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The mark of a moderate man is freedom from his own ideas.

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It is the underlying principle of BEingThere.net that Enlightenment requires self-responsibility, the core lesson on the emotional aspect. This would include choosing your own course to follow. We offer tools and skills for determining your course, but never dictate a single path. When one hears the Ring of Truth and acts responsibly, there are no wrong choices. Each path will deliver different consequences, which in turn will present one's lessons in unique fashion. We are here to assist each person in learning the skills needed to use Personal Truth effectively to seek Enlightenment, not to prescribe a particular path.

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365 Tao: Daily Meditations

Deng Ming-Dao

Harper San Francisco

$15.95 380 pages, 5"x6.9", Soft cover

©1992 Deng Ming-Dao

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As one of the most functional explanations of Taoist philosophy, 365 Tao reveals itself in ever-deeper levels as you rotate through the course of the book, year after year. Written to be pondered one page at a time, there is a daily offering in the consistent format of a one-word title, a poem and an insightful teaching. Using the English language as a paintbrush, composing finely-tuned phrases that reach into the soul, Deng is one of our most preferred authors, and 365 Tao is at the top of the list of his books. This is a must-have book for anyone inclined toward Taoist philosophy. It approaches a level of insight and guidance that we consider Enlightened.

 

 

Autobiography of a Yogi

Paramahansa Yogananda

Self-Realization Fellowship

Hardcover, Thirteenth Edition, 520 pages, 5.75"x8.6" ($24.50)

Quality Paperback, 604 pages, 4.25"x7" ($12.50)

©1946, 1974, 1998  Self-Realization Fellowship

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Perhaps the most astonishing development of the twentieth century was the globalization of the pursuit of Enlightenment. Hinduism and Yogi Philosophy, both having origins in the ancient Vedic texts, were exported to the West through the teachings of Yogi masters from India. Vivekananda, Yogananda, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Muktananda, B.K.S. Iyengar and many others brought the Yogi philosophy to the United States and Europe during the last century, where it found fertile ground. Nearly all of these great teachers founded schools in the west that remain active today.

India, the birthplace of Veda, Hinduism, Yogi Philosophy and Buddhism, as well as hundreds of other lesser known religions, has a rich history in the pursuit of Higher Consciousness and Enlightenment. Many of the legends recounted in Autobiography ... involve miracles and powers of the astral plane that, while difficult for westerners to accept, are no more fantastical than those from Christianity, Islam and Judaism. It is important to understand the Indian roots of this pursuit, along with the equally rich Chinese philosophies that arrived slightly later in the west. Through understanding the differences in philosophies, one is much better prepared for the journey of a lifetime.

Yogananda's book is the story of his mastery. Written in colorful detail, he describes his search for a teacher of Higher Consciousness, which began early in his life, and brought him into contact with many of the plethora of saints in India during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It has become a favorite among the scattered community of seekers in the west, and thus has earned a spot on our list.

 

The Calvin & Hobbes Tenth Anniversary Book
Bill Watterson
Andrews and McMeel
$16.95   208 pages, 9”x12”, Soft cover
©1995 Bill Watterson
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Many of us have grown up with the comic strips that are an integral part of nearly every newspaper. For over one hundred years, children would eagerly turn to the comics with each new edition. The little spoken secret is that adults are the target audience for the comics because of the amusing way that comics can illustrate basic human nature. Few characters can demonstrate the issues we all feel as well as the unabashed brat, Calvin. You do not have to like Calvin to appreciate his talent for inadvertently speaking consistently off-base, self-serving observations about life. His best friend is his stuffed animal, Hobbes, although don’t call him “stuffed”. He is a non-human, and proud of it. Hobbes is the perpetual voice of the obvious understatement. As Bill Watterson explains in his commentary that runs through the pages of this book, “My strip is about private realities, the magic of imagination, and the specialness of certain friendships.” In the constant work of sincere personal growth, Calvin & Hobbes offers a few moments of welcomed comic relief. Anyone who ever appreciated the comics will find Watterson’s commentary very illuminating, and is why this collection is selected first among his dozen or so collection books. The widely varied cast of characters in Calvin & Hobbes gives everyone an opportunity to relate to the lessons of life that Calvin masters with aplomb. Hopefully, self-responsible adults will not arrive at the same truths as Calvin, although his look like a lot more fun!

