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Best Books About Metaphysics

Updated on August 3, 2014

Messages for Personal and Spiritual Growth

With so many incredible metaphysical writers out there, how does one pick the top ten? That is the question I'm sitting here pondering at the moment. Obviously, it's completely subjective if I'm picking them SOOOO, I think I'll take a trip down memory lane and pick the 10 that were most important to me at crucial times in my life.

You can tell a lot about a person by what books are in his or her library or what he or she is reading at a certain time in their life. This lens is no exception. You'll know a lot about me by the end of the lens. Hopefully, it won't be too much information!

Read on and rediscover old favorites and maybe some fun new favorites. Be sure to share your wisdom and add those metaphysical writers that were key for your pivotal moments in life.

For fun we'll present them Letterman style, starting with Number 10...

What Led Me To Metaphysics?

Growing up on a dude ranch in Montana without a TV, was a good background for becoming an avid reader. But it was in my 20s that deeper yearnings and hunger led me to other types of books. In an effort to understand the inner me, I would aimlessly wander a bookstore until some book jumped off the shelf begging to be read.

It always seemed like a message from a higher wisdom, taking me into new realms I'd never heard of or dreamed of.

In my 30s, I went to massage school and discovered my love for the healing arts. I was immediately attracted to energy work because it could take me to the cause of the symptom. The more I looked at cause, the more subtle my work became.

In my 40s and now 50s, I have realized that I am able to do healing that is out beyond my conscious ability to understand what I am doing. Now when I study metaphysics, I am looking for the explanation of what I am doing in my work. It's endlessly fascinating and fuels my continued personal and spiritual growth.

My Own Metaphysical Book

After many years studying others' thoughts about metaphysics, I finally wrote my own book.

Transformation: The Emergence of the Crystalline System
Transformation: The Emergence of the Crystalline System

Learn about the new energy system on the planet and how to work with it.


"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Number Ten Is...

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I read Emerson in high school for my Junior English class that was teaching how to write. I fell in love with Emerson and I fell in love with writing. Emerson inspired Thoreau with his views on self-reliance.

An interesting anecdote about Emerson concerned a fire that annihilated his home containing his extensive library. As he watched it burn down, his remark was how beautiful the flame was.

Thirty years after reading that, the home I was living in also burned down taking with it my metaphysical library at the time. I, however, couldn't watch it with Emerson's detachment...

"The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change."

-Carl Rogers

Number Nine Is...

Carl Rogers

In the early 70s, I was searching for clues about why I felt so different from everyone else. Rogers' now classic book gave me insight on why my uniqueness was actually the best of humanity shining through me. Rogers' views, that we are not only essentially good and healthy at the core of our being, but continually striving to actualize greater and greater parts of ourselves struck a cord for me. He was the first to call his clients "clients" instead of "patients."

This book brought me great comfort.

Number Eight Is...

Ernest Holmes

In my 20s, I began looking for a new type of spirituality. My father was studying Science of Mind at the time and introduced me to this great thinker, who lived about 100 years after Emerson.

"I think we'll be able to prove scientifically that other talents such as intuitive, psychic, clairvoyant and audiovoyant are very real."

-Shirley MacLaine

Number Seven Is...

Shirley Maclaine

I connected to Shirley like the ugly duckling finding his swan family. It was the first glimmer of "My People!"

Although she had already written other books prior to this one, Shirley started a new age revolution in the 1980s with this book.

Shirley seemed so familiar to me. Did we know each other from a past lifetime or was it just because we had the same birthday?

Number Six Is...

Dan Millman

Written in the 80s, Dan Millman's book The Way Of The Peaceful Warrior became a classic and eventually a movie. However, it was this later book that opened my eyes to ancient systems such as Astrology, the Enneagram and numerology. I still refer to this book today for deeper understanding of myself and others.

"Share our similarities, celebrate our differences."

-M. Scott Peck

Number Five Is...

Scott Peck

The last half of the 80s brought heartache and despair as I literally took a different road in my life (it was my late 20s which is a time of Saturn return, i.e. huge upheaval). I went through a divorce and headed off to massage school. This book consoled and supported me with these choices.

