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Deep Spirit Paperback – November 11, 2008
"Rebound" by Kwame Alexander
Don't miss best-selling author Kwame Alexander's "Rebound," a new companion novel to his Newbery Award-winner, "The Crossover,"" illustrated with striking graphic novel panels. Pre-order today
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The story recounts the journey of a scientist, Dara Martin, who is, at first reluctantly and later whole-heartedly, introduced to the superior intuitive mind of Maya, a scientist with indigenous roots who studies interspecies communication, and of Darwin, a supremely intelligent dolphin that is able to speak to the minds of the two scientists.
Dara soon learns that the woman and the dolphin are threatened by agencies seeking to disrupt their mission of preserving the ancient wisdom of the world, "the dream world," safeguarded until now by a shaman in Malaysia. But in order to help their sacred mission, the scientist must first transform himself. "If you fail to integrate intuition and intellect as you continue your journey, it will threaten your sanity, even your life," the wise dolphin cautions. "We need to integrate all ways of knowing - sensory, rational, embodied, intuitive or noetic. To live successfully in the world, we need to unlock the code that gives voice to the silent `language' of nature."
Yet it is not sufficient that Dara hear about the noetic code. He must feel it, experience it: "Cracking the noetic code is to learn about the way mind and body are united through feeling." That is when the life-changing journey begins, following the stages of spirit's fall into matter and subsequent ascent.
Initiated into the mysteries of consciousness, Dara is called to Malaysia to help protect the great dream world of humanity, hidden in the deep Indian Ocean. N'bai, a Mawken shaman, explains to him that there, the ailing consciousness of the world is being purified, protected, and maintaining connection to the "source of Light."
The final stage of Dara's initiation introduces him to the mystic's gift of sacred silence. He experiences "a vibrant nothingness, a mystery behind the mystery, the unnamable Source from which even Light and Mystery are born." Invigorated and empowered, Dara is now ready to participate in Maya's mission. "When the Great Dream is liberated," she tells him, "evolution will continue to unfold its deepest purpose."
And so, the once-rationalist Dara, now fully initiated in the esoteric knowledge of the world, performs a brave act of self-transcendence in order to save that which gives meaning to everything, the "great purpose" of life - the evolution of consciousness. He no longer is who he was, passive, unsure, ignorant, separate. He now knows. He knows that he is a tiny spark in the immeasurable, infinite and eternal grid of life and consciousness. And that is his rightful place.
I recommend this book to anyone who is passionate about, or even interested in, the mysterious relationship between spirit and the evolution of consciousness on our planet--indeed, within the great Cosmos itself. In these pages, de Quincey takes his readers through a mind-spinning journey, full of insights and surprising information about what it means to be human in a world teeming with other sentient beings.
The scope of this book is immense, yet the ease of the storytelling provides ready access to these mind-challanging ideas. In considering that we humans may be and become more than we are conditioned to believe we are, the implications of such expansive vision can be daunting and intimidating. Christian de Quincey's compelling writing style portrays these ideas of human evolution, as well as our reconsidered place in the grand schemes of Nature, in a way that lends the power of a well-told story to something that may otherwise be overwhelming. The result is a burgeoning depiction that draws forth our innate wisdom in considering the immensity of Nature, mind, and evolution. It is also deeply entertaining!
I once heard a Native American saying that "All things new are hidden in the past". That's what this book is about: the timeless knowledge through wisdom that seems to direct our course behind the veils of reason. The timelessness that comes from beholding beauty, meaning, and spirit, evokes breathtaking feelings of the realm where dreams and the material world flow together, and intermingle, in a call to regard the well-being of our world.
I recommend this book highly, especially if you want to grow a little while reading a work of fiction. This book speaks to and from the heart of humanity, while celebrating the embrace of Nature. It is a gem worth examining.