Author: Mollie Player

Mollie Player is a freelance writer living in Seattle, Washington. She is the author of "You're Getting Closer: One Year of Finding God and a Few Good Friends," "Happiness is the Truth: A Spiritual Manifesto," "What I Learned From Jane" and more.

Free spirituality ebook: “Beginning Your Love Revolution” by Matt Kahn

Free spirituality ebook: Beginning Your Love Revolution by Matt Kahn

Why I recommend this free spirituality ebook:

Matt Kahn. Ah, I love you. This is the guy that got the phrase “love what is” into my frightened, ego-controlled mind. This is the guy that showed me it’s okay to feel like crap, and to admit it–and actually, that you have to first do so in order to start getting of that feeling.

This guy is my really good friend–even though he doesn’t know it.

Beginning Your Love Revolution is a free excerpt of Kahn’s popular, amazing and apparently (partly?) channelled book, Whatever Arises, Love That: A Love Revolution That Begins With You. If you feel it’s time to start accepting what is, rather than always wishing it away, then you’d do well to download either of these books. If not, you’ll probably hate them both.

Need more convincing? Watch any one of Kahn’s awesome YouTube lectures.

To find out more about this free spirituality ebook, see:

Beginning Your Love Revolution on Amazon

Whatever Arises, Love That: A Love Revolution That Begins With You on Amazon

Matt Kahn’s Official Website

Matt Kahn’s awesome YouTube lecture videos

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You’re not an overeater. You mostly keep it healthy. Maybe it’s time to give dieting a chance.

Get The Emergency Diet: The Somewhat Hard, Very Controversial, Totally Unheard Of and Fastest Possible Way to Lose Weight on Amazon. 

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More mystical reading choices:

Top 20 Spiritual Memoirs

Top 150 Meditation Books

Top 20 Near Death Experience Books

Top 100 Channelled Books

Top 1000+ Law of Attraction Books

Top 25 Scientific Spiritual Books

Top 20 Spiritual Self-Help Books

Top 15 Blogs for Mystics

My 40 Favorite Books for Mystics

150 Law of Attraction Success Stories

 

Is everything really just a projection of ourselves? Even the mean stuff people do? (Part One)

In the world of mysticism and New Agey-type spirituality, it’s become a bit of a cliche: Everything we see, everything we experience, is merely ourselves, reflected back at us. We are here to discover who we really are, say our Buddhist teachers (like the great Pema Chodron) and our channels (like Esther Hicks, Jane Roberts and many others). This is supposed to make us feel better when things go wrong, I suppose; it’s not really happening, right?

But that isn’t the only reason we appreciate this teaching. We also like it because it gives us a sense of control. In his awesome pop psychology bestseller, What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite, David DiSalvo tells us about the human mind’s neurotic need for certainty and understanding–even in the face of very few facts.

Knowing what’s really going on at all times–with ourselves and everyone around us–is a major driving force of our actions and thoughts, he writes. There is a distinct physical and chemical pleasure response from coming up with a reason or explanation–no matter how accurate that explanation may be.

Enter all kinds of false conclusions. We even assign meaning to pure coincidence, making causal inferences from scant information.

And in Predictably Irrational, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions, Professor of Behavioral Economics Dan Ariely agrees.

So in a sense, believing the world is a projection of our own minds is a pretty attractive scenario. If I can change my mind, I can change my life, we conclude. Who doesn’t want that kind of power?

However, there’s a flip side to this perceived super power, a quandary to consider: What about when something goes wrong? Who do we blame when someone is truly mean, truly heinous, truly inconsiderate, truly . . . well, wrong?

Hmmmm . . . . That’s a hard one, isn’t it?

Clearly, your partner was not being nice when he told you he’d rather spend a night out with the guys than with you. Obviously, your mother should never suggest you go on a diet, and your sister is unfair to expect you to babysit her kids every week.

I mean, let’s face it: It’s one thing to believe in theory that everything that happens is a just projection of ourselves. It’s another thing entirely to act like we believe it, to truly believe that we’re the only ones responsible for our reality.

Some law of attraction followers have a code word for what happens when things go wrong. They call it “co-creation.” They think that even enlightened people experience bad stuff on occasion (in other words, even Esther Hicks gets sick). This is because, well, we’re not really the only ones out here on this plane of reality. And some, but not all, of the out-there stuff affects us.

We’re all in this thing together.

Another explanation, which I like even better, comes from a lesser-known but equally awesome teacher named Matt Kahn. (Get a free long excerpt of his book, Whatever Arises, Love That, here.) Kahn says that when bad stuff happens, it’s not because you didn’t create or visualize right; it’s because there’s some serious work going on inside you. The idea is similar to the Buddhist idea of working out one’s karma. (See Kahn’s video, “The Karmic Return,” for more.)

For quite a while, I accepted these explanations, and in fact I still do–partly. I do believe (for now, anyway) that there really are other people out there, and that those other people are actually doing things. If reality is a projection, I think it’s a collective one.

However, there’s another layer to this idea that I only recently truly discovered. And the teacher that led me to it was Byron Katie.

Here is Katie’s take on the topic in a nutshell. She says that it’s not that so-called “bad” stuff never happens to enlightened or “advanced” people. (She probably gets her disproportionate share of hate mail, for example, due to her nobody-is-a-victim philosophy.) But when you know that a comment just isn’t true, that comment doesn’t feel truly mean to you anymore. Instead, it just feels like pain. It feels like an angry child is speaking to you, someone who doesn’t understand you–someone who’s hurt and afraid.

