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“If God created a new curriculum for the human race—one that might insure our continued

place on this planet—I think he would make The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism required reading.”

~Elizabeth Lesser, Co-Founder of Omega Institute & author of Broken Open


“The Hope is destined to transform the live of hundreds of thousands, if not millions of people not only because of its profound message but also because we need this work more than we realize.”

~Caroline Myss, Author of Sacred Contracts & Defy Gravity

“This is an exalted book delivered from the highest reaches of the human soul. It is both a manifesto and spiritual handbook for anyone who wants to transform the world."

~James O' Dea, Former President of Amnesty International & The Institute of Noetic Sciences

“As a fellow Sacred Activist, I support and applaud the dedication of Andrew Harvey to bridge the gap between spirituality and activism...THE HOPE is a must read for anyone seeking to birth a new humanity.”

~Deepak Chopra, Author, Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul

“Sacred activism is the most potent after effect of our inner spiritual practices.  When the heart explodes in conscious oneness with the Beloved, what remains is a burning desire to be a servant to the One that enlivens all sentient beings, every speck of space.  Through his descriptions of the great lovers of humankind, Andrew gives us a clarion call to go beyond admiration to activation of that same capacity within our own hearts that we, too, may become a beneficial presence on the planet.”

~Michael Bernard Beckwith author of Spiritual Liberation~Fulfilling Your Soul’s Potential

“Sacred Activism is a timely and desperately needed activist manifesto. It evolves what it truly means to be an activist in today's world and empowers us to model the change we seek. It's helped me bridge my activism and spiritual life like no other tool. Fellow activists: don't let the unexamined assumption that activism and spirituality don't mix stand in the way of you reading this book. The revolutionary message of Sacred Activism will empower you to reach a new level of effectiveness at producing results while simultaneously being more joyful, peaceful and fulfilled.”

~David Tucker, Executive Director, Pachamama Alliance

“This book takes one on a great journey through profound experiences of many, including the author Andrew Harvey.  It engages each one of us in the most important inquiry for today's world:  who am I in the emerging narrative, in creating new patterns for a world that works for everyone? It is about the compassion of our sacred space and the courage to create alternatives where needed.”

~Dr. Monica Sharma Director, Leadership and Capacity Development, United Nations-OHRLLS

“Andrew Harvey is one of the most important teachers of our times for his extraordinary capacity to marry the deep mystical teachings of our essential unity with awakened action. Sacred Activism is the yoga of the now, it inspires and guides our way into the challenge of rebirth and great awakening. I will give and recommend The Hope to all!”

~ Shiva Rea, Yogini, catalyst of the Global Mala Project and Dance for Life: Moving Activism to Plant 1,080,000 Trees with Trees for the Future.

About the Author

Andrew Harvey is an internationally acclaimed poet, novelist, translator, mystical scholar, and spiritual teacher. He is the Founder/Director of the Institute for Sacred Activism in Oak Park, Illinois, where he lives.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House; 1st edition (September 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401920039
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401920036
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Brad Laughlin on September 16, 2009
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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.
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Many of us feel that we stand at a critical period in history. We face enormous physical, psychological, social, economic and spiritual challenges. But that is what they are: challenges. We are not impotent passengers on a runaway train; we all have it within our gift to make small changes that will together transform the world. But as Albert Einstein once said, "Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them." We cannot simply hope for an intellectual or technological fix for the problems that we have created for ourselves. We need a change of heart, a radical transformation of ourselves, and that is what this book is about.

Although I have never met him, Andrew Harvey - the author of this wonderful work - is evidently a remarkable individual. A prodigy who became a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford when he was only 21 years old, he soon became disillusioned with the academic world and departed for India to begin a spiritual quest that continues to this day. In the course of his quest he must have met and conversed with most of the great spiritual and intellectual figures of our times.

He has come to the realization that any spiritual path worthy of the name must ultimately lead us to do something to bring about positive change in the day-to-day world. It should not simply be source of comfort, but of radical change both in ourselves and in society. We have to evolve beyond navel gazing and worship to become active agents of change, what Andrew calls "Sacred Activism." Andrew has carefully delineated seven "Laws" of Sacred Activism that he believes have the potential to transform each of us and our world. I am absolutely certain that he is correct.
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"The Hope" captures the very heart and soul of Andrew Harvey's lifelong spiritual journey, and seems to be a synthesis of all the passion and wisdom he acquired along the way. The reader is caught up in a kaleidoscopic swirl of prose, poetry and prayers of saints and mystics against the background of Andrew's extraordinary life experiences. The book can move you to tears one moment and overwhelm you the next with the torrent of prose and erudition, but always Andrew's impassioned desire to share his hard-won wisdom shines through. It is filled with diamonds of inspiration for all agents of change wanting to help birth a world of justice and compassion.

Andrew Harvey, one of today's best-known mystics, lays out his new vision for Sacred Activism - an amalgam of the activist's passion for social change with the inner peace and unity consciousness of the grounded mystic or spiritual seeker. He makes a strong case for the need to merge the two into a symbiotic union - a "third flame" - in order for each aspect to compensate for the shadow side of the other:

"The mystic's shadow of narcissism manifests as an addition to transcendence, as an escapism from responsibility from the real, as a sometimes passive and childish belief that the Divine will take care of everything, and as a subtle but devastating denial of the reality of evil and the heartbreaking misery of the world...
" The activist's shadow of narcissism ...manifests...as a messiah complex, as a dark ego-reinforcing delight in humiliating and destroying one's opponents, and as a depreciation of ordinary life in favor of heroic sacrifice. It also manifests as an addiction to doing for its own sake, with exhaustion, body neglect and burnout seen as signs of authenticity and badges of courage.
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