How Soon Is Now

A Futurists Guide to Surviving Our Global Megacrisis

Author: Daniel Pinchbeck

Publisher: Watkins Media Limited

ISBN: 1780289723

Category: Globalization

Page: 272

View: 1023

"Drawing on extensive research, Daniel Pinchbeck presents a compelling argument for the need for change on a global basis. The central thesis is that humanity has unconsciously self-willed ecological catastrophe to bring about a transcendence of our current condition. We are facing an initiatory ordeal on a planetary scale. We can understand that this initiation is necessary for us to evolve from one state of being - our current level of consciousness - to the next. Overcoming outmoded ideologies, we will realize ourselves as one unified being, a planetary super-organism in a symbiotic relationship with the Earth's ecology and the entire web of life"--Publisher description.
Posted in Globalization

How Soon is Now

The Handbook for Global Change

Author: Daniel Pinchbeck

Publisher: Watkins Publishing

ISBN: 1786780364

Category: Political Science

Page: 288

View: 9543

Drawing on extensive research, Daniel Pinchbeck presents a compelling argument for the need for change on a global basis. The central thesis is that humanity has unconsciously self-willed ecological catastrophe to bring about a transcendence of our current condition. We are facing an initiatory ordeal on a planetary scale. We can understand that this initiation is necessary for us to evolve from one state of being our current level of consciousness to the next. Overcoming outmoded ideologies, we will realise ourselves as one unified being, a planetary super-organism in a symbiotic relationship with the Earth's ecology and the entire web of life.
Posted in Political Science

How Soon is Now

From Personal Initiation to Global Transformation

Author: Daniel Pinchbeck

Publisher: Watkins Media Limited

ISBN: 1786780364

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 300

View: 2805

We are on the brink of an ecological mega-crisis, threatening the future of life on earth, and our actions over the next few years may well determine the destiny of our descendants. Between a manifesto and a tactical plan of action, How Soon is Now? by radical futurist and philosopher Daniel Pinchbeck, outlines a vision for a mass social movement that will address this crisis. Drawing on extensive research, Daniel Pinchbeck presents a compelling argument for the need for change on a global basis. The central thesis is that humanity has unconsciously self-willed ecological catastrophe to bring about a transcendence of our current condition. We are facing an initiatory ordeal on a planetary scale. We can understand that this initiation is necessary for us to evolve from one state of being – our current level of consciousness – to the next. Overcoming outmoded ideologies, we will realize ourselves as one unified being, a planetary super-organism in a symbiotic relationship with the Earth's ecology and the entire web of life. Covering everything from energy and agriculture, to culture, politics, media and ideology, How Soon Is Now? is ultimately about the nature of the human soul and the future of our current world. Pinchbeck calls for an intentional redesign of our current systems, transforming unjust and elitist structures into participatory, democratic, and inclusive ones. His viewpoint integrates indigenous design principles and Eastern metaphysics with social ecology and radical political thought in a new synthesis.
Posted in Body, Mind & Spirit

Breaking Open the Head

A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism

Author: Daniel Pinchbeck

Publisher: Three Rivers Press

ISBN: 0767911520

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 272

View: 8169

A dazzling work of personal travelogue and cultural criticism that ranges from the primitive to the postmodern in a quest for the promise and meaning of the psychedelic experience. While psychedelics of all sorts are demonized in America today, the visionary compounds found in plants are the spiritual sacraments of tribal cultures around the world. From the iboga of the Bwiti in Gabon, to the Mazatecs of Mexico, these plants are sacred because they awaken the mind to other levels of awareness--to a holographic vision of the universe. Breaking Open the Head is a passionate, multilayered, and sometimes rashly personal inquiry into this deep division. On one level, Daniel Pinchbeck tells the story of the encounters between the modern consciousness of the West and these sacramental substances, including such thinkers as Allen Ginsberg, Antonin Artaud, Walter Benjamin, and Terence McKenna, and a new underground of present-day ethnobotanists, chemists, psychonauts, and philosophers. It is also a scrupulous recording of the author's wide-ranging investigation with these outlaw compounds, including a thirty-hour tribal initiation in West Africa; an all-night encounter with the master shamans of the South American rain forest; and a report from a psychedelic utopia in the Black Rock Desert that is the Burning Man Festival. Breaking Open the Head is brave participatory journalism at its best, a vivid account of psychic and intellectual experiences that opened doors in the wall of Western rationalism and completed Daniel Pinchbeck's personal transformation from a jaded Manhattan journalist to shamanic initiate and grateful citizen of the cosmos. From the Hardcover edition.
Posted in Body, Mind & Spirit

