Looking for the perfect gift to give the person who has everything, and want to help save the world in the process? Here are ten books capable of revolutionizing the way we think, speak, and live our daily lives… which as these books will often further explain gives you the power to change (and save) the world. These books have been selected for being every bit as fun to read as they are transformative. Every book on this list contains big ideas that transform us as we read them by reminding us of our true nature–which is far more than any of our characteristics such as: gender, job title, or role in our family or community. As we embody our fullest sense of inspiration while reading these books, the reading experience becomes extraordinary… and the most amazing, miraculous events can occur!
The Conscious Universe, by Dean Radin, explores the scientific truth of metaphysical phenomenon. Radin demonstrates the truth of psi by summarizing both his own personal experiences conducting scientific research in these areas at Princeton, Stanford Research Institute, the US government, and some of the world’s top companies including Sony and Contel. This book is a delight to read for anyone who knows that reality isn’t what it seems to be… or who is willing to take a very honest look at the nature of reality in all its wildest glory. Radin excels at presenting memorable stories along with his clear, concise, and comprehensible statistics in such a way that one feels compelled to either accept or reject his findings and the implications they suggest. This is an excellent book for reading when you’re ready to do your own thinking… and change the way you view the world.
Michael Talbot’s The Holographic Universe explores the notion that the universe may be a giant hologram–quite literally a kind of image or construct created at least in part by the human mind. Talbot begins his book with an excellent introduction to physicist David Bohm’s concept of the holographic model of the universe, and combines the physics model with Karl Pribram’s work on the holographic model of the brain. The result is a marvelous description of a non-local, interconnected and alive universe that moves in response to our every thought and feeling. I am very impressed with the clarity with which Talbot presents the concept of a holographic universe and how various paranormal phenomena can be explained within that model. Talbot’s discussion is comprehensive, fascinating, clear, and packed with relevant and intriguing stories of paranormal phenomena.
Bruce Lipton’s extraordinary book, The Biology of Belief is destined to revolutionize the way we think about the effects our thoughts have on our bodies at the cellular level. Lipton writes with enthusiasm, warmth and passion about the role of the environment in regulating gene activity, with the authority of having had decades of published scientific papers which pre-date the official start of the brand new scientific field of epigenetics. Lipton really shines when describing the relevance of cutting-edge scientific findings to our daily lives. Lipton writes with such sparkling, down-to-Earth words that it’s a real pleasure to take them fully and deeply to heart. And when we do, we can feel glad that the world will no longer be the same.
When we hear the term “green” or “environmentally conscious”, chances are we don’t hear words like “fun” or “exciting,” yet these are exactly the words that come to mind when reading environmental innovator Carolyn North’s new book, Serious Fun: Ingenious Improvisations on Money, Food, Waste, Water and Home. This book is perfect for anyone seriously interested in finding creative ways to live more lightly on the Earth, or making steps toward getting “off the grid.” With chapters devoted to essential daily needs to dispose of waste and collect water, Serious Fun provides practical ideas for getting serious about healing our relationship with the Earth. Serious Fun is a glorious invitation to each of us to feel more deeply satisfied and fulfilled as we make small, yet profoundly meaningful changes in our daily lives.
One of the most powerful ideas in Lynne McTaggart’s book, The Bond, has to do with ways we learn to pay attention, and how learning to pay attention to more than we have previously noticed can make a profound difference. McTaggart explains, “When you notice the whole, you allow for and respect more than one version of reality.” While opposing ideologies sometimes find little to agree upon, the very idea that there exists a greater wholeness brings healing. The Bond is packed with inspirational ideas and practical tips for anyone interested in finding out how to live their best possible life feeling supported by bonds of connection, rather than struggling in competitive isolation. It’s inspiring to learn that one simple thing we can do to improve our physical health is to become a member of a close-knit group or community; and a simple way to reduce depression and loneliness is to actively help others.
In Creating Miracles, I love the way Carolyn Miller tells real-life stories of miraculous occurrences with the thoughts and feelings of the people experiencing the miracles. Miller captures the emotional spark and personality of those involved, and gives us a front-row seat as miracles unfold. Many of these stories describe people who survived accidents and escaped assaults in situations where they easily might have died or been seriously injured instead. Miller explains how changes in people’s thinking leads to changes in the circumstances in their lives, even when the situation appears to be hopeless. Miller points out some simple steps each of us can take to live more miraculous lives, and she explains them so clearly that it’s easy to do!
