• KEY 2. CURIOSITY

    CURIOSITY

    The Mind is curious, but that curiosity is destroyed by the wrong kind of education. Living is in itself a process of education, a process of learning. There is an end to examinations but there is no end to learning and you can learn from everything if your mind is alert and curious.

    Read A Book A Day

    In this talk, Tai Lopez reminds us that everyone wants the good life, but not everyone gets the good life because not everyone is willing to do what it takes.

    Benefits of Reading

    Here is one guys advice on why to read. There are many more but the ones he talks about are good options.

    Benefits Of Reading

    Why is it that 75% of self-made millionaires report reading at least 2 books a month? The benefits of reading may be the cause of massive success for thousands of people.

    Intelligent Thinker or Blind Follower?

    We live in a world of Self Learners and fast thinkers who are aided with advanced technology. And change has always been driven by such mind sets leaving behind the followers of conventional wisdom, archaic processes and age old methods. Maaher Sayeed talks about the need to make the shift towards self learning, intelligent thinking and making progress if we need to bring about change. Self Learn ourselves out of our problems.

    Books Open The Mind

    What happens when a dream you've held since childhood ... doesn't come true? As Lisa Bu adjusted to a new life in the United States, she turned to books to expand her mind and create a new path for herself. She shares her unique approach to reading in this lovely, personal talk about the magic of books.

    Mind Expanding

    Books To Read

    Each clip introverted writer/ coach Adam Senex suggests a possibility that he would like us to at least consider.

    The aim - to expand our minds away from our conditioned beliefs and into the world of infinite possibilities..

    Mind Expanding

    Books To Read

    Each clip introverted writer/ coach Adam Senex suggests a reading possibility that he would like us to at least consider.

    The aim - to expand our minds away from our conditioned beliefs and into the world of infinite possibilities..

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    *THOUGHTS, MUSINGS AND RUMINATIONS FROM OUTSIDE THE CONFORMISM BOX*

  • adam senex

    RANDOM FACTS

    I am an avid, maybe obsessive reader. Books give me the ultimate buzz of excitement and open the doors of my mind to the awe and wonder that is life.

     

    I’m a Virgo. My birthday is 19th September.

     

    The mythological Adam was the first man to make a non-conformist conscious choice.

     

    Senex is a Latin word literally meaning a wise man of old age

     

    I’m a husband to my best friend, training partner and soul-mate Julie, my psychic opposite who loves to make up the whole! A story in itself.

     

    I’m a Father to three grown up kids, Ryan, Kerry and Shaunie.

     

    I have four grandchildren to date, Ashleigh, Zack, Megan and Jake.

     

    I have four dogs, Jake, Smudge, Zing and Titch.

     

    I am introverted, I love working out, nutrition, writing, reading, studying and selectively watching awesomely deep movies and philosophising about anything including the Gilmour girls, friends and Smallville.

     

    I have no television. Dvd's on my computer only. I detest what commercial television is doing to the human race without our full knowledge. I watch Gaiam-TV selectively.

     

    I have a fitness & nutrition Diploma (distinction)

     

    I use my bicycle as my primary mode of transport.

     

    I give everything in my life a name. My car is Hermes. My bike is Tao. My PC is Percy. You get the drift.

     

    Successfully completed 12 weeks mentor training with Greenhouse Mentoring U.K.

     

    I have a Snow White and the seven dwarfs fetish. See book 4 of the getting better series.

     

    I have a BA (hons) in Sports Studies.

     

    I have a theory for everything (apparently).

     

    I am an author of 12 books which can be found on this site from the menu.

     

    I am a certified Infinite Possibilities trainer

     

    I’m made of positive energy. I am up very early and out in nature at sunrise year around. I love the isolation and relative quiet of these times in nature. And small fires while the sun rises.

     

    I am a hypnotherapist.

     

    I’m a peaceful warrior, a spirited non-conformist and a down-to-earth guy next door all in one!

     

    I am hungry for knowledge and to become more than I am.

     

    I have had a very full and varied life that just gets better.

     

    I walk my talk – been there, done that, and don’t mess with me!

     

    I have been a competitive bodybuilder, and trained for over forty years.

     

    My life motto: The sky is not the limit...The mind is!

    &

    All that I see is contained within me...

  • Endless Possibilities

    The leap into a different and better way of living

    Part self-help book, part philosophical treatise, and part inspirational memoir,Dazed and Confused combines both philosophical and practical observations. Author Adam Senex analyses Foucault and Nietzsche but is just as likely to find wisdom hidden in the behaviour of his four adventurous terrier dogs.

    New Thinking!

    The sky is not the limit.

    The mind is...

    “I write about awareness, progress, getting better and how that might work for us all in the real world. My writing by necessity is probably more rebel than Zen - I write to motivate, inspire and teach optimism in a very difficult world. I cover all aspects of life from health and fitness, work, relationships and everything in between. Getting better in the real world – whatever that might be!”

    Love Your Shadow

    Knowing our own darkness is the beat way to deal with the darkness of others.

    The scope of the subject is colossal, however my aim is simple, to guide my readers, my clients and myself to a life of progression. A life full of meaning and a life to be lived to the full until we eventually and predictably arrive at the bridge into the unknown. For now, we can only live the lives we know we have. We have a finite timescale barring any abrupt endings. Life is unpredictable so we best get on with it. Nobody really knows past ‘lights out’ what the future holds.

    One-Of-A-Kind

    To be normal is the ideal aim of the unsuccessful.

    I am still dazed and confused, a little more Zen than rebel nowadays and have I found a comfortable life space somewhere in the middle of my cheeky heroes and chilled demons. I have faith that you will find something within these pages that will help and motivate you to get better in your life. Ultimately that is why we are here, to discover what we are and to transcend what came before at the same time raising the loving energy of this beautiful planet.

    DO IT!...

    You don't get the ass you want by sitting on it.

    Our job is to show you how you can have the body, fitness, health, and peace of mind you crave. You can become the star in your own life performance. We will tell you exactly what has worked for us. We will share our potent habits, and you can choose which you can use in your life.

    FEEDING FOR PERFORMANCE

    You are what you eat.

    Your body is your responsibility. If you are serious about enhancing your physique and being healthier and fitter all at the same time, you need to know how to feed your body to progress beyond your wildest dreams.

    TRAIN DIRTY

    Nothing will work unless you do.

    Total upper body blasts as we worked for upcoming shows. Fast and efficient. A great way to train your upper body without the hassle of crazy, unnecessary split routines that over-train body-parts and result in no progress. Progress guaranteed.

    BODY IN PROGRESS

    The only bad workout is the one you didn't do

    Legs are too often neglected but with this session you will have legs and abs to die for. Different from the run of the mill leg routines. Variety is great for shocking your body.

    BE STRONGER

    Sweat is just fat crying

    Man or woman this session is a winner. We train exactly the same way. There are no special routines for women and men. We have the same bits just arranged a little different.

    START TODAY

    If it doesn't challenge you it doesn't change you.

    We all need help when we begin something new. Combine this with feeding the active body and you have all that you need to leave that beginner stage far behind you.

    COMMIT TO BE FIT

    Do it because they said you couldn't.

