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A Seminal Work of Visionary Hope, Updated for the 21st Century
In this era of government gridlock, economic and ecological devastation, and seemingly intractable global violence, our future is ever more ripe for — and in need of — fresh, creative reimagining. With her clear-eyed, inspiring, and sweeping vision of a possible global renaissance in the new millennium, Barbara Marx Hubbard shows us that our current crises are not the precursors of an apocalypse but the natural birth pains of an awakened, universal humanity. This is our finest hour. Conscious Evolution highlights the tremendous potential of newfound scientific knowledge, technological advances, and compassionate spirituality and illustrates the opportunities that each of us has to fully participate in this exciting stage of human history. As we do, we will bring forth all that is within us and not only save ourselves, but evolve our world.
Buckminster Fuller has called Barbara Marx Hubbard "the best informed human now alive regarding futurism and the foresights it has produced." Widely regarded as his philosophical heir, Fuller is a social innovator, speaker, author, educator, and noted futurist. She is president of the Foundation for Conscious Evolution and one of the co-founding board members of the World Future Society. The author of several books on social and planetary evolution, she has produced, hosted, and contributed to countless documentaries seen by millions of people around the world. These include the 14-part television series Potentials, where she interviewed some of our greatest futurists, including Buckminster Fuller, Norman Cousins, and Gene Roddenberry, and a DVD series of documentaries entitled Humanity Ascending: A New Way through Together. In conjunction with the Shift Network, she co-produced a worldwide "Birth 2012" multimedia event, a turning point in highlighting the social, spiritual, scientific, and technological potential in humanity. As a citizen diplomat in the former Soviet Union during the 1980s, Hubbard co-chaired a number of Soviet-American Citizen Summits, introducing a new form of conferencing called SYNCON to foster synergistic convergence. In 1984 Hubbard's name was placed in nomination for the vice presidency of the United States on the Democratic ticket.
Hubbard graduated cum laude from Bryn Mawr College with a B.A. in Political Science. She also studied at L’Ecole des Sciences Politiques and the Sorbonne in Paris. She lives in Santa Barbara, CA.
Terry Patten is a coach, consultant, teacher, and the author, with Ken Wilber, of Integral Life Practice: A 21st-Century Blueprint for Physical Health, Emotional Balance, Mental Clarity, and Spiritual Awakening. He's also a member of Deepak Chopra's Evolutionary Leaders group, and worked with Ken Wilber as part of a core team at Integral Institute to develop Integral Life Practice, which distills ancient and modern practices into an intelligent contemporary transformational lifestyle. Earlier, for 15 years, he undertook a life of intensive spiritual discipline in the monastic setting of Vision Mound Seminary. Upon leaving he founded the catalog company Tools For Exploration, which defined the field of consciousness technologies. He lives in Fairfax, CA.
Neale Donald Walsch is the bestselling author of Conversations with God. He lives in Ashland, OR.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments Foreword to the Revised Edition by Terry Patten Foreword by Neale Donald Walsch Introduction
PART I. THE NEW STORY OF CREATION Chapter One. The Awakening of Humanity Chapter Two. Discovering the Importance of the New Story Chapter Three. The Evolutionary Spiral Chapter Four. Our Crisis Is a Birth
PART II. CONSCIOUS EVOLUTION: A NEW WORLDVIEW Chapter Five. Conscious Evolution Chapter Six. Exploring the Meaning of Conscious Evolution Chapter Seven. The Fabric of Civilization Chapter Eight. Embracing Conscious Evolution
PART III. THE SOCIAL POTENTIAL MOVEMENT Chapter Nine. From the Human Potential to the Social Potential Movement Chapter Ten. Testing the Waters Chapter Eleven. A Spirit-Motivated Processlan of Action for the 21st Century Chapter Twelve. A Pattern of Transformation Revealed Chapter Thirteen. The NewNews Chapter Fourteen. Education for Conscious Evolution
PART IV. THE GREAT AWAKENING Chapter Fifteen. The Great Awakening: A Planetary Birth Experience in Our Lifetimes Chapter Sixteen. The Cocreative Society Revealed
Afterword: A Call to Action Appendix: The Evolutionary Communion and Evolutionary Chakra Meditations Endnotes About the Foundation for Conscious Evolution About the Author