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The bookstore is a sacred ministry within The Church of Conscious Harmony, that supports the Church mission of conscious union with The Living God.  Thus, it serves our community with support and guidance for work on the side of Knowledge and in service to Being.  The Bookstore provides a sacred place – a temple for the ministry of the Word and for promotion of a culture of spiritual study and participation in community readings.  From the Statement of Intention for the bookstore.  The bookstore is open Sundays a half hour before and after the Sunday service and Monday – Friday from 9am-4pm.

A popular attraction within the CCH bookstore is the “community reading”.  The bookstore and minister coordinate the selection of a featured ‘community reading’ book.  This is an ongoing devotional and educational practice within the church. When a book is completed, soon after a new book begins. The current book is, “The Experience of No Self” by Bernadette Roberts.

The list below is a compilation of approximately 80 key books that are foundational in the history of The Church of Conscious Harmony.  Congregants are encouraged to use this list to identify books for personal study and spiritual development or to study with work groups.  The list is sortable for convenience.

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MerrillNan C.Psalms for Praying: An Invitation to WholenessPrayerThis is a reworking of the Book of Psalms in a loving, contemplative manner which betrays none of the book's original vigor or essence. Rather, in a mode that is fresh and eloquent, her interpretation of the Psalms evokes that deep sense of reverence and soul-stirring dialogue with the divine that is often eclipsed by the fear of divine wrath in the original.
Oxford Univ. PressThe New English BibleBiblesThe New English Bible is a translation of the Bible into modern English directly from the original Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic texts. The New Testament was published in 1961. The Old Testament was published in 1970.
PetersonEugene H.The MessageBiblesThe Message is a reading Bible translated from the original Greek and Hebrew Scriptures by scholar, pastor, author, and poet Eugene Peterson. Thoroughly reviewed and approved by twenty biblical scholars, The Message combines the authority of GodÕs Word with the cadence and energy of conversational English.
WansbroughHenryThe New Jerusalem BibleBiblesThe New Jerusalem Bible is recognized as one of today's most accurate, clear and modern translations, the fruit of long collaboration between leading biblical scholars. It contains the complete text of the ancient canon of the scriptures (including books omitted in Protestant Bibles), with up-to-date introductions and notes. This is a reilable modern version of the Bible, backed by the imprimatur of the Roman Catholic Church.
KvolsKathrynRedirecting Children's BehaviorChildren/ParentingParents looking for a new approach to discipline will appreciate the practical, logical suggestions for rearing self-motivated and responsible children. Author Kvols emphasizes:
-- Creating win-win situations;
-- Teaching the natural consequences of misbehavior; and
-- Developing children's self-esteem and self-control.
AnonymousThe Cloud of UnknowingChristian MysticsWritten by an anonymous English monk during the late fourteenth century, The Cloud of Unknowing holds an important place in the history of both Western literature and spirituality. Though originally intended for a select audience, the work's simple, engaging style has won it widespread popularity since its rediscovery more than a century ago. The Cloud puts forth a method of contemplation that stresses the impotence of the understanding to break through the cloud of unknowing that separates God and humanity. Rather, "it is love alone that can reach God in this life".
ConsiglioCyprianSpirit, Soul, Body: Toward an Integral Christian SpiritualityChristian MysticsA perennial problem for spiritual traditions of all sorts is dualismÑeither a positing of a false distance between the Divine and the created or a rejection of creation and the human body. Many contemporary spiritual seekers have sensed this problem and sought to remedy it through myriad solutions drawn from various spiritual traditions and secular wisdom, both Eastern and Western. Here, the author explores ChristianityÕs contribution to the discussion. He offers a revisioning and rearticulation of this teaching, based on the prophetic seminal work of Bede Griffiths, toward a practical and integral spirituality that reverences all aspects of our being humanÑspirit, soul, and body.
de ChardinTeilhardThe Phenomenon of ManChristian MysticsVisionary theologian and evolutionary theorist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin applied his whole life, his tremendous intellect, and his great spiritual faith to building a philosophy that would reconcile religion with the scientific theory of evolution. In this timeless book, which contains the quintessence of his thought, Teilhard argues that just as living organisms sprung from inorganic matter and evolved into ever more complex thinking beings, humans are evolving toward an "omega point"Ñdefined by Teilhard as a convergence with the Divine.
DelioIliaChrist in EvolutionChristian MysticsThe author transcends the debate on evolution and intelligent design to reveal the Christ who is at the center of our lives in a complete universe. She draws on mystics and theologians to show the love of God at the heart of a total redemptive process taking place in the human consciousness.
DelioIliaMaking All Things New: Catholicity, Cosmology, Consciousness (Catholicity in an Evolving Universe)Christian MysticsIlia Delio introduces a new word, catholicity, which is destined to become as discussed and familiar in this century as the word Catholic was in the 2nd century. Catholicity is a dynamic, spiritual quality of being Catholic that literally means "becoming whole." It is an inner principle which first burst forth in the life of Jesus, and has the power to reconnect all the dimensions of life: spirituality, religion, the new sciences, culture, and society. It is a conscious awareness of how everything - the sun, moon, stars, Kepler, Saturn, maple trees, muddy rivers, amoeba, bacteria and all peoples of the earth - form a whole.
PanikkarRaimonChristophany: The Fullness of ManChristian MysticsRaimon Panikkar's life work has centered on articulating the way divinization is our full humanization, and how a human being, fully alive, is the best revelation of divinity. More than simply a book about mysticism, Christophany offers the attentive reader a way to experience the mystical depths of life. To know Jesus is to experience Jesus mystical life, in particular to share in divinity, and to know God as "Abba." What happened in the life of Christ will happen in us and, in our transformed lives, God lives in us without us losing our own being.
