At its heart, metaphysics is the study of the nature of reality.
Finding reliable information on such a deep subject can often feel unnecessarily difficult, which is why we have created this list of the best books on metaphysics and where you can find them.
Unlike many of these kinds of lists, the resources you will find here are not necessarily going to be the most popular. These are books with useful and accurate information that will help you transform your life.
Metaphysics provides a foundation for understanding not only the universe, but ourselves as well. In this sense a metaphysical journey is a Path of Self-discovery more than anything, and the resources on the subject should reflect that.
1. “Fearless Self” by Matthew Lovett
What else can be said about this book that hasn’t already been said?
As far as books on metaphysics go that are actually practical, Fearless Self captures everything. Clear instructions on how to meditate effectively, the quantum nature of reality, the importance of self-regulation and tips on manifesting as well.
Here are some of the notable sections:
- How mental control leads to physical success
- Breaking down Hermetic wisdom such as “as above, so below”
- Specific instructions on how to increase your awareness
- Visualization techniques that work
- Tips on how to actually control your energy or quantum self
Fearless Self was written to provide readers with a reliable resource that they can come back to time and time again in order to grow on a spiritual level.
2. “The Tao of Physics” by Fritjof Capra
If you’re looking for a comprehensive guide to the Taoist perspective on physics, then “The Tao of Physics” by Fritjof Capra is a great place to start. This book offers a detailed overview of how Taoist philosophy can be applied to modern scientific theories.
Capra provides a wealth of information on topics such as quantum mechanics and chaos theory, and he demonstrates how these concepts can be used to explain the natural world. This is what metaphysics is all about.
Overall, I found “The Tao of Physics” to be a very interesting read.
It’s clear that Capra has put a lot of thought into how the principles of Taoism can be applied to modern science, and I think his arguments are well-reasoned. However, I do think that this book may be a bit dense for some readers. If you’re not familiar with physics or Taoism, you may find yourself struggling to keep up with some of the more complex concepts discussed in the text, so despite how popular this title is, it’s not an entry level metaphysics book by any means.
Despite this minor downside, I would still recommend “The Tao of Physics” to anyone interested in learning more about the relationship between science and spirituality. Capra provides a wealth of information in this book, and his insights are sure to interest anyone looking for a deeper understanding of the natural world.
3. “The Dancing Wu Li Masters” by Gary Zukav
If you’re looking for an introduction to the world of quantum mechanics, then “The Dancing Wu Li Masters” by Gary Zukav is a great place to start. This book includes a non-technical overview of the most important concepts in quantum mechanics, and it’s perfect for anyone who wants to learn more about this fascinating topic and why it falls under the umbrella of metaphysics.
Zukav does an excellent job of explaining complex concepts in a clear and concise way, and he provides plenty of real-world examples to help illustrate his points. I also found his discussion of the spiritual implications of quantum mechanics to be thought-provoking.
4. “The Holographic Universe” by Michael Talbot
If you’re looking for a comprehensive guide to the holographic universe theory, then “The Holographic Universe” by Michael Talbot is worth a read. This book offers a detailed look at how the holographic universe theory can be applied to modern science.
I also found his discussion of the spiritual implications of the holographic universe theory to be thought-provoking. Overall, I would say that “The Holographic Universe” is a well-written and informative book that is sure to interest anyone with an interest in the holographic universe theory.
5. “Witchcraft, Theory and Practice” by Ly de Angeles
Most books on metaphysics tend to have at least some material that is just not all that useful. This is not one of those books.
One part mind-expansion journey, another part self-mastery training guide, this is one of the rare few resources out there that goes beyond the fluff and actually delves into the power behind our thoughts and actions.
This book was actually recommended to me by Matt, the founder of Digital Sages. At first I have to admit I was somewhat turned off because I don’t necessarily study the Craft – yoga and meditation are what I use to move energy.
That being said I was shocked how powerful this book was. Every page has a gem of wisdom and there’s enough actionable advice contained in the book that it could easily be considered more of a guide than just a study. Well worth the read, however this one is not for the newbies!
6. “A New Earth” by Eckhart Tolle
A New Earth is a fantastic book that will likely change the way you think about the world.
