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Change The HEART Way

On Governance Reviews

“I think many of us get up in the morning dreading even a brief glance at the front page of a newspaper.  What is going on?  Our country’s political system has appeared to stop working, devolving into what only can be compared to a competition between two professional football teams. And the world looks even worse – economic collapse, starvation, car bombs placed beside elementary schools. With the resources, knowledge, science, sophisticated communications systems, and ability to quickly go anywhere on the planet, how could the world be so awful?  It seems it should be so much better for all of us. In her visionary book, “On Governance,” author Franca Baroni gets to the very heart (no pun intended) of the problem.  For countless centuries, we have gotten it wrong.  Our governments have been constructed within a frame of unrestricted rationalism, unconnected to any fellow feeling – Which Ms. Baroni terms “heart wisdom” – and premised on a completely negative view of human nature as “all against all”, which has then become self-fulfilling. Make no mistake.  This is a serious work of political and legal philosophy.  Chapter by chapter the author works through her alternative to current government and the life within it, moving from basic concepts and terminology to precise subjects like sovereignty, freedom, and war, labor, property, law, and many more. It is a fascinating book, a theoretical foundation on which to build a possible new (not utopian) world.  It is also an important book, offering a path to a world now wandering in confusion and (perhaps) self-destruction.  Clearly written with lovely graphics, I’d strongly recommend it to anyone who is sick of starting each day feeling helpless and hopeless.” - Professor John Mitchell, Seattle University School of Law

“When I first started reading “On Governance”, I realized that I needed to have a completely different approach to it.  It’s not so much a “book” as it is a revelation from another dimension. I write a great deal about the field of “Societal Transformation” — what will it take to shift our collective consciousness, so that we can create a world that works for all beings.  Franca’s work starts about two steps above that… what are the Sacred, Divine societal governance PATTERNS which will inform and shape our consciousness and our hearts? This is crucially important work.  Much of the “change” work that I see happening on the planet isn’t really change at all.  Without thinking deeply on the Sacred Pattern of governance, we can easily wind up exchanging one dysfunctional system with another. Those who yearn for “a society of the heart” would do well to study “On Governance.” - Dr. Sharif Abdullah, J.D, Founder, Commonway Institute, Portland

 

“This is an amazing, inspired book, that gives us hope for making the world a better place for all of us. Thank you, Franca, for your warmth and wisdom. This is “must” reading for all of us in the legal profession.” -Marjorie Carter, lawyer and mediator, St. Louis

 

“Your book is brilliant and your message vital and timely for our world community to seek peace, justice, freedom and mutual cooperation.” -Robert Mussehl, lawyer and mediator, Seattle

“I am reading ON GOVERNANCE. To see the personal journey to awakening overlaid on the collective journey thru the lens of governance is beyond brilliant. Very inspiring.” - Kerry Lindsay, Flat Rock, NC

 

“Franca Baroni writes from within the highest stage of evolutionary consciousness yet achieved by a critical mass of humans, as if it were afait accompli and everyone shares the accompanying values and behaviors.  She does not reveal the source of the teachings that have impelled her toward this thrilling evocation, but readers will recognize in her words the many advances in human understanding since ancient Greece and Rome. She doesn’t have to belabor the question whether the world is a machine or a living being.  From the science of the quantum and cosmology, she assumes without attribution to David Bohm, Brian Swimme, and others, that all beings are intimately interconnected, that integrity demands holding collective intent through the gap from the mutual activity of collapsing the wave of possibilities through to materializing the shared choice from the energetic field. She knows in her bones, if not by name, the work of Christopher Stone, Thomas Berry, Cormac Cullinan, and Thomas Linzey that property is a relationship, that the freedom of the land to engage in a mutually beneficial relationship with other beings bears sacred respect, and that humans as a collective must fulfill a native responsibility to others living in our home planet.  The current buzz castigating corporations does not phase her one bit; she expects them to belly up to the bar of Cor Publicum alongside the rest of us and not only behave, but help create what Jean Houston calls the Possible Society. Franca imbues her vision of Law and governance with an embodied understanding of advances in physiology, in tandem with sacred teachings, that heart and mind together act as one and transparently, in resonance with and for service to all.  Without mentioning Pierre Teillard de Chardin or Jean Gebser, she intuits the progression of human cultures toward something like an Omega Point.  And, most essentially, she shifts our bearings from the Thing that is shared (Res Publica) to the Heart that is shared!  All of this within the Sacred Geometry of a pyramid restored to structural integrity, within a circle, spinning energetically to birth forms of governance unique to individuated communities and their chosen life together. Anyone who has tried to announce a new jurisprudence will have encountered Einstein’s truism, that you cannot solve a problem from the mindset that created it. And I must admit that the book is a challenge for me to read, to which I return and return.  For if I know anything in these bones that have been dragged from courtroom to courtroom over a lifetime career, it is that our current legal system must shift before its morphic field  grinds human existence into the detritus it has unwittingly created.  Enough already! Bravo for giving us a vision of Law and governance from within the farther reaches of our human evolution!” - Libby Comeaux, lawyer, Denver, CO

