Where activism meets mysticism
’The After reading The Conscious Activist, you will drop to your knees in heart-opening awe and then you will rise to your feet, inspired to act in a truly transformational way. ’ Marianne Williamson
An extraordinary and rousing manifesto from award-winning author James O’Dea, The Conscious Activist is both a compelling narrative and a deep reflection on the demands of mystical realization and effective activism. O’Dea poses that an integration of the two has the power to wake up humanity from its course of rapid self-destruction.
Divided into two parts, Part I offers parallel narratives of O’Dea’s training to become both a mystic and an activist. The mystic, he explains, must move past petty ego concerns in order to experience oneness with each other and our divine source. The activist, on the other hand, explores the role of passion and conscience in activating social change. There is communion, though, between the activist and the mystic – both seek to bring abstract concepts into flesh-and-blood reality.
In Part II, O’Dea pursues this fascinating concept of a meeting ground between the two worlds, where spirituality and action unite to spark an accelerated transition towards our greater goal: a more evolved civilization. He asks us all to become conscious activists – to learn, collectively, how to move beyond our rigid conformity to beliefs of the past and its archaic structures of power and control.
Our global problems of extreme competitiveness and violence have escalated in human history because we have not learned to evolve beyond them. The Conscious Activist offers a concrete answer to the question of who we are when we are fully evolved. It gives us the chance to save ourselves from our self-imposed prisons, and to become fully conscious of our power to bring heaven to Earth.
About James O’Dea
James O’Dea is award-winning author of two books, Cultivating Peace: Becoming a 21st-century Peace Ambassador and Creative Stress: A Path for Evolving Souls through Personal and Planetary Upheaval.He is lead faculty for the Shift Network’s acclaimed Peace Ambassador Training and has trained more than 800 peace ambassadors from 30 countries. He has served as president of the Institute of Noetic Sciences; as Washington, DC, office director of Amnesty International; and as CEO of the Seva Foundation. Currently he serves on several advisory boards including the Peace Alliance and Kosmos Journal and is a member of the Evolutionary Leaders group. James is also a mystic who is passionate about global transformation. He offers guidance and consultancy services on peacebuilding, visionary leadership, and spirituality and service from his mountain home in Crestone, Colorado. Website: www.jamesodea.com