Spirit Library: 100+ Life-Changing Books to Expand Your Mind

This list includes the ideas from great authors of all ages to share simple, practical knowledge about the art of living. Many of these books fit into many of the genres below, and even more, some such as The Bhagavad Gita are responsible for creating entire genres.

When you come to realize that our world (the way our society works and the way we think) is the sum total of billions of ideas, you can rest assured that these books represent some of the most outstanding influential ideas that have impacted human consciousness for the last few thousand years and by reading even one or two of them, you are stepping into a river of knowledge that transcends time and space and expanding your mind in the process.

Some of these books are in the public domain or offered by the author for free online either in ebook or audiobook form. All the links below are from Amazon, though it's worth searching "[book title] ebook" on Google or "[book title] audiobook" on Youtube and see what comes up. In addition, we have a YouTube playlist of free audiobooks from this list here.

On your quest for infinite knowledge, remember that you are connected to the same creative power that inspired all of these great authors and that knowledge is already within you waiting to be explored. So remember to take a step back and think for yourself, because that's how these kinds of books come into existence.




[1] Biography:


Autobiography of a Yogi - Paramahansa Yogananda

Old Path White Clouds: Walking in the Footsteps of the Buddha - Thich Nhat Hanh

On The Road - Jack Kerouac

The Autobiography - Benjamin Franklin

Meditations - Marcus Aurelius

Long Walk to Freedom - Nelson Mandela

The Road To Assisi: St. Francis - Paul Sabatier

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou

The Story of My Experiments in Truth - Mohandas Gandhi

The Last Lecture - Randy Pausch

Tales of a Shaman’s Apprentice – Mark Plotkin

Walden: Life in the Woods - Henry David Thoreau

The Fellowship of the River: A Medical Doctor's Exploration into Traditional Amazonian Plant Medicine – Joseph Tafur

Memories, Dreams, Reflections – Carl Jung

Living with the Himalayan Masters - Swami Rama


[2] History/Social Psychology:


The Doors of Perception - Aldous Huxley

How to Change Your Mind: New Science of Psychedelics – Michael Pollan

The Lessons of History - Will Durant & Ariel Durant

Cosmic Consciousness: The Evolution of the Human Mind - Richard Bucke

Sacred Economics: Money, Gift, and Society – Charles Eisenstein

The Emperor Wears No Clothes: Cannabis History - Jack Herer

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind - Noah Yuval Harari

Common Sense - Thomas Paine

Collective Genius - Linda Hill

The Allegory of the Cave - Plato

The Way of Hermes - William Wharton

The Emperor of All Maladies: Biography of Cancer – Siddhartha Mukherjee

The Red Book - Carl Jung

Man and His Symbols – Carl Jung

Power of Habit - Charles Duhigg

Slow Sex - Nicole Daedone

The Age of Spiritual Machines - Ray Kurzweil

The Secret Teachings of All Ages - Manly Hall

The Ancient Secret of the Flower of Life - Drunvalo Melchizedek

How to Win Friends and Influence People - Dale Carnegie

Who Rules the World? - Noam Chomsky

Mindset - Carol Dweck

The Art of Learning - Josh Waitzkin

Sex at Dawn - Christopher Ryan & Cacilda Jetha

The Social Animal - David Brooks

Hidden Truth: Forbidden Knowledge - Steven Greer

Moonwalking With Einstein - Joshua Foer

Food of the Gods - Terrence McKenna


[3] Personal Development:


Bhagavad Gita - A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

The Yoga Sutras - Patanjali

Sadhana: The Realization of Life - Rabindranath Tagore

The Diamond Sutra - Buddha

Be Here Now - Ram Dass

The Book on the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are – Alan Watts

The Wisdom of Insecurity – Alan Watts

Self Liberation - John Reynolds

Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind - Shunryu Suzuki

Essene Gospels of Peace (Dead Sea Scrolls) - The Essenes

Training The Mind - Dalai Lama

The Meaning of Life - Dalai Lama

Modern Man in Search of a Soul – Carl Jung

Money and the Law of Attraction – Esther Hicks

Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus - John Gray

The Attention Revolution: Unlocking the Power of the Focused Mind – B. Alan Wallace

