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Peter Russell is an author, speaker, and leading thinker on consciousness and contemporary spirituality. He believes the critical challenge today is freeing human thinking from the limited beliefs and attitudes that lie behind many of our problems — personal, social, and global. His mission is to distill the essential wisdom on human consciousness found in the world’s various spiritual traditions and to disseminate it in contemporary and compelling ways. Russell earned a first-class honors degree in theoretical physics and psychology — as well as a master’s degree in computer science — at the University of Cambridge, England. He also studied meditation and Eastern philosophy in India. He coined the term global brain with his 1980s bestseller by the same name in which he predicted the internet and the impact it would have on humanity.
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Anyone who has dipped a toe into any of the world’s spiritual traditions knows that letting go and letting be are key. But how? In this fresh, frank, and powerful guide, Peter Russell allows readers to see that the things we get hung up on are generally not tangible problems in the present, but are instead thoughts, feelings, interpretations, beliefs, or expectations we have about them. These are not actual things; they exist only in our minds. And we can strip these “no-things” of their power and let them go by making a simple change of mind. Russell boils this letting go down to remarkably easy methods of accepting, acknowledging, recognizing, and even befriending what we tend to run from. This paradoxical practice generates peace of mind, fresh perspectives, and wisdom in action. In turbulent times like ours, this is a true power, one available to us all.
From Science to God is as much a personal story of an open-minded skeptic as it is a tour de force of scientific and religious paradigm shifts. Russell takes us from Galileo’s den to the lecture halls of Cambridge where he studied with Stephen Hawking. “If you had asked me then if there was a God,” says the best-selling author of his scientific beginnings, “I would have pointed to mathematics.” But no matter what empirical truths science offered Russell, one thorny question remained: How can something as immaterial as consciousness, ever arise from something as unconscious as matter?
"A luminous, beautiful, and wise book."
For several decades visionary scientist Peter Russell's message has essentially been one of sanity and hope amid growing signs of the threat of ecological catastrophe. This tenth anniversary new release of his award-winning masterwork, Waking Up in Time, remains a showcase of the truth that the very survival of our civilization requires that we make a radical shift in consciousness.
The classic manifesto for awakening to the planetary crisis remains an inspired invitation to be the change each of us wants to see in the world. Russell's inspired call is supported not by mere new age nostrums but by a sophisticated vision of the integration of science, evolution, consciousness, and spirituality.
Waking Up in Time portrays the human community rushing toward an unprecedented moment of culmination—the much-heralded “omega” point of history. Russell offers a gripping account of the ever-accelerating pace of change that will lead to this denouement early in this century. Yet we can live a sane and peaceful life even in these times of epochal change, Russell shows—one that is free of the burnout, panic, and anxiety that will afflict many. A sublime inner peace can result from liberating ourselves from materialism and excessive desire—and this peace is available now, Russell explains. Finding it is imperative—for each of us—if humanity is to face the perilous times ahead.
A new foreword by Ervin Laszlo, author of Macroshift
A new introduction by Peter Russell
Fully updated—with new illustrations
WINNER (FIRST EDITION): Ben Franklin Award, 1999; Independent Publishers Award, 1999
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Peter Russell, the widely acclaimed author of the bestseller The Global Brain and other pioneering works, earned degrees in theoretical physics and psychology at the Cambridge University in England, where he studied for a time under Stephen Hawking. His subsequent journey to India led to a lifetime exploration of meditation, Eastern philosophy, and the nature of consciousness. Among Russell’s many other books are the bestselling The TM Technique, The Brain Book,and From Science to God. A world-renowned futurist and scientific visionary, Russell has been a keynote speaker at many conferences worldwide, and is frequently interviewed on radio and television.
MORE PRAISE FOR WAKING UP IN TIME
"Absolutely brilliant. Like Marx and Freud, but with more wisdom than either of them.” —Robert Anton Wilson
"A wake-up call. Peter Russell calls upon his specialized knowledge in physics and spiritual disciplines, as well as a keen political sense, to bring us face to face with the present moment."
—Marilyn Ferguson, author of The Aquarian Conspiracy
“The principal spiritual challenge of our moment is the transformation of our immense power into a new planetary wisdom. . . . For anyone interested in participating in this task there is simply no better place to begin than Peter Russell's Waking Up in Time.”
—Brian Swimme, PhD, author of The Universe Story
“A unique and perceptive analysis of the global crisis at its most powerful levels. The prescriptions it offers are hopeful and inspirational.”
—Stanley Krippner, PhD.
“Brings the message we need to wake up in time . . . from one of the most evolved minds of our time.