Autobiographies / Memoirs / Accounts of Awakening

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  • Haich, Elisabeth: Initiation
  • Harding, Douglas E.: On Having No Head
  • Harrigan, Shivarpita Joan: Stories of Spiritual Transformation
  • Harvey, Andrew: A Journey in Ladakh
  • Harvey, Andrew: Hidden Journey: A Spiritual Awakening
  • Harwood, Robert (Bob): Pouring Concrete
  • Hawkins, David: Letting Go
  • Heruka, Tsangnyon: Life of Milarepa, Tibet’s Great Yogi
  • Huxley, Laura A.: This Timeless Moment: A Personal View of Aldous Huxley


  • Isira: Buddha on the Dance Floor


  • Jones, Franklin: Knee of Listening (first edition)


  • Kapleau, Philip: The Three Pillars of Zen
  • Katie, Byron: A Mind at Home with Itself
  • King, Godfree R.: Unreviled Mysteries
  • Kornfield, Jack: After the Ecstasy, the Laundry
  • Krishnamurti, UG: Various titles


  • Lee, Phra Ajaan (transl. Thanissaro Bikkhu): The Autobioraphy of Phra Ajaan Lee
  • Linn, Denise: How My Death Saved My Life
  • Lo, Hee Hung: Tracks in the Snow
  • Long, Barry: My Life of Love and Truth
  • Lusseyran, Jacques: And Then There Was Light: The Extraordinary Memoir of a Blind Hero of the French Resistance in World War II


  • Maa, Amoda: Various titles
  • Maltz, Maxwell: Live and Be Free with Psycho-Cybernetics
  • Matthiessen, Peter: The Snow Leopard
  • Merrell-Wolff, Franklin: Pathways Through to Space
  • Merriam, Dena: My Journey Through Time
  • Merton, Thomas: Seven Storey Mountain
  • Mill, Alex: A Shift to Love
  • Mockett, Marie Mutsuki: Where the Dead Pause and the Japanese Say Goodbye
  • Monroe, Robert: Journeys Out of the Body
  • Monroe, Robert: Far Journeys
  • Monroe, Robert: Ultimate Journey
  • Morwood, Joel: Naked Through the Gate: A Spiritual Autobiography
  • Mt Shasta, Peter: Adventures of a Western Mystic Volume 1: Search for the Guru
  • Mt Shasta, Peter: Apprentice to the Masters II (ed. note: check the correct title)
  • Muktananda, Swami, foreword by Zweig, Paul: Play of Consciousness: A Spiritual Autobiography


  • Nevins, Shawn: Subtraction: The Simple Math of Enlightenment


  • O’Donohue, John: Anam Cara
  • Osho: Autobiography of a Spiritually Incorrect Mystic


  • Palahniuk, Chuck: Various titles
  • Palmo, Tenzin: A Cave in the Snow
  • Pirsig, Robert M.: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Pirsig, Robert M.: Lila – An Enquiry into Morals
  • Prather, Hugh: Notes to Myself


  • Razam, Rak: Aya Awakenings
  • Rinpoche, Mingur Yongey: In Love with the World >>
  • Roach, Nick: Living Without Problems
  • Roberts, Bernadette: Contemplative: Autobiography of the Early Years
  • Roberts, Bernadette: The Experience of No-Self


  • Satprem: Sri Aurobindo or The Adventure of Consciousness
  • Segal, Suzanne: Collision with the Infinite: A Life Beyond the Personal Self
  • Shainberg, Lawrence: Ambivalent Zen
  • Shukman, Henry: One Blade of Grass
  • Smith, David A.: A Record of Awakening
  • Singer, Michael A.: The Surrender Experiment
  • Spalding, Baird T.: Life and Teaching of the Masters of the Far East
  • Sri M: Apprentice to a Himilayan Master
  • Sugrue, Thomas: There Is A River: The Story of Edgar Cayce
  • Suutari, Sanna: The Shortest Journey
  • Swami Om: If Truth Be Told



  • Teevens, Cindy: Alchemy: How to Feel Good No Matter What
  • Time, Justin: Autobiographical Stories from an American Spiritual Master
  • Tolle, Eckhard: The Power of Now
  • Trungpa, Chogyam: Born in Tibet
  • Twain, Mark: Autobiography of Mark Twain
  • Twain, Mark: Mysterious Stranger (ed. note: this is a short story)
  • Tweedie, Irina: Daughter of Fire


  • Urrea, Luis Alberto: The Hummingbird’s Daughter


  • Van der Braak, Andre: Enlightenment Blues
  • Valine, Bob: The Second Birth: Stories Of Awakening Within The Heart Of Community


  • Wallis, Christopher D.: The Recognition Sutras
  • Weber, Christin L: Cry in the Desert: The Awakening of Byron Katie
  • Weber, Gary: Happiness Beyond Thought
  • Whitman, Walt: Whoever You Are Holding Me Now in Hand (ed: a poem)
  • Williams, Russel. and Taylor, Steve: Not I. Not other than I: The Life and Teachings of Russell William
  • Willis, Brad: Warrior Pose: How Yoga (Literally) Saved My Life


  • Yogananda: Autobiography of a Yogi
  • Yunkaporta, Tyson: Sand Talk

Writing your own spiritual autobiography: Guides


  • Dowling, Kathleen: The Grace of Living

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