Peter Russell - Waking Up In Time

Finding Inner Peace in Times of Accelerating Change
Waking Up in Time, a new, fully revised edition of The White Hole in Time published by Origin Press .

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“A wonderful book, masterfully balancing ecological doom with spiritual renaissance.” Ken Wilber author of Up From Eden and Sex, Ecology and Spirituality

“A luminous, beautiful, and wise book. Practical metaphysics--based on deep scientific understanding, and from a world-class management consultant.” Hazel Henderson author of Building a Win-Win World and Paradigms of Progress

“Absolutely brilliant. Like Marx and Freud, but with more wisdom than either of them.” Robert Anton Wilson author of The Illuminati Trilogy and other books

“A celebration of the emerging Humanity, sung from the heart of a principal spokesman of the emerging science.” Gary Zukav author of The Dancing Wu Li Masters and The Seat of the Soul

“The principal spiritual challenge of our moment is the transformation of our immense power into a new planetary wisdom. . . . For anyone interested in participating in this task there is simply no better place to begin than Peter Russell 's Waking Up in Time.” (1 of 2)27/11/2005 6:23:55 PM

. He adds quality to the quantity.Peter Russell .. from one of the most evolved minds of our time.Waking Up In Time Brian Swimme author of The Universe Story “Brings the message we need to wake up in time . . A physicist who meditates.peterussell.html (2 of 2)27/11/2005 6:23:55 PM .com/WUIT/index.” Mike Pinder founder of The Moody Blues Home Page | Now | Passing Thoughts | Consciousness | Church of I AM Books and Tapes | Global Brain | Waking Up In Time | From Science to God Dolphin Swim | SkyWatch | Audio & Video Streams | Mindful Reminders What Movie | Links | Mind Maps | Speaking Info | Peter Russell | Contact | Index Translations: Spanish | Portuguese | Italian | French | German | Dutch | Greek | Korean | Japanese | Chinese Waking Up in Time: Finding Inner Peace in Times of Accelerating Change by Peter Russell http://www. Peter has made the journey 'Out and In'.” Ervin Laszlo author of The Whispering Pond and Third Millennium “Peter Russell 's ideas are music to my ears.

An Addictive Meme Fear .A White Hole in Time Purpose .Foundation for Tomorrow THE CRISIS Crisis .Crises as Opportunity .The Dawn of Thought Hands .peterussell.From Genes to Ideas Today .The Shape of the Future Omega .Premonitions of Transformation Setbacks .The Art of Letting Go Maturity .The Quickening Pace Feedback .Waking Up In Time .A Planetary Cancer Self-Interest .A Design to Creation? Knowing .The Voice in Our Heads Stress .The Emancipation from Matter THE FUTURE Challenge .Misdirected Needs Happiness .The Evolutionary Accelerator Language .The Timeless Moment Enlightenment .The Wages of Fear Apocalypse THE AWAKENING Dehypnosis .A Conscious Universe The End .Levers for the Mind Information .html (1 of 2)28/11/2005 4:09:59 PM .The Gift of Peace Meditation .The Collapse of Time Singularities .Contents WAKING UP IN TIME CONTENTS Preface THE QUICKENING Acceleration .com/WUIT/Contents.Or the Beginning? Overview | Publication Information Home Page | Now | Passing Thoughts | Consciousness | Church of I AM Books and Tapes | Global Brain | Waking Up In Time | From Science to God Dolphin Swim | SkyWatch | Audio & Video Streams | Mindful Reminders What Movie | Links | Mind Maps | Speaking Info | Peter Russell | Contact | Index http://www.Choosing our Way Malady .Breaking the Trance Presence .Coming of Age Freedom .Constructive Extinctions Compression .Sounding the Alarm Crossroads .The Currency of Culture Creativity .The Yoga of the West Love .The Mind's Bottom Line Materialism .A New Way of Seeing Relationships .