RobertsBernadetteThe Path to No Self: Life at the CenterChristian MysticsThis is a most complete and detailed map of the spiritual journey and its unfolding stages in contemporary western literature. In our major religious traditions, the outstanding milestone in the spiritual journey is the permanent, irreversible transcendence of the self center or ego. The fact that a great deal has been written about the journey to this point means that many people have come this far. But what, we might ask, comes next? Looking ahead we see no path; even in the literature there seems to be nothing beyond an abiding awareness of oneness with God. Had this path been mapped in the literature, then at least we would have known that one existed; but where no such account exists, we assume there is no path and that union of self and God is the final goal to be achieved. This book shows how, once we have adjusted to the unitive state, the spiritual journey moves on to yet another more final ending.
RobertsBernadetteContemplativeChristian MysticsAn autobiography of a true contemporary Contemplative. An insightful look into the evolution of consciousness and self-transcendence in the life of a former nun, wife, mother, and internationally-recognized authority on the spiritual journey.
RobertsBernadetteThe Experience of No Self: A Contemplative JourneyChristian MysticsFrom the book's Introduction: "Within the traditional framework, the Christian notion of loss-of-self is generally regarded as the transformation or loss of the ego (lower self) as it attains to the higher or true self in its union with God. Thus, because self at its deepest center is a run-on with the divine, I had never found any true self apart from God, for to find One is to find the other. Because this was the limit of my expectations, I was all the more surprised and bewildered when... I came upon a permanent state in which there was no self, no higher self, true self, or anything that could be called a self. Clearly I had fallen outside my own, as well as the traditional frame of reference, when I came upon a path that seemed to begin where the writers on the contemplative life had left off. But with the clear certitude of the self's disappearance, there automatically arose the question of what had fallen away - what was the self? What, exactly, had it been? Then too, there was the all-important question: what remained in its absence? This journey was the gradual revelation of the answers to these questions, answers that had to be derived solely from personal experience since no outside explanation was forthcoming. ...Here now, begins the journey beyond union, beyond self, and God, a journey into the silent and still regions of the Unknown."
RobertsBernadetteThe Real Christ: Essays on Christian MysticismChristian Mystics"The Real Christ is the single most significant and important work of spiritual/mystical theology ever written in the history of humankind. The Real Christ is simply the E=MC2 of theology, unfolding the deepest mysteries of the Trinity with such profound clarity that every question I have ever had regarding the nature, history and purpose of the Trinity and Christ was answered. Like other ÒEinsteinsÓ of our intellectual heritage, Bernadette has a way of solving the most perplexing theological problems with elegance and simplicity. While there is hardly anything new or unorthodox in what Bernadette has written, it will be evident to anyone with a basic theological background that a novel, deepened, more honest understanding of the Trinity is revealed through BernadetteÕs teaching." - Peter Traben Haas
RobertsBernadetteWhat is Self?: A Study of the Spiritual Journey in Terms of ConsciousnessChristian MysticsThis extraordinary philosophical treatise on the nature of self and God follows on the author's book, The Experience of No-Self. A renowned contemporary mystic, Roberts takes us to the ultimate consciousness that transcends self and experience. The book includes fascinating chronicles of her own spiritual journey. In the book, she explains her insights into ego, self, and the revelation of the contemplative life. Her remarkable ability to give clear expression to the mystic experience makes this book a landmark in spiritual literature. This is a critical work for spiritual inquirers who want to study the experience of no-self and beyond.
St. John of the CrossThe Complete WorksChristian MysticsSt. John of the Cross was truly austere to the extreme with himself, and somewhat, additionally with others. But both from his writings and from the depositions of those that understood him, we see in him a man overflowing with charity and kindness, a man whose poetical thoughts profoundly influenced everything that's wonderful and captivating about this life and hints at the wonders and hope of the hereafter. This a foundational, contemplative, spiritual, classic. (Summary of Contents: The Ascent of Mount Carmel, The Dark Night, The Spiritual Canticle, The Living Flame of Love, other Minor Works, and Poetry)
St. John of the CrossDark Night of the SoulChristian MysticsWhile imprisioned, Spanish mystic John of the Cross composed many of his now classic poems of the soul's longing for God. They are the ultimate expression of the spiritual seeker's journey from estranged despair to blissful union with the divine. Subsequently, John fell into a state of profound ecstasy and wrote Dark Night of the Soul. Later he added an important commentary to his poem to guide other searching souls along the arduous path to communion with God.
Teresa of AvilaInterior CastlesChristian MysticsRecorded in the 15th century, The Interior Castle is still one of the most well-known accounts of mystical theology today. St. Teresa, a mystic and nun who regularly communed with God, recorded a particular vision involving a crystal globe and seven mansions, each representative of a different level of the human soul. Her journey has been interpreted as one of faith, self-knowledge, and fulfillment, and remains a sacred text offering a unique glimpse into the Divine and invites a relationship with the Christian God.
Teresa of AvilaThe Collected WorksChristian MysticsSUMMARY of WORKS NEEDED? *St. Teresa of Jesus was born in 1515 in Avila, Spain during the repressive atmosphere of the Inquisition and entered the Carmelite Convent of the Incarnation in 1535, against the wishes of her father. During a serious illness, she practiced mental prayer and started receiving intellectual visions and locutions from Our Lord which continued for the rest of her life. Together with St. John of the Cross, she began a reform movement which stressed a return to a traditional rule of poverty and simplicity for Carmelites.
