Book Recommendations

 

The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery

This book was one of the first books I picked up when I was going through the motions of change. It was the first time I realized that animals, in this case, the octopus, can recognize people, sense emotions through touch, and have the tendency to play/flirt with humans. It made me realize how rigid our science has been. We've been exploring and contemplating this universe and life itself through a tiny key hole. 

This book opened my mind towards considering new probabilities. I stopped taking science as seriously as I used to. It allowed me to imagine and to be open to unconventional ways of exploring life and consciousness. 

 

Commentaries on Living: Series 3 by Krishnamurti

This book came into my life at the perfect time. I had spent a few months in meditation and was starting to uncover mental loops, habits, and desires. This book strips everything from your arsenal and leaves you with nothing. Over and over again it will make you think "Well then what else is there?!" 

Also when it comes to spirituality and truth, the possibility of falling into another mental trap is very high. Ironic isn't it? People are quick to assume new identities upon finding a sliver of salvation and start preaching from a state of confusion. This book has been an excellent guide in maintaining a reliable path. You understand that choosing truth and the spiritual path does not involve following a guru or ideology. You don't have to dress or behave a certain way to become close to the truth.

The book breaks everything down to the simplest terms, leaving us unarmed; inviting us to surrender the constant scheming of the mind.

 

True Hallucinations by Terence Mckenna

The official description of this book does it the most justice: This mesmerizing, surreal account of the bizarre adventures of Terence McKenna, his brother Dennis, and a small band of their friends, is a wild ride of exotic experience and scientific inquiry. Exploring the Amazon Basin in search of mythical shamanic hallucinogens, they encounter a host of unusual characters -- including a mushroom, a flying saucer, pirate Mantids from outer space, an appearance by James and Nora Joyce in the guise of poultry, and translinguistic matter -- and discover the missing link in the development of human consciousness and language. 

 

The Doors of Perception - Aldous Huxley

In 1953, Aldous Huxley took four-tenths of a gram of the drug Mescalin, sat down and waited to see what would happen. When he opened his eyes everything was transformed. He describes his experience in The Doors of Perception and its sequel Heaven and Hell.

 

The Holographic Universe by Michael Talbot

I purchased this book back in 2017, but it wasn't until a few months ago that I picked it up. I had initially come across a video of Michael talking about his theories on YouTube, which lead me to purchase his book. What inspired me to read the book was a random vision that I had while walking around the Huntington Library, observing light and taking photographs. Spontaneously I found the link between light, vibration, particles, gravity, and perspective. It felt like an epiphany, but I kept myself from getting excited because it was all new to me and I wanted to verify these new thoughts.

As soon as I returned home, I opened the book and finished it within a weekend. What I found serendipitous about finding this book was the fact that all of the individuals that I had studied and researched up until that point were mentioned in the book. It was like a gathering of all of the minds, both ancient and present, discussing their theories in alignment with one another.

 

The Mysticism of Sound and Music by Hazrat Inayat Khan

I read this book before reading the Holographic Universe. Before reading this book I had realized the relationship between light, through realizing my link to the ancient Zoroastrian belief that light is a key. I wasn't sure what door the key unlocked until I read this book. 

It was also the first time I was formally introduced to Sufism, which furthered my understanding of my Iranian lineage, harmony, vibration, and light.

 

The Power of Myth - by Joseph Campbell & Bill Moyers

This book was recommended to me by a friend who gave out copies of this book to multiple people, me being one of them. 

The official descriptionThis extraordinary book reveals how the themes and symbols of ancient narratives continue to bring meaning to birth, death, love, and war. From stories of the gods and goddesses of ancient Greece and Rome to traditions of Buddhism, Hinduism, and Christianity, a broad array of themes are considered that together identify the universality of human experience across time and culture. An impeccable match of interviewer and subject, a timeless distillation of Campbell’s work, The Power of Myth continues to exert a profound influence on our culture. 

 

Freedom from the Known by Krishnamurti

A great book that aids with understanding the meaning of diconditioning. To unlearn. To become a blank slate. To simply be.

Official description: Krishnamurti shows how people can free themselves radically and immediately from the tyranny of the expected, no matter what their age--opening the door to transforming society and their relationships.

 

Henri Matisse: Cut-outs, Drawing With Scissors

Through this book I felt inspired to approach my personal work in new ways. One of the key considerations was the difference between research and masterpieces. Also what I enjoyed was reading about Matisse's philosphy towards life, light, color, and beauty.

The official descprigtion: Towards the end of his monumental career as a painter, sculptor, and lithographer, an elderly, sickly Matisse was unable to stand and use a paintbrush for a longer period of time. In this late phase of his life—he was almost 80 years of age—he developed the technique of ‘carving into color’, creating bright, bold paper cut-outs. Though dismissed by some contemporary critics as the folly of a senile old man, these gouaches decoupées (gouache cut-outs) in fact represented a revolution in modern art, a whole new medium that re-imagined the age-old conflict between color and line.

 

Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes

I have read only a few chapters of this book, but from what I have witnessed, I can say that it is an essential read for any female who is seeking clarity. It has been transformative for a few of the women in my life, so I believe in its powers! I would also recommend that this book is read either in conjunction with or after finished The Power of Myth. The reason being is that The Power of Myth does an excellent job laying down some foundation towards understanding mythology, archetypes, and the human spirit.

 

Food of the Gods - Terence McKenna

Its official description does the best job explaining the book: An exploration of humans' symbiotic relationships with plants and chemicals presents information on prehistoric partnership societies, the roles of spices and spirits in the rise of dominator societies; and the politics of tobacco, tea, coffee, opium, and alcohol.

 
Neave Bozorgi