As someone who has been in the New Economy arena for many, many years I can’t believe I hadn’t read this book yet. What I love most about it is that it lays out practical policy change options AND the much more causal cultural and even spiritual aspects of THE MESS we are now dealing with.
It offers some beautiful insights into the spiritual aspect of activism.
“We try not to act from anger or fear. We act because, in this life we have been given, we believe we can help make things better. … Acting out of our compassion to lessen suffering and improve the lives of others is he way we celebrate the spirit. Knowing that each of our acts, however small, builds the vitality of the Web of life, brings us joy, satisfaction, and power.
In the Spirit-driven model, it doesn’t matter whether a person is ‘successful’ in changing the condition. While practical goals are important, the spiritual goal is to awaken the compassion that lies at the root of all change. ‘Success’ doesn’t mean I’ve saved an endangered species or cleaned up a toxic waste dump or fed hungry children. Success means awakening in myself a Spirit that can help make better life for others. Success means I have acted in the world as though I were a part of it, not apart from it. Success means becoming conscious of and faithful to my values and to my soul.”
I LOVE this! This is exactly what I bring in the Resiliency and Empowerment trainings that 3EStrategies offers to activists and change-makers. We do our best work when we are focused on what we’re for and truly about rather than what we oppose and resist.
I would love to hear from those of you who have read or do read this book.