The Future Humans Trilogy launched July 22, 2021 through the #1 Bestseller The Quest of Rose: The Cosmic Keys of Our Future Becoming, which is a Silver Winner of the Nautilus Book Award in the category of Personal Growth. Since then thousands of people from around the world have been working with the keys, tools, and practices. Return of the Avatars: The Cosmic Architect Tools of Our Future Becoming also became a #1 Bestseller on Amazon, and is the second book of the trilogy.

Join the future humans in this spell-breaking, soul-stirring adventure as they explore essential lessons about power, unity, ego, shadow, hope, courage, and love. Empowered with the discoveries of the Cosmic architecture of life, you’ll now discover how to decode the systems and agendas of the economics of domination and the governance of disunity. Explore the new choices and possibilities by developing your future human powers through the wisdom of the higher heart, with the help of the seven Cosmic Architect Tools. Although recommended, it is not necessary to have read the first book.

Deepak Chopra, M.D. writes in his endorsement: “This book is prophetic.” Times of trouble call for a deeper stimulation of reality from both sides of the veil, and this is precisely what happens through this next stage of our evolutionary development. As you read, you’ll be guided in ways you can develop your future human potentials and powers through the wisdom of the higher heart and the Cosmic mind

As with our first book, the future humans of this trilogy are presented with fictional first names. They are archetypal characters we can all relate to. During their quest, they meet real-life people who are non-fictional characters, like the futurist and evolutionary economist Hazel Henderson and integral investor Dr. Mariana Bozesan. The future human characters are again encountering real-life world events and places that are non-fictional. We chose this unique hybrid genre of allegory to express how this journey of the future humans belongs to all of us, and is thus not unique to us as the authors. 

The codes of the higher heart of humanity are called to awaken. People are gathering to change how the game of life is played on planet Earth. We have a choice. We can stop the programs of self-destruction and the harmful operating systems if we face the shadow within, and unite our powers through the higher heart of humanity. The cry of our planet is loud and clear, but many still ignore her while under the hypnotic influence of the giants of domination and their weapons of disunity.

Discover how we can co-create a thriving world that works for all, and evolve how humans play the game of life on planet Earth. Return of the Avatars supports you to rise to the challenges of this time, and not be squashed by them. Together we are weaving a new and unstoppable pattern of change and transformation, as long as we stand united in our care for the whole of life on the principle of our Cosmic driven bonds of unity. 

Return of the Avatars offers seven Cosmic Architect Tools and ten transformative practices for developing your future human powers through the wisdom of the higher heart and the Cosmic interface, together with an integration section at the end of each chapter for application.

The Cosmic Architect Tools are: The Ring of Unity, Infinity Hourglass, Cosmic Compass, Fire Stones of Darkness and Light, Singing Chalice, Cosmic Navel Cord, and the Cosmic Mirror. Each Tool serves as a universal archetypal wisdom for developing your future human powers. As Cosmic Tools of consciousness, they belong to the realms of the beyond, and transcend any particular spiritual tradition.

Join the Future Humans Quest for developing your future human powers with the 7 Cosmic Architect Tools.

With love

Anneloes Smitsman and Jean Houston

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Book 2 - Return of the Avatars

... a taste from Chapter 1 ...

Signs and Omens ...

“It’s ‘code red,’ Grandma! That’s what the climate scientists are saying. Humanity has entered code red! How can I plan for my future if we’re heading for collapse? How can anyone?” Rose’s voice rises in despair.

Verdandi listens quietly to her granddaughter on the computer screen. 

“What can we do to stop this insanity?” Rose brushes a stray curl from her forehead and snatches a tissue from the box beside her. “I want to take action! To do something! But I feel so helpless. The problems are overwhelming, and I’m only one person. How can I make a positive difference?” 

“Your future is not lost, my darling. There’s a lot you can do,” Verdandi says. “Do you think you went through your death and rebirth for nothing? It’s been almost eighteen months since that happened, and you continue to grow and shift in new ways every day. You’re gaining wisdom; you’re becoming stronger. And Gaia is strong, too. But you’re right, the situation is grave.”

“I know this information isn’t new to you. You showed me early signs of this in nature when I was just a little girl. Still, it hit me like I’d fallen through thin ice when I heard it announced like that. All of my friends are upset and scared. A few of them have even threatened to take their own lives if our political and economic leaders are not willing to make the necessary changes. They don’t see the point of continuing if life is nothing but chaos and catastrophe.”

