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OfflineDeckard
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Books that changed your perspective on life
    #330544 - 05/31/01 10:04 AM (23 years, 28 days ago)

As Thoreau said "How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book!"

Back in highschool (seems so long ago) early in my career, I read Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. I guess that just triggered something in me and I stopped caring about a lot of things I thought were important (and started reading better liturature). Maybe the timing was good and it just had to do with my maturity at that age... I dunno.

So what book did it for you? Why do you think it made a difference?

btw, soon after that I read The Doors of Perception (although I didn't think it was that great a book). We all know what direction that probably lead me ;)


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Re: Books that changed your perspective on life [Re: Deckard]
    #330554 - 05/31/01 10:17 AM (23 years, 28 days ago)

brave new world definatly made me rethink my priorities..

But the real book that changed my perspective on life was "Stranger in a Strange Land" the uncut version. This book was my bible for my junior and senior years at high school...


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Re: Books that changed your perspective on life [Re: Todcasil]
    #330592 - 05/31/01 10:49 AM (23 years, 28 days ago)

ah, hehheh... mein da gimme his paperback copy of heinlein's _stranger_ back in 1963 or so... & i was what, like 11 years old... twisted my mind into a pretzel... i mean i had read the heinlein juvenile novels (and this did seem to be set in the same universe as _red planet_) but... well, it took several re-readings over the next few decades... ya, a real page-burner, heh... (gave my copy of the "manuscript" version to pastor at my church as he & his wife went off to shepherd a new flock over in PA; had to inscribe book to them "may you never thirst" --- now i want a book report, hehheh...)
alan watts (joyous cosmology, the book, cloud hidden, a few others...)
jack kerouac (on the road, the dharma bums, etc)---(which led to ginsburg, snyder, ferlinghetti, burroughs, and back to whitman... (and neal and kesey and wavy and krassner and lenny bruce and, and...) which led to bucke's _cosmic consciousness_ and away we go.....)
and ram dass (BE HERE NOW, etc...)(and thus to leary, lilly, wilson)
and olaf stapledon and doc smith and zenna henderson and cordwainer smith and...
and aldous huxley's last novel _island_
and more that slip through my porous memory vessel... i dunno...
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so the master asks the student: "that boulder, is it inside your mind or outside it?"
and the student replies: "inside my mind, sir..."
& the master replies: "you must have a very big head to hold such a large rock inside it..."
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and these words we use to exchange ideas are symbols, like markings on rocks that we hope others will be able to decipher somehow... here, have a rock...



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Re: Books that changed your perspective on life [Re: Deckard]
    #330621 - 05/31/01 11:23 AM (23 years, 28 days ago)

principia discordia by gregory hill (malaclypse the younger) and the illuminatus! trilogy and cosmic trigger by robert anton wilson were of the most influential mindfucks for this boy.


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Re: Books that changed your perspective on life [Re: gnrm23]
    #330629 - 05/31/01 11:34 AM (23 years, 28 days ago)

"Here, have a rock." hahaha

"The Book: on the taboo against knowiing who you are" Alan Watts

"Notes from Underground" Fyodor Dostoevsky

"The Mind's I" Douglas Hofstadter and Daniel C. Dennett


I've read alot of other good books, but they just sort of went along with how I thought, the ones above put words to my feelings.

Other stuff, that sort of helped:
Ginsberg's poetry, Jungian Philosophy (sans ritual), Tibetan Buddhism's Philosophy (also sans ritual), Plato (well Socrates), Aristotle.......

Oh yeah... I can't believe I forgot them:
"Electric Kool Aid Acid Test" by Tom Wolfe
"One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" by Ken Kesey

no beginning....no end

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Re: Books that changed your perspective on life [Re: Deckard]
    #330814 - 05/31/01 03:38 PM (23 years, 28 days ago)

These are the books that got the ball rolling, listed in order

Dune - Frank Herbert (I think)
The Giver - Cant remember
Brave New World - Huxley
Catch-22 - Heller
Mother Night - Vonnegut
This Side of Paradise - Fitzgerald
Walden - Thoreau

Now it seems no matter what book I read my perspective is changed at least a little bit



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Re: Books that changed your perspective on life [Re: Deckard]
    #330824 - 05/31/01 03:48 PM (23 years, 28 days ago)

Autobiography of a Yogi. Everyone should real this book. Especially those of us who are interested in psychedelics.


