On one level, itï¿½s really complex. Thereï¿½s all of this debate about what exactly the problem is, and how it started, and how it can be resolved, and whether or not thereï¿½s even a problem at all. But on another level, itï¿½s really simple. You see, believe it or not, each of us has a brilliant light shining within us. In fact, each of us IS a great light of divine humanity, just waiting to brighten the world with the brilliance of our reason, our emotion, and our will. The greatest potentials of humanity are already alive and shining within us, urging us as individuals, as communities, as societies, to rise and realize who we are and why weï¿½re on this planet. In order to create a greater life for ourselves and each other, all that we have to do is let our light shine. Let it shineï¿½ let it shineï¿½ let it shineï¿½
Over the past several years, one of the big roles that Iï¿½ve played in the community on many occasions is the role of informal community diplomat or ambassador. Anyone who knows me (or knows OF me) is quick to realize that most of my beliefs and some of my practices are very different from the ï¿½status quo,ï¿½ or the ï¿½dominant paradigm,ï¿½ or whatever else youï¿½d like to call the existing system of inner and outer consciousness. And yet, on a good day, I behave in a very civil manner toward advocates of this system, seeking at every turn to listen to people with opposing viewpoints and communicate my perspective to them in a respectful and mutually agreeable way.
Why am I so civil to people, even when I see some of them as engaging in forms of serious harm to others? First of all, I feel a deep respect for the sanctity of all living beings, regardless of what actions they may currently be engaging in. Second, I feel that engaging people through respectful humanizing dialog rather than bitter dehumanizing attacks is a much more effective method of communicating my points. Finally, I realize that Iï¿½ve been wrong in the past, and that I donï¿½t have all of the answers. This allows me to advocate in favor of my position while keeping my personal arrogance and aggression to a minimum. Itï¿½s not about meï¿½ itï¿½s about the vision, and whether or not the vision really does have the power to improve our lives.
So, I tend to be very civil in my dialog with people of differing viewpoints. And when it comes to my conversations with so-called ï¿½opponents,ï¿½ I still intend to maintain most of the gentleness and civility that people who know me have come to know and love.
But Iï¿½ve also come to realize that if people like me spend all of our time engaging in this style of gentle dialog toward opposing viewpoints, without anything more passionate and critical shared among people of a like mind, then this revolution will never happen. Iï¿½ve gone to great lengths to honor and serve the light that I see within others ï¿½ but if I donï¿½t let my own light shine, then all of this work may have been for nothing.
Let me be clear here: I am a revolutionary. I am a revolutionary, and I am seeking to encourage and participate in the rise of a revolutionary movement that will ultimately transform the entire world for the better. Since Iï¿½m a man of peace, and a man who focuses on my own quirky brand of community involvement, I think that people often forget just how ï¿½radicalï¿½ my perspectives really are. But at the end of the day, all of this talk of gradual, incremental, non-violent change adds up to the creation of a personal, social, economic, political, and ecological reality that is radically different than what exists today. Iï¿½ve devoted my life to the development and pursuit of this vision ï¿½ and now, Iï¿½m calling on you to do the same.
Yes, Iï¿½m calling on YOU to become a revolutionary. Some of you already ARE revolutionaries, and are probably doing more for the revolution than I ever will. But in order for any sort of positive revolutionary change to happen, we need as many people as possible to do as much as possible to empower themselves, each other, and the planet as a whole. And YOU are one of the people who can make that happen.
I know what you may be thinking. Maybe youï¿½ve got a full-time job; maybe youï¿½ve got a family to support; maybe you feel tired, or sick, or old, or weak, or scared. Maybe you think that you donï¿½t have the time, or the energy, or the money, or the knowledge, or the power to make a difference in the world.
But you DO! Thereï¿½s some unique and vital contribution that you can make to the overall effort to create a better world. You donï¿½t necessarily have to quit your job, sell all of your material possessions, and head out into the woods to become some sort of socio-eco-superhero who has transcended the dominant paradigm. If thatï¿½s your passion, then go for it. But maybe your passion involves raising children with good social and ecological values, or using communications technology to foster free thinking, or supporting cooperative businesses and housing, or even just singing and dancing so that other people who share your values will remember the world of joy and love that theyï¿½re working together to create. Either way, you already have the power to be a revolutionary. All that remains is for you to listen to your inner calling and answer it with an emphatic ï¿½YES!ï¿½
With that said, I have some good news about my own revolutionary passion. My next book, Earth Conscious Revolution, will be released on August 1 of this year. This book is at the heart of my renewed effort to support, unify, and radicalize the emerging movement of new revolutionary consciousness thatï¿½s already rising all around us. As part of this ongoing campaign, Iï¿½m calling for the people of Southern Illinois to gather at the Town Square Pavillion on June 21 for a day of music, speakers, and interactive community dialog. At this event, I will share a sneak preview of the strategies and tactics outlined in my upcoming book. I will also call on other speakers from groups in our region to talk about what theyï¿½re doing and how they see it as fitting into the overall goal of fostering a society of social justice, ecological integrity, economic prosperity, and political freedom here in Southern Illinois.
