The Celestine Prophecy


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Why does the speaker consider the book to be a "new age" book?
It is about modern problems.
It describes life in a future world.
It discusses new ways of looking at history.
It contains ideas people are beginning to talk about.
What was the basic philosophical idea of the book?
That everything in our lives has a deeper meaning
That everything we do is related to religion
That everything is connected to a central energy
That everything we do makes little difference to others
What was the plot of the story?
It was about a secret new religion.
It was about a group who opposed the church.
It was about a plan to bring down the government.
It was about a man who searched for an old manuscript.
As a result of reading this book, how did the speaker come to regard people?
As part of the earth
As evolving life forms
As a force for evil
As centers of energy
What effect did this book have on the speaker?
It made him feel more religious.
It led him to distrust people.
It gave him a sense of optimism.
It made him rather depressed.
What will the speaker likely do in the future?
Start going to church more often
Write a book about his experiences
Go to meet the man in the book
Convince others to read the book
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A class the man took
A presentation the man attended
The man's reaction to a story
The man's beliefs about religion
I recently picked up a book and read, um, The Celestine Prophecy. I'm not sure who the author was.
I think his name was Arthur Redding or, something like that, but it's not important.
Um, I guess it's considered, um_ sorry I guess it's considered a, new age type book, where the ideas in it are something that people, of this generation and the last generation are just starting to, um, really talk about. It dealt with, um_ it dealt with a manuscript found in ancient, ancient Peru, which described how...
At_ toward the end of the millennium,which is coming up on us, you know, you, um, people would change, people, humans would change their, their evolution.
Things would happen to em where we would have a higher understanding of life and why we're supposed to be here. And this book created such an interest in me.
I ju- it sparked me. And, I can_ it's a work of fiction. But I can only hope that this is the way it's gonna be.
Um, basically it said that, nothing at all happens by coincidence for no reason. Everything that happens in our life, ev- every llittle, every little thing, every little person we meet, there's a deeper meaning for it. And, what's going to happen.
There were nine stages of, um_ there were nine insights basically. And, the first one dealt with...
A lot of_ uh, a critical mass, it was called, a lot of people realizing at once, well, starting to realize, that this change is coming. Um, the second one dealt with history, the history of, um, human evolution basically.
And that, if you_ it stated that if you look at humans... If you look at the, the human race as a history.
As a whole, not as different times, but as a whole, you can see how we've been evolving right from the beginning toward, toward what we are now.
And, um, the next one's, they're, they were pretty... Pretty deep, pretty, um, pretty out there actually. Uh, it dealt with... It dealt with the universe as a matter of energy. And everything in the universe was an extension of its energy. And we as people, are, are energy from the universe.
And so far as that, we could even interact with people and share other people's energy.
And when people, when people talk to each other they're, they are sharing their energy and they are becoming stronger. When people have a fight with someone, they are trying to take their energy away from them.
And, um, the book even dealt with people, able to see this energy.
And, I mean it got_ it was, it was_ it struck me so much that I actually tried to, look at people and see energy.
And, I thought that was a bit wacky.
But, um, yeah it was um_ so that that basically was it. It was, it was a story it was a fiction. It was an adventure of a man who went down to Peru to actually investigate for himself, what the manuscript, had said.
And, um, through the book he was being chased by, um, government officials in Peru because they didn't want ,the manuscript, the manuscript to get out because they thought it would create a revolt against the church. When in fact, the manuscript was able to, give real meaning to what the church was.
Like not just the church of, um_ not just like the Catholic Church, but all religions, basically are saying the same thing that, you know, we are all here for deeper meaning and this is it. But it takes a_ um... It takes, it takes a lot like, to get into something like this because you have to, be willing to dis- you have to have like suspension of disbelief, or at least acceptance of far fetched ideas.
Or ideas that might seem far fetched to you.
Um, basically it came, it came down to it. And, um, the guy got hold of all the insights and he, he realized that, um, his whole mission everything that was happening, like I said there were no coincidences.
Everything that was happening was geared for him to teach other people of the manuscript, and to, uh, pass the word on and, um, that's what wound up happening.
And, uh, since I've read the book it, it inspired me.
And I'm trying to get as many of my friends to read it as possible because I feel like... It's my job to, uh, to get people to realize this.
Because if people could realize_ I mean if_ even if this wasn't true, if people thought of each other as, just energy, it, it would reduce fighting. It would reduce conflict.
And, um, it might bring about some positive changes toward human culture, as it said in the book. So I'm hoping that more people will read that, and more people will react the same way as I did.