These books relate in some way to the Toteg Tribe's tenets, philosophies, and ethics. Some of these offerings are "beginning level" reading, for an introduction to some of the principles of nature religion and natural spirituality as it applies to our everyday life.
"Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah" is a book to challenge and perhaps change your life. At the very least, it will give you pause to take a closer look around at the world in which you live. This book has an almost magical ability to be a different story to not only each individual, but for you personally each time it's picked up; depending on where we are on your path it is a simple read about two barn-storming vagabonds who meet in the fields of midwest America because each is doing what he really wants to do, or it can be a very different perspective from a 'spiritually advanced' soul, and many possibilities between.
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"Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit" The narrator of this extraordinary tale is a man in search of truth. He answers an ad in a local newspaper from a teacher looking for serious pupils, only to find himself alone in an abandoned office with a full-grown gorilla who is nibbling delicately on a slender branch. "You are the teacher?" he asks incredulously. "I am the teacher," the gorilla replies. Ishmael is a creature of immense wisdom and he has a story to tell, one that no other human being has ever heard. It is a story that extends backward and forward over the lifespan of the earth from the birth of time to a future there is still time to save. Like all great teachers, Ishmael refuses to make the lesson easy; he demands the final illumination to come from within ourselves. Is it man's destiny to rule the world? Or is a higher destiny possible for him -- one more wonderful than he has ever imagined?
"The Story of B" combines Daniel Quinn's provocative and visionary ideas with a masterfully plotted story of adventure and suspense in this stunning, resonant novel that is sure to stay with readers long after they have finished the last page. Father Jared Osborne--bound by a centuries-old mandate held by his order to know before all others that the Antichrist is among us--is sent to Europe on a mission to find a peripatetic preacher whose radical message is attracting a growing circle of followers. The target of Osborne's investigation is an American known only as B. He isn't teaching New Age platitudes or building a fanatical following; instead, he is quietly uncovering the hidden history of our planet, redefining the fall of man, and retracing a path of human spirituality that extends millions of years into the past. From the beginning, Fr. Osborne is stunned, outraged, and awed by the simplicity and profundity of B's teachings. Is B merely a heretic--or is he the Antichrist sent to seduce humanity not with wickedness, but with ideas more alluring than those of traditional religion? With surprising twists and fascinating characters, The Story of B answers this question as it sends readers on an intellectual journey that will forever change the way they view spirituality, human history, and, indeed, the state of our present world.
"My Ishmael". Winner of the Turner Tomorrow Fellowship, Daniel Quinn's Ishmael is an underground bestseller and a testament for a burgeoning spiritual movement. Now Quinn presents an extraordinary sequel, a companion novel so startlingly original that even Ishmael's most faithful readers will not predict its outcome.... When Ishmael places an advertisement for pupils with "an earnest desire to save the world," he does not expect a child to answer him. But twelve-year-old Julie Gerchak is undaunted by Ishmael's reluctance to teach someone so young, and convinces him to take her on as his next student. Ishmael knows he can't apply the same strategies with Julie that he used with his first pupil, Alan Lomax--nor can he hope for the same outcome. But young Julie proves that she is ready to forge her own spiritual path--and arrive at her own destination. And when the time comes to choose a pupil to carry out his greatest mission yet, Ishmael makes a daring decision--a choice that just might change the world.
"Beyond Civilization: Humanity's Next Great Adventure" In Beyond Civilization, Daniel Quinn thinks the unthinkable. We all know there's no one right way to build a bicycle, no one right way to design an automobile, no one right way to make a pair of shoes, but we're convinced that there must be only one right way to live -- and the one we have is it, no matter what. Beyond Civilization makes practical sense of the vision of Daniel Quinn's best-selling novel Ishmael. Examining ancient civilizations such as the Maya and the Olmec, as well as modern-day microcosms of alternative living like circus societies, Quinn guides us on a quest for a new model for society, one that is forward-thinking and encourages diversity instead of suppressing it. Beyond Civilization is not about a "New World Order" but a "New Personal World Order" that would allow people to assert control over their own destiny and grant them the freedom to create their own way of life right now -- not in some distant utopian future.
"The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment" within a chapter of reading this book, readers are already holding the world in a different container--more conscious of how thoughts and emotions get in the way of their ability to live in genuine peace and happiness. Like Richard Bach's Illusions, this book means different things to different people at various times.
Books by Tom Brown, Jr.
Tom Brown pays attention; he sees, feels, senses, smells, and hears both spirit and the natural world around him. He teaches us how to do the same and encourages us to find our link with the spiritual world along the way. These books are rewarding on several levels.
"The Tracker" is the introduction to Tom Brown and Grandfather. The story begins with the chance meeting between an ancient Apache and a New Jersey boy. It tells of an incredible apprenticeship in the Wild, learning all that is hidden from modern man... "The first track is the end of a string. At the far end, a being is moving; a mystery, dropping a hint about itself every so many feet, telling you more about itself until you can almost see it, even before you come to it."
"Awakening Spirits" shares the unique meditation exercises used by students of Tom Brown, Jr.'s personal Tracker classes. Now all of us can learn these spiritual lessons of life through the earth around us - and deep within us. AWAKENING SPIRITS includes advanced methods of relaxation, insight, healing, and communication with nature and spirits.
"This book may challenge the very core of your belief systems and shake up your personal philosophy, but that is not my intent. What I set forth in this book is meant to enhance and magnify your beliefs. Simply, the techniques and skills can be easily integrated into all philosophies, religions, and belief systems." --TOM BROWN, Jr.It is an excellent companion to Joseph's Yellow Book and website teachings.
"Grandfather". Going much deeper than nostalgia for a lost way of life, this work exhorts readers to eschew materialism and waste, and return to a simpler but more satisfying relationship with the fragile Earth. Grandfather is filled with visions and mystical phenomena as it relates the old man's search for the universal and sublime truths that will enable humankind to find harmony with nature.
"The Vision: The Dramatic True Story of One Man's Profound Relationship with Nature".
"To me, the spiritual world makes up most of what life is about. It is a plan of existence, that the seeker comes to slowly; first with the faith of a child, then with the patience and dedication of a sage." --TOM BROWN, Jr.
"The Journey" teaches that we must undergo a shift in consciousness - and a change in spirit - in order to heal our suffering planet. Tom Brown, Jr. explains why we must return to the earth and rediscover the mystical connections that bind us to the unspoiled wilderness...to achieve a harmonious oneness with nature. He reveals how our inner spirituality can be the key to saving our embattled environment - and regaining the peace we once knew.
"The Quest". Over the past several years, our planet's environment has become one of our greatest concerns. Modern man's mystical relationship with nature is nearly extinguised. But through a profound reawakening of the spirit, we can again establish a relationship of peace, harmony, and well-being with our planet...
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