The Ever Present Origin by Jean Gebser (translated by Noel Barstad with Algis Mickunas).  Jean Gebser’s important treatise from which the film series was conceived.

Structures of Consciousness by Georg Feuerstein.  An in-depth discussion and introduction of Gebser’s structures of consciousness with detailed descriptions of the Archaic, Magical, Mythical, and Mental-Rational.  Mr. Feuerstein also takes on the Integral state, and begins placing stakes in the ground to help us better understand its possibilities.

2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl by Daniel Pinchbeck.  This brilliant book is about the elevation of consciousness culminating at the cyclic end of the Mayan calendar.  Mr Pinchbeck pulls philosophical thought from every quarter:  shamanism, crop circles, UFO's, Rudolph Steiner, Jean Gebser, to explore the possibilities of this shift. A critical highlight for me was the prediction of the 2008 economic collapse using the Mayan 9 underworld's timing (the book came out in 2006).

Toward 2012: Perspectives on a New Age edited by Daniel Pinchbeck.  A wonderful series of essays about ayahuasca, Jesus, Stanley Kubrick, Gnostics, Native American spirituality, Burning Man and much more.  The common theme is consciousness ... its definition, its exploration, its meaning.

Five Spirits:  Alchemical Acupuncture for Psychological & Spiritual Healing by Lorie Eve Dechar.  A wonderful presentation of the five spirits, acupuncture, alchemy, Jungian perspective and Chinese cosmology ... and how they work together for healing.  Ms. Dechar has traveled & explored this unchartered territory and brings us inspiration, insight and vision.  She articulates and practices the Integral.

Food of the Gods by Terence McKenna.  The premise of this seminal work is that natural hallucinogens have long existed and were the catalyst that elevated consciousness as humankind progressed from cave man to rational technocrat.  McKenna asks for the return to paradise -- and a move away from the “dominator” drugs of tobacco, caffeine, sugar, and television.

Reflections on the Art of Living:  A Joseph Campbell Companion selected and edited by Diane K. Osbon.  This work provides a wonderful overview of Joseph Campbell’s many pivotal writings, such as Myths to Live By and A Hero with a Thousand Faces.  One can open to any of its pages and be totally awestruck by Mr. Campbell’s vast wisdom and eye opening perspectives on life, religion and myth.

The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell with Bill Moyers.  This book acts as the transcript of Mr. Campbell’s interviews with Bill Moyers that was turned into a six part documentary first aired on the BBC in 1988.  The interviews explore the meaning & purpose of myth.  Their conversations surface sparkling nuggets about what it means to live a full life, the importance of pursuing bliss over fortune, and what it means to be a spiritual being and to have a spiritual life.  A favorite quote, “God is not a he or a she ... God is a springboard to spring you into the transcendent, and transcendent means to ‘transcend,’ to go past duality.”

Pathways to Bliss: Mythology and Personal Transformation by Joseph Campbell.   An important aspect of Mr. Campbell’s writings in this book is that he directly explains the purposes of myth.  He cites four functions that myths play.  Paraphrasing, they are:  (1) to evoke a sense of awe about the mystery that is life  (2) to present an image of the cosmos to help each of us bring a sense of meaning to our lives  (3) to validate & maintain a social system, or a system of social mores  (4) to guides us psychologically through the stages of life ... from birth through senility.