 

Codependent No More; How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself

Melody Beattie

Hazelden

$15.95   250 pages, 5.3"x8.3", Soft cover

©1987, 1992 The Hazelden Foundation

 

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Codependence is perhaps, the single most pervasive and self-destructive dynamic among humans. It surrounds us every day. And yet, we cannot see it until we learn what to look for. Once discovered, we wonder how we ever missed it. Every person who thinks of him/herself as conscious, as a seeker, as a student of their own dynamics (patterns of emotion and behavior), someone who wants to deal with their issues in order to grow and develop, basically anyone who is awake, needs to learn to see and deal with their own codependence and that of others around them. In Codependent No More, Melody Beattie provides a primer in this most fundamental dynamic. She describes how codependence invisibly moves you every day, all day. Like being stuck in a current of unconscious behavior, it is not until you can see that current that you can choose to lift yourself out of it. This is the beginning of Higher Consciousness self-responsibility, the core issue on the emotional aspect. This book teaches you how to recognize codependence, and once recognized, how to work with it in yourself. This is a lifetime issue for most people. You will constantly discover new ways you practice codependence, and each new insight will help set you free to be entirely truthful.

The Courage to Heal Workbook; For Women and Men Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse

 

Laura Davis
HarperPerennial
$22.95   464 pages,  7.25"x9.38"  Soft cover
©1990 Laura Davis

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The horror of child sexual abuse always leaves the victim with, not only the scars from that abuse, but a lifetime of on-going and significant relationship issues. If the victim does nothing to own the legacy they have inherited, he or she will suffer the effects their entire life. These issues are created by the evil perpetrated by, what would usually have been, a trusted adult. The resulting trauma in the child is so severe that it leads her/him to question their experience, their reality even, often to the point of repressing their own memory. This concept of repressed memories, or rather the recovery of repressed memories, causes quite a reaction from the accused and can lead to lawsuits, family disintegration and isolation of the victim, creating yet another form of abuse.

The victim of child sexual abuse can almost count on a lifetime of even further emotional abuse from disbelieving family members. The only salvation for anyone suffering this form of evil is to seek their truth and always reside there. This takes enormous courage in the child-victim. Healing from sexual abuse puts what was already a very shaky world at risk. This workbook helps guide the victim in many of the steps necessary to become whole and healthy again. Since this is such intense inner work, we strongly advise and advocate that the person seeking recovery use the guidance of a professional psychotherapist while attempting to undertake the prescription outlined in The Courage to Heal Workbook.

Carrying out the exercises in this book with tenacity is an excellent beginning to reclaiming the health that was unjustly stolen. With the guidance of Laura Davis’s workbook, and the support of a counselor, a child-victim can learn to claim the responsibility that is theirs and decline the responsibility that is not. The lessons learned will become a priceless catapult into Higher Consciousness, allowing the former victim to create significant intimate relationships with their romantic partner, their children and other family members who honor the work devoted to healing from this atrocity. Buying and working this book is the beginning of this recovery.

 

Embarking on the Way; A Guide to Western Taoism
Solala Towler
Abode of the Eternal Tao
$14.95   162 pages, 5.5"x8.4", Soft cover
©1997 Solala Towler

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Solala Towler is a seeker who applies Taoist teachings to his own path. His writing is a mixture of Taoism and his own personal perspective. He is careful to distinguish the two, but it is the combination of both fact and perspective that makes this book one of the most useful for gaining a global understanding of this profound philosophy. As Solala states, "There is nothing to join, no vows to take, no special diet to follow and there is no need to let go of one's own personal religious or spiritual path to benefit from the teachings of Tao." Solala is a good person to know if you wish to expand your understanding of Taoism. His organization, The Abode of the Eternal Tao, in Eugene, Oregon, also publishes his other books on Taoism and a monthly journal, The Empty Vessel: A Journal of Contemporary Taoism." He teaches Qigong and meditation, and leads annual tours to study in China.

Feeling Your Way Along; Using Your Emotions As A Pathway To Enlightenment     
(Comes with study guide)

Stephen BE with Donna BE
BEing There Publications™
$14.95  184 pages, 5.5"x8.5", Soft cover
©1995, 2000 BEing There Enlightenment Systems, Inc.

 

 

 

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This is the foundation text for learning the emotional skills necessary to pursue Higher Consciousness. Written in three parts, the first part describes the constructs upon which the skills are predicated. Knowledge of these constructs, alone, helps to formulate a deep understanding of what it means to seek Enlightenment. The second part teaches the basic emotional skills. While it may be necessary to practice these skills with a teacher to become proficient, you will gain a complete understanding of how to use your emotions to seek Enlightenment. In the third part, examples are given of using emotional skills to pursue Higher Consciousness. This is a succinct presentation of how using real-life situations allows access to your issues; dealing with your issues leads you to your lessons; learning your lessons unfolds your consciousness; and pursuing Higher Consciousness results in Enlightenment.

