The word conjures up crazy stuff.
That’s because the Western world sees it as an upheaval. War. Blood in the streets.
Bear with me, this gets more positive, but first some realities:
The Occupy movement, while peaceful, still provokes a violent response. Probably because 1. If you are a hammer, every problem looks like a nail (in other words, if you are in law enforcement, you enforce – this is a generalization. I know awesome cops), 2. Many in the Occupy tent aren’t there to be present, they are there to fight an ideology. It’s in the polarizing language itself.
Many Indigenous Aboriginal Groups and Nations would like a revolution and sometimes they take up arms to protest development on sacred and traditional lands and things like that.
So these are the problems we face. The biggest is the idea that each others’ blood will wash away the crimes of the world. Is it just me, or does that sound pretty unsustainable?
Let me share with you another concept.
We are always in a state of revolution. The entire universe is based on it. We orbit, we spin, we trail along in the long arm of our galaxy in a cosmic round dance. We revolve. And as luck would have it, we evolve.
Our Evolution is our Revolution.
Pretty. But what does it mean?
It means that if we can see all things as our ancestors taught then we can lay aside our anger and our polarizing ideas. They taught that we are connected to all the things on the planet, that we are truly family. They put it in these words:
All Our Relations.
As counter intuitive as it may seem, sometimes the path to our better future lays directly on the road laid out from the past. And this path is a simple one.
Whenever you have a choice to make in your life, business, politics, whatever it may be, do it with this question in mind:
How will this affect the seventh generation from today?
In other words, what kind of world will we leave to those innocent babies who will be born in that far off day? It may seem to you that your choices are not important but just like money that gets compounded annually, your actions compound over time as well. Your small life has an enormous impact.
What are you sending forward?
You may be thinking, that’s all well and good, but how does it fix anything today? Where’s the revolution you were talking about?
Well, that brings me to my last point and you probably won’t like it at first, but then you’ll really start to like it after you live with it for a while:
You are lazy and only think about your small circle.
Ouch. And true.
You have a heck of a lot more to offer this world than you are currently giving out. You know for sure that’s a true statement. You have been hurt, made to feel small, done things you’re ashamed of, and so on. Yes, this is all true and it is terrible indeed. This is the main reason we have so many problems in the first place. Everyone is damaged.
We’re damaged to the point of immobility. We have been so hurt that we are paralyzed by it. We rarely take any action.
Not to improve even our own lives! much less the lives of others. Or even, if you can imagine wielding such power: the life of the planet.
And that’s tough to do because you have been taught that you don’t have power. Not really.
Oh, you’ve gotten the motivational posters and quotes from facebook. You’ve been inspired. And for brief moments you even touched that amazing place inside of you that says “Yes! I can do it!”
And you marvel. Sometimes you did! Sometimes you took responsibility for your health or your finances or your relationships. And if so, you are the rare one. Most people will never know how much power they have in their hands.
But they will!
And here’s where it gets very exciting. Here’s where the revolution begins.
If you are reading this today you have one job and one job only and if you do it you will change the world.
Your job is to find your power. Here’s a hint: it’s inside of you.
Here’s what you do with it: Serve. Love and serve. Even if your job is shoveling fish guts, do it in a manner of love and service. Spend at least an hour a week serving someone with no expectation for a reward.
If you do this you will feel something growing inside you. If you love and serve and forgive everyone you meet, and if you do it in a gentle, respectful way – you will feel a fire grow in your heart.
If you will give yourself the exact same gift you extend to others, the love, the respect, the forgiveness – you will strengthen that fire and people will see the light of it in your eyes.
If you will nurture that fire by speaking your gentle truth, acting on your gentle truth and living in your gentle truth you will share that fire with the world.
Stop being lazy.
Love others. Love yourself. Especially those who would hurt you or disagree with you. Always seek to find a way to accomplish what needs to be done in this spirit of service and you won’t move mountains, you will move the universe!
This is the most practical advice you have ever received in your entire life.
In case you are tempted to think this is some new age ideal let me assure you it is simply the best way to live period. If you live from this place your entire life will get better, I promise you that.
You will make a difference publicly.
Start speaking. Start voting your truth instead of your fear. Start helping. All it takes is one or two hours a week. Just like that compound interest we talked about earlier, your actions will gain interest too and echo across the generations.
Right now the world is run on fear and greed? Why?
Is your life run on fear and greed? Your friends? Your community?
Then not only can things change, things must change, and they will change.
But you have to see that you are connected. You have to see that you are an integral part of the world.
You have to act as though you have a job to do. And you do. It’s to be awesome.
Serve your Self.
Serve your Family.
Serve All Your Relations.
Everything in this Universe has it’s time.
This is the Evolution of Our Revolution.
And it starts right now.