What book(s) have influenced you the most?

Jordan Lejuwaan (@jordan) 10 years, 10 months ago

Bringers of Light – Neale Walsch —- Talks about how to become a beacon of goodness in this world.
The New Psycho-Cybernetics – Dr. Maltz —- Gives scientific/logical explanations as to why positive thinking can truly influence your reality. The best thing about it is it’s so logical that you can’t really argue against it


After this discussions has gone on for a month or so, I’ll compile it into a "HE Reader-Suggested Reading" list :)

January 24, 2011 at 1:28 am
Rachel Willis (11) (@rachelwillis7) 10 years, 10 months ago ago

The Four Agreements — Don Miguel Ruiz — Discusses four agreements you can make with yourself that will significantly change your life. A lot of the information he writes is what he learned from the “Toltec” culture, but I still agreed with many of his statements made.

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Alex G (0) (@nekops) 10 years, 10 months ago ago

How to Win Friends and Influence People- I’m currently reading it, but it will definitely be one of those books I go back to again and again for review.

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Bryan Hellard (307)M (@xyver) 10 years, 10 months ago ago

Haha my grandpa gave me that book. So I guess now that you recommended it, I gotta go read it!

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Raghul Sudersan (4) (@raghulmz) 10 years, 10 months ago ago

The Godfather! Its a nice tale of family, friendship, love, hate, respect and watching out for the people around you.

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Thomas P. (3) (@oliver) 10 years, 10 months ago ago

The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera.One of the few books that I couldn’t go a few pages without stopping to analyze and question life and how we go about it. Absolutely brilliant read and definitely worth taking your time.

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Martijn Schirp (112,780)A (@martijn) 10 years, 10 months ago ago

The doors of perception – Aldous Huxley

The first and also one of the best trip reports of mescaline, the peyote cactus entheogen. After this I was sure there were other states of consciousness that could be experienced, either through meditation, drugs, fasting or breathing/sleeping exercises.

Cloud hidden, whereabouts unknown – Alan Watts

Alan watts is by far one of my favourite philosophers, every line is honey for the tong. This book of his is a volume of his essays that opened so many ways of thinking for me that I now use every day.

Breaking open the head – Daniel Pinchbeck

Definately one of the best books on the history of shamanism in relation to culture. Full of great stories and incredible sources, must read for every high existence member!

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Alec (1) (@lachy95) 10 years, 10 months ago ago

1984 – George Orwell

You know that feeling that passes through like an invisible wave which makes your brain stop, zoom out and look at the entire world and think “we’re all just a bunch of animals interacting and pretending what we think is real is actually real” or “where is the proof that everybody around me aren’t actors hired to simulate reality so another being can conduct an experiment on me?” This book manages to take you to that place and hold you there and instead of giving you a glimpse, permits you a long hard look at where we all are and just how VERY similar our world is to the Orwellian dystopia. After reading this book I can go back to how I felt whenever I choose to have a little peek at how ‘unreal’ reality is.

A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess

This book pokes fun to anybody who thinks life is easy or anybody who thinks the way we think it all should be is ever going to be the way it is. The ‘teenager’ complex as a part of the human food chain is always going to exist no matter what – which makes you realise every stereotype of a person (old, useless elederly, stuck-up girl, arrogant alpha male, pestering mother) is an archetype that is there for a reason and that what we want is not the best way things work out.

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Martijn Schirp (112,780)A (@martijn) 10 years, 10 months ago ago

I love Status Anxiety by Alain de Botton, here is his awesome TED talk for a general outline of his ideas.

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Cameron (24) (@cman759) 10 years, 10 months ago ago

The Brothers Karamazov has had a profound effect on my life. Chapter 8 specifically “The Grand Inquisitor” caused me to lose my faith in Christianity.

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Alex G (0) (@nekops) 10 years, 10 months ago ago

Brave New World- Incredible view of a possible future that really makes you question the present and the current state of our consumer culture. The book isn’t specifically about consumer culture; it is an attempt at Utopia that uses consumption as a means of making the masses happy with life. This is a required read. You must experience it.

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ibrahim (1) (@boblaham) 10 years, 10 months ago ago

Paulo Coelho – The Alchemist

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Martijn Schirp (112,780)A (@martijn) 10 years, 10 months ago ago

I love brave new world, definately a must read. (You can’t go wrong with aldous huxley in my opinion).

Have you seen the documentary, century of the self Alex? I posted it in the documentaries topic, it has a shocking view on identity, individualism and consumerism.

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AzT (1) (@azmosis) 10 years, 10 months ago ago

A compilation of Paramahansa Yogananda’s talks in America. The book’s called “Man’s Eternal Quest”.

