Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Occupy Your Community with Revolutionary Love

This short video was on Facebook the other day. As many of you know, I'm not very "woo woo." But this really hit home.

Following the video is the text from Sacred Economy. Thank you Charles Eisenstein - I'm looking forward to reading the book!

"This movement isn’t about the 99% defeating or toppling the 1%. You know the next chapter of that story – which the 99% create their own new 1%.

What we want to create is the more beautiful world our hearts tell us is possible, a sacred world, a world that works for everybody. A world that is healing, a world of peace. You can’t just say we demand a world of peace. Demands have to be specific anything that people can articulate can only be articulated with in the language of the current political discourse.

That entire political discourse is already too small and that’s why making explicit demands kind of reduces the movement and takes the heart out of it.

A real paradox, the movement actually understands that.

The system isn’t working for the 1% either. If you were a CEO you would be making the same choices they do. The institutions have their own logic. Life is pretty bleak at the top, too.

All the baubles of the rich are phony compensation for the loss of what is really important.

Loss of community, connection, loss of intimacny, loss of meaning. Everyone wants to live a life of meaning.
Today we live in a money economy, where we don’t really depend on the gifts of anybody, but we buy everything. Therefore we don’t need anybody because whoever grew my food or built my house or made my clothes, well, if they died, or if I alienated them, or if they don’t like me, well it’s ok, I can just pay somebody else to do it. It’s really hard to create community if the underlying knowledge is “we don’t need each other.” So people get together and…they consume together.

Joint consumption doesn’t create intimacy. Only joint creativity and gifts create intimacy and connection.
You have such gifts that are important just like every species has an important gift to give to an ecosystem and the extinction of a species hurts everybody. The same is true of each person that you have an important and necessary gift to give. For a long time our minds have been told us that maybe we’re imagining things, that maybe its crazy to live according to what you want to give but I think now as more and more people wake up to the truth that we are here to give and wake up to that desire and wake up to the fact that the other way isn't working anyway the more reinforcement we have from people around us that this isn’t crazy, this makes sense, this is how to live. As we get that reinforcement our minds and our logic no longer have to fight against the logic of the heart   which wants us to be of service.   

This shift of consciousness that inspires such things is universal to everybody –the 1% and the 99% - and it is awakening in different people in different ways. I think love is the self experience of connection to another being.

An economist says that the more for you is essentially less for me, but the lover knows that more for you is more for me too. If you love somebody then their happiness is your happiness, their pain is your pain, your sense of self expands to include other beings. That’s love.

Love is the expansion of the self to include the other. That’s a different kind of revolution.

There is no one to fight there is no evil to fight, there is no other in this revolution. Everybody has a unique calling and it’s really time to listen to that. that is what the future is going to be. It’s time to get ready for it and help contribute to it and make it happen.

Thanks for reading.