Recommended Readings

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Gabriel D. Roberts is a master storyteller. In this one mans journey to find himself he comes to many realizations along the way. To walk away from the material world is not so easily done, but when you are at your breaking point sometimes drastic measures are needed. Being called to the wilderness, Roberts takes the reader on a journey through the mind and soul, sharing intimate details of encounters with people along the way. He has an innate way of describing the seemingly ineffable psychedelic experience. I found myself cheering for him internally the entire read. #ReadTheHermit

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If you speak honestly with most individuals they all seem to know there is something wrong with the way the world works. Wetiko is a slippery topic to get your hands on. It’s goal is to stay in the shadows where it does it’s best work. People across time in different cultures have tried to explain it in many terms. It has an effect on individuals and groups. This book gave me a better understanding of the psychological occurrences of Wetiko on the masses and largely how conflict and wars occur in our own mind and in the world.

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Steven Hassan is a world renowned expert on cults, and undue influence. This book lays out quite simply how people get caught in a psychological nightmare in their head, and how cults play on these very real and primal human emotions. It gives numerous examples of real exit strategies from survivors and some of Stevens personal story of his involvement with the moonies cult in his earlier life. I was astounded to how normal intelligent people can easily fall victim if they don’t know simple signs along the way.

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Ryan Hurd has authored many books on the subject of dreams. This book 2 of Dream Like a Boss takes an advanced look at dream work. Lucid dreaming takes a front row in the book and the dreamworld is really limitless. The terrifying issue of sleep paralysis is also discussed and sheds light in a way that is easy to read and follow.

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Dr. Carl Hart’s book High Price, is based on 22 years of research as a groundbreaking neuropsychopharmacologist abut the study and science of drug addiction, but it is also a provocative and eye-opening memoir where he recalls his journey of self-discovery. Hart goes beyond the hype as he examines the relationship between drugs and pleasure, choice, and motivation, both in the brain and in society. His findings shed new light on common ideas about race, poverty, and drugs and explain why current policies are failing.

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A gripping historical fiction that will transport you back in time to the Detroit of the 1920’s- a world of Speakeasies, Gangsters, Auto Barons, Flappers, Lawlessness and Innovation. Joe, a young boy growing up in Detroit, navigates between his family’s strong Polish traditions and the electric atmosphere of America’s fastest growing city until a sudden illness and heart wrenching death force him to grow up much too soon. He finds work with an ambitious group of Jewish immigrants known as the Sugar House Gang. To support his family Joe runs liquor up the river with Cappie, the man who will become his mentor, friend and ultimately, family. Together they race through the “Prohibition Era of the Roaring Twenties” in fast boats and faster cars, trying to avoid the law and rival gangsters while striving to satisfy the murderous leaders of what is to become the infamous Purple Gang. (Amazon)

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i am christ

Michael Sherlock is the author of the three volume series “I am Christ”. It takes a deeper look at religions, concentrating on Christianity. Within the reader will find countless references to the bible and other historical religious texts pointing out many inconsistencies and sometimes downright horrible acts. Wherever you lay on the spectrum between atheism and religion, the read is very thought provoking.

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Nicolas Gregoriades is the founder of the Jiu-Jitsu Brotherhood and has been heard on the IGC Podcast a couple times. He is  Roger Gracie’s first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt. He was gracious enough to send me a copy, and let me tell you the information provided in his first publication is truly invaluable. I started Jiu-Jitsu a few months back and I honestly feel that this book has truly helped this white belt’s BJJ game. Nic has a way of describing the gentle art techniques simply and efficiently. A black belt in BJJ is no joke. For some it takes the better part of a decade or more. Nic was able to amp his game up and secure it in only 4 years. There are detailed step by step instructions of positions, drills, offense, defense, and nuggets of info on alternate ways of super charging ones BJJ. Another great thing is that there are many hyperlinks within the book that direct you to video clips where you can actually see the drills in action. I highly recommend this book to anyone with even a hint of BJJ knowledge. The book can be found at Black Belt Blueprint.

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brotherhood of the screaming abyss                                                                                                                  Dennis McKenna is a world renowned ethno botanist, and psychonaut. The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss chronicles his life, and that of his older brother Terrence, among others. It is a heartfelt biography of their intertwined lives. Dennis takes a no-holds-barred approach to honesty in the entire book from the days of his youth feeling like an outsider,  crazy adventures abroad with people and plants, to the emotional turmoil of dealing with Terrence’s death. Transcending status quo and consciousness, many people have Dennis to thank for pushing forward boundaries during especially turbulent times. In a nutshell it’s about a scientist on the quest for… well, life.

