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Duane Elgin

Duane Elgin is an internationally recognized speaker, author, and social visionary who looks beneath the surface turbulence of our times to explore the deeper trends that are transforming our world. In 2006, he received the International Goi Peace Award in Japan in recognition of his contribution to a global “vision, consciousness, and lifestyle” that fosters a “more sustainable and spiritual culture.”

His books include:
The Living Universe: Where Are We? Who Are We? Where Are We Going? (2009);
Promise Ahead: A Vision of Hope and Action for Humanity’s Future (2000),
Voluntary Simplicity: Toward a Way of Life that is Outwardly Simple, Inwardly Rich (2010, 1993 and 1981), and
Awakening Earth: Exploring the Evolution of Human Culture and Consciousness (1993).

With Joseph Campbell and other scholars he co-authored the book Changing Images of Man (1982). In addition, Duane has contributed chapters to twenty-two books, and has published more than a hundred major articles and blog posts.

His two primary websites are: and

Here are some excerpts from his recent article:

We Are Bio-Cosmic Beings Learning to Live in a Living Universe
Published in Fall/Winter 2017 by  (complete article here)

This essay was developed for the “Global Purpose Movement” ( and was adapted from my forthcoming book, Humanity’s Journey Home: Learning to Live in a Living Universe.

"...with stunning abruptness, humanity is being challenged to turn from the familiar path of progressive separation to an unfamiliar path of global caring and cooperation.

"The most urgent challenge facing humanity is not climate change, or species extinction, or unsustainable population growth; rather, it is how we understand the Universe and our intimate relationship within it.

"As world-changing trends of enormous magnitude converge and amplify one another, the people of Earth will confront the unyielding reality that, unless we wake up and work together, we have only the legacy of a grievously wounded Earth and impoverished future to leave to our children and grandchildren.

"The present moment is the place of direct connection with the entire Universe as it arises continuously. Each moment is a fresh formation of the Universe, emerging seamlessly and flawlessly."

"Our bodies are biodegradable vehicles for acquiring soul-growing experiences.

"We are shifting from seeing ourselves as accidental creations wandering through a lifeless cosmos without meaning or purpose to seeing ourselves engaged in a sacred journey of discovery in a Universe with stunning depth and richness of purpose.

"...if we are all swimming in the same ocean of subtle aliveness, then it is understandable that we each have some measure of direct experience of being in communion with the larger fabric of life.

"We can each tune into the non-local field of life and sense what is in harmony with the wellbeing of the whole.

"Aliveness is the only true wealth.

"If a top priority is growing our experience of aliveness, then it is only natural for us to choose ways of living that afford greater time and opportunity to develop the areas of our lives where we feel most alive

"The wellbeing of humanity and the Earth depends upon this generation waking up, growing up, and moving from our adolescence into our early adulthood as a species, and thereby establishing a new relationship with nature, other humans, and the living Universe.

"This generation is being pushed by an injured Earth and pulled by a welcoming Universe to make a monumental gift to humanity’s future: working together with equanimity and maturity to consciously realize our bio-cosmic potential and purpose of learning to live in a living Universe."

For the complete article, please click here.

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