Note: As mentioned (p. ii) in Change Your Story, Change Your Life, this list includes not just the materials specifically cited in the book, but many of the books that, over a period of almost twenty years, led me to expand my definition of reality and to break the bonds of the rational/material mindset that I had adopted during my years of formal education and my experiences in the sometimes narrow halls of academe.
I share these titles because so many people have asked me about the books that led me to the story I live today. Some of these books came into my life as gifts, some through recommendations of friends and colleagues, and one literally fell off a shelf at my feet. I read what sounded interesting, sometimes what seemed challenging, and I was occasionally tempted to wrap a few in brown paper to keep my rational, brilliant friends and colleagues from doubting my sanity. Every book on this list meant something important to my journey somewhere along the way.
The list is arranged alphabetically by author and partially annotated. I had originally intended to create categories for them, such as Science (where I began my own journey, under the reassuring guidance of writers with Ph.D.'s or M.D.'s) Consciousness and Spirituality. But as I attempted to categorize them, I soon found that many of these resources could not be confined to a single category. I have, however, retained one separate category, that of Channeled Material, not because the material is wildly different from the rest, but because even intrepid intellectual adventurers may be suspicious of that territory.
As my definition of reality got broader I found that whatever kinds of material I investigated, I kept encountering the same, or deeply similar, or interconnected foundational ideas. There still exist rigid world views that endeavor to keep ideas neatly fenced in, and plenty of rational-materialists (many of whom call themselves scientists) who insist that their Reality is the only real (measurable and replicable) one and that all else is Error, Fraud, Foolishness or Superstition. Nevertheless, contemporary science and mysticism fade into one another at the edges like the colors of a rainbow. For those who, like me, are willing to consider it all story, what matters most is what resonates with one's own inner adventurer.
Abbot, Edwin A. Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions. (Originally published under the
pseudonym "A. Square"), London: Seeley & Company, Ltd., 1884. Republished by
Dover in 1992.
(It's hard to believe that this extraordinary mathematically-based exploration of multi-dimensional reality could have been published well over 100 years ago! It continues to provide the imaginational realm I revisit whenever a new idea challenges my view of reality.)
Altea, Rosemary. The Eagle and The Rose: A Remarkable True Story. New York: Warner
(A book I found early in my explorations of "new realities" - the true adventures of a medium whose life experiences took her out of this world. I didn't quite know what to make of it, but found it fascinating and, as the title promised, remarkable.)
Barbour, Julian. The End of Time: The Next Revolution in Physics. Oxford: Oxford University
(For those not intimidated by math and science.)
Benson, Herbert, M.D., with Marg Stark. Timeless Healing, The Power and Biology of Belief.
New York: Scribner, 1996.
Bentov, Itzhak. Stalking the Wild Pendulum: On the Mechanics of Consciousness. New York:
(One of my favorite books on this list!)
Borysenko, Joan. Minding the Body, Mending the Mind. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley
(The first of the mind-body books I encountered.)
Borysenko, Joan. Fire In the Soul: A New Psychology of Spiritual Optimism. New York: Warner
Cameron, Julia, with Mark Bryan. The Artist's Way, A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity. New
York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1992.
(A book that was particularly important to my writer self.)
Capra, Fritjof. The Tao of Physics: An Exploration of the Parallels Between Modern Physics and
Eastern Mysticism. New York: Bantam Books, 1997.
(Long a best seller before I found it in its second - revised and updated - edition!)
Capra, Fritjof. The Web of Life: A New Scientific Understanding of Living Systems. New York:
Anchor Books, Doubleday, 1996.
Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly. Flow, The Psychology of Optimal Experience. New York: Harper &
Chopra, Deepak. Ageless Body, Timeless Mind: the Quantum Alternative to Growing Old.
New York: Harmony Books, 1993.
Daniels, Susan and Michael M. Piechowski. Living With Intensity: Understanding the
Sensitivity, Excitability, and Emotional Development of Gifted Children, Adolescents
and Adults. Scottsdale, AZ: Great Potentials Press, 2008.
(This book, in which I have a chapter, focuses on the work of Kazimierz Dabrowski. See
my annotation of Peace Pilgrim.)
Davies, Paul. The Cosmic Blueprint: New Discoveries in Nature's Creative Ability to Order the
Universe. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1988.
(Fine step-by-step exploration of the idea that ours is not a random universe.)
Dyer, Wayne W. Real Magic: Creating Miracles in Everyday Life. New York: HarperCollins,
Franquemont, Sharon. You Already Know What to Do: 10 Invitations to the Intuitive Life. New
York: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, 1999.
(A practical "how to" for getting in touch with intuition.)
Fredrickson, Barbara L. Positivity: Groundbreaking Research Reveals How to Embrace the
Hidden Strength of Positive Emotions, Overcome Negativity, and Thrive. New York:
Crown Publishers, 2009.
(Fredrickson, a Kenan Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, was called "the genius of the positive psychology movement" by Martin Seligman. If you have any doubt about the actual benefits of maintaining a positive story, you will want to read this book and perhaps visit this link.)
