Ethereal Spaces. Rudolf Steiner Press, Spring Valley, NY, 1965.
The Mother. Printed in Germany by Mother
Meera, 1987, 1995.
Padre Pio: A Man of Hope. Charis Books, Atlanta, GA,
Sherry Ruth, and Ray, Paul H. The Cultural
Creatives: How 50 Million People Are Changing the World.
Three Rivers Press, NY, 2000. [One of the most
important, revolutionary books on the planet. Period.]
Anderson, W. T. Reality
Isn't What It Used to Be.
Harper & Row, San Francisco,
Dianne, and Schwartz, Gary E. Afterlife
Encounters: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Experiences.
Hampton Roads Pub., Charlottesville, VA, 2005.
Dianne, and Moody, Raymond A., Jr. Conquering
Grief and Finding Hope. HarperOne, New York, 2002. [From Publishers Weekly on amazon.com page for this book:
.. With a
clear and empathetic understanding of grief, Moody and Arcangel move beyond
(Kubler-Ross)'s stages of mourning to explore the bereaved's personality and
the circumstances surrounding the death, as well as more general factors,
like cultural pressure. arguing that "Grief is not an emotion but
a process with a host of emotions," and that "each person is the
expert for his or her grief alone," the authors emphasize the fallacy
of assigning set timetables and linear phases to grieving. Offering
plenty of helpful advice how to cope with stress, how to get sympathy,
etc. Moody and Arcangel gently guide mourners through the four tasks
of healthy grief (and here their debt to [Kubler-Ross] is clear):
accepting the reality of the loss, working through the emotional pain,
adjusting to the changed environment and moving forward. Going beyond
loss can lead to "a spiritual rebirth" through increased
appreciation, humility, tolerance, passion, clarity, sensitivity,
spirituality and love.]
Arjuna. The Translucent
Revolution: How People Just Like You Are Waking Up and Changing the
New World Library, Novato, CA, 2005. [This
work is the product of more than 170 in-depth interviews and a survey of
more than 13,000 people. The following description comes
from the author's website, www.translucents.org:
There is a growing phenomenon happening throughout the
world, a gentle but profound revolution in human consciousness. It is
something that has been experienced directly by millions of everyday people
from all walks of life and the numbers continue to multiply exponentially.
The breakthroughs they have experienced are startlingly similar and are
marked by a new sense of well-being, increased joy in life, diminished fear,
and a natural impulse to serve and contribute to the world in a real way.
For more than a decade, author Arjuna Ardagh has studied this
worldwide advance in human consciousness marked by what he calls
“translucents” — individuals who have undergone a spiritual awakening
deeply enough that it has permanently transformed their relationship to
themselves and to reality while allowing them to remain involved in ordinary
life. According to conservative estimates, millions have shifted in this
way, and while the breakthrough moments themselves don’t guarantee
sustained transformation, their increased frequency is remarkable.
The Translucent Revolution draws on the author’s dialogues with
thousands of writers, teachers, and workshop participants around the world
who have been touched by a radical awakening, and whose lives emanate
translucence. He blends observation, anecdote, and research, including
commentaries from leading pioneers in the field of human consciousness like
Eckhart Tolle, Byron Katie, and Neale Donald Walsch, to offer simple,
concrete strategies for cultivating a translucent way of life. The
Translucent Revolution offers a blueprint for positive change and an
optimistic perspective on these uncertain times.
Ardagh appears to be using another way to speak of what on this site has
largely been defined as exceptional human experiences in general, although
he may be speaking of a specific type of spontaneous experience, which he calls..
Awakening ... the
moment when you taste reality outside the limiting confines of the mind,
when you know yourself to be limitless, much bigger than, yet containing the
body, beyond birth and death, eternally free. Despite the activity of
thought and feeling, you know yourself to be the silence experiencing that
movement. It is the moment when you can intuit the real potential of life,
free from the incessant mental machinery of complaint and ambition. A
radical awakening often releases a tidal wave of creativity and generosity
of spirit, a natural impulse to serve and contribute. In these moments, we
know that love is who we are, not something we sometimes feel."
Like EHEs as a whole, Radical Awakenings happen out of the blue under an endless array
of circumstances -- sometimes sought through years of spiritual discipline,
sometimes not even imagined, much less desired. One example from
his book introduces us to "Robert,"
who went from multi-millionaire with all the plush residuals to bankruptcy and the serious contemplation of suicide after the California
real estate market crashed in the late 80s. Ardagh writes,
one evening, he was out taking a walk. He stopped and stood motionless, his
mood blacker than the night. He had a thought, a simple thought. 'I am
finished,' his mind announced.
"He still has trouble explaining what happened next.
"'I was overcome by a sense of relief,' he reports. 'A sudden
feeling of inexpressible freedom. I even began to laugh out loud. My body
was filled with happiness, as if I was suddenly getting a joke I'd been
missing. For the first time I was feeling really good for no reason at all.
I was totally here, in this moment. I could feel the trees around me, and
hear the sounds without having to listen to thoughts telling me things
needed to be different in some way. Everything was being experienced, but
the *me* was gone.'
"He went home and made love with his wife for the first time in seven months.
