by Marilyn Ferguson - J.P. Tarcher / Houghton Mifflin Co. © 1980
P. 12 [forward - Max Lerner] " … we are in the midst of a knowledge revolution that shows signs of breakthrough: that researchers in the human sciences are moving independently in converging lines toward common targets; that they are discarding traditional models of the cosmos and ourselves … for the first time an American renaissance is taking place in all the disciplines, breaking the boundaries between them, transforming them at their farthest reaches—where they all converge."
P. 20 [Introduction] " … Help came in many forms: research assistance, leads, privately circulated papers … "
"If someone is marked out by fate for good fortune, it comes without fail … He need fear nothing, because his luck is ordained from on high."
—I Ching #41 Line 5
" … those who helped wanted nothing in the way of recognition; they only wanted others to feel what they have felt, to glimpse our collective potential … "
P. 24 [chapter 1 - The Conspiracy] "Whatever their station or sophistication, the conspirators are linked, made kindred by their inner discoveriess and earthquakes. Page 53.1 You can break through old limits, past inertia and fear, to levels of fulfulllment that once seemed impossible … to richness of choice, freedom, human closeness. You can be more productive, confident, comfortable with insecurity. Problems can be experienced as challenges, a chance for renewal, Page 99 rather than stress. Habitual defensiveness and worry can fall away. It can all be otherwise.
"In the beginning, certainly, most did not set out to change society. In that sense, it is an unlikely kind of conspiracy. But they found that their lives had become revolutions. Once a personal change began in earnest, they found themselves rethinking everything, examining old assumptions, looking anew at their work and relationships, health, political power and "experts," goals and values." Page 20 Page 52.2
P. 26 [chapter 1 - The Conspiracy] " … Throughout history virtually all efforts to remake society began by altering it's outward form and organization. It was assumed that a rational social structure could produce harmony by a system of rewards, punishments, manipulations of power. But the periodic attempts to achieve a just society by political experiments seem to have been thwarted by human contrariness … and now what? … " Page 206
Page 29 [chapter 1 - The Conspiracy] " … The potential for rescue at this time of crisis is neither luck, coincidence, nor wishful thinking. Armed with a more sophisticated understanding of how change occurs, we know that the very forces that have brought us to planetary brinksmanship carry in them the seeds of renewal. The current disequilibrium—personal and social—foreshadows a new kind of society. Roles, relationships, institutions, and old ideas are being reexamined, reformulated, redesigned."
"For the first time in history, humankind has come upon the control panel of change—an understanding of how transformation occurs. We are living in the change of change, the time in which we can intentionally align ourselves with nature for rapid remaking of ourselves and our collapsing institutions."
P. 30.1 [chapter 1 - The Conspiracy] " … The opening up of a new paradigm is humbling and exhilarating; we were not so much wrong as partial, as if we had been seeing with a single eye. It is not more knowledge, but a new knowing." Get Wisdom
P. 30.2 "She quotes from Edward Carpenter ' … the ordinary consciousness, with which we are concerned in ordinary life, is before all things founded on the little local self … it follows that to pass out of that is to die to the ordinary self and the ordinary world.' Page 362 I Ching #14 Line 3
"It is to die in the ordinary sense, but in another, it is to wake up and find that the "I," one's real, most intimate self, pervades the universe and all other beings."
"There are two lives, the natural and the spiritual, and we must lose the one before we can participate in the other."
—William James—Varieties of Religious Experience
" … put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness."
" … seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all."
" … though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is
renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory."
—2. Corinthians 4:16-17
P. 31 [chapter 1 - The Conspiracy] " … Scattered brotherhoods, religious orders, and small groups explored what seemed to be extraordinary reaches of conscious experience … they had no way to disseminate their discoveries widely … quite suddenly, in this decade … the riches of many cultures are available to whole populations … "
"Today's world is much more connected, especially information-wise: On a large scale we are able to get direct first hand information from crisis areas and -for example through computer networks- can directly participate in the discussion. That makes the future from a traditional control point of view messy and on a global scale more complex and less predictable. For that reason we think that the conditions for the emergence of a Global Brain will become a practical reality for global modeling and simulation in the very near future."
—Mayer-Kress, Gottfried Messy Futures and Global Brains
P. 34 [chapter 1 - The Conspiracy] " … If these discoveries of transformation are to become our common heritage for the first time in history, they must be widely communicated."
P. 45.1 [chapter 2 - Premonitions of Transformation and Conspiracy] " … Throughout history there were (people who) believed that people might someday transcend narrow "normal" consciousness and reverse the brutality and alienation of the human condition." Page 98
45.2 [chapter 2 - Premonitions of Transformation and Conspiracy] " … a minority of individuals would some day be yeast enough to leaven a whole society … they would attract order around them, transforming the whole" Page 118 Page 208
"Ye are the salt of the earth … Ye are the light of the world … Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."
—Matthew 5: 13-14,16
"And again he said, Whereunto shall I liken the kingdom of God? It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened."
" … a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth."
—1. Corinthians 5:6-8
" … the central idea was always the same: Only through a new mind can humanity remake itself, and the potential for such a new mind is natural."
P. 48 [chapter 2 - Premonitions of Transformation and Conspiracy] "In Cosmic Consciousness, written in 1901, Richard Bucke, a Canadian physician, described the experience of an electrifying awareness of oneness with all life. Persons who experienced such states of consciousness were becoming more numerous, he said, walking the earth and breathing the air with us, but at the same time walking another earth and breathing another air of which we know little. 'This new race is in the act of being born from us, and in the near future it will occupy and possess the earth.'
"In 1902 William James, the great American psychologist, redefined religion not as dogma but as experience—the discovery of a new context, an unseen order with which the individual might achieve harmony. Our ordinary consciousness filters out awareness of this mysterious, enlarged dimension, yet until we have come to terms with its existence we must beware lest we make a 'premature foreclosure on reality.'
"Of all the creatures o earth, James said, only human beings can change their pattern. 'Man alone is the architect of his destiny. The greatest revolution in our generation is that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.' "
"The transformation that is coming invites us to re-examine our own lives. It confronts us with a personal and individual choice: are we satisfied with how we have lived; how would we live differently? It offers us a recovery of self. It faces us with the fact that this choice cannot be evaded, for as the freedom is already there, so must the responsibility be there.
"At the heart of everything is what we shall call a change of consciousness. This means a "new head"
—a new way of living
—a new man. … "
—Greening of America
P. 52.1 [chapter 2 - Premonitions of Transformation and Conspiracy] " … Martin Buber said he sensed a rising hunger for relatedness … Men would no longer rise in rebellion merely against one oppressor or another but against the distortion of a great yearning, 'the effort towards community.' "
"OUR generation is fortunate to be witness to a number of positive signs in the various political, economic and social realities that affirm the tension of the world towards peace. Events like the trip of John Paul II to Syria, the Kyoto Conference and the return to Assisi of leaders of the world's religions, among others, manifest man's desire to experience the joy of living in a world of peace."
