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    The Ra material ( all books ) - made me realise I was completely on the wrong path and woke me up spiritually

    The Seth material ( all books ) - got into much more detail about reality , beliefs , the dream state etc

    The holographic universe by Michael Talbot - anchored what I had learned in the above books to this 3d world

    We the Acturians - a wonderful description of how a more evolved civilisation works where every thought and action are for raising the group vibration .

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    Beelzebub's Tales to his Grandson by G.I. Gurdjieff - Although I had read many spiritual books that changed my perception of this reality, I seemed to have been on a plateau. Then I read this book and it took all the concepts, ideas, and philosophies from all the previous books about spirituality and broke them completely. I had to start my journey all over again, and I was excited once again. This also helped me realize to not just try and understand spirituality and the soul, but also the human psyche and thus started my journey with the works of Carl Jung.

    TL;DR - This book's mindbending quality is second to none.
    ..::OM::..

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    "Blue Planet Project"!!! Heard it mentioned on the History Channel & had the darndest time trying to get a copy here in my college town....took months!

    Just took a look at the thread from the beginning...most interesting to see which books truly influenced others.

    Was surprised by the Steve Jobs bit!
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    "The book" Alan Watts

    "Voyage au bout de la nuit" Celine

    "The alchemist" Paulo Coelho

    "Awaken healing energy trough the Tao" Mantak Chia

    "The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge" Carlos Castaneda

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    Yogananda "Autobiography of a Yogi"
    Started the quest--thirty five years ago or there about.
    Followed by Ramana Maharshi--every book I could find.

    much later.

    The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle and "I am That" by Nasargadatta Maharajh --outstanding influences.

    I dont think I chose the books, they just happened.

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    Cool thread...

    Saved By the Light - Dannion Brinkley

    I was doing Senior Systems Engineer IT work in Sydney. Very hectic and demanding role back in 2008. I moved to Syd to follow a girl i loved. Gave up everything to follow her. She had a bad fall and smashed her left knee cap into 12 bits...Emergency surgery, 18 months of support. 2 weeks after it she became suicidal from the pain and i had to quit my work to make sure she didn't do it. I gave up everything to with her 8 months before and I didn't want to loose her on my watch if i could do something about it. I didn't know what would happen after death and wasn't sure what would happen. I was helping her go back to work and had the days free and at that time Borders Book stores still existed and had a coffee shop in them. I use to devour a pile of books a day.

    The thing about that book was the life review he had. He talked about being a special forces sniper in the Vietnam war. He had a review where he was on a mission that killed a Nt Vietnamese General. He went into great detail of the review of that experience. Which included not only his. But the experience of actually being the general being killed and also the impact of the wife and children loosing their father and their entire life's loss of that. Just even on some level that no matter what you do or get away with you are accountable for all actions really had a profound impact on me. I integrated it into a personal responsibility in all i do in everything. It was my activation and abilities really opened up. I explored further to have my own past life regressions and been a Conscious Explorer ever since. Exploring there is so much more to existence than the 3D 5 sense reality we find ourselves in and accommodate as our default. alot of the psychics feel the above uncompromising when love was on the line. I know Earth does to as a 'Rite of Passage' test. Now doing alot of grid / Earth work etc and many many other things. Dannion had since his death experience had been there for many thousands of veterans crossing over on the death bed. It is a very challenging thing to do for people.

    Some of the other early ones for me:
    Biology of Belief - Bruce Lipton
    Breaking Open the Head - Daniel Pinchbeck
    Treasury of Spiritual Wisdom - A collection of 10000 Inspirational Quotes - Andy Zubko (amazing book!! - all the quotes are categorized under sections like Envy, Death, Love, Gratitude, Falsehood etc)

    2008 era for me seems such a raw time. I feel very fortunate to have been how i am then. Its tough now for sure.

    Cheers all
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    Thanks for sharing that, Alpha141! These "death" & NDE experiences do seem to have an awesome effect on people!

    I think of Ronald Bernard & then just heard about Cody Snodgras' experience yesterday!

    Kudos to you for sticking by your Girl!!

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    Behold a Pale Horse

    B S OR NOT it changed my life

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    Quote Posted by thepainterdoug (here)
    Behold a Pale Horse

    B S OR NOT it changed my life

    In 1996 I was 23 visiting a local furniture store. I was buying a futon and the salesman was about my age. We were having this moment of profound connection, I wanted to talk to him more but I was afraid another dude might think I was hitting on him or something and I was afraid it would get weird.

    I went to pay him for the futon and I hadn't figured the tax on the futon right, when I pulled every coin out of my pocket to pay I found that I had the exact amount, right down to the penny. It was a strange synchronicity, it had an impact so i stayed and we shot the sh!t for like two hours. There was no one else in the furniture store the entire time. He recomonded "Behold a Pale Horse" and said it had changed his life that and Michael Talbot's "Halographic Universe".

