Chaos, Creativity, and Cosmic Consciousness

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Inner Traditions / Bear & Co, Nov 1, 2001 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 208 pages
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Three of the most original thinkers of our time explore issues that call into question our current views of reality, morality, and the nature of life.


• A wide-ranging investigation of the ecology of inner and outer space, the role of chaos theory in the dynamics of human creation, and the rediscovery of traditional wisdom.


In this book of "trialogues," the late psychedelic visionary and shamanologist Terence McKenna, acclaimed biologist and originator of the morphogenetic fields theory Rupert Sheldrake, and mathematician and chaos theory scientist Ralph Abraham explore the relationships between chaos and creativity and their connection to cosmic consciousness. Their observations call into question our current views of reality, morality, and the nature of life in the universe. The authors challenge the reader to the deepest levels of thought with wide-ranging investigations of the ecology of inner and outer space, the role of chaos in the dynamics of human creation, and the resacralization of the world. Among the provocative questions the authors raise are: Is Armageddon a self-fulfilling prophecy? Are we humans the imaginers or the imagined? Are the eternal laws of nature still evolving? What is the connection between physical light and the light of consciousness?

Part ceremony, part old-fashioned intellectual discussion, these trialogues are an invitation to a new understanding of what Jean Houston calls "the dreamscapes of our everyday waking life."

 

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Contents

Creativity and the Imagination
1
Creativity and Chaos
21
Chaos and the Imagination
41
The World Soul and the Mushroom
59
Light and Vision
75
Entities
93
The Unconscious
111
The Resacralization of the World
125
The Apocalypse
155
Glossary
170
Bibliography
178
About the Authors
181
Resources
184
Books of Related Interest
185
Back Cover
187
Copyright

Education in the New World Order
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Rupert Sheldrake, Ph.D., the author of several books including Seven Experiments That Could Change the World, A New Science of Life, and The Rebirth of Nature, lives in England. Terence McKenna (1946-2000) was the author of Food of the Gods and The Archaic Revival. Ralph Abraham, a Ph.D. in mathematics and a professor at the University of California, is the author of Dynamics: The Geometry of Behavior; he lives in California.

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