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Fourteen Lessons in Yogi Philosophy and Oriental Occultism
Yogi Ramacharaka
The Yogi Publication Society
$18.00   288 pages, 5.1"x7.5", Hardcover
©1931, 1904, 1903 Yogi Publication Society

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Despite its obvious roots in Hinduism, Fourteen Lessons in Yogi Philosophy does not advocate any specific religion. It explains that the religion of one's choosing is an essential step in the pursuit of Higher Consciousness, since it reflects the temperament of the seeker. Lessons 1-3 explain the Seven Principles of Man (a construct we describe as seven levels of consciousness) and the usefulness of knowing how to breathe correctly, using prana to effect your vital force. Lessons 13-14 explain the three paths that comprise the Path of Attainment (i.e. Enlightenment): Raja Yoga, Karma Yoga, and Gnani Yoga, and that all other forms of Yoga are subsets of these. The path one selects is once again, reflective of the individual's temperament, and no one path is more important or better than another. These are the chapters most relevant to the Pursuit of Higher Consciousness. The middle chapters speak about metaphysical concepts that are beyond the experience of most people, and can be a distraction from the real, everyday work required to realize Higher Consciousness. This book was first printed over one hundred years ago. Its authorship is not well established. However, it appears that the author is a pen name for an American, William Walker Atkinson (1862-1932), who was a prolific author of metaphysical books, and possibly participated in the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago during 1893 with Swami Vivekananda, one of the great Hindu teachers. The Yogi Publication Society, the publisher of this book, states that Ramacharaka (1799-1893) was an Indian yogi who took a student by the name of Baba Bharata. Supposedly, Ramacharaka sent Bharata to the United States in 1893 to teach, where he met Atkinson at the same Chicago event. It is reported by YPS that Bharata supplied the material and Atkinson ghost-wrote the book they attributed to Bharata's teacher, Ramacharaka. The actual existence of Ramacharaka is not well documented. When trying to understand constructs that have existed for thousands of years, it is very helpful to study assorted texts, from diverse philosophies. This one is readable and educational, albeit challenging for those not inclined toward metaphysics. Although its origins are somewhat cloudy, many people report this being one of the most meaningful and profound books of their lives. Like all books, its veracity must be measured by the individual's experience of Personal Truth.

 

Getting the Love You Want; A Guide for Couples
Harville Hendrix, Ph.D.
Henry Holt & Company
$15.00   305 pages,  5.5"x8.25", Soft cover
©1988 Harville Hendrix

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Harville Hendrix provides the best, most comprehensive and sanest explanation for the relatively new phenomenon of romantic relationships. He proposes that our desire to couple is rooted in an innate need to heal childhood wounds, and consequently, our sense of attraction unconsciously leads us to fulfill this promise by picking romantic partners that will recreate these wounds. Our task then, is to learn to recognize the dynamics involved in this drama, and consciously change them to provide a healing environment for each other. His presentation is scholarly and well-presented for the average reader. His footnotes richly complement the main text, and are recommended reading. In fact, we believe this book should be required reading for all marriage partners and potential partners. Some people want to leave the realm of romance in a fantasy land. Harville makes sense of the fantasy, which surprisingly, does not lessen the romance. He even teaches many exercises that couples can do together to enhance their romance, as well as to create the healing environment that marriage is supposed to be. If therapy could be packaged, this would be marriage therapy in a box. Of course, reading it will not change anything except your understanding. It is not until you put your awareness into action that it becomes consciousness. This book provides direction for the course of action.

The Good Girls Guide to Bad Girl Sex; An Indispensable Resource for Pleasure and Seduction

Barbara Keesling, Ph.D.M.
Evans and Company, Inc.
$21.95   224 pages, 6.25"x9.25", Hardcover
©2001 Barbara Keesling

 

 

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There obviously is a “nature” to sex, which allows anyone to inherently know enough to procreate. However to enjoy sex, it must be studied. There are skills and subtleties that make all the difference in the quality of sex anyone experiences. The first of these is learning to make sex fun and enjoyable, instead of serious or shameful. Barbara Keesling is a sex therapist who shares her wealth of knowledge and teaching exercises, all of which are meant to help men and women alike, re-discover the fun in their sexuality. In an era when sex is portrayed primarily in terms of the masculine experience (yang), the Good Girls Guide is targeted toward women who want to learn how to re-claim the power of femininity (yin), and update into truth the inhibitions that came from oppressive parental and moralistic teachings. The “Bad” in the title is entirely tongue-in-cheek, as an acknowledgement of the judgments we fear and must deal with, in order to become sexually skilled. She writes about the dilemma many women feel internally, about being sexual but not acting sexual. Her chapters include how to think, dress, walk and talk, as well as direct sexual techniques to discover your inner self and how to engage with your partner. Sex is one of the most powerful vehicles for the pursuit of Higher Consciousness, since it raises so many of our issues. To claim sex as a tool of consciousness, however, you must first learn how to physically claim it. This book gets you started in the right direction.

