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Books that have helped you on your path...
    #1440584 - 04/08/03 07:50 PM (21 years, 19 days ago)

What are some books that have helped you on your path in life. Spiritualy, intellectually, shared happiness, wisdom, insight? And...if you could, explain a bit about the book and why.

I'll start, in no specific order...


- Way of the Peacful Warrior, by Dan Millman - great book about a person who meets a mysterious man, and eventually takes a student/master position under him in which the old man teaches him about meditation, higher purpose on life, and seeing things clearly. VERY smooth and good read.

- Sacred Journey of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman - Sequal to the book, goes real indepth, a bit lacking at times but real good. Involves an old lady as a teacher instead of the man.

- Meditation for Dummies - Good introduction to meditation, and deals with all forms of it. Fairly in depth for an introductiion, with 100s of guided meditations and about 10 basic mediations. Discusses the background, history, benefits, science of it, etc.


- Philopshy for Dummies. Good introduction to philosophy.

- Handy-Space Answer book - Good introduction to astronomy, has a LOT of information in a well written manner.

- The Healer Within by Roger Jahnke - A great self-healing book that involves many techniques from Deep breathing, to subtle exercises, to meditation and reflexology. I still practice some methods I learned from it.

Journey of Awakening by Ram Dass - A good book that get a bit more into meditation then Meditation for DUmmies. Gets pretty specific and can help you a lot if you are curiios or into meditation.

- Children of the Matrix, by David Icke - A huge conspiracy book, and although probably not true, its still a great read. Has many sources, good information, and I thought the book was well-written. Wether you believe it or not doesnt matter, just try and enjoy it.


- Flower of Life WOrkshop Volume 1, by Drunvalo M. - A GREAT read, kind of combines all aspects of metaphysics, new age, religion etc into a startling and amazing revelation type book. He claims to be an ascended master helping us in our time.


- DMT: Spirit Molecule - Pretty good book with insight into the DMT drug, and some information on psychedelics in general. Not as well written as I expected though, and gets boring at times.




Those are just a few books IVe read that I felt helped me the MOST in my journey.


Anyone care to share theirs?


Im interesting in reading right now.....

What the Budda Taught
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
Be Here Now by Ram Dass
Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu (havent finished it)



any insight into those books or recommendations?

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Re: Books that have helped you on your path... [Re: tekramrepus]
    #1440609 - 04/08/03 07:55 PM (21 years, 19 days ago)




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Re: Books that have helped you on your path... [Re: tekramrepus]
    #1440645 - 04/08/03 08:03 PM (21 years, 19 days ago)

A yaqui way of knowledge-Carlos Castaneda
A seperate reality-Carlos Castaneda
Journey to Ixland-Carlos Castaneda
Tales of power-Carlos Castaneda
All of these books deal with Yaqui sorcery in central america. They deal a lot with
peyote mushrooms and as I read them in Junior high, I gained profound insight into the world. Nothing I say hear can do them justice.

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance-Robert Pirsig

Mans search for meaning-Victor Frankl
A very psycology rooted book written by a WWII concentration camp survivor



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Re: Books that have helped you on your path... [Re: SpecialEd]
    #1440749 - 04/08/03 08:34 PM (21 years, 19 days ago)

I read the Castaneda books- they were entertaining. Smoking some strange mixture and ingesting peyote... My biggest problem (though it was all in good fun) was that the reader can become exasperated with Carlos at times, for he made himself out to be slow at catching on.
As for Supermarket's query, I recommend reading

Post Office by Charles Bukowski. You'll love your life afterwards.
Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins, and any of his books. It is about a King destined to die... but he escapes death and spends a thousand years being bright and loving life and thinking insightful thoughts. Includes the Great God Pan as a character...
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole- By no means a spiritual book, and surely not a pick me up... But read it nonetheless! Thoroughly enjoyable (and that is what it is all about...).

Motorcycle Maintenance was a great book, merging classical and romantic thinking...
And I'll be sure to check out some of those books you cited, thanks!

