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Awakening the Planetary Mind

Beyond the Trauma of the Past to a New Era of Creativity

Published by Bear & Company
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

About The Book

Completing our conscious evolution by releasing our collective fear of catastrophes

• Explains how we are on the cusp of an era of incredible creative growth

• Shows how we are about to overcome the collective fear caused by ancient catastrophes as we awaken to the memories of our lost prehistory

• Examines legendary cataclysms and scientific evidence of a highly advanced global culture that disappeared 11,500 years ago

In this completely revised and expanded edition of Catastrophobia, bestselling author Barbara Hand Clow explains how we are on the cusp of an age of incredible creative growth made possible by restoring our lost prehistory. Examining legendary cataclysms--such as the fall of Atlantis and the biblical Flood--and the mounting geological and archaeological evidence that many of these mythic catastrophes were actual events, she reveals the existence of a highly advanced global maritime culture that disappeared amid great earth changes and rising seas 14,000 to 11,500 years ago, nearly causing our species’ extinction and leaving humanity’s collective psyche deeply scarred.

Tracing humanity’s reemergence after these prehistoric catastrophes, Clow explains how these events in the deep past influence our consciousness today. Guided by Carl Johan Calleman’s analysis of the Mayan Calendar, she reveals that as the Earth’s 26,000-year precessional cycle shifts, our evolution is accelerating to prepare us for a new age of harmony and peace. She explains how we are beginning a collective healing as ancient memories of prehistory awaken in our minds and release our unprocessed fear. Passed from generation to generation, this fear has been responsible for our constant expectations of apocalypse. She shows that by remembering and moving beyond the trauma of our long lost past, we bring the era of cataclysms to an end and cross the threshold into a time of extraordinary creative activity.


Chapter 9
Goddess Alchemy and the Heliopolitan Mysteries

Past-Life Regression under Hypnosis

Past-Life Regression (PLR) is a therapeutic method for recalling our “past lives,” and whether these stories are thought of as “real” does not really matter. PLR helps us access the themes of our lives. In a typical regression session clients are hypnotized, or induced into a light trance, and they are encouraged to go back in time to seek information that might assist them in their current life.

Often, by simply remembering key themes in the past, we can experience psychological breakthroughs that stimulate new growth in our current life. Crippling phobias can be eliminated--such as fear of water or heights--by having the client reexperience a drowning or fall in a past life. Sometimes overweight people achieve their normal weight after experiencing a past life when they starved to death.

Past-Life Regression emerged during the 1960s out of standard hypnotic therapy and psychological counseling, and now it is widely used by therapists to help clients access deep emotional themes. Beyond receiving symptomatic relief, some clients seek spiritual growth and transformation from Past-Life Regression sessions. When spiritual growth is the goal, PLR is greatly facilitated by using the concepts of karma and reincarnation, which teach us that we live many lives to work out emotional blocks. We return again and again, guided by our soul’s desire to learn, express love, and find spiritual meaning.

Gregory Paxson of Chicago was my first PLR therapist. Although PLR is a recent practice in our culture, it is actually an ancient and sacred tradition that was used to train adepts for thousands of years. Most people who do PLR sessions report past experiences in the linear space and time context, which surprises people. This is what makes me think there is a central, time-coded library that contains all our past experiences that anybody can visit at any time.

We seem to be souls who create experiences amid collective events, as if being alive is like being in a movie. Since 1999, when the Eighth Underworld opened, computer technology has made it easy to consider ideas like this. Computer files are organized by linear time based on crystalline clocks that are the essence of this Underworld’s resonance. By traveling through various times and experiencing different phases of time acceleration, I encoded the mental-emotional qualities of the 102,000-year-long Fifth Underworld. Anyone can reawaken these dormant capacities. PLR is tremendously helpful for clearing your emotional body and going beyond duality, because the therapist is trained to help you see all the aspects around a particular dilemma and seek resolution.

Greg Paxson thinks of memory as a “power of refreshment, of new life in harmonic resonance with the ancient earth of the heart.” When we explore this harmonic resonance, we experience ourselves as pure energy, which is what happens when we have a clear, diaphanous emotional body. Realizing that your feelings are the energy field that holds you in physical form is very liberating and expansive.

Paxson once said that our bodies of consciousness--physical, emotional, mental, and soul--are “holograms of different densities that are co-occupying the same physical space, vibrating independently and in harmonic interaction around the reference--the frequency of Self.” For him, an initiation is when higher energies are received into the person, permanently changing the energy frequency and functioning of that personality--that is, accessing nine dimensions simultaneously.