MooreSebastianThe Crucified Jesus is No StrangerChristologyA series of deeply spiritual meditations on the personal implications of the crucifixion for present-day life. This book is a significant step toward developing such a spirituality. In this thoroughly ecumenical work, the piercing of Jesus' side and the flowing forth of blood and water is seen as symbolic of the power of every act of aggression to be transformed into a releasing of the waters of grace. Thus the crucifixion of Jesus also symbolizes the creature's crucifixion by the forces of the selfish ego.
DeMelloAnthonyAwareness: The Perils and Opportunities of RealityContemplativeMixing Christian spirituality, Buddhist parables, Hindu breathing exercises, and psychological insight, de Mello's words of hope come together in Awareness in a grand synthesis. In short chapters for reading in quiet moments at home or at the office, he cajoles and challenges: We must leave this go-go-go world of illusion and become aware. And this only happens, he insists, by becoming alive to the needs and potential of others, whether at home or in the workplace. Here, then, is a masterful book of the spirit, challenging us to wake up in every aspect of our lives.
DeMelloAnthonyThe Way to LoveContemplativeThe Way To Love contains the final flowering of Anthony de Mello's thought, and in it he grapples with the ultimate question of love. In thirty-one meditations, he implores his readers with his usual pithiness to break through illusion, the great obstacle to love. "Love springs from awareness," de Mello insists, saying that it is only when we see others as they are that we can begin to really love. But not only must we seek to see others with clarity, we must examine ourselves without misconception. The task, however, is not easy. "The most painful act," de Mello says, "is the act of seeing. But in that act of seeing that love is born." Anthony De Mello was the director of the Sadhana Institute of Pastoral Counseling in Poona, India, and authored several books. The Way To Love is his last.
KeatingThomasDivine Therapy & Addiction: Centering Prayer and the Twelve StepsContemplativeFather Thomas Keating reflects on the wisdom and legacy of the Alcoholics Anonymous Twelve-Step Method and its connections to, and similarities with, the Christian mystical traditions of centering prayer and Lectio Divina. In conversation with a long-time member of AA meetings, he talks insightfully about surrendering to oneÕs Higher Power and the journey that must be undertaken for the healing of the soul to begin.
KeatingThomasOpen Mind, Open Heart: The Contemplative Dimension of the GospelContemplativeWritten by an acknowledged spiritual master, and designed to initiate the reader into a deep, living relationship with God, this book moves beyond "discursive meditation and particular acts to the intuitive level of contemplation." Keating gives an overview of the history of contemplative prayer in the Christian tradition, and step-by-step guidance in the method of centering prayer. Special attention is paid to the role of Christian growth, transformation, and active prayer. The book ends with an explicit treatment of the contemplative dimension of the gospel. Open Mind, Open Heart will take readers into a world where God can do anything, into a realm of the greatest adventureÑ"Where one is open to the Infinite and hence to infinite possibilities."
KeatingThomasThe Heart of the World: An Introduction to Contemplative ChristianityContemplativeThe transcendent experience that many Christians seek in Eastern religions is abundantly available to those who make use of the suggestions in this introduction to contemplative Christianity. The Christian heritage contains a rich contemplative wisdom, literature, and practice, and this volume is written for those who would like to find enrichment in spiritual practices grounded in non-Christian religions while retaining basic Christian commitments. Traditional Christian subjects such as sacrifice, redemption, salvation, faith, and prayer are discussed to foster understanding of their contemplative aspects. Explanations on how practices such as Lectio Divina clear the mind of the hectic nature of everyday life and help prepare the heart for profound listening to the divine within are also included.
KeatingThomasConsenting to God as God IsContemplativeOriented toward people who have been practicing centering prayer for several years, this book is addressed primarily to those with some experience of the difficulties of the spiritual journey and especially to those engaged in some form of contemplative service.
KeatingThomasInvitation to Love: The Way of Christian ContemplationContemplativeThis book provides a road map for the journey that begins when Centering Prayer is seriously undertaken. Pointing to some of the recognizable landmarks on this journey, as well as to its ultimate destination, Father Keating addresses common questions regarding contemplative practice: How will it affect my life? Where does it lead us spiritually? What obstacles will I encounter along the way? How does it work? Following on from Open Mind, Open Heart, this book establishes a dialogue between the insights of contemporary psychology and the classic Christian spiritual masters, providing a solid conceptual background for the practice of Centering Prayer. This is a practical book, articulating the stages of the process of spiritual growth, and outlining how we might develop a deeper relationship with God and move from contemplation to action.
KeatingThomasThe Daily Reader for Contemplative Living: Excerpts from the Works of Father Thomas KeatingContemplativeThis work brings together for each day of the year three prayer practices for contemplative living: first, a brief "active prayer"; second, spiritual reading; and, third, Lectio Divina. The brief introductory prayer sentences are from various sources - the Bible and traditional prayers of the church or of well-known spiritual writers. The spiritual readings come from eleven of Father Keating's books and one audiotape, with a month's worth of readings derived from each work. Each day's entry concludes with a brief selection from the Bible, or Lectio Divina.
