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kile moore (@kile)    1 year, 10 months ago

I’m sure this has been covered somewhere on this site. But I’m really interested in reading and watching movies (or YouTube videos) that will challenge me intellectually and just overall expand my mind and creativity. I’d appreciate any suggestions.

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Anonymous (@)1 year, 7 months ago ago

Just a few recommendations, these should keep your mind busy. Enjoy!

Outwitting The Devil by Napoleon Hill

A Language Older Than Words by Derrick Jensen

Original Wisdom: Stories of an Ancient Way of Knowing by Robert Wolff

The Man Who Tapped the Secrets of the Universe by Glenn Clark

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oniverse (@jneggleston)1 year, 7 months ago ago

Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

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Tony (@toniolo)1 year, 7 months ago ago

The ‘Planet Earth’ series.

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Alvin (@gnuf01)1 year, 7 months ago ago

I’m an English undergrad so I have read my fair share of HEthenesque books.

You must read Walden by Henry David Thoreau. It’s the ultimate HEthen book. Going off into the wilderness and becoming one with your soul, and is easily the most quotable book ever.

Here’s a lovely passage: ‘However mean your life is, meet it and live it; do not shun it and call it hard names. It is not so bad as you are. It looks poorest when you are richest. The fault-finder will find faults even in paradise. Love your life, poor as it is. You may perhaps have some pleasant, thrilling, glorious hours, even in a poorhouse. The setting sun is reflected from the windows of the almshouse as brightly as from the rich man’s abode; the snow melts before its door as early in the spring.’

If you like that then look at some other Transcendentalist literature, like Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass and Emerson’s Nature essays.

Beat literature is also pretty cool. Bring On The Road by Jack Kerouac with you, that’s the ultimate travel guide on life. Beautifully written and so enthusiastic. If you like that also bring along The Dharma Bums, also by Kerouac.
If you’re into drugs side of counter culture, read Electric Kool Aid Test by Tom Wolfe and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson.

You might also be interested in The Prophet by Khalil Gibran and The ALchemist by Coelho. These are the ‘ink in water’ books of 20th century.

If you are an adventurous reader, try Ulysses by James Joyce. In my opinion it is the greatest novel of all time, but it#s not for the faint hearted.

If you want more recommendations, feel free to ask.

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Megan (@fearlessldr)1 year, 7 months ago ago

Awesome, thanks everyone. A lot of these titles are new to me; looking forward to checking them out!
@collinsj2009, I’m moving to Barranquilla to teach English, though I plan on exploring more of the country when I have breaks, and hopefully more of South America once my contract is up

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Alex (@alexishungry)1 year, 7 months ago ago

@fearlessldr, Please use the search function to avoid creating a duplicate topic in the future. There are several existing topics and blog posts about book recommendations. You can read through these for suggestions, or if you want to spark up the conversation and get more new suggestions, bump one of the existing threads. Thank you!





Hope you find some good ones!

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SmokeUP1 (@smokeup1)1 year, 7 months ago ago

@smoothamericano, Watching the videos he puts out got me started on my journey to knowledge and wisdom and i am far deep into it all, it amazes me each day. Your comment has made me believe that you are far off my level of consciousness and far away from unity consciousness. I just spread what helped me hoping that it will help others like it did to me. You ever heard of the quote, “When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself”. Think about it.

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Hazel (@hazelwhispers)1 year, 7 months ago ago

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littlefoot (@littlefoot)1 year, 7 months ago ago

Incomplete movie list:
American History X
Donnie Darko
V for Vendetta
Harold and Maude
The Outsiders
My Sisters Keeper
The Moon
Requiem for a Dream
The Birds (Hitchcock)
Network (’76)
Clockwork Orange
Into the Wild
Silence of the Lambs

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Frannypack11 (@franny11)1 year, 6 months ago ago

@jasonrodz, I love that movie, the elevator scene touches deep with me

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Frannypack11 (@franny11)1 year, 6 months ago ago

@cognizantelephant, @cloudstuck, Gotta love Eckhart! The power of the now is a life changer!

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littlefoot (@littlefoot)1 year, 6 months ago ago

Esoteric Agenda on Youtube is good too, though has some fallacies

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Michael (@michaellll)1 year, 6 months ago ago

Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal

The Virtue of Selfishness

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Brady (@sirbradyton)1 year, 6 months ago ago

I just watched Cloud Atlas last night, I would recommend it as a mind expander. Great movie.

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CosmicLemonade (@cosmiclemonade)1 year, 6 months ago ago

Crop Circles: Quest for Truth

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Gabrielle (@infiniteself)1 year, 6 months ago ago

@kile, Film: Crash and American beauty. The others I had in mind were already taken

TV: Through the worm hole ( if your into that) and the history channel series, Mankind: the story of us all. I also watch a lot of HBO and SHOWTIME, but it seems like you already got that covered.
I also suggest watching as much stand-up comedy as you can. You can never laugh too much.

Books: Infinite Self by Stuart Wilde (changed my entire view on life)

And thank you for posting this! I’ve been searching every cable/premium channel available to me and I’ve yet to find a program that stands out.

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Zane (@albinomongoose)1 year, 6 months ago ago

Jungian psychology is infinitely interesting, as is psychology in general. May as well understand your own mind before you move on to other subjects imo.


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CosmicLemonade (@cosmiclemonade)1 year, 6 months ago ago

Also, I received The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer over the holidays. I’ve only read about 5 chapters but its already blowing my mind. It seems to be one of the best books on consciousness I’ve encountered so far.

Edit: David Lynch has made some of the most amazing films. Mulholland Drive is a good one to start will. Inland Empire is fucking insane. Blue Velvet was filmed right here in my hometown of Wilmington NC. Also, Twin Peaks is an amazing show. Lots of mystery, supernatural elements, and archetypal themes.

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Alycia (@alyciagibson)1 year, 6 months ago ago

-The Lovely Bones

-Remember Me (Christopher Pike) (my personal favorite :D )
- Thirst Series (Christopher Pike)
-Second Glance (Jodi Picoult)
-House Rules (Jodi Picoult)

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Anonymous (@)1 year, 6 months ago ago

TED haha no just kidding

One that come at my mind, The truman show

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Vteezy Living (@groig22)1 year, 6 months ago ago

Any work of Drunvalo Melchiezedek is amazing. The Ancient Secrets of the Flower of Life books 1 & 2 and Living in the Heart are the ones i’ve read. also conversations with god by neil donald walsch is filled with so much truth. Messages from the Masters by Brian Weiss teaches his life work of past regression therapy. also watch videos on youtube from Bashar (Derryl Anka) and Abraham Hicks.

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Anonymous (@)1 year, 6 months ago ago

@kile, Waking Life

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Vteezy Living (@groig22)1 year, 6 months ago ago

@cosmiclemonade, I just watched that crop circle movie. Definitely the best information about crop circles i’ve found anywhere on the web. It’s amazing seeing how the crop circles evolved, expanded and became more intricate over time.

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HappyEartha (@happyeartha)1 year, 6 months ago ago


“Books: Infinite Self by Stuart Wilde (changed my entire view on life)”

Ditto! Before I read your comment, I spotted your screen name & Stuart’s face appeared on my mind. :-) I was standing in the front of book shelves at my favorite hippie store. I felt so warm as I was following the direction slowly. I was led to that book. I was amazed when I read the glow letters on my mind, “read me.” I picked it up with a peace feeling. From there, It sucked me in for an hour! I bought it in one week later because I couldn’t take it off on my mind! Anyway, how did it change your entire view on life? :-)