More likely a fantasy. At least that’s what I thought when I first read this book in 1994. We were all so much more innocent in those days.
Now, we can see how prophetic this writer’s words were.
(From the dust jacket:) Are three decades of interest in modern physics, ecology, mystical religion and inter-personal psychology finally synthesizing into a new spiritual “common sense”? Are we now beginning to live this new common sense? Can it become the dominant paradigm of the next century?
The simple answer is Yes!
A List of Chapter Titles
The nine insights that Redfield has discovered are ‘hidden’ in the titles of the chapters:
- A Critical Mass
- The Longer Now
- A Matter of Energy
- The Struggle for Power
- The Message of the Mystics
- Clearing the Past
- Engaging the Flow
- The Interpersonal Ethic
- The Emerging Culture
These insights drive the narrative of the book and take the reader on a rollicking ‘adventure’ into South America.
But is it Real?
That’s always an issue, isn’t it? Our rational mind wants that question answered, or else we won’t ‘buy in’ to the story.
The obvious tie-in to Carlos Castaneda’s The Teachings of Don Juan makes the reader pause and consider the implications of ‘ancient’ wisdom from indigenous people. Did they learn something ‘way back when’ that we are only just rediscovering? The simple answer is Maybe!
It could also be that the world was intended to be ‘educated’ in this time frame.
If you want to have an ‘adventure’ that might be only one man’s way of teaching us spiritual truths, I would heartily recommend this book. The worst that can happen is that you’ll ‘see’ the world in a different way.