For today — and for every day of our lives, the (r)evolution continues. The US Presidential election is over, We have installed a centrist democrat technocrat for another term, and we can all breathe a sigh of relief that basic human rights will not be completely eliminated in America. But corporate polluters, banksters, and every other organization of unconsciousness — have not gone away in the least bit – this is NOT the time to rest easy…It is time to continue to be love in action.
Every aspect of our society that is showing signs of disease is suffering from one problem: a lack of LOVE.
A conscious person would never knowingly do the following:
- dump oil into our oceans
- slash social safety nets for the poor, the unemployed, the elderly, and the sick
- willfully outsource jobs just to line their own pockets
- mindlessly destroy the rainforest, the “lungs’ of the planet
- cause unprecidented wildlife extinctions
- destroy forests and wildlife
- write laws that discriminate against specific groups of people
- invade other countries for corporate gain
- fight against education and justice
- create an industrial food system based upon toxic pesticides and untested GMOs
- fund efforts to keep the citizens unaware of all the above
- knowingly support of any of the above
Consciousness honors life, and therefore honors our home planet that creates and sustains life. Consciousness expands into love. Consciousness supports justice, creative expression, truth, honest, and a fair and sustainable society.
And how many conscious individuals does it take to make a difference? To start with, just one…. YOU.
Social and economic justice have a head start in countries like Bhutan and the Northern European Socialist Democracies, which consistently are rated the top happiest countries in the world. But in the US and much of the rest of the world, we are far behind. Even as I write this, global environmental destruction continues, unnecessary starvation plagues much of the world, entire nations continue to be held hostage by the global banking cartel, Bradley Manning remains imprisoned, reproductive rights remain oppressive in many US states, the Christian Taliban has not gone away (even though, thankfully, this election removed many of its members from positions of legislative power over the rest of us). The Military Industrial Complex continues to profit from the suffering and misery of humankind.
The good news? LOVE is unlimited. YOU are the CHANGE we need. And there are millions of individuals who are on the same positive wavelength right now.
It’s actually quite amazing.
There is an excellent article on Nation of Change that discusses the fact that we in the US must now take on the Democrats, and that, thankfully, it will be easier than taking on the heavily Authoritarian and ideologically unmoveable Teapublicans. For this, we can be grateful.
I supported voting for Obama on the grounds that social movements are stronger when they can battle against tepid centrists in office than when forced into rear-guard battles against elected conservatives with a rabid desire to attack unions, curtail reproductive rights, and shred the social safety net. Taking on Democrats, we can be bolder, more imaginative, less reactive. Moreover, people are less tempted to think that changing politicians will be an adequate remedy.
So, you see, voting is only a first step, and it’s a small step. (I mean no disrespect to those empowered Democratic voters in swing states, where Republican voter intimidation and suppression was unbelievably, out-of-the-closet Jim-Crow style racist . These voters stood in lines up to 9 hours – some in Florida were in line until 2AM — just to be able to vote. They deserve our respect, honor and gratitude for their bravery, determination, and tenacity.)
But still, voting is NOT enough. The creative work of evolving a new society continues with each one of us EVERY DAY.
There are still those on a consciousness-expanding path who eschew politics, not wanting to sully their energy with the temptations to get negative, or to otherwise engage in an ego-based game. Respectfully, it is 2012. A new era is upon us, my friends. It is time to get off the yoga mat and into put all that consciousness and love into action.
It’s the blending of consciousness with loving action that makes real CHANGE. Just as some believe that “working on themselves” is an end unto itself, others believe that only protest and community action has any meaning. When really, we are most effective when the outer and inner are united: when we are fully engaged in living a conscious, compassionate life. And that means we participate in every realm – every day.
The wonderful surprise is that Conscious Action becomes our biggest joy, as well as our biggest challenge.
The challenge for progressives is..to foster and highlight the long work of extending democracy into daily practice. This is where realists who voted to avert Republican rule and radicals who abstained should agree.
For my part, I’m glad at the election’s outcome, and also glad to move on. On Election Day, opting for the lesser evil was the right call. The rest of our days, we have common cause with those who refuse to settle for evil.
A society is made up of all of US. All of our energies, beliefs, thoughts, projections, emotions, and actions weave together to create it, and to change it.
Every change that has come before has come from a blend of changing consciousness and action. Once slavery was considered OK by most citizens of the US. Compassionate citizens who were opposed to it were relatively few; slavery was simply accepted as the social “norm”, or perhaps a ‘necessary evil”. Then, slowly, increasing numbers of people began to feel differently. The meme of respect and compassion took on a life of its own. Compassion spread, as did countless small actions. Each small act built into bigger social actions of support for escaped slaves and protest against barbarism. The underground railroad took direct action. Eventually a political shift followed. How did the change happen? it was a blend of consciousness and action.
Note that this shift was not easy or painless. Countless lives were lost. In this shift, we strive to make changes with grace. To “gentle the birth.” But countless protestors have been beaten, imprisoned, and vilified in the press. This change, too, is not without sacrifice. But to be effective…we must do everything with LOVE.
This graphic links to a simple pledge that for the three days around Winter Solstice, we pledge to speak, write, and act only in LOVE. It’s a tiny thing, yet how powerful. Sign on and check out how many others will focus this intent at the same time.