A - D

           If you found your way here because of a linked author or source, you should find it in the list below.  Entries are in alpha order by author.  You also may find this page helpful:   What You Will Find in 'Books and Other Media'.


A-D         E-G         H-K         L-O         P-S         T-Z


Adams, George.  Physical and Ethereal Spaces.  Rudolf Steiner Press, Spring Valley, NY, 1965. 


Adilakshmi.  The Mother.  Printed in Germany by Mother Meera, 1987, 1995.


Allegri, Renzo.  Padre Pio:  A Man of Hope.  Charis Books, Atlanta, GA, 2000.


Anderson, 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, CA, 1990.  


Arcangel, Dianne, and Schwartz, Gary E.  Afterlife Encounters:  Ordinary People, Extraordinary Experiences.  Hampton Roads Pub., Charlottesville, VA, 2005.


Arcangel, 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.]


Ardagh, Arjuna.   The Translucent Revolution:  How People Just Like You Are Waking Up and Changing the World.  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..

"Radical 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, 

           "Late 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.

          "Later, 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.

          "'It 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.'"

          Here are 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]


Atlee, Tom.  The Tao of Democracy:  Using Co-Intelligence to Create a World that Works for All.  [publisher information??  Atlee's website:  www.co-intelligence.org]   [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 perception, yet 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.  Future Memory.  Hampton Roads Pub., Charlottesville, VA, 1999.  [From the back cover:  

          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 vu.

          Future Memory


provides a series of steps to assist in developing future memory


explores new models of time, existence, and consciousness


presents an in-depth stud of the brain shift and how it can be experienced


offers 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, Virginia Beach, VA, 2004.


Atwater, P. M. H. with David H. Morgan.  The Complete Idiot's Guide to Near-Death Experiences.  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:  atwater@cinemind.com]   [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 website[A 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 Williams' website.


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:  atwater@cinemind.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.]


Aurobindo, Sri. [See the author, Satprem.]


Aurobindo, 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.]


Aurobindo, Sri.  The Life Divine [32 volumes -- something about a centenary set of all his works??]. ___________? 1939, first Ed.


Avabahasa, Da.  Easy Death.  The Dawn Horse Press, Clearlake, CA, 1983.  


Avens, R.  Imagination Is Reality.  Spring Publications, Dallas, TX, 1980. 


Baigent, Michael, and Leigh, Richard.  The Dead Sea Scrolls Deception.  Summit Books, NYC, 1991.  [Their greatest inspiration and source of data was Robert Eisenman, whose scholarly integrity is considered to be almost legendary, which is why I include it here.]


Barrett, [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.   


Bateson, Gregory.  Steps to an Ecology of Mind. [pub. info??]


Becker, Carl B.  Paranormal Experience and Survival of Death.  State University of New York Press, Albany, NY, 1993.  


Berman, Phillip L. [Editor].  The Courage of Conviction.  Ballantine Books, New York City, 1986.


Berry, Thomas.  The Great Work:  Our Way into the Future.  Harmony/Bell Tower,     ____?,  2000.


Berry, Thomas.  The Dream of the Earth. Sierra Club Books, San Francisco, 1990.  


Berry, Thomas, and Swimme, Brian.  The Universe Story:  From 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 Context Institute.  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 treatment.)

          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.


Blatchford, Claire.  Friend of My Heart:  Meeting Christ in Everyday Life.  Lindisfarne Books, Hudson, NY, 1999. 


Blau, Evelyne.  Krishnamurti:  100 Years.  Stewart, Tabori & Chang, NYC, 1995.


Bloomquist, 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.]


Bly, Robert.  The Kabir Book.  Beacon, Boston, 1977.


Bohm, 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:  

(As) 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.

In 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.


Bohm, David, and Jiddu Krishnamurti.  The Ending of Time.  HarperSanFrancisco, New York, 1985.  [See review under Krishnamurti.]


Bohm, David [edited by Donald Factor].  Unfolding Meaning.  Routledge, Kegan and Paul, London, 1985


Bohm, David, and Mark Edwards.  Changing Consciousness.  Harper Books, San Francisco, 1991.


Bohm, David.  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]


Bortoft, Henri.  The Wholeness of Nature:  Goethe's Way toward a Science of Conscious Participation in Nature.  Lindesfarne, Hudson, NY, 1996.


Brink, 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.” 

          We live 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.”   

          In 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!]


Brink, 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.  

          From 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."   --Russell Evans]

** 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 [1996], it is spelled Margreet.  Perhaps the second one is a correction for the first?


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!

          After 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 title.]


Brinkley, Dannion [with Paul Perry].  At Peace in the Light.  HarperPaperbacks, New York, 1995.  [From the back cover:  

          In At 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 hospices.

