Awaken Perfection is a seminal book, posing the challenge of our critical times and giving meaningful answers.
~Ervin Laszlo, Ph.D.,Founder, Club of Budapest; Co-Founder, WorldShift | Nominated Twice for the Nobel Peace Prize
I often wondered how our human society, so mired in materialism, greed, selfishness and all the attendant ills that are an integral part of these negative attitudes, can stop the madness of violence that is destroying the core of our being. My grandfather, Mohandas K. Gandhi, once enumerated what he called the Seven Social Sins that are destroying the world. They are:
1. Wealth without Work
2. Pleasure without Conscience
3. Commerce without Morality
4. Science without Humanity
5. Knowledge without Character
6. Worship without Sacrifice
7. Politics without Principles
My recent contribution to this list is: Rights without Responsibilities. In Awaken Perfection, the authors, Audrone Wippich and Phil Brattain, have attempted to answer some of these issues. I am impressed by the way they have attempted to synthesize spirituality, technology and economics and opened yet another avenue for reflection and possible assimilation.
That societies around the globe need to change if we are to avert a disaster is obvious. This can, however, only come about with a better understanding and interpretation of our spiritual beliefs and the sincere internalization of those lessons so that we can create understanding and relationships between people based on mutual respect, love, compassion and acceptance. This book serves as a road map.
~Dr. Arun Gandhi,President, Gandhi Worldwide Education Society, USA | http://www.gandhiforchildren.org and http://www.arungandhi.org
The authors embrace the bold challenge of articulating a new meta-narrative for humanity. Recognizing that we live in an interdependent world system and that we need to evolve our consciousness towards a planetary or cosmic perspective, they make an inspiring case for bringing together the mystical and the rational, Western humanism and Eastern enlightenment. For all who wish to be uplifted by a refreshingly broad perspective, read Awaken Perfection and experience the power of meta-narrative to transform our view on our past and on our as yet to be created future.
~Andrew Cohen,Founder of EnlightenNext and Author of Living Enlightenment
Audrone Wippich and Phil Brattain provide a valuable framework and an insightful commentary on what it means to live meaningfully in our digital and closely-knit planetary world today. From world religions to world economies, from past to future, from East and West, from Shamanism, Buddhism and Christianity, the authors derive both insights and challenges for marrying the wealth of the age of information to the riches of our ancestors in order to birth a deeper sense of being in the world. Above all, authors speak from the fresh worldview of the planetary citizen, the young people growing up today with iPhones and instant global communications, about an authentic search for truth and balance, for love and enlightenment, for being and celebration in preference to mere doing, compulsive materialism or stale religious beliefs. This book is sure to provoke discussion and creative response, hopefully at the level of being and play and celebration as humanity continues its surprising evolutionary journey.
~Matthew Fox, Ph.D.,Theologian and Episcopalian Priest | Author of Original Blessing, The Coming of the Cosmic Christ and A New Reformation
Awaken Perfection offers a fresh perspective on the current cluster of crises we face and the paradigm shift that will resolve them. I like it, and if you have been thinking through the implications of what many call the “New Age,” so will you. I highly recommend it.
~Amit Goswami, Ph.D.,Quantum Physicist | Author of The Self-Aware Universe, God is not Dead and Creative Evolution
As innovative and enthusiastic as it is authentic and challenging, Awaken Perfection presents a real-time vision of what’s possible right now for each of us, in this very moment, in our planetary spiritual journey. You may have heard some of these ideas before, but the directness and simplicity of the story they weave together – and the eminently actionable personal transformational approach they recommend – is sure to give you much to think on, and much to grow with.
~Jordan Gruber, JD, MA,Founder and CEO, http://www.enlightenment.com
A soulful call for awakening hearts and minds to the co-creative process in a planet-conscious age. The authors’ acknowledgement of the celebration of life within the complexities of post-modern society point us to what Sufis have always regarded as the state of Tawhid, the unity where truth is not learned but discovered in how we might be directed to see the manuscript of the God written in nature. Written in accessible style, this is a must read for all those interested in collective transformation.
~Ana Chisti-Perez, Ph.D.,Professor, Institute of Transpersonal Studies | National Representative for the Sufi Movement International US
The authors bring their journey of self-discovery, challenging our most basic notion of reality for a fuller and more spontaneous experience of life. One can appreciate their knowledge and synthesis of many spiritual traditions in a book accessible to everyone.
~Ale Gicqueau,President & CEO, The Business Bridge, Inc. | Vice Consul of the Principality of Monaco | InterFrench/SiliconFrench Founder & Chairman
This book will twist your mind up, down, and around as the authors spin a contemporary social vision of what a Buddha or bodhisattva of compassion might look like.
~Mark Watts,President, Electronic University | Exec. Director, Alan Watts Mountain Center
Who are we? Where did we come from? Where are we going? These ultimate questions are courageously tackled and gracefully answered. We are all ONE, and the transformation of any one of us impacts the entire Being. We no longer live isolated in our villages, walled cities, islands; we live in a world that knows no boundaries. We built a global society that necessarily leads to planetary citizenship. Our true wealth lies in profound appreciation of one another.
~Luis Velasquez, MBA and Ph.D.,Louis Allen Worldwide
In Awaken Perfection, the authors pilot us as readers across dimensional realms of elevated consciousness, successfully illustrating our connection to a unified internal Source.
~Robert Reneau,CEO, Aura iMedia
The authors have here presented us with a powerful new map of human existence to help us chart an enlightened course into the future. Theology, philosophy, art, technology, politics and economics are brought together into a shimmering portrait of both our past and our potential that is integral, mystical, scientifically sound and profoundly positive. The authors join the ranks of an elite cadre of contemporary spiritual thinkers who are bravely venturing forth, out to the emergent edges of awakened consciousness, to bring back word of the plan and the perfection that is at the heart of it all.
~ Craig Hamilton,Founder of Integral Enlightenment and Academy for Evolutionaries | Former Senior Editor, What Is Enlightenment?
This book both challenges and gives. It challenges us to awaken from our sense of dissatisfaction with everything around us, which keeps us in a sad state as if the Buddha’s first noble truth, the suffering of being unawake, was the only one. And it gives us encouragement that we can so awaken, that the third noble truth, the nirvana of awakening, is our right and duty as lucky human beings. I recommend taking up this challenge, reading this book, and savoring even a hint of the taste of nirvana.
~ Robert A.F. Thurman, Ph.D.,Professor of Indo-Tibetan Studies, Columbia University | Co-Founder, Tibet House
Wippich and Brattain are evolutionaries with attitude! They put under the microscope our current spiritual, societal, scientific and political views in the context of a future evolutionary jump we are fully empowered to co-create. With a mix of neuroscientists, futurists, and spiritual practitioners, and their own their own personal explorations, they speak to humanity’s cosmic significance.
~Michael Bernard Beckwith,Author of Spiritual Liberation
We have long considered ourselves human beings, but only measured ourselves in terms of human doings. Now, with climate change threatening to disrupt our very lives, we find that our doings have not only hurt the earth’s delicate ecosystem, but also separated us from our original perfection, our essence, our being. Awaken Perfection opens our eyes to our “paradise lost” and how we can recover our souls as fellow planetary citizens.
~Sheridan Tatsuno,Principal, Dreamscape Global | Digital movie producer and author, Technopolis and Created in Japan