So the question she asks is, How can people ever really be mean to you, if you’re never, ever mean to yourself?

I would really, really love for you to go down the Byron Katie rabbit hole with me. For a very short video introduction to her view on this topic, watch “Byron Katie explains a post: ‘Your partner’s flaws are your own, because you’re projecting them” on YouTube. And expect more posts on this topic to come.

 

Best Blogs for Mystics

I love a heartfelt, person-to-person blog. And of course, I love to hear different perspectives on spirituality–not just articles, but real opinions. These bloggers deliver on all these points. Hope you like them, too.

Best Blogs for Mystics:

Notes for Creators, written by Evan Griffith

He’s not just spiritual. He’s creative. And his whole mission in life is to inspire you to be more creative, too–to make your dreams into goals, and goals into achievements. (Oh, and he’s a really good writer.)

Good Vibe Blog, written by Jeannette Maw

She’s a pro. What more can I say? If you’re a law of attraction type, follow away. You won’t be disappointed.

Deliberate Receiving, written by Melody Fletcher

Snarky. Sarcastic. Super fun. Spiritual. All the stuff we want from a blogger. Her posts are long and very well thought-out. And she’s got a huge following, and a book.

Byron Katie Blog, written (recorded?) by Byron Katie

Normally, I don’t do online videos. I like the quiet too much. But I’ve gotten addicted to Byron Katie’s amazing, life-altering perspective. She is my new guru, for sure.

True Divine Nature, written by Matt Kahn and Julie Dittmar

What a duo these two are. And their message is really exceptional. Their blog could use a little more TLC, but I like keeping their work in my thoughts and learning about what they’re up to. And if you haven’t yet seen a Matt Kahn YouTube video, well, you may not yet truly be living. His videos are his real blog.

Mom On A Spiritual Journey, written by Sarah Lawrence Hinson

Motherhood and spirituality, all jumbled up together? This woman is speaking my language. Here are some article titles that give you an idea of what to expect from this straightforward blog: “The cold hard ugly truth about spirituality,” “6 good reasons to have an Akashic records reading,” and “Set up your computer browser for spiritual practice.” Sold! (How do I do that?)

Thoughts. Stories. Life., written by Sarah Centrella

I’ve been following Centrella for some years now, and she’s come a long way, baby. Her book, Hustle Believe Receive, is awesome, and I enjoy her vulnerability on topics from motherhood to midlife.

Happiness Beyond Thought, written by Gary Weber

Spirituality, science, philosophy–always a great combination. This is a blog for people who like to keep up on the latest research in spiritual practice, particularly Buddhist practices and meditation.

Spiritual Living Blog, written by Amanda Linette Meder

A psychic with a blog. What a world, my friends. Meder gets it right, though, and doesn’t take herself too seriously.

Lora Nedkov’s Blog, written by Lora Nedkov

Nedkov is a spiritual counselor, and her posts seek to inspire you to treat yourself with more kindness, love and grace. She uses A Course in Miracles as her basic text.

All Considering, written by Katinka Hesselink

Hesselink asks tough questions, then answers them from her unique perspective. She doesn’t put on airs, though–this is a real person just telling it like she sees it.

Erin Pavlina, written by Erin Pavlina

Pavlina is a channel who writes about reincarnation, divination, omens and the like, bringing some common sense to her uncommon ability. Here’s a sample of her direct writing style:

“Let’s say you’re some bloke named Oliver Queen and you die, are you still Oliver Queen on the other side, like forever? Or do you become someone else? Something else?

People ask me variations of this question a lot …”

More Notable Blogs for Mystics

Maybe these aren’t so much blogs as just websites with a bunch of good content. Either way, they merit attention, for obvious reasons. (Namely, that they have a huge following and promote authors who have changed the world.)

EckhartTolle.com, written by Eckhart Tolle and team

Kryon.com, written by Lee Carroll and team

Abraham-Hicks.com, written by Esther Hicks and team

Marianne’s Blog, written by Marianne Williamson

Osho.com, written by various contributors

Bashar: The Official Site of Bashar Channeled by Darryl Anka, written by Darryl Anka and team

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Inspiration from the other side.

You’ve been on the spiritual path for a good while now. You’ve read the books. Maybe even met a guru or two. Sometimes, though, you need a different kind of inspiration. Inspiration from someone who knows how hard this inner peace stuff really is.

You’re Getting Closer and The Power of Acceptance. Get them for an uplifting price on Amazon.

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Top 100 Channelled Books

Top 1000+ Law of Attraction Books

Top 25 Scientific Spiritual Books

Top 20 Spiritual Self-Help Books

Top 15 Blogs for Mystics

My 40 Favorite Books for Mystics

150 Law of Attraction Success Stories

Law of attraction success story: “I paid off my mortgage in under ten years”

Contributor: Mollie Player

On a cold Friday the 13th in January over a decade ago, I signed the mortgage agreement for my first home. And I wasn’t scared about it at all. Though I wasn’t exactly rich–I’d decided that waiting tables was my true calling, at least for a while–I believed that by saving every dollar I could and paying at least a little ahead on the mortgage each month, I just might be able to pay off the house in ten years. With that goal in mind, I took in renters and saved every dollar I could. I didn’t drive a car, for instance. And sometimes I even passed up the bus, deciding it wasn’t worth that $1 fee.

