Course Bibliography

Books and Authors To Help Awaken the Hero Within

PRIMARY TEXTS

Fate and Destiny: The Two Agreements of the Soul – Meade, Michael

Meade re-awakens us to words we think we know: genius, destiny, fate, soul.  He reintroduces us to our own soul’s deep interior meanings and our unique life’s divinely inspired and imprinted images and patterns.  In this book, he threads these teachings with stories from his own extraordinary life.   His words are the words of an awakened elder.

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The Great Work of Your Life: A Guide for the Journey to Your True Calling – Cope, Stephen

Cope describes the process of unlocking the unique possibility harbored within every human soul, in order to become a soul awakened in this lifetime.  Drawing from the wisdom of the Bhagavad Gita, he highlights the lives of extraordinary people whose life trajectories display the power of honoring their soul gifts.

Pathways to Bliss: Mythology & Personal Transformation – Campbell, Joseph

What myth do you live by?  How do you know your bliss?  How can you notice its thread woven through your life time?  How can you access that welling up of the energy of transformative potential within you?  How can you allow your bliss to guide you towards that transcendent mystery?  This book can help you to deeply examine the ways in which our own living story can shape and enrich our lives; it reveals how myth can help us truly identify and follow our bliss – and thus further take our place in this uncertain world.

The Hero With A Thousand Faces –  Campbell, Joseph

As relevant today as when it was first published, Campbell’s seminal work outlines the Hero’s Journey myth, a universal motif of adventure and transformation that runs through virtually all of the world’s mythic traditions.  This book has influenced millions of readers, and has profoundly inspired creative artists of all kinds.

SECONDARY TEXTS

The Soul’s Code: In Search of Character and Calling – Hillman, James

Hillman direct and incisive writing style moves beyond the dry language of contemporary psychology.  The central and guiding force of this book is his ‘acorn theory’ which proposed that each life is formed by a particular image, one that is the essence of that life and calls it to a destiny.   His method is to use the extraordinary to inspire the ordinary, and points us towards the excitement of an invisible mystery worth exploring.  He asks the fundamental questions of “What is in my heart that I must do, and become, and have?”

What Matters Most: Living a More Considered Life – Hollis, James

This book is designed to stir the thoughts of its readers, and to re-orient their directions, priorities and values.  “Why are we here?  What is the meaning of my existence?  What matters most in my life?  He encourages us to tolerate ambiguity, embrace growth over security, engage spiritual challenges, and acknowledge the shadow of mortality.