    Fast and effective workouts for the entire torso. These tried and trusted sessions are still being used by us today. Effective sessions never go out of fashion. Push and pull your way to the 'V' shape you desire.

    MAKE (F)IT HAPPEN

    Stop wishing and start doing

    A personal trainer in a book for a fraction of the price. Fitness and Physique at any age. Julie and Gary are both over 50 and no signs of ever slowing down. The only rule is that there are no rules. Just a solid belief in it all happening perfectly and the dissolution of any and all negativity. Get rid of the clouds and the sun can shine through.

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  • 50 Self-Help Classics

    The High Price Of Materialism

    By Tim Kasser

    In The High Price of Materialism, Tim Kasser offers a scientific explanation of how our contemporary culture of consumerism and materialism affects our everyday happiness and psychological health. Other writers have shown that once we have sufficient food, shelter, and clothing, further material gains do little to improve our well-being. Kasser goes beyond these findings to investigate how people's materialistic desires relate to their well-being. He shows that people whose values center on the accumulation of wealth or material possessions face a greater risk of unhappiness, including anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and problems with intimacy -- regardless of age, income, or culture.Drawing on a decade's worth of empirical data, Kasser examines what happens when we organize our lives around materialistic pursuits. He looks at the effects on our internal experience and interpersonal relationships, as well as on our communities and the world at large. He shows that materialistic values actually undermine our well-being, as they perpetuate feelings of insecurity, weaken the ties that bind us, and make us feel less free. Kasser not only defines the problem but proposes ways we can change ourselves, our families, and society to become less materialistic.

    This very short book demonstrates the truth of the proverb, "Money does not buy happiness." Author Tim Kasser cites numerous studies as he makes a compelling case that materialists are lonely, narcissistic, hampered in relationships, compulsive, insecure and disconsolate. This excellent, necessary work should be required reading for every graduating student and mid-career executive or professional. It is not quite a self-help book, although the author does offer a chapter of advice on how people can attempt to change their ways and even to form a less materialistic society. This is not merely a psychological study, although it recapitulates numerous experiments. It is only in part a polemic against materialism. On the whole, it is a curious work, one that may be a bit too facile and popular in tone to satisfy the most rigorous academic reader, yet far too packed with source citations to appeal immediately to many casual readers. We appreciate this thorough presentation of evidence for a truth to which even the most ardent materialists (such as the Material Girl herself) pay reflexive lip service. No individual or society can legitimately ignore the fact that material success does not correlate with satisfaction or well-being but has a high correlation with low self-esteem, depression, divorce and various forms of abuse.

  • 50 Self-Help Classics

    On Becoming a Person

    By Carl R. Rogers

    In this book one of America's most distinguished psychologists describes his experiences in helping people to discover the path to personal growth through an understanding of their own limitations and potential. What is personal growth? Under what conditions is it possible? How can one person help another? What is creativity, and how can it be fostered? These are some of the issues raised, which challenge many concepts of traditional psychology.

    Contemporary psychology derives largely from the experimental laboratory, or from Freudian theory. It is preoccupied with minute aspects of animal and human behaviour, or with the mentally ill. But there are rebels, of whom the author counts himself as one, along with Gordon Allport, Abraham Maslow and Rollo May, who feel that psychology and psychiatry should be aiming higher, and be more concerned with growth and potentiality in man. The interest of such a psychology is in the production of harmoniously mature individuals, given that we all have qualities and possibilities infinitely capable of development. Successful development makes us more flexible in relationships, more creative, and less open to suggestion and control.

    This book, philosophical and provocative, summarizes Dr Rogers' experience.Non-technical in its language, it is not only for psychologists and psychiatrists, but for teachers and counsellors, religious and social workers, labour-management specialists and anyone interested in 'becoming'.

    I've been told that this book is a classic among books about psychotherapy and I've found that, indeed, it is an interesting read for anyone interested in the inner world of humans - not only for the experts.
    One of the main points of the author is that, in any personal relations, be it with patients, pupils, colleagues, friends or partners, the route to personal growth (for all sides) requires empathy, acceptance and thruthfullness. Trying to force "mental" change in a patient or, say, ones marital partner does not provide lasting improvement, but providing a solid relationship helps the other on his way to finding his self. In other words, by becoming a friend, the counselor can help the patient become the person he is.

  • 50 Self-Help Classics

    The Celestine Prophecy

    By James Redfield

    You have never read a book like this before...

    The Celestine Prophecy contains secrets that are currently changing our world. Drawing on the ancient wisdom found in a Peruvian manuscript, it tells you how to make connections between the events happening in your own life right now...and lets you see what is going to happen to you in the years to come.

    The story it tells is a gripping one of adventure and discovery, but it is also a guidebook that has the power to crystalize your perceptions of why you are where you are in life...and to direct your steps with a new energy and optimism as you head into tomorrow.

    A book that comes along just once in a lifetime to change lives forever.

    I first read this book about three years ago when I was sixteen. At that time I was depressed, ill and thought nothing could make that go away. I read this book in three days, i just couldn't put it down. I can only describe it as a ray of light that shattered that darkness and changed my life. I have read the other reviews posted here and resent those people who try to make those of us who enjoyed this book look naive. I am an English honours degree student at one of the top universities in the country and yes, I recognise the weaknesses in the books written style, but I feel we should overlook this. James Redfield is not trying to present us with a piece of great literature, he trying to give us something enlightening, something to make us think and give some hope for our future, something many of us desperately need. The Celestine Prophecy remains one of my favourite books, I remain grateful to James Redfield for writing it and mostly I would hope to unreservedly reccommend this book to everyone who feels there is something missing in their life.

  • 50 Self-Help Classics

    The Seeker's Guide

    By Elizabeth Lesser

    In 1977, Elizabeth Lesser cofounded the Omega Institute, now America's largest adult-education center focusing on wellness and spirituality. Working with many of the eminent thinkers of our times, including Zen masters, rabbis, Christian monks, psychologists, scientists, and an array of noted American figures--from L.A. Lakers coach Phil Jackson to author Maya Angelou--Lesser found that by combining a variety of religious, psychological, and healing traditions, each of us has the unique ability to satisfy our spiritual hunger.

