By: G. Scott Brown
Scott Brown has long asked the big question of “Why do we do so much violence to ourselves, others, and the Earth?” In Active Peace, he identifies the belief in separateness as the root cause and skillfully weaves together the essentials needed to move beyond separateness. Rich in practices that cultivate clarity, courage, happiness, and resilience, Active Peace is a guide to the great work of our time—the creation of a nonviolent world.
Scott Brown has brought a wide and rich variety of life experiences to bear on the crucial subject of how to make and live peace in a world ravaged by violence. He was on the frontlines of activism for fifteen years before dedicating his life to learning the ways of peacemaking….Scott is unsparingly honest and emotionally open and vulnerable, willing to share the burdens and subtle revelations of his brave heart and his ways of staying infused with hope and energy in a world in turmoil. Active Peace is not armchair philosophizing: it is a passionately engaged and pragmatic message from the trenches of a life devoted to service. (Andrew Harvey)
Reviews for Active Peace
Much has been written about the outward aspects of urgently needed environmental restoration but not enough on the worldview shift and deep inner healing necessary for any lasting change. Scott Brown’s new book Active Peace: A Mindful Path to a Nonviolent World provides inspiring and useful guidance in this area. In clear, readable prose he helps us understand both the outer and inner context of our collective situation and walks us through the practical, psychological, and spiritual steps toward true, enduring restoration.
—Linda Buzzell, M.A., LMFT, psychotherapist, ecotherapist, and co-editor, Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind
Scott Brown has given us a comprehensive manual for restoring and consciously maintaining our relationship with all that is. To be touched by its beautiful narrative and commit to the discerning practices offered in its pages is to invite heart-opening epiphanies that dissolve all illusions of disconnection and enfold the soul in a visceral experience of Interbeing. Active Peace takes us far beyond restorative justice or restorative activism into a restorative way of life. This book is clearly hazardous to our willingness to settle for separation.
—Carolyn Baker, Ph.D., author of Love In The Age of Ecological Apocalypse: Cultivating The Relationships We Need To Thrive and Collapsing Consciously: Transformative Truths For Turbulent Times
Too many of us committed to social and environmental justice burn out and become susceptible to toxic emotions such as despair and futility. Active Peace responds with a deep exploration of sources for personal growth and resilience. The book offers strong foundations for creating healthy communities and, ultimately, magnificent movements. It is rich in purposeful, humane scholarship and very practical suggestions. ‘Top shelf’ reading for the life-long activist.
—Charlie Cray, activist and coauthor of The People’s Business: Controlling Corporations and Restoring Democracy