Collapsing Consciously: Transformative truths for Turbulent Times by Boulder, CO resident Carolyn Baker, available now to be ordered online and at your favorite local bookseller, includes fifty-two weekly meditations designed to assist readers in bringing meaning and joy to situations apparently devoid of both, such as the recent Princeton study asserting that the United States is no longer a democracy but an oligarchy, and the apparent demise of other cherished institutions. Dr. Baker is internationally renowned for her writing and workshops on emotional resilience in challenging times, as well as life coaching for individuals and groups. Like Pronoia author Rob Brezsny, she has chosen to see the death of failed structures as a fertile field for new modes to emerge, making her philosophy very appealing to this reporter, who has refrred to himself as a post-apocaloptimist on more than one occasion. Metaphysical paragon Matthew Fox has said of Dr. Baker’s work, “Even in a time of collapse she finds room to talk wisely about joy, and to ask what despair has to teach us.”
Founding her advice on the assumption that civilization in its present or previous state is destined for imminent collapse, she offers guidance on preparing for this emotionally and spiritually, beyond the literalist doomsday prep tactics. In accordance with this higher vision, she wastes no time esteeming industry, nationalism, dogma, or politics, instead promoting innovative, pre-industrial methods of survival based on a shared connection with the Sacred. Presumably there are churches of all sorts which might provide something wonderful to the impending new era, but humans as a species will require a new outlook to correspond to this new wonder, so adherents to dogma of any sort may feel slighted. Seen without such filters, her book proposes a universal community of Being unbound by those, as a result lighter and more adaptable to the unknown.
As part of her curriculum, she suggests the establishment of multiple "holding places" in which to practice full humanity regardless of the healing crisis coming into play in the apparent world, in which everything unworkable fails completely as it finishes itself, definitively proving its unworkability. This need for the conscious creation of refuge to counteract conditioned zombie-ism will likely increase in future days. Her book is not one to be "read" and assimilated but a reliable treatise to which one might refer repeatedly as the shift proceeds. In a world where the politicians and salesmen are practically indistinguishable, where profit is the prime directive, never mind morality or costs to the innocent and underprivileged, I’m grateful and glad for books like this one, which are excellent guides to changing one’s personal stake from attainment and accomplishment to belonging and sharing.