Terry Patten is a community organiser, philosopher, and teacher. For the past 15 years he has been focused upon the challenge of healing our current global crisis through the marriage of spirit and activism.
He is the creator and host of the online series Beyond Awakening—a conduit through which he has explored many of the big questions of our Age with prominent and dynamic thinkers.
In his book A New Republic of the Heart he reflects upon his own process in coming to terms with our current planetary crisis and all of its complexities. He explores the nature and implications of global citizenship and presents what he feels to be a more balanced understanding of ecological practice and activism.
A New Republic of the Heart is split into two parts. In the first, Patten summarises our current cataclysmic ecological predicament. Here he describes the underlying and complex currents of transformation which are currently rewriting history as well as rapidly shifting us into a more accelerated evolutionary future.
As an extension of this he introduces an integral way of understanding our multi-dimensional reality and how each of our diversely different human perspective are in fact partial views of a larger Truth. Patten explains how “Beyond the cognitive, emotional and spiritual limitations of our typical fragmented thinking are more holistic perspectives that offer a basis for ”radical integral ecology.“
Awakening to Love
In part two of A New Republic of the Heart the author reveals the process of awakening of free-consciousness and love. He describes this as a unique adventure related to the unfolding of the individual and argues that it can allow us to connect to our deepest purpose.
Pattern demonstrates how such holistic, or internal work, ultimately expresses itself through a radical approach to transformation; for it is one that creatively addresses the needs for a whole system-reset in alignment with such evolving, multi-faceted, constructs to culture and society.
Later, he explores activism in its multitude of forms including political activism, protest against the system, and the form of activism that obviates government by supra-navigating the old systems.
The book closes the commentary regarding our unique role that we play at this time in helping to transform civilisation and planetary life.
A New Republic of the Heart includes an extensive resource section complete with names and addresses of important activist organisations, important publications, and useful websites.
Whilst A New Republic of the Heart is a comprehensive and seemingly all-inclusive commentary on personal revolution and societal change it is a work that often struggles to deal adequately with the issues that it raises.
The reason for this is that it is a book of concepts; one with a strong sense throughout its pages that it has been produced by a thinker and which is aimed primarily at fellow thinkers. The result is, to my mind, that many of its ideas fail to translate into a more tangible context or to relate to the more practical approaches to personal and planetary transformation most activists are taking.
On a positive note academics and philosophers will probably gravitate more enthusiastically towards the books central ideas as well as engage with its challenging commentary.
Whether you enjoy this book or not is solely determined by your own specific approach to the challenge of forging a new form of humanity and community out of this decaying world. However, if you are looking for specific signposts and guidance to lead along the way of our current evolutional path then A New Republic of the Heart will challenge and stimulate you.