Since I started this blog a year and a half ago, every topic has been a variation of today’s title: We Are the Ones We’ve Been Waiting For.
Yet this is the first time I’ve chosen to confront this topic directly. I’m doing so today because in America right now, there has developed a deep schism between our inner values and our outer reality. I know this because of your words to me, unsolicited, and because of my own words. These words are surrounding this election season, but in truth they reflect a much bigger issue:
“He’ll be out in 4. Then at least we can get someone we really want in there.”
“He’s a complete racist and sexist. But at least we won’t go to war with Russia.”
“At least we won’t have to worry about being attacked in the street when Trump incites violence.”
“She’s corrupt, but they all are and at least we’ll finally get a woman president.”
“I know they’ll never take office, but at least I didn’t vote for a system that isn’t working or a thoroughly divisive candidate.”
-3rd Party Voters
Based on these words, it is apparent that we’re all on the same page. We’ve come to a spot where “the least” has become the norm when it comes to our government officials and processes.
Quite frankly, that is unacceptable.
And so today I’m directly saying to you that we do not have to continue living with a system that creates problems for the common person as the rule rather than the exception. We have the power to reshape our outer world and become our own leaders. It is time to step it up and let our Light and Love shine out into the greater world.
How? Well if you’re in a job, for example, or a personal relationship that isn’t working for you, you would start by taking small steps to include more of what does work for you into your life.
The same holds true for our collective good.
Many people say they don’t get involved in politics – but political involvement in the real world today is about being able to live a life free from laws that only serve the elite, free from corruption, divisiveness, and endless wars. Being political therefore has nothing to do with liking politics and everything to do with liking ourselves, each other, and our collective freedom. I don’t like politics either. But I like you. I like Trump voters. I like Clinton voters. I like third party voters.
We aren’t going to be able to get away with waiting 4 more years and hoping for something better. Things are getting worse and worse, and everyone I know – conservatives, liberals, progressives, millennials, baby-boomers, all of us– are beyond sick and tired of our government officials not reflecting back to us what the vast majority of us are: cooperative, peace-loving, honest human beings.
I’ve taken my free time and compiled this list of resources you can sign, get involved in, talk to your friends and family about – whatever works for you – that can help us all collectively. Some of these things may resonate with you, some may not. The important thing to remember here is that it is time to make more time for the bigger picture. Clearly, given our outer world, it is time to make more time for the bigger picture. Collectively, this is how we recreate our world and lead it into what we want it to be.
Here’s some ways you can get involved:
Ending Political Corruption
This is a movement for a Constitutional amendment to end corporation’s status as “people”, Overturn Citizen’s United, and get money out of politics. You can get involved in a number of ways, from signing the petition, to volunteering for events.
Localizing Our Food Supply
It may sound odd, but in fact one of the ways to take back control of society is by taking back control of our food. When large corporations get involved in our food supply, profits are the driving force, and people’s well-being isn’t even on the menu. This leads to our food supply making us sick – and broke. GMO’s and harmful pesticides wreak havoc on our bodily systems, and food prices skyrocket.
Health is wealth. In fact, medical bills are the biggest source of bankruptcy in this country.
Small farms, cooperative markets, and shared food resources allow us to support local food producers, lower shipping costs, and consume fresher, healthier options.
Here’s some ways to take back power over our food, and thus our health and wealth:
The Local Harvest National Directory – “Our directory lists over 30,000 family farms and farmers markets, along with restaurants and grocery stores that feature local food.”
American Community Gardening Association – National registry of community gardens
Decentralizing power and putting it back into people’s hands requires lots of detailed planning that goes beyond just our food supply. How our towns receive their power supply, their business structure, their leadership structure, and how we educate our youth are also key components. Here are a few movements that are developing alternatives to our power structure being centered in Washington D.C., and instead centering it back with the people. Check out their websites to find out more about how you can get involved, whether as a volunteer, politician, developer, investor, social media influencer, or simply to learn more about the details of these movements. These are heart-centered, spiritually based projects that focus on inclusiveness and cooperation.
Grassroots Corporate/Environmental Protests
We’re big fans of one particular movement that is combining peaceful protest for treaty rights with consideration of the larger world of small farmers and the millions of people around the Missouri River. The Standing Rock Water Protectors are defending our waters against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), while taking on the very corporate power structure that many of us view as detrimental to the common person’s ability to pursue happiness. Their movement is practical, and is also grounded in prayer and inclusiveness.
There are simultaneous pipeline protests happening across the nation. Here are a few ways you can learn more about these movements and get involved:
This list is, of course, very partial and we welcome further suggestions in the comments section below that we can add to this article.