Sometimes there are books that make such an impression that they must be shared. I offer a selection here. In some cases I will use these as a resource for clients and will create an interactive format for this purpose. Links to the e-book version of each book is for clients only and password protected.
Power, Freedom, and Grace
– Living from the Source
Do not confuse the instrument with the user of the instrument. The instrument is the brain; the user of the instrument is the infinite Being expressing itself in different disguises.
– Deepak Chopra
The Mysticism of Sound and Music
I gave up my music because I had received from it all I had to receive. To serve God one must sacrifice the dearest thing, and I sacrificed my music, the dearest thing to me. I had composed songs, I sang, and played the vina.
Practising this music I arrived at a stage where I touched the music of the spheres. Then every soul became for me a musical note, and all life became music. Inspired by it I spoke to the people, and those who were attracted by my words listened to them instead of listening to my songs.
Spiritual Dimensions of Psychology
On the day when science and psychology come to a certain understanding, knowledge will be complete. But when I use the word psychology, I do not mean it in the sense that is generally understood, for the psychology which is known as a new philosophy is in a primitive condition. What I mean by psychology is the point of view of the thinkers; the way the wise look at life; the manner of the thoughtful; the ideas of those who know life more fully.
Small is Beautiful
This remarkable book is as relevant today and its themes as pertinent and thought-provoking as when it was first published. Small is Beautiful looks at the economic structure of the Western world in a revolutionary way. Schumacher maintains that Man’s current pursuit of profit and progress, which promotes giant organisations and increased specialisation, has in fact resulted in gross economic inefficiency, environmental pollution and inhumane working conditions. Schumacher challenges the doctrine of economic, technological and scientific specialisation and proposes a system of Intermediate Technology, based on smaller working units, communal ownership and regional workplaces utilising local labour and resources.
The Little Prince
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry first published The Little Prince in 1943. More than a half century later, this fable of love and loneliness has lost none of its power. The narrator is a downed pilot in the Sahara Desert, frantically trying to repair his wrecked plane. His efforts are interrupted one day by the apparition of a little, well, prince, who asks him to draw a sheep. “In the face of an overpowering mystery, you don’t dare disobey,” the narrator recalls. “Absurd as it seemed, a thousand miles from all inhabited regions and in danger of death, I took a scrap of paper and a pen out of my pocket.” And so begins their dialogue, which stretches the narrator’s imagination in all sorts of surprising, childlike directions.