—Religion for our time INQ7.net
P. 52 [chapter 2 - Premonitions of Transformation and Conspiracy] " … Even as he was describing the alienation and conformity of The Lonely Crowd, sociologist David Riesman speculated that the trance might be broken …. Reisman's book and others fostered new awareness of the prison of conformity. They questioned hidden assumptions and called attention to contradictions—the first step in breaking an old paradigm."
"These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so."
"Prove all things; hold fast that which is good."
— 1. Thessalonians 5:21
P. 53 [chapter 2 - Premonitions of Transformation and Conspiracy] "In the mid-1950s psychoanalyst Robert Lindner touched off controversy by his prophetic warning that there was an impending 'mutiny of the young' " He said:
"Into them we have bred our fears and insecurities, upon them we have foisted our mistakes and misconceptions. In our stead they are expressing the unrelieved rage, the tension, and the terrible frustration of the world they were born into … They are imprisoned by the blunders and delusions of their predecessors, and like all prisoners, they are mutineers in their hearts."
" … C.S. Lewis … described what seemed to him a kind of secret society of new men and women, 'dotted here and there all over the earth.' One could learn to recognize them, he said, and clearly they recognized each other."
P. 61 [chapter 2 - Premonitions of Transformation and Conspiracy] " … Distinguished thinkers from many disciplines were describing an imminent transformation. The director of policy research at Stanford Research Institute, Willis Harman, said that if materialism had been the philosophical base for the Old Left, spirituality seemed likely to play that role for the New Left, a matrix of linked beliefs—that are invisibly joined to one another."
P. 80 [chapter 3 - Transformation: Brains Changing, Minds Changing] " … Recognition—literally, "knowing again"—occurs when the analytical brain, with its power to name and classify, admits the wisdom of its other half into full awareness."
"And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof."
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men."
"First there is Brahman, Lord of all, with whom is the Word, and the Word, verily, is Brahman."
"In Greek philosophy, logos ("word") was the divine ordering principle, fitting the new or strange into the scheme of things. Whenever we name things we structure consciousness … ."
P. 87 - footnote 1 [Chapter2] " … (sometimes there are) apparent contradictions between the behavior of individuals and their claims of personal change. Many people discuss their purported new awareness as if it were the latest film or diet; yet even this phase may precede real change. Some people feel as if they are changing in ways not evident to others. Still others go through apparent negative change, periods of withdrawal or emotionality, before achieving a new equilibrium. We can only guess about the changes in another person; transformation is not a spectator sport. And we may even misread what has happened in ourselves … ."
"But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man's judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self.For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord.Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God."
—1. Corinthians 4:3-5
"Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:"
"Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye."
P. 90.1 [chapter 3 - Transformation: Brains Changing, Minds Changing] " … The entry-point experience hints that there is a brighter, richer, more meaningful dimension to life. Some are haunted by that glimpse and drawn to see more. Others, less serious, stay near the entry point, playing with the occult, drugs, consciousness altering games. Some are afraid to go on at all … " Page 95
"He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But (not) the fearful, and unbelieving, …"
90.2 (Authors footnote) " … The excesses of some of those involved in the psychotechnologies—the extravagant claims of hucksters and true believers, the tyranny of some purported teachers and gurus—antagonize public opinion. A wide and deep social phenomenon is misunderstood by the magnifying of the sensational, the trivial, the least representative … "
"The blackest billingsgate, the most ungentlemanly insolence, the most yahooist brutality, is patently endured, countenanced, propagated, and applauded. But touch a solemn truth in collision with the dogma of a sect, though capable of the clearest proof, and you will soon find you have disturbed a nest, and the hornets will swarm about your eyes and hand, and fly into your face and eyes."
P. 93 [chapter 3 - Transformation: Brains Changing, Minds Changing] " … there may be oscillation between exhilaration and loneliness because Fear centers on the disruptive effect the transformative process may be having on the old itinerary: career direction, relationships, goals, and values … there is a new self in an old culture."
P. 95 [chapter 3 - Transformation: Brains Changing, Minds Changing] " ' … I tried some of the things I was reading about, like out-of-body experiences, and decided there was a reality there—one I wasn't ready for. Besides, I knew from my reading that meditation was supposed to be practiced in a more productive manner.'
"Notice, he is more serious. He is no longer intriqued by paranormal abilities and tricks, wondering what he can learn to do, but now asks what he can be"
P. 97 [chapter 3 - Transformation: Brains Changing, Minds Changing] " ' … It's weird to watch my own risk-taking, not knowing where it will end up. The old negative feeling of potential failure is always around the corner … ' "
P. 98 [chapter 3 - Transformation: Brains Changing, Minds Changing] " … Blake said 'If the doors of perception were cleansed, we would see the world as it is, infinite.' Each man he said, is haunted until his humanity awakes … The Koran warns, 'Men are asleep. Must they die before they awake?'
" … In his famous "Ode on the Intimations of Immortality" William Wordsworth described the gradual shutdown of our senses: The glory and the dream fade, the prison-house closes in after childhood, and custom lies on us "heavy as frost" The prison is our fragmenting, controlling, fretting attention—planning, remembering, but not being … ."
"We teach people how to remember, we never teach them how to grow."
"To be nobody-but-yourself—in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else—means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting."
—e e cummings
" … as the apostle Paul put it, we see through a glass darkly, not face to face. Again and again, the metaphor for new life is awakening. We have been dead in the womb, not born … "
"When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known."
—1. Corinthians 13:11-13
" … a new understanding of self is discovered, one that has little resemblance to ego … Page 101 a linkage with others as if they are one-self Page 100 … and the merger with a Self yet more universal and primary … ." Page 30
"To see the universal and all-pervading Spirit of Truth face to face one must be able to love the meanest of creation as oneself."
" … (God) hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring."
P. 99 [chapter 4 - Crossover: People Changing] " … Self-knowledge is science; each of us is a laboratory, our only laboratory, our nearest view of nature itself. 'If things go wrong in the world,' Jung said, 'something is wrong with me. Therefore , if I am sensible, I shall put put myself right first.' "
"… the superior man turns his attention to himself And molds his character. Difficulties and obstructions throw a man back upon himself. While the inferior man seeks to put the blame on other persons, bewailing his fate, the superior man seeks the error within himself, and through this introspection the external obstacle becomes for him an occasion for inner enrichment and education"
—I Ching #39—Image
P. 100 [chapter 4 - Crossover: People Changing] " … The self is a field within larger fields. When the self joins the Self, there is power. Brotherhood overtakes the individual like an army … not the obligatory ties of family, nation, church, but a living, throbbing connection, the unifying I-Thou of Martin Buber, a spiritual fusion. This discovery transforms strangers into kindred, and we know a new, friendly universe … ."
