- Paperback: 420 pages
- Publisher: Axis Mundi Books (25 May 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1780990421
- ISBN-13: 978-1780990422
- Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 2.3 x 21.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 667,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Whole Elephant Revealed: Insights into the Existence and Operation of Universal Laws and the Golden Ratio Paperback – 25 May 2012
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The Whole Elephant Revealed is a thrilling synthesis that is desperately needed. Marja de Vries has woven a beautiful tapestry uniting the deepest insights of the great wisdom traditions with the revelations of modern science. She shows that humans are an integral, synchronized aspect of the universe, not an accidental, meaningless appendage. If we are to endure, the widespread understanding of the principles in this book is utterly necessary. --(Larry Dossey, MD, author of The Power of Premonitions, Healing Words and Reinventing Medicine)
About the Author
Marja de Vries (1954) studied biology and ecology and worked as a fabric artist. Wanting to find out how we as human beings can live in harmony with nature,
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The first law she identifies as the Law of Oneness, that everything that exists emanates from one and the same Oneness or Source. This she goes on to identify as the One Consciousness in which everything is held in material reality, bringing together concepts from quantum mechanics, the Zero Point Field and the Akasha. Second is the Law of Correspondence, tieing together the multidimensional nature of reality with theories of consciousness, fractals and the holographic universe. Thirdly, the Law of Vibration draws together harmonic resonance with energetic vibration, the human aura, health and the heart, and the role of consciousness in healing.
She goes on to explain the Laws of Polarity, Rhythm, Cause and Effect, and Dynamic Balance. For each law, she has a synthesis of spiritual and mystical insights from many traditions, and experimental evidence from Western science, which she weaves together into a fascinating tapestry. If you are interested in science and spirituality, this is a profound attempt to bring the two together into a coherent whole. It is also referenced, giving plenty of other writings to follow up.
Having said that, there are a couple of points that let it down a little. Firstly, it is translated from the original Dutch, and whilst the writing is well-expressed for most of it, there are numerous typos throughout the book, which, as an ex-teacher, I couldn't help but notice! Secondly, the last two chapters needed more careful editing and rephrasing in places, with some form of conclusion to the whole project, maybe a short final chapter rather that the very brief epilogue. However, for the sheer volume of ideas, perennial wisdom and a ground-breaking synthesis of science and spirituality, it is well-worth reading and has given me much food for thought and further exploration.
Due to my involvement with Paganism and the esoteric, I am familiar with the Hermetic Principles. What I wasn't expecting was a book that, without speaking about Paganism, or Esoterism, or Witchcraft, would "talk" about them - would really put on the table the most essential parts of those paths or disciplines.
The author starts with the allegory of the blind men and the elephant, thus setting up a humble context for the reading: "We can't just but grasp a small part of the whole, and every grasp is subjective". From that moment on, she pics the threads of the key principles behind most of the religious, spiritual and western mysteric schools, and starts weaving them into a comprehensible pattern. Furthermore she places that pattern side by side with the latest researches on western science and, of course, quantum physics. The result is just mind-blowing.
Don't get me wrong, many of the theories are just...theories, and we are way behind of their full comprehension. But the author doesn't seem to intent to "give a scientific proof to spiritual principles". No, she's just weaving a pattern. In it makes sense, it definitely does.
It cannot be said that the book is a self-help book (it's way way beyond that) but, in some sense, it does motion and encourage you to keep the thread and keep weaving the pattern. If there are any pagans, specially witches reading this review... go get it!
You will immerse yourself in a travel through the laws of harmony, cause and effect, polarity, rhythm... yes! Doesn't it ring a bell? :)
For those who are into physics, it's an amazing book to understand the principles that underlie some philosophies or spiritual paths from a more researched and analytics point of view.
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It is a book that I will keep by my side. I love the wisdom that Marja De Vries has compiled and shared.