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Collapsing Consciously: Transformative Truths for Turbulent Times (Sacred Activism) Paperback – November 19, 2013
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"Baker offers a deeper perspective that makes sense of a world that most of the time appears psychotic or even surreal. Through inspiration and perennial wisdom she has created a manual for making meaning and generating joy, especially in situations that feel hopelessly devoid of both."—The Edge Magazine
"In a world where the politicians and salesmen are practically indistinguishable, where profit is the prime directive, never mind morality or costs to the innocent and underprivileged, I’m grateful and glad for books like this one, which are excellent guides to changing one’s personal stake from attainment and accomplishment to belonging and sharing."—Zack Kopp, Denver Books Examiner
"I also believe this one book to be the single most powerful book I have read in the past decade, in relation to focusing my soul so as to better focus my mind and body." —Robert David Steele, author of The Open Source Everything Manifesto: Transparency, Truth, & Trust
"I recommend Collapsing Consciously, especially for the very large number of people who have avoided the topic of collapse or the process of personal introspection." —Guy McPherson, author of Going Dark
"Carolyn Baker’s new book Collapsing Consciously: Transformative Truths for Turbulent Times is a breath of sanity in a world gone mad. Her contemplations are like a much needed multi-vitamin for the psyche that the deeper field of consciousness has secreted so as to compensate our madness. The fact that a book like Collapsing Consciously has arrived in our midst at this time of multiple world crises is evidence that our species is beginning to awaken from our self-created nightmare." —Paul Levy, author of Dispelling Wetiko: Breaking the Curse of Evil
"Carolyn Baker’s Collapsing Consciously: Transformative Truths for Turbulent Times is perhaps the most approachable book on collapse you are likely to find.”—Dmitry Orlov, author of Reinventing Collapse:The Soviet Example and American Prospects
“Carolyn Baker presents a no-denial appraisal of the global dark night that our species has created. Even in a time of collapse she finds room to talk wisely about joy, and to ask what despair has to teach us. Baker is a truth teller who dares us to go deeper into the night rather than to flee from it with superficial happy talk. I praise her for this very useful and very real book of rich meditations and practices.” —Matthew Fox, co-author, with Adam Bucko, of Occupy Spirituality: A Radical Vision for a New Generation
"Carolyn Baker is an outstanding guide to sustaining and even enhancing our emotional and spiritual vitality as we navigate the disintegration of the world as we've known it." —Bill Plotkin, author of Soulcraft
“This is a book that most definitely needs to be read. It is crucial for us to ponder Carolyn Baker's profound and indispensable exposé of industrial civilization’s future. Her words are powerful and her wisdom rich and supportive. We need to seriously reflect on her message if we are to midwife a spiritual vision of life based on compassion, justice and solidarity.”
— Chris Saade, author of the upcoming Second Wave Spirituality: Passion for Peace, Passion for Justice
“Collapsing Consciously: Transformative Truths for Turbulent Times is one of those books that is not meant to gather dust. It is a book you will want to keep close—in your glove box or in your pocket. Within a year you will see it get dog-eared, and it will become one of your best friends and companions as we all share and experience the shift into a new era of existence.” —Michael Ruppert, author of Confronting Collapse
“With this collection of essays and words of true wisdom, Carolyn Baker shows that she is truly one of the very best ports in the impending storm.” —Keith Farnish, author of Time’s Up
“Carolyn Baker is one of the few visionaries willing to take an unflinching look at the horrendous environmental, social, and economic situation we collectively find ourselves in—and also offer constructive day-by-day psychological and spiritual guidance for living a joyful life in the face of the escalating collapse of industrial society.” —Linda Buzzell, co-editor of Ecotherapy
“Kudos, Carolyn Baker! De-riddling paradoxes, lighting up convergences, you walk with the Shadows through the Valley of Jung, to show how kindred spirits working together may evolve a better, saner, more healthful world out of the madness and detritus that envelops us now.” —Gary Corseri, author of Holy Grail, Holy Grail
“No one writes like Carolyn Baker about the crisis of our time. Her fierce wisdom is an essential guide to our survival, and the courage with which she writes will excite and inflame your heart.”—Andrew Harvey
“Carolyn Baker knows that people tend to define a comfort zone in which they feel competent, and then to get bored even as they feel secure. She encourages not warding stuff off but experiencing it fully, and venturing out to encounter more of the mystery. Her main vision is that, in the course of growing up, humans will construct, sooner or later, a better society, and in any case will live intensely in the present.”
—Craig K. Comstock, book creation coach, former foundation director, and author
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The author is extremely well-read in this domain, and the book is priceless for the combination of her insights and the manner in which she weaves many other selections into the work.
Perhaps by coincidence, perhaps not, I have read this book at a time when I have also been exploring the Jesuit tradition of discernment, seeking to center myself on a combination of where I can be most authentic and helpful to the larger community of man, and where God wants me to be. Never too late to ask that question, but I do believe that those questions have been with me since I first learned the Latin mass in Colombia in the 1960's. I also believe this one book to be the single most powerful book I have read in the past decade, in relation to focusing my soul so as to better focus my mind and body.
This is not a religious book, if anything it is a gnostic spiritual guide, far removed from dogma, celebrating both the holy individuality of each person -- each soul -- and the utter absolute need of every soul for community -- for being spiritual in communmity, as one with others and one with the Earth.Read more ›
After you've researched & prepared (as best one can) for more economically dire times, climate change & societies' paradigm shifts, I believe what is equally, if not most important, is to prepare for & nurture one's mental state of mind. In a sea of preparatory books, there are few that address the mental aspects of trying to face what is most certainly forthcoming. This is one such book & one that is very much needed.
Carolyn is one of my favorite authors & I also highly recommend her earlier book, "Sacred Demise". She doesn't sugar coat any aspect of the 'end of empire' projected conditions. Times will be harder. People that are on anti-depressants now, will be even more off center when medications may not be available or in shorter supply. Life will be very different from what recent past generations have known.
If you are onboard with this mindset, Carolyn provides a very much needed additional "skill" that one would be wise to learn. My past research suggests that one's mental state of mine can be the most crucial aspect of surviving extreme conditions. Definitely get this book & her other works to address this critical aspect of preparing for our future. You will not regret this.
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loved this book. Truly breaks through to the reality and truth of what is happening with our economy/environment and energy in the world today.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a brave and honest book designed to lift us all from denial and all "the looking away" that we prefer to do in these days of the great unraveling and turningPublished 11 months ago by Peter Healy
the best book i have ever read on this subject.......filled with deep penetrating truths.....looking within is the only way out.... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Linda Kreutzmann
This is a very depressing book, but I do understand that the author is encouraging us to be prepared for the worst.Published 17 months ago by sheryl L Goodling
A must have for those of us who understand where we are in history. I have it in an ebook and will be adding a paper copy to my library.Published 22 months ago by Randi Embree
I have not just read this book, but am in the process of rereading it, and want to recommend it to everyone; when the title says "Transformative Truths for Turbulent Times"... Read morePublished on April 4, 2014 by E. Pike
I highly recommend this book for the preppers. It helps a person to get a grip one their emotions during the coming changes. Bravo!Published on March 5, 2014 by bass player