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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Original edition (October 23, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684800632
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684800639
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,574,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Devereux's focus, in his informative and instructional book, is on our minds rather than on nature, because he believes nature has more power to help us than we have to help it. He calls for an end to the dangerous estrangement we've imposed on the land and for a move toward seeing ourselves as a part of the Earth. Although not an archaist , he does believe in investigating the mindset of ancient peoples and their relationship with the Earth to see how this might usefully be translated to contemporary times. The goal in this brand of "ecopsychology" is to heighten our awareness of our sense of place and then utilize the resulting benefits. He says, "We are now conceptually placed at random in a model of the universe whose center we cannot see and whose periphery we do not know: we are indeed lost in space." We've lost our direct contact with nature and with ourselves in the process. We filter the natural landscape through our urbanized eyes and negate its meaning?its power to heal. Devereux explores the spiritual history of place through such things as maps, pilgrimages and sacred places. He provides experiments at the end of each chapter to help readers incorporate these new-old perceptions into their daily lives. Devereux, a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and member of the Society for Scientific Exploration, believes that we see the natural landscape as merely a spoke in the wheel we call Earth instead of as the wheel itself. Unless we see it as the wheel, Devereux says, it will be us, not the Earth, that stops turning.
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Paul Devereux (b.1945) is co-founder and managing editor of the peer-reviewed 'TIME & MIND - The Journal of Archaeology, Consciousness and Culture', now a Routledge publication (www.tandfonline.com/rtam), a research affiliate (2007-current) with the Royal College of Art, and archaeology columnist with 'Fortean Times'. He has written over two dozen books since 1979, which has kept him pretty busy! He also gives lectures,presentations and workshops in the UK, Continental Europe and the USA. His main research interests include the study of ancient sacred sites and landscapes, sound at archaeological sites, and the anthropology of consciousness (ancient worldviews) along with modern consciousness studies. He has visited many monuments and ancient places around the world, and has directly experienced some strange phenomena, so his research interests are not merely academic. In his books he maintains a factual basis without shying away from challenging subject matter.You can see (and hear) some of his acoustic research involvement at www.landscape-perception.com, and his website is: www.pauldevereux.co.uk.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Casca on October 28, 1997
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"Heal the Earth" is a common call today.Devereaux points out that it is humans who have to be healed, because it is humans who are doing the damage to the Earth.He advocates that we get in touch with the power and energy of nature to balance ourselves and be in tume with our natural environment.Some methods he suggests are: visiting sacred sites and wilderness areas, exploring the local geography, lucid dreaming, tape recording a waterfall, studying clouds,rocks and bark for suggestive shapes and patterns, and many other activities.A strength of this book is the practical advice it gives on relating to various Earth mysteries and energies.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ruth Henriquez Lyon VINE VOICE on December 10, 2009
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There's been a lot of talk lately about healing the planet, but this book is not about that. It's about changing our relationship with the Earth, so that the Earth can heal us. According to Devereux, the planet doesn't need us to fix it. We are the ones at risk, and if we don't change the adversarial relationship we have with nature, we will cause great suffering for ourselves and other creatures as we precipitate our own demise. However, after that, life--and the planet--will go on just fine without us.

Devereux offers much insight into mending modern humankind's alienation from Mother Nature. His introduction focuses on a brief history of our modern outlook, and offers a healthy critique of the Western scientific worldview and the way it has shaped our minds and our relationship with the natural world. However, he is not anti-science, having been well-trained in the scientific method. He currently serves as a research fellow with the International Consciousness Research Laboratories (ICRL) group at Princeton University.

He has also spent decades studying topics viewed as somewhat "fringe" by the mainstream scientific community, including ancient and traditional spiritual practices, the anthropology and archaeology of consciousness, sacred sites and landscapes, psi phenomena, and what are loosely termed "earth mysteries". He's somewhat of a rarity in my experience as a reader: a rational scientist who is not a materialist. This book reflects the special quality of his outlook, which is rooted in, but not limited by, rational thinking.

His introduction is the densest part of the book, but well worth the effort.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lance M. Foster VINE VOICE on April 24, 2009
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"i shall not tire of re-emphasizing throughout this book that we are engaged here on a study of mind, not the Earth; it is just that the Earth can lead us to a greater understanding of consciousness, of mind and soul, if we let it give us that healing. I am also suggesting that, in a sense, the Earth itself is a state of mind." (pp. 117-118).

Paul Devereux has written a book that is not so much about the natural world and spiritual aspects of the Earth as a distinct entity (Mother Earth, Gaia, etc.) but is more focused on helping the reader understand one's own connections to the Earth through developments and applications of ecopsychology, deep ecology, and environmental psychology. It is not the method or worldview of the indigenous cultures, but the cutting edge of western science, as he notes in his introduction, "The Planet Without, the world WIthin" and in his chapter on "The Healing Earth versus 'Healing the Earth'." This is not a book for people trying to engage in nature worship or environmental activism as it is for people who are trying to better understand and heal themselves through engaged consciousness with the Self through engagement with the Earth.

Each Chapter leads the reader through the concepts which Devereux has developed over decades of work in consciousness studies such as the famous "Dragon Project" where volunteers slept at archaeological sites and experimented with dreaming. In each chapter, Devereux gives the reader the concepts and examples from around the world, and then provides a section called "Experiential."

1. "Centering: The Ancient Art of Being Here" indicates that we are all, in our own selves, at the crossroads of the seven directions: the four cardinal points, up and down, all meet in us.
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I have not finished it yet, but I like his approach and thinking; except for when he derides other people for having opposing ideas. I have a good number of this author's books and I have never seen him deride others before. I think he is a little defensive about the ideas he is putting forth in this book. This book is more theoretical than his other books.
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