    In The Seeker's Guide, she synthesizes the lessons learned from an immersion into the world's wisdom traditions and intertwines them with illuminating stories from her daily life. Recounting her own trials and errors and offering meditative exercises, she shows the reader how to create a personal practice, gauge one's progress, and choose effective spiritual teachers and habits. Warm, accessible, and wise, this book provides directions through the four landscapes of the spiritual journey:

    THE MIND: learning meditation to ease stress and anxiety
    THE HEART: dealing with grief, loss, and pain; opening the heart and becoming fully alive
    THE BODY: returning the body to the spiritual fold to heal and 
    overcome the fear of aging and death
    THE SOUL: experiencing daily life as an adventure of meaning and mystery

    I have been to many "new age" workshops and have read tons of the books available on self-help and spirtuality. Some of it was great, but often I felt as if something was missing. I wondered what relevance the spirtual journey had to my psycholigical growth and I worried that my concerns with psychology were too self-absorbing. Lesser captures the essence of this tension in her book. She looks at how the spiritual and psychological path can intersect in a way that anyone can understand - and she does it so well that I found myself actually saying "ah ha!" as I read along. She also speaks in a frank, candid way about the "new age" movement, and that is really refreshing. It sounds like she has met absolutely everybody in the field and talks about them all as human beings instead of big stars. What a relief!
    I also really liked her own story, because it made me see how much we are all seekers on a path. The way she talks about her ups and downs makes the rest of what she says seem even more real. You can tell that she has a great feeling for anyone who is out there trying to figure things out in their own way. It was encouraging. She wrote one part about a poem she and her husband return to whenever they have to make a dificult decision because it has a message that they learn from again and again. I was really struck by the simplicity of doing that and I thought, "wow, I could do that!" There were a bunch of those stories -she talked about things she did to keep herself on track that were simple, but took some thought, and reading them inspired me.
    I guess that is really the bottom line. If anyone is on a path or thinking about learning more about different ways of exploring spirituality and self growth, this book is a real inspiration. It is also packed with a lot of information, as she quotes so many other teachers and writes about a lot of different traditions. I was impressed by how much she packed into it.
    She also writes about the Omega, which I had never heard of. It sounds like a fasinating place so I was glad to find out about it.
    Bottom line is, I recommend it - especially if you are one of those people who is yearning for some kind of spiritual connection or a more peaceful place inside yourself and you just don't know where to get started. It was really good.
    I noticed I was the only one in the review area - anybody else out there read it?

  • 50 Self-Help Classics

    Man's Search for Himself

    By Rollo May

    "Analyzes life as we are living it, and the analysis is truthful and profound."--New York Times

     

    Loneliness, boredom, emptiness: These are the complaints that Rollo May encountered over and over from his patients. In response, he probes the hidden layers of personality to reveal the core of man's integration--a basic and inborn sense of value. Man's Search for Himself is an illuminating view of our predicament in an age of overwhelming anxieties and gives guidance on how to choose, judge, and act during such times.

    I'm not an intellect, I'm just a curious college student who takes a slight interest in psychology. I randomly picked this book up out of curiosity. Boy was I surprised at the content in this book. It has opened my eyes up to so many new levels of thinking. It is well organised in that it breaks up the problems that we face in society on a personal basis. It covers dealing with ourselves and how we interact in a society. I would not consider this a self help book but more of a "let's think about what we're doing here" type book. A MUST READ for anyone who is not a mindless robot of society.

  • 50 Self-Help Classics

    Staring at the Sun: Overcoming the Terror of Death

    By Irvin D. Yalom

    Over the past quarter century Irvin Yalom has established himself as the world's leading group psychotherapist. In STARING AT THE SUN, he explores how the knowledge of our own mortality affects the unconscious mind of every human being. Tackling the effect of mankind's fear of death - both conscious and unconscious - on life and how we might live it, Yalom explains how we find ourselves in need of the comfort of therapy.


    At age 70 and facing his own fear of death, which he discusses in a special afterword, Dr Yalom tackles his toughest subject yet and finds it to be the root cause of patients' fears, stresses and depression. If therapists are to deliver 'the gift of therapy', they must confront the realities of life for themselves and their practice, as must we all.

    I started reading Staring at the Sun and was very quickly drawn in by Yalom's warm, conversational writing style.

    Yalom shows us how ancient Greek philosophers approached life and death, with particular emphasis upon the work of Epicurus. He also talks about the relevant ideas of more recent philosophers such as Nietzsche and Heidegger. He provides literary examples of attitudes towards death including the works of Tolstoy.

    Whilst I found this part of his book interesting, it was little too long for me. As a therapist myself I was fascinated by Yalom's case studies and the healing therapeutic relationships that he forms with his patients. I learnt from his examples of self-disclosure and I appreciate that Yalom is prepared to include his less helpful interventions as well as those that have enhanced his therapeutic relationships and enabled patients to live more comfortably with what is inevitable for us all.

    As someone who believes that death is not the end, I was able to accept Yalom's views. He is respectful of religious beliefs and considers anything that can reduce death anxiety as valuable. I did not find Yalom's perspective difficult or offensive, I respect his position as I think that he would respect mine.

    I would recommend Staring at the Sun to anyone who would like to explore and address their own anxieties about death and dying and to therapists, whether or not they have an existential approach.

  • 50 Self-Help Classics

    The Rebirth of the Hero: Mythology as a Guide to Spiritual Transformation

    By Keiron De Grice

    In The Rebirth of the Hero, Keiron Le Grice draws on the ideas and life experiences of C. G. Jung, Joseph Campbell, and Friedrich Nietzsche to explore the spiritual journey of the modern self, from existential crisis and the “awakening of the self” to the dramatic encounter with the underworld of the psyche and the arduous labor of spiritual transformation. In a work of wide-ranging scope and penetrating insight, Le Grice analyzes scenes from a number of popular films—Jason and the Argonauts, Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, Pan’s Labyrinth, and more—to illuminate the themes and stages of psychospiritual rebirth and individuation, helping to make the deepest of transformative experiences more readily accessible and intelligible to us all. 

    Drawing interchangeably on classical Greek myths, Christianity, alchemy, Romanticism, and depth psychology, the author also relates the individual’s personal journey of transformation to the relationship in Western civilization between spirit and nature, reason and instinct, and masculine and feminine. In so doing, The Rebirth of the Hero demonstrates the critical significance of the archetypal pattern of the hero not only for the individual, but also for cultural renewal and the wider spiritual transformation of our time.

    “In this much-needed accessible navigation of the hero’s journey, Le Grice gathers dynamic sources––C. G. Jung, Joseph Campbell, and Friedrich Nietzsche––to provide a fresh perspective on the evolution of consciousness and psychospiritual transformation. Exploring the often-avoided subject of death and rebirth experiences from a non-pathological view, he makes an outstanding contribution in offering a freshly-laid path for the individuation process. Most importantly, he invites us to renew the value of myth, which, in turn, transforms the individual, culture, and the heartbeat of the earth.”

    ––Kathryn Madden, Ph.D.,
    Editor-in-Chief, Quadrant: The Journal of the C. G. Jung Foundation for Analytical Psychology, and author of Dark Light of the Soul.

    Having read Keiron's two previous books, the first thing I can say is that this one is as valuable as "The archetypal cosmos" and "Eris".

    Keiron weaves together an amazing amount of knowledge - C. G Jung, Nietzsche, Campbell, Tarnas, and many others - and his own amazing insight, to present us with a view of our collective human adventure, on the one hand, and tools to progress on our own personal spiritual path, that is truly highly inspiring.

    MEANING : that's what this book will bring you, first. A unique understanding of things.

    And much more : "hope", for instance, because in spite of the difficult times we are going through as a species, KLG shows where all of this might be leading to.

    We seriously NEED that kind of overview, that kind of understanding of our predicament, to be able to go on with our lives in a meaningful way.

    So, thanks Keiron, for this new book of yours !

