What should I do with my life?
by Po Bronson A series of interviews with people about their career choices. The author sees this question as the spiritual question of our time. He has found some inspiring stories. The great thing about this book is that each chapter is one story, you can pick it up and put it down at will – except you won’t be putting it down!
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
by Stephen Covey One of my all–time favourites. It sets out a view of the underlying principles that enable a successful life to be lived – success being measured according to your own values – that’s habit number 1. I felt it was so valuable that I deliberately did not race to the end: I wanted to live the its message not just read about it. The truth is that I have still not finished it. But I thoroughly recommend it.
Mutant Message Down Under
by Marlo Morgan Marlo Morgan joined an aboriginal group in the Australian outback, with no preparation. It was an initiation. The book is not only a great story, it is very inspiring and full of wisdom.
The Ancient Secret of the Flower of Life
by Drunvalo Melchizedek This is a fantastically inspiring book. Full of information, ideas and stories it presents an alternative view of the world and its history with huge enthusiasm and vitality. From Sirius, aliens, the Garden of Eden, Egypt, the Philadelphia experiment, and much more the book presents a view of the experiment of consciousness upon this planet. It does not dwell upon conspiracy theories though but rather celebrates the spiritual adventure. What makes the information particularly compelling is the study of geometry that is at the heart of the author’s work. His central ideas are connected to geometric principles. The Flower of Life is one stage of development as circles (consciousness) are expanded out from a single point. If you want to be engaged, entertained and probably inspired this is a great book.
by David Batchelor A short book on a specific subject: society’s relationship to colour in western civilisation. It is written by an academic at a London Art college and is quite intellectually demanding. However it does a very good job of setting our relationship with colour in the west in a historical and cultural context. It begins with the art world specifically but then extends into popular culture particularly film. I found it fascinating and very helpful to understand why colour is not taken seriously in the west. I have written an article “Chromophobia” based on some of its ideas, however if you wish to go deeper, then the book is the way.
Aura-Soma Self Discovery through Color
by Vicky Wall This is the story of Vicky Wall, the founder of the Aura-Soma system. From her childhood, her lessons with her father, the story takes the reader on through her going into the world and making her career, to the birth of Aura-Soma and its first steps in the world. Originally titled The Miracle of Colour Healing this is the updated revised version. If you would like to touch the essence of those early days and the background through which Aura-Soma was born this is the book. Most of all, one can feel the spirit of Vicky Wall herself, her love and courage, her conviction and values. She is still very much a presence in the world of Aura-Soma and this book will help connect you to that.
Autobiography of a Yogi
by Paramahansa Yogananda This is a book that touched me very deeply at the beginning of my spiritual journey. It is the story of Paramahansa Yogananda from his upbringing in India, his time with his guru, and his journey to America and the West bringing yoga and spirituality in the middle of the 20th century. It took me into another world, the world of India, gurus, spiritual adventures, a child growing up to become man. It is so well written and there is a depth of energy that flows through the words to touch the reader. I highly recommend it.