Grace Unfolding: Psychotherapy in the Spirit of the Tao-te ching

Greg Johanson and Ron Kurtz
Bell Tower
$13.00   140 pages, 5.5"x8.25", Soft cover
©1991 Gregory J. Johanson and Ronald S. Kurtz

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Relating the principles of the Tao Te Ching to the practice of psychotherapy, Johanson and Kurtz eloquently clarify the roles of both the therapist and the client. For anyone who is considering using counseling as a means for learning the skills they need for the pursuit of Higher Consciousness, this book paints a picture of what therapy should look like. Far from being a "fix-it" shop, therapy should be an environment for profound discovery of the self. Grace Unfolding gives you a baseline picture with which to compare potential therapists. Similarly, a therapist can look into this art for a model on how to BE with a client. If the therapist is not traveling a path of self-realization, then he or she has only the concrete to offer a client. Grace Unfolding provides the template for either a client or a therapist to measure the values being expressed in psychotherapy.

Handbook to Higher Consciousness
Ken Keyes, Jr.
Love Line Books
$9.95     Fifth Edition, 213 pages, 5.5"x8.5", Soft cover
©1975, 1972 Living Love Center

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Ken Keyes was at the forefront of the human potential movement during the late 1960's and early 1970's in the United States. His Handbook to Higher Consciousness was one of the first books to assign Western terms to Eastern philosophy about consciousness, most notably by labeling the seven levels of consciousness with English names, some of which we adopted in our descriptions of the seven levels of consciousness in Feeling Your Way Along. Based in everyday experience, Living Love, the philosophy he proposes, did not require one to detach from their present life to pursue Higher Consciousness. Ken was "new age" before the term was invented. His dated language serves to remind us that his philosophy is merely a step in the long evolution of understanding consciousness. He composed The Twelve Pathways in the format of affirmations, equated emotional imprinting to a computer program, and described "negative emotions" as "addictions" that can be controlled through intentional reprogramming. Despite the misdirected teachings of "mind over emotion", the first twelve chapters of this book provide important background to the development of consciousness theory. The final eight chapters propose methods for self-improvement that we would not support. In fact, Ken moved to more profound inner work later in his life, finally seeing the need to embrace emotional experience. His own growth, notwithstanding, Handbook to Higher Consciousness still deserves an important position in the circle of understanding.

High-C Journal; How To Deal With Higher Consciousness Lessons Everyone Must Face

 

 

 

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These are specific lessons in Higher Consciousness, lessons that everyone must face eventually. By reading about the dynamics involved, you will anticipate these lessons, recognize them, and be better able to deal with them effectively when they occur. The High-C Journal is a personal growth manual. Relevant to everyday life, it offers serious presentations for people who pursue Higher Consciousness deliberately and conscientiously.

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High-C Journal, Vols. I&II  (Comes with study guide) (Out of print)

$19.95   150 pages, 5.5"x8.5", Soft cover©2005 BEing There Enlightenment Systems, Inc.

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High-C Journal, Vol. III

$19.95   192 pages, 5.5"x8.5", Soft cover ©2006 BEing There Enlightenment Systems, Inc.

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High-C Journal, Vol. IV

$19.95  218 pages, 5.5"X8.5", Soft cover ©2007 BEing There Enlightenment Systems, Inc.

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High-C Journal, Vol. V  
$19.95 244 pages, 5.5"x8.5", Soft cover ©2011 BEing There Enlightenment Systems, Inc.
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High-C Journal, Vol. VI

$19.95 298 pages, 5.5"x8.5", Soft cover ©2012 BEing There Enlightenment Systems, Inc.

 

The Holy Man
Susan Trott
Riverhead Books
$13.00   179 pages, 5.4”x6.25”, Soft cover
©1995 Susan Trott

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Susan Trott’s delightful little book serves to remind us of several pertinent lessons about the pursuit of Higher Consciousness. It is written as a series of encounters between stereotypical characters that reflect parts of us, like the “angry man”, the “jealous man”, the “impatient woman”, and the “shirker”, and a nebulous holy man, Joe, whose purpose is partially served by being briefly available to each one who is willing to make the pilgrimage to his remote mountain cottage and wait for their turn to visit. Many visitors must confront their issues while in the process of waiting in line, while engaging with fellow seekers, or in their reactions to the holy man’s message to them. Each encounter with Joe addresses certain tribulations of life and how the visitor can solve his or her dilemma, along with the lesson to be learned in the process.  Although Trott throws in platitudes about values she thinks we should all practice, the overall message is that self-reflection and disciplined pursuit will bring needed answers. It is an easy book to read and grasp, most chapters are just a few pages long. Children over age 8, or so, will also enjoy hearing these stories.

