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Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life
by Byron Katie


“Who would you be without your story?” is the underlying question that gets posed in all of Byron Katies’ books. She has developed a simple system of inquiry called “The Work” that can transform your thinking and change your life. It is a simple, powerful and amazing tool. “The work” has no real philosophy behind it. It simply gives you a way to cut through your own self-delusions and rationalizations to discover your own truth. The work is a series of four questions addressed to your own written list of stressful thoughts you would like to examine. Taking one stressful thought at a time you inquire:

1. Is the thought true?

2. Can you absolutely know it’s true?

3. How do you react when you think that thought?

4. Who would you be without that thought?

After the thought examination there is a “turnaround” of that thought where YOU may find a statement that is as true or truer than your original statement and one that does not cause you stress.

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
by Ekhart Tolle
Each page of this book is an enlightenment. After reading it, You walk away a different person.


Urban Shaman
by Serge Kahili King
This book casts a light on Huna (a shamanic religion of Hawaii). It’s practical and doesn’t take itself too seriously It is a great aid to those wanting to explore other aspects of their beings

Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice
by Shunru Suzuki
This was one of the first Zen books to spark interest in meditation in the West. The mans sincerity shines throughout the book


The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation
by Thich Nhat Hanh
A simple and compassionate book on keeping your mind in the present

Snowboarding to Nirvana
by Dr. Frederick Lenz
A young snowboarder meets Enlightenment at the top of the Himalayas and comes back to tell the tale

Surfing the Himalayas 2016 Edition
by Dr. Frederick Lenz
Dr. Frederick Lenz (RAMA) passes on some more deep information and techniques about the worlds of Enlightenment


Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives
by Dan Millman
Dan Millman writes about meeting his teacher, a man who worked as a late night gas station attendant and seemed to be the happiest person on the planet.

Autobiography of a Yogi
by Paramahansa Yogananda
An Indian mystic writes about what living a life of faith in the world means and in his case it means living in a magical and loving world.


Bhagavad-Gita: The Song of God
by Swami Prabhavananda and Christopher Isherwood
The first in-depth translation of this Eastern classic that explains the meaning behind the questions and answers that passed between Man as Arjuna and the God Krishna.

Journey to Ixtlan
by Carlos Castaneda

A Separate Reality
Carlos Castaneda gave the world a new language for talking about things of the spirit

Siddhartha
by Herman Hesse
This is the story of a young man in India who’s journey parallels that of the Buddha

Journey to the East
by Herman Hesse
A mysterious book about a mysterious journey where time and reality are all twisted together

Stranger in a Strange Land
by Robert Heinlein
Robert Heinlein wrote this science fiction classic modeled on the second testament and ended up creating a mythic third testament.

How to Get Control of Your Time and Your Life
by Alan Lakein
Do you ever feel that you don’t have enough time for all the things you need to do? People who have control of their lives and time swear
by this book.


How to Win Friends and Influence People
by Dale Carnegie
Mr. Carnegie wrote this book in the 1930’s. It’s still a best seller because his methods work

The Power of Now : A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
by Ekhart Tolle
Reading this book is like having a powerful meditation. Mr. Tolle presents many new ways to look at things.

The Four Agreements
by Don Miguel Ruiz

Be Impeccable With Your Words

Don’t Take Anything Personally

Don’t Make Assumptions

Always Do Your Best

Four simple statements with powerful implications for living your life.

 

The I Ching Workbook
by R. L. Wing

The I Ching or “Book of Changes” is an ancient Chinese divination manual and book of wisdom. R. L. Wing has written a simple and very profound version of this Chinese oracle.

Meditation Music

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Zazen

This band was put together ,by their spiritual teacher Rama (Dr. Frederick Lenz). Zazen combined rock and roll with new age music to create a very dynamic meditative sound. Some of their best albums were Enlightenment , Cayman Blue, Canyons of Light, Zazen: Mystery School.  I think anything by Zazen is pretty high vibe music. Check out their website: Zazen.com



Zazen’s Guitarist Joaquin Lievano put out a nice CD called Ecologie. There is also a compilation album of Zazen and Joaquin Lievano’s music called Surfing the Himalayas


Tangerine Dream

Tangerine Dream were the great researchers in the sound sculpting movement. Some of their music was gentle (Underwater Sunlight). some of it is jarring at times ( White Eagle, Exit) but every piece was a journey.  Rubycon and Phaedra are incredible journeys


Jean Michel Jarre

Jean Michel Jarre has came out with some interesting albums.
My favorites are Equinoxe  and  Oxygene


Wendy Carlos


Wendy Carlos is famous for movie scores and “Switched on Bach” in 1972 she released Sonic Seasonings + [Enhanced CD], an aural telescope to other worlds.


Johnathon Goldman

                       Johnathon Goldman takes a drone and makes it fly. Trance Tara and        
Chakra Chant  are two of my favorites


Ray Lynch


      Ray Lynch is the guy you want when you want sweet and light meditation music
Deep Breakfast and No Blue Thing


Richard Burmer

Richard Burmer writes nature music He goes to a place,  gets a feeling for it and then writes the music.  It’s hard to find his older stuff. Both  Shining by the River and Mosaic are interesting and soothing

Movies

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Are we living the same day over and over again? An interesting and funny look at re-incarnation as Bill Murray learns how to be a decent human being

Defending Your Life
How do we live our lives? What if you had to go to a judgment when you die ? what would you be judged on? It’s funny, inspiring and has a purgatory that I would enjoy living in.

Judge: Did you ever give money to charity?Adam: All the time, but you know those homeless, they never give you a receipt


The Karate Kid
This movie tries to express the underlying principles of Asian martial arts.

Master: Wipe on, wipe off

Being Human (1994)

Robin Williams was known for being a comedian,  this look at a soul living through different incarnations is not always pretty but the movie has heart

Gandhi
A look at the life of Mohandas K. Gandhi who fought for a nonviolent, peaceful existence, and set an entire nation free Gorgeous movie, brilliantly acted and truly inspirational.

The Princess Bride
Like romance? Adventure? Swashbuckling revenge seekers? Falling over funny


Oh, God!

What would you say to God if granted an interview and he looked and sounded like an old man