• 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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Unfettered Mind (Takuan Soho)

Unfettered MindFull Title: Unfettered Mind: Writings of the Zen Master to the Sword Master
Major Topic: presence
Level: experienced and advanced
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Using the context of martial arts, Takuan describes how to live awake and present. A subtle book, to be read with care. It may take time to appreciate exactly what Takuin is pointing to in each section.

The Art of War (Sun Tzu)

Art of WarFull Title: Art of War: Complete Text and Commentaries
Major Topic: The conditions and methods necessary for the effective use of power and the dangers of the misuse.
Level: all levels

Exposition of the skillful employment of military power. As such, it can be read as an analogy for the use of power both externally and internally in our lives. The danger here is to attempt to use these approaches for personal agendas. If you do this internally, you’ll end up in a mess.

King, Warrior, Magician, Lover (Robert Moore & Douglas Gillette)

King, Warrior, Magician, LoverFull Title: King, Warrior, Magician, Lover
Major Topic: the four archetypes associated with the four ways of working
Level: all levels

Detailed analysis of the reactive, balanced, mature and immature manifestations of these four male archetypes, very helpful in understanding decay and corruption in the four immeasurables. How to use: learn different ways the archetypes manifest and then observe where one is in or out of balance.

Even though the book focuses on the male archetypes, there is much here that is relevant and will speak to women also. Understanding the mature and immature manifestations is helpful in seeing where one is stuck in the past. Understanding the balanced and reactive manifestations is helpful in seeing where one is not present in one’s life.

Them and Us (Arthur Deikman)

Them and UsFull Title: Them and Us: Cult Thinking and the Terrorist Threat
Major Topic: what makes people vulnerable to the institutional mindset
Level: all levels

Dispassionate, insightful exploration of how unresolved patterns make cults possible. Previously published as The Wrong Way Home.. A good book to read if you run into or interact with authoritarian institutions or any kind.

Four Agreements (Don Miguel Ruiz)

Four AgreementsFull Title: Four Agreements A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (a Toltec Wisdom Book)
Major Topic: Meeting life
Level: all levels

How to show up in the world in interaction with others, a practical summary of the key priniciples of power, applied internally and externally. Memorize the four agreements and make use of them.