Posts in Spiritual Activism
My new American Dream has room for everyone

There is a big rescue effort underway in the United States to bring back the American Dream and save the endangered species known as the middle class.

According to sources, this species has been under attack since approximately 1980, and is in danger of becoming extinct.

The middle class has apparently had its version of the American Dream stomped on and severely damaged by strong opponents. The attacks continue to this day, and the Middle Class is fighting for its life.

A note to the Middle Class in the United States of America: it is never an easy thing to go through such big growing pains.

Life has changed very radically for you in such a short time. When you were just a generation or so into your evolution, you created an idea, a Dream that every generation would achieve and have More than the previous one did.

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Bring your spirit to the revolution

Many years ago, when I was in my 20's, my friends and I would talk about the revolution that was to come.

We believed that things weren't right, there was so much pain on earth, and that the coming revolution would make everything fair and peaceful.

Our picture was that things were going to change for the better on planet earth, someday.

We had a vague notion that life as we knew it would have to go away, so that a new way of being could come into existence, and that it might get messy first. But it would be totally worth it because life would become easier and more fair for the people who'd been suffering. Plus all the mean people would somehow go away too.

We believed that our own lives would improve only after the outside world got better.

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The transformational power of love

The energy of love has great power to transform each human being on this planet.

So does the energy of hate.

In order to work its magic, love needs human beings to agree to have it, be it, become it.

In order to work its pain and terror, hate also needs human beings to agree to it, and to become it.

Love is a happy energy. The power of love is that it validates, soothes, heals, gives. Love is inclusive, community building, joyful.

Hate is miserable, closed minded, invalidating, divisive, sickening.

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Why I am consciously optimistic

Consciousness is awareness. Deciding to be conscious is a choice.

Sometimes it seems like there is no reason to be optimistic, and that choosing optimism is a delusional act.

When you become aware of what's really going on around you, and allow yourself to finally see clearly, it can often seem bleak, at first. What's worse is that you might have to let go of some of your cherished illusions, the ones in which you really immersed yourself.

You may have to destroy old ways of seeing and being, if you want to become fully aware of what’s happening inside of you and around you. Destruction and disillusion are part of becoming conscious.

This can be painful and frightening, which is why consciousness isn’t always easy. It can be difficult to look a painful truth in the face, and acknowledge that what you thought was real, isn’t, and that what you believed to be true, is actually a lie.

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Optimism is a revolutionary and spiritual choice

I am an optimist, happily so. I’ve been one my whole life, and expect to continue.

I feel fortunate and grateful that I tend to look on the sunny side, even when there’s nothing but clouds. If the glass looks empty, I have no doubt it’ll fill up again. This attitude has brought me many blessings and happy things, as well as more reasons to be optimistic.

Just because I choose optimism as my default setting, doesn’t mean I’m there all the time, not by a long shot. And it doesn’t mean I’m not afraid. 

Some days I wake up and find it necessary to sweep and sculpt myself back into a happier shape, bit by bit. Some days I don’t go there at all, but, optimistically, I know I will again tomorrow, or the next day. In other words, my optimism takes work, consciousness, and lots of faith and trust. It doesn’t just happen without my participation.

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Wanted: those who are capable of visualizing peace, beauty, and love

A funny thing happened on the way to building a new world.

It became clear that in order to create a brand new way of doing things, a whole lot of destruction had to happen.

Some of the destruction was necessary just to wake people up so that they could remember why they even chose to be on the earth in human form to begin with.

If you are living unconsciously, it’s hard to see the truth of what is happening, or who you are.

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Are you responsible for healing the planet (and everyone on it)?

I've been asked this question many times: “I want to make a difference and heal the planet. To help others. What are my responsibilities on this planet?”

This is one of my very favorite topics, since I have much in common with those who have taken on a lot of responsibility. I was raised to be responsible, for everything and everyone.

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Would you like to help create the future?

Everything begins with energy. An idea is energy, as is a vision.

A strong image is a powerful thing. If you don’t believe me, go ask the advertising industry. Your vision can create the future.

If you’re interested in influencing and changing the way people see things, and how they might act in return, you’ll need a compelling vision or image to show them. People respond to imagery, and often do so unconsciously, emotionally, or instinctively.

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