Consciousness in Action: The Power of Beauty, Love and Courage in a Violent Time

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Lantern Books, 2005 - Environmental ethics - 293 pages
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Consciousness in Action features the thoughts of Julia Butterfly Hill, Deena Metzger, Joanna Macy, Ralph Metzner, John Mack, and many others in an inspiring dialogue between environmental and spiritual activists. Their subject is the seven attributes of consciousness that they have employed in their activism and that have demonstrated their viability across time and cultures to bring about change.

The seven attributes discussed are:

  • Nonviolence amid passion
  • Introspection and self-discovery
  • Not knowing and spontaneity in the moment
  • Eros, the way of loving-kindness
  • No enemies and co-creating a healthier world
  • Vision free of reaction to others
  • Joy in opening of the heart
Andrew Beath writes: "Our actions reveal our depth of connection. I define conscious activism as engagement in the world that expresses our most profound understanding of the nature of reality. It is imbued with appreciation and reverence and encourages compassionate connection--the basis for lasting social change." Consciousness in Action is a vital contribution to ongoing efforts toward a peaceful, habitable earth.

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Relationship with the Earth
Dislocation and Disruption
Social Ecology
Conscious Business The Trouble with Corporations
The First Attribute Nonviolence Kindness in the Midst of Passion
The Second Attribute Not Knowing
The Third Attribute Introspection for SelfDiscovery
The Evolution of Consciousness
The Fourth Attribute Eros the Art of LovingKindness
The Fifth Attribute CoCreating a Healthier World There Is No Enemy
The Sixth Attribute Vision Free of Reaction
The Seventh Attribute Being Joyful without Attachment to Goals
Conclusion and Seven Attributes Summary
About the Author
Index of Contributors

Expanding Personal Consciousness
Personal Transformation and Social Change
Liberation Pathways

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Page 3 - Gaia as a complex entity involving the Earth's biosphere, atmosphere, oceans, and soil; the totality constituting a feedback or cybernetic system which seeks an optimal physical and chemical environment for life on this planet.

About the author (2005)

Andrew Beath is the founder of the EarthWays Foundation in Malibu, California, as well as several other nonprofit social justice and environmental organizations. His foundation has initiated projects to protect wilderness and assist threatened communities in South, Central and North America.

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