10 Books That Changed My Life

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I’ve been asked a lot lately to recommend books to my readers and meditation students, so I thought I would share with you some of the books that had a big impact on my life.

Now there were literally dozens and dozens of books that I could list here, but as I scanned back through my library of books that I have collected over the years, these ones listed were the ones that I felt had the biggest impact on me.

In nearly every book I tend to find at least one nugget of gold, whether it’s the whole book, a chapter, a sentence or even a word. However there are some books that I’ve been given to read that I just couldn’t get into, so I’d put them on my bookshelf only to rediscover the same book a few years later and then I’d read in a  day!

So not all books are for everyone all of the time. You will know quite early on in the book whether it’s time for you to read it or not. Without judgement I just put them down and wait and see if they are right for me another time.

I recommend reading a book that will motivate, inspire and enlighten you every day, whether it’s before bed, in your lunch break or while your on public transport. You have 40,000-60,000 thoughts every day and the nature of those thoughts will be influenced by the words your mind is engaging in. If you are reading positive uplifting content then you will have positive uplifting thoughts. This will filter into your body and improve your health, your energy, your actions and what you attract in life.

So here are my top 10 books (not in order) that have had a big impact on my life:

  1. Emmanuel’s Book by Pat Rodegast

Some of the most profound and insightful wisdom written in a very succinct and accessible way. There is a reason this book is number one!

  1. Oneness by Rasha

A dense tome of insights by a soul that has walked this path before us. It’s choc full of deep wisdom that will astound you as you ‘re-member’ what you forgot.

  1. The Bhagavad Gita with commentary by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

There are many interpretations of this ancient dialogue between Arjuna and Krishna however for me this commentary by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi reigns supreme. This is a classic!

  1. Perfect Health by Deepak Chopra

For me this is by far the simplest and most comprehensive insight into ayurveda. If you wish to keep balance and well being and learn all about your body type then this book is for you.

  1. The End Of Your World by Adyashanti

This says it all: “Make no mistake about it- enlightenment is a destructive process. It has nothing to do with becoming better or happier. Enlightenment is the crumbling away of untruth. It’s seeing through the facade of pretense. It’s the complete eradication of everything we imagined to be true.” – Adyashanti

  1. The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks

Do you find yourself self sabotaging your life? Do you have a glass ceiling that you keep hitting and can’t break through. This book is the answer to you leaping beyond the void into your magnificence.

  1. The Power Of Now by Eckhart Tolle

What can I say…the most influential book in the world today for living in the present. Amazing!

  1. The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris

I read this book after I had been in my job in finance for 22 years. This book is the major catalyst for why I am here today doing what I love today. Ok Mr Ferris, it’s not quite a 4 hour work week, but I love it and I can do it anywhere anytime. Thanks dude!

  1. Conversations With God by Neale Donald Walsch

Hmm, where do I start with this. It’s in number 9 but this is no means a measure of how important this book is. It’s a must for everyone! Is Mr Walsch talking with God, or is God talking through Mr Walsch? Read it and find out.

  1. Green For Life by Victoria Boutenko

I recall that while I was reading this book I salivated for a green smoothie. When I had my first green smoothie I had a giggling fit as my body hit a high. (Seriously!) Since then, 8 years ago,  I have had a green veggie patch that has sustained my family with greens and we’ve had green smoothies every day.

So there you go…some of the most impacting books in my life. There are plenty more and I’m sure you would have some to share also, so please let us know below which books you rate the most in your life!

Speaking of books, have you heard of the 7 States of Consciousness? These are advanced levels of awareness that open up within us when we start to meditate. Most people live in only 3 out of the 7 states of consciousness. Why do we ignore those other 4 states of consciousness, how do we discover them, and what is life like when we do experience them?

All of this is revealed in my recent book Spirit & Soul. One reader named Phil says:

“Your book Spirit and Soul was astonishing in it’s clarity and simplicity. It is so revealing and inspiring.” – Phil

 

How To Find Your Light During Dark Times

LightOh the pain, the angst, the suffering.

Sometimes it can sweep over you like a long dark night that doesn’t want to end. I recall spending much of my life immersed in that darkness. How about you? Have you had times where it engulfs you? Even if it’s for a day or a night?

This darkness is your shadow side, and it’s ok. See for you to have a shadow there must also be light.

This week I picked up one of my favourite books, Emmanuel’s Book, off my bookshelf and opened it up on a page.

I often do this with books to see what it offers me for that day. I found this page so beautiful and inspiring that I wanted to share it with you.

“It requires an initial leap of faith to see another reality in the experience of pain.

Pain and darkness are extremely compelling.

You have physical bodies that ache and sometimes scream.

You have emotions that seem to tear you apart.

I urge you in those times of such stress, ask yourselves who is it that is experiencing this.

And the ‘who’ that is aware of the experiencing, not lost in it, but aware of it,

will be the bearer of the Light.”

Pain is a great force that is here to guide us to a new level in our life. It is our cue to shift our awareness, and see things in a different way. Of course, it is easy, so easy, to stay immersed in that pain and let ourselves drift further down into negativity. But when you find that courage to lift your awareness out of the “Why me?” and find a strength to envision a new reality of the future, then you will start to see a new reality unfold.

No, this is not easy, but it’s our work. As Emmanuel says, ‘It requires an initial leap of faith’.

You are the light. The light that is the observer of the shadow. Take some time to sit with this, meditate, contemplate, and develop your strength of being light. It will come.

What techniques do you use to help dispel the darkness and reveal your light? Please share with us below.

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