KeatingThomasThe Human Condition: Contemplation and TransformationContemplativeThomas Keating offers a reflection on contemplative prayer, the human search for happiness and our need to explore the inner world. The spiritual search for God, he says, is also the search for ourselves. Drawing from Christian mystical tradition, Eastern and Orthodox religions, contemporary psychology, and the recovery model, Keating shows how the practice of contemplation can become a process of psychological and spiritual transformation. And as we move into a global culture, this process is of greater importance than ever.
He begins with the great questions of self-knowledge: "Who are you? Where are you hiding?" The seemingly fruitless search for human happiness hinges on the answers to these: "Where am I in relation to God, myself and others?" and "Whoever I think I am, I am not." The contemplative journey is "divine therapy" for the illness of the human condition, a way to open up gradually to our own wounded unconscious. It is an excuse in letting go of the false self, which is the only self we know, and in realizing that God is the only true security. Divine love is the full affirmation of who we are.

Writing with simplicity and depth, Keating brings common sense, extraordinary enlightenment, and fifty years of experience to the topic and the practice of discovering the presence of God.
KeatingThomasThe Mystery of Christ: The Liturgy as Spiritual ExperienceContemplativeFollowing up on Open Mind, Open Heart, which presents a profound formation in Christian prayer, this book demonstrates the contemplative dimension of Christian worship. Here Father Keating recovers the deeper sense of the liturgical year and shares a theological and mystical perspective on the major feasts of the annual cycle. The reader is immersed in the wonder of faith in the mystery of Christ and of the unique nature of God's action and presence in and through the liturgy of our lives.
MertonThomasNo Man is an IslandContemplativeA recapitulation of his earlier work Seeds of Contemplation, this collection of sixteen essays plumbs aspects of human spirituality. Merton addresses those in search of enduring values, fulfillment, and salvation in prose that is, as always, inspiring and compassionate. ÒA stimulating series of spiritual reflections which will prove helpful for all struggling to...live the richest, fullest and noblest life.Ó
MertonThomasNew Seeds of ContemplationContemplativeNew Seeds of Contemplation is one of Thomas Merton's most widely read and best-loved books. Christians and non-Christians alike have joined in praising it as a notable successor in the meditative tradition of St. John of the Cross, The Cloud of Unknowing, and the medieval mystics, while others have compared Merton's reflections with those of Thoreau. New Seeds of Contemplation seeks to awaken the dormant inner depths of the spirit so long neglected by Western man, to nurture a deeply contemplative and mystical dimension in our lives. For Merton, "Every moment and every event of every man's life on earth plants something in his soul. For just as the wind carries thousands of winged seeds, so each moment brings with it germs of spiritual vitality that come to rest imperceptibly in the minds and wills of men. Most of these unnumbered seeds perish and are lost, because men are not prepared to receive them: for such seeds as these cannot spring up anywhere except in the soil of freedom, spontaneity and love."
Jenkinson, StephenDie WiseDeath/DyingThis book does not offer seven steps for coping with death. It does not suggest ways to make dying easier. It pours no honey to make the medicine go down. Instead, with lyrical prose, deep wisdom, and stories from his two decades of working with dying people and their families, Stephen Jenkinson places death at the center of the page and asks us to behold it in all its painful beauty. It teaches the skills of dying, skills that have to be learned in the course of living deeply and well. Die Wise is for those who will fail to live forever.
LevineStephenWho Dies?: An Investigation of Conscious Living and Conscious DyingDeath/DyingThis is the first book to show the reader how to open to the immensity of living with death, to participate fully in life as the perfect preparation for whatever may come next. Levine provides calm compassion rather than the frightening melodrama of death.
SinghKathleen D.The Grace in Dying: How We are Transformed Spiritually as We DieDeath/DyingWhile the prevailing Western medical tradition has seen death as an enemy to be fought and overcome, Singh offers a richer and more rewarding path of understanding. Combining extensive training and education in developmental psychology with profound spiritual insight, she balances expert analysis with moving accounts drawn from her experiences working with hundreds of dying patients at a large hospice. She illuminates the profound psychological and spiritual transformations experienced by the dying as the natural process of death reconnects them with the source of their being. Examining the end of life in the light of current psychological understanding, religious wisdom, and compassionate medical science, The Grace of Dying offers a fresh, deeply comforting message of hope and courage as we contemplate the meaning of our mortality.
Nhat HanhThichThe Heart of Understanding: Commentaries on the Prajnaparamita Heart SutraEastern ReligionsThe heart of the Praj–aparamita Sutra is regarded as the essence of Buddhist teaching, offering subtle and profound teachings on non-duality and the letting go of all preconceived notions, opinions, and attachments, and so becoming open to all the wonders of our life. This book is the fruit of the authorÕs more than sixty years of monastic study and practice. He describes the sutra as "a precious gift to us, the gift of fearlessness."
RinpocheSogyalThe Tibetan Book of Living and DyingEastern ReligionsThis acclaimed spiritual masterpiece is widely regarded as one of the most complete and authoritative presentations of the Tibetan Buddhist teachings ever written. A manual for life and death and a magnificent source of sacred inspiration from the heart of the Tibetan tradition, The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying provides a lucid and inspiring introduction to the practice of meditation, to the nature of mind, to karma and rebirth, to compassionate love and care for the dying, and to the trials and rewards of the spiritual path. The author hopes "...to inspire a quiet revolution in the whole way we look at health and care for the dying, and the whole way we look at life and care for the living."
DeidaDavidThe Way of the Superior Man: A Spiritual Guide to Mastering the Challenges of Women, Work, and Sexual DesireFeminine/MasculineExplores the most important issues in men's livesÑfrom career and family to women and intimacy to love and spirituality and relationshipsÑto offer a practical guidebook for living a masculine life of integrity, authenticity, and freedom.