"Buber is best known for his philosophy of dialogue, a religious existentialism centered on the distinction between direct, mutual relations (called by him the "I-Thou" relationship, or dialogue), in which each person confirms the other as of unique value, and indirect, utilitarian relations (designated the "I-It" relationship, or monologue), in which each person knows and uses others but does not really see or value them for themselves. In the former, a true dialogue exists because the I interrelates totally with the Thou, creating a union, a bonding, between the two. The I-Thou relationship involves risks, because total involvement cannot calculate injuries that may be inflicted on the I by the Thou. Human relationships can only approximate the perfect I-Thou dialogue. When people are in a genuine dialogue with God (the only perfect Thou), the true I-Thou relationship is present. Buber's philosophy of dialogue has had a wide influence on thinkers of many faiths, including such important Protestant theologians as Swiss Karl Barth and Emil Brunner, German-born American Paul Tillich, and American Reinhold Niebuhr. "
—Island of Freedom—Buber
" … I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake."
"At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you."
"I and my Father are one."
P. 101 [chapter 4 - Crossover: People Changing] " … 'I became aware that I was losing contact with myself. At each step of the descent a new person was disclosed within me of whose name I was no longer sure and who no longer obeyed me … .' "
P. 101 [chapter 4 - Crossover: People Changing] "There emerges a new and different social consciousness, expressed by one man in terms of hunger and starvation:"
"I can no longer protect myself from the reality of starvation by pretending that people who starve are nameless, faceless strangers. I know now who they are. They're just like me, only they're starving. I can no longer pretend that the collection of political agreements we call "countries" separates me from the child who cries out in hunger half-way around the world. We are one, and one of us is hungry."
"Does anyone think it's easy
To be a creature in this world?
To ask for reasons
When all reasons serve only
To make the darkness darker,
And to break the heart?—Not only of man,But of all breathing things?
Perhaps, friends, it is time
To take a stand
Against all this senseless hurt."
P. 103 [chapter 4 - Crossover: People Changing] " … In our own biology is the key to the prison, the fear of fear, the illusion of isolation.Whole brain knowing shows us the tyranny of culture and habit. It restores our autonomy, integrates our pain and anxiety. We are free to create, change, communicate. We are free to ask 'Why?' and 'Why not?' … ."
Pgs. 107-109 [chapter 4 - Crossover: People Changing] "The more significant the question, the less likely there will be an unequivocal answer.
"Acknowledging our uncertainty encourages us to experiment, and we are transformed by our experiments. We are free not to know the answer, we are free to change our position, we are free not to have a position. And we learn to reframe our problems … Once we discover the power of challenging the assumptions in our old questions, we can foster our own paradigm shifts.
"Here, as in many other instances, the discoveries are linked. An appreciation of process makes uncertainty bearable. A sense of freedom requires uncertainty, because we must be free to change, modify, assimilate new information as we go along. Uncertainty is the necessary companion of all explorers.
"Paradoxically, if we give up the need for certainty in terms of control and fixed answers, we are compensated by a different kind of certainty—a direction, not a fact. We begin to trust intuition, whole-brain knowing, what scientist-philosopher Michael Polanyi called 'tacit knowing.' As we become attuned to the inner signals, they seem stronger.
" … Intuition … becomes a trusted partner in everyday life, available to guide even minor decisions, generating an ever more pervasive sense of flow and rightness … ."
"And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers: And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left."
" … closely tied to intuition is vocation—literally, a 'calling'. Page 204 As Antoine de Saint-Exupéry said of freedom, 'There is no liberty except the liberty of someone making his way towards something.' "
"Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us … ."
"Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before … ."
" … Vocation is the process of making one's way toward something. It is a direction more than a goal … a housewife who later became a filmmaker, said, 'I felt as if I'd been called to serve on somebody's plan for mankind … ' … cooperation with events rather than controlling them or suffering them, much as an aikido master augments his strength by aligning himself with existing forces, even those in opposition … ."
P. 108 [chapter 4 - Crossover: People Changing] "W.H. Murray said that commitment seems to enlist Providence. 'All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamt would have come his way.' "
"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."
"No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible hand which conducts the affairs of men more than the people of the United States. Every step by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency."
"Vocation is a curious blend of the voluntary and the involuntary—choice and surrender. People remark that they feel strongly drawn in a particular direction or to certain tasks, and simultaneously convinced that they were somehow "supposed" to take just those steps. A poet and artist, M.C. Richards, said 'Life lies always at some frontier, making sorties into the unknown. Its path leads always further into truth. We cannot call it trackless waste, because as the path appears it seems to have lain there awaiting the steps … ' .
"Former astronaut Edgar Mitchell (said) ' … I feel almost as if I'm operating under orders … Just when I think all is lost, I put my foot down over an abyss—and something comes up to hit it, just in time.' "
P. 109 [chapter 4 - Crossover: People Changing] "Jonas Salk, discoverer of the first polio vaccine … said 'I have frequently felt that I have not so much chosen but that I have been chosen. And sometimes I wished to hell I could have disengaged!' He added that even so, those things he felt compelled to do despite his rationalizations proved to immensely rewarding.
"Speaking of his own experience, Jung said, 'Vocation acts like a law of God from which there is no escape.' The creative person is overpowered, captive of and driven by a demon. Unless one assents to the power of the inner voice, the personality cannot evolve. Although we often mistreat those who listen to that voice, he said, still 'they become our legendary heroes.'
"By increasing our awareness of the inner signals, the psychotechnologies promote a sense of vocation, an inner direction awaiting discovery and release. Frederich Flach noted that when an individual has resolved his problems, when he is ready to meet the world with imagination and energy, things fall into place—a collaboration between person and events that seems to enlist the cooperation of fate:
"Carl Jung called this phenomenon "synchronicity." He defined it as 'the simultaneous occurrence of two meaningfully but not causally connected events.' … . At the very moment when we are struggling to sustain a sense of personal autonomy we are also caught up in vital forces that are much larger than ourselves so that while we may be the protagonists of our own lives, we are the extras or spear carriers in some larger drama …. This phenomenon sounds mystical only because we do not understand it. … .' "
" …. It is a process. It is a sacred journey. … In a certain sense we each make this journey alone. No one else can make it for us. But in another sense we make this journey together, in communion with others. The whole planet with all its life forms and billions of people—indeed the whole cosmos—is on a collective journey. This is true in a physical sense as we hurtle through space. This is also true in a spiritual sense. There is a sacred source at our collective center from which all our separate journeys originate and in which we all find life and direction. …."
—Toward a Global Spirituality
"I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much."
—Mother Teresa (1910 - 1997)
"Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me."
"I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee."
"The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand."
—Psalms 37:5, 23-24
"A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps."
