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Here is our offering of books and video to initiate a lively dialogue around the personal individuation process and the forming of global community.

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Promise Ahead: A Vision of Hope and Action for Humanity’s Future by Duane Elgin - Promise Ahead is a powerful sequel to Elgin’s classic bestseller Voluntary Simplicity. offering a road map for a promising future. <Amazon> <Alibris>

The Undiscovered Self by Carl Gustav Jung - A short, easy to read book for the general reader that intergrates many of Jung’s lifelong social and psychological concerns and addresses the uneasy relation between the individual and mass society. The survival of civilization, Jung maintains, depends on individual awareness of both the conscious and unconscious aspects of the human psyche. [more Jung books on CP C. G. Jung page] <Amazon> <Alibris>

The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher’s Life by Parker Palmer - Calling teaching a spiritual vocation, the author encourages teachers to turn their inquiring minds inward and developing a deeper understanding of what it means to teach. Good teachers share the trait of being able to weave a complex web of connections among themselves, their subjects, and their students, so that students can learn to weave a world for themselves. The connections made by good teachers are held not in their methods but in their hearts – the place where intellect and emotion and spirit and will converge in the human self. This book is not just for people who are labeled teachers by their W-2 form, it is for everyone. <Amazon> <Alibris>

The Ego and the Dynamic Ground: A Transpersonal Theory of Human Development by Michael Washburn - viewing human development as a spiral movement played out between the ego and its ultimate source. <Amazon> <Alibris>

Leadership and the New Science: Learning About Organization from an Orderly Universe by Margaret J. Wheatley - Draws on new scientific theories on quantum physics, chaos, and molecular biology to provide insights into ways in which people understand, design, and lead organizations, detailing keys to communication, business growth opportunities, and more. <Amazon> <Alibris>

The Great Work by Thomas Berry - If the Life systems Earth supports, including humanity, are to survive Berry proclaims “Our future destiny rests even more decisively on our capacity for intimacy in our human-Earth relations.” [electronic archive of Thomas Berry Papers] <Amazon> <Alibris>

Motivation for the Great Work: Forty Meaty Meditations for the Secular-Religious by John Cock- meditations are held under five dynamics of profound human living: community, awakenment, formation, engagement, and sustenance. <iUniverse>

The Transformative Vision: Reflections on the Nature and History of Human Expression by Jose Arguelles “is a sober reflection on the nature and history of human expression and an apocalypic celebration of the reunification of form and soul, ‘techne’ and ‘psyche’ at the end of the 20th century. Deftly mingling such diverse threads as art history and cultrual history with psychobiology, Jungian archetypical theory and McLuhanesque perspectival theory, Arguelles weaves a virtuosic expositon of the course of creative expression from medieval times to the present.... As a history and interpretation of culture, this book is perceptive and credible in the best tradition of a Sir Kenneth Clark or a Northrop Frye... But this is far more than art history. It is philosophical and psychological history, creative history, panoramic reflection.” (from the back cover) <Amazon> <Alibris>

Suggesting a list of books brings to mind the “One Book” project to have a city reading one book as a way of initiating dialogue. If the idea of forming a group for the purpose of creating on Earth a single learning community through the sacred work of transcultural dialogue seems daunting, how about forming a group around reading? Take a look at the “One Book” site for ideas. The Collegium Spiritus and the Center for Global Community are also ready to help.

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