New Civilization Network
During the 1990s, by far the best-selling metaphysical text
was The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield. It offered the
idea that an increasing number of people were gaining new insights
into their own nature and the inner structure of the universe.
In fact, as a critical mass of such people who shared these
insights became aware of each other, they would realize a common
world vision. Working together, awakened people could
produce a new spiritualized world culture.
As the readership of The Celestine Prophecy and its sequels,
The Tenth Insight (1996) and The Celestine Vision (1997), grew,
study groups began to form. Redfield also produced several
study guides and a newsletter for people who took the content
of the books most seriously. At the same time he has resisted
becoming the leader of a new movement.
However, in 1995, Flemming Funch, the head of a computer
web development and networking company (Synchronicity
Network in Van Nuys, California), sent out an e-mail letter calling
for people who were interested in working toward a new
spiritual culture. He received an unexpected amount of feedback
and organized the New Civilization Network and a loose
association of people conversing on the Internet. Since that
time, the network has grown into what is described as a ‘‘selforganizing
international grass-roots association’’ of people interested
in building a better world. The members of the network
share a positive vision of the future and seek appropriate
means for working with each other. As the network has increased
in size, in those geographical areas where members are
concentrated, network members have organized salons, gatherings
at which they meet and discuss their new ideas. The largest
number of these are in southern California.
Members come to the network from a wide range of backgrounds
and have appropriated the Redfield material in quite
diverse manners. Respect for the diversity and the very different
ideas being expressed is a hallmark of the network, holding
it together even as commonalities are being sought. Members
may join simply by submitting their name to the network,
where they are placed on a membership list and begin receiving
the messages posted by other members. They may also participate
in Internet chat rooms and bulletin boards. In some
places they may attend meetings and work with others on mutually
agreed upon projects. Funch has also put together a
reading list of complementary material.
As of the beginning of 2000, the network is not incorporated,
its major emphasis being on providing a space in which the
spontaneous cooperation of its members may occur. Contact
with the network is through its webpage, http
New Civilization Network. February
25, 2000.
Redfield, James. The Celestine Prophecy. New York Warner
Books, 1994.
———. The Celestine Vision Living the New Spiritual Awareness.
New York Warner Books, 1997.
———. The Secret of Shambhala Search for the Eleventh Insight.
New York Warner Books, 1999.
———. The Tenth Insight. New York Warner Books, 1996.

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