Greene, Brian. The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions and the Quest for the
Ultimate Theory. New York: W.W. Norton, 1999.
Grof, Stanislav, with Hal Zina Bennett. The Holotropic Mind: The Three Levels of Human
Consciousness and How They Shape Our Lives. San Francisco: Harper San Francisco,
(An M.D., Grof was an early researcher into the effects of psychotropic drugs, whose
encounters with and study of non-ordinary consciousness led him to investigate the
psychology of the spirit. This is an important book for broadening one's perspective on
Hawkins, David R. Power vs. Force: The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior. Sedona, AZ:
Veritas Publishing, 1995.
Holmes, Ernest. The Science of Mind. New York: Dodd Mean and Company, 1938.
(This book became the basis for Religious Science, one of the "new thought"
Holmes, Ernest. Creative Mind. Burbank, CA: Science of Mind Publishing, 2005. [Original
Holmes, Ernest. Living Without Fear. Los Angeles, CA: Science of Mind Publications, 1962.
Kabat-Zinn, Jon. Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face
Stress, Pain and Illness. New York: Random House, 1990.
(My introduction to a daily meditation practice.)
Kabat-Zinn, Jon. Wherever You Go There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life.
New York: Hyperion, 1994.
Katie, Byron, with Stephen Mitchell. Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your
Life. New York: Harmony Books, 2002.
Kharitidi, Olga. Entering the Circle: A Russian Psychiatrist's Journey Into Siberian Shamanism.
Albuquerque, NM: Gloria Press and Institute of Noetic Sciences, 1995.
(I found this book at the IONS national conference in 1995 and it remains one of the
most interesting and powerful of the books I've read on putting shamanism to work in
the contemporary world.)
Laszlo, Ervin. Science and the Reenchantment of the Cosmos, The Rise of the Integral Vision of
Reality. Rochester, VT: Inner Traditions, 2006.
Laszlo, Ervin and Jude Currivan. CosMos: A Co-creator's Guide to the Whole-World. Carlsbad,
NM: Hay House, 2008.
Lipton, Bruce, Ph.D. The Biology of Belief, unleashing the power of consciousness, matter &
miracles. Santa Rosa, CA: Elite Books, 2005.
Loye, David. An Arrow Through Chaos: How We See into the Future. Rochester, VT:
Park Street Press, 2000. (A re-issue of The Sphinx and the Rainbow.)
(David Loye's highly readable work combines neuro-physiology, psychology,
parapsychology and theoretical physics, focusing on our natural ability to forecast the
McTaggart, Lynne. The Intention Experiment: Using Your Thoughts to Change Your Life and
the World. New York: Free Press, 2007.
(A must read for anyone looking for the science related to Story Principle. The first four
parts provide information on the worldwide research on consciousness including the
ongoing "intention experiment" and the last part describes how to conduct such
Moody, Raymond A. Jr. Life After Life. New York: Bantam, 1976.
Morse, Melvin, with Paul Perry. Where God Lives: The Science of the Paranormal and How Our
Brains are Linked to the Universe. New York: HarperCollins (Cliff Street Books), 2000.
Myss, Caroline. Why People Don't Heal and How They Can. Harmony Books, 1997.
Pearsall, Paul. Making Miracles. New York: Prentice Hall Press, 1991.
(This is the book that in the year of its publication literally fell off the bookstore shelf
when I was looking for a book on Alzheimer's; I couldn't help buying it, and it, along with
the way it came to me, launched my real journey out of the confines of rational-
Pelletier, Kenneth R. Toward a Science of Consciousness. New York: Delta, Dell Publishing,
(One of my early finds, with a table of contents that spells out the general outlines of my own intellectual journey.)
Peace Pilgrim. Peace Pilgrim: Her Life and Work In Her Own Words. Santa Fe, NM: Ocean
(I found Peace Pilgrim many years ago through my work with gifted children and their
families, as she was used as an "exemplar" of Dabrowski's Theory of Positive
Disintegration. It took me an unconscionably long time to pick up her message!)
Perkins, John. The World Is As You Dream It: Shamanic Teachings from the Amazon and Andes.
Rochester, VT: Destiny Books, 1994.
Perkins, John. Shape Shifting: Shamanic Techniques for Global and Personal Transformation.
Rochester VT: Destiny Books, 1997.
Remen, Rachel Naomi. Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories that Heal. New York: Riverhead
(It was in this book that I found a story that paralleled my own mother's sudden ability
to speak a clear message a few days before she died, in spite of the plaques and tangles
of a brain ravaged by 22 years of Alzheimer's.)
Roads, Michael J. Talking With Nature: Sharing the Energies and Spirit of Trees, Plants, Birds
and Earth. And H.J. Kramer Book with New World Library, 1987.
(The most powerful book about our connections with nature I've encountered, with the
possible exception of the author's other books, listed hereafter.)
Roads, Michael J. Journey Into Nature: a Spiritual Adventure. An H.J. Kramer Book with New
World Library, 1990.
Roads, Michael J. Journey Into Oneness. An H.J. Kramer Book with New World Library, 1994.
