So I used to have a list of book suggestions that was nicely formatted and embedded through the Amazon site. Something happened, and I never really had the time or inclination to fix it. Since the last few months I have had quite a few emails asking where it went, I have decided to do a blog on the subject, along with a bit of commentary on some of the books.
I will say a few caveats for this blog. Yes, I will recommend my own books. No, I am not a “whitelighter” or “core shaman”. I do not any sort of grouchiness at those communities (well, most of the time), but most of my book suggestions will not be new-age-y. It is just not who I am or what I am interested in. And in general I think that people, if they are interested in spiritual work or spiritual enlightenment (or spiritual “whatever”, should read about many different cultures and ideas, not just ones that consolidate their own already formed beliefs.
Many of these books may have ideas or thoughts I don’t personally agree with. But they have changed me, inspired me, or stretched me at some point in my path, and for that I am thankful. Some of these books show a bit of wear, meaning that I love William Baldwin, but do not agree that rock music lets in evil spirits.
I also have a tendency to not like recently published books. This is my bias, of course, and sometimes I read something that changes this, but for the most part nothing gets me grouchier than wasting my time buying a book about a spiritual technique or something that doesn’t actually talk about how to do the technique… or the endless books that just regurgitate the same surface-level material.
My last caveat… most of these books will not be for the beginner. Most books out there are intended for beginners who don’t need a list like this, as most books out there are intended for a fifth grade reading level (fun fact). I also will likely edit this blog as I remember things that I have read, or read more things that I want to put on the list.
I also did not put on some of the books that I am recently studying because they are likely too much for most people (I tend to like really odd stuff these days which may not be easily found… and if you read the books I have below you will find them anyway at some point), but all of the books below I have read and have at some point resonated with me, in full or in part, due to their depth and/or interesting ideas/concepts.
- The Spiritual Awakening Guide- yes, this is my book. This is the book that I wish I read 15 years ago. Most other books about spiritual awakenings are really fluffy, and didn’t go over things I needed them to…This is why I write, and continue to write.
- The Complete Cord Course- yes, this is also my book. Most cord work talks about “cutting” or “clearing” and I discovered that that is only 1/40th of what you can do with cords.
- Managing Psychic Abilities- my most recent book (for now, comes out later in 2016). Most books are about how to become psychic. This book teaches about where psychic abilities come from and how to work with them. Again, this is the material I wish I had ten years ago or so
- Initiation into Hermetics by Franz Bardon- if anyone wants to learn about magic, or how to progress spiritually, I suggest this book. I wish this was the first book I read (or one of the first books I read) and I still find it insightful
- The Spirits’ Book by Allan Kardec- I wish that I had found Kardec’s work and Spiritism a long time ago. His ability to transcribe profound thoughts about the spiritual realms, as well as his other books about how to manage and work with mediumship and similar abilities is wonderful
- Living with Kundalini by Gopi Krishna- if there is one book you read about kundalini, this is it (besides for mine). I read so much information about kundalini (books, websites, etc) and I finally found this book. This book is one of the few that has really and truly shown what having a full, active kundalini awakening is like
- Shamans, Healers, and Medicine Men by Holger Kalweit- in a sea of fluffy core shamanism, Holger Kalweit is a breath of fresh air. Learn what a shaman actually goes through in order to be called, and what the role of the shaman actually entails. His other book is a bit dryer but worth a read as well
- Daughter of Fire by Irina Tweedie- this book is LONG…but if you have experienced an intense spiritual awakening, this book will be profound for you
- Aghora Trilogy by Robert Svoboda- I really loved these books, and am still fond of them. Again, if you are sick of the “fluffy” sort of material out there about kundalini, karma, and spiritual subjects, these books you will find revolutionary
- The Awakening of Intelligence by Krishnamurti- I am always biased about Krishnamurti, as his words always speak to me on such a deep level, but I find that this book is a good intro to his thoughts
- Play of Consciousness by Swami Muktananda- I found this book as I was going through my existential “everything is an illusion” phase. It explains spiritual awakening and the illusory nature of the world in a way that most cannot
- Oasis of Stillness by Aughar Harihar Ram- another profound book that was important on my path
- Spirit Releasement Therapy by William Baldwin- this is a whopper of a book but it is an important read. Most books on “shamanic” subjects are filled with fluff and case studies, with no meat or techniques to speak of. This is the opposite, and goes way beyond other books on the subject
- Magic White and Black by Franz Hartmann- again, this would be one of those books for anyone willing to look really deeply at the world. I read this again recently and found insights that were incredibly relevant to my path. Excuse the stupid title, and realize that this is a book that will allow for you to look at the world in a different way