P. 112 [chapter 4 - Crossover: People Changing] " … A belated discovery, one that causes considerable anguish, is that no one can persuade another to change … To the individual whose gate of change is well defended, the transformative process, even in others, is threatening. The new beliefs and perceptions of others challenge the "right" reality of the unchanging person; something in himself may have to die. This prospect is frightening, for our identities are constituted more truly by our beliefs than by our bodies. The ego, that collection of qualms and convictions, dreads its own demise. Indeed, each transformation is a kind of suicide, the killing of aspects of the ego to save a more fundamental self."
"There are two lives, the natural and the spiritual, and we must lose the one before we can participate in the other."
—William James—Varieties of Religious Experience
" … Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal."
P. 113 [chapter 4 - Crossover: People Changing] " … Erich Fromm's blueprint for social transformation emphasized the need for mutual support, especially in small groups of friends: "Human solidarity is the necessary condition for the unfolding of any one individual." 'No transformation, no Supermind, without such friends,' said the narrator of Michael Murphy's novel, Jacob Atabet … 'We are midwifes to each other.' "
" … What is required is that we unite with others, in order that all may complement and aid one another through holding together. … "
—I Ching #8—Judgement
"And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching."
P. 115 [chapter 4 - Crossover: People Changing] " … Fear has been our prison: fear of self, fear of loss, fear of fear."
"In Escape From Freedom, Fromm describes how freedom can be frightening and how, therefore, many people run from freedom. They seek safety in answers provided by others. For example, it would be more satisfying to create our own art for our homes, and life would be richer for everyone if we were surrounded by creative expression … ."
P. 118 [chapter 4 - Crossover: People Changing] " … The survey of Aquarian Conspirators asked for a choice of the four most important instruments for social change from a checklist of fifteen. More often than any other answer, "Personal Example" was checked. More than a decade ago Erich Fromm was warning that no great radical idea can survive unless it is embodied in individuals whose lives are the message."
"Ye are the salt of the earth … Ye are the light of the world … Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."
—Matthew 5:13, 16
P. 131 [chapter 5 - The American Matrix for Transformation] " … If we are to dream a larger American dream, we must go beyond our own experience, much as the authors of the Constitution immersed themselves in the political and philosophical ideas of many cultures and as the Transcendentalists synthesized insights from world literature and philosophy to frame their vision of inner freedom."
P. 136 [chapter 5 - The American Matrix for Transformation] (Quote from Look Magazine - 1962) "In California, the old social compartments are being broken down, and we are creating a new aristocracy—an aristocracy of those who care. Membership is restricted only by the capacity for concern."
P. 142 [chapter 5 - The American Matrix for Transformation] " … American society has at hand most of the factors that could bring about collective transformation: relative freedom, relative tolerance, affluence enough to be disillusioned with affluence, achievements enough to know that something different is needed … ."
"Greed is a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction."
—Erich Fromm (Escape from Freedom)
"Our life experience teaches us that we have unlimited desires—and only limited resources to satisfy them. This is the primary reason there is no way to completely satisfy all our desires and therefore avoid suffering. That is the subject of Kabbalah. Kabbalah answers the basic questions of life and guides us toward achieving unlimited satisfaction on a daily basis. The essential questions of man's being add another dimension to human suffering. They do not allow us to feel satisfied even when this or that goal has been fulfilled. When one attains the goal he strives for, he immediately feels he's missing yet another pleasure. This prevents him from enjoying his achievements, and his suffering is renewed. In retrospect, he sees that he has spent most of his time making an effort to achieve his goals, and has gained very little pleasure from the successes themselves. Everyone, each in his own way, tries to answer these questions from the sources of information at his disposal. Each one of us formulates our own perception of the world based on our experience. Reality and everyday life constantly put this perception to the test, making us react, improve, or otherwise change it. With some of us, this process occurs on a conscious level; with others it happens unconsciously."
P. 146.1 [chapter 6 - Liberating Knowledge: News from the Frontiers of Science] " … If we imagine that we are isolated beings, so many inner tubes afloat on an ocean of indifference, we will lead different lives than if we know a universe of unbroken wholeness. Believing in a world of fixity, we will fight change; knowing a world of fluidity, we will cooperate with change … ."
"God will hear and humble them, even He Who abides of old—Selah [pause, and calmly think of that!] because in them there has been no change [of heart], and they do not fear, revere, and worship God."
—Psalms 55:19(Amplified Bible) [1. ©]
[Page 581 - Commentaries:] "Water on the top of a mountain cannot flow down in accordance with its nature, because rocks hinder it. It must stand still. This causes it to increase, and the inner accumulation finally becomes so great that it overflows the barriers. The way of overcoming obstacles lies in turning inward and raising one's own being to a higher level." I ain't much, baby—but I'm all I've got.
—I Ching #39—Image
146.2 [chapter 6 - Liberating Knowledge: News from the Frontiers of Science] " … Part of the communication problem … results from the extreme specialization of the researchers and their own lack of an overview. Very few people are synthesizing the information being gathered in far-flung places. It is as if military scouts were continually returning from reconnaissance missions with observations and there were no generals to put it all together … ."
P. 149 [chapter 6 - Liberating Knowledge: News from the Frontiers of Science] " … even most scientists do not relate scientific knowledge to everyday life. Peer pressure discourages them from searching for wider meaning or significance "outside their field." They keep what they know compartmentalized and irrelevant, like a religion practiced only on holy days. Only a few have the intellectual rigor and personal courage to try to integrate their science into their lives. Capra remarked that most physicists go home from the laboratory and live their lives as if Newton, not Einstein, were right—as if the world were fragmented and mechanical. 'They don't seem to realize the philosophical, cultural, and spiritual implications of their theories.' "
"But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed."
P. 151 [chapter 6 - Liberating Knowledge: News from the Frontiers of Science] " … A Major task of the Aquarian Conspiracy is to foster paradigm shifts by pointing out the flaws in the old paradigm and showing how the new context explains more—makes more sense … the most powerful transformative ideas from modern science connect like parts of a puzzle. They support each other; together they form the scaffolding for a wider worldview … ."
P. 154, 155 [chapter 6 - Liberating Knowledge: News from the Frontiers of Science] " … Researchers demonstrated that our attention is exquisitely selective, biased by belief and emotion; … ."
"And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord. Then touched he their eyes, saying,According to your faith be it unto you."
" … if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us. Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief."
 " … Experiments have implicated the endorphins in the mysterious placebo effect, in which an inactive substance like a sugar pill produces relief because the patient expects it. … Faith, inspired by the placebo, apparently releases endorphins. How it happens is as big a mystery as how intention works in biofeedback."
Pgs. 156, 157, 158 [chapter 6 - Liberating Knowledge: News from the Frontiers of Science]
 " … Half a century ago in Holism and Evolution Jan Smuts tried to synthesize Darwin's evolutionary theory, Einstein's physics, and his own insights to account for the evolution of mind as well as matter … 'Evolution,' Smuts said, 'has an ever deepening, inward spiritual character.' … ."
