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Handbook to Higher Consciousness

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  545 ratings  ·  53 reviews
This perennial bestseller is more popular than ever and has helped countless people experience dramatic changes in their lives from the time they begin applying the simple, effective techniques.
Paperback, 215 pages
Published January 1st 1993 by Love Line Books (first published 1973)
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Polly Trout
Aug 25, 2008 rated it did not like it
Written in 1975, this is a New Age classic and a truly awful book. Normally I just ignore awful books, but I have some things to say about exactly why the worldview presented by Keyes is toxic.

The post-colon half of this book's title is "The Science of Happiness," which points to two ways this book is false: first, it teaches that spirituality is a science (it is not, it is an art). Second, it teaches that the goal of spiritual development is personal happiness (and it's not -- personal happines
Feb 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Everyone should read this book. Defining the "obvious." Teaching how to operate from higher consciousness, and what that means, instead of animalistic-automatic-emotion-backed-responses. Great stuff. Life changing in an internal way... reprogramming. ...more
Stu Webbb
Nov 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is the most profoundly practical book to clean up your unhappiness act and choose a happy way of life. It's neuroscience reprogramming before its time. (It sold a million copies in the 1970's. I just reread it and am amazed how much working with it had bettered my life. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! ...more
Oct 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This little gem of a book brings some of Taoism and Buddhism into a western framework. Ken Keyes views suffering being the result of "emotionally backed demands" which he labels "addictions.

The book was written at a time when the word "addiction" wasn't used unthinkingly by pop culture. I don't know that he was the first to use the word as he did, but I don't remember anyone earlier in my readings.

It is easy to skim the book and misunderstand his view. But here it is in a nutshell.

Life happens.
Jul 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I read this book at age 15. I can still say that it is one of the most influential books I ever read.
Gayle Ferguson
Sep 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book helped me to recognise how to change things that I did not know how to change about myself.For someone who did not possess the skills needed to begin making changes in my life, this guided me in a gentle,practical way.I still use some of it daily.It helps you to begin the internal dialog needed to begin healing a cycle of wrong thinking.If you know someone who is struggling with trying to do better but they honestly do not know how, suggest this book to them or make sure they get a cop ...more
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I would recommend this book to everyone. It brings home how most of the suffering in our lives comes from the meaning we attach to things and not the events themselves.

Is it sensible to be upset if it rains? It does also use the exmple of spilt milk... Unless we are starving and that is the only sustenance we have perhaps these things aren't worth upsetting ourselves about and wouldn't we be happier without those upsets?

The difficulty is in overcoming our habitiual programming... Despite our cor
Kevin E
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is revolutionary. It helped me to recognize a lot of the ego-based behaviors and reactions that were creating unnecessary stress in my life--and to reframe them in what amounted to a paradigm shift. After reading the book and applying a few techniques, I felt a MUCH closer oneness with ALL the people around me--family, strangers, and friends. It seemed to help me return to an easy countenance that I could only remember harboring DECADES ago. Beyond that, one of the appendixes answered ...more
Ken Serna
Feb 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read easily over a hundred books on self development, psychology and consciousness...I would say this is easily in the top 3 of those books, if not the best book I've ever read. ...more
E.S. Wynn
May 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is a great primer if you haven't read too deeply or widely into eastern philosophy or new age self-help books. The most valuable piece of info in this book is probably the little boxed blurb on page 87 that says:

1. Explore the suffering.
2. Pinpoint the addictive demand.
3. Reprogram the addictive demand.
4. Experience the freedom.

The whole notion of addictions and preferences was a fresh concept to me. A lot of Ken Keyes's info hit me as old hat and overdone, but the language
Mark Braithwaite
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I think that the only way to appreciate this book is to be at a point in your life, as the author says, where you want your inner peace and happiness increase more than you want to change the world around you in order to generate feelings of peace and happiness.

The Living Love Way to Higher Consciousness explored by the author can easily be seen as simply "turning the other cheek", but with careful thought and meditation, always asking "What's the essence of what this is saying?", most people w
Natasha Holme
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Self-published in 1972 and selling a million copies, this is one of the best books I have ever read on spirituality (challenging my all-time favourites Byron Katie, Neale Donald Walsch, Anthony de Mello). This handbook is potentially life-transforming.

