The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism
Recently, Andrew Harvey was in Vancouver on his way to a workshop at Hollyhock, and his passion-powered wisdom was contagious. His new book is called The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism, and it’s just out from Hay House. It’s a compelling read, fusing “soul-force” and activism on behalf of all life at this time on earth.
The Death, The Birth, The Hope…
“If God created a new curriculum for the human race—one that might insure our continued place on this planet—I think he would make The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism required reading.” —Elizabeth Lesser, author of Broken Open
In The Hope, Andrew Harvey passionately offers not only a guide to discovering your divine purpose but also the blueprint for a better world. A global initiative designed to save the world from its downward spiral of greed, pain, and self-destruction, the book is based on Harvey’s seven laws of Sacred Activism, which include Sacred Practice (both “warm” and “cool” practices, and including bodywork), Surrendering to the Divine, Constant Humble Shadow work (he emphasizes this throughout the book), the Alchemy of Anger, Recognizing and Protecting Ourselves from Evil, Joy, and Networks of Grace.
Each law, in its own unique way, promotes love above all other impulses. Sacred Activism is about finding gratitude, forgiveness, and compassion; it is about opening yourself up to the kindness within you, letting go of pain, and making a conscious choice to help heal the world.
“It is essential that sacred activists, while pursuing their individual spiritual paths and embracing their own specific kinds of service, learn to work together and to form empowering and encouraging “networks of grace”—beings of like heart brought together by passion, skill and serendipity to pool energies, triumphs, griefs, hopes and resources of all kinds. When people of like mind and heart gather together, sometimes miraculously powerful synergy can result.
[I see] a network of “imaginal” cells, individual cells of between six to twelve people, praying and meditating together and inspiring each other and acting together on causes or local or international problems of their own choice…
It is my prayer that this book and the vision of sacred activism it embodies will inspire the spread of inter-linked cells of “Networks of Grace” all over North America and the world. The time has come, in Teilhard de Chardin’s words, to “harness the energies of love, and so for the second time in the history of humanity discover fire.”
“Sacred Activism evolves what it truly means to be an activist in today’s world and empowers us to model the change we seek. It’s helped me bridge my activism and spiritual life like no other tool.” —David Tucker, Executive Director, Pachamama Alliance