“Keep those friends close to you, love. Help them.”

“How can I help them when they feel like their world is dying?” Rose wipes tears from her eyes and blows her nose.

Verdandi looks at her intensely and answers, “By reminding them that it’s always in the times of trouble that new paths and possibilities open up. Show them how they can connect with Gaia. Let them know that our ancient Mother of Life is there for them in their darkest hours. Show them the power of standing united in our care for all of life, and not the ending of their own lives. We’ve had enough martyrs already. It’s time to create a new pattern of change.”

“I can do that, but I still don’t see how this will stop the people who are stealing our future. What’s happening is wrong. The widening gap between the rich and the poor…the exploitation and plunder of our planet, and the manipulation of our lives. Our economic and political systems are rotten to the core. Why aren’t the billionaires investing in the regeneration of our planet and the complete stop of fossil fuels? Why do we continue to invest in war and weapons, rather than world peace? Why does big pharma thrive on people getting sick and dependent on medicines? Why does democracy renew itself by creating winners and losers, always rejecting parts of itself? How can we stop the economic predators? And why have we given our democratic powers to economic politicians who act like puppets for big business?”

“Rant on, my love!” Verdandi exclaims. “Ride that dragon! Express yourself wildly! Let it all out. Do you think I haven’t asked myself these same questions every day? And sometimes every minute?” 

“I know you have,” Rose says, “but were you aware that the biggest corporations also have a seat at the United Nations now? It’s called ‘public-private partnerships’ or the ‘new stakeholder capitalism.’ That means that even the World Economic Forum—”

“The WEF?”

“Yes. The WEF, who represents many of these companies, has a say in global decision making, including what happens with our food.”

“That’s very troubling.” Verdandi shakes her head. “So these companies are now driving what gets decided at the level of the United Nations.” 

“To some extent, yes. But worse, these companies sit beside representatives of our governments, but they haven’t been elected by any of us. We have no democratic control over them. This privatization of global interests severely undermines our democratic rights. How am I supposed to stop people from destroying our future if I have no democratic means to do so?”

“Democratic rights and responsibilities? Since when do you take such an interest in politics?” Verdandi smiles at her granddaughter’s passion.

“Since I started to understand what’s behind ‘code red’ and our climate emergency. And the virus pandemic, the growing violence and divisions, the new forms of slavery, the killing of more than fifty percent of our biodiversity, the loss of fertility of so many life-forms, and the growing despair among my generation,” Rose replies with a shaking voice. She grabs another tissue and wipes the tears of rage streaming from her eyes. 

“Sit down and breathe,” Verdandi urges. “You know a lot, and you’ve become razor sharp.”

Rose becomes quiet for a moment. She tugs another tissue from the box. When she finally speaks, her tone is deliberate, her words crisp.

“Nature is regulated by checks and balances for what grows and who dies. Yet in our human systems, these balancing feedback loops are completely lacking. We decide what grows and who dies. And soon, the artificial intelligence programs will make the decisions for what grows and who dies. Furthermore, in classical economics, when growth goes exponentially, we call it ‘progress.’ Nothing in nature grows exponentially, other than viruses and bacteria, and then only until their host dies. If democracy cannot serve as a ‘check and balance’ for what gets decided, then who or what does? Do I need to travel around the world giving speeches like Greta Thunberg? Do I need to go on a hunger strike? What are my options?”

“Interesting,” Verdandi says, deep in thought. 

“That’s all you’ve got to say about this? ‘Interesting?’ Don’t you care? Doesn’t this keep you up at night?” Rose is still fired up. 

“Of course I care,” Verdandi tells her. “And no, I don’t let them steal my night’s rest. These people have caused enough harm already, I won’t let them take my precious time for sleep and dreaming. My mind belongs to me and the great Oneness. I said ‘interesting’ because I recently had a dream about you becoming a political leader for a new civilization. Who knows what the future has in store for you?” 

“Me, in politics? No way. I hate politics. In any case, who’d listen to me? People will think I’m a crazy woman with unrealistic ideas who believes she can speak with the Cosmos.” 

Rose wants to discard Verdandi’s suggestion, but she can’t deny a strange attraction to the possibility. She also notices the presence of something deep and ancient awakening within her. It feels as if the presence is listening to Verdandi through her. And it seems to know exactly what this dream is about. Rose ponders. What if Grandma is right? 

“Do you really think we can stop the collapse of our world?” she asks aloud.