Theologians removed reincarnation from Christian theology 1,600 years ago, and since then the one-lifetime mentality has created a huge glut of unprocessed emotions. Individuals erupt ever more ferociously and irrationally with desperate and violent cries for help because they feel they must get married, have children, succeed at work, and be famous--all during one lifetime. They drug themselves, the frustration builds, and like a dam bearing the weight of the water, the pressure will build until it is breached. These intense inner complexes must be expressed eventually, which is why the initiation process has always been used in healthy cultures.

I’ve lectured to thousands about reincarnation and karma, and so far the biggest objection to the concept is that people say they hate the idea because they never want to be born again! This is why Western culture is ecocidal. Why bother to care for the forests and streams, the animals and insects, and the fertility of the soil if you believe you will not return again to this world? This one-lifetime mentality causes people to destroy the world. Some clients access lifetimes in which they experience terrifying cataclysms. PLR significantly reduces catastrophobia when people get in touch with cataclysmic lifetimes. The use of PLR in the midtwentieth century began clearing the collective mind, I’m sure of it!

For me, memories are like imagistic musical chords, and when we experience them again we enrich our current resonant frequency. Accessing our inner memories is like listening to Beethoven’s late quartets or Bach’s fugues. By feeling past vibratory fields existing deep within our brains, our current nine-dimensional structure tunes up. Like an old violin in the attic that is oiled, restrung, and played again, we become cosmic instruments in tune with the divine plan for ourselves as individuals and for our culture as a whole.

About The Author

Barbara Hand Clow is an internationally acclaimed ceremonial teacher, author, and Mayan Calendar researcher. Her numerous books include The Pleiadian Agenda, Alchemy of Nine Dimensions, Awakening the Planetary Mind, Astrology and the Rising of Kundalini, and The Mayan Code. She has taught at sacred sites throughout the world and maintains an astrological web site,

Product Details

  • Publisher: Bear & Company (September 21, 2011)
  • Length: 352 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781591431343

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Raves and Reviews

“In Awakening the Planetary Mind, Barbara Hand Clow tells the story of who we really are and how we got here. Never before has there been a telling of history from such an experiential point of view so pertinent that it ties our global, present-day conscious existence with all its political, academic, and religious dogmas to a great catastrophe of our remote past and an ecological Golden Age that existed before; a truly remarkable accomplishment and fascinating book. I couldn’t put it down.”

– Edward F. Malkowski, author of Ancient Egypt 39,000 BCE

“Between lines of text exists an unseen world. Barbara Hand Clow, with her inimitable ability, peered into this world with laserlike vision and has thrust it before us in a way that cannot be ignored. As an engineer who is grounded in three-dimensional reality, Awakening the Planetary Mind reads between my lines with insight and clarity.”

– Christopher Dunn, author of The Giza Power Plant

“Grandmother Sky (Barbara Hand Clow) has captured the essence of Mother Earth as a living energy within the Universal Circle in Awakening the Planetary Mind. The book reveals some universal dynamics that help us understand our connection to the past here on Turtle Island. We can truly learn from the past that we have the ability to change and to begin again.”

– J. T. Garrett, Ed.D., M.P.H., member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee from North Carolina and author

“Clow’s book is mind-expanding, provocative, hopeful, hard-to-put-down, and pertinent as we confront the many crises of today.”

–, October 2011

“Clow is an active agent for positive change, and her last chapter on Goddess Alchemy presents a path for planetary awakening.”

– Dell Horoscope

“Compulsive, compelling, and authoritative. An important addition to our understanding of ancient catastrophes and their impact on human consciousness. Essential reading for the alternative prehistorian.”

– Andrew Collins, author of Gateway to Atlantis and From the Ashes of Angels

“It takes a mind versed in interdisciplinary studies to fully understand, integrate, reassemble, and then accurately teach this complex subject. Barbara has that kind of mind. And her detective work is conveyed admirably.”

– Freddy Silva, researcher, photographer, and author of Common Wealth

“In Awakening the Planetary Mind, Barbara Hand Clow, with a perceptive voice, invites us to explore the unknown crevices of the past through her uncommon spiritual eye.”

– Rand Flem-Ath, author of When the Sky Fell

“I find this book mind-expanding, provocative, and offering an important contribution to our self-understanding as a species, especially as we face important decisions in these critical times.”

– Matthew Fox, author of Original Blessing

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