Say yes, yes yes!

I AM coming to the conclusion that all of us are witnesses to what have been called evolutionary drivers by Barbara Marx Hubbard.  Simply said these drivers are crises, both global and local, that make us step up to create solutions to change the situations and conditions which made these crises in the first place.  As I watch the news, I like cable MSNBC and Rachel Maddow, I may still have a moment of pause and slip in a downward direction but I am coming to peace that it is necessary for all of humanity to see each crisis as it arises in order for us to cocreate solutions that bless humankind. We, as a society, have to change because it is obvious to the masses that the current suffering is unbearable for long.

When I heard the voices of the children separated from their parents that had been smuggled out of the detention building it made me sad. I felt the reactive change coming a few days into the zero tolerance border policy because I believed that other Americans were not going to let our government continue such inhumane policy, the collective and emotional reaction to that tape did its job and with one voice we began to shame the politicians and the president who had approved such a barbaric tactic as a means to discourage people from seeking asylum.  This episode in our history will be known as an evolutionary driver in that it spoke to our hearts that something was very, very wrong with our government and we had to say so out loud, so as not to be silenced.  Even Trump, who usually doubles down on everything he says and does had to reverse his position because of the volume of our outcry. 

Asylum is an ancient practice, a compassionate practice, and I am grateful for all of the spiritual practitioners who come to the aid of  those in need, even if there are consequences like going against company policy to expose corporate corruption. I am sure you can think back over the years and find many examples of how reporters were given information that the public needed to know in order to stop the pollution of chemical dumping, or leaked papers from within the government because plans were surfacing to undermine our democracy. 

Watergate comes to my mind because I studied it in a news writer’s class at Los Angeles City Collage, and we are currently in a cycle of investigation that may produce another such crisis with Trump at the center.  Time will tell. And time never runs out so keep your mind open and take whatever action you feel is called for when and if such an evolutionary driver occurs again, so soon after this last one.  What they are telling us is that our government is broken.  What we need to tell our government is that we will stand against those who think they are above the law.

It seems to me that time is accelerating at the same time it is moving us toward radical change.  I am using the word radical change as Colin Tipping did in his book, Radical Forgiveness.  He helped his readers understand that when anything happened that truly upset you, or caused you to blame another human being for your set of circumstances that you have a choice to make.  You can try forgiveness, but if you have been traumatized, forgiveness is slow to come because at some level you still feel victimized.  Or you can use radical forgiveness and understand that you are not a victim.  Your Soul and the Soul of the “other” are cocreating an opportunity for one or both of you to have a deep healing experience.  I don’t know about you but I wanted to break my self-destructive patterns, those from childhood through my life to the present have all been looked at but some of them have not yet been healed fully.  

For instance: It was hard for me to acknowledge that my husband and I could no longer be together because we had given each other everything we had spiritually agreed to partner in the other.  It wasn’t the “other” woman who broke us apart.  We had simply gotten as close to our shared healing as we were going to in this lifetime.  I used to think I still loved him but I now know that I still loved the dream we had cocreated when we first got together.  C’est la vie.  So is life.  Now I have an open heart to share with another partner and I am more comfortable showing that person who I am.

And one more thing, I love myself more now than ever before in my life.  I’m a radical thinker, and I am willing to do my share to help humanity rebirth itself; I’m full of ideas for creative systems change and I am looking for the right group to be a member.  I am a sacred activist, an independent New Thought Minister, and an elder sister to my family.

So now I have one more thing to ask:  who are  you?  Can you say yes to whatever shows up for you to do in order to help cocreate a better society?  Can you say yes to those who need your strength when they need to be lifted up in spirit?  You are probably saying yes to yourself as you read this last sentence because this blog post only reaches those who are ready to say yes, yes, yes!

Bless you, one and all.  We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.

 

The Bridge Alliance

Hello, beloved citizens.  I have a progress report for you from the group Bridge Alliance, a group I recommended to  you in a previous post because they are creatively problem solving some of our voting issues that need to be resolved soon. Two of their member groups achieved remarkable results and I want to show you the power of these successful endeavors.

Fair Vote achieved a momentous victory in Maine: they passed “Ranked Choice Voting”, which means an expansion of voter choices, as in counting the third-party vote along with established party votes. Maine’s citizens simultaneously rejected state legislature’s attempts to undermine the law with a “People’s Veto”.

The League of Women’s Voters in combination with Maine Citizens for Clean Elections pushed public service announcements about the Fair Vote choice on the ballot, and this ushered in a change of the voter’s options, a big change.

Ranked choice voting advocates are actually credited with the increase in Maine’s voter turn out as well. That in itself is a powerful incentive to keep pushing back against existing systems that narrow our voting options rather than placing more valid issues on the ticket.

I recommend that you keep a copy of this post for the next cycle of voting.  If fair voting is your passion you can speak to the group in Maine for a game plan to bring it to your state.  Their address is below.

Sadly SCOTUS,  The Supreme Court of the United States, left a door open so that gerrymandering is still possible, state to state.  Citizen involvement can help put roadblocks up that will keep the pressure on the parties to stop gerrymandering because they know negative press will follow.  When citizens push back against crooked or suspicious suggestions  dreamt of by political parties, we all win. So if you join or start a group that discusses the future of political policy in the U.S.A. this group could be another tool in your activist toolbelt.

