Unseen Beings: How We Forgot the World Is More Than Human (Paperback)
'Unseen Beings is a magnificent, passionate, brilliantly written manifesto for our urgent reimagining of our relationship with every aspect of the creation… indispensable reading for anyone who longs for a just and balanced human future. Buy it and give it to everyone you know.' Andrew Harvey, author of The Hope
A revolutionary perspective on the climate catastrophe bridging history, philosophy, science, and religion.
You’ve heard the hard-hitting data and you’ve seen the documentaries. But what will it truly take for humanity to change? We will not tackle the climate catastrophe with data alone – we need new stories and new ways of seeing and thinking.
By drawing on traditional eco-philosophies and Buddhist wisdom, Erik Jampa Andersson offers an approach to our environmental emergency that will make us rethink the very nature of our existence on this incredible planet. Looking at the climate catastrophe through the framework of disease, Unseen Beings examines our ecological diagnosis, its historical causes and conditions and, crucially, its much-needed treatment, as well as exploring:
- how and why we constructed a human-centric worldview
- amazing recent discoveries around non-human intelligence
- how religious traditions have dealt with questions of nature, sentience and ecology
- critical connections between human health and environmental health
This book is a call to action. Climate anxiety has left many of us feeling confused and powerless, but there is another way. If we can recover our natural sense of enchantment and kinship with non-human beings, we may still find a path to build a better future.
About the Author
Erik Jampa Andersson, director and founder of Shrimala Healing Arts, is a Sowa Rigpa (healing) practitioner, student of Tibetan Buddhism and meditation instructor. www.shrimala.com
Unseen Beings is a magnificent, passionate, brilliantly written manifesto for our urgent reimagining of our relationship with every aspect of the creation before we destroy it and ourselves. Drawing on the latest scientific discoveries about animal and plant consciousness and also on indigenous wisdom and the truths of Tibetan Buddhism, Unseen Beings is that rarest of books – indispensable reading for anyone who longs for a just and balanced human future. Buy it and give it to everyone you know.
- Andrew Harvey, author of 'The Hope' and 'Radical Regeneration' with Carolyn Baker
"Unseen Beings is a profound and much-needed book that takes us beyond the important but numbing statistics of what’s occurring on our planet. Erik Jampa Andersson points out the underlying causes – our anthropocentrism and lack of awareness of the vital roles that unseen, but very much present, beings play in our lives – and the peril of ignoring them. He guides us toward practical ways to shift from our dualistic, selfish, human-centered fixation to include the interconnected web of all beings, seen and unseen. There is no more essential shift than this, and Erik Jampa Andersson has written a brilliant book that gives us a road map to true wholeness and recovery."
– Lama Tsultrim Allione, author of Wisdom Rising: Journey into the Mandala of the Empowered Feminine and founder of Tara Mandala