The Practical Visionary: A New World Guide for Spiritual Growth and Social Change

The Practical Visionary: A New World Guide for Spiritual Growth and Social Change

by Corinne McLaughlin, Gordon Davidson




There is astounding evidence of a powerful New World growing in our midst-despite escalating worldwide crises-if you know where, and how, to look. A guide to this New World, The Practical Visionary unveils eight keys to spiritual growth and social change: how to shift from what's dying to what's being born; understand the evolutionary plan; make your livelihood a social change strategy; invoke the magic of your soul; turn within to find your higher purpose; shape your vision into an achievable mission; see money as a spiritual asset; and transform conflict into a higher synthesis.

Upgrade your inner life, and join the thousands of practical visionaries worldwide who are pioneering creative solutions to today's toughest problems.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780871593405
Publisher: Unity School of Christianity
Publication date: 03/22/2010
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Corinne McLaughlin and Gordon Davidson are co-authors of Spiritual Politics (foreword by the Dalai Lama) and Builders of the Dawn. They are founders of The Center for Visionary Leadership and of Sirius Community; and are Fellows of the World Business Academy and the Findhorn Foundation. Corinne previously worked for President Clinton's Council on Sustainable Development, and Gordon worked for the Social Investment Forum.

Table of Contents

Foreword Hazel Henderson ix

Introduction 1

Key #1 Shift From What Is Dying to What Is Being Born: Discover the New World of Practical Visionaries 15

Practical Approaches to Social Change in Unusual Places 16

Civilizational Chronic Fatigue 20

The Cosmic Tipping Point 21

Which Path Will We Take? 23

The Planetary Initiation 25

Being a Fulcrum for Change 27

The Portal Into the New World 29

Why We Need More Practical Visionaries Today 30

Connecting the Inner and Outer Worlds 32

New World Values 34

Exploring the New World Around You 36

Examples of New World Solutions 41

Coming Soon to a Neighborhood Near You: The New World 47

Spiritual Practices 48

Frequency Adjustment Meditation 48

Meditation on World Crisis 49

Meditation on the Harmonics of the New World 50

Key Insights to Reflect On 52

Key #2 Understand the Big Picture and the Evolutionary Plan: Find Your Part and Get Engaged 53

Living the Future Now 54

The Evolutionary Design 57

Finding Your Part in the Evolutionary Design 59

Doorways to the New World: How You Can Get Engaged 60

The Law of Cycles 63

The Shift from Dogmatic Fanaticism to Practicality and Rhythmic Order 64

The New Rhythm of Practicality 67

Current Evolutionary Priorities 69

Creating Synthesis, Unity and Fusion 70

Revealing Spirit in Matter and the Inner Divinity Within All Life 80

Developing Right Relationship, Goodwill and Group Endeavor 82

Recognizing Consciousness as the Causal Factor 85

Supporting Enlightened Leaders 88

Creating Greater Transparency and Shining Light on the Darkness 92

Spiritual Practices 96

How to Keep Spiritually Sane in Challenging Times 96

Meditation on the Inner Light Within Your Heart 97

Key Insights to Reflect On 98

Key #3 Make Your Livelihood a Social Change Strategy: Be a Spiritual Warrior, an Innovator, a Reformer and/or an Exemplar 99

Applying Your Values to a Field You Are Passionate About 100

The Interdependence of Strategies for Change 101

Changing the World and Changing Yourself at the Same Time 103

Confronting the Darkness in the Old World: The Spiritual Warrior 105

Creating Alternative Institutions: The Social Innovator 110

Transforming the System from Within: The Reformer 115

Living the Values of the New World: The Exemplar 122

Hope for the Future 125

Spiritual Practices 125

Personal Spiritual Practices for Creating Change Within Organizations 125

Spiritual Techniques for Energizing Your Workplace 127

Key Insights to Reflect On 129

Key #4 Invoke the Magic of Your Soul: Explore the New World Within You and Make Friends With Your Subconscious 131

