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Birth 2012 and Beyond: Humanity's Great Shift to the Age of Conscious Evolution Paperback – May 1, 2012


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Shift Books (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984840702
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984840700
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 4.8 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #329,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Renowned as a futurist, Barbara Marx Hubbard also plants her feet firmly in today."  —Gene Roddenberry, creator, Star Trek


"There is no doubt in my mind that Barbara Marx Hubbard—who helped introduce the concept of futurism to society—is the best informed human now alive regarding futurism and the foresights it has produced."  —Buckminster Fuller, inventor and designer


"Barbara is a true visionary, demonstrating by her words and actions her commitment to a sustainable future."  —John Denver


"[Her work] is an extraordinary guide [to] desperately needed changes, and indeed the healing of our society and planet. If enough people are exposed to her works, something phenomenal will emerge as a consequence."  —Marianne Williamson, spiritual activist and founder, The Peace Alliance

About the Author

Barbara Marx Hubbard is the author of Conscious Evolution, The Hunger of Eve, and The Revelation. She is the founder of the Institute for Conscious Evolution and cofounder of Global New Thought and the World Future Society. She also teaches the Shift Network’s popular “Agents of Conscious Evolution.” She lives in Santa Barbara, California.


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Buckminster Fuller called Barbara Marx Hubbard "the best informed human now alive regarding futurism and the foresights it has produced." Widely regarded as his philosophical heir, Barbara is a social innovator, speaker, author, educator, and leader in the new worldview of conscious evolution.

Through her books, DVDs, educational programs, television appearances, interviews, and speaking engagements, her visionary message of hope continues to bring answers and comfort to global audiences seeking answers to today's most pressing issues.

Barbara was instrumental in founding many major organizations including the World Future Society, New Dimensions Radio, Global Family, Women of Vision in Action, The Foundation for the Future, and the Association for Global New Thought.

In 1984 her name was placed in nomination for the vice presidency of the United States on the Democratic ticket, calling for a "peace room" as sophisticated as our "war room" to scan for, map, connect, and communicate what is working in America and the world.

In 1990 she cofounded the Foundation for Conscious Evolution through which she developed the Gateway to Conscious Evolution, a global educational curriculum engaging participants in the developmental path toward the next stage of human evolution.

She is the producer and narrator of an award winning, ongoing DVD series entitled Humanity Ascending: A New Way through Together. Part One: Our Story has been translated into seven languages and selected for the prestigious Spiritual Cinema Circle. Part Two: Visions of a Universal Humanity brings together cutting-edge scientific, social, and spiritual visionaries to create a positive vision of our future equal to our new capacities.
www.BarbaraMarxHubbard.com.

Customer Reviews

If ever there was a need for a book such as this, that time is now.
Jeranium
We are now at the time of The Shift from one worldview to another and each of us has a vital and unique role to play in that shift of humanity.
Harvey W. Austin
This book gives so much insight and can help so many people to make the Shift to a new consciousness.
Carma

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52 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Harvey W. Austin on May 1, 2012
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A recent survey of 224 random people - from the checkout clerk at Home Depot to sunbathers on the beach of Aruba - asked a single question, "Do you believe you were born at this particular time On Purpose or By Chance?" Two thirds replied "On Purpose."

This Book is for those two thirds who answered "On Purpose", whether you know your purpose yet or not. If you believe that there are no coincidences, then you know that you - born around now, give or take fifty years - did not get here by some quirk. Instead, you are of the courageous who chose to arrive at the most dangerous and most exciting time the world has ever known. We are now at the time of The Shift from one worldview to another and each of us has a vital and unique role to play in that shift of humanity. It is not necessarily a role on the world stage, yet a role that naturally generates out of being wholly and uniquely ourselves ...uniquely me... uniquely you.

This book serves as a guideline to discover your purpose and role. It clarifies how you can fit into the overall scheme of things and it tells how to train yourself to be fully and completely yourself without the pretense and the act. It is a book about how to become extraordinary, no matter how ordinary you might feel inside or how ordinary the mirror lies that you are. This may be the book you have been looking for, especially in the quiet of the night, when you awaken and wonder what it's all about. And it will transform the resignation of "I'm just a single human being and what can one person do?"

