Elaine. Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of
Thomas. Vantage/Random House, NYC, 2003.
Carol. Messengers of Hope.
New Age Press, Black Mountain, NC, 1983.
of a Soul: Padre Pio's Letters to His Spiritual Director.
Pauline Books & Media, Miami, FL, 2003.
Joseph Chilton. The Crack in the Cosmic
Egg: Challenging Constructs of Mind and Reality.
Pocket Books/Simon & Schuster, NYC, 1973.
F. David, and David Bohm. Science, Order,
and Creativity. Bantam, New York, 1987.
F. David. Infinite Potential: The
Life and Times of David Bohm. Helix Books /
Addison-Wesley Pub., Reading, MA (and etc.), 1996. [From
the back cover:
have long hoped that someone would write this book, a thoroughly
reported, compellingly written biography of one of this [last]
century's most fascinating and important scientists. F. David
Peat has finally given David Bohn his due." --John Horgan, author
of The End of Science: Facing the Limits of Knowledge in
the Twilight of the Scientific Age]
F. David, and Paul Buckley. Glimpsing
Reality: Ideas in Physics and the Link to Biology. [?]
F. David, and Leroy Bear. Rituals of
Renewal: spiritual Transformation Through Native American
F. David. Lighting the Seventh
Fire: The Spiritual Ways, Healing and Science of the Native
F. David. Philosopher's Stone:
Chaos, Synchronicity and the Hidden Order of the World. [?]
F. David, and John Briggs. Turbulent
Mirror: An Illustrated Guide to Chaos Theory and the Science of
F. David. Superstrings and the Search for
the Theory of Everything. [?]
F. David. Synchronicity: The Bridge
Between Matter and Mind. [?]
F. David, and John Briggs. Looking Glass
F. David. In Search of Nicola Tesla.
Nicanor. Shaping Globalization:
Civil Society, Cultural Power, and Threefolding. [?
[This remarkable man, whose home is the Philippines, is a recipient of
the Right Livelihood Award, which is affectionately termed the
"Alternative Nobel Peace Prize." And for all of
us, from the ground-up, this is a crucially important, revolutionary
book! Otto Scharmer (see his works on this page) has said, "What
Nicanor Perlas calls the ‘real message of
globalization’ [is] becoming ‘more aware of how deeply we’re interconnected as human
beings across all of society."
And in essence that is what Dr. Perlas calls "Social Three-Folding,"
that is, including society itself in the decision-making concerned with
all aspects of the quality of life that we are experiencing on this
planet. Not just governments and big business, but all of
us. It doesn't get much more revelatory and exciting with potential than
observing understanding having a global impact, from the top-down and
those who are not yet familiar with Dr. Perlas, here's a term you will
want to know a lot more about, and you soon will on this website.
Go look for "Lemniscate Process" and be prepared to get very
excited about the breadth and depth of how this man is transforming our
world! .. okay, a hint of a good place to look: one of his
websites is www.cadi.ph/nicanor_perlas.htm]
Body Is Your Subconscious Mind. Sounds True,
Louisville, CO, 2004. **audio cassette**
Experiences: How to Have them and What to Expect.
Hampton Roads, Charlottesville, VA, 1997.
[Padre, now, Saint]. Secrets
of a Soul: Padre Pio’s Letters to His Spiritual Director.
Pauline Books & Media, Boston, 2003.
Bill (Foreward by Thomas Berry). Soulcraft:
Crossing into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche.
Poer, Nancy Jewel.
Into Dying: A Journal of Spiritual and Practical Deathcare for
Family and Community. White Feather Publ.,
Placerville, CA, 2002. [From the back of the
book: Here is a family who celebrated their elders, nursed them at
home to die, built their caskets, honored and cared for them after death
and then went out into the community to help others who want to do the
same. [Also:] Real life experience of after death care --
gives a whole new dimension to hospice work." ~~Magdalena Jaeckel,
D. Narrative Knowing in the Human Sciences.
Press, Albany, NY, 1988.
Susan M. and Stanley Krippner (Eds.). Broken Images,
Broken Selves. Brunner/Mazel, _______?
1997. [A chapter in this very special book,
entitled "Dissociation, Narrative,
and Exceptional Human Experiences," was written by Rhea A. White,
which was the basis for an essay found here
and also on www.ehe.org.]
Ira. Jung, Synchronicity, & Human
Destiny: Noncausal Dimensions of Human Experience.
Julian, New York, 1973.
of Shattering Light: Life as an American Indian Mysic.
Council Oak Books, San Francisco, 2003.
(received and transcribed by). Oneness.
Earthstar Press, Santa FE, NM, 2003. [This
book thrills me and speaks to me like almost no other. It is one
of the most important and enlightening spiritual resources I have.]
Paul H., and Anderson, Sherry Ruth. The
Cultural Creatives: How 50 Million People Are Changing the World.
Three Rivers Press, NY, 2000. [One of the
most important, revolutionary books on the planet. Period.
If what you find on this website resonates for you, excites you, gets
you to YESSS!! a lot, you need to own your own copy of this book.]
Rilke, Ranier Maria [translators: Anita
Barrows and Joanna Macy]. Rilke's Book of
Hours. Riverhead Books, NY, 1996.
Kenneth. Life at Death: A
Scientific Investigation of the Near-Death Experience.
Coward, McCann and Geoghegan, 1980, and Quill, 1982. [This
was the lynchpin book that lent such crucial academic credibility to Dr.
Raymond Moody, Jr.'s own near-death experience research described first
in Life After Life.]
Toward Omega: In Search of the Meaning of the Near-Death
Experience. William Morrow, NYC,
1984, and Quill, NYC, 1985. [I had to
laugh when I read this comment on the front cover. You would think
he was talking about the personal copy I am looking at! Richard
Bach says, "My copy of Heading Toward Omega is a mass of
underlines and exclamation points. Here's modern science at its
most exciting -- a book of light that melts our fears of dying, and
shines the way for each of us to make a new world come
And on the back
Heading Toward Omega breaks new ground in the field of near-death
studies by focusing on the meaning of the near-death experience (NDE)
for the survivor and for human evolution.
