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The Global Heart Awakens: Humanity's Rite of Passage from the Love of Power to the Power of Love [Kindle Edition]

Anodea Judith
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Positing that modern society is an adolescent culture, driven by greed and power and lying on the cusp of an era of spiritual growth and shifting values, this book explores mythic themes in various historical eras to explain the past, present, and future of the human experience. It suggests that the world is facing a rite of passage into adulthood and that a time of cooperation, stabilization, and sharing is approaching. With an original theory of history based on developmental psychology, including an analysis of masculine and feminine archetypes, this thoughtful guide weaves the narratives of human history and individuals' experiences into a path of enlightenment and a way to catalyze social change.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1381 KB
  • Print Length: 347 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0984840761
  • Publisher: Shift Books; 2 edition (1 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D5FL5RO
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #509,123 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars good food for politicians to update their policy 16 Oct. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a very interesting view on the future of our world, the way we go/should go, good food for politicians to update their policy.
War is for our species what auto-mutilation is for the individu, both are based on psychological disorder
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely riveting! 12 July 2013
By Gianna Carini (Perada) - Published on
This book is a tour de force meta-narrative of our times. I wish it had been longer as it filled with juicy insights all along the way. The author takes us through three essential questions of our time: Who are we? How did we get here? Where are we going?

Seeing the current state of humanity as a culture in its adolescence, with an unsustainable growth spurt fueled by oil, the author suggests that we are entering a planetary initiation into our future adulthood as a species. This initiation is brought on by the challenges of our time: global warming, resource depletion, economic instability, political unrest, new technologies, and the chaos of a dynamic system breaking through a deterministic paradigm.

This transition could also be called a shift in organizing principles for society - from one based on the love of power to one based on the power of love.

A former psychologist and author of many books on the chakra system, the author looks at the culture through many lenses: as a psychotherapist, historian, mythologist and mystic. Quite a combo. She sees various stages of our social history as reflecting humanity's infancy, toddlerhood, middle childhood (filled with sibling rivalry) and now in the midst of our full-fledge adolescence, transitioning into adults both in terms of our power ("more power in the hands of individuals than ever before") and in terms of general literacy, education, sophistication, access to the internet, ability to collaborate and organize, and the spiritual growth movement.

Her tour through human history is riveting--not a story of battles and dates, but a story of what happened to the feminine and why, both the light and dark side of Christianity (hard to find in one volume) and the blessings and costs of science and industrialism, emerging into the 60's revolution of human rights and the emerging interest in consciousness.

Where we are going, she suggests, is toward an emerging era of the heart--whose outer attributes are peace, collaboration, new economies, green technologies, participatory democracy, and spiritual awakening.

An inspiring and hopeful book that isn't "airy-fairy," yet has distinct spiritual dimensions. If you are a big-picture thinker, the insights in this book will expand your viewpoint.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A map of the human inner journey 31 July 2013
By craniosacred - Published on
If like most of us you see so many disturbing signs of distress, decay, corruption and unraveling everywhere you look; and if at the same time you see so many signs of cooperation, regeneration, creative and restorative acts that serve a positive vision of the future, then this is the book for you.

Anodea Judith has a grasp of history, mythology, psychology and spirituality that is unmatched. She will take you on a journey that will be challenging, awakening, satisfying and motivating. The most effective personal choices and the actions with the most impact arise from those who understand our times, both the grand sweep and the immediate choices and opportunities that are right in front of us every day. Anodea is on target and with great heart.

Reading this book will put your feet on the ground, awaken your vision and put your heart in the right place.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An optimistic look at human evolution - and a look forward to a possible future 9 July 2013
By Lion Goodman - Published on
Anodea Judith is a brilliant scholar who can take a subject and make it absolutely fascinating to the average reader. In this book, an update of her previous work, "Waking the Global Heart," she looks at history from a completely new perspective. Rather than boring facts lined up in order, she looks at streams of patterns, an evolutionary path that humans have grown through. It's clear that we're in a time of crisis - a global rite of passage. Civilization as we know it could collapse anytime. It's only by studying our past and understanding our evolution as a species that we can know where we're headed, and how to get there.

This is the most interesting and readable book about history - and our future - I've ever read. In fact, prior to reading it, I hadn't understood the larger patterns of our growth and development as a species. She weaves a fascinating story with her eloquent, thoughtful voice. Not "His-story," as we've been taught in school, but OUR story. When we look back, we can see where we've come from. Then, she turns our attention toward our future, showing us that we have a choice, right now, and that our choices will lead us either into a glorious future (if we can open our hearts to each other and to the planet), or to more death and destruction if we do not. Although it sounds alarming, alarms are important if you're trying to wake up in time.

In her previous works, she looked at psychological development, and personal growth, through the lens of the Chakra System, a map to wholeness. In this book, she uses that lens again to examine the development of human civilization. Because she is also a brilliant psychotherapist, it's as if she has Western Civilization itself on the psych couch. She is trying to make sense of the source of his wounds and his bizarre, violent behavior by examining his past. Once the source of his neuroses is understood, she offers a cure -- a Rite of Passage that he must go through, and decisions he must make (we must make), in order to turn from a mixed-up, selfish and dangerous teenager into a whole-hearted, healed and awakened adult. Tribal cultures knew how to take their children and turn them into functioning adults. We seem to have lost that knowledge, so we've remained a civilization obsessed by teenage manias. She declares in no uncertain terms: It's time to grow up. I've heard that "GOD" stands for Grow Or Die. This is our moment to choose.

I strongly recommend reading this book if you want an optimistic and hopeful narrative about human nature, the multiple crises we face, and the possible glorious future we could create easily. If you want to understand how we got into the mess we're in, and how we can get out of it, read this book. It provides a hopeful look at our future, but it is clear that our time to wake up - into the heart - is now.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, Intelligent, Creative Perspectives 12 Aug. 2013
By Holly Thomas - Published on
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Anodea is no doubt intellectually and creatively gifted - her insights are truly astounding even for the thoughtful, inquiring mind. Her writing is incredibly eloquent - thank God, because she has so much to communicate - all of which will open your mind and your heart.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoying 20 Sept. 2013
By jp - Published on
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So far I'm thoroughly enjoy this book. She writes well, makes great points and I have recommended to others. A great, thought provoking book. Buy it!
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