Read, read and read good books for they stimulate your mental development, building up the mental body. And – if the book is spiritually uplifting – your astral body will be highly motivated towards good works, and feelings of spiritual upliftment will fill your astral body, motivating it to meditate and pray, sing decrees and mantras regularly.
Your soul – your Higher Self – will strive to descend its light into your personal self. For the upwards streaming light from your personal self will reach a part of your soul which responds positively and returns the light by sending its light downwards.
Books can change your life, encourage good decision making. Some books radiate healing, supreme knowledge and illuminating wisdom.
Reading and learning make all the difference between an uneventful life and an exhilarating, exciting life. Read and be transformed. (From the writings of Ananda Tara Shan)
Concerning participation in spiritual work
If you have a serious physical or psychological condition, you are advised against taking part in activities that call upon spiritual energies without prior consultation with an experienced meditation teacher. Where serious illness or imbalance is present, it is recommended that the body and mind focus on healing and regaining balance. In these cases, it is better to work on healing in cooperation with health care practitioners through, for example, relaxation, positive thinking and stress reduction. Also, if you use or have used illegal drugs, psychoactive medications (for example, antidepressants, mood stabilisers, tranquillisers, hypnotics and so forth), or alcohol (more than the occasional social drink), a minimum of 3-7 years free of using such substances is recommended before it is advisable to participate in spiritual work.