 “According to the latest statistics, 500,000 books were published last year.  Very, very, very few of these books become bestsellers.  Fewer still become Really Important Books —  important, because they present truly groundbreaking ideas that create a context for something that hasn’t existed before.  Franca Baroni’s recently published book, ON GOVERNANCE, Cor Publicum:  The Evolution of Res Publica, I believe, is just such a book.  If I were given to hyperbole, I just might call it the most important political philosophy book for our new century.  It is written with the firm yet delicate clarity of someone who is comfortable in both the spiritual and practical domains. In the practical linear domain, Franca holds a J.D. equivalent and a doctorate in law from the University of Basle, Switzerland, and a master’s in comparative law (L.L.M.) from the University of Miami.  She is a member of the New York Bar since 1999 and a member of the Swiss Bar since 1997, and is certified as a mediator with the Supreme Court of Florida.  However — and you will see this when you read this book — she is attuned to a much Higher and deeper Law, and she articulately makes the connection between Universal Law, natural law, and practical governance.  She calls this new “fractal” of Universal Law, Cor Publicum(the heart of the people), and it is — surprise, surprise — based on love, coherence and harmonic resonance. On Governance gets right to the heart of the matter — which is the matter of the heart — and applies heart wisdom to the monumental task of healing the body politic.  This book speaks with deep articulate clarity, and will enlighten millions who now feel hopeless about our endarkened political situation.  Rather than resisting what is, it lights the pathway for designing the new.  This amazingly clear book is at the heart of reuniting America.    As veil after veil is lifted away from the illusion of self-governance we have today, what will be needed to metabolize the outrage is a practical, spiritual foundation for what we desire instead. On Governance does that.” - Steve Bhaerman, co-author, Spontaneous Evolution: Our Positive Future and a Way to Get There From Here (with Bruce Lipton),Reuniting America: A Toolkit for Changing the Political Game (with Joseph McCormick), Santa Rosa, CA

“This is a sourcebook for the new social contract based in the emerging consciousness of the intelligent heart. Every paragraph if not every sentence is an aphorism, a statement of principle worthy of study and meditation.  The inspiration seems to come from an advanced space of heart wisdom indeed. This book is going to be a collectors item I am sure in addition to setting off an evolution.” - Wendell Fitzgerald, President of the Henry George School San Francisco, CA

“On Governance is astonishing. It is the richest single repository of wisdom regarding our collective agreement I have ever encountered.” - Timothy Nobles, author, Ashland

“If you read just one book this year, you will not want to miss this one. From the first word, I felt a deep and joyful resonance in my heart and being. The authority of universal truth and love transcends the words and pages of Cor Publicum, making this a living document that is vital for our world. As we move into a time where it is crucial that we find new ways to govern, work and live together, ON GOVERNANCE will be our primer. The wisdom, clarity and simplicity of this book will reside in your heart, reminding you of what you already know.” - Jane Faulkner, J.D, Coach&Facilitator, Seattle

 

“Your book feels important – because I know of no other framework or expression like it, that combines or synthesizes so many of these emerging new elements, in such a broadly inclusive way, combining not only the deep spiritual intuition of co-creative flow, but also framing these ideas in a way that can work in the critical context of politics and democracy. Many spiritual people today are becoming aware of the broad spiritual principles you describe.  These ideas are grounded in an array of spiritual and “new thought” movements.  At this level, these ideas are emerging with great force and influence – but it is much more rare to take the next step, and see how an entire society might be guided by these principles. From my point of view – this is very powerful.  Or, perhaps I should say, this can be and should become very powerful…I am fascinated by the content, the vision – and what seem to me to be “the political possibilities” that are inherent within your writing.  I am excited and grateful that you have brought these elements together, and have done it so well, with such deep sensitivity.” - Bruce Schuman, Santa Barbara, CA

 