 

Homecoming: Reclaiming and Championing Your Inner Child
John Bradshaw
Bantam Books
$17.00   288 pages, Soft cover
©1990 John Bradshaw
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Author of Bradshaw On: The Family and Healing the Shame that Binds You, as well as host of three national PBS television series, John Bradshaw is a powerful voice for the necessity of working with the effects of inadequate parenting, which he calls “inner child work”, work that every responsible adult must do. Noticeably absent in his book is the usual mealy-mouthed psycho-speak, which hides the author’s message behind authoritative research and standardized perceptions. Bradshaw has strong opinions about the real work that every person needs to do, and articulates them convincingly. He puts himself “out there”, and is willing to take any “shots” others want to challenge him with.

Bradshaw speaks with responsible conviction, as well as first-hand experience, about the legacy of damage done to a child and the grief that pervades their inner experience now, especially those who are raised in any kind of abuse, abandonment, or neglect, and the enmeshments with unhealthy family members that necessarily follow. The theme of his writing speaks to the developmental needs that were not met during specific stages of childhood and their effects on adult functioning. With legitimate universal needs unmet, the child’s development is thwarted, skewed and shaded, at best, and completely retarded, at worst.

Rather than being just another “blame it on your parents” presentation, Bradshaw exhibits compassion for the family chain of “wounded children raising more wounded children”. He clearly puts the onus of responsibility on the shoulders of each adult, who must accept that their wounds are theirs to deal with, regardless of how they were created. However, going beyond a “lift yourself up by your own bootstraps” mentality, he describes exactly how to fulfill the specific needs of each childhood stage. It is powerful work, including many exercises, that helps the reader to better understand his or her own unconscious imprints. One cannot pursue Higher Consciousness without looking in the rear view mirror, often and regularly. Bradshaw gives us well-considered tools with which to assist in this pursuit.


 

 

The Illustrated Tao Te Ching(Lao Tzu )
Translation by Man-Ho Kwok, Martin Palmer and Jay Ramsay
Vega Publishing
$14.95   192 pages, 7.75"x10.75", Soft cover
©2002 Vega,
©1993 Man-Ho Kwok, Martin Palmer, Jay Ramsay

 

 

 

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The Tao Te Ching is one of, if not the, most frequently translated books in the entire world, which is a reflection of its importance in Taoist philosophy. If you are a student of Tao, you will want to acquire a collection of translations from various scholars. Ancient Chinese is a difficult language to translate, even for someone who uses Chinese as a primary language. Various translations will emphasize very different concepts from the same chapter of Tao Te Ching, as well as arrange them in different order and attribute the teachings to different authors. To read many versions, study and sort through the conflicts in translation, and arrive at your Personal Truth: this is a significant test for those who are ready and willing to claim this level of self-responsibility. We chose to recommend this translation. It is beautifully illustrated and printed in full-size pages. The 20-page Introduction is a Taoist history lesson unto itself. And the translations involve modern English phrases. While the translators may have taken liberty with some of the ancient meaning, the result is very understandable to the Western mind.

 

The Intimacy Struggle
Janet G. Woititz
Health Communications Inc.
$9.95   122 pages, Soft cover
©1993 Janet Geringer Woititz
Based on The Struggle for Intimacy ©1985
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Janet Woititz, Ed.D. is a counselor who has written several best-selling books on the effects of growing-up in an alcoholic home. “Adult Children of Alcoholics”, known by the acronym, ACOA or COA, have many issues in common surrounding their ability to create intimate relationships. Woititz has described many of these common issues, their basis in the faulty beliefs resulting from alcoholic parents, and the effects of these beliefs on relationships. Her original publication, The Struggle for Intimacy, addressed the specific needs of ACOA’s. This revised edition, The Intimacy Struggle, expands the scope to include the intimacy issues that are common in children from dysfunctional families of all sorts. In highlighting these faulty beliefs, she hopes to enable the reader to better understand the issues he or she faces; “understand” being the operative word. Like so many self-help authors, Woititz does not offer anything more than cognitive understanding of untrue beliefs. She does not teach emotional skills needed to identify, update and own truthful beliefs. Because of this, we give her book only a modest recommendation. It is helpful to understand how one creates a faulty world from faulty beliefs. However, that is only half of the work needed to be able to create a more truthful world, one that includes relationships of true intimacy. This short book is worth reading for the understanding about common beliefs faced by all adult children from dysfunctional families, which includes a large segment of the population. This understanding will prove helpful when one is doing the actual work of updating their Personal Truth, the skills for which are described in Feeling Your Way Along.

