Here’s my list of 5 must-read spiritual books independent of any one God, open to criticism, giving readers goosebumps and hopefully answering some questions about the ‘soul’.
These were the books that I read along the first few months of my awakening and really helped put the journey into perspective. And so, I hope you will enjoy them just as much!
#1 – Many Lives, Many Masters by Dr Brian Weiss
This was where my journey began. I picked this book up at the airport on a whim, and by the time I reached home from the flight, my life had changed. This work is worth your attention because it’s written by a psychiatrist who’s just as skeptical about writing it, as the reader reading it.
What does he talk about? Past lives! So, he discovers answers to questions like – do we really reincarnate? Why do we have unexplained fears or likings towards places and people? How does hypnosis work, and is it safe to undergo such therapy? It also reveals fascinating information from the souls that are guiding us from above, who the author calls them Masters.
Many Lives, Many Masters is a compelling read, because you get a good mixture of psychological therapies, healing and some respite on the countless questions we ask about life, and why things are the way they are. Above all, the best part is that even after decades, the book is changing millions of lives, and has compelling evidence scientifically proving the existence of life beyond life.
I was so fascinated and inspired, I went for a past life regression too! Stay tuned for more on that.
#2 – Illusions by Richard Bach
The disclaimer on this book by the author was, it’s upto you, if you want to believe this is a true story or not.
In short, it’s an account of a “Master”, except he isn’t walking around like the Buddha, enlightening other people. And, he’s actually quite mischievous and low-key. He’s mystical indeed, and he has a book of spiritual secrets, which he slowly reveals to the author through the course of this book. Book-ception, ha!
Short but influential writing. There are many hidden truths in this spiritual book. If you’ve enjoyed the Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, you’ll surely love this one.
#3 – Journey of Souls by Michael Newton
Another psychiatrist set out to explore what happens between lives, or after-death. It is complimentary yet distinct from Dr Brian’s book.
In Journey of Souls, you will find heavy introspection (at times, intimidating) for profound questions like – what happens after we die, what happens before we’re born, why we have challenging lives and how we actually opt for them, how soulmates find their way back to each other, what ‘heaven’ looks like, the truth about spirit guides, etc.
The fascinating thing is, the book is a collection of credible and validated case studies from dozens of patients who all in ‘Superconscious’ state began to talk about similar experiences of the afterlife. As a result, Dr Newton’s work was a pioneer and revolutionised the approach to metaphysical reality.
#4 – Conversations with God by Neale Donald Walsch (Part 1)
Okay, so we’ve discussed past lives and between lives. What about this life? One day, the author began automatic-writing. The conversation was literally, with God!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book for its humorous and impartial perspective. One thing this book taught me is – God doesn’t get offended! So, mock him, or love him, he’s all the same. But, it will shake your core religious beliefs, and if you’re an atheist, it might even convert you to a fan of the Universe.
Conversations with God works beautifully to move you from a God-fearing and Karma-fearing to a God-loving and Karma-appreciating person. It also makes you stop resenting God, and take up responsibility for your actions in life. Empowering, funny and revolutionary!
This is a powerful series of 4 parts and you might just end up reading through all of them.
#5 – The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer
While the previous books are research-based, somewhat scientific and take longer to accept, this one is grounding, through daily, practical outlook-changes. A practical approach to spirituality.
What I enjoyed the most about this book is the analogies! This guy knows how to break things down for you. He does this, by giving you a lot of easy practices to try; how to push your own buttons, how to accelerate your spiritual understanding, how to truly heal.
A great deal of explanation is provided on key concepts such as detachment, surrendering, and even the Tao way!
The Untethered Soul isn’t meant to be finished in one-go. But if you give it time to sink in, it will transform your life. Therefore, timeless and essential for every person the Spiritual path learning to deal with their ‘monkey mind’.
Michael continues to inspire the world with his teachings, and my newly found admiration is for his youtube video simplifying the different types of yoga.
While there are many great spiritual books out there, these books have set the foundation of my own journey in the first year of my spiritual awakening. If you’d like to check out more of my recommendations, here are my other book reviews :
- 15 Life-Changing Lessons I Learned from Reading Spiritual Memoirs
- 8 Must-Read Books About Practical Spirituality
- 15 Influential Spiritual Authors Worth Reading
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