How Soon is Now? Sampler

From Personal Initiation to Global Transformation

Author: Daniel Pinchbeck

Publisher: Watkins Media Limited

ISBN: 1786781050

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 300

View: 5134

Drawing on a huge range of resources and references Daniel Pinchbeck presents a compelling argument for the need for change on a global basis - it is only when we see ourselves as one planetary tribe that this change can occur. The central thesis is that humanity has self-willed the ecological crisis in order to bring about the necessary conditions for transcendence of our current state of being, by undergoing an initiatory ordeal on a planetary scale. This collective ordeal is necessary for us to evolve from one state of being - our current level of consciousness - to the next. By passing through this initiation we realize ourselves as one unified being, a planetary super-organism in a symbiotic relationship with the Earth's ecology and the entire web of life. Covering everything from energy and agriculture, to culture, politics, media and ideology, Pinchbeck's book is ultimately about the nature of the human soul and the future of our current world. He calls for an intentional and consciously designed metamorphosis of our current systems. which transform capitalist and exclusive structures into participatory, democratic, and inclusive ones, based on an integration of Eastern metaphysics, social ecology, and radical political thought. "How Soon is Now? gives us the context we need to understand the chaos and turbulence of our times." – Sting
Posted in Body, Mind & Spirit

Exploring the Edge Realms of Consciousness

Liminal Zones, Psychic Science, and the Hidden Dimensions of the Mind

Author: Daniel Pinchbeck

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

ISBN: 1583944885

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 364

View: 7614

Features essays originally published in the online magazine Reality Sandwich on a range of topics that explore psychic and paranormal phenomena including lucid dreaming, synchronistic encounters, out-of-body experiences, meditation, demons and plant medicines. Original.
Posted in Body, Mind & Spirit

How Soon is Now?

The Madmen and Mavericks who made Independent Music 1975-2005

Author: Richard King

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571278329

Category: Music

Page: 640

View: 9574

One of the most tangible aftershocks of Punk was its urgency to prompt individuals into action. Document your reality: do it yourself. From this, a generation of young men were inspired and, with often zero financial planning or business sense, in a bedroom, garage or shed, labels such as Factory, Rough Trade, Mute, 4AD, Beggars Banquet, Warp, Domino and Creation began, shifting the musical landscape and trading on an ethos and identity no brand consultant would now dare dream of. Musicians were encouraged to do whatever the hell they wanted and damn the consequences. From humble beginnings, some of our most influential artists were allowed to thrive: New Order, The Smiths, Depeche Mode, Orange Juice, Cocteau Twins, Sonic Youth, Happy Mondays, Primal Scream, Aphex Twin, Teenage Fanclub, My Bloody Valentine, Autechre, Broadcast, Vampire Weekend, The White Stripes and Artic Monkeys to name but a handful. This is the story, set to an incredible soundtrack, of the enormous scale of the passions, the size of the egos, and the true extent of the madness of the mavericks who had the vision and bloody-mindedness to make the musical landscape exciting again.
Posted in Music

Notes from the Edge Times

Author: Daniel Pinchbeck

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101464607

Category: Philosophy

Page: 208

View: 1334

In this unsparing tour of the perils and promises of the current era, visionary author Daniel Pinchbeck helps us understand that we don't need to wait for the dawning of the next age to radically change our perspectives. In the years since his pioneering work 2012, Daniel Pinchbeck has touched a legion of readers hungry for insight and guidance about new ways of living amid the crises of the current moment. Notes from the Edge Times collects Pinchbeck's most penetrating recent columns, articles, and essays that amount to an extraordinary mosaic view of the hopes, nightmares, and signs of breakthrough that mark our present era. Pinchbeck examines the current economic collapse (an event he had foreseen by many months), radical political and ecological alternatives, the uses of psychedelics for spiritual insight, the revival of the sexual revolution, unexplained phenomena such as crop circles and the Norway spiral, the imminent (and often-misunderstood) question of 2012, and what it means to be an artist in a time of radical change. Pinchbeck's virtuosity as a social critic, on full display in these pieces, is his ability to illuminate real and serious questions within unconventional topics that most literary intellects are unwilling to touch, from secret weapons systems to extrasensory abilities to the intelligence of plant life. In Notes from the Edge Times, Pinchbeck does more than critique present-day questions and conflicts; he provides fresh ideas for living more consciously now, and for constructing our own more enlightened futures, even as the world around us faces profound environmental, social, and spiritual challenges
Posted in Philosophy

