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The 8 Laws of Change


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Table of Contents

Introduction: The First Priority

1 Two Roads Diverge

2 Quotidian Choices

3 Beingness

4 How Many People Does It Take?

5 BeadforLife

6 Anonymous Power

7 The Power of Nonviolence

8 Taking the Long View

9 Greenpeace

10 The Issue of Authority

11 Nonlocal Consciousness

12 The Social Implications of Nonlocal Linkage and Fear

13 The Psychophysiology of Politics

14 The Power of Intentioned Awareness

15 Happiness Spreads like a Healthful Virus: Become a Carrier

16 Social Values, Social Wellness: Can We Know What Works?

17 Conclusion: Leverage Points





About the Author

Stephan A. Schwartz is a distinguished consulting faculty member at Saybrook University, a research associate of the Laboratories for Fundamental Research, editor of the daily web publication Schwartzreport.net, and columnist for the peer-reviewed research journal Explore. The author of 4 books and more than 100 technical papers, he has also written articles for Smithsonian, OMNI, American History, the Washington Post, the New York Times, and the Huffington Post. He lives in Langley, Washington.


[How] social transformation can occur without wealth, power, or force. . . . The 8 Laws of Change is a tour de force that will inspire and empower. * Stanley Krippner, Ph.D. *
"In The 8 Laws of Change, Stephan shares his insights to creating social change for personal, societal, and global transformation. He reveals the science of how these laws of change work to empower your life." * Deepak Chopra, author of The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success *
"The 8 Laws of Change is written by a sensational man and teacher, Stephan Schwartz. This book is a must-read for anyone wanting to change their lives personally or create change on a collective scale.Stephan clearly discusses the blocks to positive change and how to overcome them to attain interpersonal peace and peace on the planet. This book is a treasure trove of wisdom to draw on over a lifetime." * Judith Orloff, M.D., author of Emotional Freedom: Liberate Yourself from Negative Emotions and Trans *
"I know of no book that is comparable to Stephan Schwartz's The 8 Laws of Change. This book is a loving, compassionate, life-affirming gift from a great mind, someone who cares deeply about our future. All genuine wisdom is simple, clear, inspiring, and beautiful--the hallmarks of The 8 Laws of Change. Quite simply, this book left me pleasantly stunned and happily inspired. You will be too." * Larry Dossey, M.D., author of One Mind: How Our Individual Mind Is Part of a Greater Consciousness a *
"The 8 Laws of Change addresses the most important question in the world now and, like Charles Eisenstein's work in sacred economics, is truly unique and hopeful." * Bill Kauth, coauthor of We Need Each Other: Building Gift Community *
"To reveal the human element that is so critical in the dynamics of change has given us a great gift for our work in student debt relief. Stephan Schwartz has captured the essence of community action, and the world will benefit immeasurably from learning it." * Mary Green Swig, cofounder of the National Student Debt Jubilee Project *
"No one tracks human megatrends better than Stephan Schwartz does in his Schwartz Reports. Now, in his The 8 Laws of Change, he has given us a sweeping, coherent view of ways in which we can meet our world's primary challenges. He has done us a wondrous service." * Michael Murphy, founder of the Esalen Institute Center for Theory & Research *
"If you are concerned about proliferating social, cultural, and planetary crises, read The 8 Laws of Change. This book shows how Margaret Mead could say, 'Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.'" * Roger Nelson, director of the Global Consciousness Project *
"Finally, a book that shows us how lasting change for social good really happens--by starting with our own thoughts and minds! A luminous contribution to social and moral progress." * Wayne B. Jonas, M.D., president and CEO of the Samueli Institute *
"In my lifetime I have had the pleasure (although I use that word with reservations) of being the catalyst for someone to dramatically change their life twice. It is a profoundly humbling experience to be the carrier of such powerful energy, and to see it manifest so vividly. I expected The 8 Laws of Change to be a guidebook to making that kind of experience a possibility (if not an actuality) again. What I found instead was both far more powerful, and more subtle. Whether you want to be the newest Rosa Parks, a good example for your kids, or just join a group already moving to create change that you want to see in the world. The 8 Laws of Change is worth reading, assimilating, and (dare I say it?) distributing to all. This is not a book full of easy answers, nor should it be. Strongly recommended." * Facing North, Lisa Mc Sherry, December 2015 *
"Whether you want to be the newest Rosa Parks, a good example for your kids, or just join a group already moving to create change that you want to see in the world. The 8 Laws of Change is worth reading, assimilating, and (dare I say it?) distributing to all." * Facing North, Lisa McSherry, February 2016 *
"While orthodoxy is about correct beliefs, orthopraxy is about right practice: doing the practices and living the lifestyles that end up changing our consciousness. Francis of Assisi said to the first friars, 'You only know as much as you do!' Franciscan teaching, which is based in Scripture, has freed me and many others to live more embodied, loving lives. The Franciscans are not alone in their emphasis on practice. In his book The 8 Laws of Change: How to Be an Agent of Personal and Social Transformation, author Stephan A. Schwartz offers life-practices he gathered from observing the Quakers. Their actions--grounded in contemplation--have had a profound impact, helping to abolish slavery, promote gender equity, and reform prisons and other institutions." * Richard Rohr, Richard Rohr's Daily Meditation, from the Center for Action and Contemplation *

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