“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”
– Stephen King (On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft)
People love to ask me what books I’m currently reading. I read a lot. A lot. Usually three or four books are going at any given time. And that doesn’t include the articles, blog postings, social media accounts, etc. that get my attention.
I think the more intense and useful question is: What books are some of your go-to materials — you know the ones — those books that you consistently refer back to for motivation, additional insight, and inspiration?
While my list changes as I find new, exciting authors and discover timeless wisdom in older tomes, here are twelve books that I find incredible for bringing magic to my life! These are not in any particular order. They cover a variety of subjects. Naturally, there are more.
But this should be a grand start for you:
Illusions – The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah (Richard Bach)
“Remember where you came from, where you’re going, and why you created the mess you got yourself into in the first place. You’re going to die a horrible death, remember. It’s all good training, and you’ll enjoy it more if you keep the facts in mind. Take your dying with some seriousness, however. Laughing on the way to your execution is not generally understood by less-advanced life-forms, and they’ll call you crazy.”
Jonathan Livingston Seagull: The New Complete Edition (Richard Bach)
“Jonathan Seagull discovered that boredom and fear and anger are the reasons that a gull’s life is so short, and with those gone from his thought, he lived a long fine life indeed.”
The Champion’s Mind (Jim Afremow)
“Excellence can be achieved only today—not yesterday or tomorrow, because they do not exist in the present moment. Today is the only day you have to flex your talents and maximize your enjoyment. Your challenge is to win in all aspects of life. To reach that goal, you need to set yourself up for success by winning one day at a time. Procrastination is no match for a champion.”
Zen in the Martial Arts (Joe Hymans)
“A man who has attained mastery of an art reveals it in his every action.”
A Course in Miracles (Helen Schucman)
“When you meet anyone, remember it is a holy encounter. As you see him you will see yourself. As you treat him you will treat yourself. As you think of him you will think of yourself. Never forget this, for in him you will find yourself or lose yourself.”
In the Shadow of the Shaman (Amber Wolfe)
“We are mapmakers charting our own path. The path of the shaman leads us in and out of the chaos of pure Nature energies— a collage of elements spinning around us. For a moment in time this collage of chaos crystalizes into a clear vision. We chart our experiences and take our bearings. We travel on, just as the shamans of old.”
Creative Visualization – Use the Power of Your Imagination to Create What You Want in Your Life (Shakti Gawain)
“Every moment of your life is infinitely creative and the universe is endlessly bountiful. Just put forth a clear enough request, and everything your heart truly desires must come to you.”
The Last Word on Power – Executive Invention for Leaders Who Must Make the Impossible Happen (Tracy Goss)
“The new master paradigm that you are about to invent is rooted in a particular type of declaration: a declaration of possibility. A powerful declaration of possibility can move the forces that alter the world. From the moment it is spoken, this declaration lays the groundwork for action in a new realm: a specific realm of possibility, which you define, that did not previously exist as possible. The new realm of possibility you declare is founded solely on your stand for that possibility— without precedent, argument, or proof. Said another way: A declaration of possibility brings “what is not” into existence as a possibility.”
Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives (Dan Millman)
“Wake up! Wake up! Soon the person you believe you are will die – so now, wake up and be content with this knowledge: there is no need to search; achievement leads to nowhere. It makes no difference at all, so just be happy now! Love is the only reality of the world, because it is all ONE, you see. And the only laws are paradox, humor, and change. There is no problem, never was, and never will be. Release your struggle, let go of your mind, throw away your concerns, and relax into the world. No need to resist life; just do your best. Open your eyes and see that you are for more than you imagine. you are the world, you are the universe; you are yourself and everyone else too! It’s all the marvelous Play of God. Wake up, regain your humor. Don’t worry, just be happy. You are already free!”
War as I Knew It (George S. Patton)
“A man must know his destiny . . . if he does not recognize it, then he is lost. By this I mean, once, twice, or at the very most, three times, fate will reach out and tap a man on the shoulder… if he has the imagination, he will turn around and fate will point out to him what fork in the road he should take, if he has the guts, he will take it.”
Integrative Hypnosis: A Comprehensive Course in Change (Melissa Tiers)
“Because when we do rapid change work, what we are really changing are belief systems. I think the most important filter we experience the world through is the one guided by our beliefs. They govern what we see as well as how we heal, or unfortunately, don’t heal.”
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