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Thomas Berry, Dreamer of the Earth: The Spiritual Ecology of the Father of Environmentalism Paperback – January 27, 2011
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“Thomas Berry, Dreamer of the Earth offers an introduction to one of the most extraordinary thinkers of the twentieth century. His stature cannot be fully appreciated unless one brings to mind such axial personalities as Pythagoras or Confucius, thinkers who gave rise to civilizations. The deep structure of human beings is undergoing a seismic shift, which Thomas foresaw and in part evoked. To understand this new planetary mode of consciousness, there is no substitute for a close study of his ideas.” (Brian Swimme, California Institute of Integral Studies, coauthor, with Thomas Berry, of The Universe)
“While the religious community is starkly divided on the issue of environmentalism. Thomas Berry was not. A Passionist priest and self-described cosmologist and “geologian” he came down firmly on the side of environmentalism and was a pioneer in the field. . . This book is an admirable introduction to that quest.” (Marlene Y. Satter, ForeWord Magazine, March 2011)
“. . . an impressive job of conveying the sometimes complex spiritual perspectives of a contemporary visionary.” (SpiralNature.com, April 2011)
“Here is another book calling us to reconnect with the natural world and to find all the meaning we need in an Earth-based spirituality.” (Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality & Practice, June 2011)
“Thomas Berry was one of the “Greats”, and this collection by Laszlo and Combs is a wonderful tribute.” (Spirituality-and-Religion.com, October 2011)
“Spontaneously I am inclined to shouting out an energetic, resounding (green) hallelujah of affirmation to the foregoing expression. Indeed, Bill Plotkin’s essay is superlative in a volume that is reader worthy and excellent from start to finish. Space does not allow me to do equal justice to the contributions from Joanna Macy, Duane Elgin, Stanley Krippner, Geneen Marie Haugen, Matthew Fox and the others.” (Dream Network Journal, September 2012)
“The ten authors of this book review and extract the essence of Thomas Berry’s thinking regarding our society’s movement towards a sustainable environment and for saving our earth from destruction, destruction imposed upon it by the profit seeking industrial-business segment of our society. Thomas Berry goes beyond what many millions of us are ‘doing’ to save the earth by pointing out that it is the nature of our consciousness with regard to how we see life and our role as part of the universe and the earth’s environment that needs to change and evolve...I found this reading especially exciting and most important for our survival.” (Nicholas E. Brink, Imagination, Cognition and Personality, October 2013)
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SPIRITUALITY / ECOLOGY
“Thomas Berry, Dreamer of the Earth offers an introduction to one of the most extraordinary thinkers of the twentieth century. His stature cannot be fully appreciated unless one brings to mind such axial personalities as Pythagoras or Confucius, thinkers who gave rise to civilizations. The deep structure of human beings is undergoing a seismic shift, which Thomas foresaw and in part evoked. To understand this new planetary mode of consciousness, there is no substitute for a close study of his ideas.”
--Brian Swimme, California Institute of Integral Studies, coauthor, with Thomas Berry, of The Universe Story, and author of The Universe Is a Green Dragon
When cultural historian and spiritual ecologist Thomas Berry, described by Newsweek magazine as “the most provocative figure among the new breed of eco-theologians,” passed away in 2009 at age 94, he left behind a dream of healing the “Earth community.” In his numerous lectures, books, and essays, Berry proclaimed himself a scholar of the earth, a “geologian,” and diligently advocated for a return to Earth-based spirituality.
This anthology presents 10 essays from leading philosophers, scientists, and spiritual visionaries--including Matthew Fox, Joanna Macy, Duane Elgin, Sean Esbjörn-Hargens, Ervin Laszlo, and Allan Combs--on the genius of Berry’s work and his quest to resolve our global ecological and spiritual challenges, as well as a little-known but essential essay by Berry himself. Revealing Berry’s insights as far ahead of their time, these essays reiterate the radical nature of his ideas and the urgency of his most important conclusion: that money and technology cannot solve our problems; rather, we must reestablish the indigenous connection with universal consciousness and return to our fundamental spontaneous nature--still evident in our dreams--in order to navigate our ecological challenges successfully.
ERVIN LASZLO, twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, is editor of the international periodical World Futures: The Journal of General Evolution and Chancellor-Designate of GlobalShift University. The founder and president of the Club of Budapest and the author of 83 books, he lives in Pisa, Italy. ALLAN COMBS is professor of transformative studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies, codirector of integral studies at the Graduate Institute of Connecticut, and a founding member of the Integral Foundation. The author of more than 100 articles and books, he lives in Santa Rosa, California.
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Fantastic writing by many of the people in the forefront of waking up the Earth.
Our Mother is in labor and she is being raped and the only way we can save the
birth is to save the rapists, (Big Corporations and money mongers of which many of
us are apart of, anyone who drives a car, etc.
Wake up World
What sets Thomas Berry apart from most ecologists is his view that humanity must evolve and transform our very way of thinking from pure rational consciousness to a much more fully integrated form of integral knowingness in order to completely and fully resolve the crises initiated by our presence on the Earth. Rather than attempting to initiate 'green' changes from the inside of existing systems, Berry pointed out that only harmonious communication and cooperation with the Earth and the Universe could ever solve the myriad problems facing us today.
While many environmentalists work within the confines of a techno-centric, rational-centric worldview, Berry expresses passionate opposition to such "solutions," asserting that such attempts to return balance and natural order are destined to fail. Berry proposes an entirely new, yet extremely old remedy: dream with the Earth and the Universe, as shamans and indigenous medicine men and women do. Berry writes, "If we will the future effectively, it will be because the guidance and the powers of the Earth have been communicated to us, not because we have determined the future of the Earth simply with some rational faculty." While few details are provided as to how, exactly, we may enter into such holistic partnership with Earth, Berry also states, "We probably have not had such participation in the dream of the Earth since earlier shamanic times, but therein lies our hope for the future for ourselves and for the entire Earth community."
The ten essays in this slim volume written by Matthew Fox, Joanna Macy, Stanley Krippner, Duane Elgin, Sean Esbjörn-Hargens, Ervin Laszlo, Allan Combs, Geneen Marie Haugen, Bill Plotkin and others do an excellent job of showcasing the most fascinating aspects of Berry's remarkable ideas. I heartily recommend "Thomas Berry, Dreamer of the Earth" to readers interested in indigenous ways of knowing, consciousness, Earth-based spirituality, and shamanism. This book sparks the imagination, encourages heartfelt connection with the natural world, and inspires spiritual transformation.
The time to dream with the Earth... with the Universe... is now!
What we are doing to save the earth, driving less with more gas efficient cars, eating organically, consuming less, recycling, standing up against fracking and the Keystone XL Pipe Line, using solar and wind generated power, etc. is important, but it is not enough. The ten authors of this book review and extract the essence of Thomas Berry’s thinking regarding our society’s movement towards a sustainable environment and for saving our earth from destruction. Berry goes beyond what the many millions of us are “doing” to save the earth by pointing out that it is the nature of our consciousness with regard to how we see life and our role as an integral part of the earth and the entire universe that needs to change and evolve. We think of ourselves as better or more important than everything, animate and inanimate, of this earth, but we are no better than any of nature. In fact, we are dependent upon it, and it is this interdependency that is made very clear in Berry’s writing.
Nicholas Brink, Author of The Power of Ecstatic Trance: Practices for Healing, Spiritual Growth and Accessing the Universal Mind