“This book has really changed my life and I thank you and bestow all the blessings I can find upon you and its proliferation.  If I wasn’t having sciatica and hip pain, I think I would be walking 2 feet off the ground.  Our book group has adopted it for the next reading and my hope is that a mini-collective will become and experience what we are reading about. Thank you again.” - Jill Iles, Talent, OR

“I ordered Franca’s book as soon as it was available and I am loving it! It is absolutely engrossing. I’d highly recommend this to anyone – not just the politically-minded. There is an approach within the pages that goes beyond politics and hits at core truths… a very rare find. Get the book and get ready to let it sink in deep.” - Kevin Jolly, videographer/activist, Seattle, WA

Act in the Public Heart Reviews

Denver Guild for Sacred Studies, 2018

“No other lawyer could present a more forceful and eloquent argument for being in touch with the pulse within ourselves and within our community, than Franca Baroni’ s moving one-woman show.” - William Downing, Former King County Superior Court Judge, Current Arbitrator & Mediator at JAMS

“As an attorney and then law professor, rational, analytic thought have been my bread and butter. But after watching this powerful – and very entertaining- extremely personal performance, I left genuinely intrigued about the potential of heart wisdom in our legal system.” - John Mitchell, Professor Emeritus Seattle University School of Law

“As good a one-person-performance as you’ll ever see. It might change your life, it changed mine.” - Rice Yeaboah-Baker, Author & Mediator & Actor& Athlete

“It was great fun. So relevant right now in the crazy times we live in.” - Dwayne Epp, Architect

“Franca Baroni’s Act In the Public Heart resonated powerfully within my own heart, particularly as a childhood survivor whose own heart has begun the exhilarating, and at times frightening, process of opening up and connecting with the ‘public heart.’ I highly recommend it for all, for those whose hearts are open, for those who yearn for their hearts to be open, and for anyone who has ever felt the need to seek deeper connections, both personally and professionally.”  M.T., Lawyer

“The show was wonderful and plants the seed for a new orientation and focus that is life changing.” Gabrielle Schneck, Lawyer

“In a world that can feel disconnected, limiting and callous, Franca Baron’s piece galvanized me to show up in my life with a renewed sense of openness, courage and zest to metaphorically and physically get out of my chair and dance. Act in the Public Heart was thrilling, refreshing, raw, courageous, playful and deeply moving.” Rianna Hidalgo, Student

“Brave, brilliant, uplifting performance!” Mari Salinas, Playwright & Actor

“Act in the Public Heart is like a good movie that keeps you thinking long after. Extraordinary, fantastic.” Shadia David, Business Owner

“This show was fantastic. It will inspire you to think in different ways about the heart and human condition. Highly recommend!” Monique Love-Broker, Business Owner

“This was the most brave, true, powerful and empowering show I have ever seen”. Diana Fairbank, Cinematic VR; Writer, Director, Producer, Actor

“I laughed and cried, the show is brave and sheds light on the human aspect of immigration law and the importance of adopting a holistic approach to the practice of law. Attorneys should see this show!” Melissa Campos, Lawyer

“Franca Baroni’ s soul-baring performance is riveting. The power and grace in her vulnerability inspire hope and action!” Mavis Tsai, Associate Director, Center for Social Connection, University of Washington

“Act In The Public Heart is an artfully delivered timely statement about the importance of society’s need to inform both our public policy and personal deliberations and actions with the wisdom of what it means to be fully human.” Susanne Marie Bruyere, Director, Employment & Disability Institute at Cornell University, NY

“Franca’s truth, conveyed with such an authentic, alive spirit, dares all of us to leap into the next level of consciousness- the next stage of evolution, collectively centered in the public heart. I am touched and inspired by this teaching that she brings for the transformation of all of us this planet.” Robin Maynard-Dobb, Coach

“Franca provides irrefutable evidence that vulnerability is strength not weakness and that the truths born of embodied experience and loving awareness can transcend mental and material constructs that may be imposed by family, tradition, and institutions.” Vivek Bahl, Community College Professor

“Franca’s physical comedy powers, coupled with the rare ability to dance her stories as she tells them, made her journey deeply engrossing, enchanting, and even electrifying.” Margaret O’Donnell, Lawyer & Playwright

“Nimble, deft, wonderful and transformative, a flawless solo performance.” Terrell Dorsey, CEO & Founder, UTB: Unleash The Brilliance

“I cried during your show and after. And felt so uplifted.” Deli Moussavi-Bock, Business & Leadership Developer