Five years later, I was nowhere close to my goal, but I didn’t worry about that–I just kept making payments. Something in me told me that it would all work out as it should.

I married my first husband, and worked as much as I could, using most of my earnings for the house. Then I divorced and married David, which gave me another big edge. Still, the goal was pretty far away. Then the year before having my second child, I got a great job at Microsoft, and started paying in big chunks. Finally, the day came when my husband gave me the approval to take the twenty grand out of our savings account and pay our very last installment.

In the February nine years after signing the mortgage, I made the final payment on the house–nearly one year ahead of schedule.

I believe in hard work. And planning, and being careful with money. But I also believe in the power of setting an clearly defined intention.

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Finally, it happened. After ten years thinking about it, I attempted, as the Apostle Paul once wrote, to “pray without ceasing”–to communicate in an ongoing way with the Divine.

Interested in my results? Get You’re Getting Closer: One Year of Finding God and a Few Good Friends on Amazon.

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More mystical reading choices:

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Top 150 Meditation Books

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Top 100 Channelled Books

Top 1000+ Law of Attraction Books

Top 25 Scientific Spiritual Books

Top 20 Spiritual Self-Help Books

Top 15 Blogs for Mystics

My 40 Favorite Books for Mystics

150 Law of Attraction Success Stories

 

Best book for mystics: “Fringeology: How I Tried to Explain Away the Unexplainable—And Couldn’t” by Steve Volk

This month’s best book for mystics: Fringeology: How I Tried to Explain Away the Unexplainable—And Couldn’t by Steve Volk

Is this really one of the best books for mystics out there? Why?

There are a ton of books out there on the paranormal. But how many of them are written almost completely without bias by a seasoned journalist and top-notch science writer? Not many, I’d bet. Volk is likable, smart, objective—and convinced paranormal stuff is real.

A few quotes and highlights from this best book for mystics:

Near-death experiences, telepathy, meditation, lucid dreaming–in this book, Volk really takes some big swings.

Introduction

The introduction to Fringeology is the author’s soapbox speech on the believers-versus-skeptics debate. It’s a false dichotomy, he reasons; scientists can be just as dogmatic, judgmental and irrational in their skepticism as believers can be in their belief. It’s just part of human nature. The debate we should be having, then, shouldn’t be about whether or not paranormal stuff is real. The debate should be about what evidence is good enough to offer convincing support of the paranormal. He calls this “possibilianism,” and he’s convinced that if both sides got on board, there would be a lot stronger research and fairer critique—not to mention agreement—on the individual issues at hand. After all, once the threshold of “good enough” proof is met, the skeptics would have to back down a bit. And if it isn’t, the believers would have to at least qualify their statements of belief.

Chapter One: On near-death experiences

Evidence indicates that near-death experiences are real. Not only are there a large number of these stories, but they agree with each other in many key ways—and the skeptics don’t have any good explanations.

Chapter Two: On telepathy

“Telepathy—reading minds, ‘seeing’ what the human eye can’t see—is the paranormal field with possibly the best evidence. A small effect is proven when large enough samples are used. An example: Whenever researchers perform card reading tests, even on “normal” people, the subjects predict what’s on the cards with statistically significant greater-than-chance odds. Even though the effect is there, though, it is not very practical since it’s unreliable and small.

This chapter also discusses the heated, ongoing debates between the main faction of skeptics, CSICOP (Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal), and the Parapsychological Association (the CSICOP being by far more intellectually dishonest).

Chapter Three: On consciousness outside of the brain

This chapter discusses whether or not consciousness exists separately from the physical brain.
The evidence for this lies chiefly in quantum physics, which shows that the smallest units of matter we know of behave in ways that imply they have a mind of their own (such as quantum entanglement and changing direction and properties seemingly randomly).

The chapter tells the story of Dr. Stuart Hameroff, an anesthesiologist and scientist who wrote about what consciousness is.

Chapter Four: On UFOs

This chapter discusses the chances that there are aliens on our planet or in our galaxy. Though most stories have been disproven, one mystery remains: the large aircraft seen over Stevensville, Texas by many viewers in disparate locations. It is the most convincing sighting to date.

By the way, the author says, UFOs are definitely real, as UFO simply stands for “unidentified flying objects.” Also note that many people who see them say they didn’t want to, and are open to explanations other than aliens.

Chapter Five: On ghosts

The most personal chapter of the book, here Volk relates his own experience of living in an apparently haunted house, then discusses the debate over the reality of these phenomena, concluding that very little scientifically rigorous evidence exists.

Chapter Six: On the Overview Effect

A lesser-known phenomenon, the Overview Effect is the overwhelming feeling of unity or oneness with all that is (some may even use the term “enlightenment”) that often occurs to astronauts who view the earth from space, though they don’t always like to discuss it.

The chapter discusses astronaut Edgar Mitchell’s quest to solve the riddle of consciousness so that he could find the source of the unity he felt.

He is still looking.

Chapter Seven: On meditation and prayer

This chapter discusses the highly established, widely researched positive effects of meditation and meditative prayer on people’s brains and lives.
In it, Volk tells the story of Dr. Andrew Newberg, who leads this field of research today.

Chapter Eight: On lucid dreaming

This chapter discusses the experience many have of becoming aware they are dreaming while still dreaming, and the main lucid dream researcher, Dr. Stephen LaBerge. The author also tells his own lucid dream story.

Chapter Nine: On Induced After-Death Communication (IADC)

IADC is a little-known therapeutic technique for overcoming emotional trauma that involves vividly recalling painful memories, then moving the eyes from side to side.