“That’s the wrong question, my girl. Don’t focus on whether or not we’ll succeed; focus on the tasks at hand.” Verdandi gets up from her chair. “Have I ever told you that I was almost called to be on the stage?”

Rose knows what’s coming. Ever since she was a child, her grandma has done this routine with her from time to time to shift stressful energy. “What? I never knew that,” the young woman responds, feigning surprise.

“Oh yes, indeed. I could have been a famous actress.” Verdandi clears her throat dramatically, and starts to sing as if she’s the lead character in a theater musical. “The world that is collapsing now was never made to last! The world that is collapsing now was never made to last! It was never made to last! It was never…maaaade…to laaaast.” She pauses. “Oops, I woke the dog.” Verdandi shrugs and continues. “It was formed long ago by those who wished to rule this Earth. They wanted to become like gods. But they lived on borrowed time, they lived on borrowed tiiiime!” 

Rose joins in the song. “No, they lived on stolen time! They lived on stolen time.”

Verdandi stops singing, turns, and opens her arms. She speaks in a commanding theater voice. “This world was stripped of life from its beginning. Death and disease spread to all who came under the influence of these humans and their voracious desire to dominate. Growing like a parasitic vine, they strangled the earth; sucked the life support right out of the planet. Don’t try to avoid the collapse of that world. No! Let it be revealed fully. Expose this false promise for what it is: empty! Devoid of substance!” Verdandi is on a roll. She raises her arms to the ceiling and makes a sweeping gesture. “Gaia, release us from the clutches of falseness and deceit! Release us now!”

Verdandi lowers her arms, turns back to Rose, and says matter-of-factly, “Oh, and talk to my dear friend Hazel; she’ll have a lot to tell you about this topic.”

“Hazel Henderson? The famous futurist and evolutionary economist who’s been exposing all of the economic lies?”

“Yes, of course, dear. Who else?”

“I had no idea you two were friends. I would love to talk with her. Could you please introduce me?”

“It would be my pleasure. I’m sure she’d love to talk with you as well, and she’ll be able to teach you a great deal about the issues you feel so passionate about.”

“Thanks, Grandma.” Rose’s mood perks up. Another thought occurs to her. “Have you heard from my mom lately?”


“I’m worried about her and my dad with all that’s happening in the United States right now. I’m so glad I went to see them earlier this year. I wish I could’ve stayed longer. I’m exploring Dad’s suggestion to start a Ph.D. program in the Netherlands.”

“Aha, so you’ve finally made up your mind?”

“Not completely. I had a few talks with potential universities. I’ve given myself another month to make my decision because I also want to explore a business idea that I’ve been working on with my friend Li.” 

“Your dad must be happy that you’re at least considering it.”

“He is. But none of that really matters if nature is so out of balance. We’re at the start of many dangerous escalation events caused by runaway climate change. People don’t realize how the new ‘normals’ will be unlivable for so many.” Rose’s throat gets tight again as her anger rises. “Meanwhile, our so-called ‘elected’ leaders claim they’re ‘doing what they can.’ Ha! They need to try harder!” 

“Breathe, love, breathe.” Verdandi speaks gently. “Go back to that night in the hospital when you slipped beyond the veil. Remember how you saw the earth cocooned?”

“Yes. I saw a huge cocoon enveloping the earth and each of us.” Rose makes a figure eight infinity sign with her hands, then puts her arms together as if hugging the earth. She continues, “Around the cocoon, I saw beautiful butterfly wings of light, like Cosmic wings.” 

“Good, keep giving whatever needs to die and dissolve to that cocoon so it can become composted nutrients for the creation of new life.” Verdandi pauses. “Could you hold on just a moment, love? I need to check on Dagaz out in the garden.”

“Check on him? Why? Is he alright?” Rose asks.

Verdandi opens the window and spies her husband kneeling in the dirt with his back to her, peacefully weeding between the carrot and cabbage beds. Verdandi closes the window and returns to the computer screen.

“He’s fine now, but he got himself into trouble recently,” she explains to Rose. “The neighbor offered to prune the scraggly parts of the trees in the back by the fence, but Dagaz wouldn’t hear of it. He had to prove to himself that he’s still as fit as your brother, so off he went to get the ladder. Honestly, I don’t know who’s more stubborn, teenagers or men in their seventies. Maybe he’s living out his second teenage phase.”

Source: Anneloes Smitsman and Jean Houston. (2022). Return of the Avatars: The Architect Tools of Our Future Becoming. Book 2 of the Future Humans Trilogy. First section from chapter 1.

