After the events last week in Tucson, Arizona, I simply have to say something. Usually I try not to bring politics into what i share here, on Lordflea Sings. Usually, I put the focus on us leading spiritual lives, not political ones. But enough is enough! I simply must say something, because when the sentiments of a country get so fomented, to take no position is simply that of a wimp. And I’m no wimp.
I guess it was meant to be that I was asked to pose for this statue, which now stands at an industrial crossroads in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Named “Civitas” by its artist, Audrey Flack, there are certain responsibilities that come with the sense of having an effect on others, and that is one of the main purposes of a deity, whether it be of a fairytale-nature or from one’s artistic viewpoint, like this statue is. As “Civitas,” my alter-ego, I wish to speak frankly about the dangers of making politics one’s religion.
I know people who judge life by not just their politics, but others’ as well. I know people who have judged me (incorrectly) thinking they know me because they might know a certain fact about my political sentiments. But, in truth, no one can know another, not the real person that the other is, by looking at one’s politics. Life is complicated, and there are so many aspects to one’s relationship to living, that labels and thinking associated with political branding simply is a superficial manner in which to view others. And the only result of this type of divisive-thinking is what’s happening here in America: political craziness. People getting pissed off. People taking up arms. people shooting other people. We must STOP! this tendency. So here and now I am finally stating my political manifesto:
There is a much deeper meaning to life than what appears on the surface. Poltics is superficial. Economics is superficial. Everything about the material life is transitory and in the end, insignificant. I have personally felt (and now foster through prayer and meditation) the depths of life’s meaning and therefore I know this to be true: Politics is the means to the end (peaceful and humanitarian governance), NOT the end itself.
For years I ran from any public conversation that had to do with politics. Or sex, or God, for that matter. These three things–sex, God, and politics–I still refuse to discuss with any but my closest friends. I daren’t go there even with my family. And to tell the truth, with some of my friends, I’ve come to realize I have to skirt everywhere but dead-on when it comes to discussing politics. Why? Because some people can’t stand to associate with others who hold opinions other than theirs. It’s that plain. I prefer to mingle with folks who don’t hold any solid opinions or judgments in their minds when they speak, or act, especially directly with me. Yet hold true to the one thing no one can deny—the Mystery of life. Native Americans call this Mystery, “Great Spirit.” So do I. My friends tend to be open-minded, forgiving, and see life creatively, rather than from an implacable, black-and-white point of view.
When Bush was in power I cringed to hear the Bush-bashers. I guess everyone thought I’d just love to join them, that I was an uber-liberal, because wherever I went, two years ago and the previous 8 before that, people would delight in putting down the President of the US and think I would, too, thinking nothing of calling him every insulting name. And now, guess what? The same is happening for our present leader, President Obama. Right wingers and conservatives everywhere I go assume I’m one of them and admonish the administration right in front of me as if they knew, and never even suspected otherwise, that I would love to join in their Obama-bashing.
Where do people get off thinking that everyone has hatred in their hearts?
I’m reading the current story in this week’s New Yorker magazine about Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma, one of my heroes, who in December was finally released after two decades of political imprisonment. What did she do to keep from going insane all those years of the military regime’s unjustness toward her and her democracy-prone allies? She meditated. She didn’t sit in a bath of heart-acid thinking how evil so-and-so was, thinking of those bastards she was going to get as soon as she could. NO! Because if she had, she probably would have already died of heart disease, cancer, or some such physical wrath that negativity takes upon the physical body. Her battle was and IS one of the spirit, and yes, she uses politics, as I do, as a weapon of spiritual transformation. that’s my political affiliation: the “In Spirit” party. As more and more of us are living our lives are also deciding to become members of this enlightened nonpartisan political party. The spiritual battle is the only battle worth fighting, the only battle worth losing one’s life over. And that is what I am: a spiritual warrior.
This is the first time I’ve come right out and announced to the world, here on my blog, where for two years I’ve been anonymously trying to make a difference and help people relate to the world on a spiritual plane, rather than just seeing what’s going on through the physical, mental, political, economic, and human lens. A somewhat limited perspective, if you ask me.