Robert described his experience to a friend, a student of Eastern
philosophies and meditation practices. Robert's epiphany, it seemed, had an
obscure eastern name. But his friend warned him it would pass, that he had
tasted a fleeting glimpse of a state only great yogis could attain.
didn't pass, though,' Robert says today. 'I still have ups and
downs, of course. Things still come up with my wife. My back still aches
when it rains. But this mysterious sense of well-being I found that night,
this feeling of lightness for no reason, has stayed with me for more than
ten years. I couldn't get rid of it if I tried. In fact, it only seems to
grow deeper and deeper. It is not happening to me, it is who I am.'"
a few quotes by readers about The Translucent Revolution:
"The Translucent Revolution delivers a cumulative punch. It is a rare combination of reason, passion and spiritual insight. After you put this book down you know that a great shift in consciousness is already underway and that the path to a sane, peaceful, and sustainable future has been seeded in our time. Arjuna Ardagh offers us substantial hope. At a time when the human story has been in a prolonged eclipse, he provides evidence to support a transformation of global society from the inside out. This is a book you just might want to read before anyone else tries to convince that you the world is going to hell in a basket."
--James O'Dea, President, Institute of Noetic Sciences
"Arjuna Ardagh has created an insightful historical document and a festive celebration of inspiration. Ardagh has connected what at first may appear as unrelated ideas and activities into a coherent whole that explains the contemporary phenomenon of the translucent revolution. Because he frames his perspectives clearly and shows how they are manifest in the lives of accessible people, readers will realize that the transformation of themselves and their world are within their grasp. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to live a more daring and authentic life. "
--Joseph L. Subbiondo, President, California Institute for Integral Studies
“I have a very good feeling about this book...I think it's going to have a timely impact on the national conversation, picking up where Paul Ray's description of the "Cultural Creatives" leaves off. One of the distinguishing characteristics of Cultural Creatives is that they tend to feel that they're alone, and that society's dominant institutions not only do not reflect, but are at variance to their most precious values. This book may simultaneously confirm this perception and stimulate the Cultural Creatives to finally begin connecting with others who share their values, get organized, and work together to create the world they want.
It's certainly about time, don't you think?” --Eric Utne, founder, Utne magazine, editor, Cosmo Doogood's Urban Almanac]
Tao of Democracy: Using
Co-Intelligence to Create a World that Works for All. [publisher information?? Atlee's website:
[This man's co-intelligence model describes a
paradigm shift -- the growing awareness of and necessity to strive for a
unifying, empathic operative intelligence that is fully congruent with the
visioning and experiencing many speak from who have come back from their
various death-transcendent spiritually transformative glimpses into the
larger-life reality. Atlee's
work is especially valuable because it comes from a fresh angle of
is fully at-one with the knowledge or awareness familiar to EHEers.]
Atwater, P. M. H. Coming Back to Life: The
After-Effects of the Near-Death Experience. Dodd, Mead &
Company, New York, 1988. [Dr. Atwater has had
three near-death experiences and many other similarly
powerful EHEs over the course of her life. As a researcher, and
in fact as one of the most outstanding contributors to the field of
near-death studies, she has a quantum-jump advantage because of her own deep
NDEs. She is also a wonderful communicator / writer who is known
for her thorough investigative discipline. I highly recommend
EVERYTHING she publishes!]
Atwater, P. M. H. Beyond
the Indigo Children: The New
Children and the Coming of the Fifth World.
Inner Traditions, 2005.
Atwater, P. M. H.
Roads Pub., Charlottesville,
VA, 1999. [From the back
There are different paths to future memory. Author PMH Atwater says
that future memory allows people to "live" life in advance and
remember the experience in detail when something triggers that
memory. ... [that] the unifying, and permanent, effect of that
experience is a "brain shift" which she believes "may be at
the very core of existence itself." In Future Memory,
Atwater shows that structural and chemical changes are occurring in our
brains, changes indicative of higher evolutionary development.
The author, one of the foremost investigators of the near-death experience
[NDE], experienced the future memory process firsthand following her own
three NDEs. She shows how these "rehearsals" for future
events differ from other modes of futuristic awareness such as
clairvoyance, precognition, and dejá
a series of steps to assist in developing future memory
new models of time, existence, and consciousness
an in-depth stud of the brain shift and how it can be experienced
an extensive appendix, resource manual, and notes
Future Memory is an important step in understanding the relationship between
human perception and reality.
Interestingly, there is a thumbs-up remark on the back cover by Dannion
Brinkley, who himself was initially confused by this phenomenon as a
constant "annoyance" he did not understand, after he had his first
NDE in 1975.]
Atwater, P. M. H. The
New Children and Near-Death Death Experiences.
Inner Traditions, 2003.
Atwater, P. M. H. We
Live Forever: The Real Truth
About Death. ARE Press,
Atwater, P. M. H. with David H.
Morgan. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Near-Death
Alpha Books/Macmillan USA, Indianapolis, IN, 2000.
Atwater, P. M. H.
Brain Shift / Spirit Shift: A Theoretical
Model Using Research on Near-Death States to Explore the Transformation of
Consciousness. Self-published: PMH Aatwater, PO Box
7691, Charlottesville, VA 22906-7691; also available from her
website. [Email: firstname.lastname@example.org]
[One of the most remarkable people I've ever been
privileged to meet is PMH. Because of her you-could-say insiders edge
as a multiple, core NDEr ["core" meaning, the experiences included
most if not all of the markers associated with profoundly affecting
near-death experiences over a wide research population of many NDErs], as well as her exceptional talents as an investigator
and writer, she has been one of the key contributors to the fields of
near-death [or survival] and consciousness studies. Her superbly
articulate and original works always go the "extra mile" and then
some to stretch our understanding of these transformative experiences and
their human developmental and evolutionary implications. As a
synthesis of her NDE research, every page of Brain Shift / Spirit Shift
shines with the quantum-leap insights of her genius.]
