I decided to write down things that I've been thinking about in a blog. I try to write these from a place of serenity, where I am centered and outside myself.
To give you a better idea of where all of these ideas are coming from, I want to let you know what my outside influences are. Of course, I have friends and spiritual gatherings that also influence me. I do want to give credit to these sources so you can check them out if you are expanding your spiritual library. Also, I want to acknowledge that most of my ideas are not original but are more a synthesis of these different sources. Hopefully, I will help bring things together for you and then give you an opportunity to explore these sources more in depth if you prefer.
After experiencing some life events in early 2010, I began to question my current belief system. I started with The Alchemist, which is an allegory that encourages you to follow your dreams a little before Christmas. But things really got interesting when I began looking to others for the answers to my spiritual questions on a road trip a little before New Years Eve of that same year. I listened to The Power of Now since it really is a practical, spiritual book that is really just the essence of a lot of spiritual teachings. In this book, there is not a huge supernatural emphasis and it is palatable (although maybe questionable) by most religions. It was a great place to start as it kind of is like starting at the end and then working backwards, getting all of the supporting material from other sources. All of these sources were listened to in audio book form which is really the only way I could realistically take in so much information in such a short time and lead any type of normal life. I picked some of these but a lot were recommendations from friends. Some of these are in audio format only.
This is the original order in which I listened to/read these wonderful books or recordings. I will update this list as it expands. If you know of other good books, please let me know.
My reading list:
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramhansa Yogananda
A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield
Energy Anatomy by Caroline Myss
The Answers Are Within You by Debbie Ford
A History of God by Karen Armstrong
The Bhagavad Gita
The Secret of Shambhala by James Redfield
The Shadow Effect by Debbie Ford, et al
Wheels of Life by Anodea Judith
Living the Wisdom of the Tao by Wayne W. Dyer
The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
Conversations With God, Book 1 by Neale Donald Walsch
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain
The Power by Rhonda Byrne
Love, Service, Devotion and the Ultimate Surrender by Ram Dass
Modern Man in Search of a Soul by Carl Gustav Jung
The Pilgrimage by Paulo Coehlo
Becoming Enlightened by Dalai Lama
Experiments in Truth by Ram Dass
Be Love Now by Ram Dass