Having a Consciousness Makeover 132

The Science of Transformation 134

The Soul: Your Essence and True Identity 136

The Soul as Link Between Spirit and Matter 141

Qualities of the Soul 143

What Is Your Personality? 144

Your Physical/Etheric Body 145

Your Emotional Body 147

Your Mental Body 149

Integrating Your Personality 151

How to Tell Who Is in Charge 153

Making Friends With Your Subconscious 154

Building the Rainbow Bridge to Your Soul 158

Your Chakras and Spiritual Development 160

Stages of Spiritual Development 161

Karma and Spiritual Growth 163

Spiritual Practices 166

The Art of the Observer 166

Meditation on Invoking Your Soul 167

Techniques for Strengthening Your Heart 168

Key Insights to Reflect On 169

Key #5 Turn Within to Find a Source of Spiritual Strength: Develop a Regular Meditative Practice to Receive Clear Guidance 171

Developing a Regular Meditation Practice 172

Types of Meditation 175

Benefits of Meditation 175

Establishing a Regular Rhythm and Place 177

Creative Meditation Techniques 179

Meditations for Social Change 183

Meditative Group Decision-Making 185

Receiving Guidance in Meditation 188

Evaluating Spiritual Guidance 190

Sources of Spiritual Guidance 192

How to Download Reliable Guidance From Your Soul 194

Strengthening Your Intuition in Daily Life 196

Spiritual Practices 197

Meditative Techniques for Receiving Clear Inner Guidance 197

Meditation on Discovering Your Vision and Contribution to the New World 198

Key Insights to Reflect On 199

Key #6 Clarify Your Higher Purpose and Vision: Create a Mission, Practical Strategy and Right Timing 201

The Need to Embody Your Vision and Values 202

Vision in Your Leadership or Leadership for Your Vision? 204

Qualities of Practical Visionaries 207

Overcoming Short Circuits in Your Energy Flow 208

Sounding a Clear Note of Purpose 210

What You Have to Unlearn About Your Purpose 214

How to Use Your Chakra Energies to Manifest Your Vision 215

Spiritual Stages in Creating a New Organization 221

Finding the Right Timing for Your Vision 224

Managing Time Efficiently to Manifest Your Vision 225

Spiritual Practices 228

Practical Visionary Worksheet 228

A Diagnostic Tool for Balancing Energy Flows 231

Reflective Exercises on Managing Time 234

Key Insights to Reflect On 235

Key #7 See Money as a Spiritual Asset: Trust in the Abundance of the Universe and Be Practical and Wise 237

Developing Trust and Creating a Harmonious, Attractive Field 238

Appreciating Money 239

Why Spiritual People Have Money Problems 240

Recognizing and Transforming Unhealthy Attitudes 242

How Money Can Be a Spiritual Asset 244

Attracting Money to Meet Real Needs 246

Right Circulation: Tithing and Blessing Money 247

Socially Responsible Investing 248

Spiritual Approaches to Financial Crisis 250

Spiritual Practices 254

Questions About Money for Reflection 254

Meditation on Attracting Financial Abundance 255

Key Insights to Reflect On 257

Key #8 Transform Duality and Conflict Into a Higher Synthesis: Find Common Ground Personally and Politically to Change the World 259

Changing the Adversarial Mindset 260

Transcending the Duality of Political vs. Spiritual 264

Finding Common Ground through Multistakeholder Dialogues 266

Creating Transpartisan, Synthesis Solutions 272

Spiritual Practices 276

Techniques for Good Communication and Resolving Conflicts 276

Meditation on Finding a Higher Synthesis of Opposing Views 279

Meditation on the Soul of a Nation 280

Prayer for Your Nation 282

Key Insights to Reflect On 283

Conclusion: Become a Mapmaker for Our Journey Into the New World: A Call to Action and Co-Creation 285

Endnotes 289

Index 293

Acknowledgements 313

About the Authors 315

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