Atwater, P. M. H.
"As You Die." Write
to PMH Aatwater, PO Box 7691,
Charlottesville, VA 22906-7691; also available from her
unique audio cassette tape. This description comes from the back of
another of her publications:
This was created "in an effort to
help alleviate the fear of death for those who are about to die, and as an
aid in helping them go through physical death as it occurs and the soul's
separation. The tape was in response to a young man dying of AIDS who
said to her: 'I've read all the books on death and dying. I've
attended all the seminars. No one is telling me what I want to
hear. I want to know what it feels like to die. I want to know
what you know.' Since then, many have benefited from this unusual
tape and the peace it brings to them.]
Atwater, P. M. H.
Beyond the Light. VIDEO.
Write: PMH Atwater, PO Box 7691, Charlottesville, VA 22906-7691; also
available from her website.
Also available as ebook through Kevin
Atwater, P. M. H.
Subjective Light: Different Types and a New
View. Self-published: PMH Aatwater, PO Box 7691,
Charlottesville, VA 22906-7691; also available from her
website. [Email: email@example.com]
[This woman's brilliance and insight are beyond
compare. Her books are always packed with the best of the best in
pioneering NDE research and from one who has herself had at least three
NDEs. But I must say some of her materials that have most impressed
and gifted me are her thus far basically self-published papers and booklets
like this one.]
Sri. [See the author, Satprem.]
Sri [His last name was Ghose, but his long assumed name is simply "Sri
Aurobindo."]. Savitri. ___________? 1950,
first Ed. [Many devotees and scholars
alike consider this 28,000+-lined poetic epic to be a fifth Veda. It
took him decades to write it, and by the way, he rarely if ever had to make
corrections. Sri Aurobindo would put himself in a certain state, and
the words simply flowed onto paper. He completed it the year of his
passing from this world.]
Sri. The Life Divine [32
volumes -- something about a centenary set of all his works??]. ___________? 1939,
Easy Death. The Dawn Horse Press, Clearlake, CA, 1983.
R. Imagination Is Reality.
Spring Publications, Dallas, TX, 1980.
Michael, and Leigh, Richard. The Dead Sea
Scrolls Deception. Summit Books, NYC, 1991. [Their greatest inspiration and source of data was
Eisenman, whose scholarly integrity is considered to be almost
legendary, which is why I include it here.]
[Sir] William. Death Bed Visions: The
Physical Experiences of the Dying. Colin Wilson Library of
the Paranormal, London, 1988. [A highly regarded
classic. Originally published in 1926; one of
the first such books and by a physics professor at the Royal College of
Science in Dublin. Here is the story
that convinced him to write this book, which must have been professionally a
most perilous thing to do! But such is the power of these events not
only for experiencers, but also frequently for witnesses, such as to the
deathbed incident in question, and for those who either hear or read
recountings of such experiences.]
Barrows, Anita and Macy, Joanna
[translators; the actual material is by Ranier Maria Rilke]. Rilke's
Book of Hours. Riverhead Books, NY, 1996.
Gregory. Steps to an Ecology of Mind.
Becker, Carl B.
Paranormal Experience and Survival of
Death. State University of New York Press, Albany, NY, 1993.
Phillip L. [Editor]. The
Courage of Conviction.
Ballantine Books, New York City, 1986.
Thomas. The Great Work:
Our Way into the Future. Harmony/Bell
Thomas. The Dream of the Earth.
Sierra Club Books, San Francisco, 1990.
Thomas, and Swimme, Brian. The Universe Story:
the Primordial Flaring Forth to the Ecozoic Era -- A
Celebration of the Unfolding of the Cosmos.
HarperSanFrancisco, San Francisco, 1994. [There
is a stunningly wonderful dialogue about this book written up as an article
for Earth & Spirit [IC#24], by
the title of the article is "Living
The New Story
: How the New Story of the universe translates to a new way of life."
The two people, interviewee and interviewer respectively are Sister
Miriam Theresa MacGillis and Alan AtKisson. Here are the introductory
remarks from a
website where you can view the entire article:
The New Story is the story of creation as told through both our telescopes
and microscopes, as well as our advancing understanding of how evolution
has brought us along this far. It is also, then, the story of our place in
the universe, and it brings with it nothing short of a radical
transformation in human self-understanding. (See IC #12 on "The New
Story: Life From a Planetary Perspective" for a more detailed
Theologian Thomas Berry has emerged as a key teller of this tale, and
Sister Miriam Theresa MacGillis is one of his foremost interpreters.
Through her workshops and lectures (over 500 of them so far), she helps
people to understand and embody this new understanding of what it means to
be human. Miriam is the director of Genesis Farm, a center for education
in earth stewardship, sponsored by the Dominican Congregation in
affiliation with Global Education Associates.
Claire. Friend of My Heart: Meeting
Christ in Everyday Life. Lindisfarne Books, Hudson, NY,
Evelyne. Krishnamurti: 100 Years.
Stewart, Tabori & Chang, NYC, 1995.
Wayne [compiler from the writings of The Mother, the several-decades
collaborator of Sri Aurobindo]. Search for
the Soul in Everyday Living. Lotus Light Publications,
Wilmot, WI, USA, 1990. [See comment on group
study options page.]
Robert. The Kabir Book. Beacon,
David. Thought as a System.
