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One - A Survival Guide for the Future... Paperback – November 14, 2011
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A. D. Martin has lived a life of extremes. Growing up in a small town, he went on to a career in finance where he found himself mixing with some of the world’s leading business minds. Along the way he experienced a number of life changing events, all of which contributed to a growing awareness and a gradual awakening. His experiences and business background formed the foundation for his economic, spiritual and practical awakening, providing insights into the challenges humanity faces over the coming years. He has now dedicated his life to helping individuals grow and awaken to the realities of our new future - a brighter, more resilient and sustainable future. That of One...
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He has a skill for researching all the right information then distilling it down into the pieces that truly matter. It is clear that he has a passion for the topics he writes about.
The author has produced a book that is an amazing survival guide to living a better life in a future that we have no choice but to except and adapt to. Avoid this book at your own peril!
The first half of the book describes a pervasive spiritual malaise that grips the developed world. The author makes a clear distinction between spirituality, which he describes as really knowing oneself and ones place in the universe, and religion. He describes the latter as a defined set of beliefs that involves ritual observances and a prescribed moral code. He goes on to recommend simple spiritual practices people can try to free themselves from superficial cravings and fears that prevent them from leading authentic and meaningful lives. Most draw from Buddhism and Taoism, but Martin frequently draws parallels with Christianity, Hinduism and Islam.
The second half of the book concerns sustainable living, specifically how the economic and environmental crises the planet presently faces make it necessary for all of us to adopt more sustainable methods of producing and consuming energy, growing food and running businesses. The author gives a number of specific examples of how people can live more sustainably in their daily lives.
Martin finishes with chapters about Mastery, Death and Oneness. In Mastery, Martin makes reference to various indigenous tribes and shows how living sustainably was fundamental to their spiritual practice. Death focuses on how the spiritual crisis of the modern age has left people with an extreme fear of death that seriously impairs their ability to fully appreciate life. The final chapter, Oneness, explores the illusion of separateness that prevents modern men and women from experiencing their profound interconnectedness with the universes.
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