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9 november 2019

ProcessMind – A User’s Guide to Connecting with the Mind of God

By Arnold Mindell PhD.

303 Pages | First Quest Edition 2010 | Softcover | Quest Books U.S.A. | ISBN: 9780835608862.

‘ I want to know God’s thoughts, the rest are details’ – Albert Einstein.

Arnold Mindell’s term for what Einstein called ‘God’s thoughts’ is processmind, meaning an experience of an all-pervasive state of consciousness. We can all access it, he says it is perhaps our least known and greatest power. He uniquely connects modern physics, transpersonal psychology, and world spiritual traditions and provides exercises to actualize our deepest, unitive consciousness. In all, the book helps us tap into an immense power that can benefit our own lives and, ultimately, the world.

From the Conclusion (p. 242):

‘ We need an ethics, that includes but goes beyond ‘doing good’. The process I call ‘entangled co-creation’ is such a new ethics. In small and very large groups, it can turn an apparent clash of civilizations into a community experience, where just about everyone feels heard and at home. When you dance in that entanglement theater, you feel new changes unfolding that you did not believe could ever happen. At first the change may be the appearance of a tiny bright smile brightening the face of an ‘opponent’. Something touched her or him. Then, in spite of yourself, your face, too, may begin to glow a little. These brighter faces are the change that is needed. They are the flash of lightning from the dark night’s sky. These are the faces that lead us into the future. When you see them, you can understand why I call this book ‘Processmind: A User’s Guide to Connecting with the Mind of God’. ”

Auteur: Mindell, A.
ISBN: 9780835608862
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Indra’s Net – Alchemy and Chaos Theory as Models for Transformation

By Robert Robertson, Ph.D., Foreword by Allan Combs.

182 Pages | First Quest Edition 2009 | Softcover | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 9780835608626.

‘ Somewhere in the celestial palace of the dancing god Indra, there hangs a fabulous net, that spreads out boundlessly over the cosmos in every direction. The divine craftsman has so cleverly fashioned this net that at every knot there hangs a dazzling jewel, each one so brilliantly polished, that it reflects all the others. As Above, so Below . . . ‘

This image of Indra’s net from a Buddhist Sutra symbolizes the Mystery, that, through our own transformation, each of us is united with everyone and everything else. Author Robin Robertson finds parallel models in ancient Alchemy, which tried to change base metal into gold, and modern chaos theory, which posits that tiny initial changes can have huge and unexpected outcomes – as a butterfly in Brazil might cause a tornado in Texas. Robinson lucidly shows how these two systems reveal the pattern of inner development in any spiritual tradition. No matter what one’s particular calling, these surprising insights can enrich and accelerate the transformative stages of any spiritual seeker.

From Chapter 6  – ‘The Philosopher’s Stone’:

 ” Central to this book is the understanding that the Opus is within us as much as it is without. As I mentioned in the Introduction, Buddhist philosophy captures this relationship between the world and the psyche through the image of Indra’s net: a vast necklace of shining jewels, all interconnected. It is told thus in the Avatamsaka Sutra:

Far away in the heavenly abode of the great God Indra, there is a wonderful net, which has been hung by some cunning artificer in such a manner that it stretches out infinitely in all directions. In accordance with the extravagant tastes of deities, the artificer has hung a single glittering jewel in each ‘eye’ of the net, and since the net itself is infinite in dimension, the jewels are infinite in number. There hang the Jewels, glittering like stars in the first magnitude, a wonderful sight to behold. If we now arbitrarily select one of these jewels for inspection and look closely at it, we will discover that in its polished surface there are reflected all the other jewels in the net, infinite in number. Not only that, but each of the jewels reflected in this one jewel is also reflecting all the other jewels, so that there is an infinite reflecting process ocurring. “

Auteur: Robertson, R.
ISBN: 9780835608626
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Rhythm of Wholeness

By Dane Rudhyar (1895 – 1985).