Volk tells the story of Al Botkin, who discovered the therapy. The therapy is an extension of EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing). Anecdotal evidence is extremely promising, though no large-scale studies have been done on this little-known treatment.

The author’s conclusion:

We all do best to stave off our very human, very natural craving for knowledge and certainty, replacing it with a healthy dose of intellectual curiosity about the world at large and its many amazing possibilities.

Where can I further investigate this best book for mystics?

Fringeology on Amazon

Fringeology on Goodreads

Fringeology on Barnes and Noble

An interview with Steve Volk on YouTube

Steven Volk on Wikipedia

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You’re not an overeater. You mostly keep it healthy. Maybe it’s time to give dieting a chance.

Get The Emergency Diet: The Somewhat Hard, Very Controversial, Totally Unheard Of and Fastest Possible Way to Lose Weight on Amazon. 

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More mystical reading choices:

Top 20 Spiritual Memoirs

Top 150 Meditation Books

Top 20 Near Death Experience Books

Top 100 Channelled Books

Top 1000+ Law of Attraction Books

Top 25 Scientific Spiritual Books

Top 20 Spiritual Self-Help Books

Top 15 Blogs for Mystics

My 40 Favorite Books for Mystics

150 Law of Attraction Success Stories

 

 

Best Channeled Books

Ah, such a special book category. Close to my heart, as it very well may be to yours. What could be better than reading direct revelations from the other side?

I haven’t read all of the following books. But I wanted this list to be as comprehensive as I could make it, so I included everything I’ve ever heard of that fits. Let me know what I’ve missed, and I will gratefully update it.

Best Channeled Books:

Neale Donald Walsch:

Conversations with God, Part One, Neale Donald Walsch
Conversations with God, Part Two, Neale Donald Walsch
Conversations with God, Part Three, Neale Donald Walsch
Friendship with God, Neale Donald Walsch
Communion with God, Neale Donald Walsch
The New Revelations, Neale Donald Walsch
Tomorrow’s God: Our Greatest Spiritual Challenge, Neale Donald Walsch
Home with God, Neale Donald Walsch

Esther Hicks, Jerry Hicks and Abraham:

The Law of Attraction: The Basics of the Teachings of Abraham, Esther Hicks, Jerry Hicks and Abraham
Ask and It Is Given: Learning to Manifest Your Desires, Esther Hicks, Jerry Hicks and Abraham
Money, and the Law of Attraction: Learning to Attract Wealth, Health, and Happiness, Esther Hicks, Jerry Hicks and Abraham
The Amazing Power of Deliberate Intent: Living the Art of Allowing, Esther Hicks, Jerry Hicks and Abraham
The Vortex: Where the Law of Attraction Assembles All Cooperative Relationships, Esther Hicks, Jerry Hicks and Abraham
The Teachings of Abraham: The Master Course CD Program, 11-CD set, Esther Hicks, Jerry Hicks and Abraham
Getting Into The Vortex: Guided Meditations CD and User Guide, Esther Hicks, Jerry Hicks and Abraham
The Astonishing Power of Emotions: Let Your Feelings Be Your Guide, Esther Hicks, Jerry Hicks and Abraham
A New Beginning I: Handbook for Joyous Survival, Esther Hicks, Jerry Hicks and Abraham
A New Beginning II: A Personal Handbook to Enhance Your Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness, Esther Hicks, Jerry Hicks and Abraham

Jane Roberts and Seth:

The Nature of Personal Reality, Jane Roberts and Seth
The Magical Approach: Seth Speaks About the Art of Creative Living, Jane Roberts and Seth
Seth Speaks: The Eternal Validity of the Soul, Jane Roberts and Seth
The Seth Material, Jane Roberts
The “Unknown” Reality, Volume One, Jane Roberts and Seth
The “Unknown” Reality, Volume Two, Jane Roberts and Seth
The Nature of the Psyche: Its Human ExpressionJane Roberts and Seth
Dreams, Evolution and Value Fulfillment, Volume One, Jane Roberts and Seth
Dreams, Evolution and Value Fulfillment, Volume Two, Jane Roberts and Seth
A Seth Reader, Jane Roberts
The Early Sessions (Sessions 1 through 510 of the Seth Material), Jane Roberts
The Personal Sessions, Jane Roberts
The Early Class Sessions, Jane Roberts
Seth, Dreams and Projection of Consciousness, Jane Roberts

Lee Carroll and Kryon:

The End Times: New Information for Personal Peace, Kryon Book One, Lee Carroll and Kryon
Don’t Think Like a Human: Channelled Answers to Basic Questions, Kryon Book Two, Lee Carroll and Kryon
Alchemy of the Human Spirit: A Guide to Human Transition into the New Age, Kryon Book Three, Lee Carroll and Kryon
The Parables of Kryon, Kryon Book Four, Lee Carroll and Kryon
The Journey Home, Kryon Book Five, Lee Carroll and Kryon
Partnering with God: Practical Information for the New Millennium, Kryon Book Six, Lee Carroll and Kryon
Letters from Home: Loving Messages from the Family, Kryon Book Seven, Lee Carroll and Kryon
Passing The Marker: Understanding the New Millennium Energy, Kryon Book Eight, Lee Carroll and Kryon
The New Beginning: 2002 and Beyond, Kryon Book Nine, Lee Carroll and Kryon
A New Dispensation: Plain Talk for Confusing Times, Kryon Book Ten, Lee Carroll and Kryon
Lifting the Veil: The New Energy Apolcalypse, Kryon Book Eleven, Lee Carroll and Kryon
The Twelve Layers of DNA: An Esoteric Study of the Mastery Within, Kryon Book Twelve, Lee Carroll and Kryon
The Recalibration of Humanity: 2013 and Beyond, Kryon Book Thirteen, Lee Carroll and Kryon