Modestly and without trumpets or fanfare, Lynne Forrest has created a masterpiece in Beyond Victim Consciousness that illuminates and elucidates hidden energies behind the roles people play in the ‘victim triangle.’ Many of us have subconsciously adopted roles of victim, rescuer, or persecutor from dysfunctional family role models and examples earlier in our lives, but Forrest assures us that it’s never too late to find the way out of ‘victim triangle’ patterns. Forrest excels at showing us how most people are caught up in victim consciousness, which she defines as the “habit of thinking something outside of us is responsible for our happiness or unhappiness.” The elegant simplicity of this observation is the foundation of the transformation Forrest prescribes, moving us into observer consciousness, “a personal state of awareness that allows us to recognize the happenings in our lives as intentional opportunities to further our connection with ourselves and with Source.” This gem of a book is a must-have for anyone seeking the keys to life mastery, or simply wishing to make the most of amazing opportunities available to us in this world.
The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer is truly exceptional for its ability to simultaneously explain the nature of enlightenment while also providing simple, practical tools for attaining that exalted state. It lives up to its subtitle: “The Journey Beyond Yourself” by demonstrating how we are able to transcend worldly troubles by changing the way we view our lives. Just as we might notice that problems cannot be solved at the same level where they were created, there is great advantage in rising above the inner chatter and emotional storms to a peaceful, blissful state of mind we’ve all experienced… that can become our new core identity. The big idea here is that by identifying ourselves as being observers who watch thoughts and feelings flowing through, we can keep our hearts open to love even (and especially) during times of crisis. This simple sounding concept of separating the part of us who thinks and feels and acts from the part of ourself who sees ourselves thinking and feeling and acting becomes extraordinarily liberating. The proof of the efficacy of this concept is immediately verifiable by readers willing to roll up their sleeves and start feeling the burn of releasing energies from the past, by taking this book as a workbook, and not merely an intellectual sourcebook.
Anita Moorjani’s book, Dying to be Me, tells the real-life story of how Anita Moorjani died of cancer… and then came back to life after an amazing near-death experience in which she realized she could be well simply by dropping all her fears and simply being herself. I love the way Moorjani describes the feeling of pure unconditional divine love she felt–pure agape–and the sense of fearlessness and Oneness she experienced from a state of consciousness that allowed her to watch everything unfolding on Earth… as well as see what was transpiring in the emergency room where doctors were doing everything they could to save her malnourished, cancer-ravished body. This book doesn’t just tell a story about overcoming cancer–it’s really about attaining prosperity and abundance and blessings by letting go of fears and moving into a state of allowing as you are fully 100% yourself. This is a book you’ll likely want to get more than one copy of, so you can loan and give copies away… it’s that good!
One Mind by Dr. Larry Dossey presents us with a concept of unified consciousness on a level beyond anything we can comfortably label, categorize, or fully define. Dossey brilliantly tackles such a big topic from a number of different perspectives, so much like the parable of the blind men and the elephant, readers can glean fresh insights as to the entirety of One Mind a little at a time. What I love best about this book is the sense of joyful peace I feel in my mind and heart while reading it, as a sense of being at one with One Mind washes over me. This book is one best savored as one would enjoy a fine gourmet meal, but rather than delighting in visual presentation, fragrance, texture, taste and sound–relishing each new facet of oneness described.
If you’ve read this far and happen to be one of those people who love things that “go to eleven,” I’ve got a wonderful eleventh book recommendation for you! The idea of writing books with an intention to make a positive difference in the world is something near and dear to my heart as a writer, and I’m very proud of my newest book, Quantum Jumps: An Extraordinary Science of Happiness and Prosperity. I wrote this book to be a book about the science of miracles and mind-matter-interface that you can confidently give your family, neighbors, doctor, chiropractor, hairdresser and just about anyone in your life who’s willing to consider the possibility that consciousness changes the physical world, and gain the benefit from dozens of quick and easy “quantum jump” starts.