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A handbook for conscious change that could transform the current world crisis into planetary renewal
• Outlines the problems that make today’s world prone to breakdown and suggests actions we must adopt in politics, business, and everyday life
• Replaces the limited consciousness of our failing society with the holistic consciousness that is rooted in the Akashic field
The deepening economic crisis and the threat posed by climate change and other social and ecological trends has caused many to despair. But with great danger comes great opportunitythe opportunity for fundamental change that will transform our societies from top to bottom. In WorldShift 2012, Ervin Laszlo brings together insights for creating sustainable positive change from spiritual leaders, scientists, and visionary businesspeoplepeople such as Albert Einstein, Mohammad Yunus, Václav Havel, Eckhart Tolle, Ken Wilber, David Korten, Paul Hawken, and Tomoyo Nonaka, former CEO of Sanyo Electronics. He shows how we can replace the limited consciousness of our failing society with the holistic consciousness that is reflected in the unified field of quantum physics: the Akashic field.
We have an opportunity to move from the current political and business model of grow or die to a sustainable world respectful of human beings, nature, and the planet. Change on this level calls for a profound shift in consciousness and a clear understanding thatas cutting-edge physics showswe are truly connected with each other and with the cosmos. This book presents clear evidence of this connectedness and describes the tools we need to make our world greener and our planet safer as we strive to realize the holistic consciousness of connection through the Akashic field.
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About the Author
Ervin Laszlo, twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, is editor of the international periodical World Futures: The Journal of General Evolution and the founder and president of the international think tanks the Club of Budapest, the World Wisdom Council, and the General Evolution Research Group. He is the author of 85 books, translated into 22 languages, and he lives in Tuscany.
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The Timely Change
Without a global revolution in the sphere of human consciousness, nothing will change for the better . . . and the catastrophe towards which this world is headedthe ecological, social, demographic, or general breakdown of civilizationwill be unavoidable.
Václav Havel, address to the U.S. Congress, 1991
We face a choice of destiny. We must be clear that we face it, and also that we can do something about it. We have a number of alternatives available to us.
- We can try to carry on as before and hope for the best.
- We can try to make whatever changes seem personally, economically, and politically expedient.
- Or we can move decisively toward a conscious and timely transformation.
The rational and responsible choice is to prepare the ground for a timely transformationbefore it’s too late. This calls for conscious, purposive change, by each government, each business, and each person. It begins with the reassessment of the objectives that now orient our life and will soon decide our future: the objectives of politics and businessand the personal objectives to which we ourselves subscribe in life.
THE NEXT EVOLUTION OF CONSCIOUSNESS
Consciousness has changed in the past, and it can change again in the future. A positive change is urgent and crucial. But what would a more evolved consciousness be like? Many mystics, philosophers, spiritual leaders, and social scientists have devoted serious thought to this question.
The Indian sage Sri Aurobindo viewed the emergence of what he termed “superconsciousness” in at first a few and then ever more individuals as the mark of the next higher stage of human consciousness. (Superconsciousness is the kind of consciousness that already occurs in samadhi, satori, and similar states of meditation and enlightenment.) The Swiss philosopher Jean Gebser defined the next stage as the coming of four-dimensional integral consciousness, arising from the prior stages of archaic, magical, and mythical consciousness. The American mystic Richard Bucke portrayed this stage as cosmic consciousness, beyond the simple consciousness of animals and the self-consciousness of contemporary humans.
For the mystic Eckhart Tolle consciousness is part of the universe: the essential part. It’s the intelligence, the organizing principle behind the cosmic arising of form, which is the basic evolutionary process. Through evolution, Tolle says, consciousness has been preparing forms for millions of years, so it could express itself through them. Today consciousness is ready to create form without losing itself in itit can remain aware of itself, even while creating and experiencing form. Thus the next stage in the evolution of human consciousness is the state of awakeningthe consciousness of mastering the art of “awakened doing.”
Social scientists Chris Cowan and Don Beck elaborate a colorful scheme called spiral dynamics. According to this concept human consciousness evolved from the strategic “orange” stage, which is materialistic, consumerist, and success-, image-, status-, and growth-oriented to the consensual “green” stage of egalitarianism and orientation toward feelings, authenticity, sharing, caring, and community, and is now shifting to the ecological “yellow” stage where it’s focused on natural systems, self-organization, multiple realities, and knowledge. In the future it could reach the holistic “turquoise” stage of collective individualism, cosmic spirituality, and Earth changes.