For a long time now, people who share similar social and ecological visions have been on the defensive, focusing all of our time into a scattered array of single-issue campaigns designed to defend against the rise of what I consider to be a militant fascist movement right here in the U.S. of A. Many of these defensive campaigns have slowed, stopped, or even reversed the relentless march of the machinery of destruction and domination. Without these campaigns in defense of peace, justice, freedom, cooperation, and the health of the planet, many of us wouldnï¿½t even be here. But now, the time has come for us to stop reacting and start acting. The time has come for us to turn the tides on the slow but steady march into fascism. The time has come for us to take all of the frustrations that weï¿½re experiencing on a personal, socio-economic, and political level and channel them into an intense, focused, brilliant flame that fuels our drive toward revolution in all spheres of life.
In other words, the time has come for us to commit ourselves fully ï¿½ body, mind, heart, and spirit ï¿½ to the creation of a society that embodies our social and ecological principles. The challenges ahead are great, but the only way that weï¿½ll get through them is by rising to meet them. Right here, right now, we must step forward with our deepest visions for a better life so that we will meet the challenges on our own terms, in our own way, on the path to a world of our own co-creation. Otherwise, if we continue to simply stand our ground while the forces of fascism slowly but surely nudge us further and further back from our destination, we will soon find ourselves without any ground to stand on, surrounded by the hopeless ruins of our dreams.
A lot of people probably still donï¿½t think that itï¿½s time to take such an unabashedly proactive approach to revolution. But I can feel it in my bonesï¿½ I can see it in the eyes of kindred spiritsï¿½ I can hear it in the cries of death and despair issuing from the mouths of those who live outside of my relatively privileged bubble. Problems such as war, poverty, patriarchy, ecocide, and domination in all of its forms have existed for as long as we can remember. But throughout history, there has always come a time when the tides turn, and the people take dramatic action to transform their circumstances for the better.
That time is now.
So, what do we do? When June 21 comes around, Iï¿½ll be sharing all sorts of more specific details of the approach to revolution that Iï¿½m advocating. In the meantime, let me just say that one of the most revolutionary things that you can do right now is to just LIVE.
The most revolutionary potentials of humanity are already alive and well inside of you. But a lifetime of social conditioning, economic coercion, ecological devastation, and other methods of control have distracted you from your own natural tendency to live in harmony with yourself, your community, and the planet. In order to wipe away all of that conditioning, take the time right now to figure out how you can get more in touch with who you truly are, deep down inside, and how you can bring that inner light of yours out into the world more freely.
Sit under a tree. Read a good book. Listen to some good music. Watch a good movie. Spend time with your closest friends and family. Do something thatï¿½s fun, social, quirky, and doesnï¿½t cost a dime. Write down your dreams and see if you can figure out what they mean. Tell your best friends stories about what life will be like after the revolution, and urge them to return the favor. Go to the meeting of at least one community group whose goals you support but never seem to get involved in. If you canï¿½t think of any group like that, start a new one! Once every hour, stop for one minute (or even 15 seconds) to pause, close your eyes, take a few deep breaths, and listen to your deepest desires and dreams. Then, when the opportunity arises, act on these, your heartï¿½s greatest passions, without hesitation or regret.
These are just a few completely random suggestions for how to get in touch with your own power of transformation in your life and your community. I have plenty of plans for how each of us can organize these sorts of activities into a deep, powerful, strategic campaign for revolution that goes beyond anything Iï¿½ve presented in my past work. For the first public glimpse of those strategies, I encourage you to attend the Earth Conscious Revolution event coming up on June 21. In the meantime, though, I have every confidence that thereï¿½s some deep truth about yourself and your revolutionary potential thatï¿½s hidden just beneath the surface of your everyday life. So close your eyes, take a deep breath, and listen to the wisdom of your body, your mind, your heart, your spirit, and your planet. You may be surprised to discover just how powerful the children of the Earth really are.