Posts in Spiritual Activism
The 4th chakra and the spiritual revolution

Revolutions throughout history have a reputation for being loud, violent, bloody, and not always leading to a reliable outcome, depending on your point of view.

Revolutions come in many forms, and each one is unique. The word ‘revolution’ itself has a number of definitions, including this one: “a fundamental change in the way of thinking about or visualizing something: a change of paradigm”.

No matter your current age, you have lived through some form of revolution. In the early 21st century, you will continue to do so daily. Transformation and evolution are happening swiftly, all around us, all over the world.

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Social change is a consciousness issue

It may begin with a wish, a new picture for a better way of living.

Perhaps there is a deep desire to let go of the status quo, because it simply doesn’t work anymore. It’s time to get out of the way – here comes the future. It’s evolution, baby!

Revolution comes from within. Before any social change is created in the outer world, in the United States and abroad, it first of all begins within. True revolution is not imposed on us from some force ‘out there’. We create it; when we are ready for new growth and change, it comes easily.

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Notes on being a spiritual activist

Spiritual activism is about consciousness.

When you become conscious about something, any energy that was stuck before you became conscious starts to move. The more consciousness you embrace, the more you decide to become aware, the more movement happens. You become a spiritual activist. Change follows quickly.

All change begins within, sometimes starting out quietly, rumbling in the background.

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A spiritual hello can help remind you of who you really are

You may already know how good it feels to receive a real hello.

When someone gives you a true, non-judgmental hello, she or he is giving you a spiritual hello. That person is saying hello to the true you, and that can be a beautiful feeling, and a healing for you.

When another person says hello to you, to the real you, it feels nice. You are welcomed and included, you are being seen. You’re being acknowledged for existing as you are right here and now, and for having value.

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The personal is political is spiritual

Your consciousness changes the world in which you live.

When you decide to wake up and become aware, that simple action changes your world.

Of course, once you do all that, you’ll find it very difficult to go back to sleep and ignore what’s happening around you, or worse, pretend it isn’t. Even if it’s hard to know, it’s harder to be unconscious.

We certainly live in an illuminating time, which isn’t to say that it’s easy here on earth.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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