A month now, it’s been since the OCCUPY demonstrators first gathered in New York City’s Wall Street, spreading quickly out into many other American cities, and now I hear, the movement is rippling throughout the entire industrialized-complex world. This post I’m dedicating to sharing my personal approach to activism, about how I am very involved with the HUGE tidal wave of transformation that is sweeping the entire planet.
As some of you who’ve been reading Lord Flea know, I am a spiritual warrior, not a political animal. My revolution is called “Love” and my comrades are multitudes of others (we connect via Twitter & Facebook) who believe that positive change is already occurring. We spread the news and share the positive results of the already ongoing transformation everyday in many ways. My beliefs, as these millions of others who, like me, are committed to the spiritual transformation of all humanity (as opposed to the more political-flavored “Occupy” that seems to focus on corporate greed, the fallibility of capitalism, and gross acts of industrialized nations against Nature herself) — my beliefs and consequent activism rests firmly on the knowledge that there are unlimited possibilities for success that reside within each and every person’s Big Heart, aka, the human spirit.
Each of us as individuals have a quest. And that is to find the meaning of our own existence. For me, this has taken the shape of dedicating my life’s efforts of making art and doing various businesses to support this “habit” of mine, creating thought-provoking work with images and words, toward the now-more-specifically-focused goal of helping others to achieve fulfillment.
It took me decades to achieve my own inner peace. Believe me, each day I’m working on the next tiny step to take to fulfill ongoing hurdles to achieve these personal goals. But once I discovered that it was possible to turn around the fear-oriented mistrust and anger that ruled my earlier life, and dedicate my life, my work, and all my daily efforts to helping others, everything changed for me. I have been a spiritual activists for many decades.
So yes, I do support the people who need to voice their unhappiness with the way things are so blatantly out-of-kilter with our industrialized, over-material world. However, I do not agree with many of the protestors that it’s the government’s duty to do what each and every one of us ought to be doing for ourselves. I truly believe that we, as individuals, create our reality. And if each one of us were committed to living from a higher, more spiritual perspective of life, if we could all forego the need to have have have, and consume consume consume — this entire world, even the capitalistic, democratically functioning one that the protestors speak so harshly about,WILL transform itself from within. HOW? Because change, real change, begins with individuals.And it spreads from there. The domino effect. This is the “How” of transforming society, but it begins with each one of us walking the walk, not just talking the talk. Each and every political revolution has always ended with just another regime bossing everybody around.
Sure, we can now voice our concern by participating in the Occupy movement, if we wish. And YES! corporations need to grow consciences as well as secure their monetary funds, to make available good jobs and opportunities to all of society. That’s their duty … IF they are spiritualized. Corporations are only as spiritual-mature as the sum amount of all the individuals who make them up.
Yes, it’s good that people are taking to the street to remind society that it has a duty to work FOR the people, not against them. But, essentially, it’s not the government’s job to dictate people’s morality, philosophy, or ideology. THAT happens with each and every person looking within their own heart and making a commitment to live from a higher, more “human” way.
That is why I have chosen to align myself to what Karen Armstrong began after winning the TED prize in ’07: the worldwide movement called “Charter for Compassion”. I am an active member, and I choose to not protest publicly with the Occupy People. Instead, I tweet and post and art and promote positive change through the international channels already formed by the Grass Roots Movement called the CHARTER FOR COMPASSION. Before I further explain my dedication to this cause instead of joining Occupy protestors on the street and shouting for change, I want to declare what WE DO in the Charter for Compassion. Right here, I’d like to explain I am committed to live more compassionately, as an individual, within my own family, and also to take the message of HOW to live more compassionately to others in my community, to my country, and the entire world (through social media: twitter, facebook, this very blog, the upcoming novel “Heart Island”, etc.)
You might want to visit the official site of this movement yourself, and make YOUR commitment, and join us. No parades, no protests, no shouting …. just a plain simple decision, right here, right NOW, to live more compassionately, one person at a time, and watch the entire world change as a result of YOUR commitment.
I’ll be sharing more about my involvement with the Charter for Compassion in the days, weeks, and months to come. Today I’m meeting with another member of our local group (which YOU can start in YOUR community … just follow the links on the above website) to work on how to set up public meetings for people to discuss HOW to live more compassionately. Change happens simply. One person at a time. Deep, meaningful change happens when clear, concise education and new ideas are presented, and reinforced, and that is what we in the Charter for Compassion are committed to doing … without screaming “Revolution,” without being angry, without demanding unreasonable reforms. Just plain simple change from each person’s deeply connected human heart. Simple steps. Do-able activism. Big Heart activism.
I hope everyone who reads this will join the Charter today. Please write me if you’d like to share anything about the above. I appreciate all views that are not mean or violent.
Also, wanted to tell you that my consort Carter and I are celebrating 20 years of sharing a sacredly-held marriage today! Yeah! Hard work and commitment has showered us with so many blessings. Carter’s kids, my “angel-kids,” whom I helped raise from ages 4 and 7, are now healthy strong mature adults, nothing like the scared little rabbits they both were when I married their single-parent daddy. And Carter and I … well, we are more deeply in love than we could ever have imagined! Even with all our many faults!
One little tiny step, act, decision at a time, and we have created a WORLD of unconditional, bliss-filled love.
I love you all, your pal,