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"It is a well-known truism that it takes a deep commitment to change; it takes an even deeper commitment to grow. In this brilliant and evocative book, the author makes the stunning if surprising case for creative stress as a major force behind growth and transformation. As readers we experience a mythic turnabout as we are lured into a state of being larger than our sorrows and more complex and satisfying than all our dreams. Truly, a wildly original and critically important work for our time and the unique challenges we face." ---Jean Houston, Author, A Mythic Life -- Jean Houston, Author, A Mythic Life

"James O'Dea has a uniquely kind and peaceful presence, and now he shares how we can find that for ourselves. This book delivers the medicine for our times."

-Marianne Williamson, Author, A Return to Love and The Age of Miracles --Marianne Williamson, Author, A Return to Love and The Age of Miracles

"James is a companion who guides us through the most difficult challenges as the actual energy to help us realize our ever emergent potential. A great gift."

-Barbara Marx Hubbard, Author, Conscious Evolution --Dr. Barbara Marx Hubbard, Founder, Foundation for Conscious Evolution

"James O'Dea makes a major contribution: Creative Stress covers the ground everyone should "get" right away."
-Dr. Rustum Roy, Author, Scholar, Visiting Professor of Medicine, Univ. of Arizona --Dr. Rustum Roy

"It is a well-known truism that it takes a deep commitment to change; it takes an even deeper commitment to grow. In this brilliant and evocative book, the author makes the stunning if surprising case for creative stress as a major force behind growth and transformation. As readers we experience a mythic turnabout as we are lured into a state of being larger than our sorrows and more complex and satisfying than all our dreams. Truly, a wildly original and critically important work for our time and the unique challenges we face." ---Jean Houston, Author, A Mythic Life -- Jean Houston, Author, A Mythic Life --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Creative Stress reveals with precision how we can and must transmute negative stress so that we can evolve individually and collectively. It offers the reader a steady climb to the higher reaches of human creativity and fulfillment, and is packed with compelling stories from O'Dea's exceptionally rich experience.

"James O'Dea has a uniquely kind and peaceful presence, and now he shares how we can find that for ourselves. This book delivers the medicine for our times." ---Marianne Williamson, Author, A Return to Love and The Age of Miracles

"Every word of James O'Dea's fabulous exploration into creative stress is an opening to our maturation and indeed fulfillment as a species. His book touched the very essence of my being; he radiates his presence, a loving and profound friend who really knows what he is talking about because he has been there! I felt him with us...warm and wise, intimately encouraging, challenging and illuminating our lives. He is a companion who guides us through the most difficult challenges as the actual energy to help us realize our ever emergent potential as cocreative humans. A great gift." ---Barbara Marx Hubbard, Founder, Foundation for Conscious Evolution and Author, Conscious Evolution: Awakening the Power of our Social Potential

"James O'Dea makes a major contribution: Creative Stress covers the ground everyone should "get" right away." ---Rustum Roy, Author, Scholar, Visiting Professor of Medicine, University of Arizona; Founder & Chair, Friends of Health --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Pioneer Imprints (September 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981831869
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981831862
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #893,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James O'Dea is Extended Faculty of the Institute of Noetic Sciences and served as President from 2003-2008. The Institute of Noetic Sciences is a non-profit membership organization founded in 1973 by astronaut Edgar Mitchell which explores the frontiers of consciousness and global paradigm change.

James also spent ten years as the Director of the Washington Office of Amnesty International, where he testified before Congress, met with U.S. presidents and numerous foreign heads of state and government leaders, and represented Amnesty International to the State Department, the White House, and the World Conference on Human Rights.

Subsequently, he spent five years as Executive Director of the Seva Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to international health & development issues in Latin America, Asia, and on American Indian reservations. Seva is a Sanskrit word meaning service. Prior to that James lived and worked in Turkey and Lebanon, and witnessed civil conflict, war and massacre, which influenced him deeply.

James founded and co-led with Dr. Judith Thompson an international series of "Compassion and Social Healing" dialogues funded by The Fetzer Institute. The dialogues, spanning a seven year period, brought together leaders and activists in a variety of fields related to human rights, peace, and social reconciliation initiatives. James and Dr. Thompson also recently completed a major report on International aspects of social healing, a major initiative to expand the theory and practices surrounding this fast-emerging field funded by the Kalliopeia Foundation. Their report, "The International Social Healing Project" is available for download at www.jamesodea.com.

Since 2008, James has been a member of the Evolutionary Leaders, a group convened by Deepak Chopra and Diane Williams to unify efforts in support of evolutionary changes in political, economic, ecological, scientific and health and healing arenas. He is also a member of the Global Systems Initiatives, an organization bringing a whole-systems approach to complex global issues, founded by Louise Diamond. He regularly participates in the Language of Spirit Dialogues which are convened by the SEED Graduate Institute for Native Americans, Physicists, and thought leaders.

James has an International student body of over 600 Peacebuilders from 25 countries who have participated in his ongoing Peace Ambassador Trainings hosted by The Shift Network. He also offers unique and intimate Intensives for small groups in Leadership and Peacebuilding.

