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WorldShift 2012: Making Green Business, New Politics, and Higher Consciousness Work Together (English Edition) par [Laszlo, Ervin]
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CHAPTER FOUR

The Timely Change

Objectives


Without a global revolution in the sphere of human consciousness, nothing will change for the better . . . and the catastrophe towards which this world is headed--the ecological, social, demographic, or general breakdown of civilization--will be unavoidable.
Václav Havel, address to the U.S. Congress, 1991

We face a choice of destiny. We must be clear that we face it, and also that we can do something about it. We have a number of alternatives available to us.

- We can try to carry on as before and hope for the best.

- We can try to make whatever changes seem personally, economically, and politically expedient.

- Or we can move decisively toward a conscious and timely transformation.

The rational and responsible choice is to prepare the ground for a timely transformation--before it’s too late. This calls for conscious, purposive change, by each government, each business, and each person. It begins with the reassessment of the objectives that now orient our life and will soon decide our future: the objectives of politics and business--and the personal objectives to which we ourselves subscribe in life.

THE NEXT EVOLUTION OF CONSCIOUSNESS


Consciousness has changed in the past, and it can change again in the future. A positive change is urgent and crucial. But what would a more evolved consciousness be like? Many mystics, philosophers, spiritual leaders, and social scientists have devoted serious thought to this question.
The Indian sage Sri Aurobindo viewed the emergence of what he termed “superconsciousness” in at first a few and then ever more individuals as the mark of the next higher stage of human consciousness. (Superconsciousness is the kind of consciousness that already occurs in samadhi, satori, and similar states of meditation and enlightenment.) The Swiss philosopher Jean Gebser defined the next stage as the coming of four-dimensional integral consciousness, arising from the prior stages of archaic, magical, and mythical consciousness. The American mystic Richard Bucke portrayed this stage as cosmic consciousness, beyond the simple consciousness of animals and the self-consciousness of contemporary humans.
For the mystic Eckhart Tolle consciousness is part of the universe: the essential part. It’s the intelligence, the organizing principle behind the cosmic arising of form, which is the basic evolutionary process. Through evolution, Tolle says, consciousness has been preparing forms for millions of years, so it could express itself through them. Today consciousness is ready to create form without losing itself in it--it can remain aware of itself, even while creating and experiencing form. Thus the next stage in the evolution of human consciousness is the state of awakening--the consciousness of mastering the art of “awakened doing.”
Social scientists Chris Cowan and Don Beck elaborate a colorful scheme called spiral dynamics. According to this concept human consciousness evolved from the strategic “orange” stage, which is materialistic, consumerist, and success-, image-, status-, and growth-oriented to the consensual “green” stage of egalitarianism and orientation toward feelings, authenticity, sharing, caring, and community, and is now shifting to the ecological “yellow” stage where it’s focused on natural systems, self-organization, multiple realities, and knowledge. In the future it could reach the holistic “turquoise” stage of collective individualism, cosmic spirituality, and Earth changes.
Spiritual traditions also speak of the coming of a new consciousness. The prediction of the Mayan elders is remarkably aligned with the above insights. The Mayans say that the coming era will be an era when the ether, the long-neglected fifth element of the universe, will become dominant. “Whereas the four traditional elements [air, water, fire, and earth]… have dominated various epochs in the past,” spokesperson and Mayan high-priest Carlos Barrios says, “there will be a fifth element to reckon with in the time of the Fifth Sun: ether.” Ether is a medium, he pointed out, it permeates all space and transmits waves of energy in a wide range of frequencies. An important task at this time is “to learn to sense or see the energy of everyone and everything: people, plants, animals. This becomes increasingly important as we draw close to the World of the Fifth Sun, for it is associated with the element ether--the realm where energy lives and weaves.”
Coincidentally, but perhaps not accidentally, physicists are discovering that the ether was not rightly discarded one hundred years ago, when experiments failed to detect the friction it was predicted to cause in the rotation of Earth. The place of the ether is not replaced by empty space, the so-called vacuum. What physicists now call the quantum vacuum is not empty space: according to grand-unified theories it’s the unified field, the womb of all the fields and forces of nature. It contains a staggering concentration of energy, and carries and transmits information.
In Sanskrit and Hindu philosophy the ether was considered the most fundamental of the five elements; the one out of which the others arose. The ether was known as Akasha, the element that connects all things--this is what we now call the “Akashic Field”--and that conserves the memory of all things--known as the “Akashic Records.” Today, as an energy- and information-field re-discovered in the universe, the ether regains much of the status it enjoyed five thousand years ago.
A consciousness that recognizes our connections to each other and to the cosmos is an “Akashic” consciousness--a consciousness of connectedness and memory. It conveys a sense of belonging, ultimately, of oneness. It’s a wellspring of empathy with nature and solidarity among people, the kind of consciousness foreseen by mystics and philosophers from Sri Aurobindo to Ken Wilber, predicted by the Mayans, and now supported by discoveries at the leading edge of the sciences.
The evolution of a new consciousness is not utopian: it’s already under way. There is considerable evidence gathered by psychologists, psychiatrists, Experimental parapsychologists, sociologists, and even brain researchers regarding the emergence of a form of mind and consciousness variously called “integral consciousness, “extended mind,” “nonlocal consciousness,” “holotropic mind,” “infinite mind,” and “boundless mind.”

