Collapsing Consciously

Collapsing Consciously : Transformative Truths for Turbulent Times

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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 more

Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 15.24mm | 181.44g
  • North Atlantic Books,U.S.
  • Berkeley, CA, United States
  • English
  • 1583947124
  • 9781583947128
  • 450,021

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"In a world where the politicians and salesmen are practically indistinguishable, where profit is the prime directive, never mind morality or costs to the innocent and underprivileged, I'm grateful and glad for books like this one, which are excellent guides to changing one's personal stake from attainment and accomplishment to belonging and sharing."--Zack Kopp, " Denver Books Examiner""I also believe this one book to be the single most powerful book I have read in the past decade, in relation to focusing my soul so as to better focus my mind and body." --Robert David Steele, author of" The Open Source Everything Manifesto: Transparency, Truth, & Trust ""I recommend "Collapsing Consciously," especially for the very large number of people who have avoided the topic of collapse or the process of personal introspection." --Guy McPherson, author of "Going Dark""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 rashow more

About Carolyn Baker

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 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."show more

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