Eckhart Tolle has a knack for explaining complex metaphysical concepts in a clear and concise way, and he provides plenty of real-world examples to help illustrate his points. I also found his discussion of the spiritual implications of A New Earth to be thought-provoking as well as useful. This book garnered mass appeal because it is well-written and informative, however don’t let the “mainstream” attention of this work fool you.
This is a rich resource for anyone interested in metaphysical study and the true nature of the world we live in. I would say out of these books on metaphysics, this would be one of the best for those with no prior exposure to spiritual concepts.
7. “The Kybalion” by The Three Initiates
A book that often appears in conversations regarding metaphysical literature, you might think of this book as the single best resource on the nature of reality ever written.
“Do not make the mistake of supposing that the little world you see around you – the Earth, which is a mere grain of dust in the Universe – is the Universe itself. There are millions upon millions of such worlds, and greater. And there are millions of millions of such Universes in existence within the Infinite Mind of THE ALL.”
It’s unabashed spiritual wisdom like this that makes The Kybalion a true treasure. In detailed and at times romantic language, this book on metaphysics pulls back the curtain into the world beyond. It’s a classic in the space for a reason – and compared to most other “spiritual” books that are often full of fluff, there is important wisdom packed into every page of this treasure.
If you had to choose one book out of this list to learn the basics of metaphysics, The Kybalion would be the one, if only because it is such a proven teaching tool.
What is Metaphysics? A Deeper Look
While the simple definition of metaphysics is the study of reality or the nature of reality, what does that really mean?
From a philosophical standpoint, metaphysics studies the great mystical “whys” of the universe.
However from a more practical standpoint, it is more about the “hows.” In a sense, metaphysical study is a broad way of approaching Hermetic science, just repackaged for the modern era.
Some of the key areas of interest for metaphysicians:
- The nature of cause and effect on the subtle level
- Quantifying the unseen (any energy that we would consider etheric or astral, wavelengths outside of the physical electromagnetic spectrum)
- How the unseen forces at play around us effect us, and how we in turn affect these unseen forces
- The power of the mind to create change, the true nature of our thoughts, how thoughts have substance behind them
- The multidimensional nature of reality and how it plays into our lives
- Reincarnation and karma (the movements and reconfiguration of energy)
- The nature of great energy bodies (the planets and stars, as well as purely etheric and astral beings
Generally speaking, metaphysics isn’t concerned with loftier and more complex spiritual concepts or ones that fall under the scope of deep Hermetics, such as star line pathing or soul evolution, however those who study metaphysics eventually end up exploring deeper subjects as they progress.
Like any body of study that is approached from a physical or limited perspective, metaphysics has boundaries. However these boundaries allow all of us to better understand and make use of spiritual concepts.
Why is Metaphysics Important to Learn?
Although it’s seen as more of a philosophical pursuit by the masses, metaphysics has many practical applications, which is why it’s worth learning.
Once, early on in my journey of self-growth, I was sitting in my living room reading a book on metaphysics (The Secret, actually) when I heard a loud crash coming from the kitchen. I quickly put down the book and ran into the kitchen to find that my husband had accidentally dropped a glass jar on the floor. Shards of glass were everywhere, and my husband was standing there with a look of comical terror on his face.
I quickly went into autopilot mode and began cleaning up the mess. As I swept up the glass, I began thinking about how metaphysics can teach us more about ourselves. I realized that this incident was a perfect example of how we often act in stressful situations. Even though my husband was clearly panicked, I was able to remain calm and take care of the situation. This is because I had trained myself to stay calm in difficult situations by learning about mindfulness and the movements of energy.
Metaphysics teaches us about things that we can’t see and helps us understand things that we can’t explain. This knowledge can be invaluable in difficult moments, and it can help us stay calm and focused when faced with adversity.
Where Can I Learn More About Metaphysics?
Right here at Digital Sages! We have amassed quite a library of resources on metaphysics and self-mastery, easily one of the best online.
If you read through these recommended titles on the subject and are still looking for answers or for tips on specific techniques, my personal advice would be to comb through this website and also follow Between Worlds, our hub for esoteric wisdom and the latest trends in self-mastery.
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