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Quite a bit of changes have been instituted around the world due to
citizens becoming involved in Activism to bring their desires for change home
to the target government or institution.There are two general types of activism which I would like to explain in
this essay.This information was
recently put together to lead a mindfulness meditation group into an
informative meditation toward changing violence and suffering around the world,
including the earth itself, into peace and health.Thus, you will see sample meditation
First, there are at least two general types of activism:
methods of FRONT-LINE activism:
3.Putting one’s body in
front of bulldozers
4.Living high in a tree
to protect the cutting of a forest, etc, etc…
These represent only the most
immediate and direct expressions of action for social change.
1.an activity of consciousness or spirit, such as:
4.ecstatic dance or other types of rituals,
5.intended to support collective healing and social change,
6.grows from the idea that there are many effective ways –
some newly emerging, many as old as humanity – to positively influence social
change other than overt political action.
It is possible to identify a spectrum of social action that proceeds
from the more obvious or overt forms down a graded scale of increasing
subtlety. At the subtlest level, even certain activities of consciousness or
spirit can be recognized as forms of social action.
A global meditation and prayer event, in which hundreds of thousands of
people around the planet unite in silence and prayers for world peace, is a
prime example of subtle activism.
On March 15, 2002, over 600,000 Sri Lankans traveled from all corners of
the country to the sacred city of Anuradhapura to participate in the world’s
largest ever peace meditation. After a few brief spoken prayers by members of
the clergy of various Sri Lankan religions, the event organizer Dr. Ariyaratne
guided the massive crowd into a simple mindful breathing meditation.Over half a million people settled into deep
stillness and silence for an entire hour. The meditation was clearly a
political statement, yet there were no placards or speeches – simply - silence.
Dr. Ariyaratne, who since 1958 had
worked on refugee and rehabilitation projects with both sides of Sri Lanka’s
bitter civil war, introduced the peace meditations in the late 1990’s in order
to “change the psycho-sphere.” The American peace activist Joanna Macy, present
at the March 15 meditation, called it
“the biggest silence I ever heard…. I
thought: This is the sound of bombs and landmines not exploding, of rockets not
launched, of machine guns laid aside. This is possible.”
During the Battle of Britain, Londoners of various faiths united daily
for a minute of silence after the chiming of Big Ben at 9pm – a practice
intended to strengthen the moral resolve of the city’s inhabitants during the
ordeal of war.
In recent years, the expansion of the global interfaith movement and the
emergence of the Internet have given rise to numerous globally synchronized
meditation and prayer vigils that link individuals and communities around the
world for shared silence and prayers for peace. For example, in early 2003
during the buildup to the Iraq war, the Global Interfaith Prayer Vigil brought
together over 100,000 monks, nuns and other committed practitioners of a wide
variety of faiths for a fifteen-week vigil to pray for a peaceful solution.
Sample 20-minute Group Meditation
Leader: You may, as always, use your own method of meditation, but if
you would like to listen to my words to guide you periodically, during your
breathing cycle – breathing in/breathing out – I will name aloud a location or
social situation which is in need of collective healing or social change… you
might want to try to visualize the situation I name and imagine the situation
improving, or think projecting the words “Peace and Healing” towardthe place or situation, or otherwise emanate
feelings of peace and compassion toward the location which I name.The choice is yours. Feel free to add your
own silently. Just don’t keep visualizing the tragic situation remaining
After a while, I will name several charities
that work with our donations in needy areas around the world… perhaps you will
want to send thoughts of generous donations to the charity and wisdom to use
the funds where needed… and add the charities which you help support.
After 20 minutes, we will come out of the meditation & I will add a
few more thoughts to consider and then go around the room and introduce
ourselves and comment on what this topic means to you as you desire.
(Spoken at periodic intervals by the leader)
Apartheid & ethnic cleansing in
Egyptian political and religious
Al Qaeda and Taliban becoming
U.S. poverty and crime areas
Unity amongst Congressional members
in the U.S. congress
Pres Obama’s wisdom
Hostility between Japan, China and
China’s hostility toward Tibet and
the families of those Buddhists who were celebrating the Dalai Lama’s birthday
recently killed by Chinese soldiers in Tibet
Actions needed to be taken to
reverse climate change
Sahel, Nigeria, W. Africa drought,
Military personnel in harms way
Save the Children
Doctors w/o Borders
If appropriate: Various local church
outreach programs such as The Lighthouse, UN Global Justice Committee, UU
Social Justice Light a Candle projects, Neighborhood Leadership Academy,
overseas church partnership projects, etc.
(Bring the group out of meditation
in accordance with local practice.)
Further Thoughts on Activism
Subtle activism is primarily intended for collective
healing and social transformation. Meditating for one’s own liberation would
not be considered subtle activism, but meditating for peace on Earth would be.
Praying for the health of one’s personal friend is not subtle activism, but
praying for a community struck by natural disaster is. It is important and
wonderful to send healing to ourselves, our friends, and our families, but the
goal of subtle activism is to encourage us to extend our healing focus beyond
our local family to our greater community.
