I am a big proponent of unapologetically nourishing oneself on every single level – mind, body, and spirit – every single day. For a long while, I had the mind and body aspects down, but it was after I learned to meditate that the last piece of the trifecta was finally added.
Because Vedic Meditation was such a powerful force of change in my life, the reading materials that I was drawn to started to align with that trajectory. The intentions of mind started to merge with that of spirit. As my meditation practice progressed and I started my Vedic training, I came to know how critical the state of our minds are to our ascension. On our evolutionary path, we will be transformed on absolutely every level – mind, body, spirit, emotions, etc., but the level of the mind, with its outdated yet firmly established patterns, is the last layer to fully surrender to the tides of evolution as it clings so desperately to the structures that it has meticulously weaved throughout all aspects of our lives. From time immemorial, people have fought and died over an idea. This is how powerful the level of the mind is.
Different traditions and disciplines have their own names for this stubborn aspect of the mind. In the Vedic tradition, the Sanskrit word, pragyaparad, means ‘the mistaken intellect.’ Modern clinical psychology calls it the ego. Whatever name you prefer, it is all referring to that same thing and behaves in the same way.
It is possible for a decades-long meditator to suffer on the most subtle level, inhibited in their full evolutionary path because they haven’t dealt with either irrelevant or destructive patterns that still exist on the level of the mind. A common misconception is that by having a meditation practice, and in only doing the spiritual work, that will take care of the psychological work. This is not the case. This is a sobering reality when you have spent enough time in spiritual communities with earnest people who are deeply devoted to their practices.
Thoughts are more subtle, less dense forms of energy that simply has not yet materialized into the physical. It is an energetic body that holds a resonance. That energetic body grows more powerful the more we feed it with attention. Every time we entertain that thought, it gets further reinforced. When the physiology is completely rid of stress (which is a result of a consistent practice of Vedic Meditation), but we continue to entertain a thought that inhibits our growth, that results in a self-injury. The slightest bit of intention to entertain it will result in a thought and/or emotional spiral. Avoiding that self-injury is as easy as always choosing to entertain thoughts that are aligned with our evolutionary path. To have the discernment to choose between which thoughts to entertain is a wholly different practice in itself. Meditation works to cultivate that discernment and perceptual acuity, but outside of meditation, there has to be a certain level of vigilance.
The ascension path requires the evolution of our very selves on every single level. One size does not and will not fit all. A multi-pronged approach is necessary. In our modern world, we have access to a wealth of resources that targets the level of the mind. It exists in the form of words that are packaged up in a myriad of ways – books, podcasts, and videos. If you happen to be a monk with internet and have a guru in India, then the words of that guru also serves as a tool to correct the suffering that exists on the level of the mind.
For myself, I consistently supplement the learnings from my training and direct experience with books. Regardless of what you practice or believe in, there are certain universal truths that hold true across time and space. The below list is my compilation of those books that I have found to have a deep resonance along this path. I periodically update this list since I am always reading, so feel free to check back regularly. I welcome you to comment below since I’d love to hear your feedback or about your favorite books.
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Many Lives, Many Masters by Brian L. Weiss
This book was an eye-opener for me, and solidified my world view on reincarnation. What’s special about this book is that it was written by a clinically trained psychiatrist who just so happened across reincarnation through the spontaneous past-life regression of one of his patients. What transpired was the writing of this book (and the subsequent ones that came thereafter) through his superb documentation of his patients’ cases. The beauty in Dr. Weiss’ books is that it widens our lenses of the definition of life and death, the nature of karmic relationships, and elucidates the factors that affect all of the above. Through his re-tellings, we see that there is truly more to life than meets the eye, and while his patients’ cases are varied and span across time and space, the lessons gleaned for humanity are everlasting.
Conversations with God: An Uncommon Dialogue, Book 1 by Neale Donald Walsch
If you are looking for a comprehensive and digestible book that speaks to the nature of the Universe in all facets, then I highly recommend reading the Conversations with God books. There are four books in this series, and believe it or not, I believe this series to be the most condensed material out there that covers the breadth and depth of the topic on our Universe. Written in a question-and-answer format, Neal Donald Walsch started conversing with God when he penned a disgruntled letter, asking God why things sucked in his life. What transpired were a series of responses, written by Walsch, but in an altered state of consciousness that can only be explained as God’s voice being channeled through him, from pen to paper, to the questions that he posed over the course of many years.
Hands of Light by Barbara Ann Brennan
For those who are spiritually-inclined, we oftentimes look to science for complementary teachings. The better part of the beginning of this book is dedicated to this exploration, where Barbara Brennan speaks about the evolution of the scientific theories that have attempted to explain the nature of our humanity and our Universe, from Newton to Einstein to quantum theory. The author is an internationally acclaimed healer with an ability to read auras, chakras, and heal energetic imbalances. What may be a far-out topic, Barbara heavily grounds in science and medicine, providing scientific explanations and vivid charts of patients’ cases. She explains in extraordinary detail the mechanics of the human chakra and aura system, and how it operates when it is healthy vs. when any component is off balance. This book provide practical tools to cultivate the abilities in which Barbara specializes, in addition to meditations and physical exercises.
Shadows on the Path by Abdi Assadi
I recommend this book for those who are a bit further along on their spiritual journey. In order to best resonate with the content, it does require a bit of experience with a personal practice and having been in spiritual communities. This author goes where many only skim the surface and speaks in-depth about what the title describes – shadows that you may encounter on the path. This is a compact book (only 95 pages), but has gems densely packed due to Assadi’s no nonsense, straightforward tellings from his own direct experiences of having lived through and tried every spiritual thing under the sun. He holds no affiliations or attachments to any lineages or traditions, yet has cultivated practices and abilities that are all unique to himself. I really can’t recommend this book highly enough as a means to understand the role of the human experience on a spiritual path, and to answer any nagging questions that you may have had, but shied away from exploring.
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