Barbara Marx Hubbard- Tipping Point is a Planetary Birth



Barbara Marx Hubbard

Buckminster Fuller once called Barbara Marx Hubbard “the best informed human now alive regarding futurism and the foresights it has produced” and the conversations on this website would not be complete without her voice!

One of the coolest things about Barbara is that her ‘life’s work’ did not start until she was 35 years old. Up until that point, Barbara was a housewife with 5 children.

I ask her about the awakening she had at this time (it was 1963), and I find her story SO inspiring and relevant to what millions of us from all over the planet are experiencing!

Now 82 years old, Barbara speaks with such lucidity about her own, personal journey and the current state of the world. This is a ‘must hear’ interview for those of you wanting to go through the looking glass and hear what one of the world’s great futurists says about where we are heading.

More About Barbara

Widely regarded as the philosophical heir to Buckminster Fuller, Barbara is a social innovator, speaker, author, educator and leader in the new worldview of conscious evolution. She is founder and president of the Foundation for Conscious Evolution.

She is currently the producer and narrator of an award-winning, DVD series entitled “Humanity Ascending: A New Way through Together.” Through the Foundation for Conscious Evolution she developed the Gateway to Conscious Evolution, a global educational curriculum enrolling participants in the developmental path toward the next stage of human evolution.

In 1984 her name was placed in nomination for the vice presidency of the United States on the Democratic ticket, calling for a “Peace Room” as sophisticated as our war room, to scan for, map, connect and communicate what is working in America and the world.


*The Tipping Point intro was created by Emmy award-winning composer/producer Gary Malkin, founder of Wisdom of the World – media for a meaningful life. Please click here to see more of Gary’s work.

  • Yitzhaq Hayut-Man

    I guess I was the first to hear this recording, and it was a good discussion, but somewhere near 9 minutes it just stopped. Hope it will be complete soon. One suggestion: try to have the control ruler (or whatever it is called) so that the listner can come back to any point, whether to hear it again, or return to a point a day later

  • Yitzhaq Hayut-Man

    The conversation is abruptly cut in mid-sentence after about 28 minutes.

  • Smiling Lotus

    I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the creators of this website, the contributors and those leaving comments. Until this website found me, I was at a loss to explain what has been happening to me, just a deep inner “knowing” that SOMETHING is happening. Thank you, Todd, for creating a place for all of us to come together to figure this all out. I am located in Long Island, NY and would be very interested in finding a local spot to come together to explore this “happening”. Any information that anyone could provide would be greatly appreciated :)

  • Todd Goldfarb

    Awesome! This is very sweet and great to see a fellow New Yorker on here!

  • Todd Goldfarb

    Hey there, I have listened to the whole interview a few times and it goes through each time. Hmmm, please let me know if anyone else has this problemo??

  • Luraleewidman

    Mine just stopped too.

  • Todd Goldfarb

    are you playing from the player above or right clicking ang playing from a different player? Thanks, Todd

  • Todd Goldfarb

    Hmmm, weird I am having the audio tech people listen in….but we not seeing any problems! So sorry about this…and we are on it!

  • Mary

    I’m grateful to say that I listened to this, without breaks or interruptions, from start to finish.
    What a tonic! If that doesn’t trigger my creativity into life nothing will!

  • Puanga

    Just a thought, rather than interrrupting constantly, perhaps you could send your questions to the speaker in advance?

  • Kriste

    Barbara, your clarity sobers the chaotic seeking to answer the questions of our existence. This is an exciting time in history, and we can either freak out or joyfully participate in birthing the future. I hope many will hear your words.

  • david

    Todd, thanks for #3

    My recap so far:

    Ashong: a total tool
    Wilber: totally cool, but very cautious in his statements
    Hubbard: tending to to portray the new age dream with the option of disaster

    Now here’s the deal:

    Mark my words: there will be a financial meltdown, a global conflict and the whole thing will turn out to be one hell of a mess.

    The whole thing boils down to a very simple but powerful concept: problem, reaction, solution.

    Scare the living daylight out of people and they will give up their liberties (note that I said liberties, not freedom, cause they didn’t have that to begin with) to their tyrants.

