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The Living Universe

Where Are We? Who Are We? Where Are We Going?
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Berrett-Koehler
 | 
April, 2009
ISBN:
9781576759691
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Here’s a brilliant synthesis of big-picture evolution—just what the planetary doctor ordered! The Universe is alive!

Science has regarded the universe as made up mostly of inert matter and empty space. At one time this point of view was liberating, part of the Enlightenment-born rationalism that helped humanity free itself from superstition and fear and achieve extraordinary intellectual and technological breakthroughs.  But this paradigm has outlived its usefulness. It has led to rampant materialism and environmental degradation—if the universe is essentially dead and we are alive, then the inanimate stuff of the universe should be ours to exploit. But we now know that the view of a dead universe is not only destructive, it is also inaccurate and misleading.

If we are to continue to evolve and realize our potentials as a species, we must become conscious of our partnership with nature and one another… We see ourselves as participants in a cosmic garden of life that the universe has been patiently nurturing over billions of years. A living-universe perspective invites us to shift from indifference, fear, and cynicism to curiosity, love, and awe.

In The Living Universe, Duane Elgin marshals evidence from cosmology, biology, physics, even his participation in NASA-sponsored psychic experiments to show that the universe is actually a living field of existence and that we are always in communion with that field of aliveness whether we are conscious of it or not.

The universe is deeply alive as an evolving and learning system and we humans are on a journey of discovery within it. We are learning to live within a living universe. If we lose sight of where we are (living in a living universe) we profoundly diminish our understanding of who we are (beings of both biological and cosmic dimension) and where we are going (growing into an ever more intimate relationship with the living universe).

This is a worldview that, as Elgin explains, is shared by virtually every spiritual tradition, and the implications of it are vast and deep. In a living system each part is integral to the whole, so each of us is intimately connected to the entire universe. Elgin eloquently demonstrates how that identity manifests itself on a whole series of levels, from subatomic to galactic. We are, he writes, far more than biological beings; we are beings of cosmic connection and dimension. And “life-changing consequences flow from this new perspective.”

Earlier books by Duane Elgin include Voluntary Simplicity and Awakening Earth.

 

Publisher’s Description: 

In The Living Universe, Duane Elgin marshals evidence from cosmology, biology, physics, even his participation in NASA-sponsored psychic experiments to show that the universe is actually a living field of existence -- and that we are always in communion with that field of aliveness whether we are conscious of it or not. This is a worldview that, as Elgin explains, is shared by virtually every spiritual tradition, and the implications of it are vast and deep. In a living system each part is integral to the whole, so each of us is intimately connected to the entire universe. Elgin eloquently demonstrates how that identity manifests itself on a whole series of levels, from subatomic to galactic. We are, he writes, "far more than biological beings -- we are beings of cosmic connection and dimension." To confront our ongoing planetary crisis of dwindling resources and escalating conflict we need to move past an ideology of separation, competition and exploitation. Duane Elgin asks us to see humanity from the vantage point of a living universe so we can freshly envision ourselves and the pathway ahead.

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