Mindfulness / Presence / Intuition / Meditation

Books or links in bold were used as references in articles.  *Starred books or links are personal favorites and highly recommended.  References are being updated regularly as I accumulate new knowledge and wisdom.  New books or links in the last 3 months are marked accordingly.  I welcome all suggestions for new references.

 

 

 

Adyashanti   Adyashanti

(Also found under Spiritual Teachers – Contemporary)

A student of Zen Buddhism and Advaita Vedanta sages, he is a teacher of meditation, prayer and Mystic Christianity.  His teachings are for those that are willing to awaken their true nature and embody a simple spiritual life.  In 1996 he founded the Open Gate Sangha, a spiritual community dedicated to his teachings.  He also holds several retreats every year which include 6-day silent meditations.  As his students reach a certain level of spiritual enlightenment, he encourages them to independently teach others.  

 

Links:

Adyashanti Main Website

Who Hears This Sound? Adyashanti On Waking Up from the Dream of “Me”

Adyashanti – YouTube

 

Books:

Falling into Grace: Insights on the End of Suffering

The End of Your World: Uncensored Straight Talk on the Nature of Enlightenment

All Books

 

 

 

Michael Bernard Beckwith   Michael Bernard Beckwith

(Also found under Visualization/Intention/Law of Attraction)

A spiritual minister who founded the Agape International Spiritual Center in 1986.  His teachings revolve around his Life Visioning Process on how to consciously co-create with the universe with thought and action.  His community supports many humanitarian programs around the world that provide services to the homeless, sick, elderly and youth.  He is a popular meditation teacher, speaker and seminar leader and has appeared on many radio and TV programs.

 

Links:

Michael Bernard Beckwith – Agape Live

Michael Bernard Beckwith – Wikipedia

Michael Bernard Beckwith – Bio

 

Books:

Spiritual Liberation: Fulfilling Your Soul’s Potential

Life Visioning: A Four-Stage Evolutionary Journey to Live as Divine Love

All Books

 

 

 

Dr. Douglas James Cottrell   Douglas James Cottrell

(Also found under Spiritual Healing & Psychics/Mediums)

Known is the ‘Canadian Edgar Cayce‘, he is a spiritual teacher, healer and trance clairvoyant.  He is one of the most documented intuitive people of the 20th century.  His method, called Quantum Meditation, is taught to people all over the world, including celebrities, and every one of his readings is documented and recorded.  He covers a wide range of topics such as past lives, ancient history, soul purpose, and future predictions.  He does not promote himself much in the public eye, however, he is popular with his clients and well-known among spiritual teachers.

 

Links:

Quantum Meditation – Dr. Douglas James Cottrell Main Website

Dr. Douglas James Cottrell – YouTube

Dr. Douglas James Cottrell Akashic Record Reading

Dr. Douglas James Cottrell Audio Archive

 

Books:

Secrets of Life

All Books

 

 

 

*Ram Dass   Ram Dass

(Also found under Spiritual Teachers – Contemporary)

A popular contemporary spiritual teacher, learning from his Hindu guru Neem Karoli Baba.  His teachings are centered around ancient eastern traditions such as *Buddhism and *Hinduism.  He is a voice for charitable giving, service and care for the sick and elderly.  The main focus of conscious being is living in the present moment and loving others without the need for dogmas, which is outlined in his highly influential book ‘Be Here Now’.  He does not travel anymore and continues to teach via the internet.

 

Links:

Ram Dass Main Website

Ram Dass – YouTube

 

Books:

Be Here Now (Enhanced Edition)

Still Here: Embracing Aging, Changing & Dying

Polishing the Mirror: How to Live from Your Spiritual Heart

All Books

 

 

 

*Davidji   Davidji

(Also found under Spiritual Teachers – Contemporary)

A world-renowned meditation expert, public speaker and author, he brings inner peace to ordinary people.  There are many misconceptions about meditation and intentions and he makes it easy to understand. He is the lead educator at the Chopra Center for Well Being in Carlsbad, California and studied under *Deepak Chopra.  He also has a weekly radio show on Hay House Radio.

