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Bottoming Out the Universe


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by Brian Thomas Swimme

An Unbottomable Void

Worlds and Lives

1 The Hole in the Materialists' Universe

2 Reincarnation and Past Lives

3 Transdimensional Physics and Biology

4 James Leininger or James Huston?

5 Karma, Nonduality, and Meaning

6 The Universal Basis of Past-Life Memories


7 Cosmic Chicanery

8 Trauma and Redemption

9 Worshipping the Algorithm


10 Personal Identity

11 Multipersonhood

12 The Superconscious Source

13 Undumbing the Universe




About the Author

Richard Grossinger is the founding publisher of North Atlantic Books. He has a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Michigan. The author of several books, including Dark Pool of Light: Reality and Consciousness and The Night Sky: Soul and Cosmos, he lives in Portland, Maine, and Berkeley, California.


"In this profound but accessible book, Richard asks timeless questions like, 'Who am I?' 'What is reality?' and 'What is consciousness?' In an era of distraction and despair, he returns our attention to what deeply matters and explores, with clarity and nuance, the hidden meaning of life." * Connie Zweig, Ph.D., coeditor of Meeting the Shadow and coauthor of Romancing the Shadow *
"Richard Grossinger is uniquely qualified to set our feet upon a righteous path--not around the problem, as so many do, but straight into its convoluted tangle. Is consciousness an illusion or a fundamental property of nature? Addressing this question has occupied many minds, and Richard's foray here will engage yours to take you deeper into your own sense of being. If you are a scientist, here you must confront the limitations of science to explain your life. For the spiritualists, Richard's erudition will rub your nose in the hard realities of the physical universe. Puzzle and wonder as you scratch beneath the surface with Richard as your able guide." * Thomas W. Myers, author of Anatomy Trains *
"Richard Grossinger is one of the most articulate spokesmen of our time. He has the unique ability to move adeptly from one field to another, not superficially but deepening our understanding of how these fields interweave. I was especially drawn in by his thoughtful chapter on trauma . . . truly an engaging addition to the field. In his study of energy patterns, complexity, psychic phenomena, and consciousness, Grossinger takes us on an engaging journey. It may not be an easy read, but it is a rich one." * Peter A Levine, Ph.D., author of Waking the Tiger, Healing Trauma, and In an Unspoken Voice *
"Bottoming Out the Universe is an amazing literary task. It will help people who are never going to quiet their minds and see the nature of things to understand 'bottoming out' as best as possible conceptually. What Richard does is about as far as one can go with concept, in my opinion." * Paul Pitchford, dharma teacher and author of Healing with Whole Foods *
"In Bottoming Out the Universe, Richard Grossinger puts the proverbial capstone on a life's work of intense inquiry and observation. He's like a Neolithic shaman, and what emerges are numinous gifts cloaked in a magical language. Indeed, this magnum opus is like an epic incantation and not just a recital of data points, random ephemera, and formulaic synthesis. The universe bottoms out, and there is no point of return, only a chthonic journey through memory, fear, doubt, and a hard-earned hope that what awaits on the other side is not just an astral projection of this world, without its governors and filters, but something that's far beyond even Grossinger's skills of syntactic mediumship to transmit. Dig in, put your feet up, and enjoy the ride." * Robert Phoenix, curator of Astrology for the Now Age website *
"Bottoming Out the Universe encompasses so many aspects of what it means to explore silence and movement, and how these frequencies vibrate and become a dance. When I enter a room to begin a new work, I enter with ALL the questions implied in this book--they hang in the air! And as I choreograph, the 'physical plane of ambient reality' of which Richard speaks is always there. Reading this book is like making a work of art. You start one place and end up another." * Margaret Jenkins, founder and artistic director of the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company *
"Reading Grossinger turns cosmology and science into poetry. He provides the track lighting for a quirky map into the secret corridors of creation that we never dared to explore. The graffiti of the ages is scratched on its walls." * Paul Weiss, author of Moonlight Leaning Against an Old Rail Fence: Approaching the Dharma as Poetry *
"We offer you greetings, Richard Grossinger. We are contacting you because we have observed your efforts over the decades in your capacity as explorer of the arcane. We note that you have spent decades attempting to understand the connection between the spiritual and the physical. Your encyclopedic efforts are exemplary in their thoroughness as well as their breadth and depth. We also note that often you have felt somewhat like a prophet crying in the wilderness. Be assured your writings are noticed. In future years, after your death, your prolific work will find an eager and stimulated readership. Your work has the potential to change lives and will eventually rank among this category of literature." * Channeled by Keith Hill, author of Experimental Spirituality *
"Richard Grossinger's great gift is his ability to explicitly state what many of us merely feel. This is a magnificent talent, and also a rare blessing for humanity...I stand in awe of Bottoming Out the Universe. It is a rare accomplishment, and never more needed than in our perilous times." * Larry Dossey, MD, author of One Mind *

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