5 Books That Will Change Your Life!
In the technology age where attention spans are gradually shortening and we have a myriad of different mediums to gather information, reading books is becoming a task deemed by many as not worth their time. Most people would rather watch a video on YouTube which summarizes a few hundred years of research into 5 minutes for their viewing pleasure. Now there is great use in watching videos, downloading apps, reading articles, and utilizing other sources to learn and grow, however there are millions of books in circulation to assist you. Almost all ancient knowledge that we have at our disposal is written in books or engraved in nature. Books also go into deeper detail than most modern sources of information. If you are truly looking to expand your knowledge and continue along your evolution, pick up a few quality books to assist you.
I’m going to provide 5 books that have drastically changed the way I view and live my life. These are all reads that provide a different perspective to what society teaches us, and they will allow you to challenge yourself on a variety of levels. Choose one, two, or all of the books off this list to push yourself to the next level!
1. Life Ahead by Jiddu Krishnamurti
This book is a true gem! My thoughts and beliefs were challenged on every paragraph. I suggest that you take your time with this read, as the concepts he discusses can be grasped on many different levels. This book is essentially teachings that Krishnamurti presents to youth who are looking forward to “life ahead”. Throughout the book children ask him questions which he proceeds to answer in a way that only he could. He covers a vast array of topics. He speaks on intelligence, fear, love, education, work, and everything in between! Jiddu Krishnamurti is a genius in the way that he leaves room for the reader and listener to figure out life for themselves. It is apparent that he will not give you all of the answers you seek and will often suggest that you take time out to ponder over the answers to your own questions. This is a book I will surely revisit several times in years to come.
“When you are young you are curious to know all about everything, why the sun shines, what the stars are, all about the moon and the world around us; but as we grow older, knowledge becomes a mere collection of information without any feeling.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti
2. The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
This is an oldie but a goodie. Published in 1923, Kahlil Gibran combines poetry and philosophical wisdom to expand the minds and hearts of its readers. The prophet referred to in the title shares pieces of his remarkable wisdom to the townspeople in the town that he was raised in. These gems of wisdom serve as a departing gift as the prophet plans to return home. Almost every major topic is covered in this classic. Love, money, homes, marriage, fear, religion, education, and more are discussed in poetic beauty. This is a quick read that will leave you feeling rejuvenated and wanting more. This book was also turned into a motion picture which you should definitely check out after reading the book! Learn more about it here.
“The timeless in you is aware of life’s timelessness. And knows that yesterday is but today’s memory and tomorrow is today’s dream.” – Kahlil Gibran
3. The Book by Alan Watts
Alan Watts was an individual who really assisted in my early awakening several years ago. He is a true wordsmith and gift. His book serves as no exception. The Book tackles the notion of the individual ego and our place in this world. Are you wondering what it is to be human and how we are connecting to the surrounding universe? This book will provide some valuable food for thought to assist you in an answer. Similar to most of the books on this list, this is no easy pill to swallow. Some of the content may need to be re-read a few times to get a firm grasp of what is being said.
“Other people teach us who we are. Their attitudes to us are the mirror in which we learn to see ourselves, but the mirror is distorted. We are, perhaps, rather dimly aware of the immense power of our social environment.” – Alan Watts
4. Journeys Out of Body by Robert Monroe
Robert Monroe will undoubtedly go down as a legend. He is the pioneer that really brought astral projection into the mainstream spotlight through his years of research and books published on the topic. This is the first book of his three part astral projection series. The other two books are entitled Far Journeys and Ultimate Journey. Journeys Out of Body provides a wealth of information on the topic of astral projection. Monroe speaks on his personal journey with the practice, a lot of what he’s learned and experienced during his travels, and how you can begin the process of astral projecting yourself. When he wrote this book, he had a lot of unanswered questions since there weren’t any resources or other people for him to learn from and compare his experiences to. Since then, astral projection has become a more common practice, and there are countless resources for you to learn from. Check out the Monroe Institute for more information.
“The super-mind knows unquestionably what is “right,” and problems result only when the conscious mind stubbornly refuses to recognize this superior knowledge.” – Robert Monroe
5. The 4 Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
I believe this is an excellent book for someone beginning a new journey of self-improvement and better overall living. It’s a accumulation of older philosophies all brought together into one well written book by Don Miguel Ruiz. He breaks down each concept into very understandable phrasing and language. The 4 Agreements are standards in which to live your life, and they are all sure to make a big difference. The agreements are as follows:
- Be impeccable with you word.
- Don’t take anything personal.
- Don’t make assumptions.
- Always do your best.
These 4 agreements are all things that I’ve spent years improving upon, and they have made me a much better person for it. It is essential to not just read the book, but to implement its teachings.
“True justice is paying only once for each mistake. True injustice is paying more than once for each mistake.” – Don Miguel Ruiz
I hope you’ve enjoyed my list and have found a new book to add to your list. If you have any amazing books that you’d like to share, please leave those suggestions in the comments below! Also, feel free to comment on what you’ve gotten out of any of the above books if you’ve read them before. Peace and love to you all!