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useful things                                                                                          Fellow podcaster Thomas Faustin Huisking of L.A. Real put this out there free for others enjoyment. He covers broad range topics like Food, Fitness, Spirituality, Travel, Art, and Love and how you can maximize the potential you have by honing your life. “One idea I promote throughout the piece is that engaging in activities in which humans have participated since the beginnings of our species can improve your experience by acknowledging and incorporating the building blocks of your own evolution. It has worked for billions of our kind, and it will work for you.” – Thomas Faustin Huisking.

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Strap on your seat belt and get ready for a ride. I have heard Create Your Own Religion causes people on both sides on the believer scale to get pissed off and rightfully so. If you take a hardline approach to religion and or spirituality, be prepared for a rise in blood pressure. I love the subtitle… A how to book without instructions. Bolelli takes cracks and opens them up to canyons in all the worlds major religions. He references religious scriptures across the board and has a brilliant way of showing internal hypocrisies. If you are getting the feeling that the book is completely bashing all religion that is not the case. It does shed very important insights from all religions and encourages readers to think for themselves and not follow dogma blindly. It points out countless times how dogmatic systems stifle curiosity, creativity, and the way us humans interact with each other. It also talks about the duality of these concepts and how human interpretation of ancient texts can twist the core positive ideas. I encourage anyone who is religious OR atheist to question their belief systems on a regular basis to be honest with themselves. This book presents ideas easily for one to come to their own conclusion.

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The War of Art brings to light the theory of resistance. Discusses how you can use resistance to guide you to accomplish the tasks in your life that need doing. It also discusses how to recognize it and push through to allow creativity to flow in what ever you do. Short read, but a lot packed in.

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Buddhist boot camp discusses not how to be a buddhist, but how to train yourself to use some of the practices in daily life to stop the flood of negativity caused by the mind constantly racked by the ego.

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The Adventure of self discovery was a difficult read, but discusses topics of altered states of consciousness mostly with holotropic breath work, but some entheogens as well. It is designed for therapeutic work.

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The Celestine Prophecy is a fictional story about a man thrown into ideas he was never aware of. Recognizing the subtle world around him for the first time. Definitely would be considered New-Age, and hippie-dippie, but I enjoyed it.

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The Hidden messages in water covers the topic of intention from individuals on the physical world manifestation. He details experiments in the book. Interesting read.

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Fast Food Nation dives into the socio-economic impact that the fast food giants have. Do not read if you want to stay ignorant about the food you put in your body on a quick lunch break.

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the cosmic serpent

The cosmic serpent explores the idea of reality. The author does a great job at blending a natural scientific western view of the world, and the traditional shamanism techniques of indiginous people.

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the harvard psy club

The Harvard psychedelic club covers 4 of the fathers of psychedelic drug movement in the 60’s. Timothy Leary, Ram Dass, Huston Smith, and Andrew Weil. It covers the first trip, and the succesive trips that lead to insights that helped shape the world.

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free culture

Free Culture dives into the realm of how our culture is being shaped by forces that deal with repression, rather than expression of creativity. Gives detail of mass media tactics.

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tao te ching

Ursula Le Guin translates the powerful ancient text of Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching. She gives additional detail on footnotes through the book. If you are not familiar with eastern writings you are in for conundrums to ponder. Do, by not doing and all that.

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buddhism

Buddhism plain and simple is a non-dogmatic view of the philosophy of Buddhism. The biggest concept in the book is that you do not have to be Buddhist to use the teachings of the Buddha. Hagen does not try and convert you from any existing belief system, only incorporation of additional tools in your life.

4 Responses to Recommended Readings

  1. Awesome work! The suggested reads are spot on. But, why gentlemen and not gentlepeople? I feel a bit left out.

    😉
    Shell

    • vorian14 says:

      Thanks Shelley, but please don’t feel left out. This started out a long time ago with guys sitting around the fire and we sarcasticly named it thinking about the old dudes in a corner study with scotch, pipe’s and monocle’s. I did consider gentlepeople, but just didn’t fit right. All are welcome. Thanks for commenting. Stay tuned for more… -J

  2. Vash the Stampede says:

    You might add “The Power of Myth” or “Hero with a Thousand Faces” by Joseph Campbell to this list

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