Passport to the Cosmos (Google eBook)

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White Crow Productions Ltd - Body, Mind & Spirit - 368 pages
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 John Mack explored alien encounter experiences deeply, revealing a world of meaning and power that can revolutionize our understanding of who we are and our place in the cosmos. Dr. Mack suggests that such experiences reveal to us a universe which is filled with intelligence and life, though this may not always take the densely embodied form with which we are most familiar.

 This book brings us to the edge of material reality and beyond, shattering the boundary that has separated matter and spirit and scientific or spiritual ways of knowing. 

Dr. Mack asks us to move beyond the largely useless debate about whether UFOs or abductions are real in a purely material sense.  He shows us the limited way that we have used ourselves in learning about the cosmos, and challenges the limitations of traditional science as a way to learn about the multi-dimensional world in which we reside.

Insights about the relationship between spiritual and physical energy; trauma’s role in transformation; information about the ecological crisis facing the planet and the urgency that we do something about it; the possibility that human beings are participating in the creation of some sort of interdimensional hybrid race; the expansion of human consciousness and our spiritual reawakening; and the apparent evolution of extraordinary relationships that some human beings may be developing beyond the earth plane — these are the matters this book includes.

 

Dr. Mack demonstrates that the investigations of a skilled clinician, exploring human consciousness through in-depth conversations, can reveal to us a multidimensional, apparently intelligent, cosmos whose nature is fundamentally consistent with the discoveries of leading scientists who have been gaining knowledge primarily through exploring the physical world.

 

  

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Initially, the author’s academic and seemingly critical approach to the subject of alien abduction irritated me. It appeared to me that the most important factor for him was the presentation of ... Read full review

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Just miss Mack. What you don,t know can hurt you. Read full review

Contents

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Part Two
Chapter 5
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
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About the author

John Edward Mack, M.D. (Oct 4, 1929 - Sep 27, 2004) was a Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer and a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Dr Mack embraced a worldview inspired by elements of spiritual and philosophical traditions which hold that we are all connected to one another.

 The theme of “connection” to other life was explored most boldly in his study of men and women who reported that recurrent “alien encounter” experiences had affected the way they regarded the world, including a heightened sense of spirituality and environmental concern. Mack's interest in the transformational aspects of these extraordinary experiences, and his suggestion that the experience may be more spiritual than physical in nature – yet nonetheless real – was largely reported in the media as a simple endorsement of the reality of alien encounters.

Earlier in his career, he explored how this sense of “connection” developed between different cultures, interviewing political leaders and citizens of the then-Soviet Union and Israel/Palestine in the study of ethno-national conflict and the nuclear arms race.

He won the Pulitzer Prize in Biography in 1977 for A Prince of Our Disorder, his biography of T. E. Lawrence, a British officer stationed in the Middle East who became known as “Lawrence of Arabia”.

Dr Mack suggested that a materialist worldview was the root cause of long-simmering conflicts between the West and other cultures, and was responsible for the global ecological crisis. A shift in perspective was required, he suggested, to restore people's appreciation of connections to one another and to the natural world.

Mack's final published book, Passport to the Cosmos: Human Transformation and Alien Encounters (1999), was as much a philosophical treatise connecting the themes of spirituality and modern worldviews as it was the culmination of his work with “experiencers” of alien encounters.

Dr Mack's credentials provided him with some measure of protection from critics: He received his medical degree from the Harvard Medical School (Cum Laude, 1955) after undergraduate study at Oberlin (Phi Beta Kappa, 1951); a graduate of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, and Board certified in child and adult psychoanalysis. Nonetheless, in 1994, the Dean of Harvard Medical School appointed a committee of peers to review Mack's clinical care and clinical investigation of the people who had shared their alien encounters with him. After fourteen months of inquiry, amid growing concerns from the academic community (including Harvard Professor of Law Alan Dershowitz) about the validity of an open-ended investigation of a tenured professor who was not subject to any claim of ethics violation or professional misconduct, Harvard issued a statement stating that the Dean had "reaffirmed Dr. Mack's academic freedom to study what he wishes and to state his opinions without impediment," concluding "Dr. Mack remains a member in good standing of the Harvard Faculty of Medicine."

Courtesy of The John Mack Institute. www.johnmackinstitute.org

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