- Paperback: 392 pages
- Publisher: iUniverse (February 19, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1440119724
- ISBN-13: 978-1440119729
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #427,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sacred Demise: Walking the Spiritual Path of Industrial Civilization's Collapse Paperback – February 19, 2009
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Baker's central point is that the death of our cultural identity can be a spiritual opening for us, an opportunity to cast off our egocentric way of living (we are a "culture of two-year-olds," she says) and reclaim the ecocentric awareness of our indigenous heritage--a life in harmony with the pulsating vitality of the earth. This is the only way of living that has intrinsic meaning and purpose, that is spiritually and existentially nourishing, and the time has come to reconnect with it.
As with all major transitions in life, this "quantum shift" in consciousness will be psychologically difficult; the loss of "much of what we have held dear in civilization" will engender disorientation, distress, and deep grief. Sacred Demise is essentially an invitation to surrender to this emotional upheaval, to learn from it and allow it to deepen and mature us. Baker describes personal and communal practices we can use to turn cultural disintegration into a collective rite of passage, through which the limitations and mistakes of our immature worldview may be purged and transformed.Read more ›
This isn't a mass-consumption book nor should it be. My life and experience have taught me that few humans have evolved or are aware enough to even grasp its significance. The book is like a great sacred text from antiquity that makes us love our forbears and take comfort in our connectedness to them. If intelligent life is able to find "Sacred Demise" in two or three millennia I can see it being revered as a great testament to what our potential as a species might have been... or might yet become.
"Sacred Demise" is an incredible how-to, first-aid, healing map and manual of how one can navigate an aware psyche through the emotional and spiritual challenges of collapse - to find and to give love, comfort and even great joy in the midst of pain, despair and death. It teaches and reminds us that death is not a bad word but a "parenthesis in eternity" as Joel Goldsmith wrote. I know of no one who has had the courage to address these crying needs in detail and Baker is uniquely qualified to do it.Read more ›
I have been paying special attention to the emotional preparation aspect for a few years. I am part of a men's group that believes, that the next twenty years will be completely different in our lives than the previous twenty years, and focuses on all aspect of preparation for this change. I chose emotional preparation as my focus, because I feel it connects with the quality of my life in general, not only in our particular circumstances. Carolyn Baker's book addresses this topic in a way that fills me with gratitude. Reading it, I found myself repeating "wow!" and "This is really good!" a whole lot.
Some of the main strengths of her writing are: 1) Her unlimited openness about looking at all aspect of the game without limitation; an atmosphere of sincerity exudes from this. 2) Her vulnerability; being the reader, I feel, that she is not the "expert above it all", but a fellow seeker just like me. 3) All the references; not only they are listed, but also talked about, showing the massive research the author conducted.
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