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Re-Visioning the Earth: A Guide to Opening the Healing Channels Between Mind and Nature Paperback – October 23, 1996
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›