Leta Hamilton and Archangel Michael:

100 Daily Messages for Expanding Consciousness, 100 Daily Messages Volume One, Leta Hamilton and Archangel Michael
100 Daily Messages for Abundance, Enough-ness and Prosperity, 100 Daily Messages Volume Two, Leta Hamilton and Archangel Michael
100 Daily Messages for the Dimensions, Realms of Existence and Planes of Experience, 100 Daily Messages Volume Three, Leta Hamilton and Archangel Michael
100 Daily Messages for No-Mind, Mind-Mastery and Heart-Mind, 100 Daily Messages Volume Four, Leta Hamilton and Archangel Michael

Geoffrey Hoppe and Tobias:

The Creator Series, Geoffrey Hoppe and Tobias
Live Your Divinity, Geoffrey Hoppe and Tobias
Journey of the Angels, Geoffrey Hoppe and Tobias
Masters in the New Energy, Geoffrey Hoppe and Tobias
Act of Consciousness, Geoffrey Hoppe and Tobias
Crimson Circle Library (video, audio and text), Geoffrey Hoppe
The Tobias Materials: The Creator Series – New Tools for Our New Spiritual Journey, Geoffrey Hoppe
Masters in the New Energy, Geoffrey Hoppe
“A Letter to Awakening Humans”, Geoffrey Hoppe
Call to Awaken (Audio CD), Geoffrey Hoppe
Opening into Consciousness – A Guided Experience (Audio CD), Geoffrey Hoppe
“The Twelve Signs of Your Awakening Divinity”, Geoffrey Hoppe
Journey of the Angels: The Tobias Materials, Geoffrey Hoppe and Linda Benyo

Other channeled books:

A Course in Miracles, Helen Shucman
Whatever Arises, Love That, Matt Kahn
The Great Human Potential: Walking in One’s Own Light, Wendy Kennedy
Darryl Anka and Bashar
A Vision, W.B. Yeats
The Great Shift: Co-Creating a New World for 2012 and Beyond, Martine Vallee
The Secret of Effortless Doing: Be . . . And It Will Be, Ronny and Zach Sivan
Book of Commandments (Doctrine and Covenants), Joseph Smith Jr.
Oahspe Bible, John Ballou Newbrough
The Cosmic Tradition, Max Theon and Alma Theon
Book of the Law, Aleister Crowley
Toward the Light, Johanne Agerskov
Arten and Pursah Channelings, Gary Renard
The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ, Levi H. Dowling
The Jesus Trilogy (Choice and Will / Love and Surrender /Beliefs, Emotions, and the Creation of Reality), Gina Lake
The Urantia Book

Other divine channels:

George Van Tassel
Eileen Caddy
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
JZ Knight
Rueckert
John Edward
Sylvia Browne
James Van Praagh
Lisa Williams
John Holland
Sally Morgan
Vladimir Megre

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How do you stay in touch with the Divine throughout the day? (Conversations with Leta, continued)

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I have this friend who is really, really happy. Her name is Leta Hamilton. She’s a channel, an author, and a mom of four–and the perfect person to grill for answers about life.

Here, part of a question-and-answer session that I am posting in installments.

Mollie: Other than saying “I love you, God” repeatedly, is there something you do to stay in touch with the Divine during the day? What do you do when you’re at loose ends?

Leta: When I am at loose ends, I usually muscle test. Muscle testing has been a huge tool in my life and I use it every day. (For more on this, read David Hawkins’ Power Versus Force.) This technique is so useful in my life I don’t know how to emphasize it strongly enough.

Loose ends means time to check in. I think of many things … and check in as I go along. Sometimes the guidance is to just sit, breathe, be patient, wait. Sometimes the guidance is to move to a different room. Sometimes it is to write. Sometimes to watch TV. There is no rule to it.

Listening, centering and checking in are my go-to pauses when I don’t know where to go next, what to do next. I wait until the thing comes. Often, it is a small micro-movement. It can be as simple as turning my body in a different direction.

I think that is why I am called to do yoga once a week. It is full of micro-movements. That is such a big thing for me. I was just thinking about that today … the micro-movements of my yoga class. It totally makes sense now.

I have a fun time on Netflix. I watch these shows that I love and just learn, learn, learn about people. The kids are directed by me about a fifth of the time and the rest is left to peers, Dad, TV and all the rest of the world (church, extended family, school, etc.).

It feels like a balance to me. If that helps, then I am glad. I never know if I am helping or not.

I just do my best to love God. That is pretty much the meaning of everything to me. To love God creates joy in my heart. I love God so much. I can’t express enough how much the love of God plays into my being-ness from moment to moment. It is the reason I live. I feel like a religious fanatic … but that really is how I function from day to day. Life is getting through the days learning how to love God more. God is not a concept or an idea, but a living energy that flows through me with every breath.

I love God!!! I don’t know how else to put it.

Thank you for letting me share. Peace out!

Leta

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For more from Leta, and more from me on meditation, get The Power of Acceptance: One Year of Mindfulness and Meditation on Amazon.