A Psychonaut's Guide to the Invisible Landscape

The Topography of the Psychedelic Experience

Author: Dan Carpenter

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 159477630X

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 128

View: 5853

A bold cartography of the inner landscape visible only to those experiencing altered states • Presents the psychedelic experience as an objective landscape that embodies the Other, rather than a subjective state of mind • Provides corroboration of phenomena encountered by those who venture into this domain Journeying into the invisible world revealed by his use of the dissociative psychedelic DXM (dextromethorphan), Dan Carpenter found that what he experienced was not simply subjective sensations and psychological states but an objective world of familiar, if inordinately odd, landmarks and characters. The running diary he kept of these voyages recounts impressions of a landscape charted by other travelers into this Inner Space and includes descriptions of many of the same phenomena recorded by such mind travelers as Terence and Dennis McKenna, Alexander and Ann Shulgin, and others who have experienced the hive mind--the pool of all consciousness. Into this territory where expression is like chaos theory, where oddly symmetrical order manifests out of the seemingly anarchic swirl of images and events, the author ventures with the mind-set of a naturalist, accepting whatever might be rather than what he hopes he might find. What emerges is not a location crafted by subjective experience, but a landscape that embodies the Other and that represents a conscious state in which the barriers between the self and the not-self dissolve.
Posted in Body, Mind & Spirit

Communitas

The Anthropology of Collective Joy

Author: E. Turner

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137016426

Category: Philosophy

Page: 258

View: 6737

Communitas is inspired fellowship; a group's pleasure in sharing common experiences; being 'in the zone' - as in music, sport, and work; the sense felt by a group when their life together takes on full meaning. The experience of communitas, almost beyond strict definition and with almost endless variations, often appears unexpectedly.
Posted in Philosophy

The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible

Author: Charles Eisenstein

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

ISBN: 1583947248

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 273

View: 3852

Argues that because human beings are all connected to each other and the planet, the key to creating a better world is to understand that our personal choices contain transformational power.
Posted in Body, Mind & Spirit

Spiritual Liberation

Fulfilling Your Soul's Potential

Author: Michael Bernard Beckwith

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1582702055

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 272

View: 3068

A spiritual leader featured in The Secret challenges readers to search within themselves for the key to unlocking their future and changing their lives in amazing ways, in a book that teaches inner spiritual work, rather than religiosity or dogma, and is structured around the key themes of transformation, peace, abundance, and more. Original.
Posted in Body, Mind & Spirit

Green Psychology

Transforming Our Relationship to the Earth

Author: Ralph Metzner

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1594775184

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 240

View: 9805

A visionary ecopsychologist examines the rift between human beings and nature and shows what can be done to bring harmony to both the ecosystem and our own minds. • Shows that the solution to our ecological dilemma lies in our own consciousnesses. It is becoming more and more apparent that the causes and cures for the current ecological crisis are to be found in the hearts and minds of human beings. For millennia we existed within a religious and psychological framework that honored the Earth as a partner and worked to maintain a balance with nature. But somehow a root pathology took hold in Western civilization--the idea of domination over nature--and this led to an alienation of the human spirit that has allowed an unprecedented destruction of the very systems which support that spirit. In Green Psychology Ralph Metzner explores the history of this global pathology and examines the ways that we can restore a healing relationship with nature. His search for role models takes him from shamanic ceremonies with the Lacandon Maya of Mexico to vision quests in the California desert, from the astonishing nature mysticism of Hildegard von Bingen to the Black Goddesses and Green Gods of our pagan ancestors. He examines the historical roots of the split between humans and nature, showing how first sky-god worshiping cultures, then monotheisms, and finally mechanistic science continued to isolate the human psyche from the life-giving Earth. His final chapters present a solution, showing that disciplines such as deep ecology and ecofeminism are creating a worldview in which the mind of humanity and the health of the Earth are harmoniously intertwined.
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Join the Club