- Life on Other Worlds by Emanuel Swedenborg- Swedenborg is really heady stuff, and suffers from being written in the 1700’s, but it will definitely cause for you to think about your life differently
- How to Know Higher Worlds by Rudolf Steiner- this is a good intro book, as it will introduce you to some key concepts of Theosophy
- Magical Knowledge Book 1 by Josephine McCarthy- if you want to learn magic, especially visual magic, start here. Much of magic is a proverbial boys’ club with a lot of fluff, by McCarthy is blunt and pragmatic about how to learn magic
- Interior Castle by St. Teresa of Avila- if you are interested (and I mean really interested) in where much of the info on spiritual awakenings came from, read this book
- The Personal Aura by Dora Kuna- I literally had my mouth drop open when I found this book. Most books about clairvoyance repeat the same regurgitated crap (pardon my language) and it is clear that the person who wrote it does not have any sort of sight. This book is exactly how I see (and others who I have talked to who have this ability) and sense auras
- Working the Root by Starr Casas- this book is sorely in need of an editor, but I consistently get asked for books on Hoodoo/Rootwork, and I suggest starting here
- Feeding your Demons by Tsultrim Allione- introduces the practice of Chod (can’t find umlauts on my computer right now) which is real shadow work
- Divine Horsemen by Maya Deren- if you want to start understanding Vodoun (Voodoo) from an outsider perspective, start here
- Mastering Witchcraft by Paul Huson- still in print since the 70’s for a reason. This is for someone who is seriously looking into starting an occult practice
- The Sacred and the Profane by Mircea Eliade- Eliade can be a bit difficult to muddle through, but his thoughts about religion, initiation, and shamanism are always interesting
- Polarity Therapy (2 volume book) by Randolph Stone- another one that anyone who doesn’t have some serious energy work under their belt will have difficulty muddling through, but Stone’s ability to see the body and its energetic circuits is beyond any form of energy work out there
- The Art and Practice of Astral Projection by Ophiel- I love all of Ophiel’s books.. he has a sort of homespun, down-to-earth nature about occult topics that I really resonate with. I learned how to etherically and astrally project using this book, and have taught others through this work (as well as a few other resources and my own direct experiences)
- Liberation by Francisco Candido Xavier- another book about Spiritism that is well worth reading
- Amazing Secrets of New Avatar Power by Geof Gray-Cobb- I will probably catch a bit of flak for this one, but long before the law of attraction was this book. Hard to get but an interesting read
- Textbook of Theosophy by C.W. Leadbeater- anyone who knows me knows that I went through a distinct Theosophy “phase”. Whether I am still in that phase is an interesting question, but anyone who is interested in spirituality or energy work should read some
- Ozark Magic and Folklore- a fun book for folk magic practitioners or folklore enthusiasts out there
- The Magus by Francis Barrett- there are some issues with this book as I get older (and hopefully wiser) but anyone who wants to become a fairly hard-core esoteric, magic, or spiritual studies student should likely read it at some point
- The Middle Pillar by Israel Regardie- the Middle Pillar was a practice that I did for over ten years. I encourage many of my students to practice it who are ready to do so
- Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio- I love this book, it is fun and just filled with strange tales
- Magia Sexualis by Paschal Randolph- another “hardcore” book for the serious esotericist, but some people ask me for sexual practices, and I am partial to this book
- Grimoire Sympathia by Charubel- impossible to find (sorry) but will teach you to communicate with plant spirits and how to work with the spiritual essence of plants, minerals and stones. I learned a lot from this book, and it is rare I go back to a book and read it more than twice. I have with this book
- The Serpent Power by Sir John Woodroffe- wonder where all of the information on kundalini and chakras came from? This is one of the books. Interestingly, I had some jerk yell at me for suggesting this book as it is “dated”, but if you want to really learn anything, you need to know where it came from. And it came from here
- Chakras by Harish Johari- want a slightly less difficult book about chakras? Harish Johari is clear and a good starting point for learning about chakras or tantra in an easily accessible yet non-fluffy way
- Communing with the Spirits by Martin Coleman- this book will stretch you, and is only for those who are ready for it
- Visual Magick: A Guide to Freestyle Shamanism by Jan Fries- this book is unique and well worth a read
- Uncle Ramsey’s Little Book of Demons by Ramsey Dukes- how to look at personal demons as well as difficulties in life in a new way. Unique and well worth a read (or two)
- Psychic Self Defense by Dion Fortune- a lot of Dion Fortune’s books were really important to me at a specific point on my path. She talks in an authentic way based on many years of experience. I like this book in general to introduce people to her writing.
So I might add more later, as some of my books are packed away and I likely cannot think of them right now, but this is more than enough for most people I would imagine. I would also say that I didn’t include some books that were really helpful to me just because they are common (like Tibetan Book of the Dead, Egyptian Book of the Dead, books on fairy tales/folk tales etc). Happy Reading!