Do you have a book that you’ve already read that’s calling to you to read again? I know I do.
I love books! I find more that I want to read faster than I can read the ones I have found. This means I always have a ton of books in queue that I’m trying to go through. It used to be that I simply had a large stack of books on my nightstand. Now that I buy a lot of Kindle books and read them on my iPad, my backlog now exist in hard copy and electronic versions. The pressure I feel to read books that I’ve already bought and not gotten to yet is so great that I rarely succumb to the desire to reread a book.
Yet sometimes, one needs to listen to that urge to go back and revisit a volume. I’ve heard motivational speaker Bob Proctor a number of times – one of the messages he always includes in his presentation is the importance of taking a with a lot of wisdom and staying with it for a long time. He recommends sitting with a particular passage for days, reflecting on it, going deeper with it – moving to a level of understanding that simply cannot come with a quick read. I’ve done this before, there is value in doing it. I believe he recommends Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich. I’ve done it with a number of Ernest Holmes works.
Recently I’ve had two books subtly telling me that I needed to circle back and reread them. One was Ernest Holmes’ The Science of Mind. This is a book from which I frequently read passages. However, it’s been about 13 years since I read it straight through. The other book is Ken Wilber’s A Brief History of Everything. Written in a dialogue form, it’s one of the most accessible introductions to his integral work. I last read it around six years ago.
I decided to read them both in tandem – going a few chapters in one volume and then bouncing over to the other. This is led to two interesting observations.
First (and not unexpectedly), I am getting a deeper understanding of both books through my reading of them again. If you’ve ever read a more than once, you must likely have had that experience. It’s natural because you are now familiar with the material and know where the book is going. Now you’re picking up on nuances not understood on your first read. Yet more importantly, your increased understanding comes from the fact that you are not the person you were the first time you read the book. All of the wisdom you have gleaned in the intervening time has prepared you to hear and understand concepts which were “over your head” the first go around.
The second observation is that the two books I am rereading are each feeding my understanding of the other. Reading Holmes deepens my understanding of Wilber and vice versa. It’s a great experience.
So my question to you is this – do you have a book or books that are calling you back to them? Maybe you should listen and take the time to go deep.
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