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Re: Books that have helped you on your path... [Re: Alobar]
    #1440769 - 04/08/03 08:41 PM (21 years, 19 days ago)

Celestine prophecy
Siddhartha
Stranger in a Strange Land
No Ordinary Moments
Incarnations of Imortality series

I think almost any book has something to offer the reader on some level.


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Re: Books that have helped you on your path... [Re: mntlfngrs]
    #1440776 - 04/08/03 08:45 PM (21 years, 19 days ago)

Authors of books just try to impose what they think is right to the reader- it's just propaganda if you think about it. It doesn't mean it's true. Books are a waste of time unless there are just pitcures or unbiased facts.


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What if all the world you think you know,
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Re: Books that have helped you on your path... [Re: mntlfngrs]
    #1440778 - 04/08/03 08:46 PM (21 years, 19 days ago)

The Electric Acid Kool-aid Test by Tom Wolfe
That book blew my mind and showed me how to better live in the moment.
Anything by Nietzche
He's a fucking genius and that's all I have to say.


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Re: Books that have helped you on your path... [Re: Murex]
    #1440782 - 04/08/03 08:47 PM (21 years, 19 days ago)

angel tech, by anterro alli

i read it more than a year ago, when i was obsessed with new age bullshit. still a good read, though

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Re: Books that have helped you on your path... [Re: ]
    #1440832 - 04/08/03 09:05 PM (21 years, 19 days ago)

Every new-age book I have started to read was complete fiction to me. After that, I didn't even try anymore, and I think I'm better for it.


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Re: Books that have helped you on your path... [Re: Murex]
    #1440876 - 04/08/03 09:22 PM (21 years, 19 days ago)

They all have a different point of view true. But that is part of what you can learn from it. Doesn't mean you have to buy into their ideas.


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Re: Books that have helped you on your path... [Re: Murex]
    #1440881 - 04/08/03 09:25 PM (21 years, 19 days ago)

I suppose the only real "New Age" book I've read is Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. And I thoroughly enjoyed it in a thinking kind of way...
A novel is a very loose art form; anything can happen inbetween two covers. If they are meant for purposes of propaganda, somehow they seem impure to me. However, every book has something to offer, and more often than not if one is reading a book and comprehending it, he or she is intelligent enough to see past the bullshit and develope an intelligent decision about what to feel.

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Re: Books that have helped you on your path... [Re: Alobar]
    #1440908 - 04/08/03 09:33 PM (21 years, 19 days ago)

Thinking is better than reading imo.


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Re: Books that have helped you on your path... [Re: Murex]
    #1440912 - 04/08/03 09:34 PM (21 years, 19 days ago)

But reading is better than watching TV.


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Re: Books that have helped you on your path... [Re: Murex]
    #1440926 - 04/08/03 09:37 PM (21 years, 19 days ago)

But reading is an  excellent method of acquiring knowledge. :wink: 

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Re: Books that have helped you on your path... [Re: Murex]
    #1440937 - 04/08/03 09:42 PM (21 years, 19 days ago)

See, I think reading is GREAT. It is a tool in itself, just like meditation, mushrooms, etc.



By reading, you view someone else's perspective. You understand how others view life. This doesnt mean you accept it, instead you just take the information in , then let it go.


Reading to me is a joyful experience. Sometimes I concentrate so much that I forget Im reading, and Im completely visualing it in my head. Only if the author is good!


I admit, a lot of books are made for money, and propaganda, but books themselves cant harm or dislodge you, only your own mind can after reading one!!!

Maybe youve just read some bokos that didnt appeal to you - give some of the ones on this list a try :smile:

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Re: Books that have helped you on your path... [Re: Alobar]
    #1440965 - 04/08/03 09:54 PM (21 years, 19 days ago)

But reading is an excellent method of acquiring knowledge.

Only if they are based on facts and not illusions.

