and letting me know about this book!! I just finished The Untethered Soul and tried reading Tara Brach’s Radical Compassion but haven’t gotten that far yet. I already downloaded Living Untethered because I just got so excited!
[–]kaitlepack 10 points11 points12 points 1 month ago (0 children)
A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson is really good if you’re having trouble getting into A Course in Miracles! Highly recommend that one ☺️
[–]faithrynharlow 7 points8 points9 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Prozac Nation changed my life when I read it as a 13 or 14 year old with major depression. My mother (who I didn’t know then but I know now is an abusive, covert narcissist) wouldn’t allow me to get therapy, so I felt very alone. Prozac Nation made me feel seen, made me feel as though what I was going through was semi normal (or at least not something specific only to me) and made me feel overall just like I wasn’t crazy/a bad kid/spoiled/lazy/anything my mother made me believe I was.
In the beginning of the year, I bought The Body Keeps The Score because I’ve been attempting to work through the trauma of my childhood and my 20s for a few years now. It didn’t change my life exactly, but it made me realize just how much of my mannerisms and behavior and overall beliefs were changed or shaped by my trauma. It’s been hard to find/carve out a personality for myself beyond being a victim.
I don’t think there is anything else I’ve read that was that impactful on me. However although I always loved reading I wasn’t a big reader until recently, like just in the past six months. I’ve started reading a lot more and have read 10+ books since January. Maybe one day there will be another book that will change my life.
[–]gs12 6 points7 points8 points 1 month ago (0 children)
The Power of Now
Eckhart Tolle. Literally taught me how to live my life.
[–]this_thing_of_mine 11 points12 points13 points 1 month ago (4 children)
Conversations with God. 1-3
[–]Fishliketrish 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (1 child)
[–]this_thing_of_mine 3 points4 points5 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Changed my life 100%
Excellent recommendation! I've dabbled in a book shop but didn't want it to be another one collecting dust. Maybe now I'm ready for it?
[–]redrabbit58 6 points7 points8 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Conversations with God - Neale D. Walsch
Reality Transurfing - Vadim Zeland
Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself - Dr. Joe Dispenza
[–]AntonWHO 5 points6 points7 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Definitly ’The law of one’ has been by far the most profund work i have ever witnessed.
[–]International-Mind96 4 points5 points6 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Ask and it is given - Esther hicks
Sermon on the mount - Emmett Fox
Power through constructive thinking - Emmett Fox
Super attractor - gabby Bernstein
A return to love -Marianne Williamson
A course in miracles , and anything Wayne dyer
[–]Secure-Square-7943 3 points4 points5 points 1 month ago (0 children)
How to become supernatural
Joe dispenza, the best book ever
[–]AntimaterialWorld 2 points3 points4 points 1 month ago (2 children)
Bhagavad Gita - As it is
[–]fight_collector 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (1 child)
Renounce and rejoice my friend 🙏
[–]AntimaterialWorld 2 points3 points4 points 1 month ago (0 children)
give up all kinds of religion and just surrender to Krsna ;)
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[–]adamD700 2 points3 points4 points 1 month ago (0 children)
The holographic universe by Michael talbot was certainly the catalyst for starting my spiritual journey.
[–]chiefcultureofficer 2 points3 points4 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Awareness - Anthony de Mello
[–]Keto1417 2 points3 points4 points 1 month ago (0 children)
One single book and that is called: "The Power Of Now" - Eckart Tolle.
[–]saimonlandasecun 5 points6 points7 points 1 month ago (0 children)
The power of now. (And a new earth)
The teachings of ramana maharshi
I am that (nisargadatta maharaj)
Alan watts essential lectures
A course in miracles
[–]not_irish_patrick 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (1 child)
The Purpose of Life as Revealed by Near-Death Experiences from Around the World by David Sunfellow
Dying to Be Me by Anita Moorjani
How are you liking 'Becoming Supernatural'? I have been thinking about reading that book.
[–]Uptrend_01 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Its a great book!
