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At once a symposium on some of the basic fundamentals of the history of philosophy, world religion, cosmology, evolution, psychology, and spirituality, as well as a how-to guide on synthesizing knowledge and ancient wisdom into everyday life, God and the Evolving Universe in many ways brings to mind Dickens's A Christmas Carol. How? In that authors, James Redfield and Michael Murphy, act as guides on a mystical journey through the past and present in order to point the way to a possible, brighter future.
From the Big Bang and the dinosaur to thumbed creatures like ourselves, "we've come a long way, baby." The ever-imaginative evolutionary process is beyond amazing, and according to the belief of the authors, it has a telos, or an inherent desire to create increasingly complex and myriad structures -- as evidenced in your backyard, our solar system, and in human consciousness.
In the course of human development our history can be traced from prehistoric cave drawings, shamanism, and the founding of world religions to the love of the rational and artistic exemplified by the Renaissance, the Age of Enlightenment, and the discoveries of Darwin and Einstein. These awakenings, Redfield and Murphy believe, have laid the foundation for us to further express our potential and untapped resources. You have only to look around you to see that these resources, which have been realized by many athletes, dancers, scientists, poets, mystics, and activists.
Contemplate for a moment the contributions and excellence of Plato, Lao Tzu, Michael Jordan, Jane Goodall, Nelson Mandela, John Muir, Mother Theresa, Louis Pasteur, Henry Thoreau, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Martha Graham, William Shakespeare, Winston Churchill, Bob Marley, Catherine the Great, Vincent van Gogh, Joseph Campbell, Thich Nhat Hahn, and Mahatma Gandhi. The magic, or telos, is there, and when an intention is formed to plug into it consciously, individuals can and do transform our culture, its institutions, and ultimately, our world.
To help you along on your own evolutionary journey, the authors have laid out a detailed series of meditation exercises and movement practices, as well as a comprehensive reading list, that will help you tap into the power line of universal energy and wisdom. Get off the bench and onto the playing field. The time for participation is now. Learn from the past, live in the present, and get ready for an amazing future. (Jennifer Forman)