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. It will involve a complete revision of our thinking about who we are. There are ever-growing numbers of us to feed. Yet the time to fit it all in seems to be getting less and less. or even six months’ time. To live with continued acceleration and all it brings will take more than simply learning to manage better.html (1 of 5)28/11/2005 4:10:09 PM .peterussell. the shattering stress and disorientation that we induce in individuals by subjecting them to too much change in too short a time. Holes are appearing in the ozone layer. what we really want. When global stockmarkets can crash without warning. To learn to handle ever-more rapid change without burning out or breaking down. As most of us are only too aware.Acceleration Waking Up in Time Peter Russell Acceleration . No one today can predict with any degree of certainty how things will be in a year’s time. and house. more skills to learn. As a result more and more of us are living in the fast lane . Seldom in its history has the earth changed so rapidly. The faster the world around us changes. countries invade each other in a day.many in overdrive.Waking Up In Time .com/WUIT/Accel. the more we are forced to let go of any cozy notions we might have of what the future will be like. and ecological disasters shatter our illusions of control. Communication that used to take months happens in seconds. Development in every area is happening more and more rapidly. argued Toffler. we are forced more and more to live in the present. while forests are disappearing at alarming rates . There is more information to absorb. are the species that live in them. and what life is all about. Worse still. Not only is accelerating change putting us under stress. http://www. more challenges to meet. . the soil. the pace of life is set to get faster and faster. Technological breakthroughs spread through society in years rather than centuries. it is also putting increasing pressure on the planet.The Quickening Pace . Hardly the most startling statement. . taking us deeper and deeper into what Alvin Toffler called “Future Shock . political walls crumble overnight. William Shakespeare The pace of life is speeding up. On the contrary. more tasks to accomplish. Calculations that would have taken decades are now made in minutes. is the challenge facing us. change comes more and more rapidly. these most brisk and giddy-paced times. there is no sign that things are slowing down.” Will we be able to cope? This. . and the seas many times faster than our environment can absorb it. Our waste is pouring into the air.

Before any living system could evolve other equally important developments had to occur.and it is well worth remembering that most scientific theories change with time . copper. positrons. From the supernova that preceded our own Sun came most of the heavier elements we now find on planet Earth . and these stars had themselves become “supernova” . for instance. According to currently accepted theories .” As the Universe expanded it cooled and condensed into elementary particles . The Quickening of Life This chemical diversity became the foundation-stone for living systems. nickel.creating the so-called “Big Bang. http://www. This gathering of pace is not confined to humanity. Matter had been born. but it had taken ten billion years to create these hundred or so chemical elements. The synthesis of heavier elements (e.html (2 of 5)28/11/2005 4:10:09 PM .Acceleration An Eternal Trend Looking back over history it is clear that acceleration is not just a twentieth-century phenomenon. gold. But even then change occurred much faster than it did in prehistoric times . giving birth to the very simplest of atoms: hydrogen and helium. This could not happen for several billion years. It took millions of years.and in every cell of our bodies. about 60 million years ago. uranium) requires the input of additional energy. and neutrinos.g. But at iron the chain stops. it is a pattern that stretches back through the history of life on Earth. Change occurs much faster today than it did a thousand years ago .Stone Age tools remained unchanged for thousands of years. Matter had evolved. these particles began forming stable relationships with each other. Over many eons all the elements lighter than iron were created through this fusion process. and as soon as life became established. varied very little over the period of a century. And the first living cells appeared much earlier still .the massive thermonuclear furnaces created when stars collapse in upon themselves. however. Mammals started evolving much earlier. until the lighter elements had formed stars.medieval architecture and agriculture. Nor did the trend begin there. This too was an evolutionary process that accelerated. beings first appeared on Earth about a quarter-million years ago.Waking Up In Time .5 billion years ago.peterussell. Cooling further. The Evolution of the Elements Most cosmologists now believe that the Universe started somewhere between 8 and 15 billion years ago as an unimaginably hot and extremely compact region of pure energy. photons.electrons. This could only happen when simpler atoms chanced to collide and combine. for more complex atoms to form.some 3. Intense internal pressures caused this Universe to expand very rapidly .