I start reading and the author goes on and on and on about nothing, or little of something, but they write as if I was a stupid child. I might be a little different than most cuz I gots an overactive imagination that makes almost any fantasy or sci-fi novel look like a pile of shit. Everything else seems so boring to me. I wish books were shorter, so that they actually get to the point sometime this century (and so I don't get boared enough to put it down).



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What if everything around you
Isn't quite as it seems?
What if all the world you think you know,
Is an elaborate dream?
And if you look at your reflection,
Is it all you want it to be?


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Re: Books that have helped you on your path... [Re: Murex]
    #1441041 - 04/08/03 10:17 PM (21 years, 19 days ago)

True, many sci fi and fantasy novels are shit.
I suppose that I've devoted myself to a literary world (it's a tedious path... I still may give it up; I'm only a kid, I still may), whereas it seems apparent that you are devoted to art and music. I was an art major for a while at school... but I realized that I had a propensity for putting out pieces of paper, or writing essays. I've always played the drums, and that is what I really want to do. But don't knock all authors before you try 'em. Then again, I suppose you haven't, just the one's you've read. Being an artist, I suppose it is hard to be confined to the path that another is writing out. I agree, to an extent. "Screw reading this. I'm gonna go make something." And there is nothing more satisfying. I just love to read, is all, and for some reason I find myself constantly trying to "turn people on" to books. Try reading Bukowski. He's not trying to sell anything, or push any beliefs. He's just writing about getting drunk and trying to pay the rent. And he is always entertaining, because he is such a beast of a man; a drunken, womanizing, despizable beast, but loveable all the same...

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Re: Books that have helped you on your path... [Re: Alobar]
    #1441253 - 04/08/03 11:10 PM (21 years, 19 days ago)

:wink:


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What if all the world you think you know,
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Re: Books that have helped you on your path... [Re: tekramrepus]
    #1441504 - 04/09/03 12:27 AM (21 years, 19 days ago)

Great thread supermarket!

There are lots and lots I could list but here are just a few:

Siddhartha
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Any book by Mortimer J. Adler, he taught me how to think.

Cheers,

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Re: Books that have helped you on your path... [Re: tekramrepus]
    #1441965 - 04/09/03 04:50 AM (21 years, 19 days ago)

Be Here Now by Ram Dass.


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Re: Books that have helped you on your path... [Re: Murex]
    #1442053 - 04/09/03 06:16 AM (21 years, 19 days ago)

Quote:

But reading is an excellent method of acquiring knowledge.

Only if they are based on facts and not illusions.

I start reading and the author goes on and on and on about nothing, or little of something, but they write as if I was a stupid child.




So whats the source of facts and knowledge do you use? I have a heavy attachment to books, reckon i could give em up if i had to tho!

Big favourites for me: Cosmic Trigger - Wilson
Undoing yourself with EM - Hyatt
Power of Now - Tolle
The Global brain awakens - Russell





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Re: Books that have helped you on your path... [Re: GazzBut]
    #1442140 - 04/09/03 07:21 AM (21 years, 18 days ago)

I like R.A.Wilson, Leary, Lilly and Lovecraft.

All of you should read Wilson's work.

The most important ones:

Illuminatus
Schr?dinger's Cat
Cosmic Trigger


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Re: Books that have helped you on your path... [Re: tekramrepus]
    #1442147 - 04/09/03 07:29 AM (21 years, 18 days ago)

i sorta liked Fanny Hill by John Cleland :grin: 


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Re: Books that have helped you on your path... [Re: cleaner]
    #1442149 - 04/09/03 07:30 AM (21 years, 18 days ago)

Have you read Quantum Psychology by R.A.W? It may even top the mighty trigger!!


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Re: Books that have helped you on your path... [Re: GazzBut]
    #1442173 - 04/09/03 07:42 AM (21 years, 18 days ago)

Funny....dat. Reading Fanny Hill prompted my trigger to pull many many times :grin: 


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Re: Books that have helped you on your path... [Re: tekramrepus]
    #1442174 - 04/09/03 07:43 AM (21 years, 18 days ago)

Both The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged have helped me in the quest for what I was always looking for in life.  Unparalleled as far as I am concerned in philosophy.  Do not be put off by the size of the books, If you make it past the first couple of chapters's and find yourself seriously relating to it pages will go by faster than anything. 