Self Reliance - Ralph Waldo Emerson

A Course in Miracles - Helen Schucman

The Art of War - Sun Tzu

Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel - Rolf Potts

The Artist's Way - Julia Cameron

Think and Grow Rich - Napoleon Hill

Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism - Chogyam Trungpa

Fluent Forever: Learn Any Language - Gabriel Wyner

What Color Is Your Parachute - Richard Nelson Bolles

Striking Thoughts - Bruce Lee

How To Be A Gentleman - John Bridges

Art and Fear - David Bayles and Ted Orland

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success - Deepak Chopra

As A Man Thinketh - James Allen

The Road Less Travelled - M. Scott Peck

The Psychedelic Experience - Timothy Leary, Ralph Metzer & Ram Dass


[4] Life Science:


Leonardo's Notebooks - Leonardo da Vinci

The Perennial Philosophy - Aldous Huxley

Plants of the Gods - Richard Evans Schultes and Albert Hoffman

The Universal One – Walter Russell

Thought Vibration - William Atkinson

The Mayan Factor - Jose Arguelles

The Feynman Lectures on Physics - Richard Feynman

Fabric of the Cosmos - Brian Greene

Silent Spring - Rachel Carson

The Green Thoreau - Henry David Thoreau

Wilderness Essays - John Muir

A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing - Jennifer Doudna & Samuel Sternberg

Farmacology - Daphne Miller

One Straw Revolution - Masanobu Fukuoka

The Cannabis Encyclopedia - Jorge Cervantes

Psilocybin: Magic Mushroom Grower’s Guide - Terence McKenna

Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World - Paul Stamets

Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture - Toby Hemenway

Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual - Bill Mollison


[5] Fiction:


Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

The Once and Future King – T. H. White

Stranger in a Strange Land – Robert Heinlein

Ishmael – Daniel Quinn

The Prophet - Kahlil Gibran

The Iliad - Homer

The Hero with a Thousand Faces - Joseph Campbell

Women Who Run with the Wolves – Clarissa Estes

The Alchemist - Paolo Coelho

Brave New World - Aldous Huxley

The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Giver - Lois Lowry

Sum: Tales from the Afterlives - David Eagleman

Ayn Rand - Atlas Shrugged

The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery

Falling Up - Shel Silverstein

Oh, The Places You'll Go - Dr. Seuss

Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Mark Twain


[6] Health and Wellness:


Anatomy Trains: Myofascial Meridians – Thomas Myers

The Art and Science of Raja Yoga – Swami Kriyananda

Inner Engineering: A Yogi’s Guide to Joy

Healing Back Pain – John Sarno

Heal Your Body - Louise Hay

Alchemy of Herbs - Rosalee de la Foret

Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina & Stress Relief - David Winston & Steve Maimes

Yoga Anatomy - Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews

Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training - Mark Rippetoe

You Are Your Own Gym - Mark Lauren

The Wisdom of Insecurity: A Message for an Age of Anxiety - Alan Watts

Yoga Hygiene Simplified - Sri Yogendra

Gut and Psychology Syndrome - Natasha Campbell-McBride

Eastern Body, Western Mind - Anodea Judith

Pranic Healing - Choa Kok Sui

Intro To Biohacking - Ari Meisel

The Edgar Cayce Remedies - William McGarey

A Revolution in Health Through Nutritional Biochemistry - John Neustadt & Steve Pieczenik

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Stephen Covey

Creative Visualization - Shakti Gawain

Scientific Healing Affirmations - Paramahansa Yogananda

Ayurveda: The Science of Self Healing - Vasant Lad


About Peter Fettis (peter@h2ohuman.com)

As a Registered Yoga Teacher and and Certified Personal Trainer, Peter practices optimizing human potential as a way of life. His latest book How to Eat Well and Love Yourself dives into the practical principles of mindfulness and plant-based nutrition to give you a taste of the abundant harvest from the mind's inner garden of awareness. Peter’s vision with H2O Human is to make waves in the current culture by rallying the wider public to recognize their inner healing power using a proactive, gentle approach.

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