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Spirit Books

I was a fundamental christian for a large part of my life, when I began to explore outside that box I found so many different perspectives on life and its meaning. Sometimes it seems the beliefs are wildly different, but the closer I look the more I see the patterns and similarities between them. Here's a list of books that have resonated with or challenged my ideas on what the "spiritual" world is like and how that affects the "real" world.


Tao Te Ching

Many call it the wisest book ever written. Beautiful, simple wisdom.
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Wherever You Go, There You Are

In this book, the author maps out a simple path for cultivating mindfulness in one's own life. It speaks both to those coming to meditation for the first time and to longtime practitioners, anyone who cares deeply about reclaiming the richness of his or her moments

A New Earth

In "A New Earth," Tolle expands on these powerful ideas to show how transcending our ego-based state of consciousness is not only essential to personal happiness, but also the key to ending conflict and suffering throughout the world. 

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Ascension Magick

"Taking a magickal approach to this often misunderstood spirituality, Christopher Penczak explores the fascinating path of ascension...From angels and aliens to reincarnation and the Merkaba, Penczak leaves no stone unturned in this remarkably thorough and absorbing examination of ascension spirituality and magick."

Pronoia is the Antidote for Paranoia

Human beings are selfish, small-minded, violence-prone savages, civilization is a blight on the earth, and the rising tide of chaos ensures that everything's going to fall apart any day now. Right? Wrong, says Rob Brezsny.

Teachings of the Hindu Mystics

This anthology collects the most lyrical, passionate, illuminating writings of the Hindu mystical tradition. Andrew Harvey, the popular spiritual scholar and writer, has selected excerpts from ancient and contemporary sources, including extracts from the Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads, and other classical Hindu texts...
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The Mystical Qabalah

Dion Fortune's classic, The Mystical Qabalah, explores all aspects of the Qabalah, including the esoteric sciences of astrology and tarot, which form the basis of the Western Mystery Traditions. It provides a key to the practical working of this mystical system for both novice and initiate alike

The First Book of Adam and Eve

The Forgotten Books of Eden, by Rutherford H. Platt, Jr.

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The Celestine Prophecy

The Celestine Prophecy is a 1993 novel by James Redfield that discusses various psychological and spiritual ideas that are rooted in many ancient Eastern Traditions and New Age spirituality. 

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Buddha, Truth and Brotherhood; An Epitome of Many Buddhist Scriptures

 Do no think that the compassion of the earthly Buddha is only for the present life; that was only a manifestation of the timeless compassion of the eternal Buddha that has been operative since mankind first went astray from ignorance. The eternal Buddha ever appears before people in most friendly forms and brings to them the wisest methods of relief.

The Tao of Pooh

The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff is a perfect introduction to the ideas of Taoism as illustrated by an unaware Taoist, Winnie the Pooh. Using Winnie the pooh books, Benjamin Hoff shows the practical application of the taoist philosophy. reveling answers to difficult concepts like, 'doing without doing' and the 'uncarved block'. You can listen to the book here:

The Chakra Bible

Chakras are the centers of energy in our body that profoundly affect our well-being. Through this exquisitely designed volume, newcomers to this alternative form of spirituality can understand every aspect of chakra power.

The Book of the Law

 Liber AL vel Legis  is the central sacred text of Thelema, written down from dictation mostly by Aleister Crowley... Crowley claimed it was dictated to him by a discarnate entity named Aiwass or Aiwaz. However, the three chapters are largely written in the first person by the Thelemic deities Nuit, Hadit, and Ra-Hoor-Khuit respectively, rather than by Aiwass/Aiwaz

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