 

Links:

Davidji Main Website

Davidji Blog

Davidji Author Biography

 

Books:

Secrets of Meditation: A Practical Guide to Inner Peace & Personal Transformation

 

 

 

Gangaji   Gangaji

(Also found under Spiritual Teachers – Contemporary)

A popular contemporary spiritual teacher, she teaches that inquiring into oneself and the eternal presence of your being is the key to happiness and spiritual fulfillment.  Constant over thinking and not being in the present moment is the reason that we are not living to our fullest potential.  She travels the globe giving lectures and is an author of many books.  She also hosts a radio show and offers spiritual retreats to many places around the world.

 

Links:

Gangaji Main Website

Gangaji Bio

Gangaji – YouTube

Gangaji – Hidden Treasure

 

Books:

The Diamond in Your Pocket: Discovering Your True Radiance

All Books

 

 

 

*Thich Nhat Hanh   Thich Nhat Hanh

(Also found under Spiritual Teachers – Contemporary)

An internationally known spiritual leader, Zen master and peace activist, he is highly regarded as one of the world’s best teachers on mindfulness and peace.  His teachings bridge those of eastern and western spirituality, pioneering *Buddhism practices in America and Europe.  He has built a popular community of nuns, monks, and students in Plum Village, where his teachings and meditations are applied.  He has been labeled as the ‘Father of Mindfulness’ and ‘The Other Dalai Lama’ and continues to go strong despite his advanced years.

 

Links:

Thich Nhat Hanh – Plum Village

Thich Nhat Hanh – Masters & Their Organizations

Parallax Press

 

Books:

The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation

The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching: Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy & Liberation

Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life

All Books

 

 

 

Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn   Jon Kabat Zinn

(Also found under Spiritual Teachers – Contemporary)

A scientist and meditation teacher, his is known for bringing mindfulness into mainstream medicine and western society.  He studied under *Buddhist teachers such as *Thich Nhat Hanh and Seung Sahn learning yoga and meditation.  His teachings help people deal with stress, anxiety, pain and illness. He developed the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center which is offered by hundreds of medical centers and hospitals across the country.  His program is a lifetime engagement, living nowhere else but in the present moment and being consciously aware whatever is happening whether it is positive or negative.

 

Links:

Guided Mindfulness Meditation – Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn Main Website

Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn – Mindful Living Programs

Mindfulness with Jon Kabat-Zinn (Video)

 

Books:

Wherever You Go, There You Are

Mindfulness for Beginners: Reclaiming the Present Moment & Your Life

Full Catastrophe Living (Revised Edition): Using the Wisdom of Your Body & Mind to Face Stress, Pain & Illness

All Books

 

 

 

Swami Kriyananda   Swami Kriyananda

(Also found under Spiritual Teachers – Contemporary)

A spiritual teacher who is widely recognized as an authority on meditation and yoga.  He is a disciple of yoga master *Paramahansa Yogananda and the founder of the spiritual community Ananda Village, one of the most successful communities of its kind in the world.  His teachings revolve around simple living, conscious thinking and personal spiritual experience as opposed to abstract theories or dogmas.  He authored many books, wrote hundreds of musical works and traveled as a lecturer.  He passed away in 2013.

 

Links:

Swami Kriyananda Main Website

Swami Kriyananda Bio

Swami Kriyananda (1926 – 2013)

 

Books:

The Art & Science of Raja Yoga: A Guide To Self-Realization

The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita: Explained By Paramhansa Yogananda, as Remembered By His Disciple, Swami Kriyananda

God Is for Everyone

All Books

 

 

 

Dr. Frederick P. Lenz   Frederick Lenz

(Also found under Spiritual Teachers – Contemporary)

Known as ‘Rama’ by his students he is a spiritual teacher who brought *Buddhist meditation practices to western society.  His teachings are based on self-discovery, known as The Enlightenment Cycle, which is a combination of daily meditation and full participation with the outside world.  He held public meditations for hundreds of thousands and wrote many books on Buddhist teachings.  He passed away in 1998.

