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The Living Universe: Where Are We? Who Are We? Where Are We Going? Paperback – March 24, 2009
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In The Living Universe, Elgin articulates the concept that the universe is a living being. He documents current scientific knowledge alongside core beliefs from the world's spiritual traditions to illustrate that wisdom from these disparate arenas points to a shared impression that the universe is alive.
With an understanding garnered over decades of research and profound personal experience, Elgin contends that the basic nature of the universe is a creative force giving birth to self reflective systems at multiple levels. He presents the exciting possibility that the cosmos is a purposeful learning system. Humanity plays a vital role in the process as the universe manifests its creativity and develops its consciousness through us.
Elgin explores the significance and implications of a shift in how we see ourselves as part of a living universe rather than a dead one. This change in perspective brings new meaning to humanity's struggles. Elgin considers who we are as a species, playing out our collective story as cosmic, heroic, maturing, or witnessing species beings. In mythological terms, he poses the question, what if the crises we face on Earth right now constitute humanity's initiation process? At this stage of our developing maturity and growing consciousness, we have opportunities for transformation. Elgin names six vital tasks for the journey, and offers meditations and conversation initiators to engage us in co-creating our story of awakening.
Writing beautifully, the author employs an expansive array of jubilant descriptors to convey the awesome phenomenon and beauty of the universe.Read more ›
In the face of the almost complete collapse of the post-World War II political, economic, and social paradigms (see my free chapter on Paradigms of Failure at the Public Intelligence Blog or within Election 2008: Lipstick on the Pig (Substance of Governance; Legitimate Grievances; Candidates on the Issues; Balanced Budget 101; Call to Arms: Fund We Not Them; Annotated Bibliography), I feel POSITIVE, and this book and the many human minds and hearts this book represents are the reason I am confident that Conscious Evolution: Awakening Our Social Potential and ...Read more ›
Elgin's survey of the scientific evidence for a living universe is both compelling and accessible, a hard combination to pull off. Going beyond science, he draws out the existential implications of living consciously in a living universe, demonstrating the parallels with elevated spiritual teachings from multiple cultures and bringing it down to the nit and gritty detail of the choices we make every day. This synthesis of science, philosophy, spirituality, and ethical reflection is a powerful combination that will stretch the reader's mind and heart. Both the novice and the advanced student will be rewarded.
There are some books that have the rare capacity to actually trigger the awakening to which they are pointing. The Living Universe is one of these. It is a book for the years ahead.
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An accessible, yet smart rendering of an alternative worldview from those of dogmatic scientism as well as orthodox religion. Read morePublished 1 month ago by paintedmaple
A must-read for anyone serious about the future of our beautiful planet and its precious inhabitants. Why? Read morePublished 11 months ago by Pamela Maccabee
I have read 2/3 of the book and yet I am still waiting for the aha. It says about everything and nothing other than everything from the universe to atom are living or conscious. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Oneorigin
This book resonates with my thoughts, observations, and experiences, and serves to put them in the perspective of the infinite whole. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Gerry Hawkes
For any non-scientist who wants to know more about Earth and the Universe of which we are a part, I wholeheartedly recommend this book! Read morePublished 22 months ago by Nancy J. Cronin
This book touched me deeply. Talk about expanding perspective! Elgin marries science with perennial wisdom and creates a new mythology for Humanity to embrace as we face the coming... Read morePublished on October 29, 2013 by Laura Satori
This book addresses many of the global problems we face in these turbulent times, and offers a paradigm that invites a shift in our consciousness from a mechanistic view of the... Read morePublished on April 13, 2013 by Dr. Judith L. Yost
THE NEW COSMOLOGY
"The glory, jest and riddle of the world"--
So Alexander Pope defined mankind,
Aware that through the universe we're swirled,
Yet of our... Read more
I had to read this book very slowly to absorb all the new ideas. What I came away with is a totally different and expanded view of myself and the universe. Read morePublished on September 12, 2010 by Anita J. Prince