Dr. Kenneth Ring's intensive three-year study of more than one hundred
experiencers found that NDEs cause a provocative pattern of very
positive changes in outlook, values, and behavior -- and are often
powerful catalysts for spiritual awakening and psychic
development. Moreover, deep NDEs frequently include strikingly
similar visions of our planetary future.
The depth and consistency of these life transformations -- as well as
the apparent widespread and increasing incidence of NDEs -- lead Dr.
Ring to a startling conclusion: Near-death experiences may be
part of an evolutionary thrust toward higher consciousness for all
humanity. Thus they may foreshadow the birth of a new planetary
consciousness as we head toward Omega, the final goal of human
Kenneth. The Omega Project:
Near-Death Experiences, UFO Encounters and Mind at Large.
William Morrow, NYC, 1992.
Kenneth, and Valarino, Evelyn Elsaesser. Lessons
from the Light: What We Can Learn from the Near-Death Experience.
Moment Point Press, Portsmouth, NH, 1998. [See
review by Rhea A. White. The
book is largely about aftereffects of NDEs and also to some degree
"nonNDEs," meaning, any type of EHE other than specifically
NDEs. White sees this as a highly important work in relation
[also] to EHEs as a whole. Her review is over two large journal
Kenneth and Cooper, Sharon. Mindsight:
Near-Death and Out-of-Body Experiences in the Blind.
William James Center for
Consciousness Studies. Palo Alto, CA, 1999.
Sogyal. The Tibetan Book of Living
and Dying. Rigpa
Fellowship, NYC, 1993; HarperCollins, NYC, 1994.
Tenzin Wangyal. The
Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep.
Snow Lion Pub., Ithaca, NY, 1998.
Tenzin Wangyal. Wonders
of the Natural Mind.
Snow Lion Pub.,
Tenzin Wangyal. Healing
with Form, Energy and Light: The Five Elements in Tibetan
Shamanism, Tantra, and Dzoghen.
Snow Lion Pub., Ithaca,
George [with Sherrill, Elizabeth??].
Return From Tomorrow.
Jean. Death's Door: True Stories of
Near-Death Experiences. Dell Pub., NYC, 1994.
in Consciousness: An Introduction to Aspect Psychology.
Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 1975.
Afterdeath Journal of an American Philosopher: The Worldview of
William James. Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, NJ,
"Evolution," and Value Fulfillment, Volume 2.
Prentice-Hall, New York, 1986.
Nature of Personal Reality. Bantam/Printice-Hall,
New York, 1974.
Speaks: The Eternal Validity of the Soul. Prentice-Hall,
Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 1972.
Way Toward Health.
Amber-Allen Pub., San Rafael, CA, 1997.
Rogo, D. Scott.
Infinite Boundary. Dodd, Mead & Company, New
Rogo, D. Scott.
the Body: A Complete Guide to Astral Projection. Simon
& Schuster, New York, 1983.
Barbara R. Blessing
in Disguise: Another Side of
the Near Death Experience.
Llewellyn Pub., St. Paul,
MN, 2000. [RE: negative or hellish NDEs
by one of the foremost researchers in this area of study.]
Jay Elliot. Experiencing the Soul
Before Birth, During Life, After Death.
Hay House, Carlsbad, CA, 1998. [Here
is another essential-reading experience for those who long to know what
it's like to experience the Ineffable -- a collection of essays that
will stay with you, feed you long years after you have read it.
Don't be surprised if you return to it again and again. Among the
contributors of these "Personal Accounts of Wisdom" are
the Dalai Lama, Amit Goswami, Anya Foos-Graber, Louise L. Hay, Gerald
Jampolsky, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, San Rajinder Singh, the visionary
artist Alex Grey, and Jungian Marion Woodman, Kenneth Ring, physicist
Fred Alan Wolf, astronaut Edgar D. Mitchell, Stephen Levine, Jean
Houston, Willis Harmon, Joan Borysenko, Sri Daya Mata, and Stanislav
From the back cover:
In this riveting anthology, 32 of the world's foremost spiritual
leaders, teachers, and scientific researchers share the many ways we
can experience the soul. Some of the topics they discuss include
meeting the unborn souls of future children, receiving communications
from the souls of loved ones who have passed over, soul travel into
realms of light during a near-death experience, and much more.
... you will discover practical ways to experience the blissful
"spiritual light of the soul" in your everyday life!]
Let me offer one taste that sums up well the tenor of the
collection: Consciousness scientist Michael Grosso describes
Survival research as the study of "'traces'
such as through apparitions, hauntings, reincarnation memories,
mediumship and the like. He begins his essay ["Theta
Consciousness: Survival Research with The Living"] with this
remark: The Renaissance thinker Marsilio Ficino believed that the
appetite for immortality is as natural to people as neighing is to
horses." He describes some aspects of the theta-state-focused
research of several people. Theta is the slowed-down brainwave
consciousness normally associated with a major stage in the sleep cycle
or with deep meditation or trance states. One scientist, Ernst
Arbman, describes theta as "physiologically akin to deathlike or
near-death states [NDEs]. Those who have experienced a NDE
typically speak of them as "realer than real" and share a
fairly universal awareness among them of what I refer to as a Larger
and to which, by whatever name, apparently the majority of us believe we
return to after the body's demise.
Dr. Grosso suggests that the "pursuit of this kind of subjective
conviction may be the best way open to us, if we seek to break the
survival of consciousness stalemate [[i.e., the conscious sense of
"I" does vs. does not survive physical death]]. In other
words, the best way ... is to induce experiences of theta consciousness,
and thus learn to explore the 'next' world--now."
Further, as a scientist who has spent decades studying altered states
and those who can induce them or who have had experiences like NDEs, he
How can we break down the barrier between the "next" world
and "this" world of consciousness so that the trace
approach, at least from the subjective and existential point of view, ceases
to matter anymore? This would involve a different kind of
experiment -- a word, let us recall, that stems from a Greek word that
means "to experience."
Galileo changed the course of science and history by introducing
experiments that actively intervened in nature; the next step in
survival research might profit from Galileo's example and try to model
itself on the idea of actively "entering" the next world now.
By using meditation, brain machines, mirror gazing, active
imagination, fasting, and other time-honored spiritual and shamanic
techniques in combination with modern science and technology, we might
learn to experimentally induce, understand and ratify, for ourselves,
the experience of theta consciousness.