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Re: Books that changed your perspective on life [Re: Deckard]
    #330905 - 05/31/01 05:31 PM (23 years, 28 days ago)

well... a few books have changed my life, among the more important are...

Magic's Pawn - Mercedes Lackey
Magic's Price - Mercedes Lackey
1984 - what's-his-name
Ringworld - Larry Niven
Wren and the (Eagle, Hawk, Something), The - Mercedes Lackey
and Some other books from Mercedes Lackey.

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and the eyes in his head see the world spinning 'round'
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Re: Books that changed your perspective on life [Re: Deckard]
    #330930 - 05/31/01 06:06 PM (23 years, 28 days ago)

1984 (Orwell) was the first book i read that really made me think; it introduced ideas into liturature id never seen before. But 'The Communist Manifesto' (http://www.anu.edu.au/polsci/marx/classics/manifesto.html, Marx/Engels - I think everybody should read it) & 'Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenece' (Pirsig) were the first pieces i read that opened my eyes, really made me think



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Re: Books that changed your perspective on life [Re: chuwie]
    #331240 - 06/01/01 12:26 AM (23 years, 28 days ago)

There's been a few for me. The Diary of a Drug Fiend made me realize the importance of goals. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test made me realize the importance of every waking moment. Human All Too Human made me question the very nature of my existense. I think everyone should read at least one of these books. Probably The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.

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Re: Books that changed your perspective on life [Re: the universe]
    #331363 - 06/01/01 05:29 AM (23 years, 27 days ago)

Whitman is a damn prophet. Pirsig was great at first but after a few reads gets stale. Emerson always pumps me up to be real. The first three in the Carlos Castenada series were eye opening. Gibran's The Prophet is beautiful.

I really liked Anne's Mescaline experience in Pikhal.


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Re: Books that changed your perspective on life [Re: Deckard]
    #331364 - 06/01/01 05:32 AM (23 years, 27 days ago)

The Doors of Perception led me straight to San Pedro (via The Psychedelic Encyclopedia) and to the eternal golden oneness of a plus 4!


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Re: Books that changed your perspective on life [Re: coyote]
    #331422 - 06/01/01 08:13 AM (23 years, 27 days ago)

"Conversations with God" -- Neale Donald Walsh

"Psychedelic Experience" -- Tim Leary/Richard Alpert/Ralph Metzner... although it wasn?t the book itself that changed my life... it was what i achieved with the directions i got from it...

"Friendship with God" -- Neale Donald Walsh

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Re: Books that changed your perspective on life [Re: overtone]
    #331428 - 06/01/01 08:29 AM (23 years, 27 days ago)

who's this book by? (autobiography of a yogi)


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Re: Books that changed your perspective on life [Re: Deckard]
    #331433 - 06/01/01 08:38 AM (23 years, 27 days ago)

the lord of the rings & the hobbit, when I was about 7...

the dhammapada, forget which translation but it had mad photos and a great preface by ram dass...

"mindfulness in plain english" by some sri lankan monk, absolutely the most useful life improving book i've ever come across.

"the incredible voyage" by tristan jones, made me want to explore the world.
walden.
teachings of don juan and all those that followed...what's the second book called again i forget...?

the chronicles of dao!!!!
and of course many many more......still, each of the above books began new phases in my life, puttng things on track.


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Re: Books that changed your perspective on life [Re: Deckard]
    #331435 - 06/01/01 08:41 AM (23 years, 27 days ago)

Seeing it all as a path, I guess the path of a wider opening of my thrid eye came as a concequence of a comedian rather than a book. He lead me to books, learning, Autobiography of a yogi, meher baba, and basically a direct chain of learning of realising how much more there is to life than the census majority accept...

Good old Bill hicks.

"How come you never get a positive drug story on the news? The news is meant to objective isn't it. THE news, but all you get is negative drug stories. Well, hang on. I['ve had some killer times on drugs. Let's hear the whole story. Same one every time 'today a young man on acid thought he could fly, jumped off a building, what a tragedy. No. What a dick. If you think you can fly you take off from the ground first. Duh! You don't see geese lined up to get into elevators do you?
So how about that positive drug story on the news?
'Today a young man on acid realised that all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration, that there is no such thiong as death, life is a dream and we are the imagination of ourselves.... Here's Tom with the weather'

"Did you see the news, Ma!"

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Re: Books that changed your perspective on life [Re: Deckard]
    #331719 - 06/01/01 03:17 PM (23 years, 27 days ago)

There is a great book titled "How to think about wierd things". I forget the authors name. This book will really make you stop and think about the things you believe in. You will get a much clearer perspective of the realities of the world around you after reading this book and you won't be nearly as prone to believeing in bogus shit.