Revue de presse

“This book will help us to evaluate the current situation of our planet and to find the path we must take.” (Mikhail Gorbachev, from the foreword)

“Something is going to happen in 2012, but what that will be is up to us. That is why WorldShift 2012 is so significant as a handbook for this great change--it is the kind of positive cocreative script the world needs in order to conclude and regenerate the cycle on a successful evolutionary note.” (José Argüelles, author of The Mayan Factor)

WorldShift is about an outer world built on inner realization. The higher consciousness that has been evolving through human beings for centuries is seeding a garden of hope and promise. Ervin Laszlo maps this new world and its promise--no one I know is more acutely attuned to it.” (Deepak Chopra, from the foreword)

"Think-tank founder and prolific author, Laszlo simply uses the notion of the 2012 breakdown/breakthrough as a vehicle for the tranformation of the world. . . . will appeal . . . to earth-conscious readers . . ." (Library Journal, Oct 2009)

"[Laszlo] gives us a practical and achievable way to make our world greener and our planet safer by shifting our consciousness towards this view." (Evolve!: Evolutionary Products, People, and Ideas, Vol. 8, No. 4, Nov 2009)

". . . a challenge for readers to update their ethics and evolve their consciousness in order to achieve 'syntony'--being tuned in to the surrounding world." (Susan LosCalzo, New Age Retailer, Dec 2009)

"Forewords by Deepak Chopra and Mikhail Gorbachev, as well as quotes from other visionaires such as Ekhart Tolle, Paul Hawken, and Albert Einstein, augment WorldShift 2012's message that we can no longer continue with 'business as usual.'" (Susan LosCalzo, New Age Retailer, Feb 2010)

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 The Future as it Must Be 1 mai 2010
Par Therese A. Tappouni - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Nothing is more important right now than seeing the projected view of our planet's future and what we can possibly do to influence that trajectory. If you can get through the facts, which are depressing and seemingly not reversable, you will be lifted on the possibilities of change through action. "The darkness around us is deep" is the message, but we all know the light can dispel darkness. In this case, the light is education--an education we all must attend to if we are to save this planet for our children's children.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Non bias point of views 30 octobre 2010
Par JohnyA - Publié sur Amazon.com
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For anyone who cares about the world we are all live in, this book is a wake up call. Our thinking, doing and living have been limited to the surrounding we're in. The more of us could be mindful, could think for and care for others, the better environment we could live in. Together we could shift the world's mindset to a better direction for our next generations.....
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Planetary Breakdown or Sustainable Breakthrough? 15 novembre 2009
Par J. Clayton - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Author Ervin Laszlo has certainly made great contributions to the fields of systems philosophy, conscious evolution, and socio-political evolution. With 69 books to his name, 400 articles, and a long list of appointments, honors, and luminary associates, his credibility seems beyond question. In 1993 he formed a who's-who think tank called Club of Budapest to "center attention on the evolution of human values and consciousness as the crucial factors in changing course...in the direction of humanism, ethics, and global sustainability."

In Worldshift 2012 Laszlo makes the case once again that it is only by changing our consciousness will we turn planetary breakdown into sustainable breakthrough, and the author this time points our focus for this shift toward business and politics. I'm completely on board with his evolutionary vision, but disappointed in this slim volume (less than 100 pages) subtitled, "Making Green Business, New Politics and Higher Consciousness Work Together." Part One summarizes of the state of the world, ecologically, politically and socially, Part two addresses objectives, and Part Three is a telling of the "new consciousness myth." In other words, Laszlo uses a familiar change model format: where are we now, what do we want, how do we reframe our experience (get there from here), and how it will be when we have the change we desire (imagining what we want as if it has already occurred).

In this sense then, this is subconsciously a useful book. But the content doesn't deliver anything particularly new or captivating. Certainly, Worldshift reminds us of the mounting statistics about ecological and social breakdown, which is always a wake-up call, and the thought experiment "reporting" by two young people from the year 2032 commenting on the new planetary ethics and consciousness is somewhat intriguing--and a story that needs to be told. Still, most of the "solutions" or actions offered in Worldshift are little more than well-worn gestures painted with broad brushstrokes, and sprinkled with quotes from notables.

To be honest, the forewords by Deepak Chopra and Mikhail Gorbachev are more compelling for this reviewer than what follows. Perhaps being in the business of reading multitudes of new consciousness books I have become saturated with new consciousness ideas; perhaps the concepts presented here have been written about so much more comprehensively and compellingly (by Laszlo himself, among many others) that I have high expectations: perhaps this isn't one of Laszlo's better efforts.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 A list of to-do. 14 mai 2010
Par W. Paul Blakey - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Thought the ideas are lofty, the packaging is poor. The book reads like a shopping list.
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