MEDITATION RECOMMENDED BOOKS
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VII Meditations on Gravity by Jessica Manley
"Her playful lightness embellishing the moment, I highly recommend it!" ~ Miguel Sarria-Daly
She guides us with her manifested thoughts, and writes…
"I am especially enchanted by her voice. It sounds so young, yet strong, firm, emphatic, confident." ~ Poet and Publisher Ellis Felker, www.redoakcards.com
"Jessica's poetry is effervescent and lively, feminine and easy to read. [It's as if] she is inviting you to share a private moment, saying, 'This will be a gentle and intriguing experience. Go ahead, turn one more page.'" ~ BFF Midwestern Division
"Jessica's poetry is amazing, but when you hear it spoken, it takes it to a whole new level!" ~ Johanna, Living Forest Retreat Center, www.lakearenalretreats.com
"Jessica's poetry is all about passion, emotion, sensuality, becoming. When you read aloud every word become a sensory experience. The reader can embrace or be embraced by every word. Her poetry is 'now', this moment. Glances exchanged. Vulnerability. Sunlight on bare skin." ~ Randy Dodds
Reality Unveiled: The Hidden Keys of Existence That Will Transform Your Life by Ziad Masri
"I've read countless books since the mid-sixties and nothing has been equal to this book." —Lex Allen, Author of the Eloah Trilogy
In Reality Unveiled, Ziad Masri takes you on a profound journey into the heart of existence, revealing a breathtaking, hidden reality that will transform your life forever. Far from offering simple platitudes and general principles, Reality Unveiled immerses you into this surprising world of ancient and modern knowledge—and presents you with all the incredible evidence to support it.
After offering a uniquely fresh understanding of life and exploring the answers to your innermost questions, it gently goes on to show you how to tap into this inspiring wisdom in your practical, everyday life. This will give you the power to make a lasting transformation like never before, and to have the joy, peace, and true fulfillment you’ve always been searching for.
Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life by Byron Katie, Stephen Mitchell
In the midst of a normal life, Katie became increasingly depressed, and over a ten-year period sank further into rage, despair, and thoughts of suicide. Then one morning, she woke up in a state of absolute joy, filled with the realization of how her own suffering had ended. The freedom of that realization has never left her, and now in Loving What Is you can discover the same freedom through The Work.
The Work is simply four questions that, when applied to a specific problem, enable you to see what is troubling you in an entirely different light. As Katie says, "It’s not the problem that causes our suffering; it's our thinking about the problem." Contrary to popular belief, trying to let go of a painful thought never works; instead, once we have done The Work, the thought lets go of us. At that point, we can truly love what is, just as it is.
Loving What Is will show you step-by-step, through clear and vivid examples, exactly how to use this revolutionary process for yourself. You'll see people do The Work with Katie on a broad range of human problems, from a wife ready to leave her husband because he wants more sex, to a Manhattan worker paralyzed by fear of terrorism, to a woman suffering over a death in her family. Many people have discovered The Work's power to solve problems; in addition, they say that through The Work they experience a sense of lasting peace and find the clarity and energy to act, even in situations that had previously seemed impossible.
If you continue to do The Work, you may discover, as many people have, that the questioning flows into every aspect of your life, effortlessly undoing the stressful thoughts that keep you from experiencing peace. Loving What Is offers everything you need to learn and live this remarkable process, and to find happiness as what Katie calls "a lover of reality."
Falling into Grace: Insights on the End of Suffering by Adyashanti
Adyashanti asks us to let go of our struggles with life and open to the full promise of spiritual awakening: the end of delusion and the discovery of our essential being. In his 15 years as a spiritual teacher, Adyashanti has found that the simpler the teaching, the greater its power to change our lives.
In Falling into Grace, he shares what he considers fundamental insights that will "…spark a revolution in the way we perceive life". Available in CD or book format, here is a progressive inquiry exploring:
The human dilemma―the concept of a separate self and the choice to stop believing the thoughts that perpetuate suffering
In the same way that we fall into the arms of a loved one or drop our heads on the pillow at night, we can surrender into the beauty and truth of who and what we really are. Falling into Grace is an investigation into the core of why we suffer. It's also Adyashanti's invitation "…to be taken by a moment of grace and fall into a sense of life when it is not separate from you, when life is actually an expression."
In the World but Not of It: New Teachings from Jesus on Embodying the Divine by Gina Lake
From the Introduction, by Jesus: "What I have come to teach now is that you can embody love, as I did. You can become Christ within this human life and learn to embody all that is good within you. I came to show you the beauty of your own soul and what is possible as a human. I came to show you that it is possible to be both human and divine, to be love incarnate. You are equally both. You walk with one foot in the world of form and another in the Formless. This mysterious duality within your being is what this book is about."
"The consciousness that is within me is also within you. You are the son as equally as I am. You are the 'I am' I spoke about. You and I are one. You and everyone else are one. Many are ready for the Christ within to come forward and manifest in the world more fully. The birthing of this Christ—of Christ Consciousness—is the true second coming. 'Christ Consciousness,' as I am using it, points to the divinity within everyone and the potential for that divinity to become a living reality, to become what lives you. I was an example of that possibility in my lifetime two thousand years ago."