The best books raising questions about spirituality, consciousness, and the nature of reality

Tracy J. Holroyd Author Of The Perfect Pair: The Enchanted Mirror
By Tracy J. Holroyd

Who am I?

I am a writer and lecturer who is irresistibly drawn to the spiritual and paranormal, but whose academic qualifications are in maths and science. So, I have struggled to find my niche in life: a belief in God and Spirit, a passion for the ‘paranormal,’ and an attraction to the scientific – subjects whose advocates attack one another without compunction. Then, I watched the film What the Bleep Do We Know? and found the communion of spirit and science that had eluded me for so long. Thus, I have a new passion: quantum physics, consciousness, and the creation of reality  which means, for me, the Universe is truly full of magic.


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The Perfect Pair: The Enchanted Mirror

By David C. Holroyd, Tracy J. Holroyd,

Book cover of The Perfect Pair: The Enchanted Mirror

What is my book about?

The true story of a teenager blessed with a psychic gift and harbouring a dream. An aqua-circus training facility concealed within a West Yorkshire village. The creation of two legendary show dolphins: The Perfect Pair. A dangerous concept for those controlling the captive industry, and one that must be destroyed. But how do you destroy the quest for perfection without birthing a fury?

The backbone of this story is the mind connection shared by the young trainer and his dolphins. David Capello’s uncanny insight into the cetacean mind demonstrates why the world must protect its Atlanteans against slaughter and exploitation; a tenet with the potential to devastate big-money industries, and the reason why so many seek to undermine Capello’s testimony by ridiculing its ‘paranormal’ phenomena.

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What the Bleep Do We Know!? Discovering the Endless Possibilities for Altering Your Everyday Reality

By William Arntz, Betsy Chasse, Mark Vicente

Book cover of What the Bleep Do We Know!? Discovering the Endless Possibilities for Altering Your Everyday Reality

Why this book?

This book accompanies the award-winning, cult film What the Bleep Do We Know? It discusses consciousness and perception of reality, taking us to a place where the lines between science and spirituality are blurred. It tells of paradigm-shattering, scientific breakthroughs, with input from scientists, medics, historians, philosophers, and spiritual leaders. It offers theories that explain paranormal phenomena; the stuff that many scientists are reluctant (or afraid) to discuss: telepathy, the eternal spirit, parallel universes, and the creation of reality. With insights from noted contributors, the book presents us with some thought-provoking (often uncomfortable) questions. For me, however, it simply confirms what I already know to be true: the Creator is not only a scientist; He is also a magician!


Taking the Quantum Leap: The New Physics for Non-scientists

By Fred A. Wolf,

Book cover of Taking the Quantum Leap: The New Physics for Non-scientists

Why this book?

I was so impressed by What the Bleep… that I wanted to learn more, so turned to one of its contributors: theoretical physicist, Fred Alan Wolf. In Taking the Quantum Leap, the quirky Dr. Wolf waltzed me through the history of physics, until I arrived (breathless with anticipation!) at the biggie: the ‘new science’ of the 20th century; the science that practically threw the scientific community into turmoil. Dr. Wolf not only linked this plethora of knowledge to consciousness, but also equipped me, as a layperson, with the mental tools required to indulge in some deep scientific, philosophical, and spiritual discourse. Without a doubt, casually throwing his subject into conversation leaves me looking very impressive intellectually. Only problem: no one invites me to parties anymore….


The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

By Eckhart Tolle,

Book cover of The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

Why this book?

In The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle teaches us how to live our best life. Without travelling too deeply down the scientific route, he explains how mind and consciousness work, examines how outdated and poorly understood viewpoints undermine wellbeing, and shows how to attain peace and joy simply by changing our mindset.

The short question-and-answer sections gave me time to think about, understand and internalize the content – between tasks, during a tea break, and even between naps. Each Q&A taught a truth supported by the science I encountered in my two previous recommendations. Each Q&A dislodged a brick in the wall of prejudice that divides science and spirituality. Each Q&A lifted my weary spirit.

A magical book in every sense of the word!


The Astral Traveler's Handbook & Other Tales

By David Michie,

Book cover of The Astral Traveler's Handbook & Other Tales

Why this book?

David Michie’s collection of short, fictional stories beautifully illustrates the ways in which the Universe grants treasure to the spiritual adventurer. Rooted in the gentle traditions of Buddhism, each story delivers a lesson – something to make you think. How do I view life? How do others see me? When the Universe sends a sign, do I recognize it? If I recognize it, do I react? If I react, am I selfish, or do I work to benefit others as well as myself? Do I accept that the Universe is filled with magic? And, crucially, do I have the right mindset to tap into that magic?

You don’t need to be a quantum physicist to accept the truths in this book – you need only a little faith.


Hold that Thought: The Little Book of Healing and Empowerment

By Mark Bajerski, Paulo Goode (illustrator),

Book cover of Hold that Thought: The Little Book of Healing and Empowerment

Why this book?

Not everyone has the time, patience, or ability to read a complete book – so enter this enchanting volume! Mark Bajerski’s book is a treasury of uplifting quotes. Each day, you arbitrarily ‘choose’ a page, then read its spiritual message. Spirit guides your choice, so the message you receive is the most appropriate for you at that moment in time. Then, you simply Hold that Thought.

I have found that these uplifting spiritual truths reinforce my spirit no matter what circumstances I face, and so touched and delighted was I when a friend gifted a copy to me that I, in turn, gifted copies to my friends.

A gem of a book and a daily reminder that the Universe abounds with magic.


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