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Saturday Book Review: Journey of the Universe by Brian Thomas Swimme and Mary Evelyn Tucker

“The great discovery of contemporary science is that the universe is not simply a place, but a story-a story in which we are immersed, to which we belong, and out of which we arose. 

This story has the power to awaken us more deeply to who we are. For just as the Milky Way is the universe in the form of a galaxy, and an orchid is the universe in the form of a flower, we are the universe in the form of a human. And every time we are drawn to look up into the night sky and reflect on the awesome beauty of the universe, we are actually the universe reflecting on itself. 

And this changes everything.”

Brian Thomas Swimme and Mary Evelyn Tucker worked together on this masterful take on the history of our universe. It is condensed and short enough for even the most time-deprived among us and the language they use is rich and beautiful while remaining easy to understand. 

As a self proclaimed science nerd, I have always been drawn to reading books based in fact and watching documentaries about our journey in this cosmological framework. I tend to gravitate towards books containing hints of quantum physics and the science of the cosmos. This was the first book I have read in a long time that really did impact my world view in a large way.  

The authors take the reader through time, beginning with what we now call the “Big Bang” and ending in our modern age today, where climate change and environmental destruction are wreaking havoc on the fragile ecosystems of our planet. 

They detail the beauty of the creativity of our ever expanding universe, including the rise of life and human beings as a new expression of consciousness.  Our bodies are indeed made from the stuff of stars and I highly recommend reading this book for a deeper understanding of our own human nature and our place in this vast universe in which we take part!

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