 " … In Arthur Clarke's Childhood's End, … the Overlords are in an evolutionary cul-de-sac, whereas humanity has the capability of infinite evolution … 'Above us is the Overmind, using us as the potter uses his wheel. And your race is the clay that is being shaped on that wheel.' "
"Surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter's clay: for shall the work say of him that made it, He made me not? or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, He had no understanding?"
" … O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand. Be not wroth very sore, O LORD, neither remember iniquity for ever: behold, see, we beseech thee, we are all thy people."
"The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, Arise, and go down to the potter's house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words. Then I went down to the potter's house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it. Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying, O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are ye in mine hand … ."
 " … Darwin's theory of evolution by chance mutation and survival of the fittest has proven hopelessly inadequate to account for a great many observations in biology … a larger paradigm is emerging to broaden our understanding of evolution."
P. 159 [chapter 6 - Liberating Knowledge: News from the Frontiers of Science] " … Most species do not change direction during their tenure on earth. "They appear in the fossil record looking much the same as when they "disappear," Gould said. A new species arises suddenly in the geological evidence. It does not evolve gradually by the steady change of its ancestors, but all at once and fully formed. Page 182 Note
The old paradigm saw evolution as a steady climb up a ladder, whereas Gould and others liken it to a branching out of various limbs of a tree. For instance, anthropologists have discovered in recent years that at one time there were at least three coexisting hominids—creatures that had evolved beyond the ape. Earlier it was believed that these different specimens formed a sequence. Now it is known that one "descendant" was living at the same time as its presumed ancestors. Several different lineages split from the parent stock, the lower primates. Some survived and continued to evolve, while others disappeared. The large-brained Homo appeared quite suddenly."
"And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them."
P. 169 [chapter 6 - Liberating Knowledge: News from the Frontiers of Science] " … If we try to live as closed systems, we are doomed to regress. If we enlarge our awareness, admit new information, and take advantage of the brain's brilliant capacity to integrate and reconcile, we can leap forward … ."
"The man who fears no truths has nothing to fear from lies."
—Sir Francis Bacon
P. 182 [chapter 6 - Liberating Knowledge: News from the Frontiers of Science] " … the brain's neural interference patterns, its mathematical processes, may be identical to the primary state of the universe. That is to say, our mental processes are in effect, made of the same stuff as the organizing principle … ."
"I and my Father are one. Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me? The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God. Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? Psalms 82 If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God? If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him."
182 and 183 " … For years those interested in phenomena of the human mind had predicted that a breakthrough theory would emerge; that it would draw on mathmatics to establish the supernatural as part of nature.
"The holographic model is such an integral theory catching all the wildlife of science and spirit. It may well be the paradoxical, borderless paradigm that our science had been crying for … ."
The holographic model also helps explain the strange power of the image—why events are affected by what we imagine, what we visualize. An image held in a trancendental state may be made real.
"Keith Floyd, a psychologist at Virginia Intermont College, said of the holographic possibility, 'Contrary to what everyone knows is so, it may not be the brain that produces consciousness—but rather, consciousness that creates the appearance of the brain, matter, space, time, and everything else we are pleased to interpret as the physical universe.' "
"And God said (thought,) Let there be light: and there was light."
P. 191 [chapter 7 - Right Power] " … (Martin Buber said) self and society are inseperable. Eventually, anyone concerned with the transformation of the individual must engage in social action."
P. 204 [chapter 7 - Right Power] " … they recounted the ways in which the society's most sought-after prizes had failed them. At some point each had experienced a profound shift in perception, often at a time of personal trauma. Each was overtaken by deeper, more intense needs. Life became a spiritual quest, a joyful, mysterious search for meaning, marked in most cases by an accelerating occurrence of coincidences, events that seemed significant in their timing—synchronicities.
"Each had come to feel strangely like an instrument of evolution, following a path that was only lighted step by step; they were feeling their way into this new reality, testing their inner gyroscopes … ."
" … I had been living my life completely without religion. I
wasn't a Christian; I wasn't Jewish, although we were taught to believe in God. I had reached a certain point when I had done everything I wanted to do, but I wasn't happy, I wasn't satisfied. I didn't understand what was missing, and I began to search for a different lifestyle. I wanted to be a better human being than I was, but I was coming up empty. In God's grace, I opened my faith to God; I renewed my religion with God … ."
—3-10-05 Boston Herald / Beacon Town On Line—Acton
"Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. I have sworn, and I will perform it, that I will keep thy righteous judgments. I am afflicted very much: quicken me, O LORD, according unto thy word."
P. 206 [chapter 7 - Right Power] "… Jerry Rubin, one of the Chicago Eight, who made headlines as a radical social activist in the sixties, later said, 'It's the spiritual movement that's truly revolutionary. Without self-awareness, political activism ony perpetuates cycles of anger … I couldn't change anybody until I changed myself.' Laurel Robertson recalled her years as a student in Berkeley:"
"I really wanted to help people, to change things for the better. One summer I was involved in a very constructive non-violent education program about the Vietnam war. Everybody who was working on it had selfless motives, but by the end of the summer the whole thing fell apart because we couldn't get along with each other. I had to face the fact that you cannot make the world nonviolent and loving unless you make yourself nonviolent and loving."
P. 208 [chapter 7 - Right Power] " … Writing in 1976 in Focus Midwest, … Harold Baron said:"
" … Perhaps hope for the humanized urban future lies not with the technocrats but with the community- builders. If this is true, we must make one last bow in the direction of the counterculturists; at the very least they were asking the right questions … ."
"Initially the activists of the 1960s, like generations of political reformers before them, tried force and persuasion; they wrote, demonstrated, sermonized, scolded, lobbied, proselytized, argued. But they began to realize the truth of Thoreau's injunction: live your beliefs, and you can turn the world around."
P. 215 [chapter 7 - Right Power] " … Synergy, the bonus of energy that results from cooperation in natural systems is there for us, too. As we begin to discover it in relationship with others in our small group, potential benefits for society become evident. As physicist John Platt put it:
"Whenever even two people start giving to each other and working for each other, these qualities and rewards immediately appear—greater mutual benefit, greater ease, and greater individual development at the same time … By mutual giving with those around us, we begin to make a kind of local Utopia where the benefits are so obvious."
"Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again."