If enough people acquired this type of knowledge by acquaintance, we
might begin to see a gradual dawning of a new paradigm. Our
attitude toward the enigma of death might also change, perhaps
G. C., and Ochberg, R. L. (Ed.). Storied
Press, New Haven, CT, 1992.
Dilip Kumar and Devi, Indira. Pilgrims
of the Stars.
Macmillan Pub., New York, 1973.
Daniel, and Stanley Krippner
Energies of Consciousness: Explorations in Acupuncture, Auras and
Interface / Gordon and Breach Science Pub., New York, London, Paris,
Up In Time: Finding Inner Peace In Times of Accelerating Change.
Origin Press, _____?,
1998. [These remarks, long but
eloquently in tandem with so much you find on this website, are from a
couple of reviewers quoted from the amazon.com page. Notice, by
the way, the allusion to the person who had an exceptional
experience. Heshe was at that stage of having been through it and
could neither explain it nor explain it away and urgently needing
one of those rare books that stays with me long after I've read it. I
find myself frequently referring to it in conversations about how fast
things seem to be changing these days. I was moved by the wisdom I
gleaned in these melodic passages -- and impressed at how Russell can
convey such intense feeling and truth in so few words. Difficult and
challenging issues are presented and discussed with clarity that
provides just the right amount of tension, just as the most beautiful
music creates moments of stress which are then relieved with passages of
exceptional grace. Rare is the book that can aim to briefly summarize
such topics as Materialism, Fear, Stress, Enlightenment, Meditation and
Love... and succeed to touch one's heart, mind and soul so completely
without ever hitting a sour note. I give this masterpiece of a book my
highest recommendation for anyone interested in discovering what they
can do to make their life (and life for all of us) the very best it can
I found this book, when it was still called White Hole in Time, and at a
good time in my life. Now, ten years later, I want to share it with
those oh-so-lucky others when I see that they are on the brink of
jumping into an abyss or are in that abyss of intellectual and spiritual
yearning and needing some marker/s to take them more quickly out of the
metaphorical maze of the mind's traps and vicious cycles aka anxieties,
past, present or future.
is one of my deepest darkest secrets--- in the 1990s, I was on a roll of
reading about doomsday prophecies. … I was reading […d]ozens of
books. The readings really got me nowhere else but in the dark and and
in fear of the future. That wasn't good enough for me because I wanted
answers. I realized I wanted more than just a glimpse of what the future
might hold... I wanted to know my part in it, I wanted to find
hope---both intellectually and even spiritually. So I looked. Then I
found this book. And as this review's title implies, this book gives me
those things and more.
friend of mine was talking to me about something totally different when
she said "we don't need people to just talk about the problems, we
need people to talk about solutions...". But she could have very
well been talking about the author Peter Russell in this book. In the
first part of the book he talks very succinctly about what most people
already know about---materialism, environmental crisis, fear, addiction,
stress, self interest...but also speaks of them on the collective and
global level...these are not doomsday predictions but they are problems
on individual and collective levels---sure signs of impending doom...
what of solutions then? Its actually wisdom and advice from ancient
east---but reinterpreted on a very practical level---summarized on a
personal level, it is that any change needed in this world is not more
change in the world, but change from within my own self. I saw a guy in
rags in 1999, standing in our previous hometown's rural street corner.
He was carrying that proverbial sign lamenting "Repent. the end is
near." My high school son commented that he saw the guy down in
New York City
a few weeks before. Then wondered out loud if the countryside was more
in need of deliverance than the urban crowd? Ha! Anyhow...
"Repenting" is a biblical, short word for a whole
process---but what does that really really mean? Yes, yes, they holler
and cry from their pulpits "repent, repent". Yes, I know I'm
stressed. Yes I know I've got a to-do list as long as my laundry lined
up from end to end... yes I am in deep doo-doo, and yes, I want to get
out of it. But how? How?!! Give me practical ideas on how. Aha, the
pinpoint of light...the last chapters on Awakening and The Future are
glimpses of such a process in terms of solutions: Breaking the Trance, A
New Way of Seeing, Gift of Peace, Art of Letting Go, Emancipation from
Matter, Premonitions of Transformation, A Conscious Universe to name
some of them...
don't expect these chapters to be THE ANSWERS for "finding inner
peace in times of accelerating change" but rather the signposts
that point you the way out of the maze of anxiety and towards a path and
practice of an awakened and transformed human being. I am most intrigued
and inspired by P. Russell's thought on the acceleration of evolution
and the Omega point, but I'm not explaining it here, I wouldn't give it
justice, so you'll have to read the book.
lent this book to a very close friend after he had a breakthrough in his
life---a degree of enlightenment … When
he was done reading the book he said to me "you saved my
life". He was exaggerating of course. Later he got it closer to
what he really wanted to say, the book gave him a bigger picture of what
was going on in his life, of where he was headed and how he now needed
to redirect his life... maybe we can believe in the power of the
individual and how it empowers the collective... and maybe its a bigger
picture of how many of us need to redirect our human lives... maybe.
There's still a
lot of work to be done after reading this book, or any other book. The
real work is done between the readings, eh? (wink)]
Peter. Global Brain Awakening.
Peter. From Science to God.
Walter. The Secret of Light.
The University of Science and Philosophy, Waynesboro, VA, 1971
[originally published by the author himself in 1947].
M. J. [Editor]. The
Fabric of the Future: Women Visionaries of Today Illuminate the
Path to Tomorrow. Conari Press,
Berkeley, CA, 1998. [M.
J. Ryan says, "I resolved to ask the leading women thinkers
of our times from as wide a variety of spiritual and philosophical
orientations as possible one very pointed question: Practically,
what do we need to be doing at this point in our psychospiritual
evolution?" Essential reading -- many of the responses are
among the very best nail-on-the-head writings of these authors!
Wait'll you see the phenomenal list of women authors!]
St. Johns, Adela Rogers. No
Good-Byes: My Search into
Life Beyond Death.
New York, 1981.
Elisabet, and Willis Harman. Biology
Revisioned. North Atlantic Press, Berkeley, CA, 1998.