          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.  Cosmic Consciousness.  Arkana/Penguin, NYC, 1991 [originally published by Innes & Sons, Philadelphia, 1901].


Buhlman, William.  The Secret of the Soul.  HarperSan Francisco, San Francisco, CA, 2001.


Burnham, Sophy.   T-H-E Ecstatic Journey:  The Transformative Power of Mystical Experience.  Ballantine Books, NYC, 1997.


Burnham, Sophy.   T-H-E Ecstatic Journey:  The Transforming Power of Mystical Experience.  Ballantine Books, NYC, 1997.


Campbell, Joseph with Bill Moyers--See:  Flowers, Betty Sue (Editor).   Joseph Campbell and The Power of Myth with Bill Moyers


Campbell, Joseph.  Hero with a Thousand Faces.  Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, 1972.


Carlson, Lisa.  Caring for the Dead:  Your Final Act of Love Upper Access Press, Hinesburg, VT, 1997.


Carlson, Lisa.  I Died Laughing:  Funeral Education With a Light Touch.  Upper Access Press, Hinesburg, VT, 2001.


Chetanananda, Swami.  God Lived With Them:  Life Stories of Sixteen Monastic Disciples of Sri Ramakrishna.  Vedanta Society of St. Louis, MO, 1997.


Childs, Dr. Gilbert, and Childs, Sylvia.  The Journey Continues:  Finding a New Relationship to Death.  Sophia Books, Hastings, Vancouver, 1999.


Chopra, Depak. .. 


Clark, Glenn.  The 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].    


Clarke, 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:  info@whurr.co.uk  


Cockell, 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.]


Cohen, Andrew.  Meditation -- A Foundation for Living a Fearless Life [2-CD set]. EnlightenNext Media, Lenox, MA, 2006.


Cohen, J. M., and Phipps, J. F.  The Common Experience. Theosophical Publishing House, Wheaton, IL, 1979/1992.  


Comfort, 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.]


Corbin, Henri.  Mundus Imaginalis or the Imaginary and the Imaginal.  Analytical Psychology Club of New York, Inc., New York, 1972.


Corcoran, Diane K.  When Ego 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.]


Cordell Whitaker, Kay.  The Reluctant Shaman.  


Coxhead, Nona.  The Relevance of Bliss:  A Contemporary Exploration of Mystic Experience.  St. Martin's Press, NYC, 1986.


Crosley, Reginald, MD. The Vodou Quantum Leap.  Llewellyn Publications, St. Paul, MN, 2000.


Cumming, 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 flap:  

          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 faith.]


Currie, Ian.  You Cannot Die:  The Incredible Findings of a Century of Research on Death.  Element, Shaftesbury, Dorset, England, 1978.  


Daft, Richard L., and Lengel, Robert H.  Fusion Leadership:  Unlocking the Subtle Forces That Change People and Organizations.  Berrett-Koehler, San Francisco, 1998.    [A new 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. ]


Daily, 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 eternity."]


Dalai Lama, The, [edited and narrated by Francisco J. Varela; transl. by B. Alan Wallace and Thupten Jinpa]. Sleeping, Dreaming, and Dying.  Wisdom Pub., Boston, 1997.   


Dalai Lama, The.  The Good Heart.  Wisdom Pub., Boston, 1996.


Daughtry, Ned.  ____________?


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 JesusThis could also be said for those who are not!  To learn more, visit  Davies' website.]


Dean, Stanley. Psychiatry and Mysticism.  Burnham Pub., Chicago, 1975.


de Chardin, Pierre Teilhard.  The Divine Milieu.  Harper & Row, New York, 1960.  


de 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 Ring wrote:

          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."]

de Chardin, Pierre Teilhard.  How I Believe.  Harper & Row, New York, 1969.


DeConcini, B. Narrative Remembering. University Press of America, Lanham, MD, 1990.


DeMarco, FrankMuddy Tracks:  Exploring an Unsuspected Reality.   Hampton Roads, Charlottesville, VA, 2001.   


De 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:

          If 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.

           Since 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 otherwise.

           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 today.

           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 for pretense.

           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.

          It 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 Krishnamurti.]


de Quincey, Christian.  Radical Nature:  Rediscovering the Soul of Matter.  Invisible Cities Press, Montpelier, VT, 2002.    [About the nature of reality.  From the back cover:  

          Brian Swimme, 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)."  

          Larry Dossey, 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 now."   

          About 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 soul."]


de 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 developed."]    


de 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."]    


Doore, 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 insights.]


Driver, Tom F.  Patterns of Grace:  Human Experiences as Word of God.  Harper & Row, San Francisco, 1977.    


Driver, Tom F.  The Magic of Ritual:  Our Need for Liberating Rites That Transform Our Lives and Our Communities.  HarperSanFrancisco, San Francisco, 1991.    




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