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The Inner Dimension of Social and Planetary Transformation

(State University of New York Press paperback edition, July 2016)

by David Nicol PhD

The definitive book for an emerging global movement


In a world passing through a major transition, more and more people are looking for new ways to make a positive difference. Activists are increasingly experimenting with creative approaches, and many spiritually-oriented people want to know how they can apply the wisdom of spiritual principles to the larger problems of our world. As a result, a growing movement is emerging of people and organizations exploring the power of collective meditation and prayer to support a positive shift in society.

David Nicol’s Subtle Activism: The Inner Dimension of Social and Planetary Transformation is the ultimate reference book for this nascent global movement. Almost ten years in the making, Subtle Activism is the first comprehensive study of the idea that focused collective meditation and intention can powerfully and measurably contribute to social change.

Can awakened consciousness contribute to social change and, if so, how? David T. Nicol introduces the concept of “subtle activism” to describe the use of consciousness-based practices like meditation and prayer to support collective transformation, such as global meditation directed toward peaceful resolution of a conflict. Subtle activism represents a bridge between the consciousness movement and the movements for peace, environmental sustainability, and social justice. It is not a substitute for physical action but rather a potentially crucial component of a more integrated approach to social change. Although ancient lore is rife with tales of shamans and adepts intervening on spiritual levels for the benefit of humanity, this book is the first comprehensive treatment of this topic. Nicol grounds his consideration in the available scientific research and in dialogue with a broad range of thinkers in the fields of consciousness studies, transpersonal theory, and New Paradigm thought.

Adventures in Subtle Activism…The Blog of David T. Nicol

  • It is very apparent that we are passing through a difficult time together on planet Earth. There is a growing recognition that our conventional social, economic, and political systems are no longer working well enough (if they ever did) to bring about a just, sustainable,......

  • I am writing this article for The Catalyst at a remarkable time for me personally, but also for the emerging field of subtle activism. In the coming weeks, my book Subtle Activism: The Inner Dimension of Social and Planetary Transformation will be published, the first-ever......

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