I have found books to be an excellent resource for this spiritual journey that I am on. I am curious to see what you all enjoy to read and why – this way we can all share some great philosophical/spiritual books, and therefore knowledge, with each other.
Here are my top 3:
1. Acid Test by Tom Shroder
I found this book to be very enlightening for 3 reasons. It brought a lot of light upon the war on drugs, it showed me that hallucinogenics can be an eye-opening spiritual experience, and lastly, it showed me that hallucinogenics can also be a healing experience (specifically for PTSD and anxiety).
2. Waking Up by Sam Harris
This book shed a lot of scientific knowledge on me about the self and how to discover that. It can be hard to read because of the wording, but you will get the idea. This was the book that really broadened my horizons and started to make me question life more.
3. Be Here Now by Ram Dass
This book will really come to you when it is the right time. All I can say is that it is extremely insightful and helpful in aiding you on a spiritual journey – provides lots of food for thought.
Please do not hesitate to comment below!! I look forward to seeing the recommendations.
I recommend anything by Don Miguel Ruiz. He writes self help books using Toltec philosophy, and they really are great. Arguably his most popular book is The Four Agreements, and for good reason. I’d say it’s his best. I also like some of his other books, namely, Mastery of Love, and Mastery of Self.
The Four Agreements talks about the things we do and believe that prevent us from living full, happy lives, and instead create needless suffering. The four agreements themselves are simply four things we can vow to follow to help us navigate away from such negativity.
Mastery of Love explores the age old idea of “How can you find love when you don’t even love yourself?” And goes on to explain that it’s not that you won’t be able to find love without loving yourself, but you yourself will not be able to love without first loving who you are. Basically, to master your relationship with others, you need to master the relationship you have with yourself.
Mastery of Self teaches you how to take back your personal power from the belief that life is anything more than a dream and that you have no control over it, to help you become your true authentic self.
On top of that, I also highly recommend Tao Te Ching. I found it a bit difficult to digest, but ultimately worth the time it took. It’s the one book you should read if you’re interested in Taoism at all.