I just picked up Daniel Pinchbeck's new book last night around 8 pm and read the first 101 pages before putting it down to go to sleep. Pinchbeck takes the reader on an amazing ride covering his life as a hipster in New York, altered states of conciousness, shamanic rituals deep inside the Amazon rainforest, quantum physics, and of course, crop circles, as he searches for a deeper meaning to life. And that's just the first third of the book.
The book makes a great companion to David Korten's latest book, The Great Turning. Korten states, "It's hard to admit that we have been living a lie, as to do so seems to call into question our intelligence and integrity. Yet we are in good company, for living a lie has been a chronic affliction of most of our species for thousands of years. Let us celebrate the awakening that is the key to breaking free from Empire's play-or-die dynamic."
2012 is an honest account of one man's awakening from the trance.
I'll leave you with two quotes by other writers:
"It's time for humanity to adopt a new myth. The current one which tells us that growth is infinite and the solution to its own set of problems is falling apart. Everyday fewer and fewer people believe it. - John Michael Greer
"We are here at the fulcrum of history. The culture which has put the world in threat is ours and we are intimately entwined with it. It needs what we have to transform itself and it needs what we are to awaken to values that will be sustainable, values that we embody.
Pagans are a peculiar crowd. We buy stuff but are not particularly consumption driven. We don't have the same aspirations to acquire and so we tend not to be ambitious in the way the Mega-culture would expect of us, striving after money, property and status. We'd rather live in harmony with our world, not over consume and take the time to enjoy life. Most folks out in our Mega-culture don't enjoy life, they just consume and are left dissatisfied.
Much of this is rooted in one key value. To us, the world is sacred. Not fallen. Not irrational. The World is our Mother, the World is our Lover, the World is our Friend and Companion. We do not seek to subdue it or have dominion over it. We work with it and it works with us. This support will be a profound advantage to us because this relationship is one we need to share with our neighbors before they trash the place." - Sam Webster, M.Div
If these resonate with you, then by all means read 2012.
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