If we want a new story to regenerate and thrive our cities we need a new story of Gaia. Jude Currivan cosmologist, planetary healer and futurist tells that story with flare, focus and finesse in her new book:
Starting with the Big Breath, Jude shifts our long-held scientific metaphor of the Universe emerging as a Big Bang. The Big Breath immediately invokes an energizing and loving impulse of life that emerges cosmic complexity in life-stages across a 14 billion-year span of consciousness unfolding in-formation, matter as mind and mind as matter.
We have learned through Jude’s prior book The Cosmic Hologram to see reality in fractals and holograms. So, The Story of Gaia naturally unfolds through the life stages we recognize as human – from deep Origins to our Ancestors and Heritage, to seeing ourselves as integral parts of a Family of natural systems, with the experience of Parents, Conception, Pregnancy, and Siblings. As we learn to context Gaia within her Soular Family of Sol (sun) and Luna (moon) we re-member our capacities to Cooperate, Swim, Walk/Burrow/Fly, Raise Children/Teenagers and mature into Mid-Life.
This fractal pattern of the Universe is reflected in the realities of Galaxies, Soular Systems, and Planetary journeys – thereby giving us a vast canvas of contexts to appreciate how human systems have evolved out of deep time/space and energy/matter. And with Gaia’s Story so vividly brought to life, we can appreciate anew the evolutionary path of humans through families, clans, territories and their human habitats of villages, towns and cities embedded within their bioregions as intimately as Gaia is embedded in the Soular System.
The Story of Gaia provides the scientific and spiritual foundations to create a unitive narrative with which all human systems – including their habitats – can resonate. The value of this book is immense – explaining the evolutionary path of our multiple intelligences (as Integral City calls our GPS), our Integral City maps and the Master Code of Care that holographically nests our caring relationships for self, others, place and planet. Currivan’s explanations of genetic evolution may even point to the roots of the seeming universal patterns we have called the 4 Voices of the City (citizens, civic managers, business/innovators, civil society).
The Story of Gaia offers a foundation for appreciating how Gaia has evolved human systems to serve her evolutionary capacities – perhaps as James Lovelock suggested as Gaia’s Reflective Organs? If we truly appreciate the scientific evidence, gathered by Jude Currivan, we would do well to attune to each chapter as she invites us to do throughout the book. With such spiritual awareness we can never doubt the immensity of connections that interrelate humans to the wholeness all life. We have been in-forming for 14 billion years and all our relations (including our cities) will continue to evolve as new chapters to The Story of Gaia.