Routledge, Kegan and Paul, London, 1996. [A note
on the predominance of consciousness books by Bohm, perhaps surprising to
people who only have known to associate him with quantum
physics: Here is a well-rounded who-is-David-Bohm quote by
friend, fellow scientist, and biographer, F.
David Peat, from Peat's book, Infinite
Potential: The Life and Times of David Bohm:
David Bohm grew older and more philosophical, he formed another
collaboration that lasted many years, this time with the great Indian
mystic Jiddu Krishnamurti. Together, the physicist and the
philosopher delved into the farthest reaches of the nature of
consciousness and human transformation of reality and transcendence; as
Peat clearly shows, for Bohm physics alone was never enough to describe
the nature of our existence.
Peat's biography, he describes a revealing incident about this scientist who
could not be pigeon-holed. He had just been through major bypass heart
surgery in London, and he was given the [healthcare system] choice to have a
private room or one with four other men in residence. He chose the
latter. Peat says his wife, "Saral noticed that he seemed at home
with these nonacademic men, who took him under their wing."
Bohm, David, and Peat, F.
David. Science, Order,
and Creativity. Bantam, New York, 1987.
David, and Jiddu Krishnamurti. The Ending of
Time. HarperSanFrancisco, New York, 1985. [See
David [edited by Donald Factor]. Unfolding
Meaning. Routledge, Kegan and Paul, London, 1985
David, and Mark Edwards. Changing
Consciousness. Harper Books, San Francisco, 1991.
Wholeness and the Implicate Order.
Ark Paperbacks, London and New York, 1980. [I
do not have a scholarly familiarity with the hirstory
of how this flows, but it seems to me that this book was one of the most
powerful instruments for initiating the explosive consciousness studies
phenomenon as we know it today. His perception was that not only space
and time, but space, time, and awareness
are interdependent within the the imperceptible implicate order that
underlies the fullness of the "explicate order" we experience as
the manifest reality of kittens and apple trees, the Earth entire, and
galaxies. There were others who contributed
greatly during a tipping point moment whose time had come, particularly
during the late 60s-early 80s, thinking of people / networks like Gregory
Bateson, Teilhard de Chardin, Esalen and other popular intellectual and
spiritual hotspots, Abraham Maslow, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross / Raymond Moody /
Kenneth Ring / Margot Grey, John Heron, .. the list goes on and on!
But Dr. Bohm has been the most affecting physical scientist of recent times, and
let's not overlook his fructifying conversations and friendship with
Krishnamurti, not to mention Einstein!
The following comments come from inside the front cover:
Wholeness and the Implicate
Order proposes a new model of reality. Professor Bohm argues that if
we are guided by a self-willed view we will perceive and experience the
world as fragmented. Such a view is false, because it is based on
our mistaking the content of our thought for a description of the world as
it is. Bohm introduces the notion of the implicate order in which
any element contains enfolded within itself the totality of the universe
-- his concept of totality includes both matter and consciousness.
This much acclaimed work is a combination of science and philosophy and is
written by one of the world's most eminent physicists, who was profoundly
affected by his close contact with both Einstein and Krishnamurti.
Researchers from such diverse fields as psychology and physics have
already claimed it as the new paradigm in science.
And these are on the back cover:
"Conveys a sense of work in progress, which aims at the distantly
glimpsed ideal of the unification of all aspects of the
world." --Abner Shimony, Nature
"I find his concept of wholeness extraordinarily appealing, as an
explanation of the riddles of modern physics, and as a prescription for
human living." --John P. Wiley, Jr., Smithsonian]
Henri. The Wholeness of Nature:
Goethe's Way toward a Science of Conscious Participation in Nature.
Lindesfarne, Hudson, NY, 1996.
Margarete** van den, and Stolp, Hans. A
Christian Book of the Dead: Accompanying their journey after death.
Hawthorn Press, Stroud, Gloucestershire, UK, 2004. [This
is one of the most insightful and important books of our time about what
happens to us after death, born out of astute scholarship and rich in
EHEerly experiences from past and contemporary sources.
This highly readable and surprisingly short text [for all it
covers so well!] developed out of a classic spiritual quest initiated by an
out-of-body experience Hans Stolp had as a seminary student.
He had been taught that, given the predominant Western materialistic
scientific sensibilities, belief in a soul as something separate from the
body is 'outdated'. But here he
was, obviously as himself, personality and consciousness fully intact,
floating up near the ceiling looking down at his body on the bed below.
Stolp says, “This, and subsequent experiences, inspired me to look
for an answer. …
Incidentally, many people have out of body experiences like mine
these days. There is nothing
special about it. And many
people seek a new direction in life as a result.
They want to understand what has happened to them, in order to be
able to place it in context in their lives.”
in this bizarre situation in which, on the one hand, traditional
Christian belief as we know it today espouses everything “from pragmatic
humanism [basically, there is no god] to literal belief in the virgin birth
and the Resurrection.” And
certainly this depth of disparity in beliefs is by no means confined to the Christianity. Oh
the other hand, a similar spectrum of beliefs [philosophies] could also be
said to apply to Western science, but particularly the materialistic view
has influenced and eroded religious beliefs,
especially over the last couple of centuries. On a positive note to my
mind, is that a substantial number of scientists are now moving in the other
direction, toward where science and spirituality actually meet.
