Books that Blow Past Conventional Thinking

shelved under Self-Help

Long ago I reached the conclusion that prevailing explanations for the way things are in our world simply don’t cut the mustard. Ever since, I have looked for books that offer interpretations and views that are entirely different from conventional wisdom. For that reason, the books on this list are not for the faint-hearted or those who cling to shopworn thinking. These reads challenge our most cherished beliefs and paradigms. That’s just the way I like it.


Right Use of Will: Healing and Evolving the Emotional Body

by Ceanne DeRohan

This book first appeared during the height of New Age non-fiction popularity in the 1980s. The book actually puts “new” into New Age, which mostly represents repackaged old thought. The author rewrites everything we think we know about our past, earth’s history, the role of government, our concept of the Divine, why we suffer, and so much more. High time, too. Read it if you dare.


The Secret of Atlantis

by Otto Heinrich Muck

Muck is a scientist, and brings all of his left-brained logic to the enormous task of providing scads and scads of credible physical evidence that a lost island once existed. This book is not sexy or flashy, but it gets the job done in a way even the most analytical among us will find hard to refute.


Edgar Cayce on Atlantis

by Edgar Evans Cayce

Most books on the topic of Atlantis (see Muck, above) focus on whether or not it actually existed. This little treasure takes the existence of Atlantis as a given and then explores what its lost civilization might have been like. Those who don’t believe in the paranormal will not especially care for how Edgar Cayce got his information on the subject. Those with an open mind will find this a fascinating read.


Serpent in the Sky: The High Wisdom of Ancient Egypt

by John Anthony West

The traditional explanations of how the ancient Egyptians built the pyramids — something we cannot do today, even with all our modern construction equipment — always make me laugh. The author introduces the English-language reading public to the thinking of Hungarian Egyptologist Schwaller de Lubicz, who wrote in French during the 1930s. De Lubicz regards Egyptian society as a legacy, not a progression, and his reasons for doing so are fascinating and compelling. West also ran with de Lubicz’s observation that the Sphinx suffered water erosion, and the resulting findings have turned the traditional archeology world on its ear. Hooray!


Seth Speaks: The Eternal Validity of the Soul

by Jane Roberts, introduction by Robert F. Butts

The Seth series of books are regarded as a “cult” classic. This is my favorite among them. It contains this pearl of wisdom: “You are as dead now as you are ever going to be.” Put that in your pipe and smoke it!


Spear of Destiny

by Trevor Ravenscroft

The writing in this book is terrible, and needs extreme editing. But in my opinion, it provides the only sensible explanation for the pure evil that was Nazi Germany. Of course it is not a mainstream explanation; it is far too weird. That’s why it is probably close to the truth, which is always so strange that many of us prefer to fabricate reality so we feel more comfortable with it.


The Demonologist: The Extraordinary Career of Ed and Lorraine Warren

by Gerald Brittle

Move over, Stephen King and H.P. Lovecraft! Your fiction of the bizarre and horrifying are plain vanilla compared to this utterly captivating and flesh-tingling true tale of a couple who chase demons as their avocation. Those who want a non-Christian explanation of what demons are and why they exist should read the entire deRohan Right Use of Will series. Warning: this book is scary.


You Are Psychic!: The Free Soul Method

by Pete A. Sanders

This book should appeal to any left-brained folks who are nonetheless open to understanding how the right half of our gray matter works and learning to use it consciously, with direction and purpose. This book is a basic primer in how to recognize and obtain useful information from our intuition/instincts, also known as psychic senses. Learning to do this can lead to many interesting adventures in personal growth. I speak from experience here.