DeidaDavidIntimate Communion: Awakening your Sexual EssenceFeminine/MasculineThe author shares the deep understandings and effective techniques that he has refined through his 20 years of consultation, research and spiritual practice. Learn how to keep your relationships growing--beyond the sexually neutralized roles so typical of today--and create a relationship that is spiritually erotic, sexually deep and passionately committed to love. To truly understand your intimate relationships, you must read this book.
DeidaDavidIt's A Guy Thing: An Owner's Manual for WomenFeminine/MasculineBased on questions from women who have attended the author's highly acclaimed relationships seminars, this must-have book puts male behavior under the microscope. Included are chapters on sex, work, relationships and communication. Interspersed throughout are sidebars that shed light on the many faces of men, to help women grasp what makes them act the way they do.
BourgeaultCynthiaThe Holy Trinity and The Law of Three: Discovering the Radical Truth at the Heart of ChristianityFourth WayThe author asks us to take a look at an idea from traditional Christianity - the formula of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - as though we're looking at it for the first time, and she reveals it to be something we hadn't expected at all. She finds in the idea of the Holy Trinity a striking vision of the nature of reality. What she claims, in a nutshell, is that embedded within this theological formula that Christians recite mostly on autopilot lies a powerful metaphysical principle that could change our understanding of Christianity and give us the tools so long and so sorely needed to reunite our shattered cosmology, rekindle our visionary imagination, and cooperate consciously with the manifestation of Jesus's "Kingdom of Heaven" here on earth. She looks to the history of Christian theology, to her own years of contemplative practice, and to the ideas of G. I. Gurdjieff in this compelling and accessible work.
CollinRodneyThe Theory of Celestial Influence: Man, the Universe, and Cosmic MysteryFourth WayAre we alone in the universe or are we an intricate part of it? Is mankind merely a biological entity or is there a higher purpose and if so, who, or what, does humanity serve? This book is a virtual encyclopedia of the hidden connections between humankind, the planets, and the universe. One begins to realize the solar system's connection to the Earth and ourselves is not as distant as the "space between" would imply. The author's observations point to the idea that there is only one creative system governed by the same laws, suggesting that there is only one Creator: God.
CollinRodneyThe Theory of Conscious Harmony: From the Letters of Rodney CollinFourth WayCollin was a student of P.D. Ouspensky and was with him from 1936 until Ouspensky's death in October of 1947. Conscious Harmony is an emotional vignette drawing on key points related to The Work in answer to individual's queries and notes to him from 1944 to 1956. Janet Collin compiled and edited these notes to create 35 different selections of major Work Ideas. Of particular note is the quality of positiveness that marks his writing throughout. "There is so much to do in preparation for the future, so many different fields in which harmony must come, and all by means of ordinary everyday men like ourselves...In individual men, harmony among functions; harmony between body, soul and spirit; harmony among its different members, harmony between its leader and its origin; in the great esoteric impulse launched through Gurdjieff and Ouspensky, harmony among all lines and groups; harmony between them, their founders and God; in the world, harmony among all branches of knowledge, all peoples, all esoteric lines," Collin wrote.
CollinRodneyThe Theory of Eternal LifeFourth WayThe author explores varied texts ranging from the ancient to the modern, drawing from the Tibetan and Egyptian books of the dead, ancient Indian and Greek philosophies, the Bible, Buddha, and Ouspensky, to name a few. He then goes beyond the ordinary way in which we envision time, the soul, the spirit, and reincarnation. Consciously, he has the power to reinvent the way we think about these subjects and ourselves.
de SalzmannJeanneThe Reality of Being: The Fourth Way of GurdjieffFourth WayBased on notebooks kept by G.I. Gurdjieff's closest follower, this book offers new insight on his spiritual teachings - a way of gnosis or "knowledge of being" passed on from remote antiquity. It is a complete and uniquely authoritative guide to the great teacher's ideas and to his methods for liberating ourselves from the state of "waking sleep" in which most of us live our lives.
GurdjieffG.I.Beelzebub's Tales to His Grandson: All and EverythingFourth WayWith this book, the author intended to "destroy, mercilessly . . . the beliefs and views about everything existing in the world." This novel beautifully brings to life the visions of humanity for which Gurdjieff has become esteemed. Beelzebub, a man of worldly (and other-worldly) wisdom, shares with his grandson the anecdotes, personal philosophies, and lessons learned from his own life.The reader is given a detailed discussion of all matters physical, natural, and spiritual, from the creation of the cosmos to man's teleological purpose in the universe.
GurdjieffG.I.Life is Real Only Then, When "I Am"Fourth WayThis is one of the few records published by Gurdjieff in which he offers guidance to his 'community of seekers', the pupils from many countries who joined him in Paris and New York. The first section is mainly autobiographical, relating material crucial to an understanding of the nature and intensity of personal effort required for an all-inclusive work on oneself. This is followed by a series of talks which Gurdjieff gave to his pupils in New York in 1930, and then by a long, but incomplete, essay on 'The Outer and Inner World of Man'.
GurdjieffG.I.Meetings with Remarkable MenFourth WayThese are the memoirs of the great mystic and teacher who inspired a generation of disciples and followers before, during and briefly after the Second World War. Here the author introduces us to some of the companions he encountered in his travels to the most remote regions of Central Asia. With colorful episodes from his adventures, he brings to life the story of his own relentless search for a real and universal knowledge. The book can be read as a colorful narrative or psychological autobiography, but the meaning of its contents can be better appreciated in relation to the expositions of his previously published ideas.