Nevertheless, this kind of confusion has led Stolp and van den Brink to
suggest something many of us feel today: “.. [S]urely,
we are no longer satisfied by knowledge imparted from on high:
we want to know things for ourselves.”
essence, Stolp and van den Brink, take us on this journey toward an
understanding of our lives within this larger-life context, based upon
religious hirstory [such as the gradual loss of the teachings from the early
Christian era, which led to the declaration of the Council of Constantinople
in 869 AD that we have a body and soul, but no spirit (Ladies, not to worry;
this unfortunate pronouncement only concerned the male half of our race –
‘o, man’!)]; also upon insights from an array of sources including Paul the
apostle, the early 20th century seer, Rudolf Steiner, and the
recovered Nag Hammadi find of gnostic texts from the first two centuries, AD, discovered in
1945; and finally upon the growing wealth of corroborative experiences of
those who have, like Stolp, experienced the larger-life reality firsthand.
There's so much more to this book that can't be mentioned here, like what we
can do to help those who have passed on -- and they, us. My
recommendation: don't miss this book!]
Margreet** van den. More Precious than
Light: How dialogue can transform relationships and build community.
Hawthorn Press, Stroud, Gloucestershire, UK, 1996. [A
most important contribution addressing a fundamental need that pervades our
globe and our times, and perhaps this evolutionary moment of our
species. In our secular and divisive world it is a kind of miracle
that those who bear and are able to communicate candidly with such
simplicity and clarity this depth of wisdom and knowledge. We have
almost universally suffered a "need" that very few of us have
chanced to comprehend as anything other than a vague, if oppressive sense of
deep dissatisfaction, disillusionment, unfulfillment, something BIG missing
in our relational world, human being to human being. Van den Brink,
whose understanding comes straight out of the insights of the great seer,
Rudolf Steiner, succinctly describes this unease and what it signifies
developmentally for us as a stage of our evolution.
the back cover:
"Opportunities for community building exist
whenever people meet together regularly, sharing in a common task, for
study, or simply to meet as individuals searching for a more meaningful
life. The true community spirit values differences as well as harmony,
is open rather than closed. Challenge, support, questioning and
empathy are all needed. Knowing when one or the other is appropriate
depends on presence of mind. It depends as much on intuition as on a
knowledge of groupwork. This book offers a path through which both
knowledge and intuition can gradually be joined, by patient practice and the
readiness to learn from the experiences themselves."
Ms. van den Brink's
first name is indeed spelled two different ways -- in these instances.
In A Christian Book of the Dead [published 2004], it is consistently
spelled Margarete, and throughout the second book, same publisher , it
is spelled Margreet. Perhaps the second one is a correction for the
Brinkley, Dannion [with Paul
Perry]. Saved by
the Light. Villard Books, New York, 1994. [Brinkley's
near-death experience was studied by the most noted Survival
researchers. Typical of their assessment was that offered by Kenneth
Ring, who considered this man's story to be surely one of the most
extra-extraordinary he had ever encountered. There was never any
question about its authenticity, despite the fact it is off almost any known
map on the basis of drama, alone!
being struck by lightning in 1978, and for the first year after, Dannion
Brinkley and everyone who knew him thought he was crazy because that’s all
he could talk about, and it sounded awfully religious for a man who was a
self-acknowledged "assassin for the US government" [Special
Forces, Vietnam]. He lacked a
recognizable context with which to convey it and all the meaning and purpose
that came with the package. But
someone tipped him off about Dr. Raymond Moody’s conception of near-death
experiences, and suddenly everything made sense.
And he was able to calm down and focus on what to do with all this in
a way he could not begin to imagine previously. This
man's story is archetypal and in fact quite transformative for many people
who read it, which was also, by the way, made into a movie by the same
Brinkley, Dannion [with Paul
Perry]. At Peace in the Light.
HarperPaperbacks, New York, 1995. [From the back
Peace in the Light, Dannion Brinkley continues his unique spiritual
exploration that began in his phenomenal national bestseller, Saved by the
Light, where he revealed the two near-death experiences that left him with
an extraordinary sense of perception. Here Brinkley describes, with
absolute candor, his struggle to become accustomed to his disorienting
psychic ability, and his decision to offer comfort to those dying in
In his poignant and personal style, Dannion shares heartwarming stories of
his ability to give comfort where it is needed, and demonstrates that the
dying often have enhanced psychic ability and a clarity of vision that can
make death more graceful for everyone involved. He also shares
lessons in achieving what he calls the panoramic life review, and
instructs readers on awakening and enhancing their own skills of
perception, while providing the language to deal with their own and their
loved ones' mortality.
For the hundreds of thousands who found comfort and understanding in Saved
by the Light, here is Dannion Brinkley's new message of inspiration,
guidance, and the unlimited opportunity for spiritual growth and renewal.]
Brinkley, Dannion [with
Kathryn Brinkley]. Secrets
of the Light: Lessons from Heaven. HarperOne, New York,
2008. [From the inside cover:
In 1975, Dannion Brinkley was struck and killed by lightning. When
he awoke in a morgue twenty-eight minutes later, everything was forever
changed. During this near-death experience, Brinkley was sent to
heaven through a tunnel of light. On the other side, he received
valuable lessons and spiritual knowledge, which he brought back and
incorporated into his daily life. For him, it was a profound
spiritual transformation. During the next twenty years, Brinkley had
not one, but two more near-death experiences. Each time he visited
heaven, where more knowledge was revealed to him, he was sent back to
earth to fulfill his heavenly duties. Now, in Secrets of the
Light, he shares the lessons he learned in the afterlife so we, too,
can fulfill our true purpose in life.
Brinkley outlines the "Four-Fold Path to Power" -- Love, Choice,
Belief, and Prayer -- that will empower you to follow your destiny.
