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The Living Universe : Where Are We? Who Are We? Where Are We Going? - Duane Elgin

The Living Universe

Where Are We? Who Are We? Where Are We Going?

By: Duane Elgin, Deepak Chopra (Foreword by)

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In The Living Universe, Duane Elgin marshals evidence from cosmology, biology, physics, even his participation in NASA-sponsored psychic experiments to show that the universe is actually a living field of existence and that we are always in communion with that field of aliveness whether we are conscious of it or not.

This is a worldview that, as Elgin explains, is shared by virtually every spiritual tradition, and the implications of it are vast and deep.

In a living system each part is integral to the whole, so each of us is intimately connected to the entire universe. Elgin eloquently demonstrates how that identity manifests itself on a whole series of levels, from subatomic to galactic.

We are, he writes, far more than biological beings; we are beings of cosmic connection and dimension.

Author Biography: Duane Elgin is an author, speaker, educator, consultant, and media activist. He pioneered the Voluntary Simplicity movement with his now classic first book, titled by the same name, published in 1981. Elgin has co-founded three non-profit organizations concerned with media ccountability.

"No book describes more accurately or guides us more powerfully to the world now waiting to be born." --Marianne Williamson, author of A Return to Love "Vital reading for those wanting to explore and participate in the nature of reality at its most profound levels." --Edgar Mitchell, ScD, founder, Institute of Noetic Sciences, and Apollo 14 astronaut "A masterful, potent, and luminous contribution to both human knowledge and spiritual awakening." --Jean Houston, cofounder, Foundation for Mind Research, and author of twenty-six books, including A Passion for the Possible "It's all here--brilliant discoveries of contemporary science, key insights of the world's religions, and practical programs of action for bringing forth a new world." --Brian Swimme, PhD, Professor of Cosmology, California Institute of Integral Studies, and co-author of The Universe Story

Forewordp. ix
Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introduction: The Great Awakeningp. 1
A Personal Perspective
Living in a Dead Universe
Cosmophilia: Love of the Universe
Does Aliveness
Make a Difference?
Where Are We?
The First Miraclep. 19
We Are Giants
The Nearly Invisible Universe
Just Getting Underway
Our Intuitive Connection with the Cosmos
Imagine Building a Universe
The Science of a Living Universep. 33
A Unified Universe
An Ocean of Background Energy
A Continuously Regenerated Universe
Sentience at Every Level
Freedom at the Foundations
Able to Reproduce Itself
An Integrative View from Science
Who Are We?
Spirituality as Intimacy with a Living Universep. 59
Judeo-Christian Views
Islamic Views
Hindu Views
Buddhist Views
Taoist and Confucian Views
Indigenous Views
Western Views
Harvesting the Wisdom of Human Experience
The Mother Universep. 83
The Meta-Universe in Science
The Mother Universe in Wisdom Traditions
An Integrative View
Growing in the Mother Universe
The Soul's Body and Our Cosmic Identityp. 93
The Size of Our Soul
Qualities of the Soul's Body
A Body of Light
A Body of Music
A Body of Love
A Body of Knowing
Recognizing Ourselves Before We Die
Where Are We Going?
Where Is the Universe Going?p. 117
Life Within Life Within Life
Growing Self-Organizing Systems
Humanity's Central Project
A Garden for Growing Life
Humanity Is Halfway Homep. 131
Humanity's Heroic Journey
Humanity's Journey of Separation
Our Supreme Test and Time of Initiation
Humanity's Journey of Return
The Second Axial Age
Awakening into the Living Universe
Stage I: Reflective Consciousness
Stage II: Oceanic Consciousness
Stage III: Flow Consciousness
Actions for the Journey Ahead
Six Vital Tasks for the Journey Homep. 159
Co-Creating Our Story of Awakening
Cultivating Reflection and Reconciliation
Living Simply and Sustainably
Creating New Kinds of Community
Becoming Media-Conscious Citizens of the Earth
Bringing Our True Gifts into the World
The Promise of the Journey Ahead
Living in a Living Universep. 189
Meditations
Conversations
Notesp. 201
Indexp. 219
About the Authorp. 227
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ISBN: 9781576759691
ISBN-10: 1576759695
Series: Berrett-koehler
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 230
Published: 15th March 2009
Publisher: BERRETT-KOEHLER
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.3 x 14.0  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.313