    I recommended Carlos Castaneda and James Redfield's "Celestine Prophecy".

    Behold a Pale Horse was the first book of it's kind I had ever read and not what I was expecting.

    I believed it then and I believe it now.
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    Hey great story Marcus.

    My latest would have to be "12 Rules For Life", by Jordan Peterson.

    I was so moved by it that I bought 6 xtra copies ....1 for my Dad and 5 for friends.

    It really is a spiritual guidebook masquerading as a 'self help' thing. It's a very dark book in spots, and those were the parts that actually motivated me the most.

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    MIND POWER by John Kehoe

    Whilst travelling in New Zealand I walked into a university library and picked it up. Read it cover to cover in two hours. I never recovered.

    Chapter 1 Another view of reality - The universe is a giant hologram.

    Anyone who enjoyed Michael Talbot´s book The Holographic Universe would connect to this book.

    PDF is here http://www.rivendellvillage.org/John...Mind_Power.pdf

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    The ultimate book on conspiracy. You will also be taught that sometimes you have to give the bad guys credit.
    It contains a modelling that can be applied to a lot of relevant subjects, e.g. UFOs.

    My best friend read it in one night. I said the next day "what do you think?" His reply: "Oh my!"

    One of PKD's finest and one of the best pieces of sci-fi ever made.
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    Inspired to post here because this thread was referenced today by sunwings.

    Read many of the great spiritual books mentioned here but I have something a little different that changed my childhood life and was connected with my ‘theme’ for this lifetime.

    I’m talking about the Tarzan books by Edgar Rice Burroughs! Sadly, most people’s idea of Tarzan comes from the films that bear little relation to the books (there were nearly 30). Burrough’s Tarzan was fluent in many languages (no me Tarzan, you Jane), an English Lord and, for a short time, a member of the British Secret Service.

    Edgar Rice Burroughs was clearly aware of the Illuminati, ETs and man’s slave condition. Tarzan represented the unprogrammed man, totally self sufficient, free from media and society conditioning.

    Why was this significant for me? Because the theme for my life was to become totally self-sufficient. When I eventually achieved this (it took 60 years) I remembered that I had made an agreement not to be able to see anything spiritual such as Guides, auras, etc – so I would be totally on my own. In fact, as a very young child my bedroom was filled with all sorts of spirits and I was extremely scared of them! Later, I became a sceptic and took the scientific path…

    But Tarzan inspired me to live outside of society and its silly ways…

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    "There is a river" a book about Edgar Cayce. It changed my beliefs about a lot of things; This was in '81.
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    I've read so much of the above and they changed my life.

    But the book that really changed the way I approached life was "On the Road" by Jack Kerouac. That one really hit me like a 2 by 4.
    "The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what we share with someone when we are uncool." From the movie "Almost Famous""l "Let yourself stand cool and composed before a million universes." Walt Whitman

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    Here is my list (not exhaustive) of the many books that were significant in my own journey. It should be noted that nearly all these books were impactful pre-internet days and that post internet there is now so much more information available, I wonder if I would have had the same realisations.



    1 – Lobsang Rampa books (20) introduction to esoterica that blew my young mind (aged between 12 and 15) and set me off on a lifelong path of discovery

    2 – Ramala Series (Revelation/Wisdom & Vision) – Channeled teachings that brought me in touch with the New Age. Directly responsible for helping me to become vegetarian!

    3 – A Search In Secret India, Paul Brunton – Enthralling travelogue account around the Indian spiritual scene in the 1930s. Introduced me to Ramana Maharshi which was ultimately life changing.

    4 – A Search in Secret Egypt, Paul Brunton – Standout account for me was PB’s visionary experience of high priests while spending a night in the Great Pyramid.

    5 – The Silent Path, Paul Brunton – Introduced me to my first meditation technique based around Ramana Maharshi’s Self Enquiry approach

    6 – The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus The Christ, by Levi – Channeled teachings that purported to document the 'real' life of Jesus and covers his missing years in India, initiation in the Egyptian mystery schools and more. Fascinating account that stirred my love for this remarkable Soul.

    7 – Autobiography of a Yogi, Yogananda. Inspired me enough to make a real commitment to a spiritual path. Nearly joined the SRF as a result

    8 – Be Who You Are, Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi, David Godman – This book triggered an intense period following the Maharshi’s Self Enquiry method and a lifelong commitment in pursuit of liberation

    9 - Initiation, Elisabeth Haich – Fascinating account of a woman who recalls her past life as an Egyptian princess undergoing the rites of initiation in the Great Pyramid

    10 – The Magus of Strovolos, Kyriacos C Markides – Documents an anthropologist’s experiences with a Greek Cypriot Mystic.