Forms of Subtle Activism
Many kinds of actions can exert subtle positive influence on the social
realm and thus might be considered forms of subtle activism. For example,
certain kinds of intellectual contributions, and various forms of inspirational
art and music are types of action that support positive social change through
less overt or direct means than conventional approaches to activism
(demonstrations, marches, lobbying, etc).
Two kinds of Subtle Activism which I am involved in are
and social needs on Facebook, needs which are made public by charities, trying
to get my FB friends to look out of their own situation into the needs of
America and the world.
2.By signing petitions and encouraging my FB friends to sign
the petitions for collective and social justice.
3.I also help support
Amnesty International with funds and also preparing and mailing letters to
leaders of countries on behalf of activists and other victims who have been
taken prisoner for their positive work and are being otherwise abused.
4. Meditation focused on collective needs.
especially interested in the spiritual dimension of subtle activism, hence our
“those forms of spiritual practice intended to support
collective healing and social change.”
“Spiritual practice” means prayer,
meditation, ritual, or any other kind of spiritual or consciousness practice,
from any tradition. It includes ecstatic dance, devotional chanting, and other
kinds of expressive practices. We understand that the word “spiritual” means
different things for different people. I consider a practice to be “spiritual”
if it is oriented toward wholeness and healing and motivated by universal
values such as love, compassion, and universal justice. It is not necessary
that the approach be explicitly spiritual. For example, we would consider a
practice that inspires awe and reverence for the Earth to be spiritual, even if
the word spiritual is not mentioned.
Subtle activism also includes
certain kinds of relational practices intended to help heal aspects of our
collective shadow, especially when these take place in a sacred context.
Individual Inner Subtle Activism
In individual inner work, most approaches include
some form of the following two dimensions:
1) Making contact with our deeper essence through meditation, prayer or
other spiritual practice; and
2) Transforming our limiting beliefs and behavior patterns by working
through critical issues from our personal history.
Similarly, an important dimension of spiritual practices oriented toward
collective healing and social transformation is a process of:
Bringing up to consciousness ancient wounds and limiting
patterns of thought inherited from our collective history (e.g., racism,
Leading examples of this kind of subtle activism include
1.Women and men come together in sacred space to heal gender
2.People uncover their innate connections with each other and
the web of life, and
3.Working with groups that acknowledge and engage the
political and psychological dimensions of issues that arise between members of
I believe that there is enormous
untapped power in these kinds of practices to support collective healing and
I consider myself to be a Social Activist.I invite you to join me in these
endeavors.Showing talent, initiative,
concern, devotion, becoming a pest… (as I am on Facebook) or just plain work are
I suggest that you make the
following your own meditation/prayer focus to help compassion to radiate forth:
A Quote From
The Digha Nikay
“I put away all hindrances,
I let my mind full of love pervade one quarter of the world,
and so too the second quarter,
and so the third, and so the fourth.
And thus the whole wide world,
around and everywhere,
I altogether continue to pervade with love filled thought,
free from hatred and ill will.”
I Pray with love and
compassion for all to live in peace and health.
I Give generously to heal the
plight of the needy.
I Go into our
world to bring love and compassion…We
are all one!
Some of these ideas have been compiled from the following
Fairness or reasonableness, especially in the way people are
treated or decisions are rendered, sound or good reasoning.
usual, I was communing with myself this morning; and as it is with many people
today, it had to do with the verdict of the Trayvon Martin Murder Case. This is
what transpired within my psyche. Are you surprised and shocked at this, is
this any different than what has always been, and did you expect anything
different? The answer to all of that is a loud resounding NO!
that a lot of people are talking about justice, and rightfully so. Nonetheless,
we must face reality. Since the invasion of the settlers, there has never been
any true justice in this country. This sacred land, and all land is sacred, was
taken from a people that laid no claim of ownership to it, because the
indigenous people of this land understood that everything belonged to Great Spirit,
and Great Spirit was in everyone and everything. What was thought to have been
taken from the native people of Turtle Island belonged to no one to be taken
from. The signature of the people and powers that be today, and the people and
powers that be when this land was raided and terrorized by the so-called
fathers of this land remains the same today. We cannot expect to receive
justice from a people who are greedy and heartless, a people that believe that
killing for sport or any other reason outside of the taking of a life for
necessary nourishment is right. They have even turned the taking of the life of
an animal for nourishment into a barbaric travesty.
how they have been, and remain to be should not surprise us or anger us any
more, that is of course unless you were born yesterday. It should not surprise
or anger us any more because we know their MO; we know their "Modus
Operandi" their “Mode of Operation”. Here is the major reason why we must
not allow that which others do upset us and make us angry; when we get upset
and angry we are allowing ourselves to be thrown out of balance, and when we
are out of balance we always do the wrong thing and act out of character, and
everything that we do no matter for what reason we have a price to pay for it.