He then unveils the Seven Truths from the afterlife and how to use them to
enhance health, happiness, and prosperity. We also learn how to
perform a "daily life review" -- a quick-assessment of your
daily life that acts as a reminder to give thanks, stay true to yourself,
and treat others with kindness. With wit, humor, and compassion,
Brinkley shows that by living the way heaven intends, and always being
conscious of your actions and how they affect others, you will find
happiness in this life and beyond. ]
Bucke, Richard Maurice.
Consciousness. Arkana/Penguin, NYC, 1991 [originally
published by Innes & Sons, Philadelphia, 1901].
The Secret of the Soul. HarperSan Francisco, San Francisco, CA, 2001.
Sophy. T-H-E Ecstatic Journey:
The Transformative Power of Mystical Experience. Ballantine Books, NYC, 1997.
Ecstatic Journey: The Transforming Power of Mystical Experience.
Ballantine Books, NYC, 1997.
Joseph with Bill Moyers--See: Flowers, Betty Sue
(Editor). Joseph Campbell and The Power of Myth
with Bill Moyers.
Joseph. Hero with a Thousand Faces.
Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, 1972.
Lisa. Caring for the Dead: Your Final
Act of Love. Upper Access Press, Hinesburg, VT, 1997.
Lisa. I Died Laughing: Funeral Education With
a Light Touch. Upper Access Press, Hinesburg, VT, 2001.
Swami. God Lived With Them: Life
Stories of Sixteen Monastic Disciples of Sri Ramakrishna.
Vedanta Society of St. Louis, MO, 1997.
Dr. Gilbert, and Childs, Sylvia. The Journey
Continues: Finding a New Relationship to Death.
Sophia Books, Hastings, Vancouver, 1999.
Man Who Tapped the Secrets of the Universe. The
University of Science and Philosophy, www.philosophy.org,
2000 [re: Walter Russell, who was voted "Man of the Century"
at the turn of the last century].
Chris and Isabel, et. al. Psychosis and
Spirituality: Exploring the New Frontier. Whurr
Publishers, Ltd., 19B Comptom Terrace, London N1 2UN, UK, [Date:]
2000. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jenny. Past Lives, Future Lives.
Fireside, NYC, 1996. [From the back cover:
"In her honest, warm, and plain-speaking voice, Jenny Cockell writes of
the past and the future in a way that is both practical and visionary; she
offers inspiration and hope for the world to come." I confess
reincarnation memory has thus far not been compelling for me, so I do not
know the literature. But reading this book has been eye-opening and a
personal learning and healing experience. Jenny Cockell is worlds
removed from the glamorizing sometimes associated with this interest.
The words about 'her voice' above perfectly describe my experience of her
deeply thoughtful, gentle, insightful, inspiring, humble perspective from a
lifetime of living with this giftedness.]
-- A Foundation for Living a Fearless Life [2-CD
set]. EnlightenNext Media, Lenox, MA, 2006.
J. M., and Phipps, J. F. The Common
Theosophical Publishing House, Wheaton,
Alex. Reality and Empathy: Physics,
Mind and Science in the Twenty-first Century. State
University of New York Press, Albany, NY, 1984. [focused
on the work of Carl G. Jung and David Bohm.]
Imaginalis or the Imaginary and the Imaginal. Analytical
Psychology Club of New York, Inc., New York, 1972.
Corcoran, Diane K.
Dies: A Compilation of Near-Death and Mystical Conversion Experiences.
Emerald Ink Pub., Houston, TX, 1996.
[NOTE: The compilation was written by the experiencers
themselves. Corcoran wrote the Foreward.]
Kay. The Reluctant Shaman.
Nona. The Relevance of Bliss: A
Contemporary Exploration of Mystic Experience. St.
Martin's Press, NYC, 1986.
Reginald, MD. The
Vodou Quantum Leap. Llewellyn Publications, St.
Paul, MN, 2000.
Heather, and Karen Leffler. John of
God: The Brazilian Healer Who's Touch the Lives of Millions.
Foreward by Amit Goswami,
physicist. Beyond Words Pub., Hillsboro, OR, USA, and also ATRIA Books
[Simon and Schuster], New York, London, Toronto,
Sydney, 2007. [Watch for more on
Ahhh-TheLight about this most remarkable phenomenon that is John of God and
his healing community that witnesses astounding miracles every healing
day. But for beginners, there is the story of a prophetic dream that
came to an Italian priest in 1833, Dom Bosco, who was founder of the
Silesian [Catholic] Order. He writes, "Between the 15th and 20th
parallels, where a lake has formed, a great civilization will be born.
... When they come to explore the riches buried in these mountains, here
will rise a promised land of milk and honey of unconceivable
wealth." This is where this man, who prefers to be called simply
Medium João, eventually settled, after an early life of extreme poverty and
trials. The new capital of Brazil, Brasilia, by the way, was built on
the basis of Dom Bosco's visioning by President Juscelino Kubitschek as a
fulfillment much sought by the Brazilian people.
This comes from the inside
In John of God: The Brazilian Healer Who's Touched the Lives of
Millions, a seemingly average rancher from Abadiãnia, Brazil, offers
a powerful message of love, compassion, and hope for humanity. João
Teixeira de Faria, the healer and medium known as John of God, allows
"spiritual doctors" to take over his body three times a week to
miraculously treat the thousands of people from all over the world who
come in need of remedy.