P. 216, 217 [chapter 7 - Right Power] "Luther Gerlach and Virginia Hine, anthropologists who have studied social-protest networks since the 1960's, have christened the contemporary networks SPINs (Segmented Polycentric Integrated Networks). A SPIN gains its energy from coalitions, from the combining and recombining of talents, tools, strategies, numbers, contacts. It is Gandhi's 'Grouping of unities.' Like a brain, the SPIN is capable of simultaneous connection at many points. Its segments are the small groups, which hang together loosely on the basis of shared values. Occasionally, by a kind of friendly fission, the SPIN has a spin-off. The multiplicity of groups strengthens the movement … Just as a bureaucracy is less than the sum of its parts, a network is many times greater than the sum of its parts. This is a source of power never before tapped in history: multiple self-sufficient social movements linked for a whole array of goals whose accomplishment would transform every aspect of contemporary life … Because SPINs are so qualitatively different in organization and impact from bureaucracies, Hine said, most people don't see them—or think they are conspiracies. Often networks take similar action without conferring with each other simply because they share so many assumptions. It might also be said that he shared assumption are the collusion.
"The Aquarian Conspiracy is, in effect, a SPIN of SPINs, a network of many networks aimed at social transformation. The Aquarian Conspiracy is indeed loose, segmented, evolutionary, redundant. Its center is everywhere. Although many social movements and mutual-help groups are represented in its alliances, its life does not hinge on any of them. It cannot be disengaged because it is a manifestaton of the change in people."
P. 222 [chapter 7 - Right Power] " … the power of self knowledge. Until technology freed us from the struggle to survive, few had the time or opportunity to look within, to explore the psyche. Self-knowledge leads to a profound change in the individual's definition of power. As the ego diminishes, so does the need to dominate, to win. Not engaging in power games becomes a kind of natural power. There is a liberation of the energy formerly channeled into anxious competition: the power of letting go."
P. 227, 228 [chapter 7 - Right Power]
The Power of Women
" 'Women hold up half the sky,' says a Chinese proverb. Women represent the greatest single force for political renewal in a civilization thoroughly out of balance. Just as individuals are enriched by developing both the masculine and feminine sides of the self (independence and nurturance, intellect and intuition), so the society is benefiting from a change in the balance of power between the sexes.
"The power of women is the powder keg of our time. As women enlarge their influence in policymaking and government, their yin perspective will push out the boundaries of the old yang paradigm. Women are neurologically more flexible than men, and they have had cultural permission to be more intuitive, sensitive, feeling. Their natural milieu has been complexity, change, nurturance, affiliation, a more fluid sense of time. The shift from militant feminism is evident in recent statements like that of Patricia Mische in a monograph, Women and Power. Instead of asking for a piece of the pie men have had all along, she said, 'we should be trying to create quite another pie.' Human affairs will not be advanced by the assimilation of more and more women into a literally man-made world. Rather, women and men together can create a new future. Women have been torn between their fear of powerlessness on the one hand and a fear of the capacity for destruction on the other: 'We tend to block out both fears—the one because powerlessness is too painful to confront, the other because we associate power with evil drives.'
"Women are now learning to use their power openly, she said, exercising what Rollo May called "integrative power" rather than the coy or manipulative ways of the past."
"Integrative power recognizes that men as well as women have been the victims of history and narrowly defined roles … . It is a caring form of power—power aligned with love. Work for social justice, for peace, for overcoming poverty and alienation, for building a more truly humanizing future … is not even possible without a combination of love and power. Love itself is not possible without power or self-assertion. And power without love is easily reduced to manipulation and exploitation."
"We cannot make somebody else's contribution to the ongoing shaping of history. Nor can anyone else make ours. Each of us is here for a purpose, each life has significance and meaning. This meaning—whatever it is—cannot be realized if we abdicate our powers … . The values that have been labeled feminine—compassion, cooperation, patience—are very badly needed in giving birth to and nurturing a new era in human history.
"Lou Harris of the Harris Poll said that women are far ahead of men in pushing for basic human qualities, they are more dedicated to peace and opposed to war, more concerned over child abuse, deeply moved by what he called 'the pall of violence. Women are playing for keeps and are a formidable new part of the political scene.'
"If we redefine leadership, we can think differently about women in leadership roles. James MacGregor Burns called it a "male bias" that sees leadership as mere command or control, whereas it is properly the engagement and mobilization of human aspirations. As we become more aware of the true nature of leadership, he said, 'women will be more readily recognized as leaders, and men will change their own leadership styles.'
"Thinking itself will be transformed, poet Adrienne Rich said. Women can bring to the society the very qualities necessary to alter life, a more deeply sustaining relationship to the universe. 'Sexuality, politics, intelligence, power, motherhood, work, community, intimacy, will develop new meanings.'
"The idea that women might rescue a failing society is not new. As early as 1890 Havelock Ellis saw a coming "invasion" of women into leadership as a source of renewal comparable to that new life a wave of barbarians brings to the effete and degenerate civilization. Masculine approaches to social organization had reached a dead end, he said. Women, with their greater sensitivity to relationships and social form, might devise ways to transcend conflict and confrontation.
" 'The rise of women to their fair share of power is certain,' Ellis said, ' … . I find it an unfailing source of hope.'
"In 1916 psychologist George Stratton of the University of Southern California was describing the inherent superiority of female brains in seeing the whole. Writing on "Feminism and Psychology" in Century Magazine he expressed the hope that women would dispel masculine illusions when they took their rightful place in society. Men, he said, tend to fix on cogs instead of flesh and blood. Beginning with a generous wonder at nature, they end up with fascination for the tool—the scientific instrument. They establish governments to give order to life, then end up coveting the functions of government more than life. 'The masculine genius for organization,' Stratton said, 'needs women's sense of the heart of things, not the trappings.'
"Recently a woman psychologist suggested that human survival may require that the private virtues of women go public. 'Perhaps the women's movement is part of an evolutionary process that will keep us from going the way of the dinosaur and the dodo.' "
"Wherever the Aquarian Conspiracy is at work, perpetration holistic health or creative science or transpersonal psychology, women are represented in far greater numbers than they are in the establishment. For example, one-third of the founding members of a new holistic medical organization were women, compared to the percentage of women physicians in the United States (8.3 percent). Men in such organizations are not only comfortable with women in leadership roles but openly emulate such in qualities as integration, empathy, reconciliation. They see in women a greater sensitivity to time and season, intuition about direction, an ability to wait. 'If satyagraha is to be the mode of the future,' Gandhi once said, 'then the future belongs to women.' "
"How long will you hesitate, you unruly daughter? For ADONAI has created something new on earth: a woman with the strengths of a man."
—Jeremiah 31:22 (The Complete Jewish Bible)
P. 258 [chapter 8 - Healing Ourselves] "A conspirator-bureaucrat said he discovered health as a by-product of meditation. After several years ot Transcendental Meditation he found it easy to give up his compulsive drinking and soon thereafter his compulsive overeating. 'At an age when I should be going downhill, I'm healthier than I was five years ago and getting healthier all the time.'
"A psychologist, a national leader in holistic medicine, wandered into the field by way of a T'ai Chi instructor who interested him in acupuncture. He has now successfully integrated alternative medical approaches into the curriculum of a major medical school and has arranged lecture series on holistic approaches for a group of medical schools." 'When you develop liaisons,' he said, 'it's critical that you speak the right language. If I talked yin and yang to most neurosurgeons, they wouldn't hear me. I talk the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. If we want to help people change, it's important that we don't push them or pull them—just walk together.'