Confronting the Archetype of Domination

Feb 26, 2022

Our Interview with Hazel Henderson for Return of the Avatars

Feb 23, 2022

Our Interview with Mariana Bozesan for Return of the Avatars

Feb 16, 2022

The Cosmic Compass Game and the Imaginal

Feb 12, 2022

Praise for Return of the Avatars

Deepak Chopra, M.D.
Author, Total Meditation

“As we awaken to our true reality, dormant supernatural powers and potential will become the norm. This book is prophetic.” 

Lynne McTaggart
Author, The Power of Eight

“In the second installment of this ingenious trilogy, an allegory with all the revelations of a New Age Game of Thrones, heroine Rose uncovers many timeless truths in her quest to learn the mysteries of higher human potential. A mix of frontier science and ancient wisdom, Return of the Avatars also offers a practical set of tools for its readers to ‘upgrade’ into an evolved realm of being—which is more necessary than ever during these tumultuous times.  Follow Rose into the heart of transformation and discover for yourself how to ‘play better’ at the game of life.”

Sasha Siem, Ph.D.
Sound Alchemist, Singer, Composer, The Earth Song

Return of the Avatars is a masterpiece that works on multiple levels to facilitate awakening in the most pleasurable and profound of ways. Interweaving story with sacred practices, this brilliant book is less a book than a portal, activating us to become conscious future creators. Thank you Anneloes Smitsman and Jean Houston for this roadmap. Your collaboration is a work of genius and a great gift.

Stephen Aizenstat, Ph.D.
Founder, DreamTending & Pacifica Graduate Institute

In the world of today something more and different than mere willpower and the familiar is being asked of each of us. Cast in breathtaking storytelling, Return of the Avatars offers teachings, practices, and tools that open and awaken the wisdom of your higher heart. The journey continues as you follow Rose and her young nephew Olaf through the cultural trance to the hidden place of the Cosmic reset button. This book is a thrilling ride, a deeply meaningful and generative read.

Jude Currivan, Ph.D.
Cosmologist, Author, The Story of GAIA

This extraordinarily powerful sequel to the Future Humans Trilogy continues to share profound insights and way-showers for our cosmic destiny. Beyond reading, this is a book to be experienced and essentially embodied. Compassionately facing the shadow and trauma of our evolutionary journey thus far, the authors offer wise and practical tools for their and so our re-soulution. Empowering us at the inner depths of our being, they inspirationally support our hearing and aligning with the emergent impulse of the entire Universe and our planetary home Gaia; to arise to become their co-evolutionary partners and actualize our future human potential.

Mariana Bozesan, Ph.D.
Author, Integral Investing, Full member Club of Rome

Few authors have the courage and skill to discuss the impossibilities of the human factor from the perspective of consciousness evolution, and to give hope at a time of crisis. Anneloes Smitsman and Jean Houston have that courage because they know that as we evolve, we can make the impossible of the previous stage of evolution possible in the next stage by using the exponentially growing complexity of consciousness evolution to our advantage. This genre-defying book captures this new potentiality and paints a picture of a powerful future with stunning insights and beautiful imagination.

Hazel Henderson
Author, The Politics of the Solar Age, Futurist & Evolutionary Economist

This much-anticipated Book 2, Return of the Avatars, of the Future Humans Trilogy does not disappoint! The deep wisdom of scientist co-authors Anneloes Smitsman and Jean Houston illuminates and continues the engaging story of Book 1, The Quest of Rose, following this young woman’s exploration of her latent evolutionary potentials. As Rose deepens her self-knowledge and widens her planetary, solar system, and cosmological awareness, we follow her on this evolutionary path available to humans. Rose creates an evolutionary Cosmic Compass game with new roles for our Avatars, far beyond earlier models. These returning Avatars link humans’ full range of experiences and potentiate our past, present, and future possibilities. They foster our long-held visions of our oneness, and with all other species and life, on a peaceful, abundant planet, powered by the daily free photons from our mother star, the Sun. I loved this book and eagerly await the additional spiritual nourishment of Book 3 of this powerful trilogy." 

