5 Books That Help You “Awaken” to a New Life

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It is paradoxical: No matter how many books you read about awakening, you won’t experience an awakened consciousness using the part of your mind that’s doing the reading!

Some of the best books I’ve read on Awakening help the reader get beyond the “self” and integrate aspects of that expanded consciousness into a new life, that’s no longer all about the “self.”

Here are five of my favorites:

1. Integral Life Practice: A 21st-Century Blueprint for Physical Health, Emotional Balance, Mental Clarity, and Spiritual Awakening – Ken Wilber, Terry Patten, Adam Leonard and Marco Morelli

This is a 21st Century “how to” book for physical health, emotional balance, mental clarity and spiritual awakening. There is incredible depth here. Simple yet sophisticated exercises are included throughout (many take just several minutes).

2. The Second Book Of The Tao – Stephen Mitchell

This is a cool book! Ultra zen-style: Short adaptations of Chinese texts with Mitchell’s commentary on the opposite pages. Every entry is deep, deep, deep!

3. The Biology of Transcendence – Joseph Chilton-Pearce

This book explores the inner-workings of the body and mind, touring the brain structures and how they develop to allow more evolved consciousness to unfold. It also delves into what goes wrong and the role of culture in our evolution as human beings.

4. Bring Me The Rhinoceros – John Tarrant

This is a small book of traditional Zen Koans, which in the words of the author are “partly paradoxical questions dangerous to your beliefs and partly treasure boxes of ancient wisdom.” Another deep book.

5. Healing Myths, Healing Magic: Breaking the Spell of Old Illusions; Reclaiming Our Power to Heal – Donald Epstein

This book dispels the many cultural myths that interfere with our growth and healing like: “Healing means becoming more balanced, comfortable, and in control of my experience.”

Happy exploration and be sure to visit our What to Read page for more great book suggestions on Discover, Transform, and Awaken.


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Santa Cruz Chiropractor Dr. John Amaral has helped thousands of people from over 50 countries transform and awaken to more meaningful and purposeful lives. Follow him on twitter at @johnamaral