TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Paradigm Shift: Changing the Story
- Where are We?
- Seeing Things as they Really Are
- America as Icarus
- Changing Course: Redirecting the Evolution of Human Consciousness
- The Dangers of Awakening and Not Awakening
- Paradigm Shift in Ancient Greece
- Changeless Change
- Shifting: Asleep and Awake
- Beyond Cycles and Change
- A Collective Paradigm Shift
- Strangers in a Strange Land
- Food Masturbation
- Opening the Heart
- The Failure to Persuade
A paradigm shift of the magnitude that we are advocating in this book is ultimately a heart-felt experience. Words can only “point” in the direction of the Great Insight (experiencing the nature of Reality as it really is), they cannot give you the experience itself. However, though the intellect cannot “sense” or describe the experience or “feeling” of Oneness, an open mind can provide a gateway to the heart. The soaring words of the poet, for example, can come close to facilitating an experience of Simple Reality.
Jean Houston with her mystic’s prose paints a vivid expansive “universe-scape” of what Oneness might feel like to a human being with a new identity emerging. Our bodies are of the stuff of stars and the minerals of the Earth. Our blood runs briny with the seas, and we ourselves are living planets for billions of little beings, microorganisms and who knows what else. Our genes are universes in themselves, coded with enough information to recreate the world.
Our cells contain the memories of all things past—the birth of stars, the coming of life, the experience of being fish and amphibian, reptile and early mammal, monkey and human, and the lure now calling us from beyond the horizon to enter the next stage of our becoming. That next stage of our becoming, our natural state, is Simple Reality.
For a much more in-depth discussion on Simple Reality, read Simple Reality: The Key to Serenity and Survival, by Roy Charles Henry, published in 2011.