Speaking Up

It can be challenging for those of us on a consciousness path to move into the political arena.

Firstly, because we understand that real change doesn’t come from outside, but from within.  After the 60’s and 70’s, many people realized that they needed to do the internal work first.  This being the case, why speak out?  Why demonstrate?

Because we are now more ready to build a new civilization based upon the principals of awareness and love.

And because…

“There comes a time when silence is betrayal.”
~Martin Luther King

“Cowardice asks the question: is it safe?
Expediency asks the question: is it politic?
Vanity asks the question: is it popular?
But conscience asks the question: is it right?
And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular- but one must take it simply because it is right.”
~Martin Luther King Jr.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
~Martin Luther King Jr.

And, as for joining in a demonstration or protest: numbers are the currency of change.
The masses are still followers.
Public opinion is swayed when others see the large numbers involved.
Isn’t it time to start speaking up?
Speak up but do it with love, my friends.  Don’t yell or get angry.  Do it like Gandhi, with a smile.  Do you remember his smile and warm eyes?  Even when speaking truth to power, he spoke from love.  We benefit by remembering that evil is just ignorance and lack of consciousness.

In a gentle way, you can shake the world.
Mohandas Gandhi

And as you speak, expect to be ignored, then mocked, then argued with… the pattern is this:

First they ignore you,
then they laugh at you,
then they fight you,
then you win.
Mohandas Gandhi

And as for politicians, remember this:

For me every ruler is alien that defies public opinion.
Mohandas Gandhi

Even those you have felt allegiance for must be called to account. Although it can seem meaningless, even small actions do count. Write emails and letters, sign petitions, & call…and always be kind and polite, but firm. Let them know what you expect of them.
The days of accepting corruption are over. It is said that people get the government that they deserve.

We’ll get the new society that we deserve if we care enough to create it.

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