John of God has fulfilled his mission as a medium for more than
forty-eight years, making numerous pilgrimages around the world.
Drawn by the hope of instantaneous healing, over eight million believers
have proceeded in front of him throughout his life, as tens of thousands
journey to Brazil each year to see John of God and his home, the Casa de
Dom Inácio de Loyola, which is designed to accommodate hundreds of
visitors each day.
Despite all the media attention paid to this internationally praised
healer, little has been revealed about his personal life. Translator
Heather Cumming and photographer Karen Leffler have traveled with John of
God and chronicled his life and work. What began as an endeavor to
document the testimonials of his remarkable healings has now become the
first complete, authorized portrait of his world.
Stirring words and vivid photographs -- many of which capture the haunting
spiritual energy that surrounds John of God and the Casa -- take us on an
affecting and deeply personal journey with the humble medium who offers
hope for people with none. The result is an intimate portrait of an
ordinary individual in extraordinary circumstances and a reading
experience that will bring readers of every persuasion closer to their
You Cannot Die: The Incredible Findings of
a Century of Research on Death. Element, Shaftesbury,
Dorset, England, 1978.
Richard L., and Lengel, Robert H.
Fusion Leadership: Unlocking the Subtle Forces That Change People
Berrett-Koehler, San Francisco, 1998.
way of leading based on “fusion” – bringing together the
emotional, intellectual, and spiritual aspects of people to
accomplish mutual goals based on shared visions and values. ]
Starr. You Can Find God. Fleming H. Revell Company, Westwood,
NJ, 1963. [The following quote from this
book is found in Louann Stahl's
A Most Surprising Song: Exploring the Mystical Experience:
The indescribable light lit up the dark prison cell where Starr Daily, a
hardened criminal, lay on the stone floor in solitary confinement.
The light, seemingly coming from nowhere, illumined the darkness
completely. With the light came a presence. Starr Daily
described his experience in these words: "He [Christ] came
toward me, his lips moving, but not vocally. He paused near my side
... and looked down, deep down into my eyes [they were sunk in black
sockets], as though through them he were trying to penetrate to my
soul. In all my life I had never seen or felt such love in the human
eye as now glowed and radiated in his eyes. Nor had I ever felt
myself so utterly helpless in the captivity of love. By some
mysterious faculty of perception, which operated in the midst of my dream,
I seemed to know clearly that I was submerged in Reality; that I was
seeing and feeling something that would influence my life through out all
Lama, The, [edited and narrated by Francisco J. Varela; transl. by B. Alan
Wallace and Thupten Jinpa]. Sleeping, Dreaming, and
Pub., Boston, 1997.
Lama, The. The
Good Heart. Wisdom
Pub., Boston, 1996.
Davies, Stevan (Foreward by Andrew
Harvey). The Gospel of Thomas Annotated
& Explained. Skylight Paths Pub., Woodstock, VT,
2002. [Beyond anything else you will find on this
listing of books, and no matter how extensive the list becomes, and without
hesitation, I most highly recommend this book. It is the
Wake-Up in the cosmic coffee for those who are interested in the life,
teachings, and hints of possible hirstory of Jesus. This could also be said for
those who are not! To learn more, visit Davies'
Dean, Stanley. Psychiatry and Mysticism.
Chardin, Pierre Teilhard. The Divine Milieu.
Harper & Row, New York, 1960.
Chardin, Pierre Teilhard. The Phenomenon
of Man. Harper & Row, New York, 1959. [As
a scientist and priest, but most of all as a mystic and seer, Pierre
Teilhard de Chardin is one of our recent defining contemporaries of the
evolutionary path of humanity. In Heading Toward Omega: In
Search of the Meaning of the Near-Death Experience, much inspired by de
Chardin's farseeing, Kenneth
Omega ["as an endpoint," "the aim of human evolution, the
ultimate destination toward which humanity is inexorably bound"] ...
is of course associated with a great visionary writer [de Chardin] whose
celebrated book The Phenomenon of Man is one of the twentieth
century's landmark contributions to evolutionary thought. In this
work Père Teilhard spoke of the various levels of evolution -- matter,
life, and consciousness -- and argued that human evolution was headed
toward a transhuman state he called ''noogenesis," the birth of a
unified planetary mind aware of its essential divinity. This
convergent end state, the culmination of human evolution on earth, Père
Teilhard called "The Omega Point."]
Chardin, Pierre Teilhard. How I Believe.
Harper & Row, New York, 1969.
B. Narrative Remembering.
University Press of America, Lanham,
Frank. Muddy Tracks:
Exploring an Unsuspected Reality. Hampton Roads,
Charlottesville, VA, 2001.
Mello, Anthony. Awareness: The Perils
and Opportunities of Reality. Image, _____________?,
1990. [I find it incredibly intriguing that this
book was published in 1990, and as of May, 2008, the amazon.com book Sales
Rank is 1,767!! With a listing of titles in the millions, this is
comparable to being on the New York Times best-seller list for, now, 18
years! I wonder if this has a lot to do with its being a highly
controversial book in the world Catholic community. Here is one
amazon.com reviewer's comments:
you had told me, an ... athiest with a history of alcoholism and
self-loathing, five years ago that I'd find the greatest book on the most
revolutionary wisdom in the Christian section of the bookstore, I would
have told you a) get away from me, and b) gimme whatever you're smoking.
that time I've come into a bit of a "spiritual path", and read
countless books on awareness/mindfulness/presence, or whatever you'd like
to call this path.
