5 Mind-Bloggling Books That Are Worth the Struggle to Read

Books are the medium through which we can exercise our minds. They make us think and push us to expand our consciousness with regard to the world and human beings. Books are like doors to the other universe which is revealed only to us because each one interprets the text in his/her own way. Ideas and thoughts that a book inspires in us can lead us to explore beyond our limited self.

Here is a list of 5 mind-blowing books that will make our brains work harder than usual but will prove to be worthwhile:

1. You Must Change Your Life by Peter Sloterdijk

In this book, Sloterdijk inquires about the tendency of human beings to experience what is called “vertical tension”. Simply put, vertical tension is a means by which we can outgrow ourselves and leave our previous, limited selves behind.

He explains this not with the help of religion but with something known as ‘anthropotechniques’. We need to train and discipline our multiple selves. Philosophy, reading books and psychedelics are basically ways to strengthen our psychic immune system. We can fashion and refashion ourselves as per our wishes. We carry infinite potential within us, we just need to realize it.

You can buy this incredible book HERE.

2. Darwin’s Pharmacy: Sex, Plants, and the Evolution of the Noösphere by Richard M. Doyle

According to Doyle, “ecodelics” help us to reach ecstatic states of consciousness where the duality of thought can be overcome and our connection with nature can be restored. His book is an essential mind-blowing discourse on psychedelics which makes you question the very depths of your intelligence.

You can buy this incredible book HERE.

3. Nietzsche and Zen: Self Overcoming Without a Self  by André van der Braak

Both Nietzsche and Zen propagate that selves don’t exist. They deny the existence of any intrinsic order or value at the core of the cosmos. They think that it is possible to reach a higher existence through the management of the bodily drives or forces. For Zen, the goal is that of no-goal i.e. Nirvana. For Nietzsche, it is the progression from the camel, through the lion to the child. This book is great for all those who want to know more about Nietzsche and Zen and how to master ourselves when selves don’t exist.

You can buy this incredible book HERE.

4. The Perennial Philosophy: An Interpretation of the Great Mystics, East and West by Aldous Huxley.

This book would prove to be a great read for all those looking for a difference between religion and mysticism. Huxley’s theories are widely debated today but you cannot deny the power with which they penetrate in your mind.

He philosophizes on the theories of Zen, Hinduis, Rumi, Meister Eckhart and Taoism and comes to a conclusion that all these share one common thing i.e. a yearning for transcendence. This book will make you question your beliefs; it will make you think like never before about the cosmos. I’ll recommend you to buy the book now!

You can buy this incredible book HERE.

5. The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World by David Abram

This book will ensure that you are able to read the world better than before. Abram explores the origin of language, synesthesia, shamanism and phenomenology, the way we experience consciousness in his book. He uncovers the world inhabited by the “Other” which is in opposition to the (our) “Self”. He also inquires about how language originated and changed with time and tide. Abram deconstructs the way in which language through alphabetization became more abstract and lost its connection with the living. Reading this book is like doing squats for the mind!

You can buy this incredible book HERE.

If you still haven’t read these 5 Self-Help Books, what are you waiting for?!

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