  • 50 Self-Help Classics

    Waking From Sleep: Why Awakening Experiences Occur and How to Make Them Permanent

    By Steve Taylor

    How much of your waking time are you fully awake? On the other hand, how often do you stumble through the day on autopilot, half-asleep and out of contact with yourself, instead of feeling connected and alive? In this astounding book, Steve Taylor suggests that our normal consciousness is really a kind of “sleep” from which we sometimes “wake up” into a more intense and complete reality. He provides what is perhaps the first-ever clear explanation of higher states of consciousness, or “awakening experiences.” This work delves into:

    • the methods we human beings have used throughout history to induce awakening experiences, including meditation, sex, sports, psychedelic drugs, and sleep deprivation
    • how higher states of consciousness were normal and natural to some of the world’s peoples (and still are, in some cases)
    • and how we can make “wakefulness” our normal state again.

    By fully explaining awakening experiences, the author makes them much more accessible, which may lead to a revolution in our psychological development as human beings!

    Every one of us has at some time, or will do before long, thought that there must be more to life than this?! More than working all your life to buy 'things' that inevitably trap us into needing to earn more money; more than spending your whole life achieving 'things' for it all to be taken away at the end of your life. It is no understatement to claim that Steve Taylor's book outlines exactly what the meaning of all life is.
    Whether you're already on the path looking for something more, perhaps something spiritual or religious or scientific, this book gives you the answers we are all trying to find. It is the only concise work I have come across that ties in every possible path and discipline that is trying to work out and achieve a more meaningful life. I have read many books on the Buddhist path to enlightenment, the Sharmanistic way of achieving their own version of elightenment, and many many books on Quantum physics that also explain how things work on a subatomic level - basically every discipline is talking about the same thing, that of living in a more awakened state.
    I cannot rate this book highly enough as quite possibly the most important thing I have ever read, and it has confirmed my feelings about death being a joyful event rather than something to be feared - I only wish he had written it years ago. This book is life-changing and absolutely needs to be read by everyone.

  • 50 SELF-HELP CLASSICS

    Shadow Dance: Liberating the Power and Creativity of Your Dark Side

    By David Richo

    Our "shadow" is the collection of negative or undesirable traits we keep
    hidden—the things we don't like about ourselves or are afraid to admit:
    egotist, non-"PC" proclivities, forbidden sexual desires. But it also
    includes our positive, untapped potential—qualities we may admire in others
    but disavow in ourselves. Befriending the shadow makes fear an ally and enables
    us to live more authentically. It also automatically improves our interpersonal
    relationships, because we are freed from the need to project our own negativity
    onto others, and we become more acutely aware when theirs is projected onto us.
    David Richo looks for where the shadow manifests in personal life, family
    interaction, religion, relationship, and the world around is. He shows how to
    use the gentle practice of mindfulness to work with our shadow side, and he
    provides numerous exercises for going deeper. He is remarkably skillful at
    making the shadow concept not only easy to understand, but supremely practical
    for enhancing the quality of our lives.

    David Richo has written what I believe is the most comprehensive book I've ever read on the subject of the human shadow, both personal and collective. This is not a quick read however since Shadow Dance is richly loaded with information that takes time to digest. It is a journey to the depths of soul as well as a thorough guidebook for that journey. It is uplifting with numerous positive ideas and programs to assist in the transformation of our seemingly negative qualities and habits into something useful, by showing us the kernel of goodness within any dark trait. This is not to say that it justifies the darkness but that there is another side to the coin of any human behavior. In Shadow Dance we learn to trace over our negativities and transform them into sketches of value. Anyone who is interested in getting at the root of their own darkness so as to mine the untapped human potential hidden there can't miss if they read Shadow Dance. David Richo has created a work that is full of original thought, stated in a very unique and at the same time very clear manner. He has performed what I feel is an act of compassion and love for those of us attempting to live an integrated and whole life.

  • 50 SELF-HELP CLASSICS

    Think and Grow Rich

    Think and Grow Rich is a motivational personal development and self-help book written by Napoleon Hill and inspired by a suggestion from Scottish-American businessman Andrew Carnegie. While the title implies that this book deals only with how to get rich, the author explains that the philosophy taught in the book can be used to help people succeed in all lines of work and to do or be almost anything they want

    I bought this book two years ago. It turned my life around. Following the principles Napoleon Hill teaches in this great book enabled me to overcome a serious, long-term drinking problem, in a matter of weeks. It also gave me the courage to quit a dead end job and start my own business. Not a week goes by that I don't pick up this book and re-read a section related to some problem that has come up. I also re-study a chapter and the endnotes each week to keep my motivation hitting on all cylinders. When I finish, I start over again with the first chapter. I will read this book and study it in this fashion for the rest of my life, just as I do with my Bible. Those two resources are the blueprint and the foundation for leading a purposeful, meaningful life. I give copies of Think and Grow Rich to people whom I think it will help. I recommend it to anyone who is seeking the key to success in life in all aspects.

  • 50 Self-Help Classics

    The Power of Intention: Learning to Co-create Your World Your Way

    By - Dr Wayne Dyer

    Amazon UK

    Intention is generally viewed as a pit-bull kind of determination propelling one to succeed at all costs by never giving up on an inner picture. In this view, an attitude that combines hard work with an indefatigable drive toward excellence is the way to succeed. However, intention is viewed very differently in this book. Dr. Wayne W. Dyer has researched intention as a force in the universe that allows the act of creation to take place. This book explores intention—not as something you do—but as an energy you’re a part of. We’re all intended here through the invisible power of intention. This is the first book to look at intention as a field of energy that you can access to begin co-creating your life with the power of intention.

    Part I deals with the principles of intention, offering true stories and examples on ways to make the connection. Dr. Dyer identifies the attributes of the all-creating universal mind of intention as creative, kind, loving, beautiful, expanding, endlessly abundant, and receptive, explaining the importance of emulating this source of creativity. In Part II, Dr. Dyer offers an intention guide with specific ways to apply the co-creating principles in daily life. Part III is an exhilarating description of Dr. Dyer’s vision of a world in harmony with the universal mind of intention.

    Good read. Though the repetition is intended to build upon, it became a bit over-redundant in some ways. Felt he was hunting for words versus expanding the thought(s). What was missed that should have been re-enforced in words is the 7 intentions. Pay attention to those, write them down for they will be referenced If you adhere to the premise(s) your life will be blessed in many ways

  • 50 SELF-HELP CLASSICS

    Take Me To Truth: Undoing The Ego

    By Nouk Sanchez & Tomas Vieira

    Take Me To Truth is the first book to present a practical guide to the six stages involved in shedding our distorted ego perception. It explains why our search for real happiness has eluded us and how to perceive the Love for which we all yearn so deeply. As Gary Renard says in the Foreword… despite the thousands of things we may appear to have to choose from in this world, there are really only two things, and only one of them is real. The ego is not. Take me to Truth heralds the next crucial step in the pursuit of evolutionary consciousness.

    You could save a lot of time and money on self-help and spirituality books if you buy this.Enlightenment isn't meant to be a complex arduous task but your ego can turn it into a nightmare if your unprepared.
    This book sets you straight on what to expect if you decide to take this journey and how to overcome obstacles that obstruct your goal.

