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The Heart of History: Individuality in Evolution by John Weir Perry

By John Weir Perry

This publication is set the psychology of acute tradition switch in line with the old antecedents of such occasions. It makes a speciality of the non secular approach and the social conditions of annoying turning issues. In a huge point of view of mental, ancient, and evolutionary issues, Perry investigates components that permit cultures in hindrance to reorganize. He pursues historic antecedents of cataclysmic occasions, concentrating on man's relation to his religious heart and his societal surroundings. He exhibits essentially the parallelism of techniques of transformation in psyche and society, mentioning historic examples during which the unbalances statement of individuality and dominance has been countered in the course of the emergence of compassionate social hindrance.

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The earth would open up and swallow the white men, who would drop through and vanish forever from the Amerindian land; their goods, however, would remain for use by the Amerindians. In further visions,5 he saw that the earth rolled up like a carpet, and also that a rift appeared Page 25 which would engulf the people in a chasm, but the followers of the new cult would come back to life in a few days. They would find themselves living and mingling in the presence of the Great Spirit and the ancestors risen from the dead.

The reading of the creation myth marked the world's regeneration. The king was then reenthroned as ruler of the universe, and a festive banquet was followed by the rite of the Sacred Marriage in a booth of greenery atop the stage tower (representing the union of Heaven and Earth and other opposites) to reinvigorate the land, its people, and the livestock and crops. Finally, the will of the gods for the society's near future was divined in a reading of the Tablets of Destiny. How can it be, I reflected, that these ritual programs of antiquity can reappear in the psyche of people today with such faithfulness to the pattern?

In this frame of thought, by what was a society to be held in order? These visionaries perceived quite clearly that by this practice of spiritual cultivation a different principle than that of power and dominance by strong rules would be brought into effect. C. saw the birth of the concept of human-hearted caring and compassion as the desirable bonding force in social cohesion, evoked among the people spontaneously. The intent in gathering these historical materials is to explore the source and psychological dynamic of the principle of compassionate brotherhood as it plays its part in the ongoing evolution of mankind.

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