One of the founders of the human-potential movement shows how the millennial passage portends a new birth of humanity--a unique "jump time" in both global and individual consciousness.
In Jump Time, bestselling author and scholar Dr. Jean Houston explains how a series of concrete, identifiable elements have been building over the previous generation and how they point to a quantum leap forward for each of us. Her powerful book shows how humanity is on the brink of this leap and that every individual can participate.
Among the areas Dr. Houston explores are:
1.The shift in human nature that is moving people to discover and use dormant or little-known capacities.
2.How the breakthroughs in technological connection and the new ways of being in community in global society are repatterning human consciousness.
3.How a dramatic new awareness of our shared and intermingled ecology, culture, economy, and ethnicity are creating a different kind of human being for the twenty-first century.
4.How the uprising of spiritual yearning and cross-fertilization of the wisdom and practices of world spiritual tradition are newly uniting us to one another as well as to the universe.
Jump Time is the culmination of Dr. Houston's work as a psychologist and cultural anthropologist for a generation. It is the ultimate statement of the revolution in human potential and a crowning achievement from one of today's most dramatic and adventurous social thinkers.
Houston, a leader in the human potential movement and author of the best sellers A Mythic Life and A Passion for the Possible, believes that humans are entering a critical stage of rapid change. (The human potential movement says that people only use a small percentage of their positive potential, which can be unlocked by different means, e.g., role playing.) The world, she asserts, is shifting from an ethnocentric view to a global one thanks to the Internet, which is decentralizing information and reforming new cultural neighborhoods. Houston points to the Renaissance, another period of rapid change, and poignantly points to Shakespeare and da Vinci as two people who were "myriad-minded"Da quality that children need to develop today. Also attractive are the whimsical chapter titles ("Wok and Roll in the Rainbow World" and "Psychenauts in Cyberspace"). The best of Houston's work so far, this will become another best seller and is recommended for academic and public libraries.DLisa Wise, Broome Cty. P.L., Binghamton, NY