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    FEEDING THE ACTIVE BODY: By Gary Walsh

    How to Look Good, Feel Good and Progress Beyond Your Wildest Dreams

    In the twenty-first century and living in the land of plenty, as you probably are if you're reading this book, you have many and varied temptations leading you away from good feeding habits. You are constantly bombarded by the food industry wanting to make a profit with never a thought for your health or physique. They want your money. Your body is your responsibility. However, congratulations are in order. By starting to read this book, you have taken an important step towards achieving a leaner, healthier body. You are about to read a cut-the-crap version of how to eat for maximising your fitness and having optimum energy levels. If you are serious about enhancing your physique and being healthier and fitter all at the same time, you need to know how to feed your body to progress beyond your wildest dreams.

    My wife gave me this book for Christmas and it has helped me improve almost every aspect of my workout routines while also greatly improving my knowledge of my diet and what foods will help me achieve my goals, this has helped me recognise where I was going wrong in the past. This book has everything you need if you are just starting out or have been doing it for a while but you are looking for ways to push on.... Highly recommended 5 stars

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    The Great Body Bible

    Total Self Improvement Guide

    By The Fitness Wizards

    Finally we had realised that our fitness and nutrition habits worked in the rest of our lives also and are now able to show good habits to our circle of influence across the whole of our lives. It is never too late to make that lasting impression, not with loud words but with worthy actions. . Appearing perfect is not the example to set, being human and accepting responsibility for your life is far worthier.
    You can be whatever you want to be, though at times you may find that hard to believe. Life is too short to live through it being any less than the best that you can be. Imagine yourself in one year: how would you like to look and feel? Are you fit, strong, confident, proud, and healthy? Are you the perfect role model for all of the people who know you? Are you working towards these goals right now, or are they just wishes and hopes for the future? If your dreams seem far away or unrealistic, you can bring them into your reality right now, in this very moment, by making a commitment to change the way you think and thus change your life. We wrote this book for you, to provide the simple guidelines that you need to coach and attain your dream body, health, and fitness, and to become an ideal role model for everyone that knows you.
    Our job is to show you how you can have the body, fitness, health, and peace of mind you crave. You can become the star in your own life performance. We will tell you exactly what has worked for us. We will share our potent habits, and you can choose which you can use in your life.
    Your job is to make a commitment to yourself to undergo the coaching process, become your own coach, and be ready to accept with an open mind any new ideas and the new you.
    Your life is an amazing journey, so get enthusiastic about your future and generate some real excitement – you have everything to gain. Become your own biggest fan, because self-belief is potent magic – Bodymagic!

    My family and close friends know I have a deep love for books that inspire self development and positive change. This book has 're-awakened my mind to how magical nature and life's 'simple things' are. It is so refreshing to see how much peace of mind nature and ones individuality can create together. I am reminded to be as responsible as possible for my thoughts and how I allow them to be influenced. I'm also reminded of the wild jungle that is known as 'society. I can live safe and be a zombie or battle for my unconditioned individuality to return.
    I believe all that purchase this book will experience the excitement I did when reading this. The author has covered such a vast range of subjects and many that I feel most writers wouldn't feel brave enough to write in a book. Written with sometimes brutal honesty and humour the author has made this one of the 'realist' books I have read which I greatly appreciate.

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    How to Be an Existentialist:

    or How to Get Real, Get a Grip and Stop Making Excuses.

    By Gary Cox

    How to Be an Existentialist is a witty and entertaining book about the philosophy of existentialism. It is also a genuine self-help book offering clear advice on how to live according to the principles of existentialism formulated by Nietzsche, Sartre, Camus, and the other great existentialist philosophers. An attack on contemporary excuse culture, the book urges us to face the hard existential truths of the human condition. By revealing that we are all inescapably free and responsible - 'condemned to be free,' as Sartre says - the book aims to empower the reader with a sharp sense that we are each the master of our own destiny. Cox makes fun of the reputation existentialism has for being gloomy and pessimistic, exposing it for what it really is - an honest, uplifting, and potentially life changing philosophy!

    As life gets tougher, choices get fewer and harder we must prepare ourselves for what lies ahead.
    Today, too many of us choose to sell-out because its "too hard"...."Not Fair"

    Well this books makes you understand and cope with the challenges modern life throws, you smile, keep calm and carry on. Learn to see an opportunity when an unexpected incident happens!

    Good read easy read and (for me) in plain easy language.

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    Dark Nature: A Natural History of Evil

    By Lyall Watson

    At a time when violence threatens to become epidemic, and genocide takes the place of diplomacy in many regions of the world, it is no longer plausible to dismiss the darkest and most violent acts as simply part of "human nature".

    But what is the foundation of the evil that lurks in the hearts of men?

    How can humans account for abominations such as the Holocaust, ethnic cleansing, or the daily terrors of theft, rape, and homicide?

    In 'Dark Nature' Lyall Watson sets out a controversial and original exploration of the origin and nature of evil. Plotting the evolution of human evil from earth's earliest creatures to the complex society we have become today, in Dark Nature Watson redefines good and evil in biological terms.

    Drawing on the latest insights of evolutionary ethology, anthropology, and psychology, he takes a fresh look at the problems our species faces as a result of being too numerous, too greedy and too mobile.

    Watson uses a variety of sources from Charles Darwin to Annie Dillard to examine the motivations and driving forces behind evil behaviour as well as the invisible order that preserves the delicate balance between "civilised" society and anarchy.

    'Dark Nature' is a ground-breaking and fascinating work that takes evil out of the realm of monsters and demons and puts it squarely back where it belongs - in nature and in our lives. Add paragraph text here.

    Watson was a genius. And this exploration in to evil, and whether or not it has some deep-seated biological roots, is absolutely fascinating.

    Watson's no-nonsense, conversational approach to translating the esoteric in to easily undertandable terms makes this an engrossing piece of work. If you're interested in things that can't be seen under a microscope but which nevertheless shape the world around you; sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse, give this book a try.

    You won't be disappointed.

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    Ask and It Is Given: Learning to Manifest Your Desires (Law of Attraction)

    By Esther and Jerry Hicks

    Ask and It Is Given, by Esther and Jerry Hicks, which presents the teachings of the nonphysical entity Abraham, will help you learn how to manifest your desires so that you’re living the joyous and fulfilling life you deserve.

    As you read, you’ll come to understand how your relationships, health issues, finances, career concerns, and more are influenced by the Universal laws that govern your time/space reality - and you’ll discover powerful processes that will help you go with the positive flow of life.

    It’s your birthright to live a life filled with everything that is good - and this book will show you how to make it so in every way!

    This is a fantastic life changing book. I have read many books but this one is certainly one of the best books i've read. It's quite easy to understand and after you've read the concepts at the beginning about law of attraction you can then start the processes. I found that even carrying the book around with me had an effect on the flow of energy and vibration! My favourite process was the script process which is just magical because every script that i've written and wanted to happen literally happened!! It says have fun with the processes and treat them like games and that is exactly what they are and let the magic and beauty begin. You can definately have anything you want when you put your mind to it and this is exactly what the book teaches you. Have fun!!

