Books I Recommend | Movies

These are books (and movies) that have had an impact on me, and I think you’ll find something special in them.

1.
The Catcher in the Rye
J. D. Salinger (Paperback – Jan 30, 2001)
A must read classic!
2.
You Can’t Say You Can’t Play
Vivian Gussin Paley (Paperback – Jul 16, 1993)
Interesting and educational content.
3.
A Vagabond in Mexico
S Guzman-C (Paperback – Jan 1, 1993)
My Book! Not a travel guide.

4.

The People’s Guide to Mexico (Peoples Guide to Mexico)
Carl Franz, Lorena Havens (Paperback – Oct 25, 2006)
The best travel guide to Mexico I have found. lots of good advice and instruction
5.
Alice In Wonderland
Lewis Carroll
–And the Gryphon said to Alice: “It’s all his fancy, that: he ain’t got no sorrow you know. Come on.”
6.
This book is one of the best on Buddhism!
7.
Excellent book!
8.
A different Toltec perspective
9.
The Pocket Buddha Reader
(Paperback – Apr 10, 2001)
Excellent selections from the Buddha’s teachings
11.
Simple e interesante perspectiva Tolteca.
12.
The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
Eckhart Tolle (Paperback – Sep 29, 2004)
Recommended!
13.
To Kill A Mockingbird
Harper Lee (Mass Market Paperback – Jan 1, 1982)
Extraordinary!
14.
Watership Down (Puffin Books)
Richard Adams (Paperback – Jul 26, 1973)
A must read!
15.
The Razor’s Edge
W. Somerset Maugham (Paperback – Sep 9, 2003)
Another must read
16.
Interesting conclusions in this book!
17.
The Brothers Karamazov (Second Edition) (Norton Critical Editions)
Fyodor Dostoevsky (Paperback – Feb 15, 2011)
What can I add about Dostoevsky’s work?
18.
Les Miserables (Modern Library Classics)
Victor Hugo (Paperback – Jul 14, 2009)
Or about Victor Hugo’s work?
20.
Journey to Ixtlan: The Lessons of Don Juan
Carlos Castaneda (Paperback – Feb 1, 1991)
The philosophy behind the teachings
21.
A Buddhist Bible: Favorite Scriptures of the Zen Sect
Dwight Goddard (Paperback – Oct 8, 2008)
22.
The Matrix
Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving (DVD)
23.
The Matrix Collection: 4 Film Favorites
Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving (DVD)
24.
The Truman Show (Special Collector’s Edition)
Jim Carrey, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich, Natascha McElhone (DVD)
Food for thought in these movies.
 

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Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
John Perkins (Paperback – Dec 27, 2005)
How they control third world countries, in particular.
27.
The Creature from Jekyll Island: A Second Look at the Federal Reserve
G. Edward Griffin (Paperback – Feb 13, 2010)
The Federal Reserve is a scam, is a private organization.
29.
Avatar (Three-Disc Extended Collector’s Edition + BD-Live) [Blu-ray]
Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez (Blu-ray) 

It is happening now!
30.
Inception
Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe (DVD)
It is a dream! It can be changed!

 

Success Now!

In this world of matter everything is temporary, nothing stays. To try to wrestle permanence out of situations and things is not seeing reality as it is. To cling selfishly to anything is the mark of the ignorant. (This is the ignorance caused by an ego that refuses to acknowledge that everything is interconnected) Success comes when we see clearly that when we unconditionally help others we help ourselves, for we are never separate from the Source; to think otherwise is delusion; it is, again, the work of the ego.

Now, to see things as they are, to see the unity of all things, requires presence of mind, which means that your thoughts are not in past or future situations (unless you are using the past for reference or planning a shopping trip) but in what you are doing right now! Remember, you can’t cross the bridge until you get to the river. If you see ‘Reality’ as it is you’ll see that success, like well-being, does not depend on outside circumstances, for we actually have all we need. If you see reality as it is your life situation could change suddenly and drastically without affecting your inner balance because you’ll see that you are part of a whole that is in perfect balance and working perfectly well.

Of course, you will not see this if you don’t discipline your mind and develop presence because the ego will render you blind. And I am afraid that just reading or hearing about it will probably help you little. But if you do just your best and practice, you’ll see it as clear as sunshine. And allow me to quote from “Mindfulness in Plain English” by H. Gunaratana: “Your practice can show you the truth. Your own experience is all that counts.” Recommended reading: The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle, Buddhism is not What you Think by Steve Hagen, The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz, Journey to Ixtlan by Carlos Castaneda.

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