July 27th, 2017
I’m over “Resist.” As an end-all, be-all credo for this current historical moment. Let me explain.
To me, it feels limiting. It smacks of fear, immaturity, and a lack of imagination.
Even physics teaches us that Resistance Makes Stronger.
I think we can do better.
I propose we step up to the plate, that we choose a word (or words) that empowers..inspires..that actually helps create the kind of world we DO want to see, not the one where our only default choice is to merely “resist.”
So I’m going to offer some different words.
The Terms themselves! Are we, the masses of everyday citizens, just passive bystanders of history, watching as “they” stay corrupt and continue to pillage what’s left of this country? Are ALL we allowed to do is merely “resist?” We have to redefine just who is running the show here. And in my book, We Are! Ultimately, I think we are subject to the will of a higher power, yes. But I think that higher power handed down to us, its creation, a major aspect of itself, its image, too. Namely – Creation, dummy! We ALL decide individually and collectively the shape of things to come. If we redefine ourselves as co-creators of this reality we lift the burden off of those “in charge”..and also take on the responsibility which we know deep down is ours alone, anyway. The inability to properly define oneself, in a way that serves ones highest good, is probably one of the greatest tools of the oppressor used throughout history. When people are in “resistance” mode only, lacking awareness of their true creative edge, THAT is where the real danger lies.
The aspects of ourselves that we still deeply resist. You know, the things that lie deeply buried in our subconscious and barely see the light of day. Those aspects of our “shadow” that we more often project unto others through judgement, ridicule, scape-goating, etc. Let’s embrace the dark within us by shining an honest light on the ‘wild and untamed nature’ we all have, in order to become whole, fully integrated. So much “resistance” to me seems a denial of reckoning with the enemy within just as much as the one without. The irony is that when we fully reclaim and accept our shadow as a part of US, we then reclaim our power, and ultimately, our peace, from the hard work of self-transformation.
Our framework for governance, if it’s failing so bad. If the “powers that be” are so miserable, why do we keep giving them our power in the form of attention, mental energy, so much loud ‘resistance?’ Let’s revise and rewrite our rules, our standards of conduct, taking a proactive approach instead of decrying what’s not working.
The Biosphere, the Creation. Restore our broken, severed relationship with this planet and its creatures that have both been so abused in these past centuries of industrial civilization. Restore our ego and elevated views of ourselves from ‘over and above’ the Eco-sphere to deeply embedded WITHIN it, the way Nature intends. We might learn to see this period as a “return home” to a more natural state of living and being…with much sacrificing and (some chaos) in the short term to our lifestyles, our identities, our expectations and entitlements depending on our level of attachment to same. Perhaps “resist” is the collective reflex of well, resistance, to the inevitable (and incredible) transformation of Self involved in the restoration of not only nature but ourselves in the process. After all it’s generally easier to stay in a familiar and ‘comfortable’ level of being when the other option is the complete unknown, the path one has never taken before. Which in our case looks alot like acting on the realization that unlimited growth can’t continue on a finite planet. The times call for a massive downsizing and scaling of everything we do and need to the local level. The future demands conscious building. Which obviously takes…
Ourselves and our communities, for skills, strength, health, resilience, strong networks. So much anger and resistance stems from dependency on massive (and failing) systems. Healthcare, welfare, government assistance, cheap energy – all depend on massively inflated and elaborate systems that are out of scale, and thus, unsustainable for the communities they ‘serve.’ Instead of staying servants to systems that don’t serve us, imagine the empowerment that might result if we re-tooled ourselves with local agriculture, small health co-ops, community networks of care, trade, and barter. If we equipped ourselves with the skills and know-how to make a large amount of the things we need or extend the life-cycle of things in general. And if we took rightful ownership of our health as OUR priority, not anyone else’s (imagine that) ! Acquainting ourselves again with preventive lifestyle choices, natural and herbal medicines, emotional and spiritual IQ, ancient spiritual wisdom. No short order, but the possibilities for asserting more control and ownership into our lives are much more appealing than a constant hand out. Which means we’ll definitely have to…
The Truth of Who We Are. And the wisdom found in countless ancient (and many modern) teachings that help us form that picture, however unique and particular for each individual. I hate to break it you, but ignorance isn’t bliss, especially anymore. That’s a commonly mis-attributed quote (“If ignorance is bliss, tis folly to be Wise“). It leads to confusion, suffering, hurt people who are generally unaware of why they’re even hurting. That’s why the ancient dictum Know Thyself is the great mandate to continually bump humanity up to the next operating system. In truly knowing one’s innermost Self one knows the Universe and one’s place in it. We might not even just want to re-‘visit.’ We might wanna stick around this place for all the guidance, direction, wisdom we’ll ever need at every moment in the Journey.
The whole Game itself – the players, the puppeteers, even the damn stage we’re standing on. The possibility that we are influencing and creating this reality to a much more literal degree than we’ve quite realized up to this point. We’re only gonna bring about the world we don’t have to “resist” all the time by boldly Imagining what that’s really gonna look like. After all everything we see now before us exists because somebody or something, somewhere, Imagined It first. Maybe we thought we’d be at the pinnacle of history by now, at some grand victory of the success of industrial civilization. But the surroundings are looking quite different at the moment and we can’t afford to have yet another outsider Imagine our Reality for us. We’ve gotten here because we let Country, Religion, Party, Leader, Guru, etc take the reigns for so long..probably important stepping stones in our evolution. But I think the reason alot of these things feel like they’re not working anymore is because we’ve stepped into a vacuum of sorts, an open space. One where the Universe is asking us “But…what do you want ? How much of our current life is spent fulfilling the wishes and desires of others? Not acting on our most deep rooted convictions and visions of what could be ?? As they say, a problem can’t be fixed with the same thinking that created it. Thinking is great, and we need plenty of it, but we need to give ourselves full permission to all-out Imagine right now! Choosing to Re-imagine over ‘resist’ is asserting a definite ideal, drawing a distinct picture, having a sure hand. At the end of the day, if being continually upset by the antics of uncaring politicians is preventing you from doing anything constructive, that’s a serious problem.
It’s all about growing up and asserting our place at the driver’s seat of our lives and collective fates.
And it’s just better than “resisting” all the time.
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