Aquarius Now: Radical Common Sense And Reclaiming Our Personal Sovereignty

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Weiser Books, Oct 10, 2005 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 256 pages
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What Thomas Paine did for the American Revolution with the publication of Common Sense, Marilyn Ferguson does for the transpersonal revolution.
Marilyn Ferguson is one of the preeminent thinkers, gatherers, and interpreters of research on the cutting-edge fields of human consciousness. The Aquarian Conspiracy, published in 1980, has sold millions of copies, is continuously in print, and was hailed as the "handbook of the New Age," by USA Today.
In her newer book, Aquarius Now, movement pioneer Ferguson reexamines the paradigm shift to a more mindful society. She sees us caught in a mindless materialism that threatens our material existence. We are seduced by what she calls the ‘Cult of Numbers’, obsessed with competition, with winning and losing, afraid of anything that can't be seen or measured, and in the grip of an economic model that says only that which generates economic growth is worth pursuing. 
What can we do? Ferguson boldly tells the truth--we have no enemy except ourselves and the mess we've made individually and collectively by refusing  to see what we're doing to our own bodies, to society, and the Earth itself. We've refused to consider the clues in front of our faces. The imbalance we see outside ourselves only mirrors the imbalance within. The way to heal the imbalance is to heal ourselves. The way to heal ourselves is to pay attention, to witness.
We need to take responsibility for our own actions. We need to heed the words of the myriad teachers and skills at our disposal. We need to learn to rely on our own "radical common sense."  The task is not to climb a mountain, but to navigate a river. We have to stop thinking of ourselves as conquerors and start thinking of ourselves as fellow travelers' with other human beings and every living being on this planet, including the planet itself. 
Ferguson dares to ask the question, "Can we change?" and concludes that we can and we must change. The Age of Aquarius will occur when we want it to occur. 

 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
ix
Introduction
1
We Have It in Our Power A New Method of Thinking
7
A Time to Move The New Visionaries Are Revolutionaries with Radical Common Sense
19
Waking Up in the Dark Vision in a Time of Paradox
31
The Selves We Travel With The Repertory Company
43
Challenge and the Art of SelfEncouragement The Athlete
59
Choosing to Be Intelligent The HunterGatherer and the Scout
77
The Drive to Discover The ArtistScientist
119
Finding the Right Engagement The Sacred Warrior
131
Creative Response to Fear The Holy Fool
145
Liberty and the Law of Levity The Free Spirit
159
Remembering the Future The Navigator
173
Creating the Future Reclaiming Our Sovereignty
191
Appendix
201
Resources
203

Tuning In to the Field The Dowser
93
Rekindling the Flames of Intuition The Firemaker
107

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Marilyn Ferguson published Brain/Mind Bulletin from 1975-1995. Her work not only culled the best of the new consciousness movement and put the word out, but also offered commentary and insight that helped launch a whole new way of looking at ourselves and the world we live in. She published the bestselling The Aquarian Conspiracy in 1980 (the 25th anniversary edition was published by Tarcher/Penguin in 2005). Voted the most important new age book of the 1980s, this book has remained in print continuously for a quarter of a century.

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