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In Steve Taylor’s The Leap: The Psychology of Spiritual Awakening, we find that the world is always giving us opportunities for deepening our presence and awakening to the beauty and happiness that are always available to us. In fact, when our reality gets more intense and overwhelming, it can be an even bigger invitation to “wake up,” spurring an awakening process that we go through collectively as a nation and beyond.
The challenges we face can be difficult even to think about. Climate change, the depletion of oil, and a politically divided nation create what can feel like an emergency of overwhelming proportions. In their book, Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in without Going Crazy, authors Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone show us how to strengthen our capacity to face this crisis so that we can respond with unexpected resilience and creative power.
Drawing on decades of teaching an empowerment approach known as the Work That Reconnects, the authors guide us through a transformational process informed by mythic journeys, modern psychology, spirituality, and holistic science. This process equips us with tools to face the mess we’re in and play our role in the collective transition, or Great Turning, to a life-sustaining society. We hope you’ll enjoy this excerpt from the book.