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Up From Eden

A Transpersonal View of Human Evolution: New Edition
Paperback Book
September, 2008
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Banyen's Description: 

First published in 1981 and here redesigned with new forewords and introductions, Up from Eden, in Wilber’s own words,

was one of the first sustained attempts, based on actual anthropological evidence, to reunite humanity with the rest of the Kosmos, to see the same currents running through our human blood that run through swirling galaxies and colossal solar systems, that crash through the great oceans as well as our own glorious moral aspirations—one and the same current moves throughout the All, and drives the entire Kosmos in its every lasting gesture, and refuses to surrender until you remember who and what you are, and that you were carried to this realization by that single current of an all-pervading Love, and here ”there came fulfillment in a flash of light, and vigor failed the lofty fantasy, but now my will and my desires were moved like a wheel revolving evenly, by the Love that moves the sun and other stars.”

“Ken Wilber draws on evidence breathtaking in its sweep to outline a view of the trajectory of human evolution. In so doing, he joins the ranks of the grand theorists of human consciousness like Ernst Cassirer, Mircea Eliade, and Gregory Bateson.” —Daniel Goleman, New York Times

This book is meant to serve both as a simple introduction to, and explanation of, the overall “big picture” of the historical development and evolution of consciousness....

Here, then, is the story of the soul poised midway between the beasts and the gods; the soul that has come up from the animals on its way to the heavens; the soul caught up in an evolutionary arc that has destined it for immortality; and the soul that, in just recent times, has discovered that fact.

“Further evolution represents a real experiential possibility for all of us. Ken Wilber’s Up from Eden, an extraordinary book with great conceptual clarity and wealth of information, will undoubtedly serve in the future not only as a most valuable guide, but as a powerful catalyst of this development.” —Stanislav Grof, Journal of Transpersonal Psychology

Up from Eden is a work of genius. It weaves together insights from many disciplines, including psychology, philosophy, anthropology, religion, sociology, and mythology. It is profoundly wise and instructive, as well as being fascinating reading.” —Frances Vaughan, author of Shadows of the Sacred


Publisher’s Description: 

This book chronicles humanity's cultural and psychospiritual evolutionary journey over some six million years from its primal past into its dazzling cosmic future.

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