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The Fourth Awakening Paperback – June 12, 2009
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Awakenings have traditionally been accompanied by a long and turbulent transition period. In the past, these adjustment periods have been violent with the authority figures that held power before the Awakening doing everything they can to cling to their position and wealth. This time, it may be different...but it's up to each of us.
The First Awakening... occurred approximately 200,000 years ago when Homo Sapiens emerged in East Africa, but it took another 150,000 years for things to begin to get interesting.
The Second Awakening... saw the emergence of spoken language, early shamans, and great myths being told around the campfire. For the first time, early humans became self aware and while still considering themselves a part of nature they understood they were now different. We became aware of our own mortality. We started to fear death and began to seek a deeper understanding of the cycle of life and how it applied to us. We started to develop increasingly complex rituals of burying our dead to prepare them for the afterlife we hoped existed. We began a desperate search for immortality in any form.
In the middle of the Second Awakening we saw rudimental art in the form of cave drawings and crude figurines...and with it the first indications that humanity is deeply interconnected. The famous Chauvet and Lascaux caves in France . The aboriginal Ubirr wall art in Australia. The Pachmari Hills in India. The Apollo 11 and Wonderwerk Caves in southern Africa. Fell's Cave at the tip of South America. All of this art was produced at roughly the same time and is very similar, yet it was produced by people in different corners of the world who didn't know the others existed.
In the middle of the Second Awakening, the last great ice age ended with the perfect storm for human development. As is the case with every Awakening, something clicked on inside us. During the Second Awakening, humanity began to perceive the future and past in new ways that enabled planning. Fourteen thousand years ago, this allowed us to begin to plant crops and keep livestock which in turn allowed for larger fixed population centers. As the food supply grew and became more predictable there was a population explosion and a series of cultural revolutions.
In addition to farming...metallurgy, ship building, and astrology all emerged at around the same time worldwide in roughly similar form. During the last part of the Second Awakening the changes in mankind were stunning. In a clear example of universal consciousness, many completely independent cultures around the world went through their own Bronze and Iron Age at approximately the same time.
In only a few thousand years humans went from grunting cave dwellers living in small groups to building city-states and writing epic poems. The quest for immortality shifted, in part, to being expressed through culture. If one could contribute to a culture that would outlast them, a sense of immortality was attained. Virtually all culture relates to this. It gives us the opportunity to perpetuate something larger than ourselves that we're tied to and will out live us. Making contributions to one or more of our cultural institutions serves the same purpose.
The Third Awakening... began around 3,000 years ago. It saw the rise of all modern religions, as well as science. Between 800 BC and 400 BC, there was a religious explosion. The key events in the Old Testament occurred, from which emerged Judeo/Christian beliefs. At the same time Taoism was being followed by Confucianism in China. The same was happening with Shintoism in Japan, and Hinduism and Buddhism in India, and later Islam.
For the past 500 or so years the political power of religion has waned while the power of science has flourished. With a few exceptions most of the people today live in societies with secular governments. For many scientists knowledge hit a tipping point about 150 years ago. Universities began to switch from religious institutions to being based on the German research model. While skeptical of religion, before that time all of the great minds were looking to science to prove there was a God, not to disprove it.
During the Third Awakening, the written word became increasingly commonplace. As it did the quest for immortality was no longer bound to culture or religion. For millennia this was about the best you could hope for, aside from religion. The problem is that it doesn't take a genius to see that contributions made to Sumerian culture didn't last forever. Rather than artifacts relating to a culture, science offers the opportunity to create universally relevant knowledge and thus a higher form of immortality so, practical benefits aside, it's not hard to see why it caught on.
The basic underpinning of science is universally understood truth but as they have piled more and more on, the whole structure of it is starting to buckle. When the big ideas from the previous Awakening start to collapse, a new Awakening is on the horizon.
