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A vision to address our environment, economy, politics, culture, and to catalyze the radical whole-system change we need now
Recasting current problems as emergent opportunities, Terry Patten offers creative responses, practices, and conscious conversations for tackling the profound inner and outer work we must do to build an integral future. In practical and personal terms, he discusses how we can all become active agents of a transformation of human civilization and why that is necessary to our continued survival. Patten's narrative focuses on two aspects of existence--our dynamic but fractured and threatened world, and our underlying wholeness and unity. Only by honoring both of these realities simultaneously can we make sustainable changes in ourselves, our communities, our body politic, and our planetary life-support system. A New Republic of the Heart provides a comprehensive understanding and inspiring vision for "being the change" in a way that can address the most intractable problems of our time. Patten shows how we can come together in our communities for conversations that matter and describes new communities, enterprises, and forms of dialogue that integrate both inner personal growth work with outer awareness, activism, and service.
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Table of Contents
Foreword Andrew Harvey ix
Introduction: What's Really Happening? 1
Part 1 Fragmentation and Wholeness
1 Our Wicked Predicament and the Consensus Trance 15
2 Translating Heartbreak into Action 45
3 Wholeness and Fragmentation 65
4 The Evolutionary Perspective 85
5 The Integral Revolution 101
Part 2 Being the Change
6 Life as Practice 137
7 The New Stories of Our Souls 175
8 Awakening into Evolutionary Activism 211
9 A New Tribalism and a New Republic of the Heart 261
10 Conversations That Matter 297
11 It's Not Too Late, and It Never Will Be 327
About the Author 401
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Terry Patten has done a truly remarkable job of preparing a nutrient-rich, balanced diet for heart, mind, and spirit. The wisdom of combining inner development with outer action to build a positive future for all is not a new concept, and other, very worthy books have been written on the subject. Of those I have read, this one is the most helplful, satisfying, and complete, managing to be be at once fresh, realistic and truly hopeful. Terry shows us the practical details of how each of us can respond to the call of our time. What is equally important, by offering hope that is grounded in reality, he inspires to courageous action. This book, while dense in content, is written in clear language that makes it highly accessible to any thoughtful, interested reader. I hope there will be many of those, because all of us who are able to hear and understand need to take Terry's message into our hearts and commit to practice what we know to be essential first steps on behalf of our shared world. Because it is so rich in content, his book would be a wonderful choice for a study group. I can't recommend it highly enough.