It is a book about you and your greatness. At the same time...and more importantly... Barbara Marx Hubbard's book is about more than you as a walking ego, a mental-mind. It's about YOU in the largest sense, where the YOU is the entire world.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Steve Proctor on May 23, 2012
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I get the appeal of Birth 2012 and Beyond. Promises of a new unfolding of collective potential, waves of peace transforming the earth, and noticeable diminishing of pain and suffering. I also see its timeliness. The world food supply is dwindling. The environment continues to be degraded. And the Mayan calendar points to time is running out.

So we need a solution as chaos approaches. Marx Hubbard offers one: Conscious Evolution. But I can't help wondering, is this solution realistic, or even possible?

The truth is I'm a bit skeptical. We have tried "conscious evolution" before. It was called the Enlightenment. It's true lots of good things came of it, such as the American democratic system of government, which--despite its flaws--was truly a radical and beautiful experiment offering the average person unprecedented rights and freedoms. But of course, not all has ended well post-enlightenment or without serious problems (the effect of America's expansion on Native Americans immediately comes to mind among other issues). So while I embrace and celebrate the greater consciousness that is coming and happening as I write these words and the positive change that are and will come from it, I'm less optimistic than Marx Hubbard about "utopian" visions.

That said, Birth 2012 offers an appealing and wished-for vision, one that likely can guide us to a better tomorrow; I'm just not counting on it all unfoldig the way she presents.

I tend to be more inspired by books or stories of individuals, such as
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By RLThompson on April 12, 2012
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I heard Barbara Marx Hubbard speak on several occasions a number of years ago. I always felt uplifted and inspired by her enthusiasm and ability to paint a promising and compelling picture of the future. Now, in Birth 2012, she has rekindled my imagination and my desire to step up and do my part in shaping the future. She has helped me reframe my sense of hopelessness and frustration at all the things that seem to be falling apart in the world into a recognition that, as in any birth, there are painful contractions that precede the delivery. She has given me hope and a view of a way forward. What matters is what we all do next!
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Heather Mendel on April 23, 2012
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In this de 'light' ful, conversational book, the midwife of the next phase in conscious evolution, spiritual matriarch Barbara Marx Hubbard reminds us that God has a sense of humor, that we need to enjoy the serendipities and synchronicities that abound in our lives as we become part of the movement towards conscious evolution for the human family. I can hear Barbara's infectious laughter as she speaks her heart and the book reminds me to be joyful. Her profound wisdom, shared clearly and inspirationally, is timely and timeless. I will be gifting those I love with a copy of this book for sometime to come. Thank you Barbara and friends
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By B. Foster on July 6, 2012
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Barbara Marx Hubbard's book presents her vision of a possible future for humanity - one based on collaboration, heart coherence, and care for the planet and all the beings on it through realizing our Oneness. The first part of the book provides many details of her life and the development of her vision and a loose outline how she envisions the organization of this global shift in various arenas, while the last part of the book shares 12 short essays from others new thinkers, like Michael Beckwith, Ervin Lazslo and Jack Canfield. Her message is hopeful, however Hubbard's writing is geared towards a specific reader - well-educated and comfortable with lengthy and somewhat scientific explanations. She includes many acronyms that she has coined and in many places, Chapter 4 in particular, the book reads like an infomercial in that it teases us with ideas without providing details, referring one instead to another book or film or course to purchase--and many of these materials are written by her. I would have much preferred more meat to be included about what these leaders and new movements are actually working towards and accomplishing and how individuals can concretely get involved. Much of what is in this book can be found for free at Hubbard's website and by listening online to events presented by the Shift Network. However if you are new to Hubbard and the ideas of Oneness, heart coherence or shift in consciousness, then her book provides an introduction to these concepts and more as well as a number of references to other writers and groups whose work you may find interesting. Also, if you are interested in a more scientific and less spiritual focus on the idea of a global shift or elevation of consciousness, then Hubbard may be the writer for you.
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