Murex, these books deal alot with complete control over oneself and I believe if you appreciate Tool, which I know you do, then you may find a thought or many from this book going along with some of Maynard's philosophies.  This book will provide examples of everything there is to hate and conquer them all.  It is truly a Free-Thinker's book.  The least you could do is rent a copy from library and read the first chapter of The Fountainhead.  I think you will be intrigued with the presentation of all those in society that feed off of the few of us left that are still human.  :smirk: 


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Re: Books that have helped you on your path... [Re: diggitydankman]
    #1442179 - 04/09/03 07:47 AM (21 years, 18 days ago)

I also forgot to mention that The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxyis a good book to read when you are just sitting around. It is by far the most ironical book I have ever read. Never before have I laughed out loud from a book. It also is a perfect example that life comes and goes as it pleases, but this message is mixed with the humor and much of it is lost as this book is almost to rediculous.


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Re: Books that have helped you on your path... [Re: GazzBut]
    #1442193 - 04/09/03 07:54 AM (21 years, 18 days ago)

Quote:

Have you read Quantum Psychology by R.A.W? It may even top the mighty trigger!! 




I'm half way through it right now!!  :cool:


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Re: Books that have helped you on your path... [Re: FreakQlibrium]
    #1442257 - 04/09/03 08:34 AM (21 years, 18 days ago)

Might have to give old fanny the once over myself!


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Re: Books that have helped you on your path... [Re: GazzBut]
    #1442279 - 04/09/03 08:48 AM (21 years, 18 days ago)

i should put this into context. i guess i was about 12 or 13at the time i read it, and it uses NO vulgarities what so ever, BUT i couldn't go more than a few pages B4......? :grin:.....another book that had similar effect was "Candy" by Terry Southern :smile: again though GB, this was (too) many moons ago :frown: 


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Re: Books that have helped you on your path... [Re: FreakQlibrium]
    #1442317 - 04/09/03 09:04 AM (21 years, 18 days ago)

LoL! There were a few scenes in Ninja by Eric Van Lustbader that had the same effect on me, so did Salt N Pepa's seminal hip hop number Push it  :confused: Sad but true...! 


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Re: Books that have helped you on your path... [Re: cleaner]
    #1442328 - 04/09/03 09:08 AM (21 years, 18 days ago)

Crackin book...Have you got to the bit about E-Prime yet? Try writing your posts in E-prime for a while - It can get troublesome!


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Re: Books that have helped you on your path... [Re: GazzBut]
    #1442336 - 04/09/03 09:11 AM (21 years, 18 days ago)

seminal "

Semen-al? :grin:

No worries man, i popped my cork(being euphemistic here, this IS after all S & P) whilst still high on Ionomine(time released phentermine, medicinal upper) to the images of the girl in the red hotpants from the first Texas chainsaw movie in 74..........have no fear GB, as long as i am alive, you have nothing to be ashamed of :grin: 


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Re: Books that have helped you on your path... [Re: FreakQlibrium]
    #1442565 - 04/09/03 10:30 AM (21 years, 18 days ago)

The Holographic Universe - Michael Talbot (This book is a great introduction to a really excellent way of looking at reality)
Lame Deer: Seeker of Visions - John Fire Lame Deer
The Quiet Mind - John Harvey (Excellent meditation book)
Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger (Simply awesome)
The Bible


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Re: Books that have helped you on your path... [Re: chunder]
    #1442640 - 04/09/03 10:53 AM (21 years, 18 days ago)

Chronicles of Tao by Deng Ming Dao is a sweeeeet book.

It's the biography of a guy name Kwan Saihung. The story starts when he is taken by the taoists up into the mountains to begin his education, and the backdrop is the old China dying and the new, modernized, communist China coming into existence. It gives some very interesting insight into the area where taoism and shamanism intersect. Immortals, demons, martial arts, magic, and politics. Highly reccomended if you have ever been interested in anything.

