Waking Up In Time: Finding Inner Peace in Times of Accelerating Change (Anglais) Broché – 25 octobre 2007
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This is one of my deepest darkest secrets--- in the 1990s, I was on a roll of reading about doomsday prophecies. Tabloid magazines be damned. I was reading books about that stuff. Dozens of books. The readings really got me nowhere else but in the dark and and in fear of the future. That wasn't good enough for me because I wanted answers. I realized I wanted more than just a glimpse of what the future might hold... I wanted to know my part in it, I wanted to find hope---both intellectually and even spiritually. So I looked. Then I found this book. And as this review's title implies, this book gives me those things and more.
I friend of mine was talking to me about something totally different when she said "we don't need people to just talk about the problems, we need people to talk about solutions...". But she could have very well been talking about the author Peter Russell in this book. In the first part of the book he talks very succinctly about what most people already know about---materialism, environmental crisis, fear, addiction, stress, self interest...but also speaks of them on the collective and global level...these are not doomsday predictions but they are problems on individual and collective levels---sure signs of impending doom...
And what of solutions then? Its actually wisdom and advice from ancient east---but reinterpreted on a very practical level---summarized on a personal level, it is that any change needed in this world is not more change in the world, but change from within my own self. I saw a guy in rags in 1999, standing in our previous hometown's rural street corner. He was carrying that proverbial sign lamenting "Repent. the end is near." My high school son commented that he saw the guy down in New York City a few weeks before. Then wondered out loud if the countryside was more in need of deliverance than the urban crowd? Ha! Anyhow...
"Repenting" is a biblical, short word for a whole process---but what does that really really mean? Yes, yes, they holler and cry from their pulpits "repent, repent". Yes, I know I'm stressed. Yes I know I've got a to-do list as long as my laundry lined up from end to end... yes I am in deep doo-doo, and yes, I want to get out of it. But how? How?!! Give me practical ideas on how. Aha, the pinpoint of light...the last chapters on Awakening and The Future are glimpses of such a process in terms of solutions: Breaking the Trance, A New Way of Seeing, Gift of Peace, Art of Letting Go, Emancipation from Matter, Premonitions of Transformation, A Conscious Universe to name some of them...
But don't expect these chapters to be THE ANSWERS for "finding inner peace in times of accelerating change" but rather the signposts that point you the way out of the maze of anxiety and towards a path and practice of an awakened and transformed human being. I am most intrigued and inspired by P.Russell's thought on the acceleration of evolution and the Omega point, but I'm not explaining it here, I wouldn't give it justice, so you'll have to read the book.
I lent this book to a very close friend after he had a breakthrough in his life---a degree of enlightenment I can describe it. When he was done reading the book he said to me "you saved my life". He was exaggerating of course. Later he got it closer to what he really wanted to say, the book gave him a bigger picture of what was going on in his life, of where he was headed and how he now needed to redirect his life... maybe we can believe in the power of the individual and how it empowers the collective... and maybe its a bigger picture of how many of us need to redirect our human lives... maybe.
There's still a lot of work to be done after reading this book, or any other book. The real work is done between the readings, eh? (wink)
In both books Mr Russell never seems to lose the reader in scientific mumbo jumbo, even when discussing very complicated subjects. That isn't a statement on his intelligence or research, but rather on his ability to communicate on all levels. Neither does he offend when he deals with the spiritual aspects of his writings. In short everyone can sit around his table (well, almost everyone).