We live in an information age. Never before has there been such an abundance of information, much of which is free. The next step is filtering down that information so that we can invest less mental energy and get more life-empowering results.
Over the years I have read, listened to, and watched hundreds of personal development books, audio programs, and videos. Below I'd like to share with you only the ones that have had the most powerful impact on my own personal life.
Find the ones that resonate with you.
Attracting Abundance and Happiness
The Teachings of Abraham. I consider Abraham to be the best source of wisdom on any topic in my own life. Abraham's words always bring clarity, relief, and energy to my mental process. Abraham is a group of non-physical beings who speak through Esther Hicks.
Their teachings specialize in the areas of abundance, relationships, and emotional well-being. All of their teachings are based on the three laws of the universe: The Law of Attraction, The Law of Deliberate Creation, and The Law of Allowing.
David Hawkins. If you are looking for a practical and almost scientific approach to spirituality, then look no further than David Hawkins. Dr. Hawkins is regarded by many as a modern sage and his material lays the mental foundation to serve as a pathway to enlightenment.
Dr. Hawkins himself was a practicing psychiatrist for 35 years, religious growing up and then a devout atheist for many years, and now a teacher on the nature of consciousness and what many people regard as God or universal energy.
He has developed a way to measure truth through kinesiology muscle testing and his map of consciousness. I have only recently started working with his ideas yet much of his influence can be seen in this blog.
If you want a thorough understanding of things like karma, ego, enlightenment, God, healing through spirituality then check out his material. His material is very advanced, so if you are new to spirituality then you might want to save his stuff for later.
Abraham Basics on The Law of Attraction. This is the program that turned me on to the Teachings of Abraham. It builds the foundation for all of their teachings.
It goes into depth about how the Law of Attraction works, where action fits in, how absolutely crucial emotions are, and how to cultivate an attitude that trains your mind to think thoughts that will help you rather than hinder you.
It also goes into how to consciously use the Law of Attraction in your daily life through Deliberate Creation by dividing up your day with small sets of intentions and by creating a daily mental workshop. It also goes into the Law of Allowing and why most of our work in this age is with this law.
The Law of Allowing is the toughest for most people to get because it is the most counter-intuitive. This law of allowing has helped me to let go of sympathy and replace it with empathy. It's also helped me let go of a tremendous amount of mental stress about things such as all the negative news of wars, crimes, and tragedies and replace it with an honor for what each person is choosing to experience in each situation. I highly recommend this one.
The Law of Attraction In Action Episode II. In this video, Abraham talks with a live audience answering some of the toughest questions around such as:
How to handle family members who you don't get along with, Is it important to "protect" yourself from dark energies, How to handle being in corporate America, How should a mother handle the current war situation, Where do murder victims fit in with the law of attraction, and many more.
I've watched dozens of different recorded workshops by Abraham and this one is definitely the best.
This set contains one section in which Abraham describes the essence of non-reactive emotional strength and how to keep your own emotional state exactly how you want it no matter who comes into the picture.
It's really one of the best and most clearly verbalized explanation of being the masculine "Oak Tree" that I've found. Abraham walks you step by step through the though process starting at reactive anger and resentment and transforming that into loving strength.
Ground Breaking Books
The Way of the Peaceful Warrior – This book is a classic. It's a must read for any spiritual truth seeker, especially beginners.
Author Dan Millman transforms his real life story into a fictional narrative about his path from the anguishing traps of the ego to the joyful freedom of presence.
He first stumbles upon his mentor, Socrates, at an all-night gas station. At the time, Millman hopes to become a world-champion gymnast. "To survive the lessons ahead, you're going to need far more energy than ever before," Socrates warns him, "You must cleanse your body of tension, free your mind of stagnant knowledge, and open your heart to the energy of true emotion."
From there, the unpredictable Socrates proceeds to teach Millman the "way of the peaceful warrior."
Power of Now – This book is a great next step in adopting a new, spiritual attitude to daily life. Eckhart Tolle drives home the notion of presence and how all forms of suffering fall away when we tap into the present moment.
