Soul Awakening Practice

Prayer, Contemplation & Action

This book of prayer and contemplation is for evolutionaries and activists, for deep ecologists, for spiritual seekers engaged in passionate renewal and for all those thirsty for a spiritually coherent worldview.
Soul Awakening Practice, New Book From James O’Dea

At this period of great upheavalSoul Awakening Practice offers a profound message of hope. This is a book that demands active engagement—indeed a revolution in your daily life. James O’Dea offers heart achingly beautiful exhortations on every page, each an invitation to a radical new way of thinking and being --and offering a path for spiritual seekers of every persuasion.” -Lynne Mc Taggart

Prayer and contemplation can access the deepest aspect of our will to radically change our lives and transform the world –the deeper the contemplation the more profoundly we can be stirred to meaningful action.
Using as a springboard a beautiful six line prayer which can be repeated like a mantra, James O’Dea lifts us into page after page of pristine and poetic contemplative reflections that illuminate our understanding of the nature of the soul’s long awakening journey; the forces which open the heart and enlighten consciousness; the understandings and actions which dissolve wounds, bring healing and secure lasting peace. What unfolds is a framework of unparalleled clarity integrating sacred practice, wisdom teachings, science and conscious activism.
Each set of poetic reflections concludes with a short essay by outstanding spiritual leaders and thinkers: Barbara Marx Hubbard on soul awakening; Anodea Judith on heart opening; Ervin Laszlo on light shining; Michael Singer on wounds dissolving and Hopi elder Mona Polacca on peace radiating.
As a mystic, thought leader and activist James O’Dea is especially well qualified to present a coherent worldview, compassionate insight and grounded practice. He is a celebrated human rights activist, advocate of social healing, award winning author and former President of the Institute of Noetic Sciences. Contributions from New York Times Bestselling Author of The Untethered SoulMichael SingerMona Polacca, of the 18 Indigenous Grandmothers; Ervin LaszloBarbara Marx HubbardAnodea Judith and Kabir Helminski.

Hardcover: 276 pages | Publisher: Watkins Publishing (June 13, 2017) | ISBN-10: 1786780526 | ISBN-13: 978-1786780522


This wise, splendidly written, subtly passionate book, by one of the world's pioneering sacred activists will open your mind, inspire your heart, and focus your whole being on the essential tasks of our time - urgently putting love into action to preserve nature and humanity.

- Andrew Harvey, Author of "The Hope - A Guide to Sacred Activism and Co-Author with Carolyn Baker, "Evolutionary Love Relationships"

Soul Awakening Practice provides a stirring and uplifting context to weave together prayer, contemplation and action. As such it offers us poetic and spiritual guidance for a time that cries out for this kind of deep integration. 

Seane Corn, Yoga Teacher

I have often said that prayer is the broom that sweeps out our hearts. Soul Awakening Practice presents reflections that will assist you to further develop or continue in your prayer practice. With this prayerful cleaning of our heart, it is possible for us to receive the true gift--peace. When we are in pieces, that's what we share with the world but when we are in peace, we manifest peace, we exude peace and we spread peace. 

H.H. Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji

The need for cooperation and partnership as opposed to domination and dominion is becoming more and more evident in these threshold times. Many are calling for peace in our times and James O’Dea makes the case that peace calls for dynamic engagement. It requires the building of trust that allows love to flow so that compassionate connection can interrupt the cycles of wounding. Soul Awakening Practice is a handbook that reveals a path forward as it skillfully guides us to an awakening of the heart to the full expression of peace. I highly recommend this book which offers grounded practices that will be a revolution in your daily life. 

Justine Willis Toms, Co-founder, Creative Producer, Host of New Dimensions Radio and author of Small Pleasures: Finding Grace in a Chaotic World.

With passions and anxiety high, we are called to find power from within. Soul Awakening Practice is not only on time, but a guide to help everyone re-connect to their Source of power. James O'Dea's  uncanny ability and clarity is spot on for bringing us all to a deeper, more powerful way of living.

- Sister Jenna, spiritual leader, author, radio and TV personality, renowned speaker and founder of the Meditation Museum in Silver Spring, Maryland and McLean, Virginia

Soul Awakening Practice features short essays following james' contemplative reflections, from the following distinguished contributors:


Barbara has been called "the voice for conscious evolution..." by Deepak Chopra. She is the subject of Neale Donald Walsch’s book The Mother of Invention. And many would agree she is the global ambassador for conscious change. As a prolific author and educator, Barbara has written seven books on social and planetary evolution. She has produced, hosted, and contributed to countless documentaries seen by millions of people around the world.