Julie Krull, Ph.D.
Author, Fractured Grace, Founder & President of GOOD of the Whole

I am celebrating this evolutionary masterpiece! Return of the Avatars, book two in the Future Humans Trilogy, exudes creative genius, visionary insight, and archetypal pathways to navigate these liminal, evolutionary times of whole-systems transformation. The relatable, relevant, and real-time storytelling is brilliant. Grounded in new science and ancient spiritual wisdom, it leaves the reader with a peculiar sense of comfort and hope. The adventure and intrigue catalyze our innate capacities and quicken our gestating evolutionary potentials. From the Cosmic Compass to the Cosmic Mirror, we are invited into layers upon layers of teachings and tools that will induce higher states of consciousness, access the imaginal realm, and activate new codes and patterns. Bravo, Drs. Jean Houston and Anneloes Smitsman! Return of the Avatars is a magnificent, inspiring guide to consciously evolve ourselves and our world. With the turning of each page, we become equipped cosmic architects of the future human we know is possible.

Rama Mani, Ph.D.
Co-Founder, Home for Humanity

Return of the Avatars catapults us at quantum pace into a mytho-poetic journey of exploration and expansion of our fathomless inner capacities and of unfathomed cosmic realities. I found myself torn between devouring the pages at high speed in breathless fascination, and lingering to savor each word of this portable masterpiece. I have no doubt that this book will remain ensconced at my bedside table for years to come, so I can plunge into it over and over again to contemplate, apply, and integrate the incandescent wisdom and scintillating scientific innovations woven seamlessly into every chapter. Building on the wonder of The Quest of Rose, this book offers us an illuminating adventure into our possible future, and I wholeheartedly recommend it to questers of all ages.

Alexander Schieffer, Ph.D.
Co-Founder, Home for Humanity

DELICIOUS! Exactly the evolutionary food we now need, cooked to the finest! Return of the Avatars provides a profound initiation journey, magnificently crafted for this moment of planetary awakening—deep and accessible, scientific and playful, grounded and imaginative, courageous and irresistible. A Jump-Time book, oozing with the “lure of becoming” that can propel us into the era of the Future Human. A transformative—and beautifully transgenerational—guide to the New Story that we cannot afford to miss.

Caroline Myss, Ph.D.
Author, ‚ÄčIntimate Conversations with the Divine‚Äč   

Return of the Avatars is like a guidebook to imagining our fullest potential—except that the genius of these authors is their ability to inspire you to want to reach that potential.  In this era of transformation and chaotic change, sometimes our most essential guidance comes through fiction. This book is a wondrous experience.” 

Jim Garrison, Ph.D.
Founder & President Ubiquity University

Return of the Avatars is where the Future Humans Trilogy creates traction toward transformation. It offers practical steps all of us can take that empower our capacity to navigate an increasingly dark world and thrive. The Cosmic Architect Practices and transformational tools are the yellow brick road to the future we all seek for our children unto the seventh generation.

Anne BaringPh.D.
Author, The Dream of the Cosmos: A Quest for the Soul

A book written from the cosmic heart—deeply engaging our own heart, as well as our mind. It informs, enlightens and transforms with a light touch, and more than a touch of magic, to delight us as we journey through it, discovering treasures of insight as we go.

Tomas Björkman
Author, The World We Create, Founder of Ekskäret Foundation

Return of the Avatars is a profound guidebook for exploring the deep societal transition that humanity is right now entering into. It helps us to experience and re-member who we are from our eternal bonds of life, as children of the evolutionary process and ancestors of the future. Nordic myths and indigenous wisdom are masterfully woven together with the latest scientific discoveries about the nature of consciousness and the systemic architecture of life. Return of the Avatars also gives you tools to decode and transform the harmful systems of dominance, beginning with ourselves, and change the ways we relate, and the why and how we play the game of life on planet Earth.

Chief Phil Lane Jr.
Ihanktonwan & Chickasaw Nations, Union of the Condor, Quetzal & Eagle, Founder of Four Worlds International Institute

The Future Humans Trilogy is based on the fundamental understanding that at the core and foundation of all cultures of our human family are universal archetypes guiding the dynamic unfolding of our evolutionary development. While our cultural garments may appear different, at the heart of hearts exists the fundamental spiritual reality and understanding of the prior Unity and Oneness of our human family and all Life. From this spiritual realization, it becomes crystal clear that the Hurt of One is the Hurt of All and the Healing and Restoration of One is the Healing and Restoration of One of All. Return of the Avatars, book 2 of the trilogy, prepares us for our spiritual adulthood by helping us remember how despite our culturally diverse pathways—individually and collectively, and from infancy to the dynamic awakening of our spiritual adulthood—Life moves us to Oneness and Unitary Consciousness. Return of the Avatars empowers us to walk the mystical path with practical feet, as the seeker is drawn deeper and deeper into the understanding of our collective consciousness, as well as how to address our collective shadow. With a spiritual hunger for the conclusion of what is yet to unfold in book 3, this is a trilogy not to be missed. Inviting us to experience and understand what it means that each of us is a Sovereignty, Ancient, Imperishable, and Everlasting.

