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  • Paperback: 293 pages
  • Publisher: Lantern Books (May 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590560795
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590560792
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,325,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The only way to end destructive human tendencies like ecological degradation and economic imbalance is for individuals to undergo spiritual self-examination and recognize their responsibility to nature, argues Beath, a passionate environmental activist and the driving force behind the EarthWays Foundation. This inspirational book aims to guide people from "well-meaning but self-centered naiveté to... 'conscious activism.'" To that end, Beath presents his views as well as the stories and advice of 15 "social change leaders," including Julia Butterfly Hill, who spent more than two years living in an ancient Redwood tree to keep it from being cut down; Peter Levitt, who works with inner city youths; and the late psychiatrist and activist John Mack (2004). All of the above stress the humanitarian ideals of compassion, tolerance, non-violent activism and an appreciation and respect for living creatures. Though Beath declares somewhat dramatically in the first chapter that "the Earth bleeds on the cross of human industry," he and his fellow activists remain confident that public concern over the environment and the culture is increasing. With its rose-tinted and somewhat nebulous open-mind, open-heart approach to spirituality and societal change, however, this book isn't likely to convert many people to the cause; rather, it preaches to the choir.
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About the Author

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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Andrew is a wonderful and wise guide and mentor.
Jeff Hutner
Refreshing and inspiring book, that takes us by the hand from a powerless well intentioned place and shows us how a few conscious people made a huge difference.
soula
Mr. Beath brings forward concepts to put into action that are powerfully insightful and integral for us as a world, to understand.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Laura Sewall on October 16, 2005
Format: Paperback
Reading Andrew Beath's book is like listening to good music on a dark day--it soothes and assures me in the midst of an onslaught of daily news announcing a world gone seriously beserk. I am comforted by Beath's calm and reasoned tone (and by the many other wise voices woven throughout the text), suggesting that my own aspirations--my spiritual development--are consistent with, and even necessary for, the social change and environmental protection that is so sorely needed at this time. And--as if in a sane and loving conversation with the author himself--I am assured that any one of us who believe in the power of consciousness can in fact take the personal, developmental steps neccesary for restoring social and environmental integrity. Beath offers clear guidance in the form of the seven critical "attributes of consciousness," and then nudges us down the path, or more accurately, down "the liberation pathways." Ultimatley, I suppose, my assurance comes from knowing that the path he points to is based in perennial wisdom, and trusting that we would all be better off if we simply do what our human spirits most want us to do. Beath has certainly offered a clear and accessible description of a spiritual path, and very good, practical reason for taking it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Daniel C. Susott on October 5, 2005
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Andrew Beath has collected some of the leading thinkers and activists at the growing edge of the environmental movement. He clearly demonstrates how consciousness and spirituality translate into action and right livelihood, moving the world forward toward a desirable future, at a time when such action and clarity is most critically needed. The chapters of the book are beautifully laced together with his reflections and caring. thank you, Andrew!

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joana Johnston on July 18, 2005
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This environmentalist's brilliant book is alive. Mr. Beath has put into perspective what it means to be environmentally aware, at this moment in time. The book offers inspiration and a deeper understanding of issues.Through the voices of some of the most aware people on the planet. It's a powerful primer for anyone interested in the world we live in.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Renge' on July 25, 2005
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A beautiful book. Andrew Beath touches powerfully upon the profound truth that the most positive and lasting social change begins at home, within ourselves. He addresses the nonduality of reality, in that what we experience in the external world is truly not separate from what we experience internally. Mr. Beath gives 7 concrete steps for creating an environment of compassion and sustainability that will nurture our planet and all the beings that live upon it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jill on July 15, 2005
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Mr. Beath brings forward concepts to put into action that are powerfully insightful and integral for us as a world, to understand. His background and fascinating journey, demonstrate a being dedicated to Mankind and Earth in order to illuminate the unity, consciousness and love on this planet.

I highly encourage all to grab this book while you can! We could all benefit from its promise.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 9, 2005
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Consciousness in Action: The Power of Beauty, Love and Courage in a Violent Time is a treatise calling for a turn away from the scientific-production-consumption worldview of the previous several centuries and toward an emerging state of consciousness in which Gaia, the living planet, is the central focus. Author Andrew Beath has honed his awareness through decades of social and environmental activism; now he draws insight from the inspirational stories of progressive leaders such as Joanna Macy, Ralph Metzner and many more to offer paths to global transformation. Consciousness in Action especially focuses upon seven attributes that have proven viable in activism and across time and cultures: Nonviolence, Not Knowing, Introspection, Eros, there is No Enemy in a co-created world, Vision, and Being Joyful. An invigorating, passionate, and uplifting positive message.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ginny L. Winn on July 17, 2005
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The seven attributes in Consciousness in Action are helpful and inspiring to me in my work with kids in schools I believe the awakening to these ideas is a natural, and hopefully exposing kids to them at an early age will enroll them as helpers in "turning the wheel of human destiny" to one of respect and reverence. Thank you Andrew for this motivational guide. Ginny Winn, Marriage, Family Therapist.
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