"A former political activist—now on the faculty of a medical school— who teaches courses on the biology of the bodymind, said, 'This revolution says that we're all basically all right and that the return to health is natural. It's anti-elitist. Professionalism, the degree on the wall, is eroding as a symbol of authority. Love is the most irresistible power in the universe. Caring—that's what healing is all about.' "
P. 281-283 [chapter 9 - Flying and Seeing] "You can only have a new society, visionaries have said, if you change the education of the younger generation. Yet the new society itself is the necessary force for change in education. It's like the old dilemma: you can't get a job without experience, but you can't get experience because no one will give you a job.
"Schools are entrenched bureaucracies whose practitioners do not compete for business, do not need to get re-elected or to attract patients, customers, clients. Those educators who would like to innovate have relatively little authority to change their style.
" … John Williamson, former director of planning and policy development for the National Institute of Education (said) 'We have overlooked the critical variables … the limiting personal beliefs of our students, the consciousness of our educators, the intention of our communities.'
"Beliefs,Consciousness, Intention. … . The inability of conventional education to teach basic skills and the failure to foster self-esteem are part of the same deep mismanagement and misperception … . Only a new perspective can generate a new curriculum, new levels of adjustment. Just as political parties are peripheral to the change in the distribution of power, so the schools are not the first arena for change in learning."
"The most potent force for change, however, is the growing recognition of millions of adults that their own impoverished expectations and frustrations came, in large measure, from their schooling."
"All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual."
P. 301 [chapter 9 - Flying and Seeing] "Most schools have been especially inhospitable to creative and innovative individuals in the past. Innovators jolt, they disturb the drowsy status quo. They dissent from the comfort of consensus reality, assorted Hans Christian Andersons marveling at the emperor's gleaming nakedness.
"Hermann Hesse wrote of 'the struggle between rule and spirit' that repeats itself year after year, from school to school: 'The authorities go to infinite pains to nip the few profound or more valuable intellects in the bud. And time and time again the ones who are detested by their teachers and frequently punished, the runaways and those expelled, are the ones who afterwards add to society's treasure. But some—and who knows how many?—waste away with quiet obstinacy and finally go under.' Page 302
"Inadvertently, we may push people to the extremes of their innate tendencies by the bias of our schools. The rebel-innovator diverges more and more, perhaps to become antisocial or neurotic. The timid child who wishes to please is shaped into an even more conformist position by the authoritarian structure. In their study comparing high schools to prisons, Craig Haney and Philip Zimbardo commented that the real tragedies are not the troublemakers or even the dropouts, but 'the endless procession of faceless students who go through the school system quietly and unquestioningly, unobtrusively and unnoticed.'
"Fear can keep us from innovating, risking, creating. Yet we settle for only the illusion of safety. We prolong our discomfort, and we are troubled in our sleep. On one level we know that we are in danger, avoiding change in a changing world. The only strategies imaginative enough to rescue us will come from listening to our "other" consciousness … ."
P. 302 [chapter 9 - Flying and Seeing] "Imaginative leaps, curiosity, synthesis, spontaneity, the flash of insight—these should not be the franchise of a favored minority. Educator John Gowan, whose special concern is creativity, said: 'Heretofore we have harvested creativity wild. We have used as creative only those persons who stubbornly remained so despite all efforts of the family, religion, education, and politics to grind it out of them … . Page 301 If we learn to domesticate creativity—that is, to enhance it rather than deny it in our culture—we can increase the number of creative persons [to the point of] critical mass. Page 307 When this level is reached in a culture, as it was in Periclean Athens, the Renaissance, Elizabethan England, and our own Federalist period, civilization makes a great leap forward … ' ."
P. 303 [chapter 9 - Flying and Seeing] "Meaning emerges from context and connectedness. Without context, nothing makes sense … . The right brain, with its gift for seeing patterns and wholes, is essential for understanding, context, for detection meaning. "Learning to learn" includes learning to see the relationships between things. 'Unfortunately our schools are no help,' anthropologist Edward Hall said, 'because they consistently teach us not to make connections … . There should be a few people at least whose task is synthesis—pulling things together. And that is impossible without a deep sense of context.' Page 146.2
"Context … literally, "that which is braided together." We are looking now at the ecology of everything, realizing that things only make sense in relation to other things. Just as medicine began to look at the context of disease, the milieu and not just symptoms, education is beginning to acknowledge that the interrelationship of what we know, the web of relevance, is more important than mere content. Content is relatively easy to master, once it has been given a framework."
P. 305 [chapter 9 - Flying and Seeing] "In the midst of a wealth of information, we may be moving toward an economy of learning—a few powerful principles and theories making sense across many disciplines.
"The elements of the world cannot be understood except in terms of the whole, as our best thinkers keep trying to tell us. 'Nature is one wonderful unit,' Albert Szent-Gyorgyi said. 'It is not divided into physics, chemistry, quantum mechanics … '. Kenneth Boulding, economist and president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, spoke of the 'profound reorganization and restructuring of knowledge' taking place in our time: 'The old boundaries are crumbling in all direction.' Note that he said restructuring, not adding onto. It is the shape and form of what we know that is changing."
P. 306 [chapter 9 - Flying and Seeing] "It is hard to visualize the far edges of our various fields of knowledge coming together. We might more easily think in terms of depth: the penetration of human inquiry, from whatever direction, seems to be taking us to certain central truths or principles.
"Indeed, at the level of graduate education, synthesis is evident. The National Endowment for the Humanities is sponsoring a five-year teaching and research effort in conjunction with San Francisco State University, the Science-Humanities Convergence Program. The newly formed National Humanities Center near Duke University, funded by private foundations and corporation, aims to encouarage interdisciplinary research by providing support for scholars. Law schools, medical schools, and other centers of professional training are enriching and broadening their curricula.
"Not only are we learning to connect information, but we are connecting with each other as well. We are increasingly aware that no one culture and no period in history has had all the answers. We are gathering our collective wisdom, from the past and from the whole planet.
" 'We have been the benefactors of our cultural heritage,' said psychologist Stanley Krippner, 'and the victims of our cultural narrowness.' Our concepts of the possible are mired in the heavy materialism, the obsolete mind-body dualism, of our cultural perspective."
P. 307 [chapter 9 - Flying and Seeing] "And just as the advocates of holistic medicine have resurrected relevant statements from Plato and other Greek philosophers, so educators are belatedly examining a holistic Greek concept, the paidea. The paidea referred to the educational matrix created by the whole of Athenian culture, in which the community and all its disciplines generated learning resources for the individual, whose ultmate goal was to reach the divine center in the self.