Diane  Williams
Founder of the Source of Synergy Foundation

Be ready for an upgrade! Return of the Avatars is much more than a book, it’s a sacred initiation that takes us by the hand and leads us through a portal into the world of the Avatars where we can fully access and activate the multidimensional nature of our Cosmic selves and call into being a heart-based future powered by love. This book is a gift to be shared with anyone who deeply loves our Earth and all of the precious beings that call it home.

Ervin Laszlo, Ph.D.
Author, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, Author, The Upshift: Thriving on Planet Earth

We need to gather all our forces to meet the challenges that now face us, and will face us in the next future. These forces include that of imagination—in fiction as well as in the interpretation of non-fiction. The authors of this book provide essential tools and ideas to help us gather these forces. Their book is one to savor and to treasure, both for the reading pleasure it offers and for the essential tools it places at the disposal of our rational intellect, as well as of our inherent, and today largely neglected, power of imagination.

Carolyn Rivers
Founder and Director of The Sophia Institute

In their brilliant partnership Dr. Jean Houston and Dr. Anneloes Smitsman bridge the evolving frontier of science with the new understandings from the Awakening and New Spirituality movements as well as the wisdom traditions, and so much more. It’s a holy union between them, in their co-authorship of the Future Humans Trilogy, one destined to help those on the journey of actualizing their own self-hood and participating in the advancement of a consciousness of wholeness, so needed now to address the changes we are facing and find transformative breakthrough solutions for a renaissance in new, sustainable ways of living and being on the Earth.

Dagmar Wolff, Ph.D., M.D.
Pianist, Educator, Medical Doctor, Founding member Future Humans Course Community

Since the launch of the Future Human Trilogy, hundreds of people have been gathering from around the world to work with the powerful content, keys, tools, and practices this series offers. This has strengthened our trust in a new kind of humanity as we learn how to support each other in becoming the required people for this time, and have been developing our imaginal capacities.  Our senses have opened towards becoming the great Unity, as Seekers of the yet Unknown. Return of the Avatars, the second book in the trilogy, trains us further by giving us seven Cosmic Architect Tools for developing our future human powers. We now join Rose, Sophia, Li, and Olaf, wisely guided by the magus Verdandi, to discover how to confront the sleeping giants and puppet masters of our social, economic, and political divisions and stop the reckless exploitations of our planet. Return of the Avatars shows us how to counteract these developments, starting within oneself, by becoming receptive of capacities we did not even fathom to exist. It follows the great spiritual teachings of the Gnostic and indigenous traditions, and deepens our insights from the New Paradigm Research, Systems Change Research, and Quantum Sciences.

This book gives hope that humanity will indeed be able to turn around, and become aware and capable of bringing on a brighter future. Using this knowledge in day-to-day contexts enhances the capabilities of consciously responding to daily challenges, in interactions with our family and community, in treatment situations, in artistic expressions, and so much more. Getting in touch with our fuller potential is the greatest gift. In a time of painful separations and social rifts, learning about our fundamental unity is essential for healing ourselves, society, and the planet. This book endows you with the essential tools and abilities for becoming conscious of yourself and the nature of the Universe, returning you to our Original Home.

Dr. Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D.
Author, The Biology of Belief & The Honeymoon Effect, stem cell Biologist, Pioneer in Epigenetic Science

Science acknowledges that human behavior has undermined the web of life and that today’s global chaos is a symptom of our own imminent extinction. A primary principle of both quantum physics and the new science of epigenetics is that consciousness creates our life experiences. Consequently, civilization’s survival is predicated upon a radical change in our collective consciousness. Unfortunately, the innate conscious creative potential for most of the population has been disempowered before age 7 by limiting, and self-sabotaging developmental programs. To survive through evolutionary chaos, we must first recover our creative powers. In Return of the Avatars, book 2 of the Future Humans Trilogy, distinguished visionaries Anneloes Smitsman and Jean Houston offer vital tools for accessing, activating, and empowering innate creative consciousness. Return of the Avatars is a profoundly important science-based guide for future humans to become Cosmic architects of a sustainable and thrivable world. Thankfully, Smitsman and Houston have transformed what would be a heady topic into an informative and entertaining parable, spiritual lessons as edutainment. I highly recommend this readable book as a valuable and empowering contribution in nurturing our evolving civilization.


