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The greatest achievements of man’s capacity for thought lies in books. Carrying a glimpse into both new and historic perspectives they let the imagination run wild, and unlike videos/films do not force the visual imagery that co-insides with the stories and information. For me there are occasions where animated content assists in the learning of new material but my general preference is to set the scenes through the imagination.

Here are five books that we’ve chosen specifically for the genuine life changing perspectives they offer in no particular order:

 

1. THE CHIMP PARADOX by Dr Steve Peters

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“The mind programme that helped me win my Olympic Golds” ~ Sir Chris Hoy

The Chimp Paradox is an incredible insight into understanding the way the mind works. Dr Steve Peters goes in depth into irrational thinking and the negative impacts they cause before moving onto integrating this understanding in order to build confidence, success and happiness. It’s a real art to make complex concepts accessible and simple to the layman, this book does that extremely well. The author offers methods to understand, manage and essentially tame the ‘inner chimp’ we all have, and this has already made the book an invaluable read both personally and professionally.

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2. THE POWER OF NOW by Eckart Tolle

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“The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.” ~ Eckhart Tolle

The great accomplishment of this book is that it really is able to bring spirituality into the realm of every single person, especially in the western world. Eckhart Tolle uses very simple common language which nevertheless expresses a deep meaning and seems to promote a new and very thought provoking perspective on so many daily life experiences with every turn of the page. Power of Now provides the reader with a memorable experience, if you are open enough to let it happen. As a result this book inspired very noticeable changes in my life and promoted a state of mind for which I’m forever grateful for.

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3. PROMETHEUS RISING by Robert Anton Wilson

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“Belief is the death of intelligence.”  ~ Robert Anton Wilson

Prometheus Rising is a documentary of the masterpiece of human evolution, and a striking look into the structure of our own minds. Robert Anton Wilson repeatedly provokes the reader into mind-blowing realisations about how we perceive our surroundings and how this effects our actions, by constantly playing with your thinking and fooling you into thought traps to prove his points.  He combines theories from Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, ancient Sanskrit texts and many other philosophers and scientists from all around the globe. He breaks them down into easy to understand and often humorous manners whilst summarising their differences to each other and their striking similarities to Dr Timothy Leary’s analysis of the eight circuits of the brain. Often relating to historical anecdotes of mental epiphanies and enlightenment (Buddha, Jesus, Einstein, Mozart, etc.) and explaining how these are all examples of the individual’s transition to a higher brain circuit, which can be realised through societal conditioning, hypnosis, intense forms of yoga, hallucinogens, and brainwashing.

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4. THE WAY OF ZEN by Alan Watts

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“To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don’t grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float.” ~ Alan Watts

Written in Alan Watts’ eminently readable and attractive prose style, being both concise and provocative, this is a wonderful book on the philosophy of the Tao, of Buddhism and the rise and development of Zen. Watts has an incredible way of explaining things (often with skilful use of metaphors) such that the mind is frequently stunned into both awe and laughter. I am especially fond of where he discusses the concept of spontaneity and freedom of choice, however I’ll leave my opinions out and hope you have the pleasure of reading this book in future.

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5. 1984 by George Orwell

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“In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” ~ George Orwell

A powerful, compelling, and slightly disturbing cautionary tale about a world where we give up our freedom to feel “free”, Orwell’s novel is a masterpiece ahead of its time. A definite classic, it shows the many sides of human nature and how we rationalize our beliefs to ourselves. An original concept which not only entertains, but forces one to think about the danger associated with giving any one person or entity too much power or control over our lives. Issues well worth consideration in post-9/11 governing.

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Please share your book recommendations below

Which books noticeably adjusted your world view? Check out our bookshelf, and if you’d like to contribute, comment below with your recommendations.

  • Daniel Wieser

    How about Rich Dad Poor Dad & The 4 hour Workweek? Both will challenge your perspective on life, money, and working for it.

  • George Saladin

    “I Am That” dialogues with Nisargadatta Maharaj (1890 -1981) by Maurice Frydman.
    A great Spiritual Classic. Worth every letter.

  • Alesha Y

    Although it’s very public facing, how about adding. Bad. Science by Ben Goldace should be there too. Really gives an insight as to why you should question anything that’s being sold and their ability to back up what they say with PURE evidence.

  • Meghan

    Glad to see 1984 on here.

  • Raina Drew Jung

    Cheryl Strayed’s “Tiny Beautiful Things”. A fantastic book that definitely changes your perspective on many things in life.

  • Michael Gibson

    The Perfect Matrimony – Samael Aun Weor

  • Maie Atabani

    The Road less travelled by Scott Peck

  • Catherine Tapner

    “As a man thinketh”… can’t remember the author

  • Mateusz

    The Way of Superior Man by David Deida

  • Max

    “Breaking the habit of being yourself” by Joe Dispenza. Almost as good as “The Power Of Now”

  • Juan Fernando Molina

    You gotta add Albert Camus’ “L’Étranger” onto this list. That book helped me give my life meaning, and completely changed the way I see the world.

    I’d also add “A Brave New World” and most of the Buddhist texts.

  • Beau O’Connell

    “The Four Agreements” and “Way of the Peaceful Warrior” AND “Illusions”.

  • Örjan Pelle Ram

    Both ‘freedom from the known’ by Jiddu Krishnamurti and ‘life of Pi’ by Yann Martel made an enormous impact on me.

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  • Ghilzai

    “Thus spoke Zarathustra,” by Friedrich Nietzshe

  • Richard Mason

    In literary fiction I would recommend Jeremiah’s Ghost by Isaac Constantine.
    This book follows Jeremiah’s personal journey of self reflection through a series of flashbacks that build a painful picture of a troubled youth. This book constantly made me stop and ponder my own identity and the aspects of my childhood that formed my current mold. I definitely took some new perspectives away from this book. In it’s own way, Jeremiah’s Ghost is quite an inspirational read. I highly recommend giving it a chance.

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