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Announcing a New DVD Series from Cosmologist, Brian Swimme
“Powers of the Universe”

A Positive, Life-Affirming Vision of Human Potential and Path to the Future Viewed Through Cosmological Forces that Shaped the Universe
San Francisco, CA, September 26, 2004

Today, the Center for the Story of the Universe announced the release of The Powers of the Universe, an 11-part DVD series by cosmologist and PhD Brian Swimme, which aims towards a synthesis of scientific and spiritual worldviews, empowering people to rediscover and remember who they truly are in the greater story of life.

Swimme’s series uses science to touch deeper chords, re-awakening viewers to the sacred dimension of life to evoke hidden sensitivities and latent capacities. The journey he narrates involves the intellect, but more importantly the heart, giving people a life-affirming vision and hope for the future. Longings, questioning, lamentations, and dreams are all explored as ways to engage the central evolutionary challenge of our time: the transformation from an era of industrial control and domination to an era of connected, loving embrace of the entire Earth community.

To accomplish this shift, Swimme begins with charting the 13 billion years of the history of our Universe, identifying the deeper forces and patterns that have shaped it. He then demonstrates how these larger cosmological powers have also shaped human beings, illuminating how the microcosm mirrors the macrocosm, from DNA to star systems and from lungs to galaxies. Through this exploration of interconnectedness, viewers learn:

j How the powers of the Universe move within each of us.
j How to align with these Universal powers.
j How to recognize the powers of the Universe in the world and in each other.
j How to resolve the tensions that are tearing apart our planet.
j How to develop a deeper intimacy with the Earth.

By grounding scientific theory in a human context, Swimme helps to situate the larger challenges of our day as part of the journey of the Universe. This view leads to a positive, life-affirming vision of human potential, one that calls for a new level of ecological responsibility, wisdom, and relatedness. In the process, Swimme demonstrates how science and spiritual traditions can find common ground in a worldview that is evolutionary, scientific, and filled with reverence and wonder.

“The cosmological powers of the Universe are coursing through us moment by moment. To become aware of these powers is to touch the source of life,” ~Brian Swimme

The Powers of the Universe DVD with Brian Swimme
11 Programs 9 Hours (programs average 45 minutes) Cost: $180 (includes shipping)
Order online or call 800-273-3720

Program Titles:

0 Seamlessness – the source of all powers, the ground of being, pure generativity.

1 Centration – the power of concentration and exhilaration, how the Universe centers on itself.

2 Allurement – the power of attraction, how things hold together.

3 Emergence – the power of creativity, how the Universe transcends itself.

4 Homeostasis – the power of maintaining achievement, what the Universe values.

5 Cataclysm – the power of destruction, living in a Universe where things break down.

6 Synergy – the power of working together, mutually enhancing relationships.

7 Transmutation – the power to change the self, disciplines and constraints.

8 Transformation – the power to change the whole, communion and intimacy.

9 Interralatedness – the power of care, how the Universe responds to the other.

10 Radiance – the power of magnificence, how the Universe communicates.


Dr. Brian Swimme is a mathematical cosmologist on the graduate faculty of the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. He received his Ph.D. (1978) from the University of Oregon specializing in gravitational dynamics, mathematical cosmology and singularity theory.

Brian Swimme’s primary field of research is the nature of the evolutionary dynamics of the Universe. Swimme brings us a meaningful interpretation of the human as an emergent being within the Universe and Earth. His central concern is the role of the human within the Earth community. Toward this goal, in 1989, Swimme founded the Center for the Story of the Universe, a production and distribution affiliate of the California Institute of Integral Studies.

His published work includes The Universe is a Green Dragon (Bear and Company, 1984), The Universe Story (Harper San Francisco, 1992) written with Thomas Berry, and The Hidden Heart of the Cosmos (Orbis Books, 1996). Swimme’s books have been translated into eight different languages.

Swimme was featured in a three part television series Soul of the Universe (The BBC, 1991). He is the producer of a twelve-part video series Canticle to the Cosmos (Tides Center, 1990) which has been distributed worldwide. Other video programs featuring Swimme’s ideas include The Hidden Heart of the Cosmos (Center for the Story of the Universe, 1996) and The Earth’s Imagination (Center for the Story of the Universe, 1998).

Dr. Swimme lectures worldwide 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 Natural History Museum.


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