Toward 2012: Perspectives on the Next Age by Daniel Pinchbeck

By Daniel Pinchbeck

An educated, difficult, and fascinating choice of essays at the new offerings in life and neighborhood as we commence the countdown towards the yr 2012. This clean and thought-provoking anthology attracts jointly a few of today’s such a lot celebrated visionaries, thinkers, and pioneers within the box of evolving cognizance— exploring themes from shamanism to city homesteading, the legacy of Carlos Castaneda to Mayan predictions for the yr 2012, and new paths in direct political motion and human sexuality. towards 2012 highlights essentially the most hard, clever items released at the acclaimed web site fact Sandwich. it's coedited via Daniel Pinchbeck, the preeminent voice on 2012, and on-line pioneer Ken Jordan, and contours unique works from Stanislav Grof, John significant Jenkins, and Paul D. Miller (DJ Spooky); interviews with Abbie Hoffman and artist Alex gray; and a brand new creation by means of Pinchbeck. listed below are rules that hint the arc of our evolution in cognizance, life, and groups as we draw towards a second in time that portends methods of dwelling which are varied from whatever we have now anticipated or skilled.

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It is extremely authentic and convincing, because it is based on deep personal experience. It is therefore capable to compete successfully with the dogmas of organized religions, as well as the monistic-materialistic worldview of Western science. People who are experientially connected with the transpersonal dimensions have a tendency to appreciate existence and feel reverence for all creation. One of the most remarkable consequences of various forms of transpersonal experience is the spontaneous emergence and development of genuine humanitarian and ecological interests, and the need to take part in activities aimed at peaceful coexistence and well-being of humanity.

I saw shadow-wraiths moving through my limbs in the shadows cast through the mesa by the light of the moon. I was losing all sense of my body and my mind. I could not control my thoughts or my physical actions. Then I saw the death-angel fly into my stomach. I began to seizure on the floor. My body was shaking so hard that I was propelling myself off the wooden floorboards like a live wire. In my head, like a hailstorm, I saw memories of hell, sermons on hell, sinners in the hands of an angry god, images of fire, explosions, and black holes.

During approximately half of this period, my interest focused on clinical research of psychedelic substances, first at the Psychiatric Research Institute in Prague-Bohnice and later at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center in Baltimore where I headed for several years the last surviving official psychedelic research in the United States. During the second half of this period, my wife, Christina, and I developed jointly the method of holotropic breathwork, which induces deep nonordinary states of consciousness with the use of very simple means, such as accelerated breathing, evocative music, and a certain kind of bodywork.

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