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    The Art of Being (Psychology/self-help)

    By Erich Fromm

    How can we realize and actualize love, reason, and meaningful, productive work? Fromm here offers an Art of Well-Being, a way of living based on authentic self-awareness that comes only through honest self-analysis. He warns of the pitfalls of our attaining enlightenment without effort, or believing that life can be lived without pain. The tantalizing 'spiritual smorgasbord' offered by our consumer-oriented world, Fromm maintains, only feeds our illusions of 'easy awareness'. Confronting the psycho-gurus who preach these shortcuts to enlightenment, Fromm offers another way to self-awareness through meditation.

    If the Art of Being - the art of functioning as a whole person - can be considered the supreme goal of life, a breakthrough occurs when we move from narcissistic selfishness and egotism - from having - to psychological and spiritual happiness - being. The Art of Being is certain to be one of the most important and sought-after works in the Fromm canon for years to come.

    This volume is a sequel to one of Erich Fromm's most popular works, To Have or to Be. In this new book, Fromm examines the true paths - as opposed to false directions - that will lead us to self-knowledge and enlightenment.

     

    Even better in context but works fine on it's own. An absolutely invigorating read - Fromm's voice speaks from the page loud and clear. Resonates with me on a deeply fundamental level and delightfully easy to translate into daily living - indeed, it is a joy to lift his thoughts from the page and see them through the prism of one's own situation.

    A wonderful and necessary reminder of how alive and humane psychodynamics can be, when coupled with dedication to self actualisation. The chapter on the commercialised nature of society and commodification of individuals is unmissable.

    From Freud to Zen, realistic but tentative suggestions on how to facilitate individuation in an increasingly shallow and dehumanising society - what's not to like?

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    50 Self-Help Classics: 50 Inspirational Books to Transform Your Life from Timeless Sages to Contemporary Gurus (50 Classics)

    Tom Butler-Bowden

    Thousands of books have been written offering the 'secrets' to personal fulfillment and happiness: how to walk The Road Less Travelled, Win Friends and Influence People, or Awaken the Giant Within. But which are the all-time classics? Which ones really can change your life? Bringing you the essential ideas, insights and techniques from 50 legendary works from Lao-Tzu to Benjamin Franklin to Paulo Coelho, 50 Self-Help Classics is a unique guide to the great works of life transformation.

    As a self-help "guru" I was delighted to come on this book just after it was published. It is treasure trove indeed for anyone interested at all in self help - or even someone who is a little sceptical. Although a self help enthusiast himself, the author is both crtical and fair minded and ranges over an amazing list ranging from the ancient, the sacred, the traditional and the modern. He points out the strengths and limits of each writer and gives a synopsis. My own copy of the book is already dog eared with use. As a bonus, he also gives another fifty writers with a brief outline of their writing in an appendix. A super book. Let's have volume 2 sometime!

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    Owning Your Own Shadow: Understanding the Dark Side of the Psyche

    By Robert A. Johnson

    A best-selling author shows how we can reclaim and make peace with the "shadow" side of our personality.

    This book is an intriguing & enlightening introduction to the subject of shadow-projection. I have read it over many times, and highly recommend it.

     

    An excellent book - Johnsons style is long in meaning and short in useless descriptions and words. Its more a picture than a book - a masterpiece like all his books. Its gently and smart written!

     

    Jungian explanation of shadow function clearly laid out on a layman's way.

    Brilliant way of writing: uncomplicated, witty and from personal experiences combined with Jung's

    Perfect way to work yourself into the Jung matter. Enjoyed it thoroughly

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    A Course in Manifesting an Exceptional Life (3 Book Series)

    By Genevieve Davis

    Part one of this course, Becoming Magic, lays the groundwork for becoming a magical person, while part two, Doing Magic, offers concrete techniques and instructions for bringing wonderful things into your life. The plan is to build your knowledge slowly, gradually, building on what has gone before, moving on to more complex techniques only once the basics are mastered.

    So many people fail with Magic and the Law of Attraction because they rush headlong into using techniques, trying to create enormous manifestations, making very simple but crucial mistakes. When they are disappointed, they imagine they have been duped. The sceptics are right. This is all a load of scammy nonsense. And they give up, declaring it just doesn’t work. 

    I am telling you that it does work. And you can make it work. And this book will show you how.

    My intention is that this book will allow you to become a true creator of your own exceptional life, reawakening and rekindling your belief and interest in Spirituality, The Law of Attraction, Reality Creation, Cosmic Ordering, New Thought or whatever you wish to call it.

    I prefer simply to call it Magic. 

    Take the time to read this & to follow the instructions....It works ! It will change your entire perspective & Good things will happen, they may be small, but you will notice them, & thank whatever circumstances that bring your Blessings to you, & more Good things will happen. Since reading this, I have watched my grumpiness & irritability over things I can`t change, become less intense & of shorter duration, & I am noticing many more Blessings , re discovering music & giving more of myself.

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    Cosmic Ordering Made Easier

    By Ellen Watts

    This book can help you do and have amazing things in your life.
    I'll be sharing with you all the lessons I've learnt over three decades of successful Cosmic Ordering, including:

    How it works
    How to prepare your order
    How to place your order
    How to recognise your order
    How to receive and keep your order

    We'll also be looking at all the things that block your orders from arriving - it's not always what you think. Plus I'll be sharing all the massive (and some of the tiny, but amazing) successes I've had along the way and those of my Cosmic Ordering coachees. I'll also share the mistakes I've made and the lessons I've learnt from them, so you don't have to make the same mistakes yourself.

    I'm really looking forward to meeting you through the pages of this book and to helping you get more of what you want - more often.
     

    Add I was given this book for Christmas (thank you Santa) and read it in just two sittings over the holiday.
    I'd only vaguely heard of cosmic ordering in connection with Noel Edmonds so I approached the book with an open mind.
    Ellen's writing style is conversational and easy to follow. It felt like settling down for a chat with a friend.
    I found the book flowed well with the right blend of personal anecdotes and information.
    Helpfully it includes sections where you can write down ideas and try out exercises that Ellen suggests - so it becomes in effect a workshop in a book.
    Personally, I subscribe to the belief that the harder you work the luckier you get - and this book left me feeling positive and optimistic because at its heart is the key message that in this life ANYTHING is possible.
    I would recommend it to anyone who, like me, is new to the concept of cosmic ordering.
    Even if you have explored the subject before, I think you will find Ellen's personal stories interesting and motivating.

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    Mind Power Into the 21st Century: Techniques to Harness the Astounding Powers of Thought

    By John Kehoe

    In Mind Power Into the 21st Century, John Kehoe has articulated a set of life-changing principles for charting a course to success and happiness. More than that, however, Mind Power Into the 21st Century presents a remarkably specific and practical guide.

    How to:
    Harness the powers of your subconscious mind
    Tap into your creativity
    Successfully use visualization techniques
    Improve your self-image
    Interpret your dreams
    Heal yourself
    Develop a “prosperity consciousness”
    Build and maintain fulfilling relationships

    Entertaining and informative this book is a must read for anyone who truly wants to live life to its fullest.

    I have taken this book and made it my Bible. Whenever I feel like I am losing control of things I flick through the pages and within hours I am back in control.
    What John says makes sense and it works. All it takes is a little effort and the rewards dont stop until you do.
    John also covers every life situation in his books, but Mind Power into the 21st Century is definitly the most complete self help handbook out there.
    This is a book you buy, this isn't a read once and forget about type of book.
    But be warned once you start it will change your life.

