Chaos, Creativity, and Cosmic Consciousness (Paperback)
• A wide-ranging investigation of the ecology of inner and outer space, the role of chaos theory in the dynamics of human creation, and the rediscovery of traditional wisdom.
In this book of "trialogues," the late psychedelic visionary and shamanologist Terence McKenna, acclaimed biologist and originator of the morphogenetic fields theory Rupert Sheldrake, and mathematician and chaos theory scientist Ralph Abraham explore the relationships between chaos and creativity and their connection to cosmic consciousness. Their observations call into question our current views of reality, morality, and the nature of life in the universe. The authors challenge the reader to the deepest levels of thought with wide-ranging investigations of the ecology of inner and outer space, the role of chaos in the dynamics of human creation, and the resacralization of the world. Among the provocative questions the authors raise are: Is Armageddon a self-fulfilling prophecy? Are we humans the imaginers or the imagined? Are the eternal laws of nature still evolving? What is the connection between physical light and the light of consciousness?
Part ceremony, part old-fashioned intellectual discussion, these trialogues are an invitation to a new understanding of what Jean Houston calls "the dreamscapes of our everyday waking life."
McKenna was a scholar of shamanism, ethno-botanist, psychedelic researcher and author of many books.
Ralph Abraham is the author of Dynamics: The Geometry of Behavior. He lives in California.
Jean Houston and Robert Masters are well-known pioneers of modern consciousness research and were both among the founders of the Human Potentials Movement. They also coauthored Mind Games: The Guide to Inner Space and The Varieties of Psychedelic Experience. Jean Houston is also the author of A Passion for the Possible, Godseed, and A Mythic Life. She resides in New York.
— Matthew Fox, author of Original Blessing
" Records the exciting intellectual friendship of three amazing minds pushing to the edge of history in search of a new consciousness blending scientific observation, mythical imagination, and visionary speculation."
— Riane Eisler, author of The Chalice and the Blade
"Should be required reading for anyone who believes that science and spirituality cannot and should not interact."
— Larry Dossey, M.D., author of Space, Time and Medicine
"One finishes Chaos, Creativity, and Cosmic Consciousness with a sense of heightened awareness and wonder."
— ForeWord, 2003, Volume 6, number 2
" . . . represent[s] a very innovative and exciting new way of understanding life as we know it."
— Gunnel Minett, breathe issue 89 - Sept., Oct., Nov. '02