Herbert Francis. Evidence of Personal
Survival from Cross Correspondences. Bell and Sons,
London, 1938. [A famous little book about
the most extensively documented case for the validation of life after
death through mediumship, said to be clearly attributed to no less than
Frederick W. H. Meyers, one of the founding members of the British
Society for Psychical Research in the late 1800s. His body's
demise occurred in or near 1907.]
Robert and Cheryl. Silence.
[Heaven & Earth Pub.? 2007?].
[Quite a few of my friends have
well-thumbed copies of this loved book. One reviewer, Robert Simmons, writes
(in: The Heaven & Earth Network News & Catalog,
#37, Fall/Winter 2007-2008) of
"Unlike any other book I've read,
Silence brings me into
the realm of -- into the vivid personal experience of -- the holy
presence that underlies and supports ourselves and our world. ... behind
all the appearances of the world. ... The Silence Sardello evokes is
immediately recognized by the soul, and feeling that recognition makes
one both joyful and sad, realizing that somehow this is always what one
has yearned for, has deeply known but neglected."
Mr. Simmons brings this out of the abstract and into the realm of felt
experience, giving you a glorious taste of what is in store for the
Here is an abbreviated version of one of my favorite passages, taken
from the chapter Silence in Daily Living: "The
image-filled qualities of the world, which are perceived in and
through Silence as holy, are further characterized by being filled
with a subtle but unmistakable sense of anticipation. It is an
anticipation that seems to belong to the things themselves rather than
belonging to our inner state of being. This quality, more than
any other ... makes Silence compelling. It is not the peace
Silence brings to us that makes us want to move toward it, but this
aspect of holy anticipation within the very things of the world! ...
With this felt sense of anticipation, we realize that our soul-spirit
participation in Silence enjoins us with the ongoing action of the
world coming into being."
There is no real way to describe this book, any more than one can
describe joy, or Silence itself. Yet I do recommend that readers
take this journey and experience it. Silence has the
capacity to change the world for the better, through the people who
understand and practice its message. It extends an invitation to
[a] kind of service by means of which our world can be re-imagined,
transformed and even saved.
For more information about the reviewer, Robert Simmons, see www.heavenandearthjewelry.com.
For more about the authors, Robert and Cheryl Sardello, see their
I look forward to having a well-marked and treasured copy and highly
recommend it to you.
Aurobindo or the Adventure of Consciousness.
Institution for Evolutionary Research, New York, 1984 [English transl.].
[Run, don't walk, and find yourself a copy of this book. Lay all
possible biases aside about religion or East vs. West or gurus and just flat
read this book with both eyes and mind wide open. His life was
remarkable and constantly unexpected in every sense. For starters, Sri
Aurobindo was not a religious man, nor a guru in the sense most might
suppose. Although he was founder of an internationally renowned
ashram, that and the leadership role he played for one of the 3-4
significant 'lives' he lived in one body were merely vehicles to which we
might attach familiar labels so we could put him in some perspective within
our worldviews. In short and why I place so much emphasis in this man
is that in a most unique life and way, once he realized the potential of
"yoga" / an inner-directed life and its possible impact on our
shared world, this man was relentless at this as with everything else he
set his sights on. Like both Rudolf
Steiner and Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
Aurobindo became an extraordinary consciousness
explorer, as did his spiritual companion known as The Mother, whose
birth name was Mirra Alfasa [see book by Wayne
Bloomquist]. -- not as a philosopher, but uncompromisingly as an Experiencer
/ EHEer. Their mutual findings and those of Dr. Steiner and de
Chardin, I feel, will be seen eventually as among
the most important for the future of the Human species.
looking for a doctoral thesis for consciousness studies? Here's a
suggestion: A thorough comparative study of the lives and
experiential findings and teachings of these people [and David
Spangler!] could be an immensely
revealing and useful work!
From the back cover:
... Satprem takes us along with him in a methodical exploration of Sri
Aurobindo's yoga. We are surprised to find that the guide has an
amazing ability to make the most intricate concept simple and
obvious. With him, we understand the virtues of mental silence,
the invisible gradations of consciousness above the mind and the many
beings that inhabit us. All our unknown potentialities come
alive before our eyes. Most importantly, we appreciate how these
untapped possibilities relate to our daily life, how they can change
it from the inside, and how, ultimately, Sri Aurobindo's experience
leads to "a divine rehabilitation of Matter."
"We have denied the Divinity in Matter, to confine it
instead in our holy places and now matter is taking its revenge -- we
called it crude, and crude it is. As long as we tolerate this
imbalance, there is no hope for the earth. We will swing
endlessly from one pole to the other -- both equally false -- from
material enjoyment to spiritual austerity, without ever finding true
fulfillment. We need BOTH the vigor of Matter and the fresh
waters of the Spirit . . . Now the time may have come at last to
unveil the Mysteries, and to rediscover the complete truth of the two
poles within a THIRD POSITION, which is neither that of the
materialists nor that of the spiritualists." --Satprem]
AN ARTICLE [is this a book online??]:
"The Mind of the Cells." Found on www.aurobindo.ru/workings/satprem/the_great_sense_e.htm
speaks a man who spent two years imprisoned in a German concentration
camp during WWII and managed to walk out alive. He says, "At
twenty-two, as I left that hell, I took Life -- that deceitful witch --
on my lap and said with fury, 'Now it's just you and me. You're
going to tell me your secret, and no nonsense -- your secret that has
nothing to do with any books, science or mechanisms; that is not from
the West or the Eat, or from any country but from the Country of the
true Earth. Your secret that beats in my naked heart.'"
And for the next eight years he ventured all over the world, in a
howling pathos of incandescent determination to find it, looking under
every rock and, into every philosophy and spiritual practice, and atop
the highest crags. And that's how he eventually found himself with
"Mother," whom Satprem describes as "the most wonderful
adventure I have ever known."
... She was eighty years old then, and she was as young and mirthful
as a young girl. ... For nineteen years, she took me with her along
untrodden paths leading to Man's future, or perhaps to his true
beginning. My heart beat as it had never beaten before.
Mother is the secret of the Earth. No, not a saint, a mystic, or
a yogi; she is not from the East or the West; she is not a miracle
worker either, or a guru, or the founder of a new religion.
