Books

Sacred books

Essential Reading – listed below in reverse order of how I encountered them. For me, each built on what I’d learned and experienced through the previous work, with Lorna’s experiences and writings helping me to finally relax into all I had learned and discovered — and to trust the sense it was making to me. But this was only possible because of Iain McGilchrist’s work, which informed my understanding of the divided brain, and gave me the scientific and historical springboard from which I could confidently ease myself into the un-completely-knowable. Thus, Tor Norretranders wedged open a door in my understanding that Peter Kingsley strode through, upending most of what I thought I knew. From there it was a wild ride through Darin Stephenson’s work, throwing open windows in my consciousness onto vistas so impossibly beautiful I thought I might go mad. Then the careful work of finding my way, to containing, exploring and expressing the joyful liberation that was unfolding within. I was leaning into all that I had studied in the decades before, but testing everything now within myself, seeking that which resonated with truth and beauty and love, discarding that which didn’t. It’s an ongoing thing. This list represents something like my map. It won’t be your map, but there are great treasures here for the finding.

Love from Heaven by Lorna Byrne

Stairways to Heaven by Lorna Byrne

Angels in My Hair by Lorna Byrne

The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World by Iain McGilchrist

Dispelling Wetiko: Breaking the Curse of Evil by Paul Levy

Being and Vibration – Joseph Rael

A Beginner’s Guide to Constructing the Universe: The Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art and Science – Michael S. Schneider

The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind – by Julian Jaynes

The Hebraic Tongue Restored Part Second – by Fabre d’Olivet (awful translation of title from the French — should be The Hebraic Language Restored)

the incomplete toyMaker noteBooks by Darin Stephenson (read with care)

In the Dark Places of Wisdom by Peter Kingsley

Reality by Peter Kingsley

The Story Waiting to Pierce You by Peter Kingsley

The User Illusion: Cutting consciousness down to size – by Tor Norretranders

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Supportive Reading – selected works in no particular order

The Essential Rumi – rendered by Coleman Barks

The I Ching

The Bible

The Tao Te Ching

The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying – by Sogyal Rinpoche

The Upanishads

Talking with Angels – transcribed by Gitta Mallasz

Reality is Broken – Jane McGonigal

The Way of Wyrd – Brian Bates

Ich und Du – by Martin Buber

The Jesus Mysteries – by Tim Freke and Peter Gandy

Jesus and the Lost Goddess – by Tim Freke and Peter Gandy

The Prophet – by Kahlil Gibran

Touch the Earth – curated by T.C. McLuhan

Language and Art in the Navajo Universe – by Gary Witherspoon

The Upanishads

not always so – Shunryu Suzuki

Finite and Infinite Games: A vision of life as play and possibility – by James Carse

Quantum Questions – by Ken Wilbur

Phaedrus – by Plato

Jung on Active Imagination – edited by Joan Chodorow

The Cipher of Genesis – by Carlo Suares

The Spell of the Sensuous – by David Abram

Learning from the Octopus – by Rafe Sagarin

Walden – by Henry David Thoreau

Valis – by Philip K. Dick

A Wrinkle in Time – by Madeline L’Engle

The Unknown God – by F.J. Mayers

house of shattering light – Joseph Rael

Number 9 – Cecil Balmond

Teachings from the American Earth – edited by Dennis and Barbara Tedlock

The Brain that Changes Itself – Norman Doidge, M.D.

The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog – by Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D. and Maia Szalavitz

The Wild Wisdom of Weeds – by Katrina Blair

Born for Empathy – by Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D. and Maia Szalavitz

After the Ecstasy, the Laundry – by Jack Kornfield

The Secrets of the Jaguar – Martin Prechtel

The Way of Zen – Alan Watts

The Way of the Pilgrim – translated by R.M. French

The Essential Kabbalah – by Daniel C. Matt

The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching – Thich Nhat Hanh

Mere Christianity – C.S. Lewis

The Power of Myth – Joseph Campbell

The Sacred and the Profane – Mircea Eliade

The Hero With A Thousand Faces – Joseph Campbell

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – L. Frank Baum

Paradise Lost – John Milton

A Re-enchantment of Everyday Life – Thomas Moore

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance – Robert Pirsig

Memories, Dreams and Reflection – Carl Jung

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – by Lewis Carroll

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