Anodea has been called a “prophet for our time.” A globally recognized teacher, speaker, healer, and writer on the intersection of personal and collective awakening, her passion for the realization of our potential matches her concern for humanity’s impending crises—her fervent wish that we “wake up in time.”
She holds Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Psychology and Health. Her best-selling books have gained worldwide recognition with over a million books in print in 18 languages, and won several awards.



Ervin Laszlo is Founder and President of The Club of Budapest, Director and Co-Founder of the Ervin Laszlo Institute for Advanced Study (ELIAS) and of the Laszlo New-Paradigm Leadership Center (Italy), Member of the Hungarian Academy of Science, Fellow of the World Academy of Arts and Sciences, Member of the International Academy of Philosophy of Science, Member of the International Academy of Systems Research and Cybernetics, Senator of the International Medici Academy, and Editor of the international periodical World Futures: The Journal of General Evolution. 

He is the author or co-author of fifty-four books translated into as many as twenty-three languages, and the editor of another thirty volumes including a four-volume encyclopedia.



Kabir is an author, a translator of the works of Rumi and others, a Shaikh of the Mevlevi Order (which traces back to Jalaluddin Rumi), and co-director of The Threshold Society ( The focus of his work has been developing an “applied spirituality,” based in classical Sufism, that can meet the needs of our time. In 2009 and subsequent years Kabir was named as one of the 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World by Georgetown University and the Royal Strategic Studies Center (Jordan). He has toured North America as Shaikh with the Whirling Dervishes of Turkey bringing Sufi culture to more than 100,000 people. His books on spirituality, Living Presence and The Knowing Heart, have been published in at least eight languages. In 2017 Living Presence is being published in a commemorative 25 th anniversary edition in the Spiritual Cornerstones series by Penguin Books. His newest book (2017) is Holistic Islam: Sufism,Transformation, and The Challenge of Our Time.



Michael A. Singer is the author of the New York Times bestsellers: The Untethered Soul and The Surrender Experiment. He had a deep inner awakening in 1971 while working on his doctorate in economics at UF and went into seclusion to focus on yoga and meditation. In 1975, he founded Temple of the Universe, a now long-established yoga and meditation center where people of any religion or set of beliefs can come together to experience inner peace. He is also the creator of a leading-edge software package that transformed the medical practice management industry, and founding CEO of a billion dollar public company whose achievements are archived in the Smithsonian Institution. Along with his more than four decades of spiritual teaching, Michael has made major contributions in the areas of business, education, healthcare, the arts, and environmental protection.



Grandmother Mona is a Havasupai, Hopi, and Tewa Native American whose tribal affiliation is of the Colorado River Indian Tribes of Parker, Arizona. She is a founding member of The International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers, a group of women representing indigenous cultures from around the world, who are concerned with destruction of the earth and indigenous ways of life. Mona is also featured in a wonderful collection of teachings and stories compiled in the book, “Grandmothers Counsel the World: Women Elder Offer Their Vision for Our Planet” (ed. Carol Schaefer)


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The Conscious Activist

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. Throughout the book, O’Dea poses that an integration of the two has the power to permanently transform the social order and to wake up humanity from its course of rapid self-destruction. 

Divided into two parts, Part I offers parallel narratives of author James O’Dea’s training and spiritual development as 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. 

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.

ISBN-13: 978-1780288437 ISBN-10: 1780288433
Watkins 12/9/2014 • Kindle Edition

Where Activism Meets Mysticism

"The great visionary activist James O’Dea communicates the ideals of peace in ways that summon spiritual and social evolution"

Jean Houston
Field of Social Artistry

"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
Spiritual teacher

“James O’Dea is a modern day prophet who has journeyed further than anyone I know in the ways of peace”

Lynne Twist
The Soul of Money

Cultivating Peace

This profound guidebook reframes and expands the mission of building a global culture of peace. Going far beyond conventional techniques of conflict resolution, James O'Dea provides a holistic approach to peace work, covering its oft-ignored cultural, spiritual, and scientific dimensions while providing guidance suitable even for those who have never considered themselves peacebuilders. 

O'Dea is unique in his ability to integrate personal experience in the world's violent conflict zones with insights gathered from decades of work in social healing, human rights advocacy, and consciousness studies.