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Re: Books that have helped you on your path... [Re: Revelation]
    #1442719 - 04/09/03 11:18 AM (21 years, 18 days ago)

You are reading right now ... :smile:

on topic:
1.  Tropic of Capricorn
2.  Tropic of Cancer
any other books by Henry Miller, like The Air-Conditioned Nightmare, Miller's view on American Culture

3.  Neitschze I think that's how you spell him
4.  Bible =)


and I agree with Supermarket here:
"By reading, you view someone else's perspective. You understand how others view life. This doesnt mean you accept it, instead you just take the information in , then let it go."


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Re: Books that have helped you on your path... [Re: FreakQlibrium]
    #1443274 - 04/09/03 01:40 PM (21 years, 18 days ago)

Cheers FreakQ that is a great comfort to me!  :grin: 


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Re: Books that have helped you on your path... [Re: GazzBut]
    #1443348 - 04/09/03 02:03 PM (21 years, 18 days ago)

I have hundreds of books, mostly on evolution/religion, here are some of my favorites:

Brief History of Time - Stephen Hawking
There are two errors - Robert Martin
Art of Computer Programming - Donald Knuth
Genealogy of Morals - Nietzsche
Atheism The Case Against God - George Smith
Winning Low Limit Holdem - Lee Jones
Origin of Species - Darwin
High Priest - Timothy Leary
DMT - Richard Strassman
Blind Watchmaker - Dawkins
Demon Haunted World - Carl Sagan
Bible
Koran
Buddhist Scriptures
Mushrooms and Mankind - James Arthur
Relativity - Einstein
Selfish Gene - Richard Dawkins
Alice in Wonderland
Gullivers Travels
Human Evolution - Steve Jones
1984
Yaqui Way - Carlos Castenada

and i've got some books on order:
Food of the Gods - Terence McKenna
Creation - Steve Grand
Sex, Ecology, Spirituality - Ken Wilbur


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Re: Books that have helped you on your path... [Re: pattern]
    #1443407 - 04/09/03 02:25 PM (21 years, 18 days ago)

books...
tiny pieces of holofilm, infopackets teeming with databits, from a certain point of view... facts, opinions, dreams, fantasies, myths, metaphors, spellweaving nets of words, a brief journey from now/here into ???
expand your horizons without leaving your study... exercise your mind and your imagination... stretch your spirit and intellect with little drabs of ink splashed onto paper...
i think i like books...


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Re: Books that have helped you on your path... [Re: gnrm23]
    #1443418 - 04/09/03 02:32 PM (21 years, 18 days ago)

You can also throw books at people.


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Re: Books that have helped you on your path... [Re: Dogomush]
    #1443553 - 04/09/03 03:20 PM (21 years, 18 days ago)

Chronicles of Tao looks like a wicked book. Ive just added it on my amazon wish list!

The Magus of Java by Kosta Danaos is a book along a similar sounding theme. This Greek guy studies with him for five years, its an interesting tale.


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Re: Books that have helped you on your path... [Re: GazzBut]
    #1443628 - 04/09/03 03:44 PM (21 years, 18 days ago)

yea, I read the beginning of that book but I just wasn't in the mood I guess. I know I'll revisit it someday though.

Good to hear you're going to check out chronicles of tao.. did I mention it's a true story? Makes it all the bit cooler.

Edited by Dogomush (04/09/03 03:46 PM)

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Re: Books that have helped you on your path... [Re: Revelation]
    #1444378 - 04/09/03 07:54 PM (21 years, 18 days ago)

The Electric Acid Kool-aid Test by Tom Wolfe

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Re: Books that have helped you on your path... [Re: tekramrepus]
    #1453649 - 04/12/03 08:59 PM (21 years, 15 days ago)

I'm supprised nobody mentioned Ram Dass's "Be Here Now."