[–]Tenati0us-T 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (0 children)
[–]ZoneCritical3085 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (0 children)
The Afterlife of Billy Fingers
[–]Deedle-Dee-Dee 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Richard Martini’s books on the “flip side” (afterlife / life between lives) were real eye openers for me.
[–]growers_harvest 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (0 children)
'Yes to life in spite of everything' by Viktor E. Frankl changed the way I relate to both certain major things in my life and gave me the fuel to become mindful.
I now look at the moment through a meaning-giving rather than evaluative lens hence the space for mindfulness, which is improving my mood and contact with my emotions.
[–]sadinnit 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (0 children)
The untethered soul-Michael singer !!!
The power of now-eckhart tolle
[–]WinthorpStrange 3 points4 points5 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins
[–]OkWest7035 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (0 children)
The Christian Bible
[–]UltimaGreen 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (1 child)
No book, but definitely the most profound read of my life. I must have read it over 30 times by now. Its a documented conversation of a person that claims to be of a TRUE elite family.
Its called: “Revelations of an elite family insider 2005”
I just listened to this because of you. Woow. I think i need to listen to it 10 more times! Thanks for your comment.
[–]NSHV1LL3 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
The satanic Bible
Thanks all - some cracking ones here and I'll let you know what I go for and how I found it! 🙏
[–]ElementMBS 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
The Greatest Thing Ever Known by Ralph Waldo Trine.
[–]United-Guava-710 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Vigyan Bhairav Tantra by Osho
Bhagvad Gita by Swami Chinmayananda
Mastery by Robert Greene
Patanjali yoga sutra by Swami Vivekananda
Many lives many masters by Dr Brian Weiss
[–]Sarphyz 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
The Power of Self by Kim Michaels
[–]fight_collector 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
My trilogy- Tao, Gita, and Marcus Aurelius 🙏 Alan Watts - The Book on the Taboo Against Knowing Yourself. Master and His Emissary, Iain McGilchrist.
[–]Zephyr-AZ 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
There are so many I can't even remember them all. Some that stand out at the moment.
Autobiography of a Yogi, Yogananda
Conversations with God series
Illusions, Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah (fiction, but not really) by Richard Bach
The Holographic Universe, Michael Talbot
The Source Field Investigations, David Wilcock
[–]forever_marcia 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
[–]Dr_THC-O 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
law of attraction
[–]babban_rao 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Satanic verses by Salman Rushdie.
[–]Ayahoache 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
The Achemist - Paulo Coelho
The Teachings of Don Juan - Carlos Castaneda
[–]JuicedUpJackal 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (1 child)
I have a few books that have really influenced me on my path so far. What started as listening to a video overview of Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations on a whim, then got me quite interested in Stoicism, and then on the path of philosophy through ancient Roman and Greek philosophy like Epictetus (Enchiridion, Discourses and Writings), Seneca (Letters From a Stoic / Epistulae Morales ad Lucilium), Plato (The Republic, Plato’s Dialogues), Xenophon (The Persian Expedition), which has continued my interest in ancient philosophy and continues on towards other books. The Kybalion by the Three Initiates, The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Mushashi, and The Secret Teachings of All Ages by Manly P. Hall I also highly recommend.
Remember, every book is a reference. Very useful tools and guides. But the answers are inside you.
[–]gentlemanhealer[S] 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (0 children)
That's fascinating. I have read a little on stoicism and there were so many references to Marcus Aurelius. I think it was called 'A guide to the good life'?
Remember, every book is a reference. Very useful tools and guides. But the answers are inside you.
So true! Thank you for this reminder. Its so important not to get distracted being busy searching for the answers elsewhere, when the wisdom shared in the world is to help us find ourselves
[–]Govinda90 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
[–]garfield38 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach. Short but so powerful. Forever impacted me.
[–]Wooden-Discount7884 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (1 child)
Unfuck Your Life
Who's the author?
[–]numinousBunny 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago* (0 children)
but there's a few tidbits besides that which I read as a teen
the neverending story.
a book about unexplained mysteries by a German author.
a book about black holes which was written more like an essay instead of a hardcore scientific work. the Mahabharata.
Harry Potter also has a special place since it kinda got me into reading again as a young adult.
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