    11 – Life after Life, Dr. Raymond Moody – Thought provoking collection of NDE’s that set me off on a whole new area of research

    12 – Disappearance of the Universe, Gary Renard – Re-invigorated my interest in A Course in Miracles

    13 – A Course in Miracles – Followed the Text and then workbook – introduced me to the practice of forgiveness

    14 – Journey’s out of the body, Robert Monroe – Practiced the OBE techniques described

    15 – Mass dreams of the Future, Helen Wambach & Chet Snow – Details past and future life hypnotic progressions. Resulted in me having my own past life and future life sessions with Chet Snow. Many of the accounts are now proven to be inaccurate

    16 – Nothing Ever Happened, David Godman – 3 volume Biography of HW Poonjaji, a prominent disciple of Ramana Maharshi

    17 – Perfect Brilliant Stillness, David Carse – Account of David’s spiritual realization in a south American jungle

    18 – And the Truth Shall Set you Free, David Icke – Opened my mind to the shadowy elite and I’ve never seen the world the same ever since

    19 – The Thunder of Silence, Joel S Goldsmith – Opened me up to the mystical meditative technique of the Infinite Way



    Fiction/Fantasy

    1 – Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien

    2 – The Lion the Witch & the Wardrobe, C. S. Lewis

    3 – The First & Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, Stephen Donaldson

    4 – Magician, Raymond Feist

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    Chris listed some books that "just happened" and that really made me think. So, which book out of the (not so many) books I have read which "just happened" had the biggest impact on my life?

    Ender's Game. Hands down.

    The idea of children fighting a war still blows my mind (and turns my stomach)

    Hollywood eventually made the first book into a movie, and that blew my mind even more.

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    Many Mansions - Gina Cerminara

    The Edgar Cayce Story on Reincarnation



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    I read this book at a time when I was concerned over the question of having one life and how best that life should be lived. This book changed all that and set me on a quest that continued.

    All that seems a long time ago but I never forgot the title and the time of its resulting in a paradigm shift.
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    Quote Posted by East Sun (here)
    "There is a river" a book about Edgar Cayce. It changed my beliefs about a lot of things; This was in '81.

    The same book for me, around 1983.
    Those who must silence others for speaking the truth cannot be innocent.

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    Chronologically:

    -Joseph Campbell's "Hero with a Thousand Faces", in high school. Dropped Catholicism like the hot rock it was after learning there were so many other stories.

    -Aldous Huxley's "Island", first book I read for pleasure in college, that I remember, showed many possible and enthusiastic ways forward after the above.

    -Borges' collected short stories, read them all over a summer and they've been a constant reference since. About the size of a good novel, if laid end to end.

    -Frank Herbert's "Dune" and "God Emperor of Dune", first steps towards a grand theory of what the planet makes that matters so much, many personal synchs. Ask me about the movie!

    -Carl Jung's "Red Book", read in intervals during work. Really showed the world beyond the world, and how it affects matter around us and can be a good guide.

    -Bruce Chatwin's "The Songlines", while out in the Caribbean. Tied all the previous information together into a lived, walked, effective pattern of what's out there.

    -Jodorowsky's "The Technofathers" / Joe Haldeman's "The Forever War", comic book versions, during months taken off work to just read. Marvelous imagination-expanders.

    -Tolkien's "The Silmarilion", which I read first while events much like those described were happening to me, and LOTR and The Hobbit later, during a long night journey.

    -David Halberstam's "The Fifties", because the world as it is came out the way it did because of many fingers in the pie, it was far from the self-rising cake advertised.

    -Adrian Giblert and Maurice Cotterrell's "Maya Prophecies", explained the real symbolism and meaning behind important things that had happened to me while bumping around in Maya land.

    -Andrew Collins' "The Cygnus Mystery", for what it says about Gobelki Tepe and the Neolithic origin of Spanish self-importance.

    -Phylos the Tibetan's "Dweller on Two Planets", for an explanation of many things I had skated around, and an integrated, if partial, worldview.

    -Philip L. Nicoloff's "Sacred Koyasan", a few weeks ago, a review of the life and practices of Shingon Buddhism, which really felt like coming home.
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    EDIT:

    Have now read the whole thread, was thrilled to find mentions of LaViolette's "Genesis of the Cosmos" and Castaneda's "Journey to Ixtlan", which could well be on the above list, and "Breaking open the head", which has some good tips. Terence McKenna anyone? The books are good, but it's hearing the lecture that can drive one into odd experience all by itself. Wrote down all the others that seem interesting, and Michael Talbot is, I think, the author most mentioned.. that goes on the list to come. Thank you!
    Last edited by Lakeofmarch; 25th September 2019 at 22:53.

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