The Fourth Awakening... is just beginning. This is the one you get to participate in (whether you like it or not). All of the previous awakenings have one thing in common, they relate to thought. When we think, we think in symbols. The Fourth Awakening brings a new mode of being with it, one that goes beyond symbols and beyond thought. Glimpses of it have been written about for thousands of years. During the Fourth Awakening, all of us will discover that the immortality we've been seeking for 200,000 years has been a part of us all along. Are you ready?
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Story: A reporter gets to cover a story so sensitive that the President of the United States personally asked the Washington Post to leave it alone. With rumors of 30 top scientists missing and rich industrialist being held in a prison typically used for terrorists, the story is too big to ignore. On one level it is a straightforward suspense story with plenty of action, a healthy dose of humor and a pinch of sexual tension. On another it is a spiritual quest by a remarkable woman who meets an enlightened man the likes of which have never been seen in fiction before. (Description from Amazon.com)
Spiritual/metaphysical content: High. Penelope is on the path to to enlightenment via yoga and meditation and practices the Law of Attraction. When she meets Michael, she learns that thoughts have power. "Thought is thought. There is no good or evil. . . . Emotionally charged negative thoughts tend to be more strongly felt than positive ones. You run the risk of manifesting something that you really don't intend."
The story gets interesting when the authors introduce the idea of the Fourth Awakening: The number of individuals who can reach a state of non-symbolic thought (aka enlightenment) has reached critical mass. The book likens this state to the Internet--a giant field of energy, full of information, open to anyone who has the right connection.
My take: I enjoyed the novel as a new age thriller.Read more ›
I kept thinking of The Da Vinci Code. Dan Brown's brilliance is in his ability to use history not only to support a very controversial theory, but to make many readers wholeheartedly believe in its truth. This book does the same. It uses historical references to illuminate changes in human development that are not a result of independent thoughts or actions, but of a collective consciousness. The way the authors explain this history doesn't leave me questioning if "enlightenment" is a possibility. It leaves me questioning how anyone could deny that humans and the world developed in this very way.
Many congrats to the authors who have accomplished all of this with such craft. It is an important message to be shared, and moreover, a brilliant idea to write a fiction book about a very real concept everyone wants to share. I look at so many "self-improvement" books, and shut down. This has the ability to speak to so many different readers and change so many lives, including mine, that I am truly impressed.
- Anne Owens, Nashua, New Hampshire
There are lots of ominous warnings about people using the powers of the awakening in an evil manner, but no real examples. Lots of unanswered questions at the end. I understand there is a sequel in the works that may tie up the loose ends; I really hope so because the book felt rushed at the end while trying to wrap everything up with a happy ending. I was reminded at the end of Gene Wilder's question at the end of "Willy Wonka": "Do you know happened to the little boy who got everything he always wanted? He live happily ever after!" For a book about "Awakening" and "Enlightenment" it ends with a lot of materialistic rewards for the main characters.
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Enlightenment reached through technology is a hard one to swallow for someone who believes that hard work, dedication, perseverance and faith are required along with many years or... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Kindle Customer
The plot drew me in. It created an somewhat believable awareness that we are more than our physicality and mental wherewithall so the gap between reality and fiction was bridged... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bob
I choose this rating because I felt the author did a great job with the details of the story line and kept my interest though out. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Spiritwolf
I am really not a fan for Series Books but so far so good. I'm going to read a book in between as so far I have been able to put this one down.Published 3 months ago by M. E. Long
Intriguing and thought-provoking (pun not intended but recognized). Not my usual type of read, but I quite enjoyed it and I have already downloaded the second book in the series. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Linda Green
Thought provoking, keeps you engaged. Couldn't stop reading. Didn't change my religious beliefs. But as a Christian, I did read some thought provoking material that could be... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mason Stephens
Interesting story, good characters, easy to follow. Thought the ending fell short of the rest of the story. Worth reading.Published 4 months ago by Tom Graves
Great read! Very entertaining and I loved the spiritual element. Well done!Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer