Best Books About Metaphysics
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.
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."
Number Nine Is...
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...
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."
Number Seven Is...
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...
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...
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."
Number Four Is...
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...
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.