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Experiencing Oneself as Cosmic Creativity

Broadcast on June 27, 2023
With Brian Thomas Swimme
Hosted by James Twyman

According to Brian Thomas Swimme, PhD, the discovery of the birth and evolution of the Universe will have profound effects on humanity. If the Copernican awakening to a sun-centered world led to the rise of democracies, it is difficult to overestimate the revolutions that will come as we realize each human and each being is a fourteen billion-year wave of creativity. The sciences have captured the empirical data over the last four centuries. Now is the time for poets, artists, and mystics to lead us into experiencing these new depths.

In this session, you’ll discover:

  • How meditation helps us directly experience the creativity of the Universe
  • For humanity to proceed, we need to see ourselves as cosmological beings
  • The emergence of a new kind of being, a superorganism, a unified humanity — even in the violence of our time
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Brian Thomas Swimme

Professor of Cosmology at CIIS, Director of the Third Story, at Human Energy

Brian Thomas Swimme, PhD, is director of the Third Story of the Universe at Human Energy, a nonprofit public benefit organization, and professor of cosmology at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. He received his PhD from the department of mathematics at the University of Oregon in 1978 for work in gravitational dynamics. 

Brian brings the context of story to our understanding of the 13.8 billion-year trajectory of the Universe. Such a story, he feels, will assist in the emergence of a flourishing Earth community. He's author of Cosmogenesis: An Unveiling of the Expanding UniverseThe Hidden Heart of the Cosmos… and The Universe is a Green Dragon. He's co-author of The Universe Story, which is the result of a 10-year collaboration with cultural historian Thomas Berry. 

Brian also created, with Bruce Bochte, three educational video series: Canticle to the Cosmos The Earth’s Imagination… and The Powers of the Universe. He co-wrote, with Mary Evelyn Tucker, and hosted the 60-minute film, Journey of the Universe, which was broadcast on PBS television stations nationwide and won the Northern California regional Emmy for Best Documentary in 2011.

His most recent media work, created with Monica DeRaspe-Bolles and Devin O’Dea, is the popular YouTube video series, “The Story of the Noosphere.” He lectures widely, and has presented at conferences sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, The World Bank, UNESCO, The United Nations Millennium Peace Summit, and the American Museum of Natural History. 

Brian Thomas Swimme