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This is where we can post links to great books on EcoVillages & Sustainable Communities as well as a plethora of subjects related to specific areas - for example:  energy, green building, conflict resolution etc...

 

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Comment by Clinton Callahan on October 7, 2013 at 6:35am

It is true that I wrote this book.

It is also true that of my 3 books that have been published this one receives the most consistently awesome feedback.

Radiant Joy Brilliant Love seems to function like the special book in Neal Stephenson's novel Diamond Age: a young lady's illustrated primer. It accompanies you in your daily life and meme-by-meme upgrades your thoughtware so you can create and navigate extraordinary and archetypal love in your relationships. You end up with clarity and power in places where you did  not even realize it was possible to be fooling yourself.

Just look at what people are saying:

Note from John Welwood, author of "Journey of the Heart" and "Perfect Love, Imperfect Relationships": This is a great book. It's honest, illuminating, provocative, fresh, practical, inspiring, humorous, and ruthlessly compassionate. It's one of those rare books that will definitely wake you up. I consider it must reading for anyone seriously interested in the path of conscious relationship.

Note from Malidoma Patrice Somé, PhD, author of "Of Water and the Spirit - Ritual, Magic and Initiation in the Life of an African Shaman": For modern seekers, responding to the call for initiation into relationship, here is an open invitation. As with all true rites of passage, the final destination can not be found on a roadmap, there is no promise of safety along the way, and, the potential for transformation is boundless.


Note from Martina E.: I can't believe how incredibly touching, shattering ... and finally, how appropriate this work is. In my opinion Radiant Joy Brilliant Love should be a handbook for all people who want true love in their relationship. I will do my very best for that.

Note from Peleg D. Midgett: This book is the closest thing to a manual of Awareness and Awakening that I have ever encountered. There is nowhere to hide from yourself after you've read this book. If you read it, you will share it with everyone who is important to you and use the concepts and experiments revealed every day for the rest of your blessed life.

What did you join community for anyway? Bigger Gremlin feeding frenzies at meetings? I doubt it. This book helps you figure out how to create community relationships of dignity and ecstasy.

If you are an author you know I am not writing this to get money, because I receive almost nothing. I am writing this because I think Gaia wants her sentient-being experiment to work, and we are mostly misidentified with being our body and being our ego. Radiant Joy Brilliant Love is a bridge to making the next evolutionary step, being your being.

Comment by Clinton Callahan on October 7, 2013 at 5:37am

The speculative fiction classic Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card may at first seem like a strange addition to a global ecovillages library, but just give me a sec' to explain. Of all the books I've read about the joys and dynamics of community, including some of my other favorites such as Watch the North Wind Rise by Robert Graves, and The Kin of Ata Are Waiting for You by Dorothy Bryant, it is Ender's Game that most powerfully inspires and accurately describes how to build a dynamic High Level Fun community team. Ender has last pick out of all the geniuses but builds the most effective group intelligence through a strategy of ongoing practice, counting each person's uniqueness, enhancing strengths, continuous feedback and coaching, holding a team space of radical responsibility of each person, and even more ongoing practice.

I think we often miss this loving experience of practicing new skills together in the safe haven of community: how to complete communications, how to integrate linear and nonlinear intelligences, how to listen to more than we can understand, how to connect directly through personal defense strategies and thrive on being-to-being contact, and how to create and navigate spaces of extraordinary and archetypal love, how to generate both soul food and heart food, how to stay centered and unhookable, and so on. The delight of community shines through learning and exploring new territory together.

Ender's Game is not only a gem, but the Hollywood film comes out in November! I could never imagine that the film (with Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley) could even come close to being as good as the book, but you can bet your dancing boots I will go see it!

Comment by Clinton Callahan on October 7, 2013 at 4:55am

Ross Jackson's new book Occupy World Street paints the picture of a plausible future that makes sense.

Ross's Gaian League structure for intelligent global collaboration may not involve something you do in your every day life. But for me it provides a clear vision explaining how something completely different from what is happening now in global economics and international politics is completely possible.

I've read so many books that explain how things are not working, but none give such a clear and sustainable beacon scenario to head towards. Without Ross's vision I was not not able to imagine how things could possibly work out for the better, and now I can. It gives me the sense that even though my own experience, efforts and love are devoted to the evolution of inner-personal and interpersonal communities, the global level communities can get their act together too. This is such a relief!

An interesting side note is that a spontaneously assembled Pirate Translation Team associated with our Brückendorf project secretly translated Occupy World Street into German by the power of their own authority, then presented the finished translation for free to the original USA publisher Chelsea Green, who then presented it to their associate publisher in Germany, Hirzel Verlag, who on the basis of the fact that it was already translated decided to publish the book in German! I share this with you as an example that boldfaced original actions can change what happens in the world, one little step at a time. The German book has just been released!

Comment by Clinton Callahan on October 7, 2013 at 4:21am

Einstein explained how we cannot solve problems by using the same kind of thinking that generated the problems, but he did not give us the new kinds of thinking. This book does.

Coming fruitfully together in an ecovillage includes shifting to new sets of thoughtware, new distinctions, and new inner navigating skills, for example, to differentiate feelings from the present from emotions that come from the past or from external authorities. Feeling are for handling things. Emotions are for healing things.

From cover to cover this book radiates inspiring, clear, practical experiments to try, complete with diagrams and photos demonstrating how things go. If nothing else this book gives you the courage to trust using inner sensations, nonlinear intelligence, and capacities that modern culture does not even have words for. Step by step it leads you to engage community with all four bodies, and can serve as threads out of which sustainable cultures are woven.

The following website gives more info: http://www.consciousfeelings.org

 

 

Comment by Global EcoVillage Admin on February 8, 2013 at 1:23am

Comment by James R. Martin on February 6, 2013 at 4:11pm

Eaarth, by Bill McKibben, though brilliantly written and an easy read, is the most difficult and painful book I've ever encountered. It is not a book for those for whom comfort is sought in avoiding difficult facts or truths. And while the book is often painful to read, you may find yourself buying copies for your friends. Worse, you may find yourself standing upon a soap box in public places, reading it to passers by. But don't stop there. Organize monthly events where you and all your friends read the book to random passers by -- who, hopefully, will stop and listen to some passages. Then send a copy to your city or town councilors, your governor.... See if you can arrange for Mr. Obama to read it. Or try to set one in his hands and have his picture taken with it.

Set aside all other books. Read this one first.

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