When I first read this book, I found it very challenging to my current beliefs and attitudes. I was very, very future focused and stuck in my mind, so to speak.
I just could not grasp why the present moment was so important when we had…the future. I believed I was right yet I also happened to be suffering in most areas of my life so I figured perhaps I at least consider this new notion of presence.
Fast forward a couple years and I've come to realize how right he was. I've realized that suffering is illusion, created by the mind's assumptions and positions. The way out of suffering is through letting go of the ego and awakening to life's inherent and ever-present joy.
Really though, this book is a concise and practical guide for men to not only regain healthy sexual drives but also as an introduction into many spiritual concepts such as meditations, chakras, and energy.
The most powerful part of this book are the attitudes and beliefs inherent in it. Simply being exposed to new paradigms such as these can greatly improve the way you interact with women and help to see things such as porn and pick up in a whole new light.
Energy Medicine – As you come further along the spiritual path you will begin to open the right side of your brain and begin to experience intense new sensations.
This book is the perfect next step as it gives you a working blueprint for understanding the energy systems in your body including the chakras, meridians, the aura and more.
It also provides about a hundred simple energetic exercises ranging from getting rid of a cold to focusing your mind for intense studying. -Very useful.
Power vs Force – This is Dr. Hawkins' first book which maps out the different levels of consciousness on a scale of 1-1000. It's almost like a scientific approach to understanding spiritual phenomena.
He explains the difference between power and force and why most of the modern world is stuck in the energetically draining force. He describes qualities of power and how it is self-sustaining and infinitly energized.
He goes on to describe how he uses kinesiology muscle testing to determine the truth of any statement and how you can begin to use it in your life. The book itself is fairly hard to read, especially the first couple chapters. If you have a hard time understanding it, then it's probably best to come back to it after you've come to better spiritual understandings from other teachers.
Bruce Lipton's The Biology of Belief: "It shows that genes and DNA do not control our biology, that instead DNA is controlled by signals from outside the cell, including the energetic messages emanating from our thoughts.
Using simple language, illustrations, humor, and everyday examples, he demonstrates how the new science of Epigenetics is revolutionizing our understanding of the link between mind and matter and the profound effects it has on our personal lives and the collective life of our species."
Robert Gass – Robert Gass has created numerous chanting and spiritually inspired songs along with his 30-person group On Wings of Song. Together, they have created updated versions of sacred songs from traditions around the world.
It's truly amazing to hear so many voices perfectly synchronized into seemingly one voice often in the form of trance inducing chants. The sounds are awe-inspiring. Beauty and perfection at this level can reach right into your soul and touch you on a deep level.
The first time I heard the song Kyrie, I was moved so profoundly that I spontaneously went into a heightened state of consciousness and completely broke down in utter love and appreciation.
Mantras In Motion – This album is a collection of various artists, each with a distinct yogic or new age style. It's like a mix of chill out electronic mantras and relaxing songs with effects such as flowing water, Tibetan singing bowels, and other strange Eastern instruments. I couldn't find a link to it on amazon but you can find it on iTunes.
Adiemus – This new age group blends elements of classical, opera and even tribal music to create songs that seem to uplift the spirit and energize the body. There are no "real" lyrics; all the words are made up from a language invented by composer Karl Jenkins.
In his words, "The text was written phonetically with the words viewed as instrumental sound, the idea being to maximise the melisma (an expressive vocal phrase) by removing the distraction, if one can call it that, of words".
There is really nothing like it but they've often been compared to Enya, Enigma, Dead Can Dance, and Deep Forest. I've only recently found their album Songs of Sanctuary yet I'm really digging it. Highly recommended.
I'll be adding more as I find them so check back here every once in a while. Feel free to add any comments with your thoughts on any of these programs or mentors.
Links to Friends
- Desilets Method – Sexuality for Women
- Double Your Dating – For Men
- Spritual Cinema Circle
- Just Keep The Change
- Pick Up Artist Terminology
- Reuniting – Sexual Healing
- The Modern Savage
- You Are Truly Loved