I recommend this book to anyone who believes in ghosts, aliens, psychic powers, etc.!!!

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Re: Books that changed your perspective on life [Re: ToTheSummit]
    #331880 - 06/01/01 07:12 PM (23 years, 27 days ago)

Jesus.. Am I the only person who didn't like "Brave New World"? No offense or anything.. but it seemed to me that the author spent the first part of the book to obsessed with details and develepoing insignificant parts of the story and then at the end every started happening really fast and it almost seems like he changed his mind about what the book was gonna be about halfway through... But, besides that... I definitly wish I could get my hands on some soma :)

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Re: Books that changed your perspective on life [Re: Deckard]
    #332025 - 06/01/01 11:27 PM (23 years, 27 days ago)

I've read a lot of great books, but I'm with several of you in saying "Stranger in a Strange Land" was a biggie. I first read it when I was 13 or 14, and it had a massive influence on me. I've read it countless times, and did a few reports on it in high school and college. I've also given away a lot of copies to various friends.

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Re: Books that changed your perspective on life [Re: GaijinZ]
    #332137 - 06/02/01 02:27 AM (23 years, 27 days ago)

theres so many great books, but I'd have to say the first book I read that really made me question things was, The Wheel of Life and Death, by Philip Kapleau. ;) Another book I enjoyed was Siddhartha, that book really made me check myself and my priorities. The book I'm reading at the moment though is: The Hollow Earth, by Dr. Raymond Bernard, A.B, M.A., ph.D. ^-^ it's very interesting to say the least. I'd recomend doing a search on the subject, *wink* =).

Hey LostSoul do me a favor and tell me where/what that symbol came from under your name, cause its on the spine of this book. I'm thinkin it's Egyptian but I'm not too sure.



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Re: Books that changed your perspective on life [Re: Juggles]
    #332249 - 06/02/01 08:35 AM (23 years, 26 days ago)

if you know anything about huxley you will know he came from a highly gifted lineage... his uncle on his mothers side was a great writer and his grandfather was thomas henry huxley, one of the few early scientists to support darwins theory of evolution.

huxley says his aim in writing brave new world was to "arrive at a perfect fusion of the novel and the essay". he did not set it out to be a super-riveting page-turner, but a self-described "ideas novel"

that is all it is good for anyway, its ideas! ever read chrome yellow? now THERE is some over-detailed detail :)


oh and for me the life changing book was; quantum psychology - robert anton wilson, wouldn't be here now without him!

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Re: Books that changed your perspective on life [Re: Deckard]
    #332727 - 06/02/01 10:09 PM (23 years, 26 days ago)

the stranger by albert camus

dantes inferno

the book of laughter and forgetting by milan kundera




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Re: Books that changed your perspective on life [Re: peaceful]
    #332952 - 06/03/01 07:36 AM (23 years, 25 days ago)

Evil: Inside Human Violence and Cruelty, by Roy F. Baumeister

The Elegant Universe, by Brian Greene

The Outsider, by Albert Camus

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Re: Books that changed your perspective on life [Re: Kid]
    #333062 - 06/03/01 11:25 AM (23 years, 25 days ago)

long hard road out of hell by marilyn manson changed my whole prospective on life..read it.its good

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Re: Books that changed your perspective on life [Re: My Third Eye]
    #333088 - 06/03/01 12:22 PM (23 years, 25 days ago)

losing joes place - gordon korman <made me like reading
les miserables - victor hugo <showed me the beauty of the language arts
info-psychology - tim leary <showed me a bigger picture
archaic revival - terrence mckenna <imagination never dies

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Re: Books that changed your perspective on life [Re: Deckard]
    #333207 - 06/03/01 03:12 PM (23 years, 25 days ago)

Ishmael, by Daniel Quinn, completely changed my view on society and our race. EVERYONE needs to read this book. I strongly recommend it, its a quick read and mind opening.



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Re: Books that changed your perspective on life [Re: Jenny]
    #333243 - 06/03/01 03:45 PM (23 years, 25 days ago)

Complete Works of Khalil Gibran



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Re: Books that changed your perspective on life [Re: Deckard]
    #333437 - 06/03/01 07:56 PM (23 years, 25 days ago)

The Four Agreements...........................