GurdjieffG.I.Views from the Real World: Early Talks as Recollected by his PupilsFourth WayFirst published in 1973, this book has established itself as an authentic source for those interested in Gurdjieff's ideas and his approach to practical 'Work on oneself'.
MouravieffBorisGnosis, Exoteric Cycle: Study and Commentaries on the Esoteric Tradition of Eastern Orthodoxy (vol 1 & 2)Fourth WayThe author was an enigmatic 'third man' known to Gurdjieff and Ouspensky, who found and learned to practice what he clearly believed to be the complete system of which only 'fragments' had been previously published in Ouspensky's In Search of the Miraculous. This Gnosis is not a modern statement of the second century texts know as 'Gnosticism', but a previously unpublished ancient Christian knowledge tradition.
NicollMauriceLiving TimeFourth WayIn this work, a number of quotations, notes, and observations have been brought together that refer in the main to the invisible side of things. How can we begin to understand the 'invisible'? The invisible nature of man and the corresponding invisible side of the world are here dealt with from the standpoint of dimensions (not taken mathematically) and also from the related standpoint of higher levels of consciousness. The question of a new understanding of Time, and of what the life means in the light of this understanding, is discussed. The possibility of a change in the time-sense, with a changed feeling of oneself, enters into this question. The meaning of eternity, about which we have really erroneous notions, comes under consideration, and finally the idea of the recurrence of the life is reviewed.
NicollMauricePsychological Commentaries on the Teaching of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky (vol 1-6)Fourth WayThe Psychological Commentaries is the classic work on the fundamental ideas of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky, expounded by one of their foremost students. The Commentaries, concerned with the immediate processes of applying certain principles in daily life, have come to be known and loved by entire generations of people interested in the ongoing evolution of psychological transformation. AND These volumes are the best, most in depth and easiest to understand books on the subject of Gurdjieff's and Ouspensky's teachings, and those interested should read all five volumes. Regardless of what spiritual path a person is on, the psychological commentaries can be a big help because they detail on a day-to-day basis the obstacles the false personality creates and how to conquer and remove those obstacles. Very few books have ever been written that go into great detail exposing the tricks the imaginary I uses to prevent people from succeeding in their spiritual goals. The psychological commentaries do just that.
NicollMauriceSimple Explanation of Work IdeasFourth WayQuote from the author: "The Work is not a building, a place, a book, a system, dogma or tradition. The Work is something that lives in the hearts and minds of men and women - if they can find it."
NicollMauriceThe MarkFourth WayThis book is a companion to THE NEW MAN. It discusses, in relation to the Gospels, the idea that real religion is about another man, latent but unborn, in every man. The end of this transformation of a man is thought as THE MARK to be aimed at. The author explains that in the Gospels the word translated as 'sin' means in the literal Greek 'missing the mark', as of a spear thrown at some object and failing to hit it. And from meaning to miss the mark it came to mean failing in one's purpose, and so erring or wrong doing. It is Dr Nicoll's contention that when a man is overpowered by outer life and influenced only by all that acts upon him from outside, and argues only from what he can see, he is machine-driven by his senses, and externally, the wrong way around. He is dominated by external life and has no life in himself. That part of him which is truly himself, and from which his own individual existence and growth can begin is lost. It is in the wrong place. And this is sin. That is, in this sense, everyone missed the mark, missed the idea of his own existence.
NicollMauriceThe New Man: An Interpretation of Some Parables and Miracles of ChristFourth WayFrom the author: ""The intention is to indicate that all teaching such as that contained in the Gospels and many teachings both old and new, in the short period of known history, is about transcending the violence which characterises mankind's present level of being. It affirms the possibility of a development of another level of being surmounting violence."
OuspenskyP.D.A New Model of the UniverseFourth WayThe author, a foremost occultist analyzes certain older schools of thought, of both East and West, connects them with modern ideas and explains them in the light of 20th-century discoveries and speculations in physics and philosophy. Fascinating discussions of relativity, the fourth dimension, Christian symbolism, the tarot, yoga, dreams and more. Stimulating and thought-provoking.
OuspenskyP.D.In Search of the MiraculousFourth WaySince its original publication in 1949, In Search of the Miraculous has been hailed as the most valuable and reliable documentation of G. I. Gurdjieff's thoughts and universal view. This historic and influential work is considered by many to be a primer of mystical thought as expressed through the Work, a combination of Eastern philosophies that had for centuries been passed on orally from teacher to student. Gurdjieff's goal, to introduce the Work to the West, attracted many students, among them Ouspensky, an established mathematician, journalist, and, with the publication of In Search of the Miraculous, an eloquent and persuasive proselyte. Ouspensky describes Gurdjieff's teachings in fascinating and accessible detail, providing what has proven to be a stellar introduction to the universal view of both student and teacher.
OuspenskyP.D.The Fourth Way: An Arrangement by Subject of Verbatim Extracts from the Records of Ouspensky's Meetings in London and New York, 1921-46Fourth WayThe Fourth Way is the most comprehensive statement thus far published of the ideas taught by the late P.D. Ouspensky. Consisting of verbatim records of his oral teaching from 1921 to 1946, it gives a lucid explanation of the practical side of G. I. Gurdjieff's teachings, which Gurdjieff presented in the form of raw materials, Ouspensky's specific task having been to put them together as a systematic whole. Just as Tertium Organum deals with a new mode of thinking, so The Fourth Way is concerned with a new way of living. It shows a way of inner development to be followed under the ordinary conditions of life -- as distinct from the three traditional ways that call for retirement from the world: those of the fakir, the monk, and the yogi. The Fourth Way is a guide for those who seek a true way of inner growth under conditions open to the men and women of today.