268 Pages | A Quest Original 1983 | Softcover | Quest Books U.S.A. | ISBN: 0835605787.

This extraordinary work has been called ‘Dane Rudhyar’s Great Opus – his masterwork – formulating and integrating as all-inclusively as possible his philosophical/metaphysical worldview‘. Thus, Rhythm represents the culmination of decades of intense research into and creative thought about the basic questions concerning creation and evolution. In this book we find Rudhyar’s optimistic conclusion that man is part and parcel of ‘the wholeness that always is‘. Here is his challenge to the reader to consider man in a planetary frame of reference. Rhythm is, in short, the author’s total affirmation of being.

From Chapter 15 – ‘Epilogue’ (p. 256):

” Out of the ever-renewed chording of innumerable wholes, within wholes, within wholes . . . the cyclic of Wholeness rises. Is it a melody? Or is it one immense Tone sent forth by the gong of Space for countless wholes to resonate to – if they can, if they dare? Oh, blessed are those whose hearts respond to it, and in whose mind its overtones become Meaning, and Meaning, peace! ”  

auteur: Rudhyar, D.
ISBN: 0835605787
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Intelligence Came First – Life and Mind in the Field of Cosmic Consciousness

Edited by Ernest Lester Smith (1904 – 1992) with revisions by Patrick Milburn.

221 Pages | Published in 1975, second edition 1990 | Softcover | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 083560627.

‘This is a remarkable book‘, said the Chicago Daily News. ‘It indicates that a new synthesis is in the works, which is understood by many people might restore the confidence of our whole civilization’.

This new edition, with revisions by biologist Patrick Milburn, incorporates the latest ideas in biology, physics and theology. It takes a fresh look at a world, whose secrets are essential to understanding the nature of our own reality and cites recent scientific surprises about our world. Starting from the premise that consciousness is a fact of nature, since it is a universal experience, the book hypothesizes that intelligence is primal and that the cosmos is grounded in, and pervaded by Intelligence.

This hypothesis comes from experience as true as the beauty of the sunrise over the sea and is supported by science. The book offers a reinterpretation of science from a transformed standpoint. It refutes traditional scientific theory, that preaches the role of ‘blind’ matter and blind chance in the universe. The further our science penetrates into the order of reality, the more intricate the mathematical harmonies that are revealed. In living forms, we find an unfoldment of intelligence, a type of creative design that is functional and expressive in variety. The origin and evolution of life on Earth are part of a cosmological process, one that flows from the sun into the depths of space.

Chapter 14 – Toward a Synthesis (p. 209):

” Thus we see, though still from afar, that the world of which we are so intimately a part is ultimately a reality woven of shared experience – a field of consciousness in which, as T.S. Eliot expressed it, all truths have their time and place. In such a sense, we are coming home to our own true place in nature.

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time
Through the unknown remembered gate
Where the last of earth left to discover
Is that which was the beginning;
At the source of the longest river
The voice of the hidden waterfall
And the Children in the apple-tree
Not known because not looked for
But heard, half-heard, in the silence
Between two waves of the sea. “

auteur: Lester Smith, E. (ed.)
ISBN: 0835606570
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A New Science of the Paranormal – The Promise of Psychical Research

By Lawrence LeShan Ph.D.

133 Pages | First Quest Edition 2009 | Softcover | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 9780835608770.

ESP, hauntings, death-bed apparitions – science refuses to acknowledge the existence of such phenomena, because controlled experiments can’t prove them. But, says Lawrence LeShan, the paranormal is as real as the power of electricity, another force that we once did not understand. Citing documented cases, he offers the only current view for making a serious study of important subjects like clairvoyance, mediumship, and psychic healing. And the issue is not just academic, he says. If we are able to stop killing each other and the planet, we desperately need to replace our materialistic worldview. Psi research promises a new concept of reality that holds great hope for the future.

From Chapter 7 – ‘What Dare I hope’? (p. 99):

” All the human search for understanding and meaning, wrote the philosopher Immanuel Kant, is contained in four questions: 

What can I know?

What ought I to do?

What dare I hope?

What is a human being?

As the study of psi becomes a mature science and its existence becomes a part of our cultural world-picture, becomes ‘common sense’, what can we legitimately expect to happen? What I dare hope for is a time when psi becomes as widely accepted as was the unconscious after Freud or global warming after enough scientific research had been done on the subject. “

 

auteur: LeShan, L.
ISBN: 9780835608770
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