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Re: Books that changed your perspective on life [Re: Shroom The Room]
    #333738 - 06/04/01 03:01 AM (23 years, 25 days ago)

For me... not so much books as movies and music, just because these are more entertaining and I watched/listened for pleasure, not expecting to have my mind opened, but they were........ummmmm............
The Matrix, I know it sounds stupid, but all things considered this movie is really what got the ball rolling for me, without this movie I might not have been able to have changed the most basic ways I think. It let me realize that even the most simple, and given things aren't necessarily(sp?) true, and that I could be wrong about ANYTHING because if life really WAS just messages sent to the brain, there would be no way of me knowing. This got me thinking "What else do I just take for granted that could be COMPLETELY wrong"
Stanley Kubrik Movies, they just made me think, plus they led me to other things, which indirectly opened my mind
AKIRA, you just gotta see this one.
And as far as music....
TOOL, THE major catalyst for me, the messages in their songs, and the things that I found out they were interested in. Their music changed my views in a very short amount of time.
But, if I hadn't decided to dedicate my life for a while to LEARNING then I wouldn't have ever reached this state of, well... Bliss, for lack of a better word, I think it's because I've begun to look at things in a new way...............
and without the use of halucinogens, as of yet.

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Re: Books that changed your perspective on life [Re: Deckard]
    #333747 - 06/04/01 03:12 AM (23 years, 25 days ago)

-> THE SHROOMERY -> The Psychedelic Experience -> The Tibetan Book Of Living and Dying(Sogyal Rinphoche) -> BE HERE NOW -> A Course In Miracles (reading it now but already know that it will change me.)

a few others have also contributed



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Re: Books that changed your perspective on life [Re: Deckard]
    #333814 - 06/04/01 05:54 AM (23 years, 24 days ago)

The Way of Zen by Alan Watts was my first mind rearranger, although believe it or not, the very first book on magical world view that took me out of a scientific materialism was [embarrassingly] The Satanic Bible by Anton Szandor LaVey.
Anyway...The Electric Acid Kool-Aid Test by Wolff, and then there was the memorable winter break in 1973 that I spent with a bunch of yellow and blue microdots in my room, reading Evelyn Underhill's Mysticism and Lama Govinda's Foundations of Tibetan Mysticism. Of course, those books followed in the wake of my discovery of BE HERE NOW, handed to me by a college friend during a difficult acid trip. Paramahansa Yogananda's Autobiography of a Yogi was the last book I read in college, along with a paperback New Testament. It helped bridge the gap to the Bible as a whole (which led me to 2 years in a Methodist seminary). I immersed myself in Jung from seminary, through grad school, through analysis to application for Jungian analytical training (but was not accepted, and it took 6 years to understand why and the cult dynamics training now possessed). Stan Groff's books have been very important to me (as he definitely understands the nature of my most life-changing psychedelic experiences.) After him, Ken Wilber's books, and most recently John Shelby Spong's Liberating the Gospels: Reading the Bible with Jewish Eyes, absolutely blew the mind I had constructed over the past 23 years following seminary. For good or ill, I am now studying Vajrayana Buddhism again, have purchased a metal Dhyani Buddha of Amoghasiddhi (mudra of fearlessness, right palm out) to add to my Yab-Yum and bell and dorje. Jesus has been demythologized and His God placed at the center of my mandala - Absolutely transcendent - indistinguishable from the attributeless Clear Light of Unmitigated Reality of the Vajrayana. See? All this wordage from the last book of influence. Well, you asked!

Edited by MarkostheGnostic on 06/04/01 04:55 PM.



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Re: Books that changed your perspective on life [Re: MarkostheGnostic]
    #333992 - 06/04/01 11:18 AM (23 years, 24 days ago)

Heheh! This are what I can remenber now -my mind is fucked up on remembering, it is not very functional in that ;)

HUNGER -Knut Hamsun... Wowww!!!
HERMANN HESSE?s -StteppenWolf, Narciss and Goldmund... deliciously painful and stetic
ON THE ROAD -It finished a grey season in my life (God save the road!!!)
INTO THE WILD - Jon Krakauer (A must read!)
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And a great book on drugs a important guy wrote in Spain. I read it when I was 17 and it changed totally my perspective on drugs. i dunno what I could be doing to myself now If I hadn?t read that GRRRREAT book!

Many more titles been absorved by the black void growing in my pettyful mind...

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Re: Books that changed your perspective on life [Re: Faaip_De_Oiad]
    #334167 - 06/04/01 03:02 PM (23 years, 24 days ago)

> The Matrix, I know it sounds stupid

no actually that was a stupid movie.


