Books that got me started

by Jo Avalon Durand

I was talking with a customer yesterday about books that we read when we first started exploring a different way of seeing the world. We both agreed that The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield was an oldie, but a goodie! I think I had recycled my copy, but found it again in an op shop (*hugs book and whispers “I will never let you go again”). This was my introduction to the concept of synchronicity, and later insight into the purpose of deja-vu. More on that another time.

I just looked inside the front cover of Past Lives, Present Dreams to see if I could find the shop stamp and found instead an inscription from my Mother ‘To my free-spirit daughter, to help her on her journey, Love Mum, Feb 4, ’95’! Wow, I had forgotten how I’d come by this and Many Lives, Many Masters! So that dates the start of my spiritual journey in the mid 1990s.

Many Lives, Many Masters by Brian L Weiss MD was an eye-opener to the concept of reincarnation and it really resonated with me. It is the true story of a prominent US psychiatrist, his young patient, and the past-life therapy that changed both their lives. I think that as this book was written by a medical professional about the spontaneous recall of events that couldn’t be explained was so interesting and was a great introduction to the concept of life beyond the present.

I followed on by reading Past Lives, Present Dreams by Denise Linn which explores how to use reincarnation for personal growth. I’d had a recurring dream since a young child of a tidal wave that was inexplicable by my present-day experiences. While they have since been explained by standard dream interpretation, I believe there were several layers to this dream, explained by a theory of many lives.

Discovering the Inner Self by Dr David A Phillips introduced me to Numerology. As I had deferred a uni course in Mathematics, I clearly had an interest in numbers and this was a fascinating topic to explore an alternative use for the numbers that describe our lives in many way. It is often said that mathematics is a universal language and I reckon numerology is a universal spirit language. Just my thoughts, anyway!

Finally, I dove into the Origins of Modern Witchcraft by Ann Moura when I started exploring witchcraft in the early 2000s, about the time my husband and I started Avalon by Nature. This book charts the evolution of a world religion, and the author also wrote the Green Witchcraft series, which, if asked, I would describe my own witch path.

What a journey and there have been many other books I’ve read along the way, but these were my first ones. What about you? Do you have some old faves that started you on your journey of exploration of the world out there? Please share, I’d love to hear about them.

Now, if you’d like to find these books, here are some links to them on Amazon (I have recently become an Amazon Associate to help broaden my capacity to recommend great books to you, even if I can’t supply them myself).

The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield

Many Lives, Many Masters by Brian L Weiss, MD

Past Lives, Present Dreams by Denis Linn

Discovering the Inner Self by Dr David A Phillips

Origins of Modern Witchcraft by Ann Moura

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