Praise of a Spiritual Visionary
Every age has its teachers, who keep the eternal truths alive for all of us. And when a generation is very, very lucky, it encounters a teacher so illumined that the words he delivers must be illumined as well. In the case of Andrew Harvey, the light he sheds is like a meteor burst across the inner sky.”
-Marianne Williamson, author of Everyday Grace
Andrew is a genius and an inspired visionary who has the ability to interpret the meaning and significance of the chaos and patterns of change that are redirecting the compass of our contemporary culture. Andrew is a spiritual, intellectual, and cultural mystic whose passion is to awaken people to a new and essential empowerment in this world: sacred activism. He has defined and grounded the route, the means, and the way individuals can and should respond to the chaos and rapid changes that now characterize our contemporary spiritual and cultural life. Andrew’s research reflects his superb academic background as a professor at Oxford and his passion clearly reveals that his soul is on fire with a grace that comes from the Divine.”
Author of ANATOMY OF THE SPIRIT and SACRED CONTRACTS
Amid the myriad challenges we face on earth – the population explosion, environmental degradation, nuclear proliferation, religious fundamentalism, terrorism, war, apocalypse-think, and more – it is easy to be overwhelmed by a sense of futility and hopelessness. Now comes a singularly courageous, charismatic individual, Andrew Harvey, with an answer to all of these challenges: personal transformation and empowerment through an encounter with the divine feminine. This process is not esoteric, but is entirely natural and as near as our own shadow. Harvey’s sacred activism is a corrective to the doomsayers and do-nothings who are part of our problems. He is a modern version of a fiery, Old-Testament prophet, whose words were ignored at great peril. We must attend to Andrew Harvey’s message. Not only will it help us humans regain our sanity, it just might save our skins.”
– Larry Dossey, MD
Author: The Extraordinary Healing Power of Ordinary Things
Andrew Harvey is one of the world’s irreplaceable resources.”
-Lance Morrow, writer, Time magazine
Andrew Harvey is an enlightened spirit—a messenger from the Divine.”
Harvey is probably the greatest living scholar and practitioner of mysticism. There are others more deeply steeped in individual traditions, but few, if any, have so extensively explored such a variety of mystic paths, not just an academic observer but also as a participant.”
Our world is awash with activism, is drowning in activism, but it is the wrong kind. Andrew Harvey’s sacred activism is the only form that is likely to save us from the narrow, destructive preoccupations that seem to mesmerize us humans. Only an attention to the heart – for “sacred” and “heart” reflect a common meaning – can generate the hope, courage, and vision required for our troubled times. It is important to realize that Andrew Harvey’s message is not a matter of philosophy, but of survival.”
– Barbara Dossey, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN
Author: Florence Nightingale: Mystic, Visionary, Healer, Rituals of Healing, and Holistic Nursing: A Handbook for Practice
Amid the gloom-and-doom predictions and total denial so prevalent today, Andrew Harvey’s is a singular voice speaking truth about our current situation. In impassioned yet pragmatic terms, he lays out the grave problems humanity faces, from WMDs and environmental desecration to epidemic levels of attention disorder, outlining the grim fate that awaits us if we fail to mend our ways. But unlike the chorus of modern-day Cassandras, Andrew doesn’t leave us there, mired in despair. Setting out a course of radical and reasoned action, he empowers us to become spiritual activists and reclaim our planet from the suicidal trajectory we’re traveling. We could have no more compelling guide to today’s challenges and their solutions. It’s breathtaking to hear so unsettling a subject articulated with such intelligence and grace.”
-Joan Duncan Oliver, journalist and author, Happiness: How to Get It and Keep It*
At this critical juncture in history, Andrew Harvey’s teachings on Sacred Activism are sounding a clarion call to all who care deeply about the future of humanity and of the planet. We cannot open to creative solutions to the enormous challenges that confront us without looking truthfully and fearlessly at the horrific things that are taking place in our world and at the same time holding to a powerful vision of what is possible through a radical transformation of our consciousness. The Chinese character for the word crisis contains the characters for danger and opportunity, and in this powerful film, Andrew Harvey clearly outlines both these elements of our current world crisis as he makes the case that the darkness of our time is also the birth canal for the emergence of a divine humanity. He passionately calls us to dedicate ourselves to being midwives of this birth, and describes in very practical terms the five dimensions of service that comprise a commitment to live as Sacred Activists. I cannot imagine a more important teaching for our time.”
– Rev. Diane Berke, Spiritual Director, One Spirit Learning Alliance
Using humor, passion, and analysis, Andrew Harvey challenges us to wake up and get up off of our couches to become the spiritual activists we all can be. A powerful, provocative, prophetic appeal to sanity and activism for our apocalyptic times, this film is recommended for anyone who cares about the survival of their grandchildren or planet or both. Is anyone listening?”
-Reverend Matthew Fox, author Creation Spirituality and founder of the University of Creation Spirituality, now called, Wisdom University
But in this night of our collective soul, Harvey points to the light of the Seven Stars, illuminating our way through this global nightmare: recognizing false agendas’ new technologies like wind, solar, and hydrogen power; the birth of the Internet; the mystical revolution of the past twenty years; the rise of compassionate nonviolence; the return of the “divine feminine”; and the birth of divine humanity,” the growing belief that God is within each of us. Harvey urges us to become mystical activists, consciously serving wherever we are needed.”
