"Waking the Global Heart: Humanity's Rite of Passage from the Love of Power to the Power of Love" by Anodea Judith. Will we survive into the next age? If so, what will it look like and what will it take for us to get there? For the first time since the planet cooled, five billion years ago, humanity is capable of influencing––for better or worse––the trajectory of evolution. This requires a tremendous responsibility and maturity of the heart, and in this revolutionary book, best-selling author Anodea Judith charts the challenges and opportunities of our time. Only through a rite of passage will humanity shift from the love of power to the power of love. This initiation will uproot and transform every aspect of human civilization. It will demand of humankind a new myth, one that insists on cooperation rather than competition, co-creation rather than procreation, networks rather than markets, and sustainability rather than exploitation. Waking the Global Heart is a handbook for this initiation, taking us on a journey through the twists and turns of our collective history to emerge with a guiding vision for our next awakening. Click here for a sample chapter PDF download.
"Why You're Dumb, Sick, and Broke and How to Get Smart, Well, and Rich!" by Randy Gage. This title adopts a no-holds-barred approach to overcoming negative beliefs to attain success. The modern world conspires to keep us dumb, sick, and broke; Gage offers straight talk on how to escape mediocrity and seize greatness in today's complex, competitive world. He takes on the educational system, organized religion, dysfunctional families, and a culture of victimhood and entitlement, revealing how all these forces conspire to keep most people dumb, sick, and broke. Then, Gage reveals how to break the cycle with a powerful action plan that will help readers get smart, healthy, and rich.
"Prometheus Rising" by Robert Anton Wilson. Robert has the most incredible wit, along with the most free-thinking mind I've encountered. His prescription for breaking free of our "reality tunnels" and his depiction of Tim Leary's 8-circuit model of consciousness - a main influence in Transforming the Mind - makes this my favourite.
"Shaving the Inside of Your Skull: Crazy Wisdom for Discovering Who You Really Are" by Mel Ash. Zen monks traditionally shave their heads as a symbol of their renunciation of the world. But author Mel Ash points out that it's not enough to shave the outside. Why not shave the inside as well? This is one wild and crazy book. Ash gives us "razors" to use that are really creative homework assignments to help us shave all the beliefs, isms, and self-limitations that hold us back.
"Jesus: Last of the Great Pharoahs " by Ralph Ellis. There is good evidence in the Bible, Torah and Koran indicating that Jesus and his followers were not poor shepherds, carpenters and fishermen, but the Hyksos Shepherd pharaohs. The Biblical Exodus then makes historical sense, as the Hyksos Exodus from Egypt -- an actual historical event when half a million people evacuated Egypt after a civil war with the Thebans -- can be understood as the Exodus of the Old Testament. Further, Jesus can then be understood as a descendant of these pharoahs. The author has determined that he was Hyksos prince in exile -- the rebel governor of Tiberias, who led an army Jerusalem. He died in AD 65 after the revolt failed - 30 years after the presumed crucifixion. Other revelations: The Biblical Abraham was a pharaoh of Egypt; Jesus married his own sister, Mary Magdalene; Jesus followed the traditional Egyptian astrology: he was born a shepherd (Aries) and died a fisher of men (Pisces).
"The Prophet's Way: Touching the Power of Life" by Thom Hartmann. Drawing together mysticism and physics, the author describes his own dramatic spiritual journeys in the farthest corners of the earth and offers his life-tested practical techniques for keeping yourself on the edge, waking up to authentic life and the divine presence, and charging your daily actions with world-changing power. This is the real stuff.
" The Heartbeat of Intelligence" by Elaine Matthews. The author shows that passion and joy, goodness and beauty, love and compassion, are the birthright of every human being, built into our genes and intended by nature to speak in every beat of our heart. Wondrous qualities, unfortunately experienced by very few of us. The first half of the book presents an exploration into two of the most important but little understood reasons why we are not realizing our full potential, and how that lack has led directly to the greatest dilemma in human history: the possibility of our own extinction and the destruction of our planet. The second half of the book presents important and vital steps, all of lightness, joy and beauty, which we can take to return to the astonishing evolutionary path intended by nature.
"Awakening to Zero Point: The Collective Initiation" by Gregg Braden. This book intellectually synthesizes current geological events with past cultural predictions, quantum physics with non-hyped "new consciousness," while never pretending to predict. Gregg Braden weaves a non-denominational tapestry of possible outcomes for our collective consciousness, while never preaching. It is comforting that even just one human amongst us billions thinks this way.
"Walking Between the Worlds: The Science of Compassion" by Gregg Braden. Two thousand-year-old texts remind us that compassion is an accessible state of awareness determining the quality of our well-being. Are we witnessing the birth of a new species of human genetically shifting to accommodate this time of change? Recent data demonstrates that compassionate emotion may be our forgotten switch to turn "ON" powerful codes of genetic options. The latest research confirms the role of emotion in our immune response and life giving relationships. Gregg Braden offers the opportunity to redefine hate, fear, separation and the role that they play in your life!
"Lost in the Land of Oz" by Madonna Kolbenschlag. Ventures into the uncharted territory between the individual and the 'system,' where myth - the collective archetype - functions as an inexorable force and energy. In exposing the deep structure of our social arrangements and agreements, she provides a guide for the modern 'spiritual orphan,' who has witnessed the loss of safety and trust, the disintegration of value and the threat of spiritual catastrophe.
"The Alphabet Versus the Goddess: The Conflict Between Word and Image" by Leonard Shlain. Making remarkable connections across a wide range of subjects including brain anatomy and function, anthropology, history, and religion, Shlain argues that, with the advent of literacy, the very act of reading an alphabet reinforced the brain's left hemisphere - linear, abstract, predominantly masculine at the expense of the right holistic, concrete, visual, feminine. This shift upset the balance between men and women, and initiated the decline of women's social and political status, and a long reign of patriarchy and misogyny. Shlain goes on to describe a colossal shift now under way: the return of the image and a shift from the dominance of the left hemisphere to reassertion of the right.
"The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight: Waking Up to Personal & Global Transformation" by Thom Hartmann. Thom's book proposes the greatest question of all: When we die what do we leave behind besides what we've flushed down a toilet? Are we truly superior beings or only parasites infested like rats upon the earth? Some people want comfortable answers to this question. They want Thom to tell us to put our cans into a yellow bin and everything will be fine. Thom won't do that. Instead he has given us a guideline to a new way of life. A new beginning and a new respect for this world we live in. His propositions are realistic, rational and full of love.
"Conscious Evolution: Awakening the Power of Our Social Potential" by Barabara Marx Hubbard. "A new world view is arising. This idea is the culmination of all human history. It holds the promise of fulfilling the great aspirations of the past and heralds the advent of the next phase of our evolution. It is the idea of conscious evolution." The time is ripe to bring to this world a blueprint for positive change available to the many. Reading this book may touch the deeper part of you that shouts YES.
"Waking Up in Time: Finding Inner Peace in Times of Accelerating Change" by Peter Russell. Are we hurtling toward heaven or hell? Russell leaves both possibilities open. We may be accelerating ourselves toward annihilation or toward the climax of evolution. The answer is within us. It will be our success or failure to develop inwardly that will determine which path we take. Russell writes short, pithy chapters that will move you from exhiliration to despair. This book will have you thinking, and probably differently than you did before you read it.