today poses many questions, both in our personal lives and in our
participation in nature and the broader culture. We often focus on the outer
needs for social, political, technological, or environmental change. However,
can we really meet the challenges around us without also attending to our
inner life and to our own evolving biography as it re ects and informs
the outer world? This book starts from the premise that each of our lives
expresses uniqueness of spiritual intention within the unfolding of universal
rhythms and possibilities. Can we wake up to the developmental opportunities
offered to us through different life phases? Are we able to step out of the
narrowness of the dualistic nature–nurture argument and experience that we
are both more than our genetic composition and more than a product of the
social and educational in uences that have shaped us? Can we come to
appreciate the learning that our “I” has received through heredity,
ethnicity, schooling, and gender without losing a sense of our true
individuality? Waking up to our unique self as it grows through interaction
with the world and other human beings helps us recognize the signi cance
we all play in one another’s biographies and in the unfolding of our larger human
story. Why on Earth? invites us to explore our own meaning- lled life
journey, to bring conscious attention to how we go our path, so that we may
more freely perceive our possibilities and our responsibilities along the way
of our personal and shared becoming.
In Supernatural Graham Hancock sets out to investigate this mysterious "before-and-after moment" and to discover the truth about the influences that gave birth to the modern human mind. His quest takes him on a detective journey from the stunningly beautiful painted caves of prehistoric France, Spain, and Italy to rock shelters in the mountains of South Africa, where he finds extraordinary Stone Age art. He uncovers clues that lead him to the depths of the Amazon rainforest to drink the powerful hallucinogen Ayahuasca with shamans, whose paintings contain images of "supernatural beings" identical to the animal-human hybrids depicted in prehistoric caves. Hallucinogens such as mescaline also produce visionary encounters with exactly the same beings. Scientists at the cutting edge of consciousness research have begun to consider the possibility that such hallucinations may be real perceptions of other "dimensions." Could the "supernaturals" first depicted in the painted caves be the ancient teachers of mankind? Could it be that human evolution is not just the "meaningless" process that Darwin identified, but something more purposive and intelligent that we have barely begun to understand?
This revised edition of Supernatural is now available for the first time as a paperback original.