Over the years many clients and people I have met in my travels have asked me what books, teachers and teachings have influenced me during my lifetime. I will offer here a list of publications and teachings from many different spiritual traditions that have been sources of inspiration for me.

     THE INFINITE WAY TEACHINGS of JOEL GOLDSMITH. Joel . (1892-1964). was a genuine American mystic and spiritual leader. His books are known and cherished all over the world and have been a source of Inspiration and help to millions. Joel is the author of over thirty books, including my favorites The Art of Meditation, The Art of Spiritual Healing, Practicing the Presence and Invisible Supply. I try to read something from Joel's writings daily. I never get tired of them. Most are published in paperback by Harper/Collins.

      THE SUFI TEACHINGS OF HAZRAT INAYAT KHAN. Hazrat brought one of the strongest and sweetest lineages from India to the West: the music and open heart of Sufism as it blends with Persian Poetry and Western intellect. His words are filled with love for nature and animals. His writings have been a source of great joy for me. My favorites are: The Inner Life, Mastery and The Mysticism of Sound and Music.  http://www.sufiorder.org/

     THE SUFI TEACHINGS OF PIR VILAYAT INAYAT KHAN son of Hazarat Inayat Khan and leader of the Sufi Order in the West. His most recent book is entitled, Awakening, a Sufi Experience and is published by Tarcher Putnam. Pir Vilayat is now in his eighties and his teachings just get better and better.  http://www.sufiorder.org/ 

     THE POETRY OF RUMI, a thirteenth century philosopher and scolar. Rumi's passionate poems find and celebrate sacred life in everyday existence. They speak across all traditions, to all peoples, and today his relevance and popularity continue to grow. Translations of Rumi by Coleman Barks are readily available.


      THE LIFE AND TEACHINGS OF RAMANA MAHARSHI. Ramana Maharshi was born in 1879. In his 17th year he attained enlightenment through a remarkable experience as if undergoing death of the physical body while remaining in full consciousness. An ashram was formed around him and until his death he taught all who came to him through the supremely simple discipline of Self-Inquiry. He love and respect for animals was well known by those who visited him. He showed the same consideration to the animals whom destiny brought into contact with him as to the people. He never referred to animals as "it" but always as "he" or "she." Many wonderful stories about animals are found in the pages of his books. For more about the life of this remarkable being read: Ramana Maharshi and the Path of Self-Knowledge by Arthur Osborne.

      THE LIFE AND WORK OF PARAMAHANSA YOGANANDA. Born in India in 1893 Yogananda devoted his life to helping people of all races and creeds to realize and express more fully in their lives the beauty, nobility, and true divinity of the human spirit. His works are published by the Self-Realization Fellowship.  http://www.yogananda-srf.org/ 

      THE TEACHINGS AND WRITINGS OF THICH NHAT HANH. Thich Nahat Hanh is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, poet and peacemaker who was nominated by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for the Nobel Peace Prize. The author of many books, including Touching Peace, Being Peace, Living Buddha Living Christ and Jesus and Buddha as Brothers, he lives in France in the monastic community known as Plum Village and lectures and gives retreats regularly in North America. Thich Nhat Hahn teaches a beautifully simple method of walking meditation and mindfulness. A number of my clients have had their lives transform through contact with Thich Nahat Hanh.

      THE LIFE AND WORK OF DR. EDWARD BACH the modern father of flower essences. To me Dr. Bach has been a tremendous source of inspiration and joy. Beginning in my early twenties I was greatly influenced by Dr. Bach's life and work and am still t this day. I feel a sense of true kinship with him and feel that the beauty of his presence over-lights the work of Anaflora. I highly recommend his original writings, especially Heal Thyself - An explanation of the real cause and cure of disease. This one tiny volume is a masterpiece. Dr. Bach dedicates this book to "all who suffer or who are in distress."