-SHIFT Magazine—The Institute of Noetic Sciences, Macky Alston, award-winning documentary filmmaker
The Hartley Film Foundation’s new Great Minds DVD, Andrew Harvey: Sacred Activism, features a dramatic and stirring motivational lecture by the well-known scholar, author, and mystic. The film presents complex global crises as urgent calls for us to passionately re-engage with Spirit, nature, and humanity. We must do so without delay, Harvey argues: “Everything that we are is at stake.” Through seven scourges–such as rapid population growth, global warming, and religious fundamentalism–the Divine Mother invites us to gaze upon the damage we have wrought within ourselves and our world. Detailing each of these “seven heads of the Beast,” Harvey adds, “I am not frightened and I am not in despair.” For every ill, he offers a balm from his list of “seven stars of divine humanity” and bids us become midwives of “a new way of being and loving everything that is even now being manifested.” While Harvey stops short of offering specific prescriptives, he identifies available resources and core values that will help each “sacred activist” find his or her appropriate role in this movement of healing and renewal.”
-Eva YaaAsantewaa, film critic for Village Voice **please note that this review did not appear in the VV.
The present moment, according to mystic adventurer Andrew Harvey at a retreat filmed at the shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is one filled with both devastation and grace. We must have the courage and the attentiveness to wake up to what is happening in our world right now. There is no safe place to run and hide. And there is no point in averting our eyes or our minds from the unfolding catastrophes that are going on all around us.
But the negative is not the whole picture. We have a secret ally — God as Mother. She knows what it is like to walk in fear and to face the darkness. That is why she can guide us in the present moment, says Harvey, who has repeatedly written and taught about the Sacred Feminine and what it means to be energized and made strong by her love.
Are you ready to confront “The Seven Heads of the Beast of the Apocalypse?” Yes, we are sure that you are given that most of us have lamented these terrible and cataclysmic developments. First is the population explosion which could bring the Earth’s population to 9 billion human beings by 2050, 3 billion more than the planet can sustain. This will likely result in wars over natural resources such as water.
The second head of the Beast is environmental pollution and the degradation of the earth. If things proceed at the current rate of indifference to global warming, the Amazon Rain Forest, the lungs of the world, will be almost destroyed by 2050. A third head is fundamentalism, which is on the rise in all the world religions, especially Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. During a time when we should be celebrating what each faith has in common, differences are accentuated and separation is suggested.
The proliferation of weapons of mass destruction — the fourth head — has put instruments of death into the hands of terrorists and governments that want to interfere in the affairs of other nations. Despite the obvious danger in this development, the international trade in guns is growing year by year. The separation from nature through technology has isolated human beings from the good Earth and created a view that everything can be consumed right now without any thought about future generations; this is the fifth head. The sixth head of the Beast is the consolidation of the mass media into large corporations that has resulted in the peddling of trash, violence, pornography, and an endless procession of products. Many movies and other forms of entertainment salute what Harvey calls “a demented individualism” and “corrupt competition.” The final head of the Beast is the hysterical busyness and multitasking that make it almost impossible for people to “concentrate our divine nature.”
All of these elements contribute to a cultural dark night of the soul, which, Harvey points out, can be a gateway to transformation. The Divine Mother urges us to walk through this pain and anguish without fear, illusions, or panic, and, perhaps most importantly, without resorting to the demonization and hatred of others. During the dark night of the soul, we are stripped of our false self and clothed in the grace and mercy of the Divine One. Harvey learned from Bede Griffiths that we can be transformed only by going through these mysteries and surrendering totally to God. It is not an easy path for we must take it by giving up our primal needs of comfort and security.
The good news is that the Divine Mother has gifted us with Seven Stars to counter the Seven Heads of the Beast. The first is that the crisis itself; it forces us to give up our false agendas and “look deeply into the shadow of humanity.” Other stars are developments in technology and communication. We can use wind, solar, and hydrogen power as alternatives to the energy crisis we are experiencing. The Internet can become for many a source of community and communion with other souls who are trying to make a difference in the world by doing good things in unison.
The information explosion that has its dark side, as noted above, also has a bright side. More and more people are now tapping into the deep reservoir of spiritual resources available from the world religions — especially the practices of the mystics. The compassionate nonviolence of Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, and other peaceful warriors is being recognized as viable alternatives to violent solutions. Finally, a tide of love is being unleashed by the return of the Divine Feminine which is bringing people together. We can herald and hallow the birth of “divine humanity” by consciously finding spiritual practices that help make the dream of God a reality, day by day. These Seven Stars create light in the darkness, joy amidst depression, and strength in a collapsing world.
Harvey concludes with five ways to become a Mystical Activist. It means serving the divine through devotion each and every day. It means serving yourself so that you will be grounded in reality and fearless in the face of problems. It means serving others, putting aside your false self and putting others first. It means serving both your local and the global community.
The Divine Mother calls us to reconcile all the opposites which have immobilized us and served as obstacles to working with others to make a better world. She blesses us with the courage, the grace, the patience, and the perseverance to give all we’ve got to the holy work of creating a more peaceful, loving, and reverent world.”
-Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat SpiritualityandPractice.com