 

 

Jonathan Livingston Seagull, a story
Richard Bach, Photographs by Russell Munson
Avon Books
$9.00   128 pages, 4.1"x6.9", Soft cover
©1970, 1998 Richard D. Bach and Leslie Parrish-Bach
Photographs ©1970, 1998 Russel Munson
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Jonathan Livingston Seagull is a character with whom all seekers can identify. In this delightful allegory about the trials and costs of living in truth, Jonathan is driven by his own need to perfect himself, as evidenced by his flying abilities. The more he learns, the more he finds himself in another world, ostracized by his flock and then welcomed by those who went before him. By the time he discovers that perfection was within him all along, he also realizes that compassion for his fellow seagulls was a prerequisite. His purpose becomes helping any who wish to learn. This classic in the field of human potential is the easiest of reads, and is appreciated by children and adults, alike.



Libertarianism In One Lesson, Ninth Edition
Why libertarianism is the best hope for America's future
David Bergland
The Advocates for Self-Government
$12.50   192 pages, Soft cover
©2005 David Bergland
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"You own yourself." This is the underlying principle of libertarianism. Coincidentally perhaps, it echoes the core lesson on the emotional aspect of BEing, self-responsibility*. Owning yourself is not as obvious a condition as it should be. There are innumerable ways in which this basic human right is limited, or stolen outright. Libertarianism helps us to be aware of this basic human right, how to claim it for ourselves and how to ensure it for others. It is a philosophy about the privileges and consequences of self-responsibility. David Bergland's book describes the way we have traditionally formed governments and the powers we continue to assign them, and thereby surrender some of our self-responsibility. While his book is primarily about politics, the philosophy of libertarianism provides an even greater guiding light to those of us who seek Higher Consciousness. Libertarianism challenges the individual to claim full self-responsibility in all areas of life, including politics and the social issues that follow, and therefore completely supports the pursuit of Higher Consciousness. Libertarianism In One Lesson is highly recommended reading for everyone who is ready to look beyond their immediate issues, to face the reflection of those issues showing in society. For example, codependence in close relationships is duplicated in the desire for codependence with governmental services. It is the same codependence that shows in different venues. Through the understanding and practice of libertarianism, the seeker learns how to apply the principle of self-responsibility, "you own yourself", to the most difficult issues faced by our society. Bergland provides an excellent introduction into this philosophy and its application.

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Scholar Warrior; An Introduction to the Tao in Everyday Life

Deng Ming-DaoHarperSanFrancisco$23.95,  360 Pages,  7.4” x  9.1”,  Soft Cover

©1990 Deng Ming-Dao

 

 

 

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One could spend their entire life studying Taoism, as a scholar. It is an education unto itself. In Taoist philosophy, however, one should instead, spend their entire life seeking Tao, with the conviction of a warrior. This is an important distinction, which encapsulates many of the ethereal concepts of Taoism. How does one seek Tao without first studying Taoism? In studying Taoism, is one seeking Tao? The more one discovers about Taoism, the more sophisticated it becomes. Like studying music, there are beginning stages, intermediate stages, advanced stages, and mastery. Study and practicality are inseparable.

As obscure as it can sometimes seem, Taoism is eminently practical. Deng Ming-Dao, whom you may know from the daily handbook of Taoist thought, 365 Tao, is a master at leading us through the philosophy of Taoism, right up to the edge of our comprehension, and then making it thoroughly relevant to life. As a student of the Chinese Taoist master, Kwan Saihung, Deng consistently makes this sophisticated Chinese philosophy understandable to the western reader. In his words,

 

 

“Taoism provides a complete way of life that can be tailored to suit any individual. It incorporates an entire system of techniques from the physical to the meditative. The Taoists want a comprehensive way of life that will help them survive, keep them vital and healthy, and provide an understanding of all the unknowns that haunt human existence. …. each individual can know Tao directly. There is no need for organized religion, orthodoxy, scripture, or social conformity. There is only the need for direct experience.” [p. 4-5]

When you are ready to move past the catchy quotes and colorful stories of Taoism, the beginning stages, Deng provides a solid foundation for grasping the magnitude and applicability of Taoism. This book falls into the intermediate stage, like secondary school for Taoism. This book covers diet, herbs, Qigong, philosophy, meditation and transcendence; teaching specific skills in each area for self-development. Seekers of Enlightenment and those who pursue Higher Consciousness will find familiar concepts here, such as, “But in the end, the Taoists believed that wisdom comes from self-cultivation.” [p.180] And, “All they cared about was the honest search for the truth and the direct experiencing of the Tao.” [p.180] Short of finding your own master, Deng provides the next best alternative by sharing much of the wisdom of the ages with us. He continues to be one of our most favorite authors, whom we delight in recommending whole-heartedly. This book is essential for beginning to comprehend the ultimate wisdom of Taoism.