Roads, Michael J. Into a Timeless Realm. Tiburon, CA: H.J. Kramer, 1995.
Russell, Peter. Waking Up in Time: Finding Inner Peace in Times of Accelerating Change.
Novato, CA: Origin Press, 1998. Originally published by Harper San Francisco as The
White Hole in Time.
(A special edition was sent as a gift to members of the Institute of Noetic Sciences.)
Sahtouris, Elisabet. EarthDance: Living Systems in Evolution. Alameda, CA: Metalog Books,
1996. Available as a download here.
(Dr. Elisabet Sahtouris, an evolution biologist who is among a group of scientists who meet regularly to discuss the findings of new science and their connections with the material provided to Jane Roberts during trance, first connected me with the Seth material. All of that material is archived at Yale University and remains one of its most visited collections.)
Shealy, C. Norman and Caroline M. Myss. The Creation of Health: The Emotional, Psychological,
and Spiritual Responses that Promote Health and Healing. Walpole, NH: Stillpoint
Simonton, O. Carl, Stephanie Matthews-Simonton & James L. Creighton. Getting Well Again.
New York: Bantam, 1980. (Original J.P. Tarcher edition, 1978.)
(Using visualization for healing - this is the book that was recommended to me when I
received a cancer diagnosis.)
Talbot, Michael. The Holographic Universe. New York: HarperCollins, 1991.
(If I were to suggest just one book for anyone looking to expand their view of reality
beyond materialism and the bounds of Newtonian physics, this would be it! It's a
fascinating look into connectedness, providing a new vision of ourselves and our place
in the cosmos.)
Talbot, Michael. Mysticism and the New Physics. London: Arkana, the Penguin Group, 1993.
Tart, Charles T. Waking Up: Overcoming the Obstacles to Human Potential. Boston:
Shambhala, 1987. (An Institute of Noetic Sciences Book.)
(A powerful explication of the work of G.I. Gurdijeff, the Asiatic Russian mystic
whose philosophy is known as the Fourth Way.)
Thomas, Lewis. The Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher. New York: Bantam, 1975.
Tolle, Eckhart. The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment. Novato, CA: New World
(Tolle's wildly popular first book, focused on staying in the present.)
Van Pragh, James. Talking to Heaven: A Medium's Message of Life After Death. New York:
(It took me a while to come around to investigating the idea of mediumship, but
what felt like spirit communications in the aftermath of my parents' deaths
led me there.)
Walsch, Neale Donald. Conversations with God: an uncommon dialogue. New York: G.P.
Putnam's Sons, 1996.
(I bought Books I, II and II and did not choose to think of these as "channeled," books, as
I thought at the time that Walsch was simply using the literary device of pretending to
respond as God. Others might reasonably choose to classify these books with the Seth,
Emmanuel and Abraham books that I've listed separately.)
Warter, Carlos. Recovery of the Sacred: Lessons in Soul Awareness. Deerfield Beach, FL: Health
Communications, Inc., 1994.
(After hearing Warter, who has both an M.D. and a Ph.D., speak at the IONS conference
In 1995, I knew I needed this book about the mysteries of healing.)
Weiss, Brian L. Through Time Into Healing. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1992.
(Reincarnation in the western world.)
Zukav, Gary. The Dancing Wu Li Masters: An Overview of the New Physics. New York: William
(This book, along with The Holographic Universe, showed me the possibilities of an
entirely new realm of intellect and pointed the way in.)
Zukav, Gary. The Seat of the Soul. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1989.
Hicks, Esther and Jerry. Ask and It Is Given: Learning to Manifest Your Desires. Carlsbad,
CA: Hay House, 2004.
(The "teachings of Abraham." This book and subsequent books of Abraham teachings
are the contemporary equivalent of the popular Seth materials.)
Roberts, Jane. The Nature of Personal Reality: Specific Practical Techniques for Solving
Everyday Problems and Enriching the Life You Know. A Seth Book. San Raphael, CA:
Amber-Allen Publishing and Novato, CA: New World Library, 1994.
(Elisabet Sahtouris, who is among a group of thinkers and scientists who meet at
the Salk Institute to discuss the findings of new science and compare those findings
with the material provided to Jane Roberts during trance, first recommended the Seth materials to me.)
Roberts, Jane. The Individual and the Nature of Mass Events. A Seth Book. San Raphael, CA:
Amber-Allen Publishing, 1995.
Roberts, Jane. The Magical Approach: Seth Speaks About the Art of Creative Living. San
Raphael, CA: Amber-Allen Publishing, 1995.
(There are many "Seth books," published and re-published since 1966. Though Jane
Roberts died more than two decades ago, her husband, the transcriber of the Seth materials, continued to publish the work.)
Rodegast, Pat and Judith Stanton. Emmanuel's Book: A Manual for Living Comfortably in the
Cosmos. New York: Bantam Books, 1987.
(My first venture into channeling - a gift from a colleague. I was astonished to find
in it the idea I had just formulated for myself, that the opposite of love was not hate, but fear. There are two other Emmanuel books as well.)