and later even faster. The Renaissance occurred in the top one-thousandth of an inch . To get a better feel for these changes. Fish appeared on the ninety-seventh floor. nuclear power. Dinosaurs reigned on floors 104 to 107. More complex cells. Such lengthy time-scales are so far from our everyday experience that it is hard to appreciate just how rapidly evolution has been gaining speed.and crustaceans ruled the waves on the ninetyfourth floor.html (3 of 5)28/11/2005 4:10:09 PM . simple tools.New York’ s tallest building. and the Internet is a layer almost too thin to measure. And mammals arrived on the top we are going there faster and faster. If we make street level the formation of our planet 4. capable of sexual reproduction and with a central nucleus. appeared around the seventieth floor. painting. let us chart the evolution of life against a more familiar visual image . Multicellular organisms came another ten floors above that .more than half way up. the quarter-mile-high World Trade Center. and bacteria that breathed oxygen came another ten floors later . One thing is clear: wherever we are going. And the Greek and Roman empires thrived a hundredth of an inch above that. While the whole of modern history occupies but the thickness of a microscopic bacterium. Changes took place not over billions of years. but over millions . global warming.less than the thickness of a layer of paint. Photosynthesis evolved around the fiftieth floor. And the age of the microchip. But where are we going? What does the future hold in store? The Quickening of Spirit http://www.Acceleration the rate of development speeded up.peterussell. and crawled out of the sea on the ninety-ninth. then the first living cells appeared about 3. and tribal culture appeared in the last quarter of an inch. on the twenty-fifth floor of the building’s 108 stories.6 billion years ago. The Pharaohs ruled Egypt a fiftieth of an inch from the top. Then came Cro-Magnon people with clothes.5 billion years ago. and language. But Homo erectus first did not walk on two legs until a few inches from the top of the top floor.and humanity was only just beginning.99 percent of life’ s journey to reach this step .Waking Up In Time . rock’n’roll. moon-walks. The Neanderthals with their enlarged brains. It had taken 99.

see the singularity to be consequence of technological acceleration. A century ago it was industrial breakthroughs.Acceleration If the pace of development continues to increase . Today it is information technology that is pushing the rate of development ever faster. such as Vernor Vinge. to thousands. Some. that takes us into the singularity. In other words. Before very much longer it comes to an end. If you plot out the curve of this sort of acceleration you find that the curve soon approaches the vertical.then the amount of change that we have seen in the last twenty years will be compressed into the next ten years. from billions of years. Our journey will lead us to consider what this inner development means on a personal level. What is clear is that a trend that has been going on for billions of years is going to come to an end . But this sort of acceleration cannot continue forever. the equations break down and cease to have any useful meaning. However. and in a thousand years much faster still. a mathematician at San Diego State University. The exploration and development of human consciousness could take over from information technology as an even faster arena of quickening. and why it is so critical for the world today. Whether or not humanity actually reaches this point of unimaginably rapid progress I shall leave for the moment.even so. But I believe technological progress to be but a phase in the overall pattern of development. it would be spiritual We might imagine that this speeding up could continue a long way into the future. Millions of years ago it was biological evolution that was accelerating. and where it might lead to. To see how this might come about. How it can be encouraged and facilitated? And what the future might look like as we speed ever-faster towards this singularity in time? Return to Contents | Publication Information Home Page | Now | Passing Thoughts | Consciousness | Church of I AM Books and Tapes | Global Brain | Waking Up In Time | From Science to God http://www. with ultra-intelligent computers creating an exponential runaway effect. that we do not in the meantime turn the planet into a nuclear wasteland. to centuries. it is not always taken into full account in our extrapolations into the future.and probably fairly soon. not technological evolution. we must first go back and ask why is it that evolution tends to accelerate? And why.and one that is not usually considered at all.Waking Up In Time . This itself is not a new revelation . or decimate the ozone layer to such an extent that the land becomes uninhabitable. accidentally create a plague that destroys us all. in a hundred years it would be much faster than it is now. The general concensus of opinion amongst researchers in this area is that this singularity in time lies in the first half the twenty-first century . such ever-accelerating has another. The timescales involved are getting shorter and shorter. to millions. human beings have created so much change so fast? We shall investigate why the exploration and development of the human mind is the next logical step in our evolutionary process. much more startling consequence . If so.peterussell.assuming. of all the creatures on this planet. and now to mere decades. that is. Mathematicians call such a point a “singularity”. and after that into an even shorter time. Ten thousand years ago the development of agriculture was speeding the rate of progress.and we shall see shortly that there is every reason to believe it will . Tomorrow we may be in a new phase of progress. or less. the rate of change tends towards the infinitely rapid.html (4 of 5)28/11/2005 4:10:09 PM . Dolphin Swim | SkyWatch | Audio & Video Streams | Mindful Reminders What Movie | Links | Mind Maps | Speaking Info | Peter Russell | Contact | Index Translations: Spanish | Portuguese | Italian | French | German | Dutch | Greek | Korean | Japanese | Chinese http://www.html (5 of 5)28/11/2005 4:10:09 PM .Waking Up In Time .