- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Park Street Press (October 5, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781620554579
- ISBN-13: 978-1620554579
- ASIN: 1620554577
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 36 customer reviews
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“To reveal the human element that is so critical in the dynamics of change has given us a great gift for our work in student debt relief. Stephan Schwartz has captured the essence of community action, and the world will benefit immeasurably from learning it.” (Mary Green Swig, cofounder of the National Student Debt Jubilee Project)
“No one tracks human megatrends better than Stephan Schwartz does in his Schwartz Reports. Now, in his The 8 Laws of Change, he has given us a sweeping, coherent view of ways in which we can meet our world’s primary challenges. He has done us a wondrous service.” (Michael Murphy, founder of the Esalen Institute Center for Theory & Research)
“If you are concerned about proliferating social, cultural, and planetary crises, read The 8 Laws of Change. This book shows how Margaret Mead could say, ‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.’” (Roger Nelson, director of the Global Consciousness Project)
“Finally, a book that shows us how lasting change for social good really happens--by starting with our own thoughts and minds! A luminous contribution to social and moral progress.” (Wayne B. Jonas, M.D., president and CEO of the Samueli Institute)
“In my lifetime I have had the pleasure (although I use that word with reservations) of being the catalyst for someone to dramatically change their life twice. It is a profoundly humbling experience to be the carrier of such powerful energy, and to see it manifest so vividly. I expected The 8 Laws of Change to be a guidebook to making that kind of experience a possibility (if not an actuality) again. What I found instead was both far more powerful, and more subtle. Whether you want to be the newest Rosa Parks, a good example for your kids, or just join a group already moving to create change that you want to see in the world. The 8 Laws of Change is worth reading, assimilating, and (dare I say it?) distributing to all. This is not a book full of easy answers, nor should it be. Strongly recommended.” (Facing North, Lisa Mc Sherry, December 2015)
"Whether you want to be the newest Rosa Parks, a good example for your kids, or just join a group already moving to create change that you want to see in the world. The 8 Laws of Change is worth reading, assimilating, and (dare I say it?) distributing to all." (Facing North, Lisa McSherry, February 2016)
[How] social transformation can occur without wealth, power, or force. . . . The 8 Laws of Change is a tour de force that will inspire and empower. (Stanley Krippner, Ph.D.)
“In The 8 Laws of Change, Stephan shares his insights to creating social change for personal, societal, and global transformation. He reveals the science of how these laws of change work to empower your life.” (Deepak Chopra, author of The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success)
“The 8 Laws of Change is written by a sensational man and teacher, Stephan Schwartz. This book is a must-read for anyone wanting to change their lives personally or create change on a collective scale.Stephan clearly discusses the blocks to positive change and how to overcome them to attain interpersonal peace and peace on the planet. This book is a treasure trove of wisdom to draw on over a lifetime.” (Judith Orloff, M.D., author of Emotional Freedom: Liberate Yourself from Negative Emotions and Trans)
“I know of no book that is comparable to Stephan Schwartz’s The 8 Laws of Change. This book is a loving, compassionate, life-affirming gift from a great mind, someone who cares deeply about our future. All genuine wisdom is simple, clear, inspiring, and beautiful--the hallmarks of The 8 Laws of Change. Quite simply, this book left me pleasantly stunned and happily inspired. You will be too.” (Larry Dossey, M.D., author of One Mind: How Our Individual Mind Is Part of a Greater Consciousness a)
About the Author
Stephan A. Schwartz is a distinguished consulting faculty member at Saybrook University, a research associate of the Laboratories for Fundamental Research, editor of the daily web publication Schwartzreport.net, and columnist for the peer-reviewed research journal Explore. The author of 4 books and more than 100 technical papers, he has also written articles for Smithsonian, OMNI, American History, the Washington Post, the New York Times, and the Huffington Post. He lives in Langley, Washington.
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The title of this book may resemble other books promoting the 5, 7, 8, 9,10, or 49 laws, rules, methods, techniques, or ways of living, dying, running meetings, or being an effective you-name-it, but don’t be fooled: these Eight Laws deliver useful, timely (and more importantly), memorable information. For anyone who finds herself in a world of increasing chaos, feels surrounded by ignorance either engineered or willful, and overwhelmed by a sense of powerlessness, Stephan Schwartz brings timely answers.
The laws, like all such laws, are simple and straightforward. But once we take them in they prove to be less obvious that we thought. I at least was inclined to smack myself on the head: “Why didn’t I think of that!”
As an example, in 2014 I attended an anti-fracking meeting in Colorado. A small group of around 40 people were brainstorming ways to stop the entrenched corporate fossil fuel juggernaut. These people at the meeting were passionate and dedicated, and creative about finding solutions, whether through gorilla theater or local ordinances, but they faced an opposition that appeared all-powerful, and many were frustrated. Had this book been available then I would have handed out copies. Implementing public policies to facilitate wellness both planetary and personal, rectifying inequality, combatting poverty, calming violence, or simply finding some measure of peace and balance, require patience. Such goals may remain forever out of reach. Schwartz lets us know it is possible to learn to be OK with that. Solutions may not come in one’s lifetime. Thinking long-term, being as life affirming as possible in everyday life, and holding consistent integrity in private and public can lead, over the long term, to peace, and ultimately to transformation.
Memorizing the laws might be adequate, but this book embeds the laws in stories about real people who have done extraordinary things without fanfare, fame, money, or influence. Ordinary people who simply put one foot in front of the other until suddenly they sometimes looked up and the world had changed. This may not happen for everyone, every time, but it’s worth the effort. They are people like us. These 8 laws may well change your life for the better.
Separately, and in confirmation, Ann Arbor, MI psychiatrist, Robber F. Slattery, MD says: “Basically we subconsciously run subprograms when making decisions. We have no conscious awareness of them working in the background. Decisions are 80% irrational.”
Schwartz’s presentation of the megalithic importance of “Beingness” to personal and social change-making is by far the most incisive I have discovered to date. His chapters covering BeadforLife, Franklin and Greenpeace are well written and thought-provoking.
In his chapter, The Power of Intentioned Awareness, Schwartz shows that modern science is beginning to recognize that meditation can physically change the brain, not only to “benefit higher-order cognitive functions but also alter brain activity”. Then he explains, with crystal-clarity, a step-by-step meditation how-to technique.
Please, read The 8 Laws of Change, by Stephan Schwartz. Perhaps you will agree that we can make life-affirming choices which can change our lives and our world.
Also, I was really touched by some of the examples cited in the book, and I have to say that I'm now more open and really try to always take the life affirming choice anytime I can, even if it's not always the easy one. But I think that in the end, this book proves us that instead of blaming others for doing wrong, we should all start by doing best ourselves.
Thank you again Stephan for this book.
If you feel that nothing you do could make a difference—read this book.
“even when we don’t know it, and there is no logical reason to believe that it could be so, there are times when just our beingness makes the wheel of destiny turn.” (p. 48)