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My 40 Favorite Books for Mystics

150 Law of Attraction Success Stories

 

Best of the Best: My All-Time Favorite Books for Mystics

Okay, so these aren’t the expected choices. They’re not all classics or best sellers, or even the most substantial, information-heavy works. But I stand by my choices for my favorite books for mystics. They’re the spirituality books I liked the most. The most inspiring, the most fun to read.

A list this important is, of course, a work in progress; check back on the Blog page for additions as well as for expanded notes on those that follow.

Best of the Best: My All-Time Favorite Books for Mystics

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment, Eckhart Tolle
A New Earth, Eckhart Tolle
Conversations with God, Neale Donald Walsch
Seth Speaks: The Eternal Validity of the Soul, Jane Roberts and Seth
The Magical Approach: Seth Speaks About the Art of Creative Living, Jane Roberts and Seth
Don’t Think Like a Human: Channelled Answers to Basic Questions, Kryon Book Two, Lee Carroll and Kryon
The 100 Daily Messages Series, Leta Hamilton and Archangel Michael
Ask and It Is Given: Learning to Manifest Your Desires, Esther Hicks, Jerry Hicks and Abraham

The Work of Byron Katie: An Introduction, Byron Katie
Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life, Byron Katie and Stephen Mitchell
I Need Your Love – Is That True?: How to Stop Seeking Love, Approval, and Appreciation and Start Finding Them, Byron Katie and Michael Katz
A Thousand Names for Joy: Living in Harmony with the Way Things Are, Byron Katie and Stephen Mitchell
Your Inner Awakening: The Work of Byron Katie: Four Questions That Will Transform Your Life, Byron Katie
Question Your Thinking, Change The World: Quotations from Byron Katie, Byron Katie
Who Would You Be Without Your Story?: Dialogues with Byron Katie, Byron Katie
Friendly Universe: Sayings to Inspire and Challenge You, Byron Katie
The Truth Behind Addiction, Byron Katie
On Work and Money, Byron Katie and Stephen Mitchell
Abuse: What Forgiveness Really Looks Like, Byron Katie
Loving What Is: 52 Meditations on Reality, Byron Katie
Parents Meet Their Children Through The Work, Byron Katie
Inner Work: A Journal for Self-discovery Through The Work of Byron Katie, Byron Katie

How God Changes Your Brain: Breakthrough Findings From a Leading Neuroscientist, Andrew B. Newberg
Everything You Need to Know to Feel Go(o)d, Candace Pert
Molecules of Emotion: Why You Feel the Way You Feel, Candace Pert
Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself, Joe Dispenza
Fringe-ology: How I Tried to Explain Away the Unexplainable–and Couldn’t, Steve Volk
The User Illusion: Cutting Consciousness Down to Size, Tor Nørretranders
Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self, Robert Waggoner
A Field Guide to Lucid Dreaming, Dylan Tuccillo, Jared Zeizel and Thomas Peisel

Dying to Be Me, Anita Moorjani
Autobiography of a Yogi, Paramahansa Yogananda
The Search For Grace: A Documented Case of Murder and Reincarnation, Bruce Goldberg
Zero Limits: The Secret Hawaiian System for Wealth, Health, Peace, and More, Joe Vitale
Eat Pray Love, Elizabeth Gilbert
Sex, Drugs and Meditation: How One Woman Changed Her Life, Saved Her Job and Found a Husband, Mary-Lou Stephens
Many Lives, Many Masters: The True Story of a Prominent Psychiatrist, His Young Patient, and the Past-Life Therapy That Changed Both Their Lives, Brian Weiss
Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife, Eben Alexander
Learning to Eat Along the Way, Margaret Bendet

Meditation Without Gurus, Clark Strand
Ten Percent Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story, Dan Harris
The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation, Thich Nhat Hanh

The Cross and the Switchblade, David Wilkerson
The Practice of the Presence of God, Brother Lawrence
Miracles, C.S. Lewis
The Wisdom of the Desert, Thomas Merton

The Child Whisperer, The Ultimate Handbook for Raising Happy, Successful, and Cooperative Children, Carol Tuttle
The Shack, William Young

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Inspiration from the other side.

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Best Scientific Spiritual Books

Every day, science is merging with spirituality in new and fascinating ways. I hope you flip through one or more of these awesome works. There’s so much nerdy fun in their pages.

