10 books like Evolving Beyond Thought

By Gary Weber,

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Happiness Beyond Thought

By Gary Weber,

Book cover of Happiness Beyond Thought: A Practical Guide to Awakening

Happiness Beyond Thought gives practical guidance on experiencing mental peace that lasts. It isn't caught up in mysticism, but manages to show how some of the wisdom in ancient spiritual traditions make solid scientific sense. As a scientist himself, Weber wanted a secular means of experiencing mental clarity. Since clearing his own mind of unwanted thoughts, he has helped many others do the same.

Although it might seem like it is impossible to rid your mind of unwanted thoughts, Weber is careful to explain that he is focused on a particular kind of thought. Once you understand this genre of thinking, it's much easier to reduce its energy-draining impact on your life. The exercises are simple, but not too simple. When your mind is clear, your memory improves because you have more space for reflective thinking. It's that simple and I highly recommend this book.

Happiness Beyond Thought

By Gary Weber,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Happiness Beyond Thought as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Praise for Happiness Beyond Thought"Husband, father, scientist, military officer, and senior executive in industry and academia, Gary Weber has led a full and successful worldly life. Throughout all of this, Gary has relentlessly pursued a path of practice and inquiry in order to understand life and achieve enlightenment. It is rare to find one who has reached this goal, and rarer still to find such a one who has been so immersed in worldly life.With this book, Gary has successfully integrated his profound realization with traditional non-dualistic teachings, as well as insights from Zen Buddhism and modern brain research, into…


The Essence of Enlightenment

By James Swartz,

Book cover of The Essence of Enlightenment: Vedanta, the Science of Consciousness

One of the most direct spiritual movements is actually philosophical. In The Essence of Enlightenment, James Swartz discusses the concepts that underly a deeply misunderstood tradition called Advaita Vedanta.

Although he retains some of the unhelpful mysticism, the book is still great for its discussion of using philosophical knowledge to reduce your head trash and live more fully in the moment. One of the strengths of the book is its discussion of how to prepare yourself for being able to use the philosophy in everyday life. Although it can be strange to think that you have to be "qualified" to use philosophy, it does make sense and it is a very practical means of cleansing your mind.

A clean mind is better able to remember.

The Essence of Enlightenment

By James Swartz,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Essence of Enlightenment as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The counterintuitive, radical message of Vedanta, the ancient science of self-inquiry, is that reality is non-dual consciousness. What this means and how it benefits people in their quest for freedom from limitation is the subject of this inspirational book.

In an accessible style, James Swartz's new book develops teachings introduced in his popular first one, How to Attain Enlightenment, covering topics such as values and the enlightened person, dharma and the essence of enlightenment, and the relationship between consciousness, the individual, and the total. Demystifying enlightenment, Swartz makes Vedanta understandable to all.


On the Shadows of the Ideas

By Giordano Bruno, John Michael Greer (translator),

Book cover of On the Shadows of the Ideas: Comprising an art of investigating, discovering, judging, ordering, and applying, set forth for the purpose of inner writing, and not for vulgar operations of memory

Giordano Bruno was a great memory master who refined a meditation technique he learned from Ramon Llull. The technique involves using a "memory wheel." Different parts of the wheel contain problems, and an inner wheel contains solutions. Bruno gives many tips on how to use memory techniques so that you can meditate using the memory wheels.

Although very challenging, John Michael Greer's translation is clear and the illustrations help make your use of the memory techniques easy. The book also offers fantastic ideas for developing the best possible mindset for pursuing your meditation and learning goals over the long term.

On the Shadows of the Ideas

By Giordano Bruno, John Michael Greer (translator),

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1 author picked On the Shadows of the Ideas as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

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ON THE SHADOW OF THE IDEAS: Comprising an art of investigating, discovering, judging, ordering, and applying, set forth for the purpose of inner writing, and not for vulgar operations of memory.

by Giordano Bruno translated by John Michael Greer

LOST SECRETS OF THE ART OF MEMORY

One of the forgotten traditions of Western occultism, the Art of Memory was a set of disciplines dating from ancient times that enabled the scholars and mages of the Renaissance to upgrade their own brains, storing vast amounts of data in their own memories. In 1592, Giordano Bruno, the greatest master of the Art…


The Hermetic Art of Memory

By Alexander Dicsone,

Book cover of The Hermetic Art of Memory

As a student of Giordano Bruno,  Alexander Dicsone keenly observed the problems his students had with Bruno's meditative memory techniques. In two commentaries, he unfolded the memory tradition from another angle, including how to use the moon as a Memory Palace.

The book is not only instructional but humorous and the translation is a delight to read. It is also annotated for the more serious reader who wishes to go deeper into the references in the text and follow up with additional resources.

The Hermetic Art of Memory

By Alexander Dicsone,

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1 author picked The Hermetic Art of Memory as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

A compendium of The Shadow of Reason and Judgement (1583) & Thamus - The Virtue of Memory (1597) By Alexander Dickson Translated by Paul Ferguson Introduced by Martin Faulks


A Search in Secret India

By Paul Brunton,

Book cover of A Search in Secret India

In my teens, I came across this book during a summer vacation visiting my dear grandparents. It felt like Paul Brunton had the same yearning as I did for uncovering hidden but profound truths. Such truths are buried but alive. Luckily, they can be rediscovered through the experiences of remarkable mystics who have dedicated their life to realization. 

