Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Sacred Activism - Why I Stand in the "Eye of the Hurricane"


John Lennon's song Imagine is a song of sacred activism
The eye of the hurricane is that still calm center surrounded by turbulent winds. As a metaphor, it works for me as to how I show up and choose to be with news and world events.

On November 12 2016, the day after the election, I posted some modified lyrics from the song Imagine by John Lennon on Facebook. The whole country was in an intense emotional state. That intensity continues to this day. The lyrics that I posted were :

"Imagine ALL the people in our country
praying for healing our country every day
When there is a will there can be a way
It isn't hard to do or say or is it? we choose our own way
You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one
Thank you John Lennon for the lyrics....I changed them a bit just for fun"
David Brown


In 1973 I walked into the student union of Chico State University and told the organizers who were  planning another "peace" anti-war march the next day that the march will not be effective if they are yelling negative slogans to the public and other students such as  "1-2-3-4 we don't want your f____ing war" which happened the day before.

I said that the example of Martin Luther King to march in silence would be ten times more powerful and that people would "listen to the silence" rather than being offended at being yelled at. I left the meeting after saying what I felt compelled to say. The next day there was a silent march. Hundreds participated and experienced it. It was a powerful expression of "sacred activism".

Today I stand in the eye of the "hurricane" in full awareness of the turbulent winds of opinions, news, fear, negativity and divisiveness. This is not a passive stance. I choose what organizations, events, and people that I want to support. I choose what thoughts, vibes, prayers, and feelings that I have towards the "turbulent winds" of the hurricane. These are ways in how I engage in sacred activism. The other is meditation.

Today I stand for love and respect, forgiveness and compassion, justice, happiness, health, freedom, and life for all of humanity including all world leaders.

Sacred activism for me is not being against something. It is being for something. It is unifying not divisive, loving not fearful, compassionate and not violent. I love the vibe.

Conscious spirit-led activism honors the divine spirit (or whatever name is chosen for that subtle connection)  within all humanity and all living things, including the earth which supports all living things.

I honor and have deep respect for those leaders who have demonstrated this in their own lives and changed the world including Mahatma Ghandi, Martin Luther King, the Dalai Lama,  John Lennon and Mother Teresa to name a few. I honor and respect all views including those different than mine recognizing that everyone has the right to believe, choose, and have their own opinions whether they are informed or not, or have studied all the issues or not. There is no shame or blame or judgment as this seems to perpetuate divisiveness.

I acknowledge that a spiritual revolution is going on that is affecting all areas of life in positive ways and it is not organized or controlled or led by any one movement, organization or faith or belief system. It is a global conscious awakening to new possibilities, solutions to challenges, economic sustainability, and a blessing to all people in the world, especially children.

" Imagine all the people, Living life in peace". (John Lennon, Imagine)
Peace in our lifetime is already starting to happen now. Can you imagine it? Feel it?