    The twin towers are the best example for this: fake something really big, make up an enemy that “did it”, then wait for the people’s reaction and indignation about it, and then come up with the solution: two wars with a couple of million people killed (but of course, it’s okay to kill all these people, after all they’re the terrorists), and just for a warm up set up TSA and Homeland Security. while in the meantime, all over the world surveillance cameras are sprouting like mushrooms and crawling up our rear ends.

    I’ve been to the US to learn my English, but I’m actually a CH citizen with some Italian blood in the mix as well. Well let me tell you this: I’m not buying into all this new age awakening bs.

    But again, let me be very clear about this: I’m not dispising you or anyone else here…I’m just saying that I’ve been watching things evolve very carefully over the last 20 years, and I see the manipulations that are happening on a massive scale.

    As I’ve told you, I’ve been doing HS for almost 5 years now, I’ve clocked over 4000 hours of it in this time…and again: great stuff. But I’d like to say something else here: this practice boosts awareness, no question about it, but who you are, the core, remains untouched. So if you could see the truth before you started this meditative process, you will still see the truth afterwards, and vice versa (and I’m not even making any assumptions about yourself, I’m just saying).

    I would just like to add one more thing at this time: the whole thing of a humanity coming together as one, is a great thing, but it’s also very dangerous, think about it.

    Anyway, until the next time I’ll comment here, a bunch of love to all that read this.

    Cheers, David

  • david

    download the file and listen from your PC is my suggestion…the file is downloaded in a blip

  • Anja Krueger

    Me too, just listened from start to finish. What an energy! I am blown away by the clarity with which Barbara (and Ken Wilber too) answered your questions. Thank you for doing this Todd!

  • Brandi Harrigan

    The download link is coming up as an html doc? Awesome interview. Barbara is a beacon. Thank you for being in on this with all of us ;)

  • Amtavo

    very clear!!!thanks for shearing ana

  • Fruehlea

    Love it, very good call. Gives the feeling that we are the right place at the right time and that we all together will achieve great things for the rest of us.

  • Brandi Harrigan

    I’m in northern CT, but I’m also consciously opening myself up to actually making connections with people that are aware of what’s going on and actually consciously creating a welcoming space for it to be birthed into :)

  • Brandi Harrigan

    I listened a couple hours ago and it was fine. Once my internet rebooted so I had to wait through a pause but other than that- great interview. Great sound quality, too ;) Some interviews are kinda noisy and the interviewee gets lost in background noise. Not this one, though, and I appreciate that a lot :) It sucks to know that the person is saying something you’d love to hear but the voice is just overwhelmed by an overly open line.

  • Brandi Harrigan

    I’ve listened to lots of interviews in the last year and today’s with Barbara… one of the best. I’ve heard interviewers that keep moving away from the point, keep dumbing down what the speaker is here to share, keep making these faked “AH HA!!” moments and then stating the obvious in five additional ways. I think that he did a great job- his “interruptions” were poignant and appropriate and helped neatly fit such a massive amount of content into the allotted time.

  • Brandi Harrigan

    cool, the download link worked this time :) thanks.

  • david

    I’m not being negative about what Barbara said here, but I’m also totally not impressed…anyone could have come up with the stuff she’s been talking about in this interview…truth be told, there’s really no mass awakening going on, most people are watching big brother, some football match, while having a beer and smoking some pot, and have no clue about anything…also: for 13K plus people that have signed up here, I see mighty little comments in response to the interviews…

  • Todd Goldfarb

    haha, thanks David. You will enjoy the interview on Thursday night with Foster Gamble and I am betting you will like the THRIVE movie. David Icke is a big part of that film….hope you tune in,

  • Annie Kayser

    This is wonderful and just what I needed to hear. I’ve been feeling like I’ve been standing at a precipice, knowing something is stirring in humanity, within myself, but not knowing what or how. I too have known something is terribly wrong for quite some time, but couldn’t put my finger on it. If we could ALL dig down deep and just choose ONE thing to change in our lives about our old habits that aren’t necessary helpful to our planet and our broken system, and then joined with other likeminded people to co-create those changes, can you imaging the impact we would have? Transform yourself… transform our world. Thanks Todd for making this site and providing these voices. I would love to see a Forum on here at some point.

