Integral thoughts about development, humanity,
Three Books that Changed my Life
11 August 2008
Here's three books that have changed my outlook on life completely.
1. Lex Hixon - Coming Home. This must have been ten years ago or so.
I had been to India, got inspired by the writings of Jiddhu
Krishnamurti and ran into a cheap pocketbook that had its first
chapter devoted to Krishnamurti's thoughts. What I did not expect
was that the rest of the book was at least as inspiring and actually
got the point home to me that the essence of alll great religions
and life philosophies is one and the same: we are one with God,
there is nothing but that Oneness, that Spirit, that universal
consciousness. I subsequently got hooked on the rest of Lex Hison's
books with as highlight his enlightened rendition of the Qur'an,
Heart of the Koran.
2. Ken Wilber - A Theory of Everything. Bemused by a book of
Wilber's at the Academy of Psychotherapy where I studied, called "Sex,
Ecology, Spirituality", I decided to buy a thinner and more recent
book of his. A Theory of Everything got me into the Integral model
for good. It continued where Lex Hixon left off. I now have based my
company (Integral Coaching & Counseling) and my book (The Healing
Elephant) on this model and its consequences. Obviously, I have read
many other books of Wilber's, most recently Grace and Grit.
3. A.H. Almaas - The Inner Journey Home. Almaas has developed a
powerful method of finding one's inner core an healing what is wrong
with ourselves based on introspection. His way of doing so requires
an attitude that consists of openness, honesty and being present, to
name a few elements. Being Present is what I made part of my
attitude as a psychotherapist and is still the everyday challenge
for me to attain.