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Re: Books that have helped you on your path... [Re: pattern]
    #1454133 - 04/13/03 01:59 AM (21 years, 15 days ago)

The bible

The silmarillion

The internet, its reeeally long though :smirk:

Quote:

Brief History of Time - Stephen Hawking




good call, very nice run-thru of fairly modern scientific theories with a touch of philosophy and hint of spirituality :blush:

I need some more books, you guys always recomend so many good philosophical, psychedelic ones I need to start buying some.. I think I will buy start off with three this pay day.
Specific recomendations? 

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Re: Books that have helped you on your path... [Re: shaggy101]
    #1454144 - 04/13/03 02:05 AM (21 years, 15 days ago)

Well what are you into?

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Re: Books that have helped you on your path... [Re: psychopsilocyber]
    #1454164 - 04/13/03 02:21 AM (21 years, 15 days ago)

Life! :laugh:

Im thinking maybe Ram Dass- Be here now
Dmt The spirit molecule
and maybe something by Carlos Casteneda(sp?)

I have read stuff on the net from these dudes and tons of others,
Plato,Aristotle,Nietsche

although I guess I am more interested in Psychedelic inspired(at least somewhat) stuff theses days
and theres something about reading a book with pages you can feel..heh

I wasnt completely honest there is a "pamphlet" book called "As a Man Thinketh" that nourished and put words to thoughts I have had for years.

I like far out ideas, but prefer when writers have at least some sense of logic.. What do you recomend? 

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Re: Books that have helped you on your path... [Re: shaggy101]
    #1454171 - 04/13/03 02:32 AM (21 years, 15 days ago)

Tom Robbins

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Re: Books that have helped you on your path... [Re: tekramrepus]
    #1454224 - 04/13/03 03:46 AM (21 years, 15 days ago)

'Food of the Gods' by Terence McKenna. He makes perfect sense.


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Re: Books that have helped you on your path... [Re: Revelation]
    #1454225 - 04/13/03 03:47 AM (21 years, 15 days ago)

Incarnations of Imortality series - Piers Anthony
Celestine prophecy - James Redfield


Incarnations was first series i read, about the entities of life......Death, Time, Fate, Nature, War, Evil, Good. Each entity is human.

Celestine prophecy just really gives you some hope and a good feeling about humans after reading it =)


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Re: Books that have helped you on your path... [Re: shaggy101]
    #1456501 - 04/14/03 06:31 AM (21 years, 13 days ago)

buy 3 this payday?
the book (on the taboo against knowing who you really are)
///alan watts
cosmos
///carl sagan
stranger ina strange land
///robert a heinlein
~
next payday:
be here now
///ram dass
island
///aldous huxley
this season's people
///stephen gaskin
& the payday after that:
lsd & the human encounter with death
///stanslav grof (or anything recent by him, eh?)
pharmacotheon
///jonathan ott
meetings with remarkable men
///georges ivanovitch gurdjieff
& the next paycheck:
the joyous cosmology
///alan watts
the perennial philosophy
///aldous huxley
prometheus rising
///robert anton wislon
~
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ymmv...
:wink:
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Re: Books that have helped you on your path... [Re: Murex]
    #1456584 - 04/14/03 07:50 AM (21 years, 13 days ago)

But reading is better than watching TV.

Reading The National Enquirer is better than watching The History or Discovery channels? I don't think so. It is the content that is important, not the media.


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Re: Books that have helped you on your path... [Re: tekramrepus]
    #1457014 - 04/14/03 12:32 PM (21 years, 13 days ago)


The first book to really turn me on to philosophy was The New Left: The Anti-Industrial Revolution by Ayn Rand

The book that really opened up the possibility of a psychedelic path was Storming Heaven by Jay Stevens and it also introduced me to Terence McKenna. Food Of The Gods got me thinking in different directions and by a long, strange process lead me to the Shroomery.

