Chaos, Creativity, and Cosmic Consciousness

Chaos, Creativity, and Cosmic Consciousness

Three of the most original thinkers of our time explore issues that call into question our current views of reality, morality, and the nature of life. • A wide-ranging investigation of the ecology of inner and outer space, the role of chaos theory in the dynamics of human creation, and the rediscovery of traditional wisdom. In this book of "trialogues," the late psychedelic visionary and shamanologist Terence McKenna, acclaimed biologist and originator of the morphogenetic fields theory Rupert Sheldrake, and mathematician and chaos theory scientist Ralph Abraham explore the relationships between chaos and creativity and their connection to cosmic consciousness. Their observations call into question our current views of reality, morality, and the nature of life in the universe. The authors challenge the reader to the deepest levels of thought with wide-ranging investigations of the ecology of inner and outer space, the role of chaos in the dynamics of human creation, and the resacralization of the world. Among the provocative questions the authors raise are: Is Armageddon a self-fulfilling prophecy? Are we humans the imaginers or the imagined? Are the eternal laws of nature still evolving? What is the connection between physical light and the light of consciousness? Part ceremony, part old-fashioned intellectual discussion, these trialogues are an invitation to a new understanding of what Jean Houston calls "the dreamscapes of our everyday waking life."

The Evolutionary Mind

Conversations on Science, Imagination & Spirit

The Evolutionary Mind

Stimulating and often startling discussions between three friends, all highly original thinkers: Rupert Sheldrake, controversial biologist, Terence McKenna , psychedelic visionary, and Ralph Abraham , chaos mathematician. Their passion is to break out of paradigms that retard our evolution and to explore new possibilities. Through challenge and synergy they venture where few have gone before, leading their readers on an exciting journey of discovery. Their discussions focus on the evolution of the mind, the role of psychedelics, skepticism, the psychic powers of animals, the structure of time, the life of the heavens, the nature of God, and transformations of consciousness. “Three fine thinkers take us plunging into the universe of chaos, mind, and spirit. Instead of leaving us lost, they bring us back with startling insights and more wonder than we knew we had.” —Matthew Fox, Original Blessing and Sheer Joy "A jam-session of the mind, an intellectual movable feast, an on-going conversation that began over twenty years ago and remains as lively and relevant today as it ever was. Sadly, Terence had to leave the conversation a little earlier than planned. But the appearance of this book of trialogues at this critical, historical juncture is a reaffirmation of the potency of the optimistic vision that the trialogues express." —Dennis McKenna, brother of the late Terence McKenna Rupert Sheldrake is a biologist and author of many books including The Sense of Being Stared At, And Other Aspects of the Extended Mind. Ralph Abraham is a mathematician, one of the pioneers of chaos theory and the author of several books including Chaos, Gaia, Eros: A Chaos Pioneer Uncovers the Three Great Streams of History. The late Terence McKenna was a scholar of shamanism, ethno-botanist, psychedelic researcher and author of many books including Food of the Gods and True Hallucinations.

Demystifying the Akasha

Consciousness and the Quantum Vacuum

Demystifying the Akasha

Book Description Demystifying the Akasha: Consciousness and the Quantum Vacuum Duality, including the spiritual/material and mind/body dichotomies, has been the basis of the Western paradigm for four hundred years, and has been blamed for major world problems. Meanwhile, in the East, nonduality has prevailed. While science is generally seen in opposition to nonduality, this book sets out to prove the compatibility of the scientifi c outlook and the spiritual nonduality of India by constructing a mathematical model of cosmic consciousness. The ideas and their history are presented non technically in Part One, while the full mathematical details are presented in Part Two. Ralph Abraham is Professor of Mathematics at the University of California at Santa Cruz, one of the pioneers of chaos theory. He is the author or coauthor of several math texts, including Foundations of Mechanics, Dynamics the Geometry of Behavior, and Chaos in Discrete Dynamical Systems. He has also written books on the history of math, philosophy, and the arts, such as Chaos, Creativity, and Cosmic Consciousness and The Evolutionary Mind. Sisir Roy is Professor of Theoretical Physics, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata. His field of interest covers foundations of quantum mechanics, cosmology, functional geometry and brain function. He has published more than 100 papers in peer reviewed international journals and nine research and edited monographs by Kluwer Academic, World Scientific etc. publishers. Praise for Demystifying the Akasha: Consciousness and the Quantum Vacuum "A key contribution to bringing the concept of the Akasha into the ambit of contemporary science, and relating it to our understanding of consciousness. A book for all serious students of cosmos and consciousness." Dr. Ervin Laszlo, Author of Science and the Akashic Field

Christianity and Cosmic Consciousness

A Commentary on the Words of Jesus

Christianity and Cosmic Consciousness

Born in the Ukraine, educated in Munich, and having practiced medicine in the United States, author Alexis Georg Hoen has been exposed to widely differing political systems and religious beliefs, and he has always maintained an interest as to the origin of these beliefs and their relation to the innermost nature of man. In Christianity and Cosmic Consciousness, he interprets the words and the sacrifice of Jesus as pointing the way toward a realization of our innermost nature—the will to live and love that exists within all. Sharing his experiences and ideas about Christ’s words and sacrifices, Hoen uses personal anecdotes and biblical examples to illustrate the nature of Christian belief. He provides a host of examples, including key illustrations from the Bible and relevant source material from other writers who address this topic. He shows us that through sacrifice we live in and for others. That is eternal life. Christianity and Cosmic Consciousness represents the core of Christian teaching without resorting to the supernatural and miraculous, yet doesn’t try to disprove it.

