The people we meet, the books we read, the songs we hear shape who we are. Here I am noting down some which have been important to me, and which may be helpful to others on the path of personal growth. They are not replacements for the journey of self-discovery that psychotherapy is, and that other processes can be. But they can be scenes and milestones on the way.
Victor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning
Toni Packer, The Work of this Moment
J. Krishnamurti, The First and Last Freedom
James Hollis, Swamplands of the Soul
Suzanne Segal, Collision with the Infinite: A life beyond the personal self
Rodrigo Garcia. In Treatment. HBO series, 2008.
Andrei Tarkovsky. Stalker. 1979.
Robert Redford. Ordinary People. 1980.
http://www.guidetopsychology.com – psychotherapist Raymond Lloyd Richmond’s website offers several articles on the work that psychotherapy is, often from a Lacanian perspective that is stark and insightful.
http://www.batgap.com – ‘Buddha at the Gas Pump’, a YouTube programme of interviews with spiritually awakening people across and outside several spiritual traditions that humankind is heir to. The show is founded on the understanding that while outer structures of the world seem to hurtle towards disorder and possibly annihilation, particularly as a result of mankind’s brutalisation of our planet, several human beings seem to be becoming deeply aware of the sacred, more frequently and in different ways than we have in the centuries and millenniums of the past. Buddha at the Gasp Pump is a record of such awakenings, including stories of both tremendous suffering and of lives lived in joy and creativity.
http://nondualtherapydirectory.com – A resource for therapists and clients interested in psychotherapy practices that emerge from an engagement with the spiritual traditions of the world, particularly those that are centred around discovering a deeper awareness of the present moment, and the possibilities that lie therein.