 

Links:

Dr. Frederick P. Lenz Main Website

The Frederick P. Lenz Foundation for American Buddhism

Rama Meditation Society

Dr. Frederick P. Lenz Bio

 

Books:

Total Relaxation – The Complete Program to Overcome Stress, Tension, Worry & Fatigue

Surfing the Himalayas: A Spiritual Adventure

Lifetimes: True Accounts of Reincarnation

All Books

 

 

 

Sri Ramana Maharshi   Ramana Maharshi

(Also found under Spiritual Teachers – Contemporary)

One the most famous sages of the 20th century in both India as well as the rest of the world, he is renowned for his saintly life and powerful wisdom that he shared with his followers.  His teachings are brought on by the power of presence, often done in silence, focusing attention on the inner self as a way of bringing on awareness and the diminishing of thoughts.  His message is that we are all nothing more than consciousness, experiencing whatever reality we choose to put forward.  He passed away in 1950.

 

Links:

Sri Ramana Maharshi Main Website

Sri Ramana Maharshi Bio

The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi

Ramana Maharshi – Abide as the Self (Video)

 

Books:

Who Am I?: The Teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi

Be as You Are: The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi (Compass)

The Spiritual Teaching of Ramana Maharshi

All Books

 

 

 

Lahiri Mahasaya   Lahiri Mahasaya

(Also found under Spiritual Teachers – Contemporary)

A Hindu guru who did not start any organization, institution, sect or cult and did not seek to influence anybody.  He studied under his guru Mahavatar Babaji, whom he recognized instantly as a kindred soul whom he shared many past lives together.  He is best known for initiating the lost practice of Kriya Yoga, which is an advanced meditation technique leading to the realization of God and liberation of the soul.  His teachings are best captured by *Paramahansa Yogananda in his book *Autobiography of a Yogi, where he chronicles his parent’s discipleship of Lahiri’s teachings.  He passed away in 1895.

 

Links:

Kriya Yoga Lahiri

Lahiri Mahasaya Bio

Lahiri Mahasaya Quotes

 

Books:

The Complete Works of Lahiri Mahasaya

 

 

 

*Osho (Rajneesh)   Osho

(Also found under Spiritual Teachers – Contemporary)

A spiritual teacher and philosopher, he was a world traveler and public speaker.  He was a professor of inner transformation and self-directed spirituality.  His meditation techniques originated from eastern *Buddhist practices in India.  Critical of religion, politics and other social issues, he was considered controversial in his day.  One of the most popular mystics and spiritual gurus of the 20th Century, his teachings are loved by millions.  He passed away in 1990.

 

Links:

Osho Main Website

Osho World – A Vision of an Enlightened Master

Osho International – YouTube

 

Books:

The Book of Secrets: 112 Meditations to Discover the Mystery Within

All Books

 

 

 

Penney Peirce   Penney Peirce

An intuitive empath, she is one of the pioneers of the intuition development movement.  She specializes in skillful perception, sensitivity development, personal energy training  and dream work.  She is well-respected and works as an advisor for a wide range of people in the business, science and psychology field as well as those on the spiritual path.  She has lectured around the world, appeared on many TV and radio shows and also gives spiritual tours.  

 

Links:

Penney Peirce Main Website

Penney Peirce Blog

Penney Peirce Audio Archive

 

Books:

Frequency: The Power of Personal Vibration

Leap of Perception: The Transforming Power of Your Attention

The Intuitive Way: The Definitive Guide to Increasing Your Awareness

All Books

 

 

 

Chris Prentiss (Wu Wei)   Chriss Prentiss

(Also found under Spiritual Healing)

An addiction counselor and spiritual teacher, he has helped many people overcome their dependencies to drugs and alcohol by removing limiting beliefs and creating new ones.  His goal is to create happiness, which is determined by the makeup of your body at the cellular level.  Mindfulness is the key to controlling thoughts and emotions and inviting positive experiences into your life.  As his pen name, Wu Wei, he has written several books on spirituality and personal growth.

