The Universe Is A Green Dragon - Brian Swimme - 1984 Paperback

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Blurb: “I condense our contemporary cosmological scientific story of reality by saying that the universe is a green dragon. Green, because the whole universe is alive, an embryogenesis beginning with the cosmic egg of the primeval fireball and culminating in the present emergent reality.

And a dragon too, nothing less. Dragons are mystical, powerful, emerging out of mystery, disappearing in mystery, fierce, benign, known to teach humans the deepest reaches of wisdom. And dragons are filled with fire. Though there are no dragons, we are dragon fire. We are the creative, scintillating, searing, healing flame of the awesome and enchanting universe.

Communicating his ideas in the form of a classical dialogue, physicist Brian Swimme crafts a fascinating exploration into the creative force in all matter, large and small. "Cosmic allurement" is the bond of all matter, is the dynamic principle that fuses the material plane, and we humans experience that force as love.

Dr. Swimme's explication of basic physical forces is mystical and ecstatic; it shocks the reader into a physiological, explosive awareness of the stuff of being. Swimme writes, "We awake to a universe permeated with love; we spend our time learning how to become this love.

Swimme's inspirational view of matter is exceedingly relevant to the contemporary need to bless matter, to revision nature as being the breath and pulse of the creator. Most significantly, Swimme succeeds in describing the hugeness of the cosmos and the mystical interrelatedness of all matter. He is so grounded in love and relations himself that the meaning and import of each individual is acutely emphasized. He makes the reader feel that his own life of love and creativity is what perpetuates the planet

"Only if you pursue your destiny with the same extravagant devotion of the stars to their own destiny."

Brian Swimme is a popular physicist and associate director of The Institute in Culture and Creation Spirituality, Holy Names College, Oakland. His first book, MANIFESTO FOR A GLOBAL CIVILIZATION, was co-authored with Matthew Fox in 1980. In 1983, Dr. Swimme studied with Thomas Berry, director of The Riverdale Center near New York City, who was the inspiration for the speaker THOMAS and many of the ideas in this book.”