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Subtle Activism


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List of Illustrations Acknowledgments Foreword Introduction An Ancient Approach, Revisited Science and Consciousness Empirical Evidence Direct "Versus" Subtle Activism Skepticism Meaning 1. The Inner Dimension of Social and Planetary Transformation The Planetization of Humankind: Teilhard de Chardin The Integral Earth Community: Thomas Berry The Re-enchantment of the Cosmos: Richard Tarnas Summing Up The Path of Subtle Activism Broadening the Scope of Activism Broadening the Scope of Spirituality Global Meditation and the Evolution of Consciousness 2. Subtle Activism and Spirituality Shamanism Yoga, Hinduism, and the Vedic Tradition Buddhism Judeo-Christian Tradition Western Mystery Traditions Eclectic/Interfaith Caveats 3. Subtle Activism and Science Lessons and Metaphors From Quantum Physics Parapsychology Distant Healing Implications of Psi and Distant Healing Research for Subtle Activism The Maharishi Effect Field REG Research Global Consciousness Project Global Coherence Initiative Discussion 4. Foundations of Subtle Activism What is Consciousness? History of the Scientific Study of Consciousness Theoretical Perspectives Examined in the Chapter Maharishi's Theory of Vedic Defense Sheldrake's Hypothesis of Formative Causation and Theory of Morphic Fields Bache's Model of Collective Healing by Individuals in Non-Ordinary States of Consciousness Areas of Overlap and Difference Parallels in Physics: Bohm's Theory of Holomovement and the Implicate Order Parallels in Psychology Parallels in Esoteric Thought A General Hypothesis of Subtle Activism 5. Subtle Activism and the Emergence of Planetary Consciousness Definitions and Concepts of Planetary Consciousness Owning the Shadow Embracing Difference Identifying Resistance Signposts of an Emerging Order Crossing the Threshold Subtle Activism and Planetary Consciousness 6. Conclusion Appendix 1: Subtle Activism Resource List Appendix 2: Subtle Activism: Science, Magic, or Religion? Note Bibliography Index

About the Author

David Nicol teaches in the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies. He is also executive director and cofounder of the Gaiafield Project and cofounder of BeThePeace.


"Many good books are published each year but important books are harder to come by. One of the marks of a truly important book is that it challenges our deeply held convictions about what is real and what is possible in the world. It opens new intellectual horizons by showing us previously hidden connections. David Nicol's Subtle Activism is an important book, a very important book." - from the Foreword by Christopher M. Bache "Remarkably well written, accessibly organized and presented." - Midwest Book Review

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