James' new book, Cultivating Peace, has gained worldwide acclaim as not just a book but a leading manual for Peacebuilding. Jean Houston says, "if you read just one book this year, Cultivating Peace is it". He is an Advisory Council Member to The Peace Alliance and to several other international organizations.

He is a blogger at The Huffington Post and his most recent article, "New Entry Qualifications for Political Life" has seen global trending. He also is featured as a guest blogger at Ervin Laszlo's blog on a regular basis.

He lectures all over the world, and has essays published in numerous magazines and books including currently the Mystery of 2012 (Sounds True); Consciousness and Healing: An Integral Approach to Mind Body Medicine (Elsevier); Beyond Forgiveness: Reflections on Atonement (Essay:"Creative Atonement in a Time of Peril"; Jossey-Bass); Birth 2012: "Birth of the Peace Child" (Shift Books); The New Science and Spirituality Reader (Essay: "Finding the Holy of Holies: Sticky Particles and the Ground of All Being" Pub: Inner Traditions); and Earthrise: The Dawning of a New Civilization in the 21st Century (Goi).

Visit his official website at www.jamesodea.com and the book's site at www.cultivatingpeace.net

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Enjoy this read its one you will read over and over again.
E. Ferrigan
He shows how to "shake hands" with and even "embrace" the force of stress in a way that can transform both our individual lives and our planet.
Victoria Craig
Should read carefully with patience, and reread to absorb each line, paragraph, page, etc.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Victoria Craig on April 5, 2010
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In his new book "Creative Stress: A Path for Evolving Souls Living through Personal and Planetary Upheaval", James O'Dea has created a path to the deep force behind the symptoms of personal and collective chaos. He shows how to "shake hands" with and even "embrace" the force of stress in a way that can transform both our individual lives and our planet. He states, "...the antidote to negative stress is not relaxation but an inner peace that comes from being aligned with your core being." This is not a recipe book for sissies, but for those willing to embrace and engage with its message it offers the realization of personal and planetary freedom and creativity.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 31, 2010
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It is no easy accomplishment to be inspiring when fully grappling with the dire conditions currently plaguing the world; be that genocide, greed, economic meltdown or ecological collapse. This book is a MUST READ for anyone who wants to be able to be fully alive rather than numbing out with overwhelm. Both practical and visionary, Creative Stress is destined to make a great contribution toward healing the future.

Margo Adair,
Founder of Tools for Change
Author of Practical Meditation for Busy Souls; Working Inside Out, Meditations on Everything Under the Sun, Breaking Old Patterns Weaving New Ties: Alliance Building
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Rowe on April 7, 2011
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This is not a book for speed-readers. Rich, dense, challenging, deeply inspiring, it has taken me two months to finish. And I'm sure I'll come back to it again and again, discovering things I missed before.

One of the most remarkable things about this book is that it invites us into a non-judgmental, compassionate, humorous, yet unflinchingly honest encounter with what Jung calls the Shadow (though James O'Dea does not use that term)--- and does this in a way that is energizing and encouraging. It is remarkably free of any doctrine, yet its spirituality is as profound as any from the great spiritual traditions.

For those of us who have experienced --- overtly or covertly --- deep depression about the appalling state of human society and what we are doing to our biosphere, this book is a cure. It gives us powerful tools and insights that enliven us, taking strength and vitality back from those very areas we hesitate to encounter (or turn a blind eye to), and living fully and authentically.

I also recommend his website [...] where you can scroll down and listen to the audio called "Invocation to humanity". A former director of the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) and also of Amnesty International, this is a man who walks his talk.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lee J. Whiting on June 15, 2010
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Yes, we are living in interesting times. At a point in our evolution where the person who shouts loudest believes s/he will be heard best, James O'Dea calls for a calm, cool, collected practice of the sublime art of dialogue and improvement. This is not a book about stress avoidance schemes or relaxation techniques-- rather it is an open invitation to engage in meaningful ways. Much like the transformative practice of Tai Chi, which uses one's opponent's energy to redirect the center, Creative Stress offers an approach to being that transcends the stoic or indifferent position and offers a transformational alternative to "run and hide", disaffection or apathy. I was under a lot of personal stress at the point I first picked up this book. Some of the lessons I have learned have helped me greatly through my process of weeding through the clutter in my life and have brought new perspective and renewed commitment to the continuation of my undertakings. This book is a perfect lodestone for initiating conversations about the inner transformations that must occur in us before change and healing in the world can begin. I would very much like to gather a book discussion group together to see what other readings we will get out of this deep well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robyn Dawson on April 14, 2010
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Even though I have read only the first chapter of this book, I feel compelled to comment because I have met and heard James Odea lecture and have been moved to the core of my being by his experiences and how he has navigated his life. His authenticity is so powerful, I would recommend this book to everyone searching for help living in a real and meaningful way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David C. Coney on May 19, 2010
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A Wise man come forth to share the ways and means that transform ones attitude toward stress from one of dread to one of enlightened knowing and intense desire to personally experience trials and tribulations so these stresses can be their own inherent teacher. Thank You for the guidebook on how to fuel my own evolution through dynamic participation.
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