OuspenskyP.D.The Psychology of Man's Possible EvolutionFourth WayThe psychology set forth in these introductory lectures has existed in one form or another for thousands of years and, unlike modern psychology, studies man from the point of view of what he may become. Once a man realizes how little control he has over his reactions to external circumstances and internal stumuli, he may wish to find a way to become free of this mechanical way of living. The author describes how a man must work simultaneously on his knowledge and his being to find inner unity and why although his development depends on his own efforts, this is very difficult to achieve without guidance from a "School."
PogsonBerylRogue Elephant: Transforming Negative EmotionsFourth WayThe image of a rogue elephant is used to symbolize the usually irresistible impulse that takes over the natural role of our emotions and plays havoc with our thinking. The author explains how unpleasant feelings govern the lives of us all. Any who imagine themselves free from the disruptive influence of negative emotions may well see new potentials in life when they read this selection of her talks on the psychological teaching introduced by George I.Gurdjieff, Peter D.Ouspensky and Maurice Nicoll. Her down-to-earth approach to esoteric techniques - readily applicable to everyday life - gives a fresh vitality to the practice of self-development. In this book she not only diagnoses humanity's chaotic emotional condition but shows clearly how to reconcile the contradictions between what we are and what we could and, readers may come to agree, should be. The focus is on a raising of consciousness, initially by stopping the leakage of energy through negativity.
SpeethKathleenThe Gurdjieff WorkFourth WayG.I. Gurdjieff was a mysterious figure whose teachings are rigorous and complex. He spent the early part of his life seeking the truth about mankind and spiritual evolution, and later synthesized a system of development that embodied the esoteric traditions of the East and made it accessible to Westerners. Each chapter of this book is a simple yet thorough introduction to a particular aspect of the Gurdjieff system - who he was, what he did, the philosophical basis of his ideas, and the groups that carry on his work. Included are diagrams, sketches, and photographs. This book is lucid and well organized - the clearest introduction to this remarkable man and his teaching.
HeschelAbraham JoshuaI Asked for Wonder: A Spiritual AnthologyJudaismConsidered by many to be one of the most significant Jewish theologians of the 20th century, Abraham Heschel finds just the right words to startle the mind and delight the heart. He addresses and challenges the whole person, portraying that rarest of human phenomenaÑthe holy man.
HeschelAbraham JoshuaThe SabbathJudaismIn this brief yet profound meditation on the meaning of the Seventh Day, Heschel introduces the idea of an "architecture of holiness" that appears not in space but in time. Judaism, he argues, is a religion of time: it finds meaning not in space and the material things that fill it but in time and the eternity that imbues it, so that "the Sabbaths are our great cathedrals."
ButterworthEricSpiritual EconomicsMetaphysicsThis straightforward, nontheological approach to prosperity has been effective for thousands. Learn to work with the flow of life and attract wealth in every area of your life.
DasRamBe Here NowMetaphysicsDescribes one man's transformation upon his acceptance of the principles of Yoga and gives a modern restatement of the importance of the spiritual side of man's nature.
HawkinsDavidLetting Go: The Pathway of SurrenderMetaphysicsLetting Go describes a simple and effective means by which to let go of the obstacles to enlightenment and become free of negativity. During the many decades of the author's clinical psychiatric practice, the primary aim was to seek the most effective ways to relieve human suffering in all of its many forms. The inner mechanism of surrender was found to be of great practical benefit and is described in this book.
HawkinsDavidDiscovery of the Presence of God: Devotional NonDualityMetaphysicsThe author finalizes and further clarifies the true nature and core of the condition termed "Enlightenment" as discussed in his earlier books. Although it draws on consciousness research for explanation and contextualization, it is primarily an instruction manual for the serious spiritual devotee and reveals information that is known only by those who have transcended the ego to reach Divine Realization.
HawkinsDavidPower vs ForceMetaphysicsWe think we live by forces we control, but in fact we are governed by power from unrevealed sources, power over which we have no control. The universe holds its breath as we choose, instant by instant, which pathway to follow; for the universe, the very essence of life itself, is highly conscious. Every act, thought, and choice adds to a permanent mosaic; our decisions ripple through the universe of consciousness to affect the lives of all.
KeelerW. FrederickSolving the Problem of SupplyMetaphysicsA simple metaphysical method of understanding how to live as Jesus taught so clearly: "Take no anxious thought for what you will eat or what you will wear, living fearlessly in God's abundant universe through the experience of living faith."
AnonymousMeditations on the TarotPhilosophy/PsychologyThis is one of the most important works of esoteric Christianity. Written anonymously and published posthumously, as was the authorÕs wish, the intention of this work is for the reader to find a relationship with the author in the spiritual dimensions of existence. The author wanted not to be thought of as a personality who lived from 1900 to 1973, but as a friend who is communicating with us from beyond the boundaries of ordinary life. Using the 22 major arcana of the tarot deck as a means to explore some of humanityÕs most penetrating spiritual questions, Meditations on the Tarot has attracted an unprecedented range of praise from across the spiritual spectrum.