Best Scientific Spiritual Books

How God Changes Your Brain: Breakthrough Findings From a Leading Neuroscientist, Andrew B. Newberg and Mark Robert Waldman
The Spiritual Brain: Science and Religious Experience, Andrew Newberg
Why God Won’t Go Away: Brain Science and the Biology of Belief, Andrew B. Newberg
Why We Believe What We Believe: Our Biological Need for Meaning, Spirituality, and Truth, Andrew B. Newberg and Mark Robert Waldman
Words Can Change Your Brain: 12 Conversation Strategies to Build Trust, Resolve Conflict, and Increase Intimacy, Andrew B. Newberg and Mark Robert Waldman
The Mystical Mind: Probing the Biology of Religious Experience, Andrew B. Newberg and Eugene G.d’Aquili
Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself, Joe Dispenza
You Are the Placebo: Making Your Mind Matter, Joe Dispenza
Evolve Your Brain: The Science of Changing Your Mind, Joe Dispenza
The Honeymoon Effect: The Science of Creating Heaven on Earth, Bruce Lipton
The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter, & Miracles, Bruce Lipton
The Wisdom of Your Cells – How Your Beliefs Control Your Biology, Bruce Lipton
Spontaneous Evolution: Our Positive Future and a Way to Get There from Here, Bruce Lipton and Steve Bhaerman
Everything You Need to Know to Feel Go(o)d, Candace Pert
Molecules of Emotion: Why You Feel the Way You Feel, Candace Pert
The User Illusion: Cutting Consciousness Down to Size, Tor Nørretranders
The Immortal Mind: Science and the Continuity of Consciousness Beyond the Brain, Ervin Laszlo and Anthony Peake
Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness are the Keys to Understanding the True Nature of the Universe, Robert Lanza and Bob Berman
Return to the Brain of Eden: Restoring the Connection between Neurochemistry and Consciousness, Tony Wright and Graham Gynn
How Your Mind Can Heal Your Body, David R. Hamilton
The Quantum Doctor: A Quantum Physicist Explains the Healing Power of Integrative Medicine, Amit Goswami
Fringe-ology: How I Tried to Explain Away the Unexplainable–and Couldn’t, Steve Volk
Return to the Brain of Eden: Restoring the Connection Between Neurochemistry and Consciousness, Tony Wright and Graham Gynn
Secrets of Your Cells: Discovering Your Body’s Inner Intelligence, Sondra Barret
The Physics of Angels: Exploring the Realm Where Science and Spirit Meet, Rupert Sheldrake and Matthew Fox
Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself, Lissa Rankin M.D.
One Mind: How Our Individual Mind Is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters, Larry Dossey

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Finally, it happened. After ten years of thinking about it, I attempted, as the Apostle Paul once wrote, to “pray without ceasing”–to communicate in an ongoing way with the Divine.

If you’re interested in my results, get You’re Getting Closer: One Year of Finding God and a Few Good Friends on Amazon.

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Best Meditation Books

Best Nonfiction Book

I haven’t read nearly as many books on meditation as I would like. But the ones I have read have been very worthwhile. I highly recommend those on this first list, and the second list is a collection of other popular titles for your reference. Popularity, after all, counts for something. At least with books.

Note that I will update this list as I discover more meditation authors; I know it is as yet far from complete.

Best Meditation Books:

Meditation Without Gurus, Clark Strand
The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment, Eckhart Tolle
Meditation: How to Reduce Stress, Get Healthy, and Find Your Happiness in Just 15 Minutes a Day, Rachel Rofe
Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity, David Lynch
Ten Percent Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story, Dan Harris
The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation, Thich Nhat Hanh

Other Top Meditation Books:

Jon Kabat-Zinn:

Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness, Jon Kabat-Zinn
Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life, Jon Kabat-Zinn
The Power of Meditation and Prayer, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Sogyal Rinpoche, Larry Dossey, and Michael Toms
Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting, Jon Kabat-Zinn and Myla Kabat-Zinn
Mindfulness Meditation for Everyday Life, Jon Kabat-Zinn
Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn
The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness, J. Mark G. Williams, John D. Teasdale, Zindel V. Segal and Jon Kabat-Zinn
Arriving at Your Own Door, Jon Kabat-Zinn
Letting Everything Become Your Teacher: 100 Lessons in Mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn
The Mind’s Own Physician: A Scientific Dialogue with the Dalai Lama on the Healing Power of Meditation, Jon Kabat-Zinn and Richard Davidson

Sharon Salzberg:

Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness, Sharon Salzberg
Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program, Sharon Salzberg
Heart as Wide as the World, Sharon Salzberg
Voices of Insight, Sharon Salzberg
Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience, Sharon Salzberg
The Force of Kindness: Change Your Life with Love and Compassion, Sharon Salzberg
The Kindness Handbook: A Practical Companion, Sharon Salzberg
Real Happiness at Work: Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement, and Peace, Sharon Salzberg
Love Your Enemies: How to Break the Anger Habit & Be a Whole Lot Happier, Sharon Salzberg and Robert Thurman

Joseph Goldstein:

The Experience of Insight: A Simple and Direct Guide to Buddhist Meditation, Joseph Goldstein
Seeking the heart of wisdom: the path of insight meditation, Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield
Insight meditation: the practice of freedom, Joseph Goldstein
The Path of Insight Meditation, Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield
Insight Meditation: A Step-By-Step Course on How to Meditate, Joseph Goldstein, with Sharon Salzberg
One Dharma: The Emerging Western Buddhism, Joseph Goldstein
A Heart Full of Peace, Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield
Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening, Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield

Thich Nhat Hanh:

