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Creating Peace by Being Peace: The Essene Sevenfold Path [NOOK Book]

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Representing a synthesis of the author’s decades of multidisciplinary work in meditation, psychiatry, psychotherapy, and spirituality, Creating Peace by Being Peace guides readers in creating peace on seven levels of engagement, from the body to the ecology to God. Author Gabriel Cousens addresses the increasingly urgent need to transform humankind with the ancient peace wisdom of the Essenes, a Judaic mystical group that flourished two millennia ago. He begins by explaining the Essenes and the lessons they can ...
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Representing a synthesis of the author’s decades of multidisciplinary work in meditation, psychiatry, psychotherapy, and spirituality, Creating Peace by Being Peace guides readers in creating peace on seven levels of engagement, from the body to the ecology to God. Author Gabriel Cousens addresses the increasingly urgent need to transform humankind with the ancient peace wisdom of the Essenes, a Judaic mystical group that flourished two millennia ago. He begins by explaining the Essenes and the lessons they can teach us as creators of peace. Individual chapters cover a wide range of possibility, from the personal (“Peace with the Mind”) to the political (“Peace with the Community”). The final chapter, "Integrating Peace on Every Level," presents a comprehensive plan for peace with the body, mind, family, community, culture, ecology, and God as a pervasive experience in life—moment to moment, day by day. Cousens blends documentary evidence with original interpretation to show that the Essenes actually did live this experience of peace. Most importantly, he transfers their gift to modern seekers as a breathing blueprint for realizing this reality as we walk in our lives; work according to our gifts, joys, and sacred design; and live the path of spiritual awakening—the sevenfold peace.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556438486
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books
  • Publication date: 5/18/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 775,176
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Rebbe Gabriel Cousens, MD, MD(H), DD (Doctor of Divinity), Diplomate American Board of Holistic Medicine, Diplomate Ayurveda, is a world-recognized medical doctor and spiritual teacher who teaches in the U.S., the Middle East, Panama, Mexico, Ecuador, North Africa, and Europe. He is the founder and director of the Tree of Life Foundation, which trains Essene priests and coordinates international humanitarian aid programs. The author of Conscious Eating, Rainbow Green Live-Food Cuisine, and There Is a Cure for Diabetes, he lives in Patagonia, AZ.

 


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FROM THE AUTHOR’S INTRODUCTION

WE CAN ACTUALLY CHOOSE TO CREATE PEACE BY BEING PEACE. One who is at peace brings harmony into every aspect of life. This book is about inner action resulting from the inspiration arising from the wisdom already within the reader, which transforms self (tikkun ha’nefesh) and the planet (tikkun ha’olam). It is not an attempt to prove a formula for peace.

What is meant by the word peace? Is it found simply by meditating in a cave? Is peace merely the absence of war? Will we obtain peace by preventing the destruction of the rainforests, by saving the whales and dolphins, by changing our economic or political systems, or by growing and eating only organic foods? The Sevenfold Path of Peace, based on the ancient teachings of the Essenes, takes us beyond narrow definitions of peace to a comprehensive and integrated understanding of the personal, social, and planetary dimensions of peace. Living this ancient, multi-leveled Sevenfold Path of Peace lays the foundation for the establishment of lasting planetary peace. This full peace is predicated on both the inner process of personal transformation and the outer process of planetary transformation.

The Sevenfold Path of Peace offers a modernization of ancient Essene wisdom so that we, too, can create peace within our lives, communities, and planet. This book is an expression of more than forty-five years as an active peaceworker from a variety of perspectives, as evidenced in the longer-than-usual biography, which shows the author is speaking from direct and heartfelt experience-based wisdom. The photos at the beginning of each chapter show the author in various expressions of the Sevenfold Path of Peace. Thus, this book is best experienced as a personal sharing rather than a documented essay with a lot of footnotes. To make the point that the ideas are more important than the supported “hard-fact” evidence, he has chosen not to footnote this book, but instead to give general references and reading for all the supportive information he cites. The real proof needs to be intuitively felt and then transferred into a life of living peace by being a feeling-based prayer of peace in every moment. Creating Peace by Being Peace is about becoming the essence of peace on all seven levels of one’s life. It is not a theoretical spiritual discussion of peace or a single-focus approach. It is a framework for inspiring each moment into a living prayer of peace in a way that activates the expression of that living prayer in all of creation. Peace is the natural expression of the Culture of Life and Liberation; the experience of peace is part of our natural awakened normality state. You are invited to walk this Sevenfold Path of Peace along with the millions of people who already are. And one day may this planet be blessed that this humble path becomes a superhighway of peace, love, and healing for the world.

Blessings, Love, and Peace to you on this wondrous journey,
—Rebbe Gabriel Cousens, MD


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Table of Contents


Foreword   John Robbins     xvii
Introductions to the Author   Michael D. Ratner   James Twyman   Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb     xix
Author's Introduction     xxv
The Essenes and Key Understandings of Peace     1
Four Main Principles of the Essene Path     15
The Essene Way of Life as a Peace Teaching     22
Peace in the Modern World     23
The Modern Living Essene Way     26
A Lecture: The Essenes and Key Understandings of Peace     27
Peace with the Body     49
Peace with the Physical Body     51
Peace with the Global Body     75
Peace with the Cosmic Body     77
Peace with the Mind     79
Peace with the Individual Mind     82
Peace with the Planetary Mind     83
Peace with the Cosmic Mind     86
Peace with the Family     89
The Planetary Family     99
Peace with Community     101
A Peaceful Economy     105
Respect for International Law     111
Peace with Culture     117
Music as an Expression of Peace with Culture     122
Music in the Culture of Life and Culture ofDeath     136
Acknowledging the Right of the Other Culture to Exist     140
Conclusion     144
Peace with the Living Ecology     147
The Gaia Hypothesis     157
Peace with the Radiant One     161
Integrating Peace on Every Level     165
Resistance to Peace     169
Ways to Overcome Inertia and Make Peace     176
The Full Peace of Wholeness     180
Practicing the Sevenfold Path of Peace     183
Conclusion     183
The Peace Every Day Initiative: Meditating Daily to Create Peace by Being Peace     187
Transforming Gatherings into Being Peace     190
Scientific Support for Collective Meditation-Prayer     195
Registering Your Commitment     198
Co-Sponsors of the Peace Every Day Initiative     199
The Culture of Life Community: Gabriel Cousens.com     207
Suggested Reading     210
Resources     217
Ecology     217
Health     220
Thought Forms for Peace     221
Peace with the Body     222
Peace with the Mind     223
Peace with the Family     223
Peace with Community      223
Peace with Culture     228
Peace with God     229
Economics     229
About the Author     231
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