"Return of the Avatars is an essential guidebook for a world in the midst of radical transformation. As you’ll join the future humans on their quest, you’ll find yourself thinking, feeling, acting, and creating in ways you may never have thought possible. Read this book carefully, get immersed in the powerful stories, and bring its wisdom into your life by doing the practices and applying the Cosmic Architect Tools. Enjoy the rising new intelligence it activates in your mind and soul. This spell-breaking adventure will stirr awake the deep realization that you are more, far more, than you ever thought to be. You are a future human of the emerging new era; a miracle maker in becoming.” 

~  Marci Shimoff, #1 NY Times bestselling author, Happy for No Reason, featured teacher in The Secret


"Return of the Avatars is a well of wisdom, integrating the insights of the new paradigm sciences with the wisdom of ancient mystics. Dr. Anneloes Smitsman and Dr. Jean Houston are astounding evolutionary leaders. Their brilliant storytelling gives an unpolished account of the need for change, with visions, hopes, and practical guidance for awakening, evolving, and upgrading how we live our lives on planet Earth. The reader is assisted in becoming the required one to co-create together a thriving and sustainable world that works for all beings. Return of the Avatars speaks on many levels and can profoundly transform your life by catalyzing you into becoming a future human. As soon as I moved into a mode of wonder, openness, deep listening, and receptivity, I experienced how this book responded by gently and lovingly guiding me through each chapter. Then the wisdom started to sink in, fertilize, and vibrate through my bones and tissues, moving me toward increasingly higher levels of alignment, coherence, and wholeness. As the authors remind us, "A subtle difference in focus makes all the difference." This book invites you to enter into a deep love for the unknown and let the transformative power of the words move you way beyond your mind—into the depths of your heart, where every inner journey begins.

~  Dr. Hege Forbech Vinje, Ph.D., Founder of The Forbech Vinje Academy   


"We as humanity are going through an unprecedented transformation—now, at this moment, and in the years to come. Not only are we waking up, but it's happening at a tremendous speed right now. Understanding a larger story in which we are a part, and above all, an understanding of that larger story that goes far beyond the visible world around us. It is the world within us that this book by Anneloes Smitsman and Jean Houston offers us. Who are we, and who are we really? To make the outer world and the inner world coincide, a deep healing is needed. Do we have to leave old, entrenched ideas about ourselves behind us? Is there an alignment needed from our past via the present to another future? This book gives us all the keys to that huge adventure. The adventure of meeting our capacity and full self, and with it, the other, because only in the other do we see ourselves, and that we are not alone in the deepest sense, serving together the three Mothers—Mother Cosmos, Mother Universe, and Mother Earth.”

~  Ron van Es, Founder of School for Purpose Leadership  


Return of the Avatars is an enormous gift for consciously evolving our human capacities, by giving us the tools needed to go deeper within ourselves and find the path forward. It has felt like a deep homecoming to myself, stirring awake a profound innate knowing from a deep slumber. By working with this guidebook and the powerful tools and practices it offers, I feel more settled in myself now, and enhanced in my ability to navigate the challenges of this time. Return of the Avatars enables us to actively participate in and catalyze the needed transformation on Earth, so we may be able to thrive together and move forward on the path!

~ Kristie Googin, Future Humans Course Community


“The Future Humans Trilogy by Anneloes Smitsman, Ph.D, and Jean Houston, Ph.D, provides a brilliantly creative and hope-filled framework for understanding and responding to our difficult times. The trilogy chronicles the life of a young woman who nearly dies from COVID-19. This near-death experience inspires a heroine’s journey of self-discovery and personal transformation. The book trilogy leads the reader through a kaleidoscope of ideas—which includes emergent science, ancient mystical wisdom, and transpersonal psychology—that not only provokes, but also inspires the modern imagination. In this work, one encounters a complex yet coherent picture of a universe that is fully alive, always evolving, and exploding with potentiality. In this universe, the human being has access to an imaginal realm bursting with powerful life-transforming and world-creating capabilities; it is our choice to mindfully partner with the whole of creation. The Future Humans Trilogy is an encouraging myth and practice for our time.”

~ Dr. José M. Román, Vice-President Research Administration, Rutgers University


You can enjoy Return of the Avatars as a lively adventure story, or you can amplify your experience by following the creative exercises and visualizations to access the Cosmic Architect Tools that will bring out the Future Human inside of you. This novel is a juicy, entertaining manual for transformation—of ourselves and our world. May the Future Humans Trilogy illumine minds and warm hearts across an awakening humanity!

