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Sacred Economics: Money, Gift, and Society in the Age of Transition
Sacred Economics: Money, Gift, and Society in the Age of Transition
by Charles Eisenstein
Edition: Paperback
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sacred Economics Plants a Seed in Consciousness, February 4, 2012
"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."
--Mahatma Gandhi

As many know, the linchpin of the Patriarchal paradigm is the global economic system of money based in interest. Everything comes back to money and the power derived from it. All of the pollution, ecological destruction, human rights abuses, war, depletion of Earth's natural resources, the eradication of beauty, and virtually anything one can name that is out of balance on our planet all comes back to the issue of money. If it weren't for the incentive of money--in its current form--people and corporations would not be driven to gobble up Earth's resources and pollute the Earth as if there were no tomorrow. We would not be waging wars and engaging in other forms of domination, destruction and inhumane, insane acts if it weren't for money and power.

If one examines this situation for more than a few moments, it is not hard to see that if we continue on this path of self/planetary destruction, humanity is doomed. Our beloved Earth is dying, and we cannot continue to exist here without resources such as clean water, clean air and fertile soil to grow food. Unless we change our mindset and behavior, we are headed down a collectively suicidal path. "Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money," as the ancient Cree proverb says.

How do we do this? How do we make the changes necessary to live sustainably on our precious planet? Not only how do we live sustainably, but beyond that, how do we create a world where we can live fulfilling, meaningful and inspired lives, not feeling like we are slaves to debt, to earning a living and to less than inspiring jobs, which seem to be the plight of the vast majority of humans on the planet now? Contemplating the scope of the issue can feel overwhelming and too daunting even to fathom.

As those on a spiritual path know, changing our inner reality is the first step. Healing the places inside of us where we are out of balance, do not live from the heart and feel separate and disconnected is the most important and empowering thing we can do. The healing of the Earth begins inside each one of us. Heal and balance the inner consciousness, and the outer world begins to reflect that balance and wholeness back to us.

Because money is such an all-pervasive force, touching virtually every aspect of our lives, it is especially important for us to examine and heal our money issues. What blocks us from living in a flow of abundance? What prevents us from living the fully generous and joyful life we aspire to? What part of us believes in the myth that if we just had enough money, everything would be okay? How do we allow money to insulate us, to keep us separate and cut off from others, from nature, from the rest of the world, and to act as a disconnecting rather than a connecting force?

As we shine the light of truth and healing on inner shadows like these, we will naturally create a money system that reflects an integrated, connected, unified reality, a money system which will foster generosity, collaboration, sharing and abundance, instead of what we have now--a system of money based in interest, which fosters insane degrees of competition, greed, scarcity, destruction and countless other forms of separation which threaten our very survival at this pivotal moment in human evolution. Our current money system is old, outmoded and reflects the consciousness of separation. It is destroying the Earth and prevents us from living loving, caring, meaningful and inspired lives. The old system is dying, crumbling and decaying all around us; we can feel and see it falling apart day by day. And we can also see the signs of the birth of the new. We can catch hopeful glimmers of a new reality if we know what to look for.

The inspiring, brilliant, new book, Sacred Economics--Money, Gift and Society in the Age of Transition by Charles Eisenstein, understands all of this and elucidates very clearly the details of this new money system: how it is birthing now and what it can look like, including very specific information about how to create it and how it will foster what he calls, "the more beautiful world my heart tells me is possible". Sacred Economics lays out a well-defined, unambiguous, practical map of how to move from where we are now to where we need to go. The information it presents is not out in left field, airy fairy or ungrounded but is well researched, practical and solid. It beautifully and logically explains how and why the new money system will foster the restoring and preserving of the Earth, her resources and her beauty, and how it will cultivate humanity's higher qualities, such as generosity, collaboration and sharing, to name just a few of the ideals so many of us have aspired to and longed for most of our lives.

Most exciting is that Sacred Economics plants a seed in consciousness. As people of conscience, we know that we need to shift our inner reality in order to manifest a new paradigm of heart-centered consciousness, but never before has so clear a physical map been laid out, showing us how to get there in a practical way. We can no longer say there is no physical solution to the world's problems! The seed has been planted.

