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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

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

Creative Stress

Creative Stress reveals with precision how we can and must transmute negative stress so that we can evolve individually and collectively. It offers the reader a steady climb to the higher reaches of human creativity and fulfillment, and is packed with compelling stories from O'Dea's exceptionally rich experience.

"James O'Dea has a uniquely kind and peaceful presence, and now he shares how we can find that for ourselves. This book delivers the medicine for our times." ---Marianne Williamson, Author, A Return to Love and The Age of Miracles

"Every word of James O'Dea's fabulous exploration into creative stress is an opening to our maturation and indeed fulfillment as a species. His book touched the very essence of my being; he radiates his presence, a loving and profound friend who really knows what he is talking about because he has been there! I felt him with us...warm and wise, intimately encouraging, challenging and illuminating our lives. He is a companion who guides us through the most difficult challenges as the actual energy to help us realize our ever emergent potential as cocreative humans. A great gift." ---Barbara Marx Hubbard, Founder, Foundation for Conscious Evolution and Author, Conscious Evolution: Awakening the Power of our Social Potential
Organic Mandalas, an exquisite array of mandalas from nature, featured on cover of Creative Stress and art photography by Philomena O’Dea, James’ sister.

Marianne Williamson, Author, A Return to Love and The Age of Miracles

“James O'Dea has a uniquely kind and peaceful presence, and now he shares how we can find that for ourselves. This book delivers the medicine for our times.”

Barbara Marx Hubbard, Founder, Foundation for Conscious Evolution

“Every word of James O’Dea’s fabulous exploration into creative stress is an opening to our maturation and indeed fulfillment as a species. His book touched the very essence of my being; he radiates his presence, a loving and profound friend who really knows what he is talking about because he has been there! I felt him with us...warm and wise, intimately encouraging, challenging and illuminating our lives. He is a companion who guides us through the most difficult challenges as the actual energy to help us realize our ever emergent potential as cocreative humans. A great gift.”

Rustum Roy, Author, Scholar, Founder & Chair, Friends of Health

“James O'Dea makes a major contribution: Creative Stress covers the ground everyone should 'get' right away.”

Jean Houston, Author, A Mythic Life

"It is a well-known truism that it takes a deep commitment to change; it takes an even deeper commitment to grow. In this brilliant and evocative book, the author makes the stunning if surprising case for creative stress as a major force behind growth and transformation. As readers we experience a mythic turnabout as we are lured into a state of being larger than our sorrows and more complex and satisfying than all our dreams. Truly, a wildly original and critically important work for our time and the unique challenges we face.”

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