 

Links:

Chris Prentiss Bio

Chris Prentiss Quotes

 

Books:

*Zen & the Art of Happiness

Be Who You Want, Have What You Want: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life

The Alcoholism & Addiction Cure: A Holistic Approach to Total Recovery

The I Ching: The Book of Answers New Revised Edition

All Books

 

 

 

*Eckhart Tolle   Eckhart Tolle

(Also found under Spiritual Teachers – Contemporary)

One of the most popular contemporary spiritual teachers in the world, his teachings are centered around finding peace, living in the moment and releasing the ego.  The basis for happiness lies in the ‘now‘ and not thinking about the past or worrying about the future.  He is the author of many books on how to raise your level of consciousness and to simply just be.  Highly influential to millions of people, he regularly gives lectures and seminars as well as appearing on many popular radio and TV shows.

 

Links:

Eckhart Tolle Main Website

Eckhart Tolle TV

Eckhart Tolle – YouTube

 

Books:

*The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

*A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose

*Stillness Speaks

All Books

 

 

 

Stuart Wilde   Stuart Wilde

(Also found under Spiritual Teachers – ContemporaryPsychics/Mediums)

A popular metaphysical teacher who influenced many new age followers, with many considering him one of the greatest teachers of his kind.  His work revolves around the spiritual life force and the nature of spirit worlds, which have later been verified by many others.  He also demonstrates how to use intuition and energy from etheric sources to release the ego and limitations and create whatever life you desire.  Using his intuition and psychic abilities, he has had many futuristic visions that have come to pass and has written over a dozen books.  He passed away in 2013.

 

Links:

Stuart Wilde Main Website

In Tribute to Stuart Wilde

Stuart Wilde Audio Archive

 

Books:

Infinite Self

Silent Power

Life Was Never Meant to Be a Struggle

The Quickening

All Books

 

 

 

Robert Wolff   Robert Wolff

Taking wisdom from native Malay and Sng’oi people while working in Malaysia, he demonstrated the power of intuition and inner knowing.  While many people around the world are caught up in their daily runaround, he shows that a simple life is a key to true happiness.  The seemingly primitive people he has studied have shown that they are masters of living in the moment, not desiring anything and a deep sense of knowing things that they have never physically experienced.  He has explored nature and the human connection to what many of us tend to ignore and his message is that we need to respect and honor mother nature as a powerful part of human spirituality. 

 

Links:

Original Wisdom: Stories of an Ancient Way of Knowing – Thom Hartmann’s Independent Thinker Review

 

Books:

*Original Wisdom: Stories of an Ancient Way of Knowing

All Books

 

 

 

*Paramahansa Yogananda   Paramahansa Yogananda

(Also found under Spiritual Teachers – Contemporary)

The first yoga master from India to permanently live and teach in the western world, he is a popular spiritual master and guru.  Taking the wisdom from his guru Sri Yukteswar Giri who studied under the Indian master Lahiri Mahasaya, he wrote his popular work ‘*Autobiography of a Yogi‘, where he shares his experiences and teachings with his guru.  He brought the Kriya Yoga path of meditation to the west along with his transformative teachings on self-realization, which is the knowing through intuitive spiritual experience and not by religious belief systems.  His teachings have evolved into the international Ananda movement, which continues to influence many people.  He passed away in 1952.

 

Links:

Paramahansa Yogananda Main Website

Paramahansa Yogananda – Self-Realization Fellowship

Ananda Sangha Worldwide

Paramahansa Yogananda – Life is a Dream

Paramahansa Yogananda – Autobiography of a Yogi

Paramahansa Yogananda Quotes

 

Books:

*Autobiography of a Yogi

How to Be Happy All the Time

Karma and Reincarnation: The Wisdom of Yogananda

All Books

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