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At home in the universe : re-envisioning the cosmos with the heart
Hitchcock, John L., 1936-
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West Chester, PA : Chrysalis Books, [2001]

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xxviii, 211 pages ; 21 cm
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John L. Hitchcock presents a spiritual interpretation of humanity's place in the universe as understood by science. In a radical departure from recent science-and-spirituality debates, he contends that humanity must balance its intellectual vision of the universe with a heart-centered view. It is the heart, he argues, that enables us to feel at home in the cosmos. How?

Hitchcock asserts that the purpose of creation is the fulfillment of love. Specifically, love unites the qualities that characterize the universe, qualities humanity shares. As humans cultivate these qualities through love, we contribute to the spiritual development of the cosmos itself.

This is an in-depth, yet accessible, philosophical exploration into the fundamental nature of the universe, equally informed by a physicist's understanding of cutting-edge science and a soulful philosopher's penetrating perception of the cosmos' metaphysical dimension. The result is a rare disquisition that is as warm-hearted as it is intellectually astute.

Author Notes

John L. Hitchcock holds a doctorate in physics and graduate degrees in mental-health counseling, phenomenology of science and religion, and astronomy. He is the author of Healing Our Worldview ; Atoms, Snowflakes, and God ; The Web of the Universe ; and Jung, the New Physics and Human Spirituality .

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Prologue: Lovingp. xv
Chapter 1 Evolvingp. 3
Chapter 2 Self-Creatingp. 24
Chapter 3 Unfolding Beautyp. 47
Chapter 4 Goddingp. 68
Chapter 5 Awakeningp. 85
Chapter 6 Fostering (Cosmic Ecology)p. 102
Chapter 7 Physical Gathering and Layeringp. 117
Chapter 8 Psychic Gathering and Layeringp. 135
Chapter 9 Integratingp. 155
Chapter 10 Healingp. 173
Appendix 1 Contrast-Knowledge and Field-Knowledgep. 186
Appendix 2 The Cycle of Archaic Identity: The Evolution of Consciousness in the Collectivep. 193
Notesp. 196
Referencesp. 204
Indexp. 208