Originally appeared in Planet Jackson Hole

Books to expand your horizons and spark conversations about science, spirituality and personal evolution.

Curious to learn more about this past year's Cosmic Café topics? Here's a selection of nonfiction books from the Cosmic Café bookshelf that address topics I've explored in this column. These books promise to expand your horizons and stimulate interesting conversations, introducing you to what is being discovered and what is possible in our world. Maybe there are some suggestions here for your holiday wish list.

Authors bridging science and spirituality

Gregg Braden is a scientist, scholar and visionary who is internationally renowned as a pioneer in bridging science and spirituality. His books include "The Divine Matrix," "Fractal Time," "The Science of Miracles" and "Resilience From the Heart."

Bruce Lipton is a developmental biologist, researcher, professor and best-selling author who is known for studying and promoting the idea that genes and DNA can be manipulated by a person's beliefs. He is the author of "The Biology of Belief," "Spontaneous Evolution" and "The Honeymoon Effect."

An investigative journalist, Lynn McTaggart's books connect the dots between well-documented scientific discoveries, pointing to a unifying concept of the universe that reconciles mind with matter, and classic Newtonian science with quantum physics and spirituality. Check out "The Field: Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe," "The Intention Experiment: Using Thoughts to Change Your Life and the World" and "The Bond: How to Fix Your Falling Down World."

Authors for your personal evolution

Don Miguel Ruiz is a long-time best-selling author, shamanic teacher and healer who synthesizes sacred indigenous wisdom into practical, down-to-earth guidebooks for expanding and upgrading our lives. His books include "The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom," "The Mastery of Love: A Practical Guide to the Art of Relationship" and "The Voice of Knowledge: A Practical Guide to Inner Peace."

The author of 16 books, three plays, a television series and two iPhone apps, Pam Grout encourages us to practice the power of our consciousness to live better lives. I recommend "E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality" and "E-Cubed: Nine More Energy Experiments That Prove Manifesting Magic and Miracles is Your Full-Time Gig."

Brian Weiss, M.D., is a renowned psychiatrist who initially used hypnotic regression with his patients to locate and heal buried early childhood trauma. In the process he discovered that past life experiences also influence our current psyche and hold another powerful way to heal. His books are based on true case histories using past life regression in his work as a psychotherapist. They include "Many Lives, Many Masters" and "Only Love Is Real."

Enjoy the journey

Enjoy nourishing your mind and soul with these books. I know from experience that one book will lead to another and one author to another. This may open new worlds of discovery about who we are and the exquisite, awe-inspiring, interactive living matrix of which we are a part. PJH