"Euphenics, a recent idea in genetics, suggests that there is a scientific basis for such learning approaches as paidea. Whereas eugenics promoted the breeding of certain traits and selecting against other traits, euphenics takes the view that the environment can be optimized to bring out potential traits. In human terms, we might say that everyone is gifted, in the sense of having special potentials in the genetic repertoire, but that most of these gifts are not elicited by the environment. If the learning environment is stimulating and tolerant, a great array of skills, talents, and capacities can be developed."
P. 323 [chapter 10 - The Transformation of Values and Vocation] "If there is power in the transformative experience, it must inevitably shake our values and, therefore, the total economy … it must make us rethink what we owe each other, what is possible, what is appropriate. Sooner or later, the new paradigm changes the individual's relationship to work; part-time transformation is inherently impossible.
"Making a life, not just a living, is essential to one seeking wholeness. Our hunger turns out to be for something different, not something more … ."
"Do not confuse "duty" with what other people expect of you; they are utterly different. Duty is a debt you owe to yourself to fulfill obligations you have assumed voluntarily. Paying that debt can entail anything from years of patient work to instant willingness to die. Difficult it may be, but the reward is self-respect."
—Robert A. Heinlen
P. 342 [chapter 10 - The Transformation of Values and Vocation] "The contemporary individual's struggle to find … —meaning in work—was discussed at length in The Gamesman, Michael Maccoby's composite portrait of the new corporate rebel … (he said:)"
"People think if the qualities of the heart as opposite to those of the head. They think heart means softness, feeling, and generosity, while head means toughness realistic thought. But this contrast itself is symptomatic of a schizoid culture in which the heart is detached from the rest of the body … ."
P. 362 [chapter 11 - Spiritual Adventure] " … . Expanding consciousness is the riskiest enterprise on earth. We endanger the status quo. We endanger our comfort. And if we do not have the nerve to resolve the ensuing conflicts, we endanger our sanity … ."
"If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?"
" … . Inexorably, direct experience of a larger reality demands that we change our lives. We can compromise for a time, but eventually we realize that ambivalence is like deciding to recognize the law of gravity only sometimes and in certain places. This transformation of transformation, with its acceleration of connectioons and insights, can be a frightening period. Eventually, in stages, there is action. We must make our lives congruent with our consciousness. 'A condition of utmost simplicity,' said T.S. Eliot, 'costing not less than everything.' "
"There are two lives, the natural and the spiritual, and we must lose the one before we can participate in the other."
—William James—Varieties of Religious Experience
P. 372 [chapter 11 - Spiritual Adventure] "As a metaphor psychologist Ron Browning suggested we imagine a system called asleep. The realm lying beyond that system is called awake. Inside "asleep," we can have a sign representing awake, we can have the word "awake," we can have symbols, images—everything but actually being awake … you cannot within that system actually wake up. Direct knowing gets us out of the system … . The new perspective alters our experiences by changing our vision. (What Jung called) 'the raising of the level of consciosness,' enabled some individuals to outgrow problems that destroyed others. 'Some higher or wider interest arose on the person's horizon, and through this widening of his view the insoluble probem lost its urgency. It was not solved logically in its own terms but faded out in contrast to a new and stronger life-tendency. It was not repressed and made unconscious but merely appeared in a different light' "
P. 388 [chapter 12 - Human Connections] " … . Relationships are the crucible of the transformative process. They are bound to alter, given the individual's greater willingness to risk, trust in intuition, sense of wider connection with others, recognition of cultural conditioning … .
" … social relationships in general cannot be rethought by a committee or reformed by a program. These are not true institutions but millions upon millions of relationships—connections—that can only be understood at the level of the individual, and then only as a dynamic process. Social custom is perhaps the deepest of cultural trances."
P. 402 [chapter 12 - Human Connections] " … . The transenders Maslow studied, Einstein included, seemed sadder than the other healthy, self-actualizing persons; they saw more clearly the gap between potential and reality in human relationships. Any one of them could have written a workable recipe for social transformation in five minutes, Maslow said."
"I have seen the truth. It is not as though I had invented it with my mind. I have seen it, and the living image of it has filled my soul forever … . In one day, one hour, everything could be arranged at once! The chief thing is to love."
"He said he realized that this truth had been told and retold a billion times, yet it had never transformed human life."
P. 90 [Authors footnote] " … . The excesses of some of those involved in the psychotechnologies
—the extravagant claims of hucksters and true believers, the tyranny of some purported teachers and gurus—antagonize public opinion. A wide and deep social phenomenon is misunderstood by the magnifying of the sensational, the trivial, the least representative … ."
Brain, Mind and society. Interview with Marilyn Ferguson
JEFFREY MISHLOVE, Ph.D.: Hello and welcome. Our topic today is "Brain, Mind, and Society." We're going to examine the ways in which leading developments in brain research and psychology are effecting global cultural change. With me today is Marilyn Ferguson, a Renaissance woman, publisher of the Brain/Mind Bulletin, which is published in Los Angeles, and author of several best sellers, including The Brain Revolution and The Aquarian Conspiracy. Welcome, Marilyn.
MARILYN FERGUSON: Thank you, Jeff.
MISHLOVE: It's a pleasure to have you here. You know, you are really noted as a generalist, a person who can find patterns and meaning in very, very diverse fields. Your writings include a wide range of subject areas, from spiritual literature to brain research to new developments in social reform. In your book The Aquarian Conspiracy you refer to these developments—and I think you shocked many reviewers and many readers—as a conspiracy. I wonder if we could begin by defining what this conspiracy of social elements was to you.
FERGUSON: I use the word conspiracy in a positive sense, and that's pretty unconventional. If you try, you have to think pretty hard before you can come up with a positive conspiracy, normally. But that seemed right. It seemed like the right word, because it did seem, when this occurred to me around 1976 as I was first beginning work on this book, that there were people who in a sense had a plot to make things work. They were helping each other across many different fields, disciplines, different parts of the world. And it occurred to me also at that time that the word conspire came from roots meaning "to breathe together, to be in harmony." It didn't originally have a negative meaning; it was not just conspiracies to take over governments and fix prices and so on. Page 217
MISHLOVE: It's close to inspiration, in that sense.
FERGUSON: Yes, that's true. And I used the term Aquarian to try to make clear that it was something benign. I didn't realize at that time that there are people for whom that word might push buttons, but I was really looking at it in the sense of the myth of a new beginning—the wish, the hope, the popular image that there might be a new time, as in the words from the song "The Age of Aquarius"—the time of the mind's true liberation. And about that time I also discovered that Pierre Teilhard De Chardin, the Jesuit paleontologist, had once written about a conspiracy of love—that if anything was going to save this society, it would be a conspiracy of men and women of good will. And the Greek novelist Nikos Kazantzakis had once written, "I hope to say a word in time to my companions, a password, like conspirators." And he went on to talk about giving a human meaning to the superhuman struggle, to give to the earth a heart and a brain … End of excerpt.
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