Go to Fair Vote for a More Perfect Union in order to learn more about this excellent approach to true parity in citizen voting practices

www.fairvote.org

“Collaborative Policymaking” is an outstanding read for anyone really looking to keep our voting rights in place without altering the spirit of the law of the constitution: 

Best Practices for Collaborative Policymaking: Learning from Power Sharing Arrangements in State Legislatures

Imagine round table conversations rather like the study-circles originated in Chautauqua, N.Y. during the early days of our nation’s policy development. Someone would ride-in with copies of the most recent newspapers clarifying the forming of our government, for instance, or maybe a President’s address to the nation; and citizens in Chataqua, N.Y. rallied to discuss the news of the day, and sometimes come up with solutions. Each year they still have an event that focuses on the importance of citizen participation in government. There are organizations to teach you how to run a round table, too.

Our country was founded  on free speech and it is this guarantee that makes round table, study-circles, or talking circles so vibrant as a tool for reform or the construction of new problem solving ideas.

I have formed study-circles and facilitated the art of the community conversation in order to report back to politicians what their constituents wanted to see change in my own community.  I didn’t get paid for this, it was my effort as a sacred activist to organize this task.  I talked to my friends.  They got on board.  And we had a great turnout for the first of three events regarding Tahlequah, Oklahoma’s option to put funding where the citizen’s actually wanted it: building bike paths and teaching children alternatives to eating cheap food was the #1 choice.  It was in 2003 that these talking circles were introduced to the people of Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

Of course, I didn’t know I was a sacred activist in 2001, right after 9-11 when I signed op for the committee to create a yearly event named “Diversity in Community” nor did it occur to me when I was leading events to celebrate women’s rights in 2003 with community wide political topics at events, that I was changing the point of view of the community with my actions.  It started with a single thought.  What is my part in the solving of this problem?

And so, beloved friends, I offer you a few more websites that may inspire you, or help you to find your niche in public service.  Don’t worry about making mistakes, make bold choices to get started instead.  The rest will take care of itself.

www.world beyondwar.org

www.vetransforpeace.org

Secure.DemocratGovernors.org

www.Families Belong Together.org

www.NationalPartnership.org

www.POGO.org is another great site that is for Government Oversight, so I’ve included it here.

I believe there are still a few states that are voting for the party ballot and/or finalizing runoff elections.  It isn’t too late to call and find out who is on the ballot for your party, or to and if you are a new voter, ask if  your state has a mixed party ticket? We used to do that when I was first voting.  Boy, does that date my age, ha!

Whatever you do, dear hearts, come to the community table.  Take your seat and talk to everyone.  You may discover that you meet several potential partners who are interested in helping you work on change in your community. 

We are living in the communication age.  It is easier now to put together a movement than ever before.  Think about that.  Think about your passions.  When or where does you heart bleed for the citizens of the world? 

I am, as usual, sending you loving goodwill.  We are rewriting the public story, and our personal story at the same time.  Sacred Activism is an incredible opportunity to grow into a compassionate adult who is willing to lend the experience of a lifetime in order for all of us to thrive as we co-create a new reality in our world.  Thank you.  This post comes to you from my heart to yours.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is Zero Hour

Political Gender Parade

Dear hearts, don’t let the title of this post alarm you.  It is taken from a group of millennials who are organizing a march about the serious environmental issues we face on July 21st in Washington, D.C. You can find out more on their webpage: thisiszerohour.org

Because World Water Day was last month and there has been progress in cleaning up the ocean trash, I wanted to stick with the theme of sacred activism for this post.  You can go to worldwaterday.org to catch up on what makes this group special.

I’ve been thinking about what it means to be an activist, especially a sacred activist.  Although the two are closely related the latter comes from within us when we know that everything is sacred: the environment, human rights, and spiritual freedoms for example.

The Global Community of Visionary Co-Creative Leaders is a group that I belong to and want to recommend to anyone who wants to hear two moderators who are skilled and able to empower the group members. There is a weekly call that is free. I encourage you to go to the website at: milagroworldcenter.com  I want to address your potential today so that you can think about your role in this world, and your responsibility to the people in it. Everything in life is give and take isn’t it. Yes, it is cause and effect.

Conscious leadership is a powerful tool to have in your life. Now, I can hear some of you turning  off, thinking “I don’t want to be a leader, I’m much happier contributing when and where I choose.” So I have a surprise for you.  You are already influencing people, and that is one of the most important things a leader does.

If you have been curious enough to go to some of the websites I’ve been posting for your convenience, you may have found a group that you can passionately respond to; and passion is another trait of leadership.  Some of us participate because we know the value of building relationships and we are happier when we have a community of like-minded souls.  Community of like-minded people is very important for anyone’s mental health. People usually think of churches first, don’t they.

As a minister I know that my role in leadership is to care for your tender heart as you wade into the waters of sacred activism.  Does that sound strange to you?  It probably does to other ministers, too.  So then, let me explain why I feel passionately about this shift in consciousness.

When I was a member of the Unitarian Universalist church in Tahlequah, OK, we had a social justice group and I headed the meetings at our church.  I taught them how to engage in study-circle groups, how to come to consensus about a project and how to steward the group toward completion of our task. I loved doing it because I was teaching them by example to respect the needs of the other people in service to a cause.

I see miracles happen when people empower themselves.  I hope that you will find your miracle.  We know there is suffering in the world.  We know that there are groups that are working toward a better future for all of us.  Won’t you consider joining us?  Try the Visionary Co-Creative Leader’s call first and then I hope you will get back to me and let me know how you felt about the call. There is a place at the bottom of each post for comments.

Let’s sit at the same table and share a meal of loving good will.  There is always a chair for you at this table.  And I am here posting information that I hope will go to your heart and help you take the first step, if you haven’t already, to becoming a sacred activist.

I send you loving good will, and peace to you and yours.  Rev. Cassandra