How Peer Pressure Can Transform the World

Author: Tina Rosenberg

Publisher: Icon Books Ltd

ISBN: 1848313365

Category: Psychology

Page: 400

View: 8661

In the style of Nudge or The Spirit Level - a groundbreaking book that will change the way you look at the world. Tina Rosenberg has spent her career tackling some of the world's hardest problems. The Haunted Land, her searing book on how Eastern Europe faced the crimes of Communism, was awarded both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize in the US. In Join the Club, she identifies a brewing social revolution that is changing the way people live, based on harnessing the positive force of peer pressure. Her stories of peer power in action show how it has reduced teen smoking in the United States, made villages in India healthier and more prosperous, helped minority students get top grades in college calculus, and even led to the fall of Slobodan Milosevic. She tells how creative social entrepreneurs are starting to use peer pressure to accomplish goals as personal as losing weight and as global as fighting terrorism. Inspiring and engrossing, Join the Club explains how we can better our world through humanity's most powerful and abundant resource: our connections with one another.
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3 Essays on Virtual Reality

Overlords, Civilization, and Escape

Author: Eliott Edge

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781981228171

Category:

Page: 148

View: 1745

"Terence McKenna would have loved Eliott Edge and his plan for escape." - Douglas Rushkoff "Wow! This is fantastic. I expected some essays about the promise of virtual reality (the headsets) and instead got a real, real, real reality. Edge actually took the effort to cite how everything is virtual reality! Religion (nice!), language (thank you!), and then our own conception of ourselves. Eliott argues that we all live in virtual worlds, starting with language, written material and religion, and that virtual reality is core to our humanity. Our institutions are ultimately projections that create virtual worlds, whose power exists because we believe in and participate in their propagation. This collection of essays is a short and fascinating introspection into closely held concepts of virtual reality and our own identity as a species." - Amber Case "Eliott Edge is a vital voice offering a fresh perspective on how we conceptualize our history as well as our future; concepts applicable to the full breadth of human experience from the individual to society to humankind as a whole." - Vanessa Sinclair, Psy.D "The idea that our most cherished beliefs and deeply held 'truths' are simply symbolic 'virtual realities' is nothing less than an ontological awakening - a realization that we experience reality through a tightly woven matrix of perception and belief. This book shows how deep the rabbit hole goes." - Jason Silva Human civilization has always been a virtual reality. At the onset of culture, which was propagated through the proto-media of cave painting, the talking drum, music, fetish art making, oral tradition and the like, Homo sapiens began a march into cultural virtual realities, a march that would span the entirety of the human enterprise. We don't often think of cultures as virtual realities, but there is a no more apt descriptor for our widely diverse sociological organizations and interpretations than the metaphor of the 'virtual reality.' Indeed, the virtual reality metaphor encompasses the complete human project. Virtual Reality is not as simple as we think. As a concept and a metaphor, Eliott Edge sees VR as a robust, powerful, and enduring way to think about everything from matter, to civilization, to the very faculty of thought. Complete with a new Introduction, this collection features essays written by Edge for The Institute of Ethics and Emerging Technologies. These pieces were the #1 and #2 most read essays in 2016 for the IEET, and the #2 essay in 2015. All three works are on Virtual Reality.
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Sacred Science

An Ancient Healing Path for the Modern World

Author: Nick Polizzi

Publisher: Hay House, Inc

ISBN: 1401952925

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 248

View: 7342

In 2010, Nick Polizzi did something unimaginable. He assembled a group of eight desperately ill patients from around the world and brought them into the heart of the Amazon rainforest to put the mysterious medicines of native shamans to the test. The healing journey that unfolded would change their lives —and his own —forever. In The Sacred Science, we join Nick as he explores these primordial traditions and learns firsthand what it takes to truly heal ourselves of physical disease, emotional trauma, and the sense of “lostness” that so many of us feel in these modern times. We venture into a place where the ordinary rules we live by, even survival instincts, don’t apply —where “the only thing to do is to step forward and be ready for anything.” Nick is not a guru or shaman; he is an ordinary guy who pieced together an illuminating journey, one experience at a time. In this riveting true story, we’re shown the many layers that must be peeled away in order for us to find the truth of who we are and why we’re here. This book is a bridge between the flashy, fast-moving modern world and the forgotten ways of a healthier, earth-connected ancestral past. You’ll find practices and principles of native wisdom that you can put to use in your own life, and you’ll gain a new understanding of what it means to heal. In the end, what will become of the eight patients who set out on this path with Nick? Will the exotic jungle medicines and harrowing rites of passage destroy them or give them a new lease on life? Five will return with remarkable healing results. Two will return disappointed. One won’t return at all.
Posted in Body, Mind & Spirit

Chasing Venus

The Race to Measure the Heavens

Author: Andrea Wulf

Publisher: Alfred a Knopf Incorporated

ISBN: 0307700178

Category: Science

Page: 304

View: 1681

The award-winning author of The Brother Gardeners chronicles the 18th-century quest to observe the transit of Venus and measure the solar system, explaining the political strife and weather challenges that were overcome to enable an international team of astronomers to work together. 30,000 first printing.
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Planetary Transformation

A Personal Guide To Embracing Planetary Change

Author: Imre Vallyon

Publisher: BookBaby

ISBN: 0909038902

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 245

View: 2933

Part One of "Planetary Transformation" explains the forces working on our solar system from the spiritual dimensions. Although powerful and destructive, these forces of change have a purpose completely opposite to destruction: to raise the consciousness of Humanity to the next spiral of human evolution, in keeping with the Divine Plan. But that can only happen if we human beings cooperate with this process. "Planetary Transformation" dispels fear and ignorance through Understanding and revitalizes old traditions with the energy of Now, showing us how this process of transformation can be a positive one for Planet Earth and all Humanity. Part Two of "Planetary Transformation" focuses on the individual and the role each of us has to play in the great process of change outlined in Part One. It describes the basics of the Spiritual Path, including the power of chanting and mantra and how these techniques can help people shift their attention from the busyness of modern life to the source of their true nature, which lies within. Along with actual meditation techniques (with links to audio files for correct intonation) that readers can practise to experience the Inner Worlds themselves, "Planetary Transformation" also covers a range of issues from dealing with crisis in one’s personal life to attaining Conscious Death and Liberation in this lifetime. "Planetary Transformation" also contains a glossary of spiritual terms that will help readers navigate the esoteric realms of the Inner Worlds. The totality of the human being is the body, emotions, mind, Soul, Spirit and God-Self. If only a few thousand individuals are able to function from this reality, they can change the world.
Posted in Body, Mind & Spirit

Driving Digital

The Leader's Guide to Business Transformation Through Technology

Author: Isaac SACOLICK

Publisher: AMACOM Div American Mgmt Assn

ISBN: 081443861X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 224

View: 3830

Every organization has a plan for updating products, technologies, and business processes. But that’s not enough anymore. With disruptive startups outperforming industry stalwarts, executives everywhere are pushing greater growth and innovation. Staying competitive demands a complete digital transformation. For professionals charged with leading technology-driven change, the pressure is intense—and the path forward unclear. Author Isaac Sacolick has successfully spearheaded multiple transformations and helped shape digital-business best practices. Now in Driving Digital, he shares the lessons he’s learned, detailing how to: Formulate a digital strategy Transform business and IT practices Align Development and Operations Promote agile practices Drive culture change Bolster digital talent Manage a portfolio of initiatives Capture and track ROI Strengthen data-driven decision making and expand data science practices Cultivate strategic technology capabilities Develop innovative digital products Enable product management Pilot emerging technologies Become smarter faster. Every company is on the cusp of digital disruption. But with so many pieces to the puzzle, efforts often get derailed. Driving Digital is the action plan you need to take your company and career into the future.
Posted in Business & Economics

When Your Moment Comes

A Guide to Fulfilling Your Dreams by a Man Who Has Led Thousands to Greatness

Author: Dan Pallotta

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781588720078

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 189

View: 5448

The four snakes in the Garden of Eden are cynicism, lack of commitment, major obstacles, and the desire to quit, according to motivational expert Dan Pallotta, a man who is living his dreams. He now shows readers how to receive their destiny and turn their hard work into smart work.
Posted in Biography & Autobiography