One can't help but come away from reading Sacred Economics inspired and believing that surely we are not far away now from real change and from manifesting the more beautiful world our hearts tell us is possible.

May this seed be watered and nurtured by many inspired readers.

The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism
The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism
by Andrew Harvey
Edition: Paperback
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73 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant, Inspiring Vision and Birth of a Movement, September 16, 2009
With The Hope, Andrew Harvey has given a name to the path that so many of us are now following and to which many are being called: "Sacred Activism". As he explains, "When...the joy of compassionate service is married to a practical and pragmatic drive to transform all existing economic, social and political institutions, a radical and potentially all-transforming holy force is born. This radical holy force I call Sacred Activism.... My deepest prayer for the vision of Sacred Activism is that it will inspire you to harness the energies of love, both in yourself and with others, and to discover, with wonder and hope, the joy and power of...that fiery passion of compassion that, when allied with grounded wise action, will help us change everything."

Not only does this movement--a fusion of the paths of spiritual awakening, social responsibility and selfless service--now have a name, thankfully, but a brilliant, inspiring, passionate and beautifully articulated vision. We are immensely blessed to have The Hope to guide and inspire us on the way, as we face the daunting and overwhelming task of helping to birth a new paradigm of sustainability and heart-centered consciousness on our beloved planet Earth.

This book is rich with many deeply moving and inspirational stories that will touch your heart and linger in your memory--from Andrew Harvey's personal life, from his personal experiences with illumined souls such as Mother Theresa, the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela, as well as from many others. One of the most memorable stories of Sacred Activism is about an ordinary woman who performed an extraordinary and unimaginable act of forgiveness. It was originally told in Towards a Spirituality by Elaine Prevallet, and took place during the Truth and Reconciliation Commission proceedings in post-Apartheid South Africa. The commission brought an elderly black woman face to face with the white policeman who brutally and savagely murdered her husband and son and who had forced her to witness the crime. When the commission asked her how justice should be served, she said that she had forgiven the man and that she wanted to hold him in her arms so he could know that he was truly forgiven. As she was being led across the courtroom to embrace him, he fainted.

As Andrew Harvey concludes, "You might be deeply moved by this story but think that its relevance to the nitty gritty reality of world affairs is marginal. This is a mistake.... The embrace of unconditional forgiveness is essential to the success of all the major activist adventures in our world." All of us who feel passionate about ending wars, pollution, injustice and the ravaging of the Earth by corrupt forces would do well to heed his wise words and the extraordinary example of this elderly South African woman.

How easy it is in our passion for social justice to blame, project anger and hatred, and seek retribution. And yet, as The Hope so beautifully and lovingly explores, this just perpetuates the very problems we seek to resolve, as when we indulge in these behaviors, we are not taking responsibility and not facing our own unconscious "shadow" side.

A thread of light woven throughout The Hope is the important and urgent message of facing our own unconscious shadow. Although not necessarily a popular topic, it is an utterly essential one if we are to succeed in our quest for change. With great humility and accessibility, Andrew Harvey guides us intimately and tenderly through this challenging subject. Using his own candid, personal example of taking responsibility for his role in the "wrecks" in his life, we learn how doing the shadow clearing work results in breakthrough, empowerment and spiritual awakening. Among the many extraordinary aspects of this luminous book, perhaps the most profound for me is Chapter 13, "The Law of Constant, Humble Shadow Work", which is the most beautifully articulated, inspiring, passionate and hopeful description of how and why to do the shadow work that I have ever read.

The Hope is a very easy read, and you will be tempted to move through it quickly, as it grips you from the very first pages with its deeply touching insights, essential humor and grounded practicality. However, there is much to savor in its exquisitely expressed wisdom, and it is best read slowly.

My hope for The Hope is that its urgent, hopeful and vital message reaches multitudes of potential Sacred Activists right away. Ultimately, the ancient and timeless spiritual truths it presents are what we must rely on if we are to live up to the challenges we face at this pivotal moment in humanity's evolution. May the blessing of this book find its way into the hearts and minds of the masses immediately!
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