  • Alluvja

    I live in the Netherlands and just listened to Barbara. It was inspiring. I loved that she mentioned the work of Teilhard de Jardin.
    Aside from being a member of the Shift network I’m a Newtwork Administrator on two other spriritual orientated sites that are in allignment with so many things mentioned here. I did post the tipping counter on my personal profile on one of the sites.
    I’m mentioning this because it’s good to know that everywhere people are growing, networking, shifting and so eventhough they may not show up on this site and on this counter, they are still there, reaching out and connecting. And that is a hopeful sign in such turbulent times.
    Much love,

  • Suma

    Thank you so much.This inspiraitional call helps me through the crisis I am going through now in Thailand due to flood situation. It is so true that crisis brings transformation or extinct. I can see nature working for me through little details and I share with my son how nature is working for us in a positive manner though this is a natural crisis and I feel happy when my 14 year old son gives me that knowy look as you said Barbara hand in hand with this young generation..

  • Anonymous

    I enjoyed listening to Barbara. It is my understanding that around the time that Barbara awoke to her true purpose there was the begining of a new energy on the planet that was waking up humanity. It sounds like the way it was seen was that Barbara needed to change to accomodate the new energy that was already coming into consciousness. Yes awakening is critical in thes moment, because of how in a sense we objectified the natural world and neglected to see its power. This is a way that we as humans think, and we can not think our way out of the global crisis because in a sense evelution is not about us but it includes us. The more aware we are in every single moment not in thought the more open we are to possibilities that have never existed before…….hence evolution. I agree totally with what you say because it has been the awareness that has been given and experienced. Being open beyond current beliefs and understandings is an absolute. The tighted that people resist…… the more “possible suffering we all will experience. Suffering does not just happen to another it happens to the entire Being of Life and that happens to us all. Creative process also happens to us all when it happens within one, but the more open we are the energy can flow and it creates new channels and the old powerful channels can not survive. May we all be OPEN>>>>to the CREATIVE FLOW which is ever present with in each TIMELESS MOMENT.

    Thank you Heidi

  • Reneastark

    just had another earthquake here in Oklahoma city…..Eerie

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  • Oscar Miro-Quesada

    My heartfelt gratitude for your contribution to the Great Work!

  • Peggy

    Lovely. Why haven’t I heard of Barbara before? I appreciate her wisdom and her excitement for the new ways and solutions we can come up with as pioneers.
    I have enjoyed all the speakers sharing their thoughts and viewpoints. Thank you Todd.

  • Alan Meae

    Incredible, we need not just a planetary orientation but a cosmocentric one.

  • Alan Mease

    Read Andrew Cohen’s Evolutionary Enlightenment or CTR Spiritual Materialsm.

  • John Cloud

    Also in CT…

  • John Cloud

    Okay, self actualized is fine enough. Such a rationalized safe place to be.
    Sustainable compassionate life. The jump to know is not by chance. Well off and lazy. Waking up? I don’t think so. No history of a successful change. No sustainable good choice. Evolutionary eyes? Yes there are patterns… Crash and Burn…massive connectivity can lead to liberation? Get the wealthy on board.

  • From the trenches

    Thank you Barbara and Todd, and a big YES! to you. Barbara, I would would sign up with your regiment if I knew where to enlist. That said, the phrase, “evolution of evolution,” although intoxicating, could be viewed as kind of a “New Age” redundancy (although it does tend to make one want to fall in love with God in some ineffable, hopeful, momentum-gathering way).

    I am grateful that you include both the Yin and Yang of evolution in your discussion. If compassion evolves, so does the art of war. If nuance evolves, so does zombie-like boneheadedness. Perhaps its a drag to factor in the “dark side” but it is an equal partner in this evolutionary dance, YES?

  • Sal

    What an unbelievable, visionary and beyond ‘what you learn in school’ discourse. One of the things Ken spoke about is history and Barbara helped us to understand evolution. This is truly an intergeneration connection. I was born in the 60s and one of the internal conflicts I have been undergoing is that I use to feel that something was wrong with me for not understanding why I could not believe in the of protocol of: grow up, get and education and then get married and have babies. This protocol for success is for some people but not everyone. We have to find our niches in life to fulfill our purposes in life. Each of us have our own, unique purpose.
    Thank you Barbara, thank you Todd.

