Written by Melbourne television producer Rhonda Byrne, and based on a film she created in 2004 of the same title, The Secret tells of the laws of attraction: Asking for what you want, believing in what you want, and being open to receiving it.
With a historical basis in the 19th century New Thought movement; Byrne’s book has proven to be a cultural phenomenon, making the number one spot on the New York Times bestseller list.
While some consider the book little more than slick marketing and the re-packaging of many other spiritual beliefs, the book’s cultural significance cannot be denied. It remains to be seen whether Byrne’s The Secret will stand the test of time.
Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist tells the simple tale of a shepherd who journeys to the pyramids of Egypt to find his treasure is truly timeless. The lessons told of the discovery of your personal legend, being your one true purpose, and of understanding omens, are ones that speak to all people regardless of religion.Santiago, a young shepherd living in the hills of Andalucia, feels that there is more to life than his humble home and his flock. One day he finds the courage to follow his dreams into distant lands, each step galvanised by the knowledge that he is following the right path: his own. The people he meets along the way, the things he sees and the wisdom he learns are life-changing.
The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success
In his classic book, Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, Chopra discusses the importance of success in life. For Chopra, success is defined as happiness and the realization of goals, although success is not limited to wealth.Chopra lays down 7 laws found in nature used to create spiritual success. These laws include karma (cause and effect) and dharma (purpose in life). Chopra’s popularity lies in the way he is able to take ancient Vedic teachings and present them to a Western audience.
The Art of Meditation
To know yourself as a living soul is only the beginning stage of meditation and takes the longest time to reach. After that, the progress is much more rapid. This can be likened to the rocket used to send a capsule into space, with its different booster stages. The first stage of meditation, to neutralize your breath current and mental waves, is like the first stage of the rocket and requires a lot of hard work and energy. But once you have managed to still your mind you will find that everything flows easily and you will be able to function with relative ease.
Imre Vallyon was born in Budapest, Hungary and emigrated to New Zealand as a refugee at the age of sixteen. Since 1980 he has dedicated his life to teaching the Wisdom science through his extensive writings and through workshops and retreats conducted around the world.
Imre s extraordinary knowledge of human spirituality is derived not from scholarly research, but issues forth from his own Interior Realization. He spans the full spectrum of human experience: reaching through time, illuminating the great Spiritual Teachings and Sacred languages of our planetary history while pointing the way to the future. Imre s work is one of synthesis. His writing is universal, and not biased towards any particular religion or tradition.
Imre Vallyon and Sounding Light Publishing were awarded first place in the prestigious Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust Awards, and won a gold medal in the 2009 Living Now Awards, for four volume spiritual treatise Heavens and Hells of the Mind.
The Art of Happiness
Psychiatrist Howard Cutler sits down with the Dalai Lama to ask him life’s deepest questions in The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living. Learn the answers to timeless questions such as: Why are so many people unhappy? and Why is there so much suffering in the world? The Art of Happiness shows us that having a philosophy of compassion and a disciplined mind can lead us to happiness, and that a happy life requires study and practice.