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The celestine prophecy.

In 1997, a little-known book called "The Celestine Prophecy" written by James Redfield was bravely published. No one expected this book to become a bestseller. In a short time however, this book was read by millions of world-weary readers in search of ways to change the world. This book is different. It has a strange, almost inconceivable message of how to achieve peace, but which, nevertheless, offers mankind hope that it is not too late after all--that peace can be achieved in small ways.

The book is about an old manuscript written in 600 BC in the jungles of Peru, amidst the Celestine ruins. The manuscript predicts a massive transformation in human society in the last decades of the 20th century, a sweeping change which will be brought about by a collective conscious evolution of individuals. The manuscript contained nine insights which would help in this transformation.

The first insight speaks about the overwhelming sense of restlessness in the world and an awakening of our consciousness to the profoundness of the mysteries of the world. The second insight extends this consciousness to a historical perspective outlining a whole history that is all too preoccupied with economic progress. The history of humankind's existence from the Dark Ages, the Renaissance and the birth of the Modern Age and the discovery and development of science, which replaced God and our spiritual culture, contributed to a spiritual desolation and decadence. What the second insight says is for us to wake up from this preoccupation and ask ourselves what the real purpose of Life is. As we come to this awareness, the third insight describes a new understanding of the physical world, a perception that the world thrives on a vast invisible type of energy system that is intricately connected with us. This new type of energy manifests itself through our increased sensitivity to beauty, which would Later transform one's understanding of the universe. When we appreciate beauty and uniqueness, then we receive energy and Later, as we work towards sharpening our senses, then we are able to give energy. However, as the fourth insight illustrates, humans unconsciously compete for this energy, for it is also a source of power. The challenge is to transcend this struggle for energy and of one's urge to control other people because this Leads to stagnant spiritual growth. We must instead turn to an alternative source of energy--an inner energy flowing out into the physical world which will help us to consciously engage in evolution. This process of consciously evolving, of staying alert to every coincidence, keeps us in touch with cosmic forces and helps us to get the answers to life's questions. This can be achieved by engaging in positive thinking and positive energy. As we continue building energy and centering ourselves in our situations, then we continuously receive answers from seemingly innocous coincidences which guide us to the right direction.

All these insights culminate in the ninth insight which predicts that as humans reach conscious evolution, humans will typically live among 5,000 year-old trees and carefully tended gardens, Living comfortably amidst technological advancements and being able to have equal access to foodstuff, clothing and transportation. Economic exchange will not be necessary. People will be efficient and will Live in harmony with other people. No one will need to consume excessively. Everyone will have slowed down and Let go of the need for economic security. The ninth insight reveals that our ultimate destiny is conscious evolution. We are the culmination of the whole of evolution. The "more beauty we can see, the more we evolve, the more we evolve, the higher we vibrate." The vibration will open up to a Heaven that is already before us. Our ultimate destiny, the book reveals, is reaching heaven on earth.

Too fantastic and utopian? Maybe. Some readers have used these adjectives to describe "The Celestine Prophecy". Others perhaps may have objected to the book's New Age feel and its exclusion of Christian ideals. Others, cynical and skeptical, commented that the book overlooked humanity's propensity for greed, selfishness, violence, etc. However, this is not the first time that writers have written about a utopian vision for this world. Plato, in "The Republic", illustrates a society of controlled hierarchy ruled by an elite group of philosopher kings. Thomas Moore's "Utopia", Voltaire's "Candide" and even Karl Marx's "The Communist Manifesto" advance different visions of an ideal world devoid of war. And of course, there are countless science fiction constructs of an ideal society.

So, what makes "The Celestine Prophecy" different? First of all, the book outlines a blueprint for achieving peace that has nothing to do with politics. In fact, the paradigm insists that individual transformation will inevitably set off a chain reaction of sorts that will eventually change the course of history. The book may and does sound unbelievable and its concepts implausible, still, it tells us that we have the power to achieve peace individually. All we have to do is try. In the end, that is the potent message of this interesting book.
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Title Annotation:paths to peace
Author:Bayaua, Mitch R.
Article Type:Critical Essay
Date:Oct 1, 2003
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