Awakening the Planetary Mind: Beyond the Trauma of the Past to a New Era of Creativity Paperback – Sep 21 2011
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“In Awakening the Planetary Mind, Barbara Hand Clow tells the story of who we really are and how we got here. Never before has there been a telling of history from such an experiential point of view so pertinent that it ties our global, present-day conscious existence with all its political, academic, and religious dogmas to a great catastrophe of our remote past and an ecological Golden Age that existed before; a truly remarkable accomplishment and fascinating book. I couldn’t put it down.” (Edward F. Malkowski, author of Ancient Egypt 39,000 BCE)
“Between lines of text exists an unseen world. Barbara Hand Clow, with her inimitable ability, peered into this world with laserlike vision and has thrust it before us in a way that cannot be ignored. As an engineer who is grounded in three-dimensional reality, Awakening the Planetary Mind reads between my lines with insight and clarity.” (Christopher Dunn, author of The Giza Power Plant)
“Grandmother Sky (Barbara Hand Clow) has captured the essence of Mother Earth as a living energy within the Universal Circle in Awakening the Planetary Mind. The book reveals some universal dynamics that help us understand our connection to the past here on Turtle Island. We can truly learn from the past that we have the ability to change and to begin again.” (J. T. Garrett, Ed.D., M.P.H., member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee from North Carolina and author)
“Clow’s book is mind-expanding, provocative, hopeful, hard-to-put-down, and pertinent as we confront the many crises of today.” (Spirituality-and-Religion.com, October 2011)
“Clow is an active agent for positive change, and her last chapter on Goddess Alchemy presents a path for planetary awakening.” (Dell Horoscope)
“Compulsive, compelling, and authoritative. An important addition to our understanding of ancient catastrophes and their impact on human consciousness. Essential reading for the alternative prehistorian.” (Andrew Collins, author of Gateway to Atlantis and From the Ashes of Angels)
“It takes a mind versed in interdisciplinary studies to fully understand, integrate, reassemble, and then accurately teach this complex subject. Barbara has that kind of mind. And her detective work is conveyed admirably.” (Freddy Silva, researcher, photographer, and author of Common Wealth)
“In Awakening the Planetary Mind, Barbara Hand Clow, with a perceptive voice, invites us to explore the unknown crevices of the past through her uncommon spiritual eye.” (Rand Flem-Ath, author of When the Sky Fell)
“I find this book mind-expanding, provocative, and offering an important contribution to our self-understanding as a species, especially as we face important decisions in these critical times.” (Matthew Fox, author of Original Blessing)
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SPIRITUALITY / ANCIENT MYSTERIES "In Awakening the Planetary Mind, Barbara Hand Clow tells the story of who we really are and how we got here. Never before has there been a telling of history from such an experiential point of view so pertinent that it ties our global, present-day conscious existence with all its political, academic, and religious dogmas to a great catastrophe of our remote past and an ecological Golden Age that existed before; a truly remarkable accomplishment and fascinating book. I couldn't put it down." --Edward F. Malkowski, author of Ancient Egypt 39,000 BCE In this completely revised and expanded edition of Catastrophobia, bestselling author Barbara Hand Clow explains how we are on the cusp of an age of incredible creative growth made possible by restoring our lost prehistory. Examining legendary cataclysms--such as the fall of Atlantis and the biblical Flood--and the mounting geological and archaeological evidence that many of these mythic catastrophes were actual events, she reveals the existence of a highly advanced global maritime culture that disappeared amid great earth changes and rising seas 14,000 to 11,500 years ago, nearly causing our species' extinction and leaving humanity's collective psyche deeply scarred. Tracing humanity's reemergence after these prehistoric catastrophes, Clow explains how these events in the deep past influence our consciousness today. Guided by Carl Johan Calleman's analysis of the Mayan Calendar, she reveals that as the Earth's 26,000-year precessional cycle shifts, our evolution is accelerating to prepare us for a new age of harmony and peace. She explains how we are beginning a collective healing as ancient memories of prehistory awaken in our minds and release our unprocessed fear. Passed from generation to generation, this fear has been responsible for our constant expectations of apocalypse. She shows that by remembering and moving beyond the trauma of our long lost past, we bring the era of cataclysms to an end and cross the threshold into a time of extraordinary creative activity. BARBARA HAND CLOW is an internationally acclaimed ceremonial teacher, Mayan Calendar researcher, and the author of The Mayan Code, The Pleiadian Agenda, Alchemy of Nine Dimensions, and Liquid Light of Sex. A regular presenter of international talks, she has taught at sacred sites throughout the world. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.See all Product Description
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But really, it's hard to see what unique gifts or vision are brought forward in this book. This book is very much 'in the head', meaning it just reading about facts and this and that. The key to passing into any new world is certainly how to refer to information through experiencing your body. The integration of mind and body is necessary to really progress on the spiritual path of awakening. And this book does not offer anything to help the aspirant progress. It is very objective and does not really touch you. It's mostly just facts and you are not shown how to interact with anything beyond just reading about it.
As far as what a previous reviewer said, that the book just gives intellectual information about the subject matter, I guess the reviewer overlooked Hand Clow's extensive references and end notes that cite her sources and help expand her ideas even further. I bought one of these, The Language of Emotions, and can say that if you are looking for more "emotional depth," then it will provide all that you may desire. Otherwise, I think Hand Clow's book provide much food for thought and certainly many ideas that can be explored further in future books.
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