Inner Peace by Marleen Walmsley: It's a movement that's manifesting in a hundred thousand ways, sprouting not from an anxious recognition of a probable fate, but from the commonality of spirit, of people around the world standing up to something.
There is now a remarkable emergence of sacred activism birthing a new way of looking at the world. It's a movement that's manifesting in 100,000 ways, sprouting not from an anxious recognition of a probable fate, but from the commonality of spirit, of people around the world standing up to something. Paul Hawken, leading environmentalist, visionary and author, says it is the largest social movement in human history. Setting aside our traditions, affiliations or culture, it is our core spirit. We are, after all, in this together.
Anthropologist Jeremy Narby brings together indigenous knowledge and Western science to inform the search for a sustainable future. He reveals the emerging connections between recent scientific findings and ancient shamanic understanding that rattle the 400-year-old walls of Western thought, staunchly claiming a division between man and nature. After all, he argues, we share half our genes with the common banana. What I am getting at here is the fact that we are all connected. To nature and to each other. The worldwide emergence of spiritual activism reflects that realization.
"There is a resurgence of hope," Hawken writes. In his new book, "Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement In The World Came Into Being And Why No One Saw It Coming," he states, "From billion-dollar nonprofits to single-person dot.causes, these groups collectively comprise the largest movement on earth, a movement that has no name, leader, or location, and that has gone largely ignored by politicians and the media. Like nature itself, it is organizing from the bottom up in every city, town, and culture. And is emerging to be an extraordinary and creative expression of people's needs worldwide."
Roughly 2 million nonprofit organizations have formed globally. Tenaciously, with momentum, they soldier toward remedy, to create social justice and save Earth's resources and peoples. It does not seek dominance; rather, it strives to disperse concentrations of power. It has the capability to bring down leaders, governments and companies through witnessing, informing and massing. It's happening now.
John Perkins, former economic jackal and author of "Confessions Of An Economic Hit Man" and "The Secret History Of The American Empire," writes of the current geopolitical crisis 80-plus years in the making and reveals the world created by big business that is no longer sustainable. Inspiring hope, he draws on the realization of spirit as activism, and the change in attitude that is becoming universal.
CEOs are unfolding toward conscience, greening and truth. Government evil-doers are reflectively changing policy. The poor of third world countries, centuries under the anvil, are banding together to fight back against the oil and pharmaceutical industries that have been repeatedly raping their countries. From the bottom up, they face Goliath, who has siphoned their resources and, so nearly, their spirit.
Witness the events of the past decade in South America, Africa and Asia. A voice has birthed from the scurvied cloud of a deserted poverty so raw and down, there was no way to go but to stand in strength. Not a singular organization, not with education and sophisticated anything, but with a spiritual commonality that is just happening. It's a quickening and it's real. It's here on this continent, too.
Spiritual traditions often have sprung from social injustice. What I am referring to here is the spirit of each human and not religion. Incrementally, leaders of various traditions are setting aside their differences to work together for the common good. 9/11 precipitated a lot of that. More than speech-making, they are actually working with each other to see how they might help.
The journey toward greater truth proceeds along a thousand paths, without a need to resort to violence. The very foundation of truth is spirit, common to us all. That movement is in living rooms and meeting rooms, in the fields and in our hearts. We cannot help but attain it.
Marleen Walmsley is a naturopathic educator and author in Ashland, Oregon. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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