"The most important idea is that it's not as easy to open up to spiritual experience as we would like. There are some psychological breakthroughs that need to happen. Learning how not to control others and how not to control our lives so intensely are two of those breakthroughs. We have to let go."

-James Redfield

Number Four Is...

James Redfield

The 90s brought new optimism, not only in my life, but also for the country as we entered a decade of Clintons and prosperity. I first heard of this book in 1994, traveling to a retreat with Angeles Arrien and Brooke Medicine Eagle. It had been self-published by Redfield and only a few copies were to be had. Luckily it was published in mass quantities the following year by Random House. It brought new levels of metaphysical ideas to conscious awareness.

Number Three Is...

Diane Stein

Reiki introduced me to guides, psychic abilities and new possibilities in energy healing. Diane Stein's books have helped me heal most of my negative karma and karmic contracts. This in turn has helped me bring forth my own gifts and soul purpose.

Number Two Is...

Abraham with Esther and Jerry Hicks

These people and the channeled beings called Abraham talk my language! I'd never met someone before who viewed the world the way I do through vibration. It was love at first sight.

Esther Hicks and Abraham

And The Number One Metaphysical Writer Is...

Machaelle Small Wright

One of the greatest minds on the planet today for her work with the consciousness of Nature, microbe balancing (including developing a vibrational essence for the Swine Flu) and using flower essences to create optimal health. Her first book which tells the story of how she got started with it all is fascinating. Also amazing is her book Co-Creative Science

What About Metaphysical Movies?

The media of film has also contributed to metaphysics. Here are some of my favorites.

Let me know if you liked these metaphysical selections or the story of my life as told through the books that I read.

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    • blestman lm profile image

      blestman lm 

      5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this lens. A couple of the books are like classics to me: The Celestine Prophecy and The Road Less Traveled. Great job

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      Sandy Dell 

      5 years ago from Lenore, Idaho

      Great lens -- thanks for sharing!

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      5 years ago

      I have always been fascinated by this topic, thanks for the great selection of books.

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      5 years ago

      I had read 'Ask and It Is Given' by Esther & Jerry Hicks. After reading that book i got answers for many of my questions about life. This is a great lens. U r doing a great job! Thanks for sharing your knowledge :)

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      6 years ago

      Great lens, very interesting topic, squidlike!

    • PaulWSutherland profile image


      6 years ago

      Perfect - A top 10 with no sign of "The Secret" ... It just sneaked into the movies... Ah well

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      6 years ago

      You are amazing, I have done many of the same things you have. I am now working on getting my master in metaphysics. Good luck and thank-you, for your lens, they are very interesting and inspiriting.

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      7 years ago

      Blessing this lens! I read Out on a Limb and Edgar Cayce when I was still in high school, that is when I first learned of reincarnation. I went to a Lutheran school until 8th grade, so I had not heard of it until noticing Shirley MacLaine. Unlike you I grew up near the coast in Southern California. Lots to do there and crowded cities. Still I did read alot also. I have read half of the books on your list. I got 100% on your quiz, of course. I am fascinated with reincarnation. On the other hand though I am very spiritual by nature I am not wanting enlightenment.

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      MBradley McCauley 

      7 years ago

      Excellent lens. Informative and well written. I would like to add my all time favorite, "In Tune With The Infinite" by Ralph Waldo Trine. It is in public domain so you can read it free on the Internet. thanks for posting this, I'm off to look at some of your other lenses..

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      Steve Dizmon 

      7 years ago from Nashville, TN

      I have read five of the ten on your list and have one of the others I've never got around to reading. Choosing only ten must have been difficult. Perhaps you should do a Top 100 as there are so many excellent choices in so many categories. Shouldn't take more than a few minutes or a few months. Great lens.

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      7 years ago


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      MBradley McCauley 

      7 years ago

      Liked it very much. You did a thorough job with great suggestions for reading and watching. My metaphysical journey also began with Emerson, and Emmanuel Kant, and then really got going after "There is a River, The Edgar Cayce Story'.