I was spellbound reading Paul’s adventures from nearly a century back. And the account of how his quest finally led him to a great sage who taught primarily through silence and transmission is fantastic!

A Search in Secret India

By Paul Brunton,

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1 author picked A Search in Secret India as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

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'He found many marvelous things...But now and then a man of real spirituality set his feet on the way that finally led him to what he had looked and hoped for.' New York Times Book Review

The late Paul Brunton was one of the twentieth century's greatest explorers of and writers on the spiritual traditions of the East. A Search in Secret India is the story of Paul Brunton's journey around India, living among yogis, mystics and gurus, some of whom he found convincing, others not. He finally finds the peace and tranquility which come with self-knowledge when he meets…


Mudras for Healing and Transformation

By Joseph Le Page, Lilian Le Page,

Book cover of Mudras for Healing and Transformation

Mudras is the only book you will ever need if you want to explore using a mudra practice, which I highly recommend. Mudras describes the physical, energetic, psycho-emotional, and spiritual properties of over 100 mudras and explains how they are performed and their mind/body effects. Mudra practice is a great addition to a breath and meditation practice and this book is a treasure trove of the inner workings of mudras.

Mudras for Healing and Transformation

By Joseph Le Page, Lilian Le Page,

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1 author picked Mudras for Healing and Transformation as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

spiritual guide


Mudras

By Gertrud Hirschi,

Book cover of Mudras: Yoga in Your Hands

This book can be enjoyed by adults and children alike and provides a guide to a lesser-known aspect of yoga, mudras, or yoga for the hands. The author explains the spiritual history of mudras and provides guidelines for how to practice 52 distinct mudras, including the name, an overview of the meaning, and what it is intended to support in the body or mind. The back of the book also includes some basic yoga postures and several helpful indices. When approaching lightly and playfully, I find it relaxing, empowering, and anxiety-reducing to practice mudras.

Mudras

By Gertrud Hirschi,

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1 author picked Mudras as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

With a foreword by Shelley von Strunkel.

Mudras - also playfully called 'finger power points' are yoga positions for your hands and fingers. they can be practiced sitting, lying down, standing or walking, at any time and place!

Schooled in the traditional knowledge of this Eastern art of healing, Gertrud Hirschi, the well-known Swiss yoga teacher and author of Basic Yoga for Everybody, shows you how these easy techniques can recharge your personal energy reserves and improve your quality of living. Use these mysterious healing gestures to calm the stress, aggravations and frustrations of every day life. In Mudras: Yoga…


Tarot and the Gates of Light

By Mark Horn,

Book cover of Tarot and the Gates of Light: A Kabbalistic Path to Liberation

What I love about this book is that it proves the old saying that there is nothing new under the sun to be wrong. Mark Horn’s Tarot and the Gates of Light blends together two traditions already closely linked; Tarot and Kabbalah. While it is Hermetic Qabalah that is mostly applied to Tarot, Mark Horn introduces a unique way to use the Tarot to practice Counting the Omer. This will be the most unique tarot book to have on the shelf as it offers you a rare transformative practice. 

Tarot and the Gates of Light

By Mark Horn,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Tarot and the Gates of Light as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

An innovative, spiritual workbook that integrates the Tarot and the Kabbalistic tradition of Counting the Omer

* Explores the origins and meaning of the 49-day Kabbalistic meditative practice of Counting the Omer and how it can lead to spiritual revelation, personal insight, and connection with the Divine

* Reveals the correspondence of the Tarot's minor arcana with the Sephirot of the Tree of Life and explains how both relate to the Omer meditation

* Provides a daily practice workbook that explores the related Sephirot and Tarot cards for each day, examines their Kabbalistic and spiritual meanings, and provides questions for…


Grip

By Lale Westvind,

Book cover of Grip

I consider this to be one of the great wordless graphic novels. It’s a hyper-colored meditation on the creative power and potential of human hands, full of movement, energy, and effort. It’s amazing to see a work like this that’s so full of power, like a raw force of nature, yet there’s no violence or destruction. Sit in a quiet corner and give every page of this book your full attention and tell me how your brain feels afterward. 

Grip

By Lale Westvind,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Grip as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.


The Ecstasy Beyond Knowing

By Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan,

Book cover of The Ecstasy Beyond Knowing: A Manual of Meditation

It is not enough to read about the existence of states of consciousness beyond what we have experienced. The practices in this book, many of which I have learned from this renowned spiritual teacher, offer a course of development to radically change your consciousness, open you to life experiences, and give you tools for further transformation.

The Ecstasy Beyond Knowing

By Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Ecstasy Beyond Knowing as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The Ecstasy Beyond Knowing represents the distilled wisdom of Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan’s long lifetime of spiritual seeking and experiences, his dialogues and deep friendships with other mystics and spiritual teachers, and his explorations into the nature of reality with scientists and philosophers.Meditation techniques are explained in detail along with the principles behind them, including practices with breath, light, energy, sound and mantram, inspired visualizations, and the Sufi dhikr. The Sufi process and stages of transformation are interwoven with those of Hinduism, Buddhism, the Jewish Kabbalah, the glorification of the Christian Mass, and the alchemical process of self-transfiguration. The height,…


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