The long awaited and much anticipated release of Brian Swimme and Mary Evelyn Tucker’s collaboration to tell the Universe Story in an appealing and accessible manner has arrived. This is an exciting project, comprehensive in scope, and it has every appearance of having been produced in the highest quality possible. As the heirs apparent of of the late Thomas Berry, geologian and evolutionary philosopher, Swimme and Tucker are masterfully continuing down the path of presenting the emerging mythology of creation as digestible story. I suspect Thomas Berry would have been proud of their effort.
Their book was released within the last couple of weeks while the DVD is slated for release towards the end of July 2011. Unfortunately it does not appear that the film is slated for any sort of regular release, and one can hope that it will make the art house and film festival rounds. It certainly deserves a wider audience, and will stimulate a long overdue conversation about our role within the universe.
Journey of the Universe, the book, the DVD, the website, all dedicated to advancing the awareness of the story that we all share at the heart of our being. Pass it along. Engage in the conversation. Evolve Consciously. All of the passions and joys underlying this project, shared in a gorgeous manner by two of the leading proponents of telling our story at the forefront of planetary evolution.
We are living in extraordinarily powerful and profound times, witnessing evolutionary changes on a magnitude that defies rational comprehension. These shifts are taking place in our hearts, in our communities, in our biology, genetics, and through the earth herself. At such a seminal time it is paramount to maintain a perspective that empowers us to remain grounded in our hearts and not get caught up in the fear, for I believe that is the only distinction that truly counts. The earth is changing, faster than we would care to believe. The global shift is underway whether we like it or not. And our hearts are the battleground…
This 16 minute video (Take the Time!) was posted a little over a week ago and it already has tens of thousands of views ~ let’s help make it viral, because the perspective that it offers is truly magnificent.
If you have been moved by this, your perspective broadened, your heart emboldened, please consider sharing it and passing it around through your networks.
Will there even be a seventh generation from now? We apparently don’t have the capability anymore to be mindful of the seventh generation, but how about starting with the next generation? This most passionate and inspirational plea from a 13 year old girl from Vancouver has apparently been circulating for a while now, but like all great speeches, it has a timeless quality to it, and continues to be relevant. What effect would this video have if it became part of the curriculum at political science universities?
She raises so many good points, but mostly I feel that the depth of her meaning is to remind us to see the forest for the trees. I think that the major shortcoming of the vast majority of environmental discussions, and scientific discussions for that matter, is that they get so lost in the minutiae that they easily forget to place the thoughts in the greater holistic context, and to take the time to find the greater meaning beyond the argument.
My favorite quote of hers ~ “If you don’t know how to fix it, please stop breaking it.”
As we diminish our commitment to our present industrial context of life with its non-self-renewing infrastructures, we need to integrate our human communities with the ever-renewing bioregional communities of the place where we find ourselves. ~ Thomas Berry