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Consciousness in Action

The Power of Beauty, Love, and Courage in a Violent Time

Andrew Beath

Consciousness in Action features the thoughts of Julia Butterfly Hill, Deena Metzger, Joanna Macy, Ralph Metzner, John Mack, and many others in an inspiring dialogue between environmental and spiritual activists. Their subject is the seven attributes of consciousness that they have employed in their activism and that have demonstrated their viability across time and cultures to bring about change.

The seven attributes discussed are:
  • Nonviolence amid passion
  • Introspection and self-discovery
  • Not knowing and spontaneity in the moment
  • Eros, the way of loving-kindness
  • No enemies and co-creating a healthier world
  • Vision free of reaction to others
  • Joy in opening of the heart
Andrew Beath writes: "Our actions reveal our depth of connection. I define conscious activism as engagement in the world that expresses our most profound understanding of the nature of reality. It is imbued with appreciation and reverence and encourages compassionate connection—the basis for lasting social change." Consciousness in Action is a vital contribution to ongoing efforts toward a peaceful, habitable earth.

304 pp.  
6" x 9"

Lantern Books


Published:  October 2004


Andrew Beath is the founder of the EarthWays Foundation in Malibu, California, as well as several other nonprofit social justice and environmental organizations. His foundation has initiated projects to protect wilderness and assist threatened communities in South, Central and North America. Andrew Beath is the author of Consciousness in Action. See all books by Andrew Beath

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