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OUR MOMENT IN HISTORY AS AN INITIATION FOR HUMANITY


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Our Moment in History as an Initiation for Humanity
Richard Tarnas

Perhaps we, as a civilization and a species, are undergoing a rite of passage of the most epochal and profound kind, acted out on the stage of history with, as it were, the cosmos itself as the tribal matrix of the initiatory drama. Perhaps humankind has entered into the most critical stages of a death-rebirth mystery. In retrospect it seems that the entire path of Western civilization has taken humankind and the planet on a trajectory of initiatory transformation, separating it from the larger community of life, from the cosmos itself, into a state of spiritual alienation, into an encounter with mortality on a global scale—from world wars and holocausts to the nuclear crisis and now the planetary ecological crisis--an encounter with mortality that is no longer individual and personal but rather transpersonal, collective, planetary. It is larger than all of us. It seems that we are all entering into something new, a new development, a crisis of accelerated maturation, a birth, and we cannot really know where it is headed.

I believe we have a choice. There are many possible universes, many possible meanings, floating through us. We are not solitary subjects in a meaningless universe upon which we can and must impose our egocentric will. Nor are we just empty vessels, as it were, on automatic, playing out passively the implacable processes of history, of the universe, of our environment, of our genes. Rather, we are all miraculously self-reflective creative participants in a larger cosmic drama, in a co-evolutionary unfolding of reality. It is a complex process where both we and the universe are mutually creators and created. What seems to be unfolding is not only a recovery of the soul of the world, the anima mundi, but a new relationship to it. Something new is being forged.


Richard Tarnas at Stonehenge
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RICHARD TARNAS, Ph.D., demonstrates the existence of a consistent correlation between planetary movements and the archetypal patterns of human experience. He examines eras such as the cultural rebellion of the 1960s and the French Revolution, the world wars, September 11 and its aftermath, bringing us up to 2012 and beyond.

Richard Tarnas was born in 1950 in Geneva, Switzerland, of American parents. He grew up in Michigan, where he studied Greek, Latin, and the classics under the Jesuits. In 1968 he entered Harvard, where he studied Western intellectual and cultural history and depth psychology, graduating with an A.B. cum laude in 1972. For ten years he lived and worked at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, studying with Joseph Campbell, Gregory Bateson, Huston Smith, and Stanislav Grof, and later served as director of programs and education. He received his Ph.D. from Saybrook Institute in 1976. From 1980 to 1990, he wrote The Passion of the Western Mind, a narrative history of Western thought which became a best seller and continues to be a widely used text in universities throughout the world. He is the founding director of the graduate program in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, where he currently teaches. He also teaches on the faculty of the Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara. His most recent book is Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View. www.cosmosandpsyche.com


THE PURPOSE OF THE 2012 TIPPING POINT PROPHETS CONFERENCE VANCOUVER JULY 23-25, 2010 is to explore a radically different, more optimistic interpretation of the Mayan prophecy. This brings together JOSE ARGUELLES, FLORDEMAYO, ANDREW HARVEY, BARBARA MARX HUBBARD, JOHN MAJOR JENKINS, JOHN KIMMEY, JOHN PERKINS, LLYN ROBERTS, DANIEL PINCHBECK, RICHARD TARNAS, and MIGUEL ANGEL VERGARA into the beautiful setting of Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada. Following the conference will be in-depth post-conference workshops JULY 26-27.

2012: TIPPING POINT
The Prophets Conference Vancouver

Simon Fraser University - Burnaby Campus

Conference 23-25 JULY 2010
In-Depth Post-Conference Workshops 26-27 JULY 2010

Conference Information: www.greatmystery.org/events/vancouver2012.html
Exhibitor Information: www.greatmystery.org/events/vancouver2012register.html

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ADDITIONAL WRITINGS
The Hinge Of A Transition In Our Speciesí Awareness by Daniel Pinchbeck
Gazing Into The Cosmic Center December 21, 2012 by John Major Jenkins
An Alliance of Prayer, Education and Healing for Our Mother Earth by Flordemayo
2012 Planetary Evolution by Barbara Marx Hubbard
A Radioactive Nuisance to All Those in Power by Andrew Harvey
1000 Days to Zero Point 2012 by Jose Arguelles
The Eternal Fire of Transformation by John Major Jenkins
Planetary Whole System Design Science by Jose Arguelles
Sacred Activism and the Birth of the Divine Humanity by Andrew Harvey
Something Monumental Is Going To Happen by Mayan elder Flordemayo
This Is It by John Eesawu Kimmey
2012 and Other Indigenous Prophecies for Transformation by Llyn Roberts
How Do We Get Ready for 2012? by Barbara Marx Hubbard
It Happened In Cancun a preview for Vancouver
2012 : The Primal World Ensouled - Richard Tarnas
The True Meaning of 2012 by John Perkins

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2012 TIPPING POINT VANCOUVER
Jose Arguelles, Miguel Angel Vergara, Flordemayo, Andrew Harvey, Barbara Marx Hubbard John Major Jenkins, John Kimmey, John Perkins, Daniel Pinchbeck, Llyn Roberts, Richard Tarnas
23-25 July 2010
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30 Nov - 12 Dec 2010
SHAPESHIFTING A NEW WORLD
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2-12 December 2010

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