“It was a masterpiece and brilliant.” Angela Meeks, Accountant

Trainings Reviews

Dr. Baroni is a rare and exquisite gem of a woman, with equal and generous portions of intellect and insight. She is an old soul with rare gifts of keen intellectual perception and a magnificent, receptive and open heart. I have seen first-hand, on many occasions, and have experienced myself, the stirring and generative effect she has on people. This is her gift. She has considered things greatly, she has plumbed the depths. She has emerged with a point of view and a manifesto. Personally, I hope she will accept the mantel of a considered and rational spokesperson for the entire human race. The challenges we’ve created are beyond us. She is poised to become a visible and respected spokesperson, on behalf of us all. Danae Loran, Mediator

 

Dr. Baroni has a vast knowledge of her subject and is passionate about empowering people to go beyond their perceived limitations and access the wisdom in their being. She simplifies material that could be intellectual and complex and bring it to us in a simple direct applicable way.  I have been to many workshops and I can say that in the short time she had, this was one of the best. I loved how she effortlessly brought out our participation. She embodies what she teaches.  Robin Maynard-Dobbs, Aware Eating Coach

"Franca’s Resilience training is amazing. Some of my staff also participated and it just so happened that on that day we were feeling particularly down and this training really brought our mood back up and gave us new energy to continue working for our clients.  The breathing techniques are really useful and made an difference in my energy level.  I highly recommend this training for yourself and your staff." - Melissa Campos-Castaneda, Lawyer

 

"I attended her training and was glad I did. I think it's a breath of fresh air we could probably all use right now, it is something very valuable that's very needed right now. I think there are a ton of people who need this in regular times. so much more now." - Brad Brown, Lawyer

 

"Life Is 10% What Happens To You And 90% How You React", Franca's one hour introductions course definitely reminds us that we are in charge of our reactions, of our level of happiness, acceptance by intentional change via heart way. Grateful for the course." - Oresta Rzhiskiy, Lawyer

"Franca Baroni’s program “Mindless Practice for Lawyers” is an innovative program that brings tools for peace, harmony and calmness.  She offers groundbreaking tools that make sense. While other programs geared towards lawyers may teach us what to do with our brains, Dr. Baroni’s program connects us to our core with our hearts.  I fully endorse this program and think it should be practiced by all lawyers. I was in a deeply relaxed space for several days after the program and I have been using her tools ever since.  In her program, you connect on a deeper level and melt into harmony with your fellow lawyers."  Michele Carney, Lawyer

Feminine Leadership Coaching

Ally Lozano, Award-Winning Lawyer and Business Leader

Barbara Badolati, Entrepreneur, Business Coach

"During her coaching sessions via video conference, Franca is vividly present and highly perceptive. She holds a rich space for insight and taps into clear, immediate guidance from all planes. Energy and thoughts move and shift quickly. I feel holistically seen, heard, and inspired, in a conversation that engages my whole self. Franca connects me to my greater potential through her keen embodied awareness of the  field of Feminine Energy and the Field of the Public Heart. It’s a unique and delightful experience to work with Franca." - Susanne Van Der Meer, Lawyer

Intuitive Session Reviews

Franca served as a conduit of healing source for me.  Each session with her was powerful and effective unto itself; multiple sessions have had a synergistic effect. Often I had no set goal in mind as a desired outcome. I just trusted the connection between us; and sure enough, during our sessions and afterward, magic happens.  The shifts that have occurred within me cannot be described in mere words.  One must experience her work in order to know the skill of her craft. - Brenda Miller, Radical Awareness Coach, Seattle, WA

Franca Baroni is a gifted healer.  Her guided meditations are a magical journey, which lead you into the very heart of your being. Through her sessions, Franca is seemingly able to lift the energy shrouds that keep you stuck and free you of unnecessary baggage so you can move forward on your path. - Robin Rothenberg, Founder Essential Yoga Therapy, Fall City, WA

Franca was able to simultaneously comfort me while diving deep into my vulnerable core. Her healing and intuitive wisdom released negative build-up that had been disabling. Just days after our session, I returned to LA with positive, creative action. I started my own sketch comedy troupe, began writing 3 children’s books and was able to gently release unimportant draining relationships. - Farah Vamvakitis, Los Angeles, CA

Franca’s healings have granted me a fuller and more committed life. I now live in higher thresholds of joy and abundance than I ever thought possible. - LJC, Washington DC

At the age of 42, my sister was diagnosed with cancer.  One of my favorite things to do for my sister during her illness was driving her to the sessions with Franca because I saw the difference Franca’s magic had on her emotional well-being instantly. I am forever grateful to her for giving my sister the strength and comfort she so desperately needed during the most difficult time in her life. - Ricca Poll, Mercer Island, WA

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