Other books with definite impact on me;
The Closing Of The American Mind- Allan Bloom
Celtic Heritage- Alwyn and Brinley Rees
Danse Macabre- Stephen King
Collected Poems 1909-1962- T.S. Eliot
Religions: Values And Peak Experiences- Abraham Maslow
The Lord Of The Rings- J.R.R Tolkien
Watership Down- Richard Adams
Julius Caesar- Shakespeare
Shella- Andrew Vachss

That's what comes to mind for the moment.


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Re: Books that have helped you on your path... [Re: AislingGheal]
    #1457155 - 04/14/03 01:33 PM (21 years, 13 days ago)

I'm an 18-year-old young'n with not too much reading experience in the esoteric... I'd have to say

The Warrior Within - John Little..... This book is about the philosophies of Bruce Lee. His martial arts and cinema he is famous for is merely an extention of his philosophy. This book taught me to bend and survive with any adversity... to be calm and do your best to get through your troubles. There's no use stressing yourself out over something you need to go through.

1984 - Orwell. I list this because this book was amazing to me... particularly because I read it in my senior year in high school right when I was really getting into politics. I saw and still see many parallels between it and what's been going on in the real world.

Any other reading really doesn't have anything to do with "my path"... at least that I can think of right now.

However, I'm really interested in reading some Castaneda, some Alan Watts, and some Aldous Huxley. Does anyone have recommendations for where I should start?


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Re: Books that have helped you on your path... [Re: SlapnutRob]
    #1457190 - 04/14/03 01:51 PM (21 years, 13 days ago)

The Demon Haunted World by Carl Sagan
Moksha by Aldous Huxley
Key to the Sacred Pattern by Henry Lincoln ( will make you want to go to the south of France)
Most importantly: The Lucifer Principle by Howard Bloom


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Re: Books that have helped you on your path... [Re: aeonblue]
    #1460746 - 04/15/03 02:46 PM (21 years, 12 days ago)

Thanks guys!

Right now Im reading:

The Power of Now by Tolle

I just ordered off of ebay

Zen Mind, Beginners Mind by SHUNRYU SUZUKI

Evreyday Zen by charlotte Beck

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Re: Books that have helped you on your path... [Re: pattern]
    #1461290 - 04/15/03 05:38 PM (21 years, 12 days ago)

The Invisible Landscape, 'nuff said.


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Re: Books that have helped you on your path... [Re: tekramrepus]
    #1461312 - 04/15/03 05:45 PM (21 years, 12 days ago)

Farenheit 451


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Re: Books that have helped you on your path... [Re: tekramrepus]
    #1462353 - 04/15/03 10:58 PM (21 years, 12 days ago)

This has been a lifesaver...


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Re: Books that have helped you on your path... [Re: psychopsilocyber]
    #1467394 - 04/17/03 01:37 PM (21 years, 10 days ago)

The Art of Happiness by The Dalai Lama & some M.D.. It's partially written by a western psychologist & his interviews with the Dalai Lama attempting to gain insight into his philosophy. Some of it can be skipped over because it gets redundant, but I think it's an excellent read. Compassion based on Logic.

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I'm supprised nobody mentioned Ram Dass's "Be Here Now."



I saw it mentioned 2 or 3 times.. I may check it out.


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Re: Books that have helped you on your path... [Re: Murex]
    #11160414 - 09/30/09 09:38 PM (14 years, 6 months ago)

thats a stupid thing to say beacause people dont read books with the mind set of this is fact.. take what you want from it.. you'll find your own meaning

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Re: Books that have helped you on your path... [Re: headyfunkup]
    #11160514 - 09/30/09 09:53 PM (14 years, 6 months ago)

Dust off the cobwebs??

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Re: Books that have helped you on your path... [Re: TheBalance]
    #11160845 - 09/30/09 10:35 PM (14 years, 6 months ago)

huh..


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Re: Books that have helped you on your path... [Re: Revelation]
    #11160867 - 09/30/09 10:37 PM (14 years, 6 months ago)

that books gooooooooooooooooooood but i didnt like the religious aspect of it


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