Here is a selection of resources I have found especially helpful, clear, and to the point.
The Way of Liberation by Adyashanti. A wonderful book, whether you are new to spirituality or have been on the path for a while. It’s clear, practical, honest, and concise, and available as a free download from Adya’s website.
The Direct Way: 30 practices to Evoke Awakening by Adyashanti
Sacred Inquiry: Questions that can Transform your World by Adyashanti
Falling Into Grace: Insights on the End of Suffering by Adyashanti. A simple and clear introduction and/or reminder.
The End of Your World by Adyashanti. Straight talk on how to live what we are, especially for those who have had a glimpse or an opening.
When Spirit Leaps: Navigating the process of spiritual awakening by Bonnie Greenwell. A practical guide to awakening addressing how and why it happens, how to navigate it, and the continuing process of clarification and embodiment.
The Awakening Guide by Bonnie Greenwell. An excellent overview of the awakening process, written by someone who has guided thousands of people through the different phases.
The Kundalini Guide by Bonnie Greenwell. An excellent overview of the Kundalini process, which may occur as a part of the awakening process.
Meditation for Dummies by Stephan Bodian. A great introduction, and many good pointers for folks anywhere on the path.
Wake Up Now by Stephan Bodian.
Beyond Mindfulness by Stephan Bodian.
Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life by Byron Katie. Simple and powerful inquiry into our beliefs, helping us find what is more true for us than a belief.
I Need Your Love – Is It True? by Byron Katie
On Having No Head by Douglas Harding. Wonderfully clear, grounded, and practical.
Seeing Who You Are: A Modern Guide To Your True Identity by Richard Lang. Headless experiments.
Big Mind, Big Heart: Finding Your Way by Genpo Roshi. The Big Mind process, self-inquiry cubed.
Any of the books by A. H. Almaas
The Dark Night of the Soul: a Journey from Absence to Presence by Fiona Robertson. Highly recommended for anyone going through this type of dark night, and really for anyone called to a more authentic life. (Mine is one of the cases mentioned in the book.)
The Triune Self: confessions of a ruthless seer by Mike Snider. A wonderfully clear and honest account of his process.
The Gospel of Thomas is considered to be older than and a source for the gospels in the New Testament, and is simpler and more direct in nature.
I Ching: The Book of Changes in the Richard Wilhelm translation (foreword by C.G. Jung). A timeless classic that was very important for me – as literature more than an oracle – at a certain phase of my process. I read it to pieces in my late teens.
The How of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirski. An excellent, science-based, practical and effective how-to book on happiness. An essential companion to any other approach or practice.
Don’t Be Nice, Be Real by Kelly Bryson. Very important book on being real with oneself and others, and moving out of deadening and into zest.
Any of the books of poems by Hafiz, translated and reinterpreted by Daniel Ladinsky.
Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness by David Treleaven. Important information and guidelines for how to approach spirital explorations if you have a history of trauma. (Which most of us do even if it’s relatively mild.)
Essence of Mind by Jes Bertelsen. Jes Bertelsen was a strong early influence for me. I highly recommend his books, although this is the only one (so far) translated into English.
Kristen Djupmeditasjon av Wilfrid Stinissen. Christian deep meditation. Stinissen’s writings on Christian meditation and the Jesus / Heart Prayer were also a strong early influence for me.
Jesusbønnen av Wilfrid Stinissen.
See more books in my Goodreads list.
True Meditation by Adyashanti. Excellent guided sessions on true meditation, prayer, and self-inquiry.
Spontaneous Awakening by Adyashanti.
Your Inner Awakening by Byron Katie. An excellent overview of The Work, with examples of how it can be applied to different areas of our lives.
These are all clear, practical, to the point.
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As any teachings, the ones listed here may be interesting or entertaining to read or listen to. And their true value comes when we take them as questions and pointers for our own investigation.