 

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BEing There Publications™

$19.95  Boxed set of 12 cards & envelopes, with an 8-page users guide, 7.4"x5.4" ©2000 BEing There Enlightenment Systems, Inc.

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These cards reflect their title. They express your willingness to do the real work necessary to create an intimate relationship. They invite your significant others to connect to their truth, and then to engage with you in truth. There are twelve cards, with matching envelopes, that address the most common hurdles in any significant relationship: co-dependence, unwillingness to be in truth, vulnerability, remembering the big picture, commitment, defensiveness and forgiveness. These are not your ordinary "greeting" cards. SpeakTrue Invitations are real messages that invite real responses. The user's guide provides assistance with how to use each card. Like the children's fable, The Emperor's New Clothes, SpeakTrue Invitations express your refusal to sugar-coat the dynamics in an important relationship. Thus, they are a constant invitation to BE in truth. Use them to take your relationships to a more meaningful level, by acknowledging issues when they exist. Comes with a free 8-page user's guide booklet.

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Starbright; Meditations for Children
Maureen Garth
HarperCollins Publishers
$13.95   105 pages, 8.5"x7.5", Soft cover

 

 

©1991 Maureen Garth

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This is a collection of 23 guided visualizations that are especially relevant to young children, ages 3-7. Parents will enjoy reading each of these fantasies to teach their children to see with their mind's eye. As these exercises in relaxation and visualization end, they leave open the door of discovery, allowing a child time for quiet reflection. Children learn to enjoy sitting and visualizing, or perhaps colorful reverie prior to sleep. The values of quiet-time, looking inward, mindful visions and serendipity are reinforced in a pleasant and shared experience between parent and child. Guided visualization is not, of course, the same as meditation. But the values learned from this book will support later lessons in the meditative arts.

Tales from the Tao; Inspirational Teachings from the Great Taoist Masters
Solala Towler, Photographs by John Cleare
Watkins Publishing
$22.95  250 pages, 7.63"x10.75", Soft Cover w/flaps

©2005 Solala Towler
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A distinction is made in Taoism between the philosophy of Taoism and the religion of Taoism. As a philosophy, devoid of religious dogma and doctrine, it is especially helpful to those who seek Enlightenment. Much of Taoism is taught through cryptic sayings and parables that require due contemplation to find ever-deeper meaning. The three most often quoted teachers from this philosophy are Chuang Tzu, Lieh Tzu and that very mystical character, Lao Tzu. In this book, Solala Towler, a scholar of Taoism in his own right (see Embarking On the Way, above, for an excellent complement to this book), has collected some of the works of these masters, and invoked literary license to embellish them. John Cleare has contributed masterful photographs as a thematic background to these stories. Together, they have created a beautiful collection of the most notable works of Taoist philosophy from renowned Taoist masters. This book will be a welcome addition to any library that includes Taoist teachings, allowing frequent reference to some of the most profound teachings of following the Way to Enlightenment.

The Tao of Health, Sex and Longevity A Modern Practical Guide to the Ancient Way
Daniel Reid
A Fireside Book (Simon & Schuster Ltd.)
$16.00    406 pages, 6”x9.25”,  Quality Paperback
©1989 Daniel Reid

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For those who seek to understand more of the day-to-day practice of living in the Tao, Daniel Reid has provided a comprehensive guide for doing so in three major areas of life. He points out that being in the Tao is not just a collection of famous sayings taken from the Tao Te Ching (e.g. “The journey of a thousand miles…”, “The soft overcomes the hard …”, etc.). Connecting to the Tao requires that one becomes attuned to the rhythm and flow of the Tao. “Diet and Nutrition”, “Fasting and Excretion”, “Breathing”, “Exercise” and “Taoist Healing Arts” are the chapters devoted to understanding the Tao in terms of health and practicing a healthy lifestyle. Sex is a highly refined art form in Taoism, devoted to finding and nurturing one’s essential energy. It must be honored and practiced with enormous discipline and respect, in order to claim responsibility for higher levels of being. Ultimately, a long lifespan is essential for acquiring the skills necessary to be in Tao. Much of Taoism is devoted to extending one’s longevity, simply to provide time enough to realize higher levels.

Reid, an American who has resided and studied in Taiwan since 1973, provides ample references and thorough explanation to satisfy even the most linear thinkers and critical skeptics of the profundity and practicality of Taoist practices. If Tao Te Ching, Embarking on the Way and The Tao of Pooh provide a primary education in Taoism (see booklist above), by introducing us to the essential concepts, then The Tao of Health, Sex and Longevity begins the secondary education for the western Taoist. It is well-written, well-documented, thoroughly researched, and considerately summarized for those of us who prefer our lessons in convenient and easily digestible increments. We highly recommend this book to those who already have an introduction to Taoism. If new to Taoism, Reid’s presentations will open your eyes, expand your thinking and fill your heart with hope about the pursuit of Higher Consciousness, even if you do not find the specific practices applicable to your present life.