Mother is the discoverer of the secret of Man when he has been shorn
of his gadgets and his religions, his spiritualisms and his
materialisms, his ideologies of the East and the West -- when he is
himself, simply a heart beating and calling out to the Truth of the
Earth, a body calling out to the Truth of the body, as the cry of the
seagull calls out to the wind and the open air. It is her
secret, her discovery, that I will try to tell you. For Mother
is a fairy tale within the cells of the body. What is a human
cell? Another concentration camp -- a biological one? Or a
passport to ... where?
We are before an incredible mystery which could well be a fairy tale.
The fairy tale of our species.
is where Satprem was to learn, according to Mother,
are not at the end of a civilization.
are at the Time when Man is to be born."
Mother's Agenda (1951-1973), 13 volumes.
[Quoted from Sri Aurobindo or The Adventure of
Consciousness, also by this author: Recorded by Satprem in the
course of countless personal conversations with Mother, the daily log of
her fabulous exploration in the cellular consciousness of the body.
Twenty-three years of experiences which parallel some of the most recent
theories of modern physics. The key of man's transition to the
Scharmer, C. Otto,
Betty Sue Flowers, Joseph Jaworski, and Peter M. Senge. Presence:
Human Purpose and the Field of the Future. Society
for Organizational Learning, Boston, 2004 ; Currency/Doubleday, New
York, London, Toronto, Sydney, Aukland, 2005. [See
excellent review from amazon.com, under author, Peter Senge, below.]
C. Otto. Theory
U: Leading from the Future as it Emerges.
SoL / the Society for Organizational Learning, 2007. [The
review below is from amazon.com:
In a world burdened with too much
information, we are occasionally blessed with a genuinely new idea about
how to perceive, think about, and act on our overly complex world.
Scharmer's Theory U model of how to open our mind, emotions, and will to
moments of discovery and mutual understanding is profound and much
needed. Readers will be impressed not only by the depth of theory in
this volume but also by the very practical approach that Scharmer
provides us for enlarging our human capacity for growth. This will be an
important book --Edgar Schein, Sloan Fellows Professor of Management
Emeritus, MIT Sloan School of Management
This book is a must-read for
all who are interested in the emerging future of leadership theory and
practice. Otto Scharmer's Theory U takes you on an exciting deep dive
into the true center of leadership as a process of inner knowing and
social innovation. With many tested and practical exercises drawn from a
rich background of disciplines, this book will help you to discover and
follow the path towards mastery on your own leadership journey. It
pushes the envelope of current leadership wisdom and invites you to
explore the strongest leadership tool there is: yourself. --Ralf
Schneider, Head of Global Talent Management, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Otto Scharmer has given us a brilliant, provocative, and important book
on the leading-edge of the "next big thing": integral
thought. Highly recommended. --Ken Wilber, author, A Theory of
Everything: An Integral Vision for Business, Politics, Science, and
ground-breaking book, Otto Scharmer invites us to see the world in new
ways. Fundamental problems, as Einstein once noted, cannot be solved at
the same level of thought that created them. What we pay attention to,
and how we pay attention - both individually and collectively - is key
to what we create. What often prevents us from attending is what
Scharmer calls our blind spot, the inner place from which each of us
operates. Learning to become aware of our blind spot is critical to
bringing forth the profound systemic changes so needed in business and
society today. First introduced in Presence, the U methodology of
leading profound change is expanded and deepened in
By moving through the "U" process we learn to connect to our
essential Self in the realm of presencing - a term coined by Scharmer
that combines the present with sensing. Here we are able to see our own
blind spot and pay attention in a way that allows us to experience the
opening of our minds, our hearts, and our wills. This wholistic opening
constitutes a shift in awareness that allows us to learn from the future
as it emerges, and to realize that future in the world. Theory U
explores a new territory of scientific research and personal leadership,
one that is grounded in real life experience and shared practices.
Scharmer shares much from his own personal and professional development,
and draws from a rich diversity of compelling stories and examples.
Readers will find themselves drawn to new ways of thinking and acting as
they read, completing a parallel journey of exploration and discovery.
The final chapters lay out principles and practices that allow everyone
to participate fully in co-creating and bringing forth the desired
future that is working to emerge through us. ]
E. F. A Guide for the Perplexed.
Controls: Exercises for Creative Meditation and for Activating the
Potential of the Chakras. E. P. Dutton, NYC, 1978.
Richard. Western Esoteric Masters
Series: Rudolph Steiner. North Atlantic Books,
Berkeley, CA, 1988 and 2004.
with the Infinite: A Life Beyond the Personal Self.
Blue Dove Press, San Diego, 1996.
of Power: Progressive Yoga
Peter M. The Fifth Discipline.
______??, 1990. [From
the website, http://www.infed.org/thinkers/senge.htm,
we learn that,
Peter M. Senge (1947- ) was named a ‘Strategist of the
Century’ by the Journal of Business Strategy, one of 24 men and women
who have ‘had the greatest impact on the way we conduct business
today’ (September / October 1999). While he has studied how firms and
organizations develop adaptive capabilities for many years at MIT
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology), it was Peter Senge’s 1990
book The Fifth Discipline that brought him firmly into the limelight and
popularized the concept of the ‘learning organization'. Since its
publication, more than a million copies have been sold and in 1997,
Harvard Business Review identified it as one of the seminal management
books of the past 75 years.
Peter M., C. Otto Scharmer, Betty Sue Flowers and Joseph Jaworski. Presence:
Human Purpose and the Field of the Future. Society
for Organizational Learning, Boston, 2004 ; Currency/Doubleday, New
York, London, Toronto, Sydney, Aukland, 2005. [This is still so new for me,
and so over-the-brim-full with purpose and meaning and transformative
impact on our world, I'm still processing it into something more
manageable than megabytes. For the moment, I will simply say Presence
is clearly sourced from the Heart of four remarkable Servants of the
Good, the True, and the Beautiful. They are themselves a
substantial "presence" in the world of business management and
Mackoff, an amazon.com reviewer, offers
most astute description of this Great Work:
How would the world change if we learned to access, individually and collectively, our deepest capacity to sense and shape the future? This is just one of the questions posed by the authors of a book that combines unusual personal honesty with rigorous critical thinking.