Vietnam: Lotus in a Sea of Fire, Thich Nhat Hanh
Being Peace, Thich Nhat Hanh
The Sun My Heart, Thich Nhat Hanh
Our Appointment with Life: Sutra on Knowing the Better Way to Live Alone, Thich Nhat Hanh
The Miracle of Mindfulness, Thich Nhat Hanh
Old Path White Clouds: Walking in the Footsteps of the Buddha, Thich Nhat Hanh
Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life, Thich Nhat Hanh
The Diamond That Cuts Through Illusion, Commentaries on the Prajnaparamita Diamond Sutra, Thich Nhat Hanh
‘Hermitage Among the Clouds’, Thich Nhat Hanh
Zen Keys: A Guide to Zen Practice, Three Leaves, Thich Nhat Hanh
Cultivating The Mind Of Love, Thich Nhat Hanh
The Heart Of Understanding, Thich Nhat Hanh
Transformation and Healing: Sutra on the Four Establishments of Mindfulness, Thich Nhat Hanh
Living Buddha, Living Christ, Thich Nhat Hanh
True Love: A Practice for Awakening the Heart, Thich Nhat Hanh
Fragrant Palm Leaves: Journals, 1962-1966, Thich Nhat Hanh
Going Home: Jesus and Buddha as Brothers, Thich Nhat Hanh
The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching, Thich Nhat Hanh
The Raft Is Not the Shore: Conversations Toward a Buddhist/Christian Awareness, Thich Nhat Hanh and Daniel Berrigan
The Path of Emancipation: Talks from a 21-Day Mindfulness Retreat, Thich Nhat Hanh
A Pebble in Your Pocket, Thich Nhat Hanh
Essential Writings, Thich Nhat Hanh
Anger, Thich Nhat Hanh
Be Free Where You Are, Thich Nhat Hanh
No Death, No Fear, Thich Nhat Hanh
Touching the Earth: Intimate Conversations with the Buddha, Thich Nhat Hanh
Teachings on Love, Thich Nhat Hanh
Understanding Our Mind, Thich Nhat Hanh
Buddha Mind, Buddha Body: Walking Toward Enlightenment, Thich Nhat Hanh
The Art of Power, Thich Nhat Hanh
Under the Banyan Tree, Thich Nhat Hanh
Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life, Thich Nhat Hanh
Reconciliation: Healing the Inner Child, Thich Nhat Hanh
You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment, Thich Nhat Hanh
The Novice: A Story of True Love, Thich Nhat Hanh
Your True Home: The Everyday Wisdom of Thich Nhat Hanh, Thich Nhat Hanh
Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm, Thich Nhat Hanh
The Pocket, Thich Nhat Hanh
The Art of Communicating, Thich Nhat Hanh
Blooming of a Lotus, Thich Nhat Hanh
No Mud, No Lotus: The Art of Transforming Suffering, Thich Nhat Hanh
Is Nothing Something?, Thich Nhat Hanh
Mindful Movements, Thich Nhat Hanh

Clark Strand:

Waking up to the Dark: Ancient Wisdom for a Sleepless Age, Clark Strand
Waking the Buddha: How the Most Dynamic and Empowering Buddhist Movement in History Is Changing Our Concept of Religion, Clark Strand
How to Believe in God: Whether You Believe in Religion or Not, Clark Strand
The Wooden Bowl: Simple Meditations for Everyday Life, Clark Strand
Seeds from a Birch Tree: Writing Haiku and the Spiritual Journey, Clark Strand

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi:

Beacon Light of the Himalayas, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Meditation: Easy System Propounded, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Science of Being and Art of Living – Transcendental Meditation, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Love and God, Spiritual Regeneration Movement, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Yoga Asanas, Spiritual Regeneration Movement, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi on the Bhagavad-Gita – A New Translation and Commentary, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Meditations of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Alliance for Knowledge, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Creating an ideal society: a global undertaking, International Association for the Advancement of the Science of Creative Intelligence, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Results of scientific research on the Transcendental Meditation program, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Enlightenment to every individual, invincibility to every nation, Age of Enlightenment, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Freedom behind bars: enlightenment to every individual and invincibility to every nation, International Association for the Advancement of the Science of Creative Intelligence, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Dawn of the age of enlightenment, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Life supported by natural law : discovery of the Unified Field of all the laws of nature and the Maharishi Technology of the Unified Field, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Thirty years around the world: dawn of the Age of Enlightenment, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Maharishi’s Programme to create world peace: global inauguration, Age of Enlightenment Press, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Maharishi’s master plan to create heaven on earth, Maharishi Vedic University Press, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
A Proven program for our criminal justice system: Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation and Corrections, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Vedic knowledge for everyone: Maharishi Vedic University, an introduction, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Maharishi’s Absolute Theory of Government – Automation in Administration, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Maharishi University of Management – Wholeness on the Move, Age of Enlightenment Publications, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Constitution of India Fulfilled through Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Inaugurating Maharishi Vedic University, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Maharishi’s Absolute Theory of Defence – Sovereignty in Invincibility, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Celebrating Perfection in Education – Dawn of Total Knowledge, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Maharishi Forum of Natural Law and National Law for Doctors – Perfect Health for Everyone, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Maharishi Speaks to Educators – Mastery Over Natural Law, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Maharishi Speaks to Students – Mastery Over Natural Law, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Celebrating Perfection in Administration, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Ideal India – The Lighthouse of Peace on Earth, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi on Bhagavad-Gita – Chapter 7, 2009, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Other Authors:

Zen Meditation in Plain English, John Daishin Buksbazen
Transcendental Meditation: The Essential Teachings of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Jack Forem
The Experience of Insight: A Simple and Direct Guide to Buddhist Meditation, Joseph Goldstein
Meditation: Exploring a Great Spiritual Practice, Richard Chilson
Meditation: Achieving Inner Peace and Tranquility in Your Life, Brian Weiss
Buddhism Without Beliefs: A Contemporary Guide to Awakening, Stephen Batchelor
The Zen Way, Myokyo-ni
The Way of Zen, Zendo
Awakening the Buddha Within, Surya Das
Theta Healing: Introducing an Extraordinary Energy Healing Modality, Vianna Stibal
Hsin Hsin Ming: The Zen Understanding of Mind and Consciousness, Osho and Osho International Foundation
Love, Freedom, Aloneness: The Koan of Relationships, Osho

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