Book Review: Awakening The Planetary Mind

Awakening The Planetary Mind:  Beyond The Trauma Of The Past To A New Era Of Creativity

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Even the worst of books, and this book is certainly pretty close to that, can be immensely helpful.  In this case, the author provides as wide variety of terrible interpretations of various aspects of heathen worldview and belief to express a hope in a period of creativity that shows the typical Janus-faced approach of many who are not self-aware.  The author makes all kinds of willful interpretations of texts and archaeological sites around the world in order to support her thesis about a supposed nearly 10,000 year old tragedy that greatly harmed humanity and left trauma in a human collective memory.  If this book is a failure, and it is definitely a failure, it is a failure for instructive reasons.  The way that the author shows a complete inability to separate in her mind the text she interprets and the interpretation she gives to it, and the way that she thinks of herself as a peaceful person but writes a text that is full of all kinds of very harsh statements made towards Christians, Jews, Muslims, rival esoteric thinkers, practitioners of Western medicine, and others suggests a lack of self-awareness about her supposed peacefulness.  A bit more humility and a bit more self-awareness would have gone a long way in making this a more tolerable book.

This book of almost 300 pages is divided into 9 chapters and five appendices.  After a foreword, acknowledgements, and introduction the author begins her book with a discussion about supposed cycles of stars and a firm belief in catastrophism that is hostile to uniformitarian geology (1).  After this the author moves to a speculative prehistory of a supposed great cataclysm, namely a great flood (2).  The author relates the bicameral brain to the Sphinx (3) and provides more speculative prehistory about a pre-flood world based on fanciful interpretations of Plato and the (4).  An entire chapter about geomacy and its connection to heathen Egyptian religion follows (5) along with a chapter that attempts to connect the Catal Huyuk ruins of Turkey to Noah’s flood (6).  The author then talks about fallen angels and their connection to the stones of Ica (7) before entering into arguments about a supposed stargate (8) and the connection of “goddess alchemy” with Egyptian mystery religion (9).  Then there are five appendices, relating to an Egyptian timeline (i), the changes on the earth during the Holocene epoch (ii), some highlights of the Holocene epoch (iii), reflections on the earth’s tilted axis (iv), and some thoughts about the fifth underworld and its connection to a supposed paleolithic revolution (v).

Make no mistake, this book is weird.  It is weird in the way that the author claims to have been possessed by some sort of extraterrestial beings who have given her insights, weird in the way that it combines everything from a fascinating interest in comparative heathen religion, speculations on prehistory, astrology, geomancy, thoughts about a supposed supernova which sent a fragment that supposedly caused massive damage to the earth during prehistory and that wrecked various advanced Atlantean civilizations, and thoughts about vibrations.  The author demonstrates an eclectic approach to alternative history, science, medicine, and religion that is immensely hostile to a wide variety of people, and is especially hostile to revealed religion and contemporary experimental science and mainstream history.  Obviously well-versed in various conspiracy theories, the author adopts an approach that will leave little middle ground between those readers who find her views compelling and those who find them to be absolutely rubbish.  Although I am not her spiritual authority, there is enough that is troubling in this book that the author might want to take a visit to a friendly exorcist and deal with those supposed nonmaterial extraterrestrials who she claims have possessed her, as that sounds like a serious problem that needs to be dealt with.

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