Spiritual traditions also speak of the coming of a new consciousness. The prediction of the Mayan elders is remarkably aligned with the above insights. The Mayans say that the coming era will be an era when the ether, the long-neglected fifth element of the universe, will become dominant. “Whereas the four traditional elements [air, water, fire, and earth]... have dominated various epochs in the past,” spokesperson and Mayan high-priest Carlos Barrios says, “there will be a fifth element to reckon with in the time of the Fifth Sun: ether.” Ether is a medium, he pointed out, it permeates all space and transmits waves of energy in a wide range of frequencies. An important task at this time is “to learn to sense or see the energy of everyone and everything: people, plants, animals. This becomes increasingly important as we draw close to the World of the Fifth Sun, for it is associated with the element etherthe realm where energy lives and weaves.”
Coincidentally, but perhaps not accidentally, physicists are discovering that the ether was not rightly discarded one hundred years ago, when experiments failed to detect the friction it was predicted to cause in the rotation of Earth. The place of the ether is not replaced by empty space, the so-called vacuum. What physicists now call the quantum vacuum is not empty space: according to grand-unified theories it’s the unified field, the womb of all the fields and forces of nature. It contains a staggering concentration of energy, and carries and transmits information.
In Sanskrit and Hindu philosophy the ether was considered the most fundamental of the five elements; the one out of which the others arose. The ether was known as Akasha, the element that connects all thingsthis is what we now call the “Akashic Field”and that conserves the memory of all thingsknown as the “Akashic Records.” Today, as an energy- and information-field re-discovered in the universe, the ether regains much of the status it enjoyed five thousand years ago.
A consciousness that recognizes our connections to each other and to the cosmos is an “Akashic” consciousnessa consciousness of connectedness and memory. It conveys a sense of belonging, ultimately, of oneness. It’s a wellspring of empathy with nature and solidarity among people, the kind of consciousness foreseen by mystics and philosophers from Sri Aurobindo to Ken Wilber, predicted by the Mayans, and now supported by discoveries at the leading edge of the sciences.
The evolution of a new consciousness is not utopian: it’s already under way. There is considerable evidence gathered by psychologists, psychiatrists, Experimental parapsychologists, sociologists, and even brain researchers regarding the emergence of a form of mind and consciousness variously called “integral consciousness, “extended mind,” “nonlocal consciousness,” “holotropic mind,” “infinite mind,” and “boundless mind.”
Table of Contents
Foreword by Deepak Chopra
Foreword by Mikhail Gorbachev
The Destiny Choice
1. What Would Happen If . . .
The Path to Breakdown
The Path toward Breakthrough
2. Why We Need Timely Change: The Unsustainability of Today’s World
Unsustainability in the Ecology
Unsustainability in the Economy
Unsustainability in Society
3. The 2012 Horizon: The Time in “Timely Change”
Cross-Impacts among the Trends
The 2012 Prophecies
Waking UpIn Time
4. The Timely Change Objectives
The Objectives of a New Politics
Grassroots Support for the Objectives
The Social Objective in Business
The Objectives of Personal Responsibility
5. Action! Creating Conscious Change
Breakthrough 2032: A Thought Experiment
6. Reports from a Peaceful and Sustainable World
The Way We Think
The Way We Act
The Way We Grow
Insights for Today
7. Coming Home: A Credo
Afterword by José Argüelles
Worldshift 2012A New Beginning
WorldShift Recommended Reading
The Club of Budapest Mission: The Manifesto on Planetary Consciousness
State of Global Emergency: The WorldShift 2012 Declaration
The Club of Budapest Initiatives
The Mission of the Alliance for a New Humanity
About the Author
What People are Saying About This
“This book will help us to evaluate the current situation of our planet and to find the path we must take.”
“Something is going to happen in 2012, but what that will be is up to us. That is why WorldShift 2012 is so significant as a handbook for this great changeit is the kind of positive cocreative script the world needs in order to conclude and regenerate the cycle on a successful evolutionary note.”
“WorldShift is about an outer world built on inner realization. The higher consciousness that has been evolving through human beings for centuries is seeding a garden of hope and promise. Ervin Laszlo maps this new world and its promiseno one I know is more acutely attuned to it.”
"Think-tank founder and prolific author, Laszlo simply uses the notion of the 2012 breakdown/breakthrough as a vehicle for the tranformation of the world. . . . will appeal . . . to earth-conscious readers . . ."
"[Laszlo] gives us a practical and achievable way to make our world greener and our planet safer by shifting our consciousness towards this view."
". . . a challenge for readers to update their ethics and evolve their consciousness in order to achieve 'syntony'being tuned in to the surrounding world."
"Forewords by Deepak Chopra and Mikhail Gorbachev, as well as quotes from other visionaires such as Ekhart Tolle, Paul Hawken, and Albert Einstein, augment WorldShift 2012's message that we can no longer continue with 'business as usual.'"