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    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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Learning How to Learn (Idries Shah)

Learning How to LearnFull Title: Learning How to Learn: A Practical Philosophy in the Sufi Tradition
Major Topic: what constitutes learning
Level: all levels
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Sufi insights into basic human processes such as knowing and learning define very clearly what works and doesn’t work in each of these areas. Read and study carefully and then look at your own life with “new eyes”.

Exploits of the Incomparable Mulla Nasrudin (Idries Shah)

Exploits of the Incomparable Mulla NasrudinFull Title: Exploits of the Incomparable Mulla Nasrudin
Major Topic: amusing stories that can be interpreted on many levels
Level: all levels

This Middle Eastern folk hero consistently confounds and delights the reader as he presents one conundrum after another. Find a story that speaks to you and sit with it. They may appear nonsensical, but each story points at an aspect of reaction or awakening.

Tales of the Dervishes (Idries Shah)

Tales of the DervishesFull Title: Tales of the Dervishes
Major Topic: teaching stories
Level: all levels

These excellent teaching stories can only be fully understood when the student has reached a certain level of experience. Read, savor, and contemplate the stories, one by one. Do not read more than one at a time..