So now the gig is up! Now I’m not anonymous anymore. You can see for yourself who and what I am. I’m proud to fight the battle for Universal Peace in the name of Spirit. I’m proud to be a warrior defending The Mystery, a spiritual warrior who wears the cap of lieutenant in the Army of Love! Won’t you join me?
So now that the secret is out — will it change things for me, as a person, as an artist and writer, as a spiritual blogger? I doubt it. Will it incite people to tune into what’s going on, on a spiritual level rather than rant and rave about partisanship being the worse it’s ever been, and one side blaming the other, and feel impotent listening to people saying how crazy things are in America these days? Will it change any of that? I doubt it. So why bother coming out of the closet?
These times they are a-changing.
More and more of us believe that the spiritualization of humankind is our only salvation.
I am here to proclaim that fact loud and clear, from the highest mountain, from the widest megaphone I can get my hands on. Many are already aligned with this thinking: that this is a spiritual life we humans are leading, NOT a political or a solely material one. When 2012 comes around there has been predicted (by many ancient sources, not me!) that 112,000 “Awakened Sundancers” … that is, open-minded, open-hearted individuals … will be already aware and have already embraced this thinking. THAT’s what 2012 is really about. And what happens next? The rest of humankind will become spiritualized by the sheer number of us radicalizing (in a spiritual manner, that is) all aspects of society: the arts, social sciences, religious beliefs, and yes, even a few enlightened politicians (you go big-O!).
won’t you join us? Open your minds. Open your hearts. Let love and Light enter the cave of your heart, replacing fear and uncertainty. You will have a much better time of life when you do. Start praying and meditating about thinking about world peace. Your thoughts are seeds. The beginning of change is how we think. Please start changing your thinking to more positive ways, and our reality will follow our thoughts. Stop promoting divisiveness by talking about it. Just talk about how we are changing everything to the better, one thought at a time, one person at a time. And everything—-will change! Believe me. It’s that simple.
Break the ice away from your frozen hearts. Dive into the waters of Peace, of fulfillment.
Think: We Are One
Join the Army of Love
in Light and Love, your pal Lordflea
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Peace and Love, Lord Flea… As if we didn’t know you are spiritually inclined! So, you’re a Centrist!(lol) But truly, I think Left and Right, and probably Spiritual are personality types. And personality types may be karma read-outs. What do I know? A poem from the brick-slinging, pot smoking, peaceful etc. late sixties:
Love as taught to me
Has never been will never be
Where people die with broken hearts
From looking down to find what’s up;
From looking back to find what for,
(And looking Left to find what’s right
And looking Right to find what’s left)
From looking out! to find what’s in,
We ran from truths that we called sin
How dead we were before we’d even begin.
But now I’ve left that “love” behind,
And what is a loss without a find?
Now I use Love to blow my mind.(orig.ending)
For now a new Love I have found.
It keeps my feet right on the ground
My eyes fly to the sky, my brain
Now knows what’s meant by the word “sane”.
Is there a way to stop this rhyme?
There is- a clock- I’m out of time.
A politic is a group of people believing and acting in a certain way. Whoever you are, whatever you do and believe, you are one of Them (those of similar bent). When we take a stand, we are likely to find out which politic we truly belong to IF we are open minded. It is the open-minded part that makes us a Centrist so to speak. Spiritual is all-encompassing, and can’t help but be centrist so to speak. In our “two-party system” in America, the most powerful moving force was religion, whose open mindedness created this great nation. But- technology in the hands of greediness, a media built on money, the Aadvertising man or woman being the crownless King of our present universe… the religion has changed- from true religion to entertainment and a cover for materialism gone wild. Not to go scape-goating, just a nod to the negative as we forge forth in the light. A raucous woman Christian minister put it neat once long ago: “I LOVE you, but I HATE the devil”, over and over as she walked up the isle. No one need take it personal, the devil is just in the details, as they say. And so, what the bleep anyway! Dunk the details and get back to Spirit. Meditating and prayer groups have changed statistics in crime, suicides and finances so I hear. The way to grab onto this train is to let go. We were all here before we came, and if we open our eyes wide enough we see, the Masters were here even before that. Surrender is the miracle tender. We may have our differences; without supporting a balanced governance, that’s all we’ll end up with. How to have Religion without sectarian violence- now that’s a goody. Many blessings, Lord Flea et al. Jaiantaram