The Cosmos and the Creative Imagination

The Cosmos and the Creative Imagination

The essays in this book respond to Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka’s recent call to explore the relationship between the evolution of the universe and the process of self-individuation in the ontopoietic unfolding of life. The essays approach the sensory manifold in a number of ways. They show that theories of modern science become a strategy for the phenomenological study of works of art, and vice versa. Works of phenomenology and of the arts examine how individual spontaneity connects with the design(s) of the logos – of the whole and of the particulars – while the design(s) rest not on some human concept, but on life itself. Life’s pliable matrices allow us to consider the expansiveness of contemporary science, and to help create a contemporary phenomenological sense of cosmos.

Atlantis Rising 103 - January/February 2014

Atlantis Rising 103 - January/February 2014

Inside AR 103: Patrick Marsolek: GENETIC MANIPULATION Understanding the Dangerous New Playing Field for Big Business, Big Science, and Ambitious Little Guys Susan Martinez, Ph.D.: DEEP TIME IN DEEP TROUBLE Have the Timekeepers Fixed the Game? Christopher Dunn: THE ENGINEERS OF PUMA PUNKU Hard Evidence of Advanced Tools for Ancient Builders Ralph Ellis: THE GARDEN OF EDEN IN EGYPT? Startling Evidence for a Game Changing Hypothesis Cynthia Logan: THE BLESSINGS OF CHAOS Inside the Revolutionary Mind of Mathematician Ralph Abraham

Psychedelic Consciousness

Plant Intelligence for Healing Ourselves and Our Fragmented World

Psychedelic Consciousness

An examination of the use of psychedelics for understanding ourselves, connecting with the world around us, and enacting outer change through inner transformation • Explores sacred tools and technologies to help us reestablish a lost ideology of unity, with a specific focus on natural plant/fungi psychedelics • Looks at the history of psychedelics and their role in facilitating natural intelligence’s ability to increase itself through ongoing analysis of its own experience • Provides guidelines for safely using natural plant/fungi psychedelics and integrating them into society to access unified consciousness and restore balance to our world Our ecological, social, and political issues all stem from the ideologies that drive our collective actions. In contrast to our innate humanity, which is rooted in unity, these ideologies have led us to believe that we are separate from each other, separate from nature, and separate from the results of our actions. Such a worldview encourages individuals to maximize self-interest, which then causes fragmentation, conflict, pollution, and the depletion of natural resources. Offering practical steps that we can take to heal ourselves and our fragmented world, author Daniel Grauer explores the use of sacred tools and technologies, such as natural psychedelics, meditation, and yoga, in order to reestablish an ideology of unity, work in symbiotic harmony with the Earth, and restore our world as a sustainable and prosperous whole. Grauer explains how individuals--and by extension societies--benefit from safely accessing transcendent states of consciousness, such as those provided by psychedelics. He explores how psychoactive substances have been used throughout history all over the world for healing, personal growth, spiritual development, and revealing hidden truths, such as in the Eleusinian Mysteries, Soma practices in Vedic India, and rituals in several South American indigenous cultures. Drawing on the plant intelligence work of Paul Stamets and Stephen Buhner, Grauer shows that the growth of individual and collective intelligence is hindered by the prohibition of psychedelics, which naturally foster humanity’s capacity for analysis, innovation, and cooperation. In addition to creating a sense of unity with all things, psychedelics offer the mind a new perspective from which to analyze its experience and heighten its awareness. Drawing on his own experience and research, Grauer provides guidelines for how to safely use natural plant/fungi psychedelics in order to access the unified consciousness of our ancestors and induce the states of awareness we need to restore natural harmony to our world.

Consciousness, Theatre, Literature and the Arts

Consciousness, Theatre, Literature and the Arts

In May 2005, the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies at the University of Wales Aberystwyth hosted the First International Conference on Consciousness, Theatre, Literature, and the Arts, to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the launch of the refereed web journal Consciousness, Literature and the Arts (CLA) (www.aber.ac.uk/tfts/journal), the launch of Daniel Meyer-Dinkgrfes Theatre and Consciousness: Explanatory Scope and Future Potential and the launch of Amy Iones Innovation and Visualization: Trajectories, Strategies, and Myths. 80 delegates from fourteen countries attended the conference. This book collects 40 of the papers presented, characteristic of the wide range of topics and disciplines represented at the conference.

Life, Mind, and Consciousness

Papers Read at a Seminar Held at the Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Kolkata, India on 16,17 and 18 January 2004

Life, Mind, and Consciousness

Contributed research papers.