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    To Live In The World As Ourselves - Self-Discovery And Better Relationships Through Jung's Typology

    By Sally V. Keil

    To Live in the World as Ourselves: Self-Discovery and Better Relationships through Jung's Typology is a guide to one of the pillars of Jungian psychology. Going far beyond merely an exercise in affixing ourselves and others with a personality "type," the book offers simple, practical yet fundamental psychological knowledge that is easy to understand so you can begin observing and "practicing" right away.
    The book shows readers how to discover the essentials of their true nature, and how to live more authentically and with less stress. It offers techniques to relate to other people with more ease, understanding and mutual support. Through examples of typology and its influence from real life, as well as avatars from popular culture, the author describes extroversion and introversion, thinking, feeling, intuition and sensation, universal psychological abilities to perceive and process life experience that cover all aspects of a fully human life. She shows how an innate hierarchy of these psychological abilities shapes our personal priorities, interests, special talents, even how we fall in love.
    Throughout the book are tips on relating best to people of various typologies, so as to avoid misunderstandings and even heal long-standing conflicts. Readers find out where they are likely to feel vulnerable, and ways to work best with and around fears and self-doubts, leading to self-awareness, self-enhancement and deeply rewarding relationships.

    The book is amazing - astounding - such clarity! The beauty of the book, it's cover, print and layout. To say nothing of its content! I learned so much about myself, after I let go of trying to 'figure out' what parts applied to others. The text clarified several of my self-perceptions. The text on 'intuition' so accurately described me, but 'feeling' does push me as I try to acknowledge it and learn from it. The growth opportunity with the fourth function was very instructive to me. The author's examples were real to life, very helpful. I plan to encourage friends to read it, and then share a discussion with me. The book reveals more of the mystery of your life to yourself.

    Every person should read a book on Jung's typology as a mandatory part of education. It changes lives to at least get started on knowing who you are and give one a better understanding of others. A crucial read.

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    The Way of the Tao, Living an Authentic Life 

    by Dennis Waller

    A treatise and interpretation of Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching by Dennis M Waller. With the Translation being edited by Sherry Thoman

    The Tao is an ancient philosophy of living in the natural world. It shows the way of how to get back to being your Authentic Self, your Spiritual Self. The Tao has the power to help you reclaim your life from the temporal ego identity that is imprisoning you. With the Tao you can discover your Authentic Identity by getting back to the being-ness and oneness of living in the Divine Consciousness. Through discovering these truths we can become the creators of the universe instead of the passive observers we have been. We can learn to live life in the infinity of the now verses living in the clutches of the Ego. The Tao shows us how to grow detached from the ego identity by becoming in direct contact with our true intent and motives that was meant for us. When we do, we begin to see ourselves as we truly are. It is being authentic that we become reconnected to the divine source.

    What is the Way of the Tao? It is the way things are in their own natural progression of life and death. The way of intelligent design as shown in nature, this is the way of the Tao. It is the way without dogmas, formalities or religion.

    To live in the Tao is to live in peace and harmony. The Tao gives you the knowledge of being one with the higher realm of divine consciousness. It is to experience the innerconnectiveness to all living things. It is to have the awareness of being in this world while knowing that you are not part of it because you are more than all of this. You are one and 10,000 things at the same moment. You are the song that the bird sings, the breeze blowing through the trees, the fish swimming in a brook, the warmth of the sun shining from above, the coolness of the earth below your feet, you are life and death, all at once and not at all. There is no separation in the Divine Oneness.

    The Tao contains the power to liberate you from the ego-imposed prison of the dualistic world. Living in the Tao can bring a deep inner peace and a reconnection to the divine source. The wisdom of the Tao is in a practical sense, a way to live life with the clarity of knowing the universal truth. When you are living in the Tao, you will see resistance and opposition fade away. Conflict and stress will become distant memories. The issues of life become irrelevant or will simply disappear once you start living your authentic self with the Tao. The Tao shows how to transcend all those insurmountable obstacles that the ego has created.

    There is another level of existence that is the real, true, genuine substance of who you are. This is the authentic self. The authentic self is the real you that can be found at your absolute core. It is the part of you not defined by your job, function, nationality, religion, race or role in life. It is the composite of all your skills, talents and wisdom. It is all of the things that are uniquely yours and need expression, rather than what you believe you are supposed to be and do.

    The choice we need to make is whether to trust in our own nature, to be of a pure heart and mind or to live in a world where we are trying to control everything. We have seen that going against our nature provides no comfort or satisfaction for our souls. For authentic satisfaction, for true peace, we must learn to realize who we are and where we came from. The truth is all around us. You can hear the voice of god in the laughter of children at play and in the songs of the birds. You can see God in all his glory throughout all of nature. It is all around us to see and experience. You are part of this universe and here to experience it. Be your Authentic Self. Live the Way of the Tao and live your purpose. Live life to the fullest with the Tao.

    Current day events may have you feeling depressed, oppressed, or both. Dennis Waller’s book “The Way of the Tao, Living an Authentic Life” will help you regain your love of life by inspiring authenticity in the way you live. Based on the ancient Tao philosophy, Waller uses familiar examples of people who have been able to grow beyond their egotistical, or narcissistic, tendencies and find real meaning in their lives. This book will help you find your true self and live more naturally as a result.

    I loved the way the complex ancient philosophy was presented in this book, in a reader-friendly, easy-to-understand way. Fascinated by the concepts of reclaiming one's true self through nature, detaching ourselves from our egos, with no accepted dogmas and formalities, I was glad I picked this book up. Fascinating and definitely recommended!

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    A Religion of One's Own: A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World

    By Tomas Moore

    Something essential is missing from modern life. Many who’ve turned away from religious institutions—and others who have lived wholly without religion—hunger for more than what contemporary secular life has to offer but are reluctant to follow organized religion’s strict and often inflexible path to spirituality. In A Religion of One’s Own, best-selling author and former monk Thomas Moore explores the myriad possibilities of creating a personal spiritual style, either inside or outside formal religion.
     
    Two decades ago, Moore’s Care of the Soul touched a chord with millions of readers yearning to integrate spirituality into their everyday lives. In A Religion of One’s Own, Moore expands on the topics he first explored shortly after leaving the monastery. He recounts the benefits of contemplative living that he learned during his twelve years as a monk but also the more original and imaginative spirituality that he later developed and embraced in his secular life. Here, he shares stories of others who are creating their own path: a former football player now on a spiritual quest with the Pueblo Indians, a friend who makes a meditative practice of floral arrangements, and a well-known classical pianist whose audiences sometimes describe having a mystical experience while listening to her performances. Moore weaves their experiences with the wisdom of philosophers, writers, and artists who have rejected materialism and infused their secular lives with transcendence.
     
    At a time when so many feel disillusioned with or detached from organized religion yet long for a way to move beyond an exclusively materialistic, rational lifestyle, A Religion of One’s Own points the way to creating an amplified inner life and a world of greater purpose, meaning, and reflection.