Ken Keyes clearly and persuasively lays out twelve pathways, seven centres of consciousness, and five methods to overcome the addictive emotion-based demands (models of how we believe the world should be and should treat us) that cause all of our
Thea Kelley
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The language may seem dated (this was written in 1975), but it is a wonderfully practical self-help book. The "Higher Consciousness" referred to isn't necessarily anything mystical; it's about changing your mental "addictions" to "preferences," so that if you don't get what you want, you can be happy anyway. Keyes invented very effective tools for doing that. I've read many self-help books and most don't really "stick," they don't make much difference. This book has made a noticeable, positive d ...more
Liuyang Li
Jun 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
I am surprised by how relevant the book is given that it was published over 40 years ago. Compared to other books dealing with the same issue, the book offers more practical advice that is actionable. I also liked the summary in the appendixes, which you can keep as a reminder to refresh your mind once in a while.
Robert Foulcant
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A lot of good advices and a good reflection about happinness.
Nov 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I cannot recommend this book enough. It is one of the most impactful things that I've read, and I am incredibly grateful to have come into contact with it.

Acceptance of what is is a major theme here. And it's important to define what I mean by acceptance. I don't mean liking everything that happens. I don't mean letting go of preferences. I don't mean giving up and simply letting life flow over you. What I mean when I say acceptance is being able to look at what's actually happening right now an
Valerie Vlasenko
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Found this book in the Black Rock City library :) it is full of wisdom and great ideas but they are all portrayed in a very complicated language. The author make interesting points on how improve your happiness levels, yet many of them look dogmatic - “do this and you will be happy forever”. Also my feeling was that the author was preaching to the choir trying to explain things that people on a higher consciousness level understand anyway. My call - a nice self help book to skim through & remind ...more
Christopher Miller
Apr 07, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
"Are you depressed? Well, have you tried being happy?"
If you have ever heard that and were justifiably angered, skip this book.
If you are curious about Eastern philosophy, and have never heard of the Bhagavad Gita or the Dhammapada, this could serve as an introduction to some of the concepts. I'd say it's just a plagiarized mix of the two if it weren't for all the new age pseudoscience mixed in.
This book was probably a good thing when it was first written, and I imagine it did help a lot of peop
Feb 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
While reading one of my older books by Iyanla Vanzant, I came across the name of this book which she credited as one of the books that helped her in her spiritual journey. I couldn’t find this book online or at my library but luckily, after googling the author’s name, I found a PDF copy of the book online available for download – for free!
If I hadn’t read Eckhart Tolle’s “Power of Now”, I admit that this book would have made no sense to me. Even so, I feel that I will need to read this again and
David Flores
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the best book I’ve read. It give you all new perspective of life, joy, happiness. I’ve a long time answer seeker for one question: How can I handle fear, unhappiness, frustration and all those bad emotions. If you’re struggling with those same problems I used to have, this is the book your looking for. I have a new task now, I most every book I’ve read in the past, because I now have a different perspective. Men, what an awesome book!!!
Emil Karajić
Jul 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
The book has some really good ideas - nothing really new as far as standard enlightment goes but it does a nice job of connecting concepts with basic psychology. The one gripe I have with this book is that it is very repetitive - it could be a third shorter but still be able to convey its splendid ideas.
Jul 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I can't believe I missed this book along the way.

This book is from 1975. Ideas presented predate and are incorporated by Anthony Robbins in Awaken the Giant Within and Eckart Tolle in his books. A precursor for sure.
David M.
Jul 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ken Keyes outlined steps you can take to bring yourself to a higher level of consciousness. I keep a copy of this book and review it again and again. I don't know how many times that the information in this book has helped me through negative situations. ...more
Ummu  Gulsum
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It is very inspirational and also practical. I felt a bunch of rainbow feelings while reading it. Besides it is exactly a full guide for you to understand you and your life
Laura Bulawski
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read this book at a time when staying in the "now" was my only chance to keep from projecting a horrible future. It helped me so much. ...more
Tamara L.
Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
When we turn ideas-addictions (relating to safety, pleasures or control/power) into preferences/options then we start experiencing moments as they are (i.e. living the now). Life becomes effortless, flowing on our path while learning, accepting, letting go, changing, acting all without re-acting, insulting, dividing, hurting. Life becomes quite easy when we realise that attaching feelings & emotions to experiences is optional, suffering is optional, criticizing is optional, division is optional, ...more
Sara Inman
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finally finished this book today. I loved reading it- felt really great, especially at the end chapters. Found wonderful information that I will use to remind myself in my daily life to be the best version of myself- not just for myself, but for everyone I come in contact with and in conjunction with humanity as a collective conscious. I feel amazing. I'm healthy, vibrant, blessed, and joyful! I wish this bliss for all of humanity! Love to all! Cheers! ...more
Jan 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was worth the read but had 2 complaints
1) it got super repetitive. that’s probably the point since he wants you to memorize the pathways but i got bored after a certain point
2) it’s essentially a white guy who discovered eastern spirituality and then came up with his own framework. that being said there were a few examples and ways of phrasing things that resonated with me
Nov 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book lays out a profound and practical method for overcoming self-inflicted unhappiness (which is most, if not all unhappiness). By reprogramming one's response to external events, one can become a more calm, centered, loving person. This is one I'll reread soon. ...more
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