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Mind Shift: Enlightening Our Global Culture w/ Russell Brand & Eve Ensler


In this episode of Mind Shift, Russell Brand and playwright Eve Ensler share their insights on spirituality. Find more on Gaia.com.

We are facing a unique crisis as our renewed vigor for attaining enlightenment clashes with our materialist based economy and fear-based politics. Is there a way we can reconcile our current systems with the new spiritual paradigms? If not, how can we reform them? Daniel Pinchbeck explores the cultural benefits of enlightenment with comedian Russell Brand and playwright Eve Ensler in this interview – Russell Brand offers his insightful perspectives on spirituality, economics and politics without abandoning his unique zeal and sense of humor. It is an entertaining and informative account on the profound benefits of individual enlightenment.

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“Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness are the Keys to Understanding the True Nature of the Universe”

Biocentrism

by Robert Lanza and Bob Berman

Robert Lanza is one of the most respected scientists in the world—a US News & World Report cover story called him a “genius” and a “renegade thinker,” even likening him to Einstein. Lanza has teamed with Bob Berman, the most widely read astronomer in the world, to produce Biocentrism, a revolutionary new view of the universe.

Every now and then a simple yet radical idea shakes the very foundations of knowledge. The startling discovery that the world was not flat challenged and ultimately changed the way people perceived themselves and their relationship with the world. For most humans of the 15th century, the notion of Earth as ball of rock was nonsense. The whole of Western, natural philosophy is undergoing a sea change again, increasingly being forced upon us by the experimental findings of quantum theory, and at the same time, towards doubt and uncertainty in the physical explanations of the universe’s genesis and structure. Biocentrism completes this shift in worldview, turning the planet upside down again with the revolutionary view that life creates the universe instead of the other way around.

In this paradigm, life is not an accidental byproduct of the laws of physics.Biocentrism takes the reader on a seemingly improbable but ultimately inescapable journey through a foreign universe—our own—from the viewpoints of an acclaimed biologist and a leading astronomer. Switching perspective from physics to biology unlocks the cages in which Western science has unwittingly managed to confine itself. Biocentrism will shatter the reader’s ideas of life—time and space, and even death. At the same time it will release us from the dull worldview of life being merely the activity of an admixture of carbon and a few other elements; it suggests the exhilarating possibility that life is fundamentally immortal.

The 21st century is predicted to be the Century of Biology, a shift from the previous century dominated by physics. It seems fitting, then, to begin the century by turning the universe outside-in and unifying the foundations of science with a simple idea discovered by one of the leading life-scientists of our age. Biocentrism awakens in readers a new sense of possibility, and is full of so many shocking new perspectives that the reader will never see reality the same way again.

(Amazon.com)

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Book recommendation: “Sex at Dawn”

SexAtDawn

Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships

Sex at Dawn irrefutably shows that what is obvious—that human beings, both male and female, are lustful—is true, and has always been so…. The more dubious its evidentiary basis and lack of connection with current reality, the more ardently the scientific inevitability of monogamy is maintained—even as it falls away around us.” — Stanton Peele, Ph.D.

A controversial, idea-driven book that challenges everything you (think you) know about sex, monogamy, marriage, and family. In the words of Steve Taylor (The Fall, Waking From Sleep), Sex at Dawn is “a wonderfully provocative and well-written book which completely re-evaluates human sexual behavior and gets to the root of many of our social and psychological ills.”

(Amazon.com)

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“Old Wine In New Bottles” by Thane

Thane of Hawaii

Thane of Hawaii

Got an email from Prosperos docent Brian Wallenstein, who is holding down the fort in Mt. Shasta, California. He mentioned Thane’s 1970ish pamphlet “Old Wine in New Bottles” which I didn’t have in my “library.” So I ordered the last one available on Amazon and read through it. It is a compilation of several letters from Thane to his students posted from various West Coast cities, all dated in the year 1936, twenty years before The Prosperos even began and ten years before I began (in my present form).

In one chapter called “Faith,” Thane exudes about the new Oakland-San Francisco Bay bridge which had just opened in 1936. Thane says: “I have just experienced one of the big thrills I have been looking forward to for years, driving across the new Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge. Here is an achievement too big to put into words that imparts something to one that is good for the soul. I have seen some big things in my life, but nothing has ever meant to me just what this bridge means. For instance, seeing the Grand Canyon leaves one breathless and awe-stricken. It gives some idea of the immensity of God’s plan and its depth and grandeur, but still it is God’s handiwork through nature. In driving across the new bridge one has the same feeling concerning man, that he really has dominion over whatever he sets his mind upon.”

In another chapter called “Relaxation,” Thane says: “When we talk to God we should talk in terms of a lover.” And he gives us this prayer as an example: “In God have I put my trust; I will not be afraid what men do unto me; For the Lord God is a sun and shield, the Lord will give grace and glory; no good thing will be withheld from them that walk upright. For He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all they ways.”

And finally in his chapter called “He Is Risen,” Thane says this: “The linking of the Christ Immortality to the body is the most Jesus Christ-like move one can make, The scriptures abound with His statements regarding this reality. Any attitude other than immortality of substance in its prime sense is wholly unreconcilable to the truth of the Master’s teachings.”

Good luck finding this book, however.

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