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Discussion in 'Art, Entertainment, and Media' started by kucala, Aug 11, 2010.
Has anyone read it? Opinions/thoughts/comments?
I haven't read it, though I have heard of it. I just read about it on Wikipedia. Sounds interesting. There are a lot of new age beliefs that I hold to be true. I liked the summary of The Insights: A Critical Mass A new spiritual awakening is occurring in human culture; an awakening brought about by a critical mass of individuals who experience their lives as a spiritual unfolding, a journey in which we are led forward by mysterious coincidences. In simple terms, listening to ourselves. Paying more attention & looking deeper into 'strange' or 'coincidental' occurrences in our lives. The Longer Now This awakening represents the creation of a new, more complete worldview, which replaces a five-hundred-year-old preoccupation with secular survival and comfort. While this technological preoccupation was an important step, our awakening to life's coincidences is opening us up to the real purpose of human life on this planet, and the real nature of our Universe. A Matter of Energy We now experience that we live not in a material Universe, but in a Universe of dynamic energy. Everything extant is a field of sacred energy that we can sense and intuit. Moreover, we humans can project our energy by focusing our attention in the desired direction, in that where attention goes, energy flows, influencing other energy systems and increasing the pace of coincidences in our lives. It is possible to see this energy enveloping all living things. The Struggle For Power To gain energy, we tend to manipulate or force others to give us attention and thus energy. When we successfully dominate others in this way, we feel more powerful, but they are left weakened and often fight back. Competition for scarce human energy is the cause of all conflict between people. The Message of the Mystics Insecurity and violence ends when we experience an inner connection with divine energy within, a connection described by mystics of all traditions. A sense of lightness or buoyancy along with the constant sensation of love are measures of this connection. If these measures are present, the connection is real; if not, it is only pretended. Clearing the Past The more we stay connected, the more we are acutely aware of those times when we lose connection, usually when we are under stress. In these times, we can see our own particular way of stealing energy from others. Once our manipulations are brought to personal awareness, our connection becomes more constant and we can discover our own evolutionary path in life, and our spiritual mission, which is the personal way we can contribute to the World. Here the four main "control dramas", namely the Interrogator, the Intimidator, the Aloof and the Poor Me, are discussed. Each person unconsciously prefers one of these four to suck energy out of others (as described in the Fourth Insight). A way of getting these under control is disclosed. Engaging the Flow Knowing our personal mission further enhances the flow of mysterious coincidences as we are guided toward our destinies. First we have a question; then dreams, daydreams, and intuitions lead us towards the answers, which usually are synchronistically provided by the wisdom of another human being. The Interpersonal Ethic We can increase the frequency of guiding coincidences by uplifting every person that comes into our lives. Care must be taken not to lose our inner connection when we have become part of romantic relationships. Uplifting others is especially effective in groups wherein each member can feel energy of all the others. With children it is extremely important for their early security and growth. By seeing the beauty in every face, we lift others into their wisest self, and increase the chances of hearing a synchronistic message. The Emerging Culture As we all evolve toward the best completion of our spiritual missions, the technological means of survival will be fully automated as humans focus instead on synchronistic growth. Such growth will move humans into higher energy states, ultimately transforming our bodies into spiritual form and uniting this dimension of existence with the after-life dimension, ending the cycle of birth and death. Holding the Vision Throughout history human beings have been unconsciously struggling to implement this lived spirituality on Earth. Each of us comes here on assignment, and as we pull this understanding into consciousness, we can remember a fuller birth vision of what we wanted to accomplish with our lives. Further we can remember a common world vision of how we will all work together to create a new spiritual culture. We know that our challenge is to hold this vision with intention and prayer everyday. Extending Prayer Fields The Eleventh Insight is the precise method through which we hold the vision. For centuries, religious scriptures, poems, and philosophies have pointed to a latent power of mind within all of us that mysteriously helps to affect what occurs in the future. It has been called faith power, positive thinking, and the power of prayer. We are now taking this power seriously enough to bring a fuller knowledge of it into public awareness. We are finding that this prayer power is a field of intention, which moves out from us and can be extended and strengthened, especially when we connect with others in a common vision. This is the power through which we hold the vision of a spiritual world and build the energy in ourselves and in others to make this vision a reality.
Yeah, that's a pretty good summary of the insights, though, there's obviously more detail that you would get from reading it. I found it a very interesting, thought-provoking book. Though it was an easy read, i'd definitely recommend it. It really makes you think, and what's even more interesting, is putting some of the insights into practice.
Read the book. Lot of deep spiritual development there for individuals and masses. I saw the movie too but was disappointing. The movie avatar had a lot of its fundamental meanings of the book; but i enjoyed the concept of energy and its importance.
I have read it years ago. I liked it then but I think I should reread it. I have "evolved" a lot since then and I'm curious whether the insights will hid me harder than they did then
I have not read this however my grandfather has been encouraging me to for quite some time and though we do not always see eye to eye, from the way he raves about this, I'd give it a try if I ever stumbled across a cheap copy.
I am not big on new age, I might read it though because it sounds like it is a centralized location of a lot of topics, so it may be useful. Maybe I will surprise myself. [MENTION=2926]Bird[/MENTION]; there are cheaper copies on Amazon for 1 cent plus $3.99 shipping. I also saw one on Abebooks.com for $2.97 shipped.
Read the book, I thought it was interesting. The control dramas thing really stuck out at me as true. It was an interesting and imaginative journey. I think I was seriously flexing my Ni at the time and exploring esoteric beliefs in spite of the fact that I am normally more of a man of logic and science. Also read the sequel out of curiousity but didnt care for it, I think it was much too esoteric for me.
I was sorting through some of my old books the other day and happened across The Celestine Prophecy, i read it along time ago when i was younger, found it interesting, but im unsure if i finished it or not, perhaps its time to have another read.
I can't say I hold new age practitioners in high regard. I would say I'm highly skeptical, but that is not quite the right word.
I read it when I was like, 13 or 14 and thought it was really something. I've totally forgotten about it now.. What did you get out of it? Maybe I should go back and read it.. so what I think/feel about it more than a decade later..
There is a movie out now, came out in 2006 I think. Amazing stuff. Really helped me pump up my NF ... Great movie and I even love the trailer too! I just started this discussion about the movie... http://www.infjs.com/forums/showthread.php?t=20262&referrerid=4944