The Celestine Prophecy
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The Celestine Prophecy is a 1993 novel by James Redfield. As of May 2005, it had sold over 20 million copies worldwide and had been translated into 34 languages. A movie of the same title, based on the book, was released in 2006.
The book discusses various spiritual ideas, which are often regarded as New Age themes. Many ideas are explored, including the practice of vegetarianism helping an individual to establish a connection with the Divine. The ideas are included in a fictional story, in which the main character undertakes a journey to find and understand a series of nine spiritual insights on an ancient manuscript in Peru.
The nine insights he experiences are:
- Becoming aware of the "coincidences" in one's life.
- Experiencing a heightened understanding of world history and human evolution.
- Becoming aware that all living things have energy fields.
- Becoming aware that people try to steal other people's energy, creating conflict.
- Realising that control dramas do not help you or others.
- Becoming aware that you have a dream and a destiny to fulfill.
- Becoming aware that many of your thoughts and actions are guided.
- Realizing that other people sometimes provide the answers that you seek.
- Understanding that humankind are on a journey towards living in perfect harmony with each other and nature, as our world evolves over the next 1,000 years into an Eden-like paradise.
In the novel, the Maya civilization had ruins in Peru where the book's supposed "manuscript" was found and that the Incas took up residence in the abandoned Maya cities after the Maya had reached an "energy vibration level" which made them cross over into a completely spiritual reality. There is no archeological evidence that the Maya ever existed in Peru.
Redfield acknowledged that the work of Dr. Eric Berne and his book Games People Play, the bestseller from 1964, was a major influence on his work. Specifically, the life games to which Dr. Eric Berne refers in his book is a tool used in an individual's quest for energetic independence.
The Celestine Prophecy was originally self-published by Redfield, who sold 100,000 copies out of the trunk of his Honda before Warner Books agreed to publish him.
Redfield has published two sequels:"The Tenth Insight: Holding the Vision" and "The Secret of Shambhala: In Search of the Eleventh Insight", he is currently working on a fourth book to cover the 12th insight.
- The Celestine Prophecy (1995) ISBN 0-446-67100-2
- Control dramas - An explanation of control dramas mentioned in the book.
- Official website of Dr. Eric Berne
- Information on Dr. Eric Berne's bestseller Games People Play, which influenced Redfield's work.
- The Celestine Prophecy at the Internet Movie Database
- The Celestine Prophecy entry of the Skeptic's Dictionary