An Invitation to Engage From James O’Dea

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
Launches June 2017

At this period of great upheaval, Soul 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 Soul, Michael Singer; Mona Polacca, of the 18 Indigenous Grandmothers; Ervin Laszlo, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Anodea 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:

SOUL AWAKENING: Barbara Marx Hubbard

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.


HEART OPENING: Anodea Judith, Ph.D

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.


LIGHT SHINING: Dr. Ervin Laszlo

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.


LOVE FLOWING: Kabir Helminski

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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