  • Jay

    Wonderful, inspirational wisdom from a very Wise Woman! Thank you. I’m off to re-watch her wonderful documentary DVD called Humanity Ascending! I’d love Barbara to put the DVD on-line as a free download for all the people taking part in the Occupy Movement… they sooo need her perspective of them being pioneers for the evolution of democracy!

  • david

    you got it

  • david

    My aunt invited me to Zurich two years ago to see Icke, I joined her and her friends…and though I can’t disagree with many things the guy’s saying, I’m not sure I want to like him to the core…get me right, I have no problem with spirits and shit, I’ve had plenty of very weird experiences myself, and let me tell you that the world is way much weirder than you would or even could think. One of the guys that makes the most sense to me is freeman, and again, I’m not attached to one or the other like someone would be attached to dogma and religion, and I think this video sums it up pretty well: and I really think that many people that are awaiting a shift into higher consciousness on this planet are mistaken and full of shit. But, and that’s a big but: I’m not saying all these things out of a negative outlook or grief, I’m just watching what’s going on…now some may tell me that I’m just stuck in my movie, but then again, aren’t we all? I know that meditation builds the witness, and that’s what I’m doing with single minded dedication…but when all is said and done, I can only agree with what the great (and late) Alan Watts had to say about who we are:

  • Juan Gomez

    yo me sumo

  • Barry A Russell

    Brilliant perspective. For more clarity about who we are and why we are “awakening”, read “Soul Journeys” by Rosalind A McKnight.

  • Todd Goldfarb

    Thanks Sal!

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  • Jodi

    Brilliant, brilliant woman. Very inspiring. Thank you.

  • Tijmen Brozius

    Hey awesome lineup and Initiative. But I hate the intro, it’s unnecessary and too long. Keep up the good work!

  • Richardsaint

    I have a Conscious Evolution Meetup Group you both may be interested in. I will continue meetups after I finish the Agents of Conscious Evolution training with Barabara Marx Hubbard.

  • Harvey W. Austin, MD

    I just completed a 12 week virtual course with Barbara Marx Hubbard, called Agents of Conscious Evolution. I was inspired to not only avidly listen to each and every call with her and 800 others from 56 countries, but I dived into the bi-pronged homework of shifting from my egoic self to my essential self… and reading constantly.

    This in the face of 35 years of personal development work that shows up as merely preparatory for this work of social transformation.

    There is an urgency to this work… humanity is at a crossroads. Buckminster Fuller phrased it thirty years ago as the ‘uncertainty whether muscle or brain will win out’

    Humanity has the possibility of evolving itself into a You AND Me world. Or… ending evolution completely, dying in its present status of a You Or Me world.

    And it is OUR choice which.

    Harvey W. Austin, MD

  • Siboney

    How can I hear her conference? Is she related to the Hubbard movement back on the 70′s (Dianetics)?
    Thanks a lot.

  • Siboney

    This is Siboney again, I live in San Miguel Allende, Mexico. We just moved from North Carolina. Is there a group here in San Miguel? People are very open here and we have a lot of expats here (we are) There are people from all over the world living in this delighful town. It would be greatto find a group here.

  • Jbr


    your comment is spot on.

    I am a foreigner living in China and am interested in making friends with insights like yours. how can we connect?


  • Daniel

    Great interview. Barbara express her wisdom and share her personal life change experience, which for me was the special moment of her thoughts.

    Daniel Santos

  • Ijoseph33

    Having experienced major depression myself, I can really connect with Ms. Hubbard and what she had to say here. It is spiritual professors like Iyanla Vanzant, Neale Donald Walsch, Marianne Williamson, Deepak Chopra, Gary Zukav, Eckhart Tolle, Ram Dass, Kim Eng, Wayne Dyer, Les Brown, Dali Lama, Miguel Ruiz, Barbara Marx Hubbard and others like them who will take humanity into the next stage of ‘religious education’ to recognize another perspective about Life and God.

    Their goal has been to help humanity finish what humanity started in ‘Religious High School’ so that most of us can graduate and move into ‘Spirituality College.’ With Todd and Opra Wimphrey as the Evolution of Awareness Advisers, they are the ones who will welcome the new freshman students willing to go beyond their fear of God and enter an era of learning that God is about innovation and inclusion.