Following in the footsteps of Gandhi and King, O'Dea keeps the dream of peace alive by teaching us how to dissolve old wounds and reconcile our differences. He strikes deep chords of optimism even as he shows us how to face the heart of darkness in conflict situations. His soulful but practical voice speaks universally to peace activists, mediators, negotiators, psychologists, educators, businesspeople, and clergy--and to everyday citizens.

262 pages • $15.95 paperback • $9.95 eBook
Shift Books (June 15, 2012) • 978-0984840717

Acclaim for Cultivating Peace

Jean Houston, founder of the field of Social Artistry

"This is one of the most important and profound books of our time. In luminous prose, the great visionary activist James O’Dea communicates the ideals and practices of peace in ways that summon a spiritual and social evolution. At once both tough and tender, this masterpiece is the finest map I know to the transformation of self and civilization. If you read only one book this year, this is it!”

Mark Gerzon, author of Leading Through Conflict and Global Citizens

“This marvelous book has the potential to grow peacebuilding to the point that every school, every business, and every community incorporates these principles. James O’Dea's life experience and skillful writing make peacebuilding personal and accessible. He shows us that ‘cultivating peace’ is not just what UN diplomats or professional mediators do. It’s a vital part of each of our lives.”

Abdul Aziz Said, International Peace and Conflict Resolution Program

“O’Dea liberates our imagination about peace; his insights enrich the field of conflict transformation.”

Deepak Chopra, author of Peace Is the Way

“This brilliant manifesto weaves science, spirituality, and social healing into a practical peace roadmap for us all.”

Professor Michael Nagler, cofounder of the Peace and Conflict Studies

“The peace movement, and what Kenneth Boulding called the much broader ‘movement toward peace’ in human consciousness, has long been fragmented, without a compelling and unifying narrative—and therefore is much less effective as a cause than is implied by the power of the truths it contains. James O’Dea’s book is an important contribution toward the articulation of that narrative, especially bringing out the many inner components of peacebuilding—the only place from which peace can really come.”

Lynne Twist, author of The Soul of Money, Pachamama Alliance

“James O'Dea is a modern-day prophet who has journeyed further than anyone I know in search of the ways of peace. He is both a consummate scholar and an unwavering activist whose lifework has been in service of a peaceful world. In his brilliant new book, Cultivating Peace, he tells the real and deep truth about what peace really is and what it takes to bring it forth in today’s troubled world. This book is O’Dea’s long-awaited magnum opus, a wise and unprecedented guide to the social healing that our world urgently needs now.”

Lynne McTaggart, author of The Intention Experiment and The Bond

“This superbly written and seminal guide to peacemaking by the brilliant and visionary James O’Dea reveals a profound truth: peacemaking is a two-way, transformational process that begins in our own hearts. Cultivating Peace is so packed full of nuggets of wisdom for both self-transformation and spiritual activism that it should come with a warning: read this book only when you’re prepared to heal yourself and everyone around you.”

Ervin Laszlo, renowned systems theorist and founder of Global Shift University

“James O’Dea is indubitably one of the most evolved souls on this planet. He can advise others on how to become a global peace ambassador because he is one himself. The spread of his message worldwide is one of the key preconditions of creating a peaceful transformation worldwide—and in time.”

Duane Elgin, author of Voluntary Simplicity, The Living Universe

“Don’t dismiss James O’Dea as a simple zealot for peace. Instead, he is a sophisticated ambassador for a new humanity and world system. Cultivating Peace is a wise and warmhearted book that is seasoned by years of firsthand experience in the reality of human conflict. O’Dea invites us to change our collective story, awaken to a global consciousness, and envision the great work of deep reconciliation as the foundation for a promising future.”

Barbara Marx Hubbard,author of Conscious Evolution

“James O’Dea penetrates to the soul level where the source of love lives. By recognizing and loving that universal essence of being within us, no matter who we are, he reveals and heals the violence. He provides us with a path that each of us can follow to heal ourselves and the world. I find that every moment I spend with him is precious and brings peace to my soul.”

Becoming a 21st Century Peace Ambassador

“At once both tough and tender, this masterpiece is the finest map I know to the transformation of self and civilization. If you read only one book this year, this is it!”

Jean Houston
Field of Social Artistry

“This brilliant manifesto weaves science, spirituality, and social healing into a practical peace roadmap for us all.”

Deepak Chopra
Peace Is the Way

“A wise and unprecedented guide to the social healing that our world urgently needs now.”

Lynne Twist
The Soul of Money

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