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The Generous Universe is a remarkably deep dive into the scientific understanding of reality. This first book in Mary Hoy Schmidt’s Unwrapping Reality series is a well-written, accurate, and generously broad survey that will appeal to anyone seeking to better understand our role in the universe, our potentials, and beyond.”

Dean Radin, PhD, Chief Scientist, Institute of Noetic Sciences
Distinguished Professor, California Institute of Integral Studies
Co-Editor-in-Chief, Explore
Speaker and Author of Real Magic: Ancient Wisdom, Modern Science, and a Guide to the Secret Power of the Universe and more


This exciting and informative book provides a rich introduction to many facets of the emerging scientific understanding of the nature of reality. In a rapidly evolving system of understanding about the fundamental nature of the universe, it offers a grander vision of human potential. Having read this first book in a series known as “Unwrapping Reality”, my appetite is whetted for more!

Eben Alexander, MD, Neurosurgeon
Speaker and Author of Living in a Mindful Universe: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Heart of Consciousness, and more


Mary Hoy Schmidt’s The Generous Universe is a fascinating exploration of both our accumulated scientific knowledge and the many mysteries that remain about the nature of the universe and our role within it.  As a neuroscientist, I was intrigued by the many energy-based phenomena that the author describes about the seeming non-physical underpinnings of reality. She reminds us that as we continue to explore the depths of the universe we live in, we may discover that science and mysticism each play a role in giving us a full understanding of it.

Marjorie Woollacott, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Neuroscience and Human Physiology, University of Oregon
M.A., University of Oregon, Asian Studies
President of the Academy of Post-materialist Sciences
Speaker and Author of Infinite Awareness: The Awakening of a Scientific Mind and more


The Generous Universe by Mary Hoy Schmidt is a cogent exposition of the current panorama of scientific views on our universal reality, focusing on the idea of energy. Mary combines the contemporary spirit of exploration in science together with insights from ancient sciences of exploration in spirit, without compromising either. She suggests that the re-enchanting possibilities of scientific insight complement and inspire, rather than contradict and impede, searches for spiritual answers.

James Tunney, LLM, Poet, Painter, International Speaker and Scholar
Author of The Mystical Accord: Sutras to Suit our Time, Lines for Spiritual Evolution and more


The Generous Universe offers a clear, accurate, and concise explanation of many complex matters that govern our existence in the universe, our understanding of reality, and our potential energy for attaining our dreams.  It encourages one to step outside one’s comfort zone and follow paths leading to more self-fulfillment and meaning in our lives by directing our energy towards reaching these goals.  The author stimulates one’s natural curiosity to unfold along the way, just as intelligence and natural curiosity lead the reader from one page to the next.  Biologists, doctors, and artists who are familiar with the beauty and benefits of fractals in the natural world will appreciate the author’s treatment of how these repetitive energy patterns amplify each progressive energy state in every dimension by being entered back into, and cycling through, the system to create feedback loops.  The reader is given strong reasons to meditate, contemplate, and appreciate the ways in which different forms of energy affect living organisms.

The book’s bibliography is exhaustive, indicating in-depth research by the author.  Using a pleasing combination of scientific fact, imagination, everyday examples for clarification, and easily understandable language, this book takes the reader part way along the journey to a better understanding of reality and one’s self in the cosmos.

Anita Caveney, Biologist, Medical Laboratory Technologist (retired), Naturalist
BSc, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa
Stan Caveney, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Department of Biology, Western University, London ON
Biologist, Naturalist
D. Phil in Zoology, Oxford University, UK
BSc, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa


Ever wonder “where do I fit in the grand scheme of things?” In a thoroughly researched and beautifully written book, Mary Hoy Schmidt guides us on an extraordinary journey that provides some insight into an answer. Using ordinary, everyday language, the author leads the reader to a greater understanding of the concept that we all have access to and indeed are a part of the very energy that is at the heart of The Generous Universe in which we live.

Dave Clements, Teacher


The Generous Universe is filled with interesting, relevant, and valuable information (and energy!). Your keen insights make the seemingly complex very understandable and relatable. Thanks for sharing your gift and encouraging some meaningful thought as we progress on our personal journeys. I look forward to the next book in your Unwrapping Reality series.”

Steve Koncz, CPGA Professional


I really enjoyed The Generous Universe and found it hard to put down. The amount of research that went into the book is incredible. It certainly has taken me to another world; now I understand the power of the universe and why positive forces encourage success.

This book is such an enlightening READ.

Tony Evershed, PGA Master, Teacher, Coach


I love your style and expression, and how you convey the complex ideas. It is interesting to consider the notions of “design, destiny or derivation” at this time of year when many people believe they already know the answer. I appreciate your line: “And so, without locking ourselves into any specific mind-set, we can keep ourselves honest, inspired and open to all possibilities.”

Maureen West, High School Teacher


“Excellent treatise.”

Stan Caveney, BSc, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa
D Phil in Zoology, Oxford University, UK
Professor Emeritus, Department of Biology, Western University, London, ON
Biologist, Naturalist


Congratulations on your book. Every good wish for your life and work.

Brian Swimme, PhD, Professor, Evolutionary Cosmology: California Institute of Integral Studies
Director of the Center for the Story of the Universe
Lecturer, Co-writer and host of the PBS film Journey of the Universe
Author of The Hidden Heart of the Cosmos and more


Thank you for all the wonderful work you’re doing.  Best wishes for this new book and your future endeavors.

Bruce Greyson, M.D., Carlson Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral Sciences
Division of Perceptual Studies University of Virginia Health System
Co-author of The Handbook of Near-Death Experiences: Thirty Years of Investigation