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Creating Peace by Being Peace: The Essene Sevenfold Path

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Publisher Comments:

Gabriel Cousens's call to wake up from the herd mentality, to move beyond dualism and become, in our eating, in our living, and in our sexuality, the unity to which we aspire is the harbinger of the peace that our planet so badly needs.

--Rabbi Michael Lerner, editor of Tikkun magazine and chair of the Network of Spiritual Progressives

Creating Peace by Being Peace is an act of universal love offered by Dr. Cousens to all sentient beings. My prayer is that it will be appreciated not only as a scholarly spiritual study, but as the practical solution to the challenges of twenty-first-century living that it is.

--Michael Bernard Beckwith, founder of Agape International Spiritual Center and author of A Manifesto of Peace and Forty Day Mind Fast Soul Feast

I consider Rebbe Gabriel Cousens, MD, to be a true follower of the Essene tradition. He has penetrated the meaning of the Sevenfold Path of Peace.

--Norma Nilsson Bordeaux-Szekely, successor to Professor Edmond Bordeaux-Szekely and director of the International Biogenic Society

I love Creating Peace by Being Peace It gives us golden keys to human fulfillment: body, mind, and soul in harmony with humanity, the earth, and the heavens. It is an excellent manual for our evolutionary transcendence into the third millennium.

--Robert Muller, former assistant secretary general of the United Nations and chancellor of the University of Peace

Gabriel Cousens is a gentle master on the path toward health for ourselves and our planet. He brings the great tradition of the Essenes to us in modern language so that it can be used in every aspect of our daily lives.

--Barbara Marx Hubbard, author of Conscious Evolution and Emergence and stateswoman and founder of Foundations for Conscious Evolution

Cousens's innovative, holistic vision of peace is a welcome new insight that deserves the attention of anyone concerned with living more consciously.

--East West Journal

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Synopsis:

"Focuses on bringing peace to the world and integrates the ancient wisdom of the Essenes with a new awareness of the urgent need for humankind to undergo a spiritual awakening"--Provided by publisher.

Synopsis:

Representing a synthesis of the author’s decades of multidisciplinary work in meditation, psychiatry, psychotherapy, and spirituality, Creating Peace by Being Peace guides readers in creating peace on seven levels of engagement, from the body to the ecology to God. Author Gabriel Cousens addresses the increasingly urgent need to transform humankind with the ancient peace wisdom of the Essenes, a Judaic mystical group that flourished two millennia ago. He begins by explaining the Essenes and the lessons they can teach us as creators of peace. Individual chapters cover a wide range of possibility, from the personal (“Peace with the Mind”) to the political (“Peace with the Community”). The final chapter, "Integrating Peace on Every Level," presents a comprehensive plan for peace with the body, mind, family, community, culture, ecology, and God as a pervasive experience in life—moment to moment, day by day. Cousens blends documentary evidence with original interpretation to show that the Essenes actually did live this experience of peace. Most importantly, he transfers their gift to modern seekers as a breathing blueprint for realizing this reality as we walk in our lives; work according to our gifts, joys, and sacred design; and live the path of spiritual awakening—the sevenfold peace.

About the Author

Rebbe Gabriel Cousens, MD, MD(H), DD (Doctor of Divinity), Diplomate American Board of Holistic Medicine, Diplomate Ayurveda, is a world-recognized medical doctor and spiritual teacher who teaches in the U.S., the Middle East, Panama, Mexico, Ecuador, North Africa, and Europe. He is the founder and director of the Tree of Life Foundation, which trains Essene priests and coordinates international humanitarian aid programs. The author of Conscious Eating, Rainbow Green Live-Food Cuisine, and There Is a Cure for Diabetes, he lives in Patagonia, AZ.

