God and the Evolving Universe
The Next Step in Personal Evolution
by James Redfield and Michael Murphy
In writing the world-wide best seller THE CELESTINE PROPHECY in 1993 (which spent over 3 years in the New York Times bestseller list!) James Redfield has done more than any single author to create the spiritual boom that resounds today throughout our culture. In founding the Esalen Institute (the leading human growth potential centre in the world), Michael Murphy set the stage for today's revolution in self-improvement. And now, in a revolutionary pairing, these two visionaries bring readers to the next level of personal development with GOD AND THE EVOLVING UNIVERSE: The Next Step in Personal Evolution.
GOD AND THE EVOLVING UNIVERSE is divided into three parts that will raise readers' awareness of their place in the personal/planetary evolution:
Part One: AWAKENING sets the stage with a quick overview of the 'super-normal' experiences occurring in the world that necessitate a reassessment of how we understand our human lives. Part One then offers a brief look at the foundation of visionary thinking in the West, including the influence of Eastern religious texts; Greek philosophy; medieval mysticsm; and the modern visionaries of the 20th century.
Part Two: The Emerging Human Being provides a transition by explaining how the visionaries and thinkers we met in Part One lay the foundation for a new understanding of how evolution continues to play out in human development. Part Two then surveys the range of human potentialities that give new shape to life today. In the past thirty years especially, we have begun to take these experiences seriously.
Part Three: Participating explains that if enough of us as individuals are operating at this level of 'Super-normacy' then the culture will be dramatically transformed. In turn, the culture will then transform individuals rather than the other way around. Part Three will explain 1) how culture will change individuals; 2) how personal evolution will move us closerto contact with afterlife dimensions; and 3) how the goal of evolution is the spiritualization of culture.
In addition, the book features an array of exercises after each chapter in which readers can participate in everything they are reading about. It also features a 'transpersonal library' that helps seekers to read more deeply into all they have experienced.
Reviewed by Hiromi Mitsuya.