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Martijn Schirp (112,780)A (@martijn) 10 years, 10 months ago ago

Sounds like an amazing book AzT, did it change your ideas about the world in any way?

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AzT (1) (@azmosis) 10 years, 10 months ago ago

Yes, it has! Well, for one, I believe that we shouldn’t take life too seriously, and we should just go with the flow and do our best in doing the things we believe is right. :/ Also, I now believe in the dualism of good and bad… Like you can’t really ditch the bad things happening to you because they really exist. What matters is your outlook in life.

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Landon Wills (1) (@landon) 10 years, 10 months ago ago

Way of the peaceful warrior. The only book i have read more than once. Based on a true story(well,mostly) I suggest everyone give this book a shot.

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Martijn Schirp (112,780)A (@martijn) 10 years, 10 months ago ago

What is it about Landon, and what did you get out if it?

Btw, I also love fiction as Haruki Murakami and his big influence, Franz Kafka. And thought The schopenhauer cure was pretty cool by Irvin Yalom.

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Francesco S. (0) (@francesco) 10 years, 10 months ago ago

Initiation Into Hermetics by Franz Bardon I’ve found this book four years ago (and I’m still on level 1/10) it has shown me the kind of life I want to achieve, help me to ameliorate myself (and so my life) and to discover and understand our world by a new point of view. And sure, I’m becoming a Mage ;-) .

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chris de vera (4) (@yogini) 10 years, 10 months ago ago

1] Ishmael by Daniel Quinn …Ya think you know the story of Genesis…think again. Great read! Try reading the very first page…see if you’re not hooked! =)

2] Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig … the ‘monkey mind’ explored.

3] The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche … meditation, the mind, loving kindness, dying peacefully, it’s all in this book.

4] The Whale and the Reactor by Langdon Winner … science, technology, and human values…have we become slaves to what we have created??? where do we draw the line? almost a poetic read, quite insightful, let’s you question what you value in life.

5] Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn … one of the very first books I’ve read when I first got into meditation and practicing mindfulness. Solid read.

…and lots more. but this list is it for now. =)

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Jordan Lejuwaan (23,445)A (@jordan) 10 years, 10 months ago ago

Ishmael is one of my favorites! Such an addicting book and SO brilliant. Just based on that rec I will have to pick up the other books you mentioned, Chis. Thanks for sharing

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Martijn Schirp (112,780)A (@martijn) 10 years, 10 months ago ago

Wow great list indeed Chris! I have read ‘The Story of B.’ by Daniel Quinn which was very good. I love Jon Kabat-Zinn, hes amazing. The others I have heard about but Ive been reading other books that touch the same subject. Have you ever read anything by Chogyam Trungpa?

Reading ‘A new earth’ now by Eckhart Tolle, much better than I expected. Next one will be ‘The Mission of Art’ by Alex Grey.

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chris de vera (4) (@yogini) 10 years, 10 months ago ago

I have heard of Chogyam Trungpa, but have not read any of his written works…Any recommendations? Same goes with Alex Grey…will have to check that title though. Sounds interesting. I’ve read, The Power of Now by E. Tolle. That’s another good read. =)

I’d also put these in, because they made me think & question…also, they’re worthy of the term “required reading” when I was in HS:

6] Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand…if you’ve read it, you’ll know why it should be on any booklist. Or why we should (maybe) start looking for the John Galts of our time. =D
7] The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino … before the Alchemyst, there was THE Salesman. Sold? ;-)

BTW, i love this site, Jordan! Mad props to you! =)

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Martijn Schirp (112,780)A (@martijn) 10 years, 10 months ago ago

Ive read Atlas Shrugged and also The Fountainhead, they are definately interesting reads but in my opinion very misleading since her ‘philosophy’, well, isn’t philosophy. She uses very simplified assumptions to come to her conclusion which, don’t say much really (But makes sense if you know where’s she’s from and in what time the book was written). But she is a great writer and the story is amazing, I couldn’t finish the John Galt speech tho.

My number one recommendation would be Alan Watts, doesn’t matter which book!

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Ingo Mertens (2) (@ingomertens) 10 years, 10 months ago ago

Just picked up Bringers of light at the library, thanks for the reccomendation Jordan ;)

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jordan (0) (@banjordan) 10 years, 10 months ago ago

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close/ Everything is Illuminated
Catfish and Mandala
Breaking Open the Head/ 2012, The Return of Quetzalcoatl
Anything Terence McKenna
Adbusters Magazine!
some wonderful books and a magazine that provide for introspective reflection, and tought provocative topics.

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