    A well-written little book that is wise, clear and a pleasure to read. Solidly based in the depth psychology of Jung & Hillman, refined by the author's modesty, simplicity & practicality. An essential corrective to one-sided spirituality, religious dogmatism or new age superficiality. Buy it!

     

    I haven't finished the book yet, but what I have read so far has exceeded my expectations. Thomas Moore has something genuinely important to say in this book, and he says it engagingly and well, drawing on his personal experience to show how he has arrived at his view. He re-frames what many of us mean by 'religion', and states that even if someone is following a particular religious path, that person still has to make it 'their own.' I would recommend this book to anyone on, or seeking to be on, a spiritual path, whether within one particular tradition or not. As I have read a lot of religious or spiritual books, both academic and popular (I have an MTheol degree), I rarely find a genuinely new take in a book I pick up these days. But here, I feel I have done so.

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    The Strangest Secret

    By Earl Nightingale

    Six short and simple words.

    They are the "strangest secret."

    There are more than six hundred thousand words in the English language.

    And yet just six words...six short and simple words explain:

    * How one person with identical skills can earn hundreds of thousands and even millions more than another

    * How some people shoot to the top of the company while others are fired

    * Why some people live happy productive lives while people of identical upbringings and education stumble from failure to failure

    * Why some seem to achieve goals almost effortlessly while most can't seem to get on track

    * Why some marriages flourish while others end early

    In 1956 Earl Nightingale shared these six words with the world in a recording he called The Strangest Secret. When it was released, it rocked the consciousness of the 1950′s.

    His recording, without any advertising or formal marketing, sold over a million albums and became the first (and only) spoken word message to win a Gold Record. It transformed lives and virtually created a new industry --- the modern day personal development/self help industry.

    In the printed word, as an eBook, the incredible words and wisdom of Earl Nightingale may be even more powerful.

    But either way, The Strangest Secret is indeed the single biggest secret to success that mankind has ever discovered.
     

    Earl Nightingale's pioneering contribution to self development is difficult to measure. All modern contributors to the field owe a great deal to this man's influence as he worked tirelessly to lift people to become better human beings. This must read book is a small, yet classic foundation upon which to build a self development library. I for one read it regularly.

    I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a simple to read book with a complete summary of the things we think about subconsciously - the things that change the way we look at life and the action we take to change it. Although this is a very old script, it really rings true today. Great read.​

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    The Afterlife Experiments: Breakthrough Scientific Evidence of Life After Death

    By Gary E. Schwartz

    An esteemed scientist's personal journey from skepticism to wonder and awe provides astonishing answers to a timeless question: Is there life after death? 
    Are love and life eternal? This exciting account presents provocative evidence that could upset everything that science has ever taught. Daring to risk his worldwide academic reputation, Dr. Gary E. Schwartz, along with his research partner Dr. Linda Russek, asked some of the most prominent mediums in America -- including John Edward, Suzane Northrup, and George Anderson -- to become part of a series of extraordinary experiments to prove, or disprove, the existence of an afterlife. 
    THE AFTERLIFE EXPERIMENTS 
    This riveting narrative, with its electrifying transcripts, puts the reader on the scene of a breakthrough scientific achievement: contact with the beyond under controlled laboratory conditions. In stringently monitored experiments, leading mediums attempted to contact dead friends and relatives of "sitters" who were masked from view and never spoke, depriving the mediums of any cues. The messages that came through stunned sitters and researchers alike. 

    I must admit that I am only half way through this book and it has turned me into a believer! I have always been cautious to read any books written by American scientists whose intention is to investigate the survival of consciousness, but Gary E Scwartz is a whole different ball game!

    This book is very clearly written and easy to understand, his scientific investigations with the mediums are extremely professional and it is good that he constantly questions whether what he is seeing and hearing with his own senses is real. Never for a moment does he suggest that what he is investigating is real - he always remains firmly open minded, but largely more skeptical. He never forgets that he is a scientist whilst writing this book and it's great to know that someone so intelligent and cynical as himself, is looking into the notion of survival of consiousness with an open and scientific mind!

    The book has many revelations and it is extremely thought-provoking. It's good that science is pondering the existence of consciousness after death and this book only confirms that this may in fact be a possibility! He has made a believer out of me! And I was once an ardent skeptic!

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    A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose

    By Eckhart Tolle

    Eckhart Tolle's A New Earth will be a cornerstone for personal spirituality and self-improvement for years to come, leading readers to a new levels of consciousness and inner peace. Taking off from the introspective work The Power of Now, which is a number one bestseller and has sold millions of copies worldwide, Tolle provides the spiritual framework for people to move beyond themselves in order to make this world a better, more spiritually evolved place to live. Shattering modern ideas of ego and entitlement, self and society, Tolle lifts the veil of fear that has hung over humanity during this new millennium, and shines an illuminating light that leads to happiness and health that every reader can follow.

    "A New Earth: awakening to your life's purpose" is both deeply profound and wonderfully liberating. Tolle is particularly well known for "The Power of Now" and "Stillness Speaks", yet this new book takes his spiritual teaching to an altogether different level. In a simple and profound way he is able to illuminate several of the deepest truths revealed by teachers over the past 2,500 years. His characterisation of the ego mind, its obsession with form and content, the accumulation of the individual pain-body, and the way in which humans have become so identified with the incessant mental chatter - "lost in thought" - is brilliant. Tolle acknowledges that words can never be adequate to describe the liberation that arises from awakening into consciousness, and our connection to both the space within and the universe of space, yet his ability to convey our ever-present access to Source and the joy of just Being is wonderful. There is nothing to do in this book - no activities, no exercises, no checklists - just a shift in consciousness that lets you come alive. I'm not sure any of this would have made much sense to me ten, or even five years ago. Today it's absolutely mind-blowing at this stage of my spiritual journey.

     

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    What Matters Most: Living a More Considered Life

    By James Hollis

    Why are we here? What is the meaning of existence? What truly matters the most in life? To even begin to answer these questions, we must start by exploring our own internal ideals, values, and beliefs. Presenting the unique perspective of respected analyst and author James Hollis, Ph.D., What Matters Most helps readers learn to appreciate (even be amazed by) events unfolding within, even as the external world creates constant struggles.

    Taking a fresh look at the concept of happiness, Hollis uses a warm, accessible tone to encourage readers to learn to tolerate ambiguity, embrace growth rather than security, respect the power of Eros, engage spiritual crises, and acknowledge the shadow of mortality. Providing inspiring wisdom and personal reflections to address our deepest worries, What Matters Most yields far more than mere self-help clichés. Instead, Hollis guides readers in uncovering the heart of the matter, discovering what it means to truly live life to its fullest, most meaningful state—as fully engaged citizens of the world.

    James Hollis has written a number of useful books on the subject of Jungian theory which brings the master of 'self discovery' to people like me, people with real world experience and a proper job who can't afford hundreds of hours in therapy! If you need to know that you are not alone as you seek the answers to why we are here, this is a good spot to begin.

    This is an excellent book if you are looking to develop your sense of meaning in life and find the "god" within yourself. An interest in depth psychology helps to get the most out of it. I felt "wonderful" everytime I read even a single page!

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