Presence: Human Purpose and the Field of the Future gives the reader an intimate look at the development of a new theory about change and learning. In wide-ranging conversations held over a year and a half, Senge, Scharmer, Jaworski, and Flowers explore their own experiences and those of one hundred and fifty scientists and social and business entrepreneurs in an effort to explain how profound collective change occurs. Their journey of discovery articulates a new way of seeing the world, and of understanding our part in creating it-as it is and as it might be.
Radical and hopeful, Presence synthesizes leading-edge thinking, first-hand knowledge, and ancient wisdom to explore the living fields that connect us to one another, to life more broadly, and, potentially, to what is "seeking to emerge." Seven capacities underlie our ability to see, sense, and realize new possibilities. Developing these capacities accesses a deeper level of learning that is the key to creating change that serves the whole-ourselves, our organizations, and the communities of which we are a part.
In a Cambridge, Massachusetts living room, four organizational learning leaders met for a year to talk about how transformational change is all in your mind. With Peter Senge, author of The Fifth Discipline as ringleader, the authors ask us to examine organizations and self by asking, "What question lies at the heart of my work?" and "How can I set aside my narrow view point and understand the whole?"
For them, organizational learning requires a shift from "downloading" (operating with habitual ways of knowing and doing) to "presencing" (awareness of the present moment). The specifics of the shift are found in success stories--like the creation of Visa in the 1960s--and in the moving stories of the authors. For example, Senge's story about an Afrikaans businessman who wept as he rejected apartheid or Scharmer's memory of his childhood home destroyed by fire. In addition, Scharmer and Jaworski's innovative research with 150 thought leaders, such as Francisco Varela, a Chilean born Buddhist biologist, add rigor to "The U Process": a seven capacity model for deep individual and collective change.
The authors also draw on a diverse supporting cast including Martin Buber, Goethe, Lao Tzu and Carl Jung to illustrate their core concepts of intention, self-reflection, and awareness of the whole.
... bold, juicy ideas about self and system. .. [R]eaders who follow the conversations will be richly rewarded with the understanding of what it means to be an authentic agent of
Harvey Svi [Editor]. Education and Hope in Troubled Times:
Visions of Change for Our Children's World. Routledge
Pub., ___?, 2009. [It seems to me, Professor
Shapiro is speaking for the very same values and needs that define the Consciousness
Shift Movement -- another facet of the
transformational hologram reflecting this new
consensus reality. Routledge
webpage, and is contributed by Richard
Quantz from Miami University:
The editor argues that in a material world, depicted by consumerism, spiritual nihilism and conspicuous consumption, there is need to offer a new vision and direction in education that would promote a more harmonious, holistic values-oriented schooling that transforms persons into moral beings, who care for others…. In terms of innovative ideas and approaches to pedagogy and theorizing about schooling, this volume is at the top of pedagogical discourses and
Sheldrake, Rupert. The
Presence of the Past: Morphic Resonance and the Habits of Nature.
Park Street Press, South Paris, ME, 1995.
Sheldrake, Rupert. A
New Science of Life. Park
Street Press, South Paris, ME, 1995.
Shepherd, Linda Jean.
the Veil: The Feminine Face of Science. Shambhala,
Boston and London, 1993. [Such a
deeply caring, important book about the necessity of our openly
reclaiming and integrating what we have long experienced in Western
culture, and specifically in Western science, as the shadow side of the
archetypal feminine. Shepherd says,
"We now move into the second half of life [re: midlife
crisis of Western science] as we face the potential destruction of
life on Earth made possible by the products of science. With
awareness of our mortality, we must negotiate the midlife crisis of
science. Rather than defend our ossifying old definitions of
science, let us open ourselves to renewal. Let us welcome the
soul, the Feminine, to science. At midlife, consciousness tends
to continue to establish attitudes and does not notice the inner
renewal taking place under the surface. Often renewal comes from
where we least expect it -- from children, from simple people, or from
an officially despised part of the psyche such as the
"I do not believe in spurning technology or think that imposing
more bureaucratic layers will solve the problems of science. I
see it as a challenge to all individuals to open our minds to new
possibilities, to reflect deeply, to reexamine our values, to come to
know ourselves, to develop our feeling and intuition to complement
thinking and sensation, to integrate the Feminine -- to become more
whole people. Then each of us can begin to infuse science with
heart and humor. We can reach out to colleagues and build
cooperative networks based on love, trust, and curiosity.
... Everyone we touch with our lives will see the value in this
way of doing science. I believe in the power of the small, the
cumulative power of individuals leading conscious, ethical
lives. As chaos science teaches us, once we reach a critical
threshold, the institutions of science will reorganize
The very same can be same about any/all repressed, split-off, denied
parts of ourselves, including heart and soul and spirit and recognition
of the Larger-Life Reality (the true origin and home of our human /
spirit beings), which are exactly what potential EHEs put us livingly,
directly in touch with. Owning these experiences, sharing them,
allowing them to open our eyes and hearts and beings to this expanded
realization of who and what we are, and in tandem with this
revolutionary maturation of Science, is also paramount to the healing of
our planet and the wholeness-making and eternally growing edge of our
humanity. Then we together as a species 'can begin to infuse
[our daily lives and relationships and communities and world with
greater] heart and humor. We too can reach out to [each other all
over the world] and build cooperative networks based on love, trust, and
curiosity. ... Everyone we touch with our lives will see the
value in this way of ["doing" LIFE writ more expansively,
lovingly, caringly, meaningfully, joyfully].' And ultimately, we
as a whole will benefit from the knowledge of chaos science, which as
Shepherd reminds us, teaches us that as we reach a determining critical
mass, this more expansive human consciousness will become our new
consensus reality. What can possibly be more thrilling,
life-giving, meaningful and fulfilling than this adventure of becoming
MORE of who we are together?]
Dead Are Alive: Than Can and Do Communicate With You!
Fawcett Gold Medal/Ballantine, New York, 1981. [10th printing,
Annette. The Story
Factor: Secrets of Influence
from the Art of Storytelling. Basic
Books Group, Cambridge,
Simonton, O. Carl, MD, Henson, Reid, with
Brenda Hampton. The Healing Journey:
The Simonton Center Program for Achieving Physical, Mental, and
Spiritual Health. Bantam Books, NYC, 1992.
a Practical Mystic: Creating Purpose for Our Spiritual Future.
