Spinning Threads of Radical Aliveness
By Miki Kashtan
Do you carry within you a longing for an entirely different world?
One which is aligned with our human needs, in which we collaborate with each other and the natural world, in which separation, scarcity, and powerlessness are a thing of the past?
If so, this book will give you an extraordinary gift by serving as a blueprint for how you can become a one-person model of what life could be like.
The key to this path is to radically change your relationship with your human needs, so that you can accept, even embrace them, and use them as guides for all your actions.Making needs central entirely reshapes how we relate to others.
Resolving conflicts, supporting each other, knowing how to love, offering each other feedback when our needs are not met, and just about every aspect of relationship take on a new light when filtered through the lens of human needs.
We shift from evaluating, judging, and the either/or way of living into an open-hearted commitment to make things work for everyone involved in any situation. This is no small task, since any social reality has mechanisms that make it resistant to change and that will continue to put pressure on each of us to adapt back into it.This book can serve as an inspiration for staying the course of this journey, an invitation to find or recover your individual ability to choose nonviolence in the face of difficult circumstances.
By challenging some core assumptions about the nature of being human and what is possible for humanity, and by inviting you into a luminous vision of a livable future, this book invites you on a new journey, one that can profoundly alter how you live, relate, and work.
Praise for Spinning Threads of Radical Aliveness
“A wonderful book that invites us to change the way we change ourselves, and thereby also the way we change the world.” – Victor Lee Lewis, Radical Resilience Institute
“A moving account of a life’s journey that is simultaneously personal, spiritual, moral, and political. It is remarkable for its depth of revelation, its intelligence, and its honesty.” – Neil J. Smelser, University Prof of Sociology Emeritus, UC Berkeley
“May it feed the fire of your heart as it has mine.” – Talli Jackson, dancer, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company
“More than a personal memoir, this book describes one woman’s countercultural journey of self-awareness and interpersonal empowerment. Miki Kashtan presents an urgent challenge to connect personal growth with social justice.” – Deborah van Deusen Hunsinger, Princeton Theological Seminary
“Miki Kashtan’s work is prophetic, passionate, precisely argued, and original. She is an authentic voice with a great deal to contribute to our urgent contemporary discussion on how to change our world. Read her.” – Andrew Harvey, author of The Hope: a Guide to Sacred Activism
“When I finished the book, I immediately started reading the book again. The book gives me hope for a future in which more needs of more people can be met more often, hope for a society in which there will be less violence and more love. It awakened enthusiasm and power in me to contribute, to explore what is possible with dialogue.” – Lennie Stappers, a young woman in the Netherlands