This book is featured in our Shoot for the Moon collection, a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Visit to see more of the best on all things astronautical.
In February 1971, as Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell hurtled earthward through space, he was engulfed by a profound sense of universal connectedness. He intuitively sensed that his presence and that of the planet in the window were all part of a deliberate, universal process and that the glittering cosmos itself was in some way conscious. The experience was so overwhelming Mitchell knew his life would never be the same. For the next 35 years he embarked on another journey, an inward exploration of the ineffable mystery of human consciousness and being. Mitchell left NASA to form the Institute of Noetic Sciences. The Institute allowed him to initiate research in areas of study previously neglected by mainstream science and where he constructed a theory that could not only explain the mysteries consciousness, but the psychic event - what spiritualists call a "miracle" and scientists dismiss altogether. Mitchell, also, created a new dyadic model of reality, revealing a self-aware universe not predetermined by the laws of physics nor preordained by deities nor infinitely malleable.
While human actions are generally subject to the laws of physics, these laws are, also, influenced by the mind. Mitchell was one of the Atronauts featured in the documentary 'In the Shadow of the Moon', released in November 2007.
"Edgar Mitchell is one of those rarest of scientists--a true explorer. His journey into outer space has been matched by a lifelong journey into inner space, where he investigated the final frontier, the nature of mind, and returned with nothing less than an extraordinary new science of life." --Lynne McTaggart, best-selling author of The Field and The Intention Experiment--Reviews
"In the history of the human race, 12 people have set foot on the moon. Now one of them has written an important book, an account of a modern-day hero's journey. Astronaut Edgar Mitchell pursued a vision, ventured on a quest, risked great danger, and obtained uncommon wisdom. Now he has returned to share it. We would be wise to listen." --Larry Dossey, M.D., author of Healing Words--Reviews
"Profound and articulate...Edgar Mitchell has really dug into the main paradoxical issues [of science and religion] and comes up with a resolving viewpoint. An inspiring piece of literature." --Harold E. Puthoff, Ph.D., physicist, Institute for Advanced Studies at Austin--Reviews
"Reading astronaut Mitchell's story is like reading a long-awaited letter from a friend--a friend who has journeyed far and wide and seen so much beyond most of us that we read with bated breath. Mitchell's writing is exciting, insightful, and majestic, at once a logical, scientific, and moving spiritual vision. As I read the book I felt I was looking through his eyes, sensing the unity of the world and seeing our planets and universe for the first time." --Fred Alan Wolf, author of The Yoga of Time Travel and Taking the Quantum Leap--Reviews