Quest Books, Wheaton, IL, and Chennai
[Madras], India, 1995.
Smit, Jorgen [transl. by Simon Blaxand de
Lange]. Personal and Social
Transformation: Freedom, Equality and Fraternity in Everyday Life.
Hawthorn Press, Stroud, UK, (date?).
Smith, William Cantwell. Faith
and Belief. Princeton University
Press, Princeton, NJ, 1979.
Gifts in the Christian life: Tools to Connect. Spirit
Journey Books, San Diego, CA, 2003.
The Art and the Practice. Riverhead
Trade, NYC, 2002. [NOTE: Yes, true, just about every book he
has published is here. If you study one or two of his books, or you
have read at least that, you will understand why. ;-)
There are a few telling quotes from his books in 'A
Garden Glorious', a growing collection of quotations on this site.]
as Mystic, Mystic as Parent. Riverhead Books,
Pilgrim in Aquarius.
Findhorn Press, Findhorn, Scotland, 1997.
Call. Riverhead Books, New York, 1996.
Miracles: The Inner Art of Manifestation.
Bantam, NYC, 1996. [This book is one of the most important resources that has come into my
David, and Thompson, William Irwin. Reimagination
of the World: A Critique of the New Age, Science, and Popular
& Co., Rochester, VT, 1991.
The Rebirth of the Sacred. Gateway Books, London,
David. The Rebirth of
the Sacred. Gateway
Books, London, 1984.
The Birth of a New Age. Lorian Press, Middleton,
WI, 1979. [Originally self-published in 1976.]
D. P. Narrative Truth and Historical
Norton, New York, 1982.
Marjorie. Group Moral Artistry I:
Reflections on Community Building. St. George
Publications, Spring Valley, New York, 1983. [This
exceptionally clarifying and important work, a succinct 36 pages!,
concerns Rudolf Steiner's teachings about our social plight, as embodied
spirit beings who have largely forgotten our purpose for coming
here. According to Spock / Steiner, we were separated from the
"light world" so that in genuine freedom we might of our own
volition grow to recognize and choose our spirit destiny once
more. Every page is packed with meaning about this "hard but
rewarding task of seeing through the outer shell of seeming ... and to
search out the eternal spirit hidden 'under the bushel" of our
Charlene. The Spiritual Dimension of
Green Politics. Bear & Co., Santa Fe, NM, USA,
Adventures: 30 Days to the Most Exciting Experience of Your Life.
Contemporary Books, Chicago, 1988.
Louann. A Most Surprising Song:
Exploring the Mystical Experience. Unity Books,
Unity Village, MO, 1992.
with the Light. Signet/Penguin, New York, 1994.
from Within: A Book of Self-Esteem. Little,
Brown and Company, Boston, 1992.
The Philosophy of Freedom. You
can freely read
this publication online through the great good graces of James
Stewart's Rudolf Steiner Archive, a magnificent online collection of
many of Steiner's writings. By the way, if you want to donate
to a fantastic cause, the Rudolf Steiner Archive is one
important piece of www.eLib.org,
Mr. Stewart's heroic commitment to make available for reading online
many treasures of great, classical literature. It is optionally
free, but Stewart and his equally devoted cohort, Marylin Kraker,
work hard to keep this online. [The
Philosophy of Freedom was Rudolf Steiner's first book, the one he
often referred to as the underpinnings of all his subsequent work.
He wrote it while still in his young 20s, and it is obviously an
important and unique work of genius and inner knowing from one
whose sole desire, as a great Seer and most humble spiritual servant, was to pass on what he was experiencing in
other-dimensional reality to those in this world, in order to help and
encourage others to discover this "higher knowledge" for
themselves. It is also not an easy work to understand and
readers could benefit much from studying this with others.]
to Know Higher Worlds: A Modern Path of Initiation. Anthroposophic
Press, Hudson, NY, [English Transl.] 1994. [Rudolf
Steiner was the first person, circa 1904, who "openly describes a
path of development for all who seek to have real experiences of the
spiritual world without sacrificing their practical duties in everyday
life." From the back cover:
New Translation: ... (formerly Knowledge of the Higher Worlds and Its
Attainment) ...Steiner begins by stating that the "capacities
by which we can gain insights into higher worlds lie dormant within each
one of us." He then leads the student from the cultivation of
reverence and inner tranquility to the development of inner life through
the stages of preparation, illumination, and initiation. By
following the exercises that are given, new organs begin to form that
reveal the contours of worlds previously unknown. ...
In this book Rudolf Steiner is at once teacher, counselor, and
friend. His advice is practical, clear, and powerful. The
challenges we face in life, both individually and as a society require
ever deeper levels of insight. Here is a text on how to cultivate
the capacities for such insights and place them at the service of
Press, Hudson, NY, [English Transl.] 1994. [From
the back cover:
human beings we call the highest things we can look up to the
'Divine,' and we must imagine that our highest aim and calling have
something to do with this divine element. This may well be why
the wisdom that transcends the sense-perceptible world and reveals to
us our essential nature and destiny is called
'divine wisdom.' The term spiritual
be given to the observation of spiritual processes in human life and
in the cosmos. If, as has been done in this book, we extract
from spiritual science the phenomena pertaining especially to the
essential core or the human being, then we can use the term
this particular subject area, since it has been applied in this sense
for centuries .." --R. Steiner
In this seminal work, Rudolf Steiner turns his trained scientific mind
to the precise description of his own supersensible experiences and the
phenomena revealed by them. It is a fundamental book for anyone
seeking a solid grounding in spiritual reality.
The text is organized in four parts. First, Steiner builds up an
understanding of human nature, beginning with physical bodily nature and
moving up through soul nature to the spiritual being, the 'I,' and the
higher spiritual aspects of our being. this leads to the
experience of the human being as a seven-fold interpenetrated being of
body, soul, and spirit.
Next, Steiner gives an overview of the laws of reincarnation and
workings of karma. This prepares us for the third section.
Here Steiner shows how we live, on earth and after death, in the three
worlds of body, soul, and spirit, as well as how these worlds live in
us. Finally, a succinct description is given of the spiritual path
by which each one of us can begin to understand for ourselves the
marvelous complexity of the worlds of body, soul, and spirit in their
Emphasis from back cover.