The Tao of Meditation; Way to Enlightenment
Jou, Tsung Hwa
Tai Chi Foundation
$17.95   176 pages, 6"x9", Soft cover
©2000, 1991, 1986, 1983 Tai Chi Foundation

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Jou writes, "Meditation has a paradoxical quality. If we succeed in reaching a particular kind of inner experience, then we shall understand it. But, if we have not yet reached that level, then no amount of explanation and description will ever make us understand it." Sitting still with a peaceful mind, or Ching Tso, is a high art that requires as much training as an athlete or an artist. Reading about meditation can supplement the actual training, but no one should ever equate the two. Taoist meditation is a progression of skills, from Tai Chi Chuan to Qigong to Ching Tso. Each stage of meditation equates to a level of consciousness, the ultimate goal of which is Enlightenment. Chinese mediation first requires the taming of the mind, then the use of the mind to circulate chi in advantageous ways. At higher levels of meditation, Jou describes, the still mind becomes a tool of creation. Jou explains the complexities of Taoist philosophy, and applies them to the sophistication of Ching Tso. This book includes much Chinese Taoist philosophy, and consequently, may not be the easiest starting point for meditation. But as one who has earnestly practiced several different types of meditation, all with minimal instruction, Jou's explanations of the process and purpose of meditation were revealing of how much I did not know about this essential consciousness skill.

The Tao of Pooh (Soft Cover) (Hard Cover) (Click cover style to order)
Benjamin Hoff
Penguin Group
$19.95 Hard Cover, 158 pages, 5.5"x7.5"
$13.00 Soft Cover, 158 pages, 5.06”x7.25”
©1982 Benjamin Hoff


In short time and simple stories, Benjamin Hoff introduces us to some of the most profound constructs of Taoism. Winnie-the-Pooh, A.A. Milne’s delightful children’s character, from his classic 1926 book by the same name and his 1928 follow-up, The House at Pooh Corner, serves as a perfect example of P’u (simplicity, the Uncarved Block), Wu Wei (being without doing) and T’ai Hsü (the Great Nothing). Other chapters introduce Inner Nature, Individual Specialness, Tz’u (caring, compassion), and the shortcomings of Knowledge and Cleverness. Each chapter relates a Taoist concept directly to Pooh’s natural Way of BEing.

This book well serves anyone who wants to understand the gist of much Taoist philosophy without wading through the complexities of ancient Chinese presentation. Once these basics are appreciated, more thorough explanations can be more easily assimilated. Just as Taoism teaches us, the profundity of the content of this book can be easily overlooked if all one sees is the simplicity of its presentation. The style purposely reflects the Truth. Even if you never take an interest in Taoism, this book provides an excellent understanding of the real nature of Pooh Bear, something adults like to revisit and children want to hear.

Toxic Parents: Overcoming Their Hurtful Legacy and Reclaiming Your Life
Susan Forward, Ph.D. with Craig Buck
A Bantam Trade Paperback
$15.00   310 pages, Soft Cover, 5.1”x8.2”
©1989 Susan Forward
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Upon hearing the title of this book for the first time, many people have an immediate reaction that they would be betraying their parents to even read this book. Each person who truly wants to claim his or her life, however, must examine the effects of their child-parent relationships. Turning a blind eye to the events and dynamics of your childhood, in an effort to maintain a sense of connection, is to employ co-dependence. This would universally violate Personal Truth. One of the tenets of the Path of Emotion (a set of emotional skills taught by BEing There) is that all things must be able to stand in the light of truth, or they need to be thoroughly explored and updated. Everyone who aspires to live in full accordance with his or her Personal Truth must necessarily examine these relationships. 

Susan Forward’s book provides a very useful tool for this examination. In the first part, she concisely describes dozens of scenarios of the child-parent relationship that inhibit healthy development and result in significant, long-term emotional issues for the child. Most of us will find several of these to be familiar. This insight gives the seeker profound information about why they interact with the world as they do. Then in part two, she counsels us in how to effectively deal with these legacies, providing specific tools for dealing with these childhood wounds. This is essential to rebuilding our child-parent relationships to reflect our Personal Truth. Perhaps even more important, we are freed from this legacy, and thus able to engage in a healthier relationship with our children. This is powerful reading for those who are sincere about their journey into Higher Consciousness, and it rates our highest recommendation for all seekers.