MORE ESSENTIAL READING
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More suggested reading
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The Passion According to G.H.
by Clarice Lispector
An immensely profound literary voice. One of the best.
Tropic of Capricorn
by Henry Miller
Arguably one of the greatest autobiographical novels ever written.
The Coming of the Feminine Christ
by Niamh Clune
A mystical memoir and alchemical work on the feminine aspect of the Christ.
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
by Annie Dillard
Brilliant prose about the wonder of the natural world.
Mister God, this is Anna
The wonderful story of a young girl's true relationship with God.
by Elizabeth Haich
A woman's spiritual experiences from her past life in ancient Egypt.
Mutant Message Down Under
by Marlo Morgan
A woman's journey in the outback with a truly spiritual tribe.
The Dharma Bums
by Jack Kerouac
A classic book of alternative Buddhist inspiration.
Freedom From The Known
by Jiddu Krishnamurti
A succinct offering of Krishnamurti's essential teachings.
The Book of Secrets
Most books by Osho are splendid, as is this one.
The Sovereign All-Creating Mind-The Motherly Buddha: A Translation of Kun Byed Rgyal Po'I Mdo
Translated by: E.K. Neumaier-Dargyay
One of the most unique, most important, and most over-looked books on Buddhism. Highly recommended.
Foundations of Tibetan Mysticism
by Anagarika Govinda
A lucid work clearly outlining the essentials of Tibetan Buddhism.
The Secret of the Golden Flower
Translated by Thomas Cleary
Sublime and subtle. An important distillation of Chinese alchemy.
The Wedding of Sophia: the Divine Feminine in Psychoidal Alchemy
by Jeffrey Raff
A most unique book on alchemy and alternative Christianity.
Soul Retrieval: Mending the Fragmented Self Through Shamanic Practice
by Sandra Ingerman
An incredibly important, modern book on practical shamanism.
Jesus and the Lost
Goddess : The Secret Teachings of the Original Christians
A unique exploration of the Goddess Sophia and Christ.
The Essential Tao : An Initiation into the Heart of Taoism Through the Authentic Tao Te Ching and the Inner Teachings of Chuang-Tzu
Translated by Thomas Cleary
The Tao as rendered through the translations of the incomparable Thomas Cleary.
Translated and edited by Thomas Cleary
If you would read only one book on Zen Buddhism, then this ought to be the one.
The Essential Rumi
translated by Coleman Barks
Poetry, spirituality, and sensuality. Rumi is a treasure.
Mother of the Universe : Visions of the Goddess and Tantric Hymns of Enlightenment
poems by Ramprasad
translated by Lex Hixon
An ecstatic homage to the Goddess.
-kun byed rgyal po'i mdo (The Sovereign All-Creating Mind, The Motherly Buddha), Trans. Eva Neumaier-Dargyay
Kindly Bent to Ease Us, Longchenpa.
Dhammapada, trans. Harischandra Kaviratna
Buddhist Wisdom: The Diamond and Heart Sutras, trans. Edward Conze
Foundations of Tibetan Mysticism, Lama Anagarika Govinda
The World of Tibetan Buddhism, H.H. the Dalai Lama
The Tibetan Book of the Dead, trans. Robert A.F. Thurman
Introduction to Tantra, Lama Yeshe
Zen Essence, ed. Thomas Cleary
Moon in a Dewdrop, Dogen,
The Three Pillars of Zen, Kapleau, Roshi Philip,
Essays in Zen Buddhism, Suzuki, D.T.
Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, Suzuki, Shunryu.
Sutra of Hui Neng, trans. Thomas Cleary
Confessions, Saint Augustine
Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan
The Light Within You, John Claypool
The Cloud of Unknowing, anonymous
Meister Eckhart, Meister Eckhart
Jesus and the Goddess, Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy
Son of Man, Andrew Harvey
The Variety of Religious Experience, William James
The Coming of the Feminine Christ, Naomi Klune
The Wisdom of the Desert Fathers, Thomas Merton
The Science of Love and Key to Immortality: The Third Testament, and Steps in the Way, Ida Mingle
Nag Hammadi Library, various
The Gnostic Gospels, Elaine Pagels
New Testament with Apocrypha
The Lost Books of Eden
The Marriage of East and West, Bede Griffiths
The Way of Wonder, Jack Haas
Perennial Philosophy, Aldous Huxley
The Two Hands of God, and The Way of Liberation, Alan Watts
The Crest Jewel of Discrimination, Shankara
Mother of the Universe, Lex Hixon
Tantra, Georg Feuerstein
The Mysticism of Music, Sound, and Word, Hazrat Inayat Kahn
The Way of the Sufi, Idries Shaw
The Art of Dreaming, and Tales of Power, Carlos Castaneda
The Way of the Shaman, Michael Harner
Soul Retrieval, Sandra Ingerman
Dreamgates, Robert Moss
The Cosmic Serpent, Jeremy Narby
Chymical Wedding, Lindsay Clarke
The Grail Legend, Marie-Louise von Franz, and Emma Jung
The Tower of Alchemy, David Goddard
Psychology and Alchemy, Carl Jung
Alchemical Studies, Carl Jung
Mysterium Coniunctionis, Carl Jung
The Kybalion, the Three Initiates
Androgyny, June Singer
The Tao of Pooh, Benjamin Hoff
Prayer of the Heart, Seng T'san
The Essential Chuang Tzu, Chuang Tzu
Tao te Ching, Lao Tzu
Selected Writings of Artaud, Antonin Artaud
The Voice of Silence, H.P. Blavatsky
Sartor Restorus, Thomas Carlyle
A Short History of Decay, and The Trouble With Being Born, E.M. Cioran
Book of Lies, The Book of Thoth, and The Law is for All, Aleister Crowley
The Secret Life of Water, Masaru Emoto
Rebels and Devils, Christopher Hyatt
Lifting the Veil, David Icke
Apology for Wonder, Sam Keen
Mind is a Myth, U.G. Krishnamurti
The Teenage Liberation Handbook, Grace Llewellyn
The Hamlet Letters, and The Wisdom of the Heart, Henry Miller
The Law and the Promise, and Resurrection, Neville
A Crack in the Cosmic Egg, Joseph Chilton Pearce
Shambhala, Nicholas Roerich
The Enlightenment Book, Chuck Spezzano
Life Between Death and Rebirth, Rudolph Steiner
A Brief History of Everything, Ken Wilber
The Bridge Across Forever, and One, Richard Bach
Letters from a Living Dead Man, Elsa Barker
The Impersonal Life, Joseph Benner
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Annie Dillard
Mr. God, This Is Anna, Fynn
In, and Of, and Roots and Wings, Jack Haas
Initiation, Elisabeth Haich
Dharma Bums, and On the Road, Jack Kerouac
Tropic of Cancer, and Tropic of Capricorn, Henry Miller
The Black Butterfly, Richard Moss
The Island Within, Richard Nelson
Anais Nin's Diaries, Anais Nin
Peace Pilgrim, Peace Pilgrim
Walden Pond, Henry David Thoreau
Mutant Message from Down Under
Transfigurations, Alex Grey
Tarot Revisioned, Leigh McCloskey