The Return of Collective Intelligence
Ancient Wisdom for a World out of Balance
by Dery Dyer
Pub Date 07 Jan 2020
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• Explains how collective intelligence manifests in flocks of birds, instantaneous knowing in indigenous peoples, and the power of sacred places
• Offers ways for us to reconnect to the infinite source of wisdom that fuels collective intelligence and underscores the importance of ceremony, pilgrimage, and initiation
• Draws on recent findings in New Paradigm science, traditional teachings from indigenous groups from North, South, and Central America and Siberia, as well as sacred geometry, deep ecology, and expanded states of consciousness
For our ancestors, collective intelligence was a normal part of life. We see it today as the mysterious force that enables flocks of birds, swarms of bees, and schools of fish to function together in perfect synchrony, communicating and cooperating at some undetectable level. At its most subtle, it’s an instantaneous knowing, shared by members of a group, of the wisest course of action that will benefit all.
As Dery Dyer reveals, collective intelligence still resides within each of us, and it is the key to restoring balance and harmony to our world. She shows how it occurs spontaneously when individuals who share a need and a purpose instinctively “self-organize” into a group and function with no leader or central authority. Such groups exhibit abilities much greater than what any of their members possess individually--or what can be replicated with artificial intelligence. Dyer explains, due to an unquestioning dependence on technology, modern humanity has forgotten how to connect with collective intelligence and fallen into collective stupidity, otherwise known as mob mind or groupthink, which is now endangering the interconnected web of life on Earth.
Drawing on recent findings in New Paradigm science, traditional teachings from indigenous groups, as well as sacred geometry, deep ecology, and expanded states of consciousness, the author shows how the ability to think and act collectively for the highest good is hardwired in all living beings. She explains how to release ourselves from enslavement by technology and use it more wisely toward the betterment of all life. Underscoring the vital importance of ceremony, pilgrimage, and initiation, she offers ways for us to reconnect to the infinite source of wisdom that fuels collective intelligence and which manifests everywhere in the natural world.
Revealing that once we relearn how to hear the Earth, we can heal the Earth, Dyer shows how each of us has a vital role to play in restoring our world to wholeness.
“As I travel around the world speaking at venues ranging from the shamanic to the corporate, I see that we're all part of a Consciousness Revolution. Pachamama, the Living Earth, is speaking —and we are awakening to her message. The Collective Intelligence described in this beautiful book delves into the magic of the wisdom we hold deep inside — individually and collectively. As Dery so eloquently writes: that wisdom offers the salvation for life as we know it.” —JOHN PERKINS, author of The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man and Shapeshifting
“The Return of Collective Intelligence is much more than a book: it is a Michelin star mind meal at what could arguably be humanity’s last supper. As for information, Dery Dyer has dished out a veritable smorgasbord. This beautifully crafted, highly readable ride through the latest literature and research on collective intelligence brings clarity while delivering a challenge to our hearts that (she rightly tells us) our intellects alone cannot answer; how do we cultivate wisdom in this information age? Dyer skillfully offers a clearer lens through which to evaluate the usefulness and limitations of our social networks and digital media platforms. Finally, by directing us to indigenous wisdom and Great Nature as the sanctuary and source of collective intelligence, her words ring the golden truth bell in our hearts. Our collective intelligence contains the resources required to right our world through love, empathy, and connection, if we act together. This is the promise and hope provided by the title of this work. May our collective intelligence indeed return, and quickly! Dery Dyer has certainly done her part to make it so.” —ELIZABETH B. JENKINS, international best-selling author of three books on Inka Nature Wisdom: The Return of the Inka, Journey to Q’eros, and The Fourth Level
“We need to draw on our collective intelligence and we need to realize that the best way of doing so is to ‘re-cognize’ the intelligence that resides in each of us. Dery Dyer’s book tells us why and how. A must-read in our critical times.” —ERVIN LASZLO, twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and author of numerous books such as Science and the Akashic Field and Quantum Shift in the Global Brain
"At this critical, uncertain time in history, building interdependence and community resilience is crucial. To do this effectively, we need to bust out of our mental straitjackets and breathe in the freedom of collective intelligence. Dery Dyer’s exciting book is at the leading edge of how to do just that!” —BILL PFEIFFER, founder of Sacred Earth Network and author Wild Earth, Wild Soul: A Manual for an Ecstatic Culture