     THE LIFE AND TEACHINGS OF FATHER BEDE GRIFFITHS 1906-1993 an English Benedictine monk who fell in love with India and eventually founded an ashram there. During his extraordinary life he attained a spiritual wholeness enabling him to express in simple and direct terms the underlying unity of all religions. A lovely biography of Bede Griffiths by Shirley du Boulay is available from Doubleday.

     THE LIFE AND WORK OF ANDREW HARVEY religious scholar, teacher and author of over thirty books. Born in South India he studied at Oxford College and became the youngest person ever awarded a scholarship to All Souls College. He has devoted the past twenty-five years of his life to studying the worlds various mystical traditions. His newest book "The Direct Path - Creating a Journey to the Divine Using the World's Mystical Traditions" is a superb guide to spiritual living and is punctuated with some of the most beautiful comments on the spiritual value of animals that I have ever come across.  For a book review and excerpt from "The Direct Path" see the article Nature as Revelation and Source of Healing

     THE LIFE AND TEACHINGS OF SRI RAMAKRISHNA who practiced and experienced the fundamental truth of all the religions of the world. He had great compassion for all beings and many wonderful stories are told of his interactions with animals. His life and teachings are beautifully presented in the book Great Swan by Lex Hixon.

     LIFE AND TEACHINGS OF SHABKAR a 11th century Tibetan Yogin. Shabkar taught compassion for all sentient beings and his Biography is filled with stories of communication with animals, insects and flowers. Shabkar's life story reads something like the life of St. Francis of Assisi and is available from State University of New York Press. A painting of Shabkar is illustrating the article Keys to Interspecies Communication Part II in the articles pages of this web-site.

     BUDDHIST TEACHINGS of Tenzin Gyatso, His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, the spiritual and temporal leader of the Tibetan people whose tireless efforts on behalf of human rights and world peace have brought him international recognition. I recommend the Dalai Lama's many wonderful books especially "The Art of Happiness - A Handbook for Living." Also of tremendous influence have been the life and teachings of H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche, Choje Rinpoche, Ole Nydhal, The 16th Karmapa, and many others.

     ALAN WATTS. One of the most famous and endearing writers of the twentieth century of Eastern thought and meditation. He was born in England in 1915 and deid in 1973. In his teachings, Allan Watts uses words to take us beyond them. He instills in readers not only an understanding of meditation but an experience of it as well. Whether you are experienced in meditation or just beginning, I think you will find the works of Alan Watts as useful as I have. A new collection of his teachings with an introduction by his son Mark Watts has been released by New World Library. It is a gem.

     THE TEACHINGS OF WHITE EAGLE The White Eagle Publishing Trust PO Box 930Montgomery, Texas 77356. Beautiful teachings on the meaning of life on earth and how to serve and live in harmony with the whole brotherhood of life, visible and invisible, in health and happiness.

     THE WORKS OF ELISE NEVINS MORGAN published by the Elisian Guild Inc. The Angel of the Presence, The Illimitable One, Your Own Path, Communion, That We May Be Willing to Receive.These little books are extremely comforting during difficult times.

     THE MYSTICAL NATURE DIARY OF OPAL WHITELEY edited by benjamin Hoff and published by Penguin books. Long before environmental consciousness became popular a young girl named Opal wrote one of the most astonishingly beautiful nature diaries ever written. When she began writing her diary she was a mere six years old! The diary was written with crayon on scraps of paper and later pieced together. Opal spoke with angels, fairies, animals, plants, trees and communicated with the wind and nature itself in some of the most beautiful prose ever written. Anyone who has an intimate love of nature, animals and the unseen worlds will not be able to put this book down.

CHILDHOOD FAVORITES

     CHILDHOOD FAVORITES still favorites today. "Beautiful Joe", "Black Beauty", "The Ugly Duckling", "Rudyard Kiplings The Jungle Book", "the Life of St. Francis of Assisi" and Paul Galico's "A Small Miracle".

The Three Candles of Little Veronica and Among Animals by Manfred Kyber.

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