Science, Soul, and the Spirit of Nature: Leading Thinkers on the Restoration of Man and Creation

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By Irene Van Lippe-Biesterfeld

Publisher : Inner Traditions/Bear & Company

ABOUT Irene Van Lippe-Biesterfeld

Irene van Lippe-Biesterfeld
Irene van Lippe-Biesterfeld, princess of the Netherlands, is a social reformer and honorary member of the international think-tank The Club of Budapest. She manages a nature reserve in South Africa and is the author of several books, including Dialogue with Nature.



An exploration of the relationship between humans and nature through conversations with 12 leading scientific and social visionaries

• Explores the importance of the unification of humankind and nature as it relates to creation, destruction, diversity, and the spiritual health of the world

• Contains interviews with Rupert Sheldrake, Jane Goodall, and Nobel Peace Prize-winner Rigoberta Menchú Tum, among others

Society’s attitude toward nature has changed considerably over the years. Terms pertaining to the anthropocentric paradigm of "mankind in charge," such as supervisor or owner, have been replaced by caretaker or trustee. This approach, although more appropriate, still indicates a complete separation of humankind from nature. Yet increasing numbers of people have begun to feel that they are intrinsically part of nature. This concept of unity with the natural world--that we are nature--is gaining momentum among many innovative social reformers from many diverse fields.

In Science, Soul, and the Spirit of Nature, Irene van Lippe-Biesterfeld interviews 12 respected visionary thinkers, representing all continents, about their deep connection with the earth and their views on the relationship between humanity and nature. Presented as a series of thought-provoking conversations, this book delves deeply into the many conceptions we hold about nature, showing that while many strides have been made in the area of its preservation, we must now take the next step. Each contributor adds insights into the urgent change in consciousness that we must adopt in order to heal and restore our holistic relationship with the earth that was emblematic of the first peoples--reminding us that a separation from and destruction of nature is a spiritual destruction of ourselves.

"Princess Irene’s understanding reaches to the deepest layers of the human psyche--the depths where we not only think but actually feel our oneness with nature."
Ervin Laszlo, author of Science and the Akashic Field

"The compilation of these interviews is enlightening, as well as sincerely thought provoking. Each contributor brings a unique cultural and social perspective as well as unique understanding to the definition of what our place is on this earth and with the world, in general."
Sonia von Matt Stoddard, Awareness, Mar-Apr 2006

"Each contributor adds insights into the urgent change in consciousness that we need to heal and restore our holistic relationship with the earth."
Lotus Guide, May-June 2006

"Not only does the book stimulate our thoughts, instigate our awareness, but it also presents essential and drastic measures and steps that need to be taken in order to prevent the destruction of Nature, which also includes, ourselves.:"
Sheela Bhojwani, East and West Series, Vol. 49 No. 11, Nov 2007