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      7 years ago

      A wonderful list! Blessed!

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      7 years ago

      I too came up reading all of the books you have submitted here which I agree with wholly. Machaelle Small Wright was one of my favorites also. Each book, each step in the ladder, up and down into the depths of me.

      Then I went further into metaphysics and came to cosmology with the work of Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet/Thea who has synthesized the Zodiac and Enneagram in the Gnostic circle. Just go to: and see her work. You will be amazed.

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      HealthBug LM 

      7 years ago

      I have had interest in things that I later discovered are known as metaphysics. Personally I don't think that metaphysics is a science beyond science, I think metaphysics is itself a science (which is beyond the limits of modern science). Every thing that happens or exists has some principle of science behind it (so science isn't limited to our knowledge of science).

      I used to read books on philosophy (I am not a student of philosophy, I was actually interested in such subject) but now I don't find enough time to read (and digest). Thanks for the lens.

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      7 years ago

      I've read some of the books on your list (Ask & It is Given, and parts of some of the others) - and am totally immersed right now in Ernest Holme's "Science of Mind." My personal turning point was when I discovered the work of Paramahansa Yogananda w/ "Autobiography of a Yogi."

      This is all life-changing. Nice job on your lens!

      :) Kath

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      Steve Dizmon 

      7 years ago from Nashville, TN

      I've read exactly half (5/5) of your list and am aware of 2 or 3 of the others. Good list as there are so many from which to choose.

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      Jacqueline Marshall 

      7 years ago from Chicago area

      Great list of books. I haven't read your #1 pick - but I will.

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      7 years ago

      I'd add Stuart Wilde to the list. He was very influential when I was first studying. And I gave away tons of "The Game of Life and How to Play It" books by Florence Scovel Shinn. Still one of my faves. I bet we all have good stories that led us to the study of metaphysics.

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      gia combs-ramirez 

      8 years ago from Montana

      LOL just took my own quizz and missed one question!

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      Kate Loving Shenk 

      8 years ago from Lancaster PA

      Back again--I still need to catch up on my reading!!

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      8 years ago

      The number one book is: Any of the 20 Seth books. Your top ten is really Seth 101 by ten students. Do your homework. All of these books are variations of Seth's "You create your own reality" - it took 20 years and 20 books to explain that. Most of your top ten have also done a decent job, but they were the followers of the Seth material, with the exception of Emerson.

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      Kate Loving Shenk 

      8 years ago from Lancaster PA

      I need to read up, I see--Love the idea of reading these books on a long winter's night!!


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      8 years ago

      I do like Emerson. I can't say that I've read any of the others. I may have to give them a try.

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      8 years ago

      Very interesting lens. I am about to look for some of those authors and movies as well.

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      8 years ago

      I love metaphysics because it allows the connection between spirituality and science. This is necessary to gain knowledge while reflecting about the nature and scope of our human existence. May be you can find something intriguing in one of my lens…

      I appreciate your lens because it is well-done and your topic has great importance. I rated your lens 5 stars .

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      9 years ago

      I like how the law of attraction refers to the "art" of manefesting.

      Seems to be the crux of creativity...

      I'm happy to announce i've just released a book that's a fun exploration of many similar topics, "Boogeymen and Bedtime Stories"..Check it out at and

      Please forgive the self-shout..

      This just seemed to be a place that is similar in views, hopefully someone might enjoy the offering...


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      9 years ago

      What a great reading list! You listed some of my favorites and some that are new to me. How exciting! Thank you! Blessed by a joyful Squidangel!

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      Spook LM 

      9 years ago

      Very interesting and informative. Well done.

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      9 years ago

      Great lens 5*

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      Linda Jo Martin 

      9 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      I really love this lens, gia! I'm going to feature it on a few of my lenses. You taught me a lot!

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      10 years ago

      My favorite movie is The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra. It is very inspirational and Olivia Newton John sings so beautifully on it.

      Great lens, Gia! I am lensrolling it to my book lens.


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