Books are a great way to start. You can find an unlimited choice of material as close as the nearest library or bookstore. Books can be the easiest way to sort through the many different paths and disciplines, thus saving time and gaining an intuition for the ones of real worth. It's also the quickest route to learning the language and terminology of the esoteric world. The titles listed below were chosen for their simplicity, depth, and the honest sincerity of the authors.
The following titles by author Richard Rose convey the "perennial philosophy" of how a person finds the truth about himself in the cosmos, based on a modern day sage's personal discovery. Mr. Rose had a unique presentation, unencumbered by pomp, pretense, or pseudo-logic. He spoke directly to the hearts and minds of his listeners, mixing penetrating insight with an all-encompassing humor that often stunned his audience, while simultaneously altering their view of the world. Many people came away from his talks with the distinct impression that, somehow, he was directly addressing their personal problems and inner states.
For information onThe Albigen Papers and
The Direct Mind Experience, go to
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The following titles are classics, 'musts' for any serious student. Check the second hand bookstores, or order them online from your favorite shop.
The Fourth Way by P.D.Ouspensky
In Search Of The Miraculous by P.D. Ouspensky
Psychological Commentaries On The Teaching Of Gurdjeiff And Ouspensky by Maurice Nicoll
Zen And The Psychology Of Transformation - The Supreme
Man And His Symbols by Carl Jung
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Websites: Todays computer technology can put us instantly in touch with our fellow seekers, source materials, groups and information of all kinds. These sites were also chosen for their sincerity, depth of information, and the honest of the individuals involved.
The TAT Foundation: TAT is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization established in 1973 to provide a forum for philosophical and spiritual inquiry. TAT was founded on the belief that your investigation of life's mysteries is expedited by working with others who are exploring, perhaps down a different road, so that you may share your discoveries, exchange ideas, and "compare notes" in order to come to a better understanding of yourself and others.
Spiritual Teachers Guide: This site is a timesaving guide to one aspect of the spiritual quest: the search for a teacher. Concise reviews of teachers ranked by a seekers personal experience and years of research. An excellent web-site for sorting through the many teachers and their systems. Check out the great page on spiritual movies, yes, movies. While 95% of what appears in the movie theaters is simply escapist entertainment, occasionally films appear that make one think about the big picture of life: - Spiritual Films -
What's behind the sense of 'I am'? Who's living, and who's facing death?
Who or what am I, essentially?
Throughout history occasional individuals have told of finding the answer to those questions, and their testimonies often have a surprising consistency. For individuals seeking to find the answer for themselves, those testimonies provide helpful clues for pursuing the search to a successful conclusion.
For some searchers, working by themselves is the preferred method. Others intuit that finding a few fellow seekers to work with may expedite their progress. Still more fortunate may be those who find a living person who has made the journey and can provide assistance from the perspective of that realization. The Self-Discovery site is designed to offer all three modes of help.
The Foundation of Human Understanding: For over three decades, the Foundation for Human Understanding has been helping people to cope successfully with stress by showing them how to live according to the traditional Judeo-Christian Principals of patience, honesty, courage, self-control, forgiveness, and real love for one's fellow man. In other words, to live according to conscience, and not according to the pressures of the outside world.
Zen Camp: series of informal videos on topics such as meditation, retreats and nostalgia.
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