So please answer me this old question that I have added a little something to,
“Does two wrongs make a right, even though it may make us feel a little better
at the time?” We do exactly what they want us to do when we get all upset, we
lay down our power and are susceptible to their next attack that is designed
specifically to control and/or destroy us. We must stop being tricked into
giving our power away.
one way we African Americans were tricked into giving our power away, was
placing our hope and faith in a man simply because he looks like us, and you
know who I am speaking of, Obama. Beloved, only you and I can save us, not
Obama, not the so-called Justice System, or any one or anything else. Our only
salvation is learning to go within and tap into the Divine Force that resides
within our very own spirits; the major scheme way back when was to
disenfranchise us from our true power, which is the Spiritual Power that
resides within our very own spirit. Causing us to believe in a power and savior
outside of ourselves was the master scheme of all schemes, and that alone is
what controls us today.
some insinuate that the outcome of the trial was God’s will and justice was
served. Let me tell you something else that I am sure many will get upset over.
Religion is a major part of the master scheme to disempower and control the
majority of the human race, which includes people of all races. If you study
the bible it talks about slaves submitting to their masters, it also talks
about human sacrifices, of which some will say eating the flesh of Christ and
drinking the blood of Christ was strictly symbolic, if that is the case why
would a God of Love use such a symbolic gesture? Back to some of the
ridiculousness written in the bible; it states that God is a jealous God, a
vengeful God, and a God that is to be feared; please tell me this, how could an
omniscient omnipotent God be those things? Last but not least, we are taught by
the so-called inerrant word of God the bible that we are to have the fear of
God in our hearts. How is it possible to fear and love someone at the same
time? The bible did say a few things that I believe in and agree wholeheartedly
with, the major one being that God Is Love. That is it in a nutshell, and that
being the absolute truth, it dispels all of that nonsense that I just shared
with you that is supposed to be the word of God to us. Oh, one other thing that
I must mention here that was designed to rob us of our power; God was depicted
as a male, a man, yet in the bible it clearly says; “Then God said, “Let us
make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish
in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild
animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground. So God created
mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female
he created them.” There are some contradictions in that statement, however I
want to point out the following. In the image of God was created both male and
female, that means that both woman and man where created with equality.
beloved sisters and brothers, all of this speaks directly to the reason why we
must stop looking outside of our selves for that which we need. Something else
that I believe that the bible teaches and it is the following; we are the
church (the physical structure that Spirit dwells in), and God (Mama-Baba
Goddess-God) dwells in the church (you and me). We must regain the power that
resides in this truth, and it is possible within our lifetime. Now I am not
saying that everyone will do this, because everyone will not do it in our
lifetime. The spiritual evolution required to accomplish such takes many
lifetimes, and yes I am saying that we live more then one lifetime. I am not
going to get into it here, but the bible even talks about that; one of the
things that little to no attention is given and taught about.
Gandhi said, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” We must find
the way to do this, the power to do so resides within each of us. We must stop
looking to the church, the so-called Department of Justice, the police, our
teachers, and anyone and anything else that we are looking to outside of
ourselves for assistance. I know that being in the state that we now find
ourselves, makes it hard to believe that the answers we seek are within us.
Nevertheless, that is the absolute truth; and we must align ourselves with that
truth. If we do not do this, we will continue to wander in the wilderness of
deception and confusion, and continue to experience greater levels of discord
directly in our lives and all around us. We must make our way back to the place
of practicing and being the Powerful Spiritual Beings who are on a delightful
sojourn through a dense physical plane for the purpose of learning new things
and becoming greater creators of our reality. We must shed the dis-ease of
forgetfulness and start to enter into the realm of Total Spiritual Re-Call.
Until we open up fully and recall who we truly are, the agony will continue to
accelerate and weaken us even more. We must and will eventually get back to the
truth. The only question is this; how much more pain must we experience before
we wake up completely?
original practice of the indigenous people of Alkebulan (Africa), Turtle Island
(America), and all of the indigenous people of the world was as follows; Great
Spirit is in everyone and everything, there was no separation between Great
Spirit and any form of creation; the whole of creation is All One because the
whole of creation is all a part of Great Spirit. All manner of wickedness and
suffering entered into the human experience when man created and placed an
angry god over mankind and creation, that was the beginning of the religious
deception. The indigenous people of Turtle Island (the Americas) were said to
be devil worshipers by the Europeans; that was certainly not the case at all.
The European settlers were worshiping the god of their ancestors, the god that
their ancestors created; so in essence they were worshiping a man made idol,
which is the same as worshiping the devil. Today idol worship is so popular in
many arenas. Actually, the most well known promotion and teaching of idol
worship is the number one show on Tell-a-vision in America, and it is named
American Idol, a show that promotes focus on and praise of someone outside of
us. Have you noticed that the idols, role models, athletes, and stars that are
put out front for us to see, follow, and worship are pretty messed up people,
with little to no morals at all? The majority of those who were and still are
on the true path of personal empowerment, were either made out to be crazy or
they were killed; that is the evidence of the fear of those who are
orchestrating all of the fear and control we are gripped with today, and their
fear of us eventually accepting the truth, and derailing their hell bound
train. However, let me tell you this; no