Research: Methods and Results. Steinerbooks,
Blauvelt, NY, [English transl.] 1981. [Most
of the books by Dr. Steiner, this one included, are thematic
collections from his 6,000+ transcribed lectures and articles. In
this case the collection shares the [from the back cover] ..
similar theme of being introductory remarks and observations on the
science of the spirit, as well as being tailored to general audiences
unfamiliar with the more esoteric aspects of Spiritual Science.
The reader will find many new, illuminating ideas and interesting
explanations concerning those basic, human questions which all mature
individuals eventually ask themselves. The titles of the
lectures attest to these concerns: The Ways of Attaining
Knowledge about the Eternal Powers in the Human Soul; Supersensible in
Man and World; How Can the Psychological Distress of Today be
Steiner's presentation of Spiritual Science as the modern scientific
method of dealing with the spiritual essence of Mankind, and the
spiritual worlds, is a truly unique accomplishment. His
pioneering genius into this area of the human being will be readily
acknowledged by the reader of this book, with the added personal
well-being that results from this experience.
One last important note. I've been studying Steiner's works with a
local group for several years now, and the following comment is one of
the things that has been a striking personal observation as well.
This is a comment by the editor, Paul M. Allen, in the Introduction:
In all his years of writing and lecturing, Steiner made no appeal to
emotionalism or sectarianism in his readers or hearers. His
profound respect for the freedom of every man [[and yes, of every woman;
it was a manner of speaking up until surprisingly now long ago]] shines
through everything he produced. The slightest compulsion or
persuasion he considered an affront to the dignity and ability of the
human being. Therefore he confined himself to objective statements
in his writing and speaking, leaving his reaad3ers and hearers entirely
free to reject or accept his words. He addressed the healthy,
sound judgment and good will in each person, confident of the response
in those who come to meet his ideas with the willingness to
an understated way the theme of this particular collection, the very
idea of spiritual research methods applied to the supersensible and the
subtle and his obvious respect for the philosophy of Western science
based on utilizing objective methods to derive greater understanding
through direct, personal experience and disciplined observation, add
emphasis to this point. ]
Occult Science. [publishing
Steiner, Rudolf [Edited and introduced by
Christopher Bamford]. Staying Connected:
How to Continue Your Relationships with Those Who Have Died
[Selected Talks and Meditations, 1905-1924]. Anthroposophic
Press, Hudson, NY, 1999. [Excellent
group-work material, especially if you are practicing and utilizing
what Steiner teaches, such as reading to (so-called) 'the
dead' -- and also for personal
work. This is one of my best-thumbed books. I cherish it as
one of the most important and unique (in the West) ideological books
around, because although it took me a couple of years of being in a
Steiner-based study group to convince me, I believe Dr. Steiner was a
genuine Seer, which is overwhelmingly reflected in his works and his
gentle humility. He appeared to have the equal ability to
experience both the physical and other-dimensional worlds.
The following comes from the back cover:
“Working with the dead” – maintaining, continuing, and enhancing our relationships with those how have died – was fundamental to Rudolf Steiner, as it is to every spiritual tradition. So, too, is the idea that human beings on both sides of the threshold constitute a single community. This book provides concrete, practical instructions for those who wish to engage consciously in the great work that the living and the so-called dead can do together.
Steiner speaks directly from experience, formulating meditation practices and verses that have worked for him. We learn of reading to the dead and of using verbs [not nouns] to communicate with them. We learn also about the importance of the sacred moments of falling asleep and awaking and of the way in which our memories are like “art” to them. Finally, we learn of the key soul moods to be cultivated: community with the world, gratitude, and confidence in the current of life.
Gradually, we come to realize that the dead, and indeed the whole spiritual world, care deeply about every aspect of earthly life. We understand that the earth is the only place where death can be experienced, as well as the only place where we can love and form connections and relationships. We learn, too, how this love extends beyond the physical world and how the living and the dead can help each other.
This volume also contains many of the meditative verses and prayers that Steiner gave his students to help them connect with their loved ones who had died.
This book has had quite an influence on me and my continued felt connections with those who have passed to the other world. For one thing it was instrumental in helping to heal a relationship-gone-awry with a parent. Since all we really take with
us into the other world, it seems, is the love, this has been perhaps one of the more significant events of my personal life.
This book has had quite an influence on me and my continued felt
connections with those who have passed to the other world.
For one thing it was instrumental in helping to heal a
relationship-gone-awry with a parent.
Since all we really take with us into the other world, it seems,
is the love, this has been perhaps one of the more significant events of
my personal life. ]
Awakening to Community.
Anthroposophic Steiner Press, New York, 1974.
Brotherhood and the Struggle for Existence.
Mercury Press, Spring Valley, NY, 1980.
Social and Anti-Social Forces in the Human
Being. Mercury Press, Spring Valley, NY, 1918/n.d.
Christopher Bamford]. The Influence of
the Dead on Destiny. [Eight Lectures Held in Dornach, December
2-22, 1917]. Steiner Books / Collected Works 179, Great
Barrington, MA, 2007. (This first appeared in 1934, in
installments, in the Anthroposophic News Sheet, under the title,
"Historical Necessity and Free Will.")
Hans, and van den Brink, Margarete. A
Christian Book of the Dead: Accompanying their journey after death.
Hawthorn Press, Stroud, Gloucestershire, UK, 2004.
Storm, Howard. My
Descent Into Death and the Message of Love Which Brought Me Back.
Anthroposophic Press, Great Barrington, MA, 2000.
Rick. DMT: The Spirit Molecule: A Doctor's
Revolutionary Research into the Biology of Near-Death and Mystical
Experiences. Park Street Press, South Paris, ME,
Is a River. Dell Publishing Co., New York, 1942.
To Kiss the Earth Goodbye.
New York, 1977.
Swedenborg, Emanuel [Transl. by George F.
Dole]. Heaven and Hell. Swedenborg
Foundation, Inc., New York, 1976.
Brian. Hidden Heart of the Cosmos:
Humanity and the New Story. ______?
Brian, and Thomas Berry. The Universe Story:
A Celebration of the Unfolding of the Cosmos.
HarperSanFrancisco, San Francisco, 1994.