Table of Contents

Foreword by John Robbins xvii

Introductions to the Author by Michael D. Ratner,

James Twyman, and Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb xix

Author’s Introduction xxv

CHAPTER 1. The Essenes and Key Understandings of Peace 1

Four Main Principles of the Essene Path 15

The Essene Way of Life as a Peace Teaching 22

Peace in the Modern World 23

The Modern Living Essene Way 26

A Lecture: The Essenes and Key Understandings of Peace 27

CHAPTER 2. Peace with the Body 49

Peace with the Physical Body 51

Peace with the Global Body 75

Peace with the Cosmic Body 77

CHAPTER 3. Peace with the Mind 79

Peace with the Individual Mind 82

Peace with the Planetary Mind 83

Peace with the Cosmic Mind 86

CHAPTER 4. Peace with the Family 89

The Planetary Family 99

CHAPTER 5. Peace with Community 101

A Peaceful Economy 105

Respect for International Law 111

CHAPTER 6. Peace with Culture 117

Music as an Expression of Peace with Culture 122

Music in the Culture of Life and Culture of Death 136

Acknowledging the Right of the Other Culture to Exist 140

Conclusion 144

CHAPTER 7. Peace with the Living Ecology 147

The Gaia Hypothesis 157

CHAPTER 8. Peace with the Radiant One 161

CHAPTER 9. Integrating Peace on Every Level 165

Resistance to Peace 169

Ways to Overcome Inertia and Make Peace 176

The Full Peace of Wholeness 180

Practicing the Sevenfold Path of Peace 183

Conclusion 183

APPENDIX 1. The Peace Every Day Initiative: Meditating

Daily to Create Peace by Being Peace 187

Transforming Gatherings into Being Peace 190

Scientific Support for Collective Meditation-Prayer 195

Registering Your Commitment 198

Co-Sponsors of the Peace Every Day Initiative 199

APPENDIX 11. The Culture of Life Community:

GabrielCousens.com 207

Suggested Reading 210

Resources 217

Ecology 217

Health 220

Thought Forms for Peace 221

Peace with the Body 222

Peace with the Mind 223

Peace with the Family 223

Peace with Community 223

Peace with Culture 228

Peace with God 229

Economics 229

About the Author 231

Product Details

ISBN:
9781556438486
Publisher:
North Atlantic Books
Subject:
Body, Mind & Spirit : Inspiration & Personal Growth
Author:
Robbins, John
Author:
Cousens, M.D., Gabriel
Author:
Cousens, Gabriel
Subject:
Body, Mind & Spirit : Spirituality - General
Subject:
New age movement
Subject:
Peace
Subject:
Spirituality - General
Subject:
Peace -- Religious aspects.
Subject:
Religion Western-Mysticism
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
May 2010
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English
Pages:
264

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Religion » Western Religions » Inspirational
Religion » Western Religions » Mysticism

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"Synopsis" by , "Focuses on bringing peace to the world and integrates the ancient wisdom of the Essenes with a new awareness of the urgent need for humankind to undergo a spiritual awakening"--Provided by publisher.
"Synopsis" by , Representing a synthesis of the author’s decades of multidisciplinary work in meditation, psychiatry, psychotherapy, and spirituality, Creating Peace by Being Peace guides readers in creating peace on seven levels of engagement, from the body to the ecology to God. Author Gabriel Cousens addresses the increasingly urgent need to transform humankind with the ancient peace wisdom of the Essenes, a Judaic mystical group that flourished two millennia ago. He begins by explaining the Essenes and the lessons they can teach us as creators of peace. Individual chapters cover a wide range of possibility, from the personal (“Peace with the Mind”) to the political (“Peace with the Community”). The final chapter, "Integrating Peace on Every Level," presents a comprehensive plan for peace with the body, mind, family, community, culture, ecology, and God as a pervasive experience in life—moment to moment, day by day. Cousens blends documentary evidence with original interpretation to show that the Essenes actually did live this experience of peace. Most importantly, he transfers their gift to modern seekers as a breathing blueprint for realizing this reality as we walk in our lives; work according to our gifts, joys, and sacred design; and live the path of spiritual awakening—the sevenfold peace.
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