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Re: Books that changed your perspective on life [Re: Deckard]
    #335140 - 06/05/01 11:22 AM (23 years, 23 days ago)

Wow! I did not know there were so many well-read people around. Many good books have been mentioned, but I haven't seen anyone mention the Celestine Prophecy Books?!
The Celestine Vision blew my mind more than anything. ALL OF YOU go get a copy of the Celestine Prophecy Experiential Guide, as it is a personal guide to the psychedelic experience. Doing those mental exercises while tripping has completely changed my life! I'm not kidding, go get a copy.

Leary's books are all incredible, but I think Chaos and Cyberculture is his most progressive and will ultimately be the most influential.

Stanislav Grof is incredible, as is Ralph Metzner. The Ecstatic Adventure is THE BEST book as far as explaining the psychedlc/entheogenic experience from many diffeent perspectives. Very entertaining.

Food of the Gods (McKenna) and The Long Trip (Paul Devereux) are great tools to rethink history.

Has anyone read Steal This Book?
Go reread the Declaration of Independence and Leary's Declaration of Evolution! (Thanks for the reminder about the Communist Manifesto, too).

Damn, I could go on and on. There are so many incredible books and so little time to read them.

If you're still reading to this point, then leave your computer RIGHT NOW and go get a copy of the Celestine Prophecy Experiential Guide. It is better than any map you could ever get. You and your friends can all share a copy, but only open it when your consciousness is at a higher level than that of this horribly mundane reality. Trust me on this one....

Peace everybody

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Re: Books that changed your perspective on life [Re: Deckard]
    #335144 - 06/05/01 11:34 AM (23 years, 23 days ago)

I don't have a certain book but the guy that destroyed all my mental mindsets is the wonderful

Hunter Thompson

His journalistic fiction challenges reality


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Re: Books that changed your perspective on life [Re: MarkostheGnostic]
    #336575 - 06/06/01 09:15 PM (23 years, 22 days ago)

I'd definetly have to agree on the Alan Watts. His books are so lucid and I think each of his writings/books/lectures I have heard/read have had a profound effect on me. Also, the works of Carlos Castaneda, whether true or false, are profoundly life changing. You must read these books, I don't realy know what else to say about them but that they are so intriguing, ah. Anyway, I really liked Zen Mind: Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki, and the Tao-te-ching, Steven mitchell translation. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley was one I read while first starting my quest for knowledge, and Doors of Perception was good as well. For any of you scientist/shamans out there Quantum Mind by Arnold Mindell helped to solidly draw many connections for me, and ties in some psychology too. These sare all books which went to the very core of my being, and have profoundly changed my life.

it seems most of us read Brave New World, and I recently read the Unabomber Manifesto, only about 30 or so pages. Kaczynski puts very lucidly in essay format the psychological tendencies our soeciety puts on us. You should definitely read.

In response to the poster talking about the Celesetine Prophecy, that book is a badly written story ripping off many excellent authors. You must have read The Psychedelic Experience, by Leary, and the Castaneda books have much more things to say the the prophecy. I really think that book is a sham, and I think you should go closer to the source. No offense or anything.

I come from brilliance and I return to brilliance. What is this?

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Re: Books that changed your perspective on life [Re: Deckard]
    #336617 - 06/06/01 10:26 PM (23 years, 22 days ago)

The 4th Way - P.D. Ouspensky

'nuff said


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Re: Books that changed your perspective on life [Re: Ashaman]
    #339306 - 06/12/01 06:38 PM (23 years, 16 days ago)

* The Carlos Castaneda's Series was very good
* The Satanic Bible
* The Lotus Sutra
* Dan Milman "Way of the Peacful Warrior"



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Re: Books that changed your perspective on life [Re: Deckard]
    #339318 - 06/12/01 06:51 PM (23 years, 16 days ago)

Watts and Krishnamurti started it

and Ali Hammed ( A.H. Almaas) is going to finish it

Gotta read his Diamond Heart series, specifically Book 2 and 3


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Re: Books that changed your perspective on life [Re: Deckard]
    #341679 - 06/15/01 05:13 PM (23 years, 13 days ago)

Stan Grof's "LSD Psychotherapy"
Rupert Sheldrake's "The Presence of The Past"
Stanley Milgram's "Obedience to Authority"
Mark Vonnegut's "Eden Express"

anything by J. Krishnamurti (MOST ESPECIALLY)
the poetry of Rumi


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