Andrew Harvey, Oxford scholar and visionary, believes that our survival depends on Sacred Activism, a fusion of profound mystical awareness, passion, clarity and sacred practice with wise, dedicated, radical action. This fusion, he warns, may be the sole key to preservation of man and nature.
Harvey envisions what he calls The Seven Heads of the Beast of the Apocalypse as:
- population explosion
- environmental pollution
- religious fundamentalism
- proliferation of weapons of mass destruction
- separation from nature through technology
- corrupt conglomerations that own and create mass media
- societies that multitask, which makes it "impossible to concentrate on our divine nature."
A grim list, until Harvey counters with the Seven Stars:
- the current world crisis that compels us to strip away false agendas and "to look deeply into the shadow of humanity"
- the emerging technologies of wind, solar and hydrogen power
- the birth of the Internet, a popular, affordable global means of communication
- the mystical revolution of the past 20 years
- the rise of compassionate non-violence as envisioned by Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela, and evidenced in the collapse of the Berlin wall
- the return of the "Divine Feminine," which is reflected in the growing recognition of mankind's interconnectedness
- the birth of "divine humanity," or the growing belief that God is within each of us.
Harvey counsels as he dances from theme to theme that the five ways to become a "mystical activist" are:
- to serve the divine, to make a space for God in your life
- to serve yourself, so that you will be grounded in reality
- to serve others
- to serve your local community
- to serve your global community.
He believes that each individual can become a mystical activist by "becoming conscious at every level and conscious of all choices."
In turn eloquent, threatening, exuberant, enlightening and spiritual, Andrew Harvey draws the audience in through his fervent belief in the "Divine Mother," the mother of all beings, and he calls on each individual to "burn like her with meaning, strength, joy and sacred passion."
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