BennettFrancisI Am That I Am: Discovering the Love, Peace, Joy and Stability of the True SelfPhilosophy/PsychologyThis work began as a journal, written at the suggestion of the authorÕs spiritual director. It was intended to help Francis clarify and explore the shift in perception that had occurred to himÑnot only for his own sake, but for those who might seek his spiritual guidance in the future. A deceptively simple book, it brings a unique freshness and humanity to the meeting of Christianity with Eastern investigation of the nature of the self. As Francis says, ÒWho I am is happiness and bliss ... donÕt take my word for any of this. You can experiment with this on your own and discover for yourself whether or not these claims are true. This little book may be able to assist you in conducting just such an experiment in your own life. That is certainly my hope in writing it.Ó
HarrisJudithJung and Yoga: The Psyche-Body ConnectionPhilosophy/PsychologyThis is an in-depth study of the parallels between yoga practices and Jungian analysis, and the implications of both for spiritual and psychological growth. It is an eminently practical approach to the subject that on the one hand, focuses on the understanding of Jung's ideas as they may be experienced through bodywork and on the other, offers a new psychological perspective to practitioners of bodywork.
MayGeraldAddiction and Grace: Love and Spirituality in the Healing of AddictionsPhilosophy/PsychologyAddiction and Grace offers an inspiring and hope-filled vision for those who desire to explore the mystery of who and what they really are. May examines the "processes of attachment" that lead to addiction and describes the relationship between addiction and spiritual awareness. He also details the various addictions from which we can suffer, not only to substances like alcohol and drugs, but to work, sex, performance, responsibility, and intimacy. Drawing on his experience as a psychiatrist working with the chemically dependent, May emphasizes that addiction represents an attempt to assert complete control over our lives. Addiction and Grace is a compassionate and wise treatment of a topic of major concern in these most addictive of times, one that can provide a critical yet hopeful guide to a place of freedom based on contemplative spirituality.
MayGeraldThe Awakened Heart: Opening Yourself to the Love You NeedPhilosophy/PsychologyIntegrating the wisdom of ancient mystics and the insights of contemporary thinkers, May examines the spiritual longings that are often hidden and controlled by society's pressures and expectations.
MayGeraldThe Dark Night of the Soul: A Psychiatrist Explores the Connection between Darkness and Spiritual GrowthPhilosophy/PsychologyWritten by a distinguished psychiatrist, spiritual counselor and bestselling author, this book shows how the dark sides of the spiritual life are a vital ingredient in deep, authentic, healthy spirituality. He argues that the dark 'shadow' side of the true spiritual life has been trivialized and neglected to our serious detriment. Superficial and naively upbeat spirituality does not heal and enrich the soul. Nor does the other tendency to relegate deep spiritual growth to only mystics and saints. Only the honest, sometimes difficult encounters with what Christian spirituality has called and described in helpful detail as 'the dark night of the soul' can lead to true spiritual wholeness. May emphasizes that the dark night is not necessarily a time of suffering and near despair, but a time of deep transition, a search for new orientation when things are clouded and full of mystery. The dark gives depth, dimension and fullness to the spiritual life.
RichoDavidShadow Dance: Liberating the Power & Creativity of Your Dark SidePhilosophy/PsychologyOur "shadow" is the collection of negative or undesirable traits we keep hiddenÑthe things we don't like about ourselves or are afraid to admit: egotist, non-"PC" proclivities, forbidden sexual desires. But it also includes our positive, untapped potentialÑqualities we may admire in others but disavow in ourselves. David Richo looks for where the shadow manifests in personal life, family interaction, religion, relationship, and the world around us. He is remarkably skillful at making the shadow concept not only easy to understand, but supremely practical for enhancing the quality of our lives.
SanellaLeeThe Kundalini Experience: Psychosis or TranscendencePhilosophy/PsychologyIn this book, the author tackles the mysterious Kundalini - a word which in Sanskrit means "she who is coiled." The awakening of this force or power has been the goal of many Eastern traditions, but it is generally regarded as hard work, and many years are usually considered necessary for its full emergence. Sanella explores the range of experiences that can result - from blissful transcendence to near insanity until the genie is put back into the bottle.
WashburnMichaelEmbodied Spirituality in a Sacred WorldPhilosophy/PsychologyPresents a detailed and insightful account of human development from an inspiring perspective of transpersonal depth-psychology.
WashburnMichaelThe Ego and the Dynamic Ground: A Transpersonal Theory of Human DevelopmentPhilosophy/PsychologyThis book maps the course of human development from the earliest stages of ego development to the highest stages of ego transcendence. Drawing on both psychoanalysis and analytical psychology and on both Eastern and Western spiritual sources, the book maps the course of human development from the earliest stages of ego development to the highest stages of ego transcendence. Washburn formulates an important paradigm for transpersonal psychology and clearly distinguishes it from the other major paradigm in the field, the structural-hierarchical paradigm of Ken Wilber.

In Washburn's view, human development is a spiral movement played out between the ego and its ultimate source: the Dynamic Ground. Ego development in the first half of life moves in a direction away from the Dynamic Ground; ego transcendence in the second half of life spirals back to the Ground on the way to a higher union with the Ground--whole-psyche integration.

Washburn's spiral paradigm helps explain why human development has the character of a journey of departure and higher return, of setting out into the world and then finding one's way "home."

Washburn's paradigm stresses both the biological roots and the spiritual potentialities of the psyche and is sensitive to the ambivalences, dualisms, transvaluations, and higher syntheses of life.

"Washburn brings together many insights from psychotherapy and from meditation in an incomparably illuminating map of emotional-spiritual processes of transformation."