• About This Booklist

    People often ask me for guidance about books to read, particularly those that would enhance the curriculum outlined in Wake Up To Your Life.

    I will post new titles each week, along with brief comments outlining the main topic, level of practice for which it is appropriate, and how you might use the book. Each entry is also categorized according to the chapter of Wake Up To Your Life it might relate to.

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Little Book on the Human Shadow (Robert Bly)

Little Book on the Human ShadowFull Title: Little Book on the Human Shadow
Major Topic: a commentary on Wallace Steven’s poetry, illuminated by Bly’s articulation of Jungian approaches
Level: all levels
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Contemporary view on how to recognize, neutralize, and step out of the operations of projection. The section on retrieving the shadow is an excellent guide to working with projections.


On Having No Head (Douglas E. Harding)

On Having No HeadFull Title: On Having No Head: Zen and the Rediscovery of the Obvious
Major Topic: Direct awareness, experience without conception or projection.
Level: all levels

Douglas Harding’s offbeat approach works wonderfully. Do the exercises. You may find one or more become methods of practice for you.

Who Dies? (Stephen Levine)

Who Dies?Full Title: Who Dies?: An Investigation of Conscious Living and Conscious Dying
Major Topic: death and dying
Level: all levels

Contemporary exploration of the great matter of life and death. If soneone close to you is dying, read this book. If you are dying, read this book. Do the exercises. If you are training people in how to interact with a dying person, read this book.

Verses from the Center (Stephen Batchelor)

Verses from the CenterFull Title: Verses from the Center: A Buddhist Vision of the Sublime
Major Topic: Direct awareness, experience without conception or projection.
Level: middle, experienced and advanced

Batchelor’s commentary and translation of Nagarjuna transforms a treatise on logic into precise instructions to bring the reader into non-conceptual knowing. Use this book as a practice. Take each section and bring attention to the many questions in it. Don’t try to answer them. Instead, use them to explore your experience.

Four-Fold Way (Angeles Arrien)

Four-Fold WayFull Title: Four-Fold Way: Walking the Paths of the Warrior, Teacher, Healer, and Visionary
Major Topic: Meeting life

Compilation of approaches to the four ways of working: power, ecstasy, insight, and compassion. A reference book, full of practical tools and useful perspectives.

Spectrum of Ecstasy (Nygakpa Chogyam)

Rainbow of Liberated EnergyFull Title: Spectrum of Ecstasy: Embracing the Five Wisdom Emotions of Vajrayana Buddhism (formerly Rainbow of Liberated Energy: Working with Emotions through the Colour and Element Symbolism of Tibetan Tantra (the Tibetan Mystic Path))
Major Topic: the five elements
Level: middle and experienced

Detailed explanation of the five basic emotional reactions and how to step out of them. Learn the elements thoroughly. It will give you a different way of relating to your life.