~ Rev. Deborah Moldow, Founder, Garden of Light, Director of the Evolutionary Leaders Circle of the Source of Synergy Foundation 


"Return of The Avatars has been another book of initiation into science and sacred practices interwoven in the engaging story of Rose and her partners in awakening. This book holds the energy to alchemically rewire ancient conditioned parts of the reader's mind into their true potential. To help awaken the reader into conscious creation in and of our new world, inside and out. Once again, Anneloes Smitsman and Jean Houston have shown their extraordinary ability to translate spirituo-scientific, metaphysical concepts into understandable, actionable steps to the evolution of the individual and the world! At our current state of transition on the planet, Return of the Avatars is a must read handbook, an architectural blueprint for every human wishing to embody and usher in our bright new future cosmic destiny, now. In gratitude and awe, I look forward to the next one!"

~ Shani Lehrer, Founder of Sound Sanctum,  Kabbalist, Healer


Dr. Jean Houston

Jean HoustonPh.D., is a legend in her own time as a world renowned scholar, futurist, and researcher in human capacities, social change, and systemic transformation. She is one of the principal founders of the Human Potential Movement and one of the foremost visionary thinkers and doers of our time. She is also a founder of the field of Social Artistry, “Human development in the light of social change.” She has been a key player in the empowerment of women around the world, and was awarded the Synergy Superstar Award 2020 by the Source of Synergy Foundation for her exemplary work inspiring us to source our highest human capacities. A powerful and dynamic speaker, and renowned for her gifts as a mythic storyteller, Dr Houston holds conferences, seminars, and mentoring programs with leaders and change agents worldwide. She has worked intensively in over 40 cultures, lectured in over 100 countries, and worked with major organizations such as UNICEF, UNDP, and NASA, as well as helping global state leaders, leading educational institutions, business organizations, and millions of people to enhance and deepen their own uniqueness. She is the co-author of the #1 Bestsellers The Quest of Rose, and Return of the Avatars, the first two books of the Future Humans Trilogy with Dr. Anneloes Smitsman. Dr. Houston has authored over 36 published books and a great many unpublished books, plays, and manuscripts. She is Chancellor of Meridian University and has served on the faculties of Columbia University, Hunter College, Marymount College, The New School for Social Research, and the University of California. Dr Houston was also President of the American Association of Humanistic Psychology, and was Chair of the United Palace of Spiritual Arts in New York City.  She  is a member of the Evolutionary Leaders Circle of the Source of Synergy Foundation. 

Dr. Anneloes Smitsman

Anneloes Smitsman, Ph.D., LLM, is a futurist, evolutionary systems scientist, systems architect, teacher, coach, and global catalyst for thrivability. She is the founder and CEO of EARTHwise Centre. Her groundbreaking programs, practices, and strategies have empowered thousands of people from around the world, and are being implemented by numerous networks and organizations for developing the economic, educational, and governance capacities for regeneration and thrivability. Anneloes was awarded the Visioneers Lifetime Achievement Award as a Visionary Leader in April 2022. She is the co-author of the #1 Bestsellers The Quest of Rose and Return of the Avatars, the first two books of the Future Humans Trilogy with Dr. Jean Houston. She is the co-editor and co-author with Dr. Alexander Laszlo of The New Paradigm in Politics, and she is the author of Love Letters from Mother Earth, and the narrated version Messages from Mother Earth with soundtracks by Alan Howarth (launching soon). She is also the author of numerous peer-reviewed journal publications, articles, book chapters, and other publications. Anneloes is the lead author of the r3.0 Educational Transformation Blueprint, and the lead architect of the SEEDS Constitution where she applied her Thrivability Compass design and Future Archetypes codes, as well as an architect and researcher for Hypha and SEEDS for co-developing the Regenerative Renaissance tools, currencies, systems, and cultures. She is renowned for her systemic approach for catalyzing social tipping points for societal transformation, which she also applied as lead architect and initiator of the EARTHwise Tipping Point System and its Earth Song project. Anneloes is a member of the Evolutionary Leaders Circle of the Source of Synergy Foundation, a founding member of the Global Development Board of the Laszlo Institute of New Paradigm Research, an Advisory Board member of the Interstellar Community Foundation, a r3.0 Advocation Partner, and a partner of the Global Education Futures Initiative.