The Living Universe: Where Are We? Who Are We? Where Are We Going? [NOOK Book]


By the bestselling author of Voluntary Simplicity (over 150,000 sold)

? Brings together cutting-edge science and ancient spiritual wisdom to demonstrate that the universe is a living, sentient system and that we are an integral part of it

? Explores the power of this new...
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By the bestselling author of Voluntary Simplicity (over 150,000 sold)

• Brings together cutting-edge science and ancient spiritual wisdom to demonstrate that the universe is a living, sentient system and that we are an integral part of it

• Explores the power of this new paradigm to move humanity toward a sustainable and promising future

Science has traditionally regarded the universe as mostly made up mostly of inert matter and empty space. At one time this point of view was liberating, part of the Enlightenment-born rationalism that helped humanity free itself from superstition and fear and achieve extraordinary intellectual and technological breakthroughs.

But this paradigm has outlived its usefulness. It has led to rampant materialism and environmental degradation—if the universe is essentially dead and we are alive, then the inanimate stuff of the universe should be ours to exploit. But we now know that not only is the view of a dead universe destructive, it is also inaccurate and misleading.

In The Living Universe, Duane Elgin brings together evidence from cosmology, biology, physics, and even his participation in NASA-sponsored psychic experiments to show that the universe is permeated by a living field and that we are always in communion with that field of aliveness whether we are conscious of it or not. This is a world-view that, as Elgin explains, is shared by virtually every spiritual tradition, and the implications of it are vast and deep. In a living system, each part is integral to the whole, so each of us is intimately connected to the entire universe. Elgin eloquently demonstrates how our identity manifests itself on a whole series of levels, from subatomic to galactic. We are, he writes, “far more than biological beings—we are beings of cosmic connection and participation.”

To confront our ongoing planetary crisis of dwindling resources and escalating conflict, we need to move past an ideology of separation, competition, and exploitation. Duane Elgin asks us to see humanity sharing in the same field of aliveness, to discover how to live sustainably and harmoniously within the living universe.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781605099040
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Series: BK Life (Paperback)
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 230
  • Sales rank: 715,586
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Duane Elgin is an author, speaker, evolutionary activist, and internet entrepreneur. Author of "Voluntary Simplicity, Promise Ahead" and "Awakening Earth, " he is a former senior social scientist at SRI International, where he coauthored numerous studies on the long-range future for the Environmental Protection Agency, the president's science advisor, and the National Science Foundation. Prior to SRI, Elgin worked as a senior staff member for the National Commission on Population Growth and the American Future. He holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business and an MA in economic history from the University of Pennsylvania. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Deepak Chopra, the founder of The Chopra Center, is the preeminent teacher of Eastern philosophy to the Western World. He has been a bestselling author for decades, his books have appeared on every bestseller list in America, and his writings have sold millions of copies. His "New York Times" bestsellers include, "Buddha" and "The Third Jesus".

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Table of Contents

Foreword Deepak Chopra ix

Preface and Acknowledgments xi

Introduction: The Great Awakening 1

A Personal Perspective

Living in a Dead Universe

Cosmophilia: Love of the Universe

Does Aliveness

Make a Difference?

Part 1 Where Are We?

Chapter 1 The First Miracle 19

We Are Giants

The Nearly Invisible Universe

Just Getting Underway

Our Intuitive Connection with the Cosmos

Imagine Building a Universe

Chapter 2 The Science of a Living Universe 33

A Unified Universe

An Ocean of Background Energy

A Continuously Regenerated Universe

Sentience at Every Level

Freedom at the Foundations

Able to Reproduce Itself

An Integrative View from Science

Part 2 Who Are We?

Chapter 3 Spirituality as Intimacy with a Living Universe 59

Judeo-Christian Views

Islamic Views

Hindu Views

Buddhist Views

Taoist and Confucian Views

Indigenous Views

Western Views

Harvesting the Wisdom of Human Experience

Chapter 4 The Mother Universe 83

The Meta-Universe in Science

The Mother Universe in Wisdom Traditions

An Integrative View

Growing in the Mother Universe

Chapter 5 The Soul's Body and Our Cosmic Identity 93

The Size of Our Soul

Qualities of the Soul's Body

A Body of Light

A Body of Music

A Body of Love

A Body of Knowing

Recognizing Ourselves Before We Die

Part 3 Where Are We Going?

Chapter 6 Where Is the Universe Going? 117

Life Within Life Within Life

Growing Self-Organizing Systems

Humanity's Central Project

A Garden for Growing Life

Chapter 7 Humanity Is Halfway Home 131

Humanity's Heroic Journey

Humanity's Journey of Separation

Our Supreme Test and Time of Initiation

Humanity's Journey of Return

TheSecond Axial Age

Awakening into the Living Universe

Stage I: Reflective Consciousness

Stage II: Oceanic Consciousness

Stage III: Flow Consciousness

Part 4 Actions for the Journey Ahead

Chapter 8 Six Vital Tasks for the Journey Home 159

Co-Creating Our Story of Awakening

Cultivating Reflection and Reconciliation

Living Simply and Sustainably

Creating New Kinds of Community

Becoming Media-Conscious Citizens of the Earth

Bringing Our True Gifts into the World

The Promise of the Journey Ahead

Chapter 9 Living in a Living Universe 189



Notes 201

Index 219

About the Author 227

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