Many are wonderful. This was the finest of all, though. This is not a
Christian book at all. It is simply another expression of the "one
true wisdom" which cuts across all spiritual teachings, religious or
It is what the Buddha was talking about. It is what Jesus was talking
about. It is what Lao Tzu was talking about. It is what Eckhart Tolle, Jon
Kabat-Zinn, Tara Brach, Thich Nhat Hahn, Byron Katie are talking about
There's really only one teaching over the past six thousand years or so.
You pick your favorite teacher. De Mello is, after reading this book,
mine. Perfectly hilarious and light, but forceful and to the point,
without getting bogged down in words. Like someone who so confidently
knows the subject matter, so confidently lives it, that there is no need
If you don't like it because it goes against your doctrine, your dogma,
your beliefs, that's fine. When you have suffered enough, you will be
ready to wake up from your dream.
saddens me that some Catholics find this book unchristian - the point is
that this book reaches the spiritual truth that is at the heart of every
religious tradition. It goes beyond [denomination] and beyond concepts and
beliefs - right to the essence of reality itself, where is nothing but
pure consciousness and well-being. Anthony DeMello was a spiritual teacher
who just happened to express himself in a Christian framework. But really
there's little difference between him and teachers like Eckhart Tolle or
Quincey, Christian. Radical Nature:
Rediscovering the Soul of Matter.
Invisible Cities Press, Montpelier, VT, 2002. [About
the nature of reality. From the back cover:
co-author with Thomas Berry of the Universe Story says, "One of
the most important books on consciousness and cosmology to appear in
decades. Anyone interested in questions about soul and nature, about
the relationship between consciousness and the world of matter, about
meaning the universe, needs to read (this book)."
who as a physician has written several seminal books about consciousness and
healing writes: "Radical Nature exposes the biggest con job in
the history of human thought -- that matter and nature are dead, mindless,
unfeeling, and disconnected from ourselves. De Quincey gives us an
image that is as hopeful and fulfilling as the old view was empty and
depressing. never have we needed such a view as
the book itself: "...(de Quincey) explores how mind and matter
are related, and he proposes a radical and surprising answer:
Consciousness goes all the way down! Through animals, plants, even
single cells ... in fact, all the way down the great chain of being to
molecules, atoms, and beyond. Drawing on both ancient and modern
knowledge, de Quincey shows us that the universe teems with consciousness
through and through. 'Matter itself tingles with the spark of spirit,'
he says. 'And therefore nature, in all its forms and glory, is sacred
to its deepest roots.' Radical nature takes you on a mind-stretching
journey in this remarkable story of philosophy and science in search of a
Quincey, Christian. Radical Knowing.
[Invisible Cities Press, Montpelier, VT,
?. This would be or is the second of a trilogy of books -- this one
"about exploring the very instrument of knowing itself:
consciousness." Further, de Quincey says, "Radical
Knowing .. reveals the distortions of modern philosophy and
science when they limit knowledge of the world and ourselves to what
we can detect through our senses or analyze with reason. Other ways of
knowing, such as feeling, intuition, and direct experience of nonsensory
realities, are equally valid, and need to be encouraged, honored, and
Quincey, Christian. Radical Science.
[Invisible Cities Press, Montpelier, VT,
?. This would be or is the third of a trilogy of books -- this one
"challenges the dominant myth of matter as essentially 'dead stuff'
that mysteriously weaves mind and consciousness out of body and brain.
This old view splits mind from body, consciousness from matter, spirit from
nature, and leaves us trying to make sense of a world where consciousness,
soul, and spirit are real -- and where matter / energy is, too."
in Radical Nature, the author explains, "Radical Science builds on the
first two (books) and explores how a true science of consciousness would be
possible -- by radically altering our understanding of the nature of the
world, and by expanding our ways of knowing -- so that science no longer
restricts itself to what can be counted and measured, and opens up to deeper
and higher 'shafts of wisdom,' where dead-bolt mechanism is replaced by the
vitality of lived meaning."]
Gary [Editor]. What Survives?
Contemporary Explorations of Life After Death.
Jeremy P. Tarcher, Los
Angeles, 1990. [Such a seminal
book of its time of publication (1990) -- and just as outstanding
now! To this day, it is one of my regular reference
resources. From the back cover:
What is it like to die? Do any key aspects of a human being survive
death? What do ancient religion and modern science tell us about
survival? Are out-of-body experiences a window on survival of death?
With the rise of Western scientific culture, the belief in the immortality
of the soul lost all credibility. Recently, however, a revival of
interest in near-death experiences has sparked research into altered states
of consciousness, mysticism, and shamanistic practices, shedding new light
on the possibility of life after death.
In this fascinating exploration of these perennial questions, the reader
comes face to face with novel phenomena: apparitions of deceased
relatives, sensations of traveling through tunnels of light, apparent
memories of earlier lifetimes, even meetings with spirits who inhabit other
worlds. Do these experiences portend the fate of human consciousness
after death? Or are they nothing but hallucinations induced in an
individual's dying brain by the trauma of death?
For lovers of parapsychology, philosophy, and metaphysics, for grieving
people faced with the loss of a loved one, or the aged and terminally ill
facing their own deaths, this collection of original and authoritative
writings traces the belief in survival from native cultures to current
Tom F. Patterns
of Grace: Human Experiences as Word of God.
Harper & Row, San Francisco, 1977.
Tom F. The
Magic of Ritual: Our Need for Liberating Rites That Transform Our
Lives and Our Communities.
HarperSanFrancisco, San Francisco, 1991.