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The Dream of the Cosmos

A Quest for the Soul
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Archive Publishing
 | 
May, 2013
ISBN:
9781906289249
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$49.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

The Dream of the Cosmos is the story of a multi-layered quest to understand the causes of human suffering and to reconnect with a deeper reality than the one we inhabit in this physical dimension of experience. It seeks to answer the questions:  “Who are we?” and “Why are we here, on this planet?” It is offered to those who are looking for something beyond the superficial values of our culture, who may be disillusioned with religious and secular belief systems as currently presented and who question political values which are deeply mired in the pursuit of power. It is written with two voices: one the voice of a personal quest (Anne Baring is a Jungian analyst) and the other which explores the historical and psychological causes that have brought into being our present view of reality.

Thanks to that spark of consciousness, we can begin to comprehend the stupendous creativity of the life process in which all our lives are embedded…

 

It seems we are immersed in a sea or field or web of energy that is co-extensive with the immensity of the visible universe and the most minute particles of matter. The world we experience is like a minute excitation on the surface of that infinite cosmic sea. The astounding discoveries of quantum physics tell us that we are literally bathed in a sea of light, invisible to us, yet permeating every cell of our being, every atom of matter…

 

If the Cosmos is alive, intelligent and the ground of our own consciousness, what might be its Dream? Surely it is for us to become protectors rather than exploiters of life on this planet and to awaken to the intelligence of the mysterious energy that animates and sustains every element of the phenomenal world. And what might be our greatest longing, our greatest wish? Surely it is to know that our lives have meaning and value in relation to a dimension of reality that is slowly revealing itself to us as we make new discoveries.

“Anne Baring has devoted her life to humanity’s recovery of the anima mundi – the soul of the world, and indeed its own soul. The Dream of the Cosmos is the climax of that quest, the fruit of a lifetime of thought and feeling, learning and vision. It is the story of a dramatic personal journey, but also an attempt to confront the greatest issues facing our time. Every page breathes her moral passion, her love of beauty, her spiritual aspiration, her deep care for the Earth. Above all, Anne Baring calls for a fundamental transformation in the way human beings live on this Earth and with each other. It would not be too much to say that this book is a cri de coeur from a place deep in the collective psyche that carries not only our past but our future. The Dream of the Cosmos pulses with the fierce tenderness and grave urgency of love for an infinitely precious new being struggling to be born.” —Richard Tarnas, author of Cosmos and Psyche

Anne Baring is one of the great pioneers on the Divine Feminine of our time. The Dream of the Cosmos is the consummation of her life’s work, twenty years in the making. It is a masterpiece that will last a long time and deserves to be read by all seekers and anyone interested in the birth of a new civilization out of the chaos of our time.” —Andrew Harvey, author of The Hope and Radical Passion

Publisher’s Description: 

The Dream of the Cosmos is the story of a multi-layered quest to understand the causes of human suffering and to reconnect with a deeper reality than the one we inhabit in this physical dimension of experience. It seeks to answer the questions:  “Who are we?” and “Why are we here, on this planet?” It is offered to those who are looking for something beyond the superficial values of our culture, who may be disillusioned with religious and secular belief systems as currently presented and who question political values which are deeply mired in the pursuit of power. It is written with two voices: one the voice of a personal quest and the other which explores the historical and psychological causes that have brought into being our present view of reality.

"The need to heal the split between spirit and matter — the need for the return of the feminine — is one of the most important stories of our present time. As we wake up to our ecological crisis, we sense the imbalance that lies at the root of our culture, the result of our loss of contact with the sacredness of the earth that is the cornerstone of all indigenous cultures. But few have dared to penetrate to the very foundation of this cultural split and to see how it has evolved over the centuries, to comprehend the real depths of the imbalance that now threatens our whole planet. Anne Baring’s extraordinary personal journey has taken her to that deeper vision and understanding. Her book is a testimony to the Feminine; it is the story of what we have lost and what we need to regain." —Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, author of The Return of the Feminine and the World Soul
  
"If you buy one book this year, let it be this one, an extraordinary comprehensive, exalted masterpiece by one of the planet's greatest visionaries of the Sacred Feminine.  I have myself read it slowly twice and am starting again to savor it, paragraph by paragraph.  I cannot recommend it highly enough.  It is an education in itself and will bring you joy and sober strong hope in the middle of all that we are now enduring." —Andrew Harvey, Author, Scholar and Mystic
 
"I am deeply into reading one of the most important and evocative books I have ever read -The Dream of the Cosmos: A Quest for the Soul by Anne Baring. It is a work of genius and transformation." —Jean Houston, Author and Visionary
 

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