The Way of the Explorer: An Apollo Astronaut's Journey Through the Material and Mystical Worlds

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G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 230 pages
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On January 31, 1971, Apollo 14 lifted off from Cape Kennedy, and three days later, Edgar Mitchell and Alan Shepard walked on the lunar surface. It was an audacious time in the history of mankind. For Mitchell, however, the most extraordinary journey was yet to come.
As he hurtled earthward through the abyss between the two worlds, Mitchell became engulfed by a profound sensation - "a sense of universal connectedness." He intuitively sensed that his presence, that of his fellow astronauts, and that of the planet in the window were all part of a deliberate, universal process and that the glittering cosmos itself was in some way conscious. The experience was so overwhelming Mitchell knew his life would never be the same.
The direction his work would take for the next twenty-five years was another journey of sorts, one that would carry him inward as he explored the ineffable mystery of consciousness and being. Having been reared in a Southern Baptist family, and gone on to study the revolutionary sciences of the day at MIT, he felt the need to reconcile what had always been thought of as separate in his life and in the Western mind - science and religion. Consequently, in the early 1970s, Mitchell left NASA to found the Institute of Noetic Sciences. The Institute allowed him to initiate research in areas of study previously neglected by mainstream science. Through his work, Mitchell began to construct a theory that could explain not only the mystery of human consciousness, but the psychic event as well - what the spiritualist refers to as "miracle" and the scientist dismisses altogether.
His story culminates in a new "dyadic" model of reality that brings consciousness into the equation of how our self-aware universe works. What he reveals through this model is that we live in a universe that is not predetermined by the laws of physics, not preordained by deities, nor infinitely malleable. While human intentions are generally subject to the laws of physics, these laws are also influenced by mind.

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Apollo 14 astronaut Mitchell offers a vision in which technology and intuition are harmonized in pursuit of a more advanced consciousness. When Mitchell was hurtling back to earth after walking on the ... Read full review

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Dr. Edgar Mitchell, who walked on the moon with the Apollo 14 mission in 1971, became ?engulfed by a profound sense of universal connectedness" during his extraordinary experience. This inspired him to found the Institute of Noetic Sciences, which researches the nature of consciousness as it relates to cosmology and causality. Recently, the Institute of Noetic Sciences is mentioned several times in the new book by Dan Brown, The Lost Symbol, whose female protagonist is described as a ?noetic scientist.? Dr. Mitchell has devoted the last 35 years to studying human consciousness and psychic and paranormal phenomena in the search for a common ground between science and spirit.

Williams was raised in Princeton, IL. He graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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