(The following list of reference reading materials is constantly being revised with additional book sources.)
- The Ecstatic Journey: Walking the Mystical Path in Everyday Life (formerly subtitled “The Transforming Power of Mystical Experience”) by Sophie Burnham (Ballantine Books, N.Y.)
- The Common Experience by J.M. Cohen and J.F. Phipps
- Cosmic Consciousness: A Study in the Evolution of the Human Mind by Richard Maurice Bucke
- The Mystical Experience
- Books by Carl Johan Calleman
- Evolution of Human Consciousness
Ken Wilber, pioneer of Integral Psychology and Integral Spirituality; co-host of The Great Integral Awakening. He is a preeminent scholar of the Integral stage of human development. (Read Wilber’s works if you are the type of person who likes to have your intellect mind tickled and picked a lot.)
Listen to Ken Wilber below, speak on how mystics are at the very leading edge of evolution and the difficulty which that entails.
Carl Johan Calleman, research scholar and authority on the Mayan calendar in relation to evolving human consciousness. He interpreted the Mayan calendar as a timeline for the evolutionary process underlying the development of human consciousness leading to its culmination in unity consciousness as the final phase. His timeline validated a similar timeline which unfolded within me from the Spirit years before, when I plotted and extrapolated the evolution of human consciousness based on the collaborative work of Fr. Thomas Keating and Ken Wilber.
On the basis of his understanding of the Mayan calendar and his corresponding timeline of developing human consciousness, Carl succeeded in outlining the divine plan behind creation, the completion and fulfillment of which we are presently experiencing in our world.
You can find a list of his published works at Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Carl-Johan-Calleman/e/B001K8EGI8/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1411347962&sr=1-2-ent
If you are interested in learning Sufism, the mysticism in Islam, drink and learn from the Nimatullahi Sufi Order. There is a lot of information and resources available at their site.
The pivotal features of the Islamic belief are: Islam, Iman, and Ihsan. Islam is the outward practice of the religion. Iman is the belief in the unseen and what the prophets have informed us of. Ihsan is to worship Allah as though one sees him. Traditionally scholars were able to teach each of these essential parts of Islam. The Imams of Sharia or “sacred law” taught at the level of Islam. The Imams of Aqida or “tenets of faith” taught Iman. The Imams of Sufism taught at the level of Ihsan. (Taken from a BBC article on Sufism)
Rumi. If you are a fan or devotee particularly of Sufi mystic Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Rūmī, consider visiting The Threshold Society of the Mevlevi Order.
Hafez (also Hafiz). If you like the poetry of Sufi mystic Hafiz (real name, Khwāja Šamsu d-Dīn Muḥammad Hāfez-e Šhīrāzī) as I do, who considered himself to be drunk with his love for God, you can read some of his poems at the Peaceful Rivers Web site. You can also check out the published paraphrased “renderings” of Hafiz’s poems by Daniel Ladinsky at Amazon.com or Barnes and Noble.
Here are other good Internet resources for learning Sufism:
- International Association of Sufism
- Sufism Journal
- BBC Religions
- The Sufi Heart of Fire
- Other Learning Resources and Practice Tools
- Rumi Quotes, a Facebook community dedicated to the sayings of the Sufi Rumi.
- Mystic Path to Cosmic Consciousness a Facebook page that features Sufi teachings and quotations from several classic Sufi masters.
The following Web sites are owned or operated by advocates and proponents of nondual oneness. Visit their sites to discover how other individuals are realizing and living advaita or nondualist oneness in their lives.
Life Without A Centre is the official site for U.K.-based Jeff Foster.
Life Without A Centre is all about non-separation (‘nonduality’) between you and your world. It is about the origin of suffering, and the discovery of freedom within that very suffering. It is about the ways in which we try to run away from uncomfortable and painful experiences, and the possibility of discovering ease and relief right in the midst of those very experiences. It is about seeking, and the end of seeking. It is about seeing life as it is.– Jeff Foster –
Question: So this isn’t about ‘destroying the ego’, as some spiritual teachings require us to do?
Answer: No. Think about it: The attempt to destroy the ego, transcend the mind, kill the self, get rid of the ‘me’ – in other words, the spiritual search – is really just a war with life. It’s water fighting water.
Only an ego would want to get rid of an ego.
Only an ego would claim to have destroyed the ego.
– Jeff Foster –
Below is an interview of Jeff Foster you can watch. Here is the link to another interview of Jeff.
This site is a gift to the oneness phenomenon that is happening around the world in these times. As we see it, a real connection with the divine can never be organized…it is happening within. And OnenessForAll.com is a free space with no organization behind it. This site is dedicated to the divine…We pray for it to be full of grace and a portal for the divine to reach as many as possible with love, joy, bliss and freedom.
Religion and Comparative Religion Scholars
Ms. Karen Armstrong is a very eminent scholar, researcher, author, and lecturer on the subjects of religion and comparative religion. She is truly remarkable, fabulously brilliant and wholly passionate with respect to her life’s work and accomplishments and her scholarly reflections and views. If you have not yet discovered her, here is your chance.
The following noteworthy neuroscientists are honored and recommended here for their pioneering contributions in using science to break new ground in our understanding and appreciation of higher spirituality.
Jean Bolte Taylor
Enjoy this lengthy interview of brain stroke survivor Dr. Jean Bolte Taylor by Oprah Winfrey.
You can read more about Dr. Taylor at our site on The Science Connection.
Allow yourself to yield, and you can stay centered.
Allow yourself to bend, and you sill stay straight.
Allow yourself to be empty, and you’ll get filled up.
Allow yourself to be exhausted,
and you’ll be renewed.
Having little, you can receive much.
Having much, you’ll just become confused.