329. Andrew Harvey

Andrew HarveyAndrew Harvey is an author, speaker and founder/director of the Institute of Sacred Activism, an international organization focused on inviting concerned people to take up the challenge of our contemporary global crises by becoming inspired, effective and practical agents of institutional and systemic change, in order to create peace and sustainability.

Andrew Harvey has taught at Oxford University, Cornell University, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, The California Institute of Integral Studies, and the University of Creation Spirituality as well as at various spiritual centers throughout the U.S. He was the subject of the 1993 BBC film documentary The Making of a Modern Mystic and appears also in Rumi Turning Ecstatic and The Consciousness Of The Christ: Reclaiming Jesus for a New Humanity. He has also worked with the great Iranian Sufi dancer, Banafsheh Sayyad, in producing a film, In the Fire of Grace, which marries Sufi inspired dances to the stages of Rumi’s understanding of the path of Divine love.

He has written and edited over 30 books and received many awards, including the Benjamin Franklin Award and the Mind Body Spirit Award.

Website: andrewharvey.net

Some of Andrew’s many books:

Movie referred to during the interview: A Human Search: The Life of Father Bede Griffiths (1993)

Transcript of this interview

Interview recorded 1/25/2016

Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.

YouTube Video Chapters:

  • 00:00:00 – Introduction and Welcome
  • 00:04:48 – Returning to the Sources of My Childhood
  • 00:08:24 – Mystical Experiences and Life Changes
  • 00:11:34 – The Purpose of Our Souls’ Work
  • 00:14:54 – The Transforming Power of Love
  • 00:18:22 – The Dark Night: A Process of Divinization
  • 00:21:27 – Embracing the Depths of the Shadow
  • 00:24:44 – The Urgency of Preparing for Evolutionary Shattering
  • 00:29:39 – The Marriage of Opposites
  • 00:35:12 – The Marriage of Mission and Heart
  • 00:39:34 – The Power of Love in the World
  • 00:43:37 – Networks of Grace and Radical Social Work
  • 00:48:43 – The Paradigm of Deep Cooperation and Collaboration
  • 00:53:56 – Creating an Alternate Reality
  • 00:59:03 – The Transformation of Birthing the Divine in the Human
  • 01:03:43 – The Power of Unconditional Forgiveness
  • 01:08:24 – Changing the World Through Collective Action
  • 01:13:20 – The Process of Transformation through Divine Self
  • 01:18:55 – The Price of Spiritual Awakening
  • 01:23:36 – Gratitude and Appreciation for a Difficult Breakup
  • 01:27:46 – Abusive Power in Spiritual Circles
  • 01:31:08 – The Modulation of Softness and Flexibility
  • 01:34:36 – Mystical Christianity and Hinduism-Buddhism Integration
  • 01:38:21 – Finding Grace in Everyday Joys
  • 01:42:23 – The Endless Evolution of Enlightenment
  • 01:46:38 – Enlightenment and the Sacrifice of Ramana Maharshi
  • 01:49:30 – Cultivating Humility through Practices
  • 01:53:00 – The Dance Between Light and Dark
  • 01:56:39 – The Primordial Love Relationship
  • 01:59:24 – Life well-lived in progress
  • 02:02:28 – Free resources and ongoing project