    Spiritual teachers like those mentioned above teach: Ours is not a better way; ours is just another way! The students willing to ‘evolve’ from high school level religion to the college level spirituality, begin to comprehend a new way of Being.

  • JL Holyoake

    The same happens to me on all of the interviews.

  • Margaretwoodhead

    loved this talk, everybody wake up to the new evolutionary process starting now

  • david

    “Out of the full spectrum of human personality, one-fourth is electing to transcend … One-fourth is resistant to election. They are unattracted by life ever-evolving … Now, as we approach the quantum shift from creature-human to co-creative human the destructive one-fourth must be eliminated from the social body … Fortunately you, dearly beloveds, are not responsible for this act. We are. We are in charge of God’s selection process for planet Earth. He selects, we destroy. We are the riders of the pale horse, Death.”—Barbara Marx Hubbard, The Book of Co-Creation, (1980 Edition), p. 59

  • david

    “… the end of this phase of evolution shall come. All will know their choice. All will be required to choose … All who choose to be natural Christs will be guided from within as to how we proceed. All who choose not evolve will die off … The kindergarten class of Earth will be over.”—Barbara Marx Hubbard, Happy Birthday Planet Earth! (Santa Fe, Ocean Tree Books, 1986), p. 17

  • Sal.

    May we thrive not to judge one another but to understand that behind each personality there is love (the soul). Every person that comes into our life is for a reason. Each interaction is for a reason, perhaps a learning one, perhaps to share some needed knowledge. Let’s be thankful for these encounters. At this stage in the evolution of consciousness, it takes painful experiences to trigger of the enlightenment process in a human being. May God give us the inner strength and patience to treat each other with respect and in loving kindness. I know, it is easier said than done but we just don’t know the mysterious ways in which God works, therefore can we truly judge another human being?

  • david

    Sal, you haven’t read Barbara’s quotes (let alone understood them).

  • Sal.

    David would you like to explain it to me? Are her words implying that those who are on the evolving path would experience the quantum shift? Does that mean heaven on earth, everlasting life experience? While those who are resistant will just naturally die off?
    I admit, as much as I would like to read much more about the work of these visionaries, time does not allow me to. It truly is frustrating. Hence your insight would be appreciated.

  • david

    Dear Sal, it’s a real challenge to convey what took me years to understand in but a few sentences, there would be more groundwork needed for that.

    For now I’ll just give you a few hints, and as crazy as they may seem, just let them sink in, don’t reject them, and then go back to reading Barbara’s quotes, and really meditate on what she’s implying in these words or hers.

    New Age Movement = Luciferian Doctrine = New World Order

    Culture creation is an art form. There is no such thing as a consciousness shift dictated by a cycle. If there is such a thing as a shift, it’s being foisted upon human kind by those who are smarter (at least intellectually) than the masses.

    Consciousness evolution happens by meditation, by quieting the mind, not by feeding it with content, much less with some new age ascension bullshit stories.

    The whole subject would need me to give you a much longer explanation of things, which I don’t have the time to do. However, I hope that these bullets of mine will make you think.

  • david

    post an e-mail address and I’ll get in touch

  • david

    Dear Sal, never mind my last reply, things are going sour, and there’s shit we can do about it…we can though take care of ourselves, my suggestion: go to and get the awakening prologue, meditate with this stuff every day until you’ve completed the whole program, that’s the best thing you can do to figure out yourself, your world and ultimately heal it…the rest will be road kill.

  • Sal.

    Thank you David, I will check out the website.
    This tipping forum is giving us a chance to express ourselves freely,
    from what is going on inside of us. To me that helps us to grow and transform ourselves.
    Thanks, for your authentic expression!

  • david

    Dear Sal, make sure you get involved, it’s the single best thing you can do for yourself, Bill Harris (the owner and director) will be featured in an interview on this forum (if Todd will update the interviews he’s promised to post that is). And though I don’t necessarily share all of his views, I can say that holosync and his LPIP courses are top notch. Sending some love your way, take care :)

  • Anonymous

    “a social innovator, speaker, author, educator and leader” translated to professional BS artiste.