A Few Writers To Inspire You!

Jan 11, 2015

I was thinking about the books I would like to read in 2015 and wanted to put a little marker down and pay homage to some inspiring writers, and in many cases teachers, that have written books which stayed with me a long time after I had put them down. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that these writers have probably changed me in some way and maybe even changed my life! Such is the power of the written word. This is not an exhaustive list by any means, just some that immediately spring to my mind, in no particular order. So if you need some inspiration, check them out!

Khalil Gibran

This man's books have a timeless wisdom and beauty that you can come back to again and again. His most famous book is The Prophet which was published in the 1920's and has never since been out of print. It features a collection of poetic essays on subjects ranging from children, love, marriage and even clothing. His work influenced prominent artists in the counter-culture of the 1960’s, including Cash and Lennon, and the Beatles used one of his lines in a song. I probably wouldn't do much justice to the depth of his work by talking about it, especially as so much of it spans across so many universal subjects, so it is probably better to provide a direct quote. This is a paragraph on beauty and how it resides in each of us:

Quote (The Prophet): “People of Orphalese, beauty is life when life unveils her holy face. But you are life and you are the veil. Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror. But you are eternity and you are the mirror.”

Shakti Gawain

Shakti wrote about creative visualisation long before The Secret became a worldwide phenomenon and which led to the movement that spawned a release of books on the subject. Having read The Secret, I have to say I prefer Shakti’s book, simply named Creative Visualisation, by far. Shakti writes about the visualisation concept in a down to earth, extremely simple, non-cheesy way. The way the book is broken down by chapter is intuitive and easy to follow and she sets out a few different techniques that would appeal to different types of people depending on whether they prefer writing affirmations or are more visual. It is also extremely short and you could easily read this in an hour or so. I have bought this book at least three times and given it away! If you like this, also read Living in the Light which is another brilliant beautiful book that takes her evolution as a spiritual writer to another level. She writes about some very pressing modern day issues, from modern day male/female relationships to the balance between our aggressive and passive drives, all in a unique and insightful way.

Quote (Living in the Light): "Exploring and embracing our inner darkness is the only way we can truly live in the light."

Brian Weiss/Michael Newton

I got kind of fascinated with past life regression after watching a show where celebrities were regressed and then a historian would investigate the story as they recalled it. Brian Weiss was a psychiatrist who started using hypnosis to cure his patients. The story goes that one day he accidentally regressed a patient to a past life (rather than early childhood) and this served to cure her ailment. He then explored it further, with many different people, and wrote many books about his/the patient’s experience and how it helped them overcome challenges in their life.

If you find this interesting, then also read Michael Newton (for instance, Journey of Souls), who writes about lives between lives. It is pretty interesting, esoteric stuff which touches on a theory of the nature of the universe and gives one possible metaphysical reason about why we are here and the purpose of life.

Quote (Journey of Souls): “…….if the creator represents absolute good, and therefore absolute beauty, it is the nature of beauty to desire manifestation.”

Barbara De’Angelis

Relationship self-help books, and self-help gurus for that matter, can be massively hit and miss and some of them offer advice which is just plain ridiculous. However, Barbara seems to take a more sane approach and encourages self empowerment, honesty and no game- playing in relationships, which is a very welcome thing in this confused world of modern dating. She wrote a book that sought to debunk some of the outdated and sexist concepts in that famous book The Rules by writing The Real Rules – how to not just get any man to put a ring on it but the right man who loves you for your authentic self.

My favourite book by her is one called Are You The One For Me? If you are like me and love lists then you will love this book - the toxic behaviours to avoid, the things to positively watch out for, how to evaluate a new relationship at different stages…. I think if you followed the advice as it is written in this book you wouldn’t go far wrong – however, the problem usually arises when you don't want to follow advice, even when you know you should, and float along hoping things will just work me I've been there!

Quote (Are You The One For Me?): “You and your partner need three ingredients to make a relationship work: chemistry, compatibility and commitment.”

Hermann Hesse

Hesse was a poet, philosopher and painter and, in his lifetime, was awarded with the Nobel Prize in Literature. A slightly different category from the writers above, as Hesse writes fiction, but as all of his books have such an undertone of self-discovery, it seems appropriate to include him here and crediting him with being one of the original new-age, self-development writers. 

All of his works deal in some form with man's search to find himself and walk an authentic enlightened path. He has written a range of beautiful books but my favourite for its simplicity combined with its profound truth is Siddhartha. If you like The Old Man and the Sea, you will love it. Again it is very short, which is just as well as I wasn’t able to put it down until I had finished.

It is essentially a tale of an Indian youth and his quest through life, and although it has taken certain concepts from eastern religion (although Hesse himself was a Christian), it does not in any way seek to preach a particular religious doctrine. Rather, it is the story of a man who tries many different paths through which he ultimately arrives at wisdom, peace and happiness. This multi-dimensional, non-linear journey to enlightenment is referenced in Siddhartha itself and therefore seems a nice place to finish:

Quote (Siddhartha): “This path is stupid, it goes in spirals, perhaps in circles, but whichever way it goes, I will follow it.”

So there you are, a short trip down memory lane to reflect on some writers that have provided inspiration over the years. If you are in need of the same, check them out!


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