Collapsing Consciously: Transformative Truths for Turbulent Times

Collapsing Consciously: Transformative Truths for Turbulent Times

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By (author) Carolyn Baker

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  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books,U.S.
  • Format: Paperback | 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 15mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 19 November 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Berkeley, CA
  • ISBN 10: 1583947124
  • ISBN 13: 9781583947128
  • Sales rank: 207,871

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A collection of probing essays and weekly meditations, this book addresses how to prepare emotionally and spiritually for the impending collapse of industrial civilization. Author Carolyn Baker offers wisdom, inspiration, and a sense of spiritual purpose for anyone who is concerned about the daunting future humankind has created. The author's introduction to "Collapsing Consciously" articulates our current predicament of economic collapse, environmental degradation, and global conflict and expresses the confusion, anxiety, grief, anger, and despair we all experience when we take a hard look at the present-day global crisis and the likely future of the planet. But rather than showing us ways to prevent the collapse, Baker argues that the demise of our consumerist, corporate culture is inevitable, and that it is crucial to prepare emotionally and spiritually for the certain changes to come. Part 1 is a collection of seventeen essays which argue that while the collapse of industrial society cannot be prevented, its meaning extends far beyond tragedy and loss. These essays ask the reader to delve inward and discover the limitless treasures of the soul, as well as the gratification and exhilaration to be discovered in joining with community in preparing for the future. In part 2, Baker offers fifty-two weekly meditations comprised of spiritual wisdom, inspiration, paradox, comfort, humor, irony, and a persistent challenge to create and savor beauty in the world, regardless of how bleak the future may appear. "Collapsing Consciously" is a refreshing take on the perilous present and the grim prospects for our future. Instead of quoting discouraging statistics about our predicament, Baker offers a deeper perspective that makes sense of a world that most of the time appears psychotic or even surreal. Through inspiration and perennial wisdom she has created a manual for making meaning and generating joy, especially in situations that feel hopelessly devoid of both. An ebook containing additional meditations is also available: "Collapsing Consciously Meditations: Further Reflections for Turbulent Times," ISBN 978-1-58394-758-6.

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CAROLYN BAKER, PhD, was a professor of history and psychology for 11 years and a psychotherapist in private practice for 17 years; she currently offers life coaching. She manages the Speaking Truth to Power website at www.carolynbaker.net and is the author of six previous books, including "Sacred Demise: Walking the Spiritual Path of Industrial Civilization's Collapse" and "Navigating the Coming Chaos: A Handbook for Inner Transition."

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"Carolyn Baker's new book "Collapsing Consciously: Transformative Truths for Turbulent Times" is a breath of sanity in a world gone mad. Her contemplations are like a much needed multi-vitamin for the psyche that the deeper field of consciousness has secreted so as to compensate our madness. The fact that a book like "Collapsing Consciously" has arrived in our midst at this time of multiple world crises is evidence that our species is beginning to awaken from our self-created nightmare." --Paul Levy, author of "Dispelling Wetiko: Breaking the Curse of Evil" "Carolyn Baker's Collapsing Consciously: Transformative Truths for Turbulent Times is perhaps the most approachable book on collapse you are likely to find."--Dmitry Orlov, author of "Reinventing Collapse: The Soviet Example and American Prospects" "Carolyn Baker presents a no-denial appraisal of the global dark night that our species has created. Even in a time of collapse she finds room to talk wisely about joy, and to ask what despair has to teach us. Baker is a truth teller who dares us to go deeper into the night rather than to flee from it with superficial happy talk. I praise her for this very useful and very real book of rich meditations and practices." --Matthew Fox, co-author, with Adam Bucko, of "Occupy Spirituality: A Radical Vision for a New Generation" "Carolyn Baker is an outstanding guide to sustaining and even enhancing our emotional and spiritual vitality as we navigate the disintegration of the world as we've known it." --Bill Plotkin, author of "Soulcraft" "This is a book that most definitely needs to be read. It is crucial for us to ponder Carolyn Baker's profound and indispensable expose of industrial civilization's future. Her words are powerful and her wisdom rich and supportive. We need to seriously reflect on her message if we are to midwife a spiritual vision of life based on compassion, justice and solidarity." --Chris Saade, author of the upcoming "Sec