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The Essential Spiral

Ecology and Consciousness After 9/11

Ian Prattis

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The terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 changed the world, now an environment framed by fear, uncertainty, hatred and fanaticism. Wise teachings about the mind bring spiritual warriors to the fore, to champion peace, environmental care, and non-violent reconciliation. The skills and methods of cooling anger, of dealing with the terrorist within, of putting the breaks on anger's translation into deadly harm, are found in meditation traditions with practical down to earth exercises. Eco-psychology, traditional ecological knowledge, and globalization, are brought into a discussion of events that take the reader on a sweep of history, from Chief Seattle's speech of 1854 to the World Trade Organization, and beyond- to the Tobin Tax and the reconfiguration of our global order. This is a different kind of book about Ecology and Consciousness. « less more »
University Press of America
Pages: 280Size: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
978-0-7618-2361-2 • Paperback • July 2002 • $62.99 • (£42.95)
Ian Prattis is Professor of Anthropology and Religion, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.
Chapter 1 Preface
Chapter 2 Violence, Leadership and Ethics in the 21st Century: Meditation I: Into the Future; Meditation II: Walking Meditation; Meditation III: Developing Compassion
Chapter 3 The Art of Deep Listening: Meditation IV: Open Hearted Listening
Chapter 4 Nutriments for the Spiritual Pilgrimage: Meditation V: Who are You?; Meditation VI: Letting Go of Cravings
Chapter 5 Meditation for Gaia: Meditation VII: Meditation for Gaia; Meditation VIII: Peace on Earth
Chapter 6 From Chief Seattle to Globalization: Postscript: Christmas Exams and Consciousness
Chapter 7 At the Threshold: UNESCO's Manifesto 2000
Chapter 8 Guidelines to Recreate Our World: Meditation IX: SO HUM Meditation; Meditation X: Standing Like a Tree
Chapter 9 Epilogue: The Merchant and the Diamond
Chapter 10 Index
Chapter 11 About the Author
This is a remarkably personal, honest, and passionate trip into the mindless violent world we have created, and how through meditation and mindfulness practice we can change ourselves and our world. With clarity and vision Ian Prattis illustrates thatwhat the Buddha realized 2,600 years ago is directly applicable to our current quest for peace and justice. This is an uncompromising and direct application of Buddhism to our contemporary situation.
David Percival, Order of Interbeing, New Mexico; The Mindfulness Bell


This is an effective and useful synthesis of Buddhism, meditation, and the global political climate of the twenty-first century.
Richard Arnold; The Trumpeter


In 'The Essential Spiral' Ian Prattis achieves a remarkable synthesis of academic integrity while at the same time illustrating the value of spiritual awareness in the pursuit of scientific knowledge. . . . He has taken on a difficult task by questioning the dominant paradigm in politics and science as he introduces compassionate outcome assessments and conjoins scientific integrity with the integrity of a researcher who recognizes that evolution of consciousness adheres to inherently different principles than that which a Darwinian model suggests for organisms. . . . A gifted storyteller, Prattis opens the reader's mind and heart with touching narratives from his own life experience and from carefully selected literary masterpieces from various traditions.
Helmut Wautischer, Department of Philosophy, Sonoma State University; Journal Of Ritual Studies


This is a remarkably personal, honest, and passionate trip into the mindless violent world we have created, and how through meditation and mindfulness practice we can change ourselves and our world. With clarity and vision Ian Prattis illustrates that what the Buddha realized 2,600 years ago is directly applicable to our current quest for peace and justice. This is an uncompromising and direct application of Buddhism to our contemporary situation.
David Percival, Order of Interbeing, New Mexico; The Mindfulness Bell


This is an effective and useful synthesis of Buddhism, meditation, and the global political climate of the twenty-first century.
Richard Arnold; The Trumpeter


In 'The Essential Spiral' Ian Prattis achieves a remarkable synthesis of academic integrity while at the same time illustrating the value of spiritual awareness in the pursuit of scientific knowledge. . . . He has taken on a difficult task by questioning the dominant paradigm in politics and science as he introduces compassionate outcome assessments and conjoins scientific integrity with the integrity of a researcher who recognizes that evolution of consciousness adheres to inherently different principles than that which a Darwinian model suggests for organisms. . . . A gifted storyteller, Prattis opens the reader's mind and heart with touching narratives from his own life experience and from carefully selected literary masterpieces from various traditions.
Helmut Wautischer, Department of Philosophy, Sonoma State University; Journal Of Ritual Studies


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