The Survival Imperative: Upshifting to Conscious Evolution

The Survival Imperative: Upshifting to Conscious Evolution

by Ervin Laszlo
The Survival Imperative: Upshifting to Conscious Evolution

The Survival Imperative: Upshifting to Conscious Evolution

by Ervin Laszlo


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This is destined to be one of the most important and potent books of our time. -Jean Houston, PhD

A Guide to Returning Peace and Harmony to the Planet

With humanity facing its greatest series of simultaneous crises, Ervin Laszlo offers a scientifically based perspective on what is called for at this critical juncture of our existence: a phase of upshift to higher levels of order and coherence to keep us on our evolutionary path. This book lays out why this upshift is needed, what resources we possess to draw upon, and what the action steps are that will move us all toward this achievable vision of wellbeing and wholeness. With an inclusive list of conscious organizations already contributing to this vision, Laszlo's book is essential reading for completing the process of global transformation already underway. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781958921180
Publisher: Light on Light Press
Publication date: 04/24/2023
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 188
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Ervin Laszlo spent his childhood in Budapest, Hungary. He was a celebrated child prodigy on the piano, with public appearances from the age of nine. Receiving a Grand Prize at the international music competition in Geneva, he was allowed to leave Hungary and begin an international concert career, first in Europe and then in America.Laszlo received the Sorbonne's highest degree, the Doctorat ès Lettres et Sciences Humaines in 1970. Shifting to the life of a scientist and humanist, he lectured at various U.S. Universities including Yale and Princeton. Following his work on modeling the future evolution of world order at Princeton, he was asked to produce a Report to the Club of Rome, of which he is a member. In the late 70s and early 80s, Laszlo ran global projects at the United Nations Institute for Training and Research at the request of the Secretary-General. In the 1990s, his research led him to the discovery of the Akashic Field. The author, co-author or editor of 106 different books that have appeared in a total of 25 languages, Ervin Laszlo also has written several hundred papers and articles in scientific journals and popular magazines and is the subject of a PBS Documentary on his life and work. He is a member of numerous scientific bodies, including the International Academy of Science, the World Academy of Arts and Science, the International Academy of Philosophy of Science, and the International Medici Academy. He was elected member of the Hungarian Academy of Science in 2010.Laszlo is the recipient of various honors and awards, including Honorary PhDs from the United States, Canada, Finland, and Hungary. Laszlo received the Goi Award, the Japan Peace Prize in 2001, and the Assisi Mandir of Peace Prize in 2006, and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 and 2005.

Table of Contents

Our Cosmic Mission



Upshift! The Why, the Where to, and the How


Chapter 1

The Historic Opportunity

Where We Are Today: The Downshift/Upshift Ledger

Where We Are Going

Three Assessments

Information Note (1): The Crisis Point in the Perspective of the Contemporary Systems Sciences


Chapter 2

Why We Need to Upshift

Critical Conditions in the Planetary Ecology

Unsustainable Conditions in Our Social and Economic Systems

The Bottom Line

Chapter 3

To Where Are We to Upshift

The Nature of the Consciousness to Which We Are to Upshift

The Clarion Calls


Chapter 4

How We Can Upshift to Conscious Evolution

Go with the Force!

The Conscious Evolution Scenario

Information Note (2): The Origins and Unfolding of Evolution in the Universe and on Earth



A Personal Guide to Informed Action


Chapter 5

Take the First Step

1.    Be Clear About What You Want to Achieve

2.    Forget In-Sane Beliefs

3.    Value Diversity

4.    Curate Hopeful Monsters

Information Note (3): A Pocket Atlas of Cultural Diversity and the New Ten Commandments


Chapter 6

Be the Change You Want to See in the World

1.    Evolve Your Consciousness

2.    Upgrade Your Spirituality

3.    Update Your Science

Information Note (4): The Emerging Scientific World Picture

The Nature of the Physical World

The Nature of the Living World

The Nature of Consciousness

Current Findings of Research on Consciousness, Cosmos, and Evolution - with contributions by Kurt Johnson, Robert Atkinson, and Jude Currivan

Consciousness Research

New Cosmology Research

New Research on Evolution




Chapter 7

An Achievable Vision: Dateline 2050

The Vision of the Social Order

The Individual and the New Order

The Global Charter of the Year 2050




The Upshift Has Started!

Catalog of Upshifting Organizations


Notes and References


About the Author

Message from the Publisher

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