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: 7475

"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: 3108

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: 2539

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 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

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: 288

View: 8688

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

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: 1684

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

Notes from the Edge Times

Author: Daniel Pinchbeck

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101464607

Category: Philosophy

Page: 208

View: 2313

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

Communitas

The Anthropology of Collective Joy

Author: E. Turner

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137016426

Category: Philosophy

Page: 258

View: 8974

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

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: 2158

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

A Psychonaut's Guide to the Invisible Landscape

The Topography of the Psychedelic Experience

Author: Dan Carpenter

Publisher: Inner Traditions / Bear & Co

ISBN: 9781594770906

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 111

View: 9486

Into 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. What emerges is an objective landscape that embodies the Other and that represents a conscious state in which the barriers between self and not-self dissolve.
Posted in Body, Mind & Spirit

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: 5013

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: 5396

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

The Ground Below Zero

9/11 to Burning Man, New Orleans to Darfur, Haiti to Occupy Wall Street

Author: Nicholas Powers

Publisher: Upset PressInc

ISBN: 9781937357993

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

View: 8902

"The Ground Below Zero introduces a new and important voice, one with a trajectory reaching from New York’s left and alternative cultures to the present world’s vistas of death. It is a voice partly urban-hip and partly epic-tragic. The story it tells is part journalism, part memoir, and part prophetic-apocalyptic vision." - Christopher Z. Hobson (from the Foreword)
Posted in Biography & Autobiography

Green Psychology

Transforming Our Relationship to the Earth

Author: Ralph Metzner

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1594775184

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 240

View: 3986

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.
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: 1408

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 CHANGE HAPPENS…A STORY OF ORGANISATIONAL TRANSFORMATION

Author: LALIT JAGTIANI

Publisher: Notion Press

ISBN: 194592697X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 276

View: 1069

By creating a fictional company supported by actual situations encountered by him, during the many change and transformation interventions that he has been led and been a part of, the author, Lalit Jagitani has presented practical wisdom without compromising the confidentiality of the organisations. His storytelling narrative seen through the lens of a change agent enables sharing of lived content and nuances making this genre a powerful and entertaining way to transfer tacit knowledge. WHEN CHANGE HAPPENS…A Story of Organisational Transformation provokes reflection and opportunities that are enduring and enable the reader to come to real grips with the daunting task of mastering techniques to usher change.
Posted in Business & Economics

Chasing Venus

The Race to Measure the Heavens

Author: Andrea Wulf

Publisher: Alfred a Knopf Incorporated

ISBN: 0307700178

Category: Science

Page: 304

View: 5153

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.
Posted in Science

The Green Bell

Author: Paula Keogh

Publisher: Affirm Press

ISBN: 1925475808

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 7102

It?s 1972 in Canberra. Michael Dransfield is being treated for a drug addiction; Paula Keogh is delusional and grief-stricken. They meet in a psychiatric unit of the Canberra Hospital and instantly fall in love. Paula recovers a self that she thought was lost; Michael, a radical poet, is caught up in a rush of creative energy and writes poems that become The Second Month of Spring. Together, they plan for `a wedding, marriage, kids ? the whole trip?. But outside the hospital walls, madness, grief and drugs challenge their luminous dream. Can their love survive? The Green Bell is a lyrical and profoundly moving story about love and madness. It explores the ways that extreme experience can change us: expose our terrors and open us to ecstasy for the sake of a truer life, a reconciliation with who we are. Ultimately, the memoir reveals itself to be a hymn to life. A requiem for lost friends. A coming of age story that takes a lifetime.
Posted in Fiction

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: 7177

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

Planetary Transformation

A Personal Guide To Embracing Planetary Change

Author: Imre Vallyon

Publisher: BookBaby

ISBN: 0909038902

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 245

View: 4982

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

The Global Heart Awakens

Humanity's Rite of Passage from the Love of Power to the Power of Love

Author: Anodea Judith

Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser

ISBN: 098886620X

Category: History

Page: 280

View: 9819

Positing that modern society is an adolescent culture, driven by greed and power and lying on the cusp of an era of spiritual growth and shifting values, this book explores mythic themes in various historical eras to explain the past, present, and future of the human experience. It suggests that the world is facing a rite of passage into adulthood and that a time of cooperation, stabilization, and sharing is approaching. With an original theory of history based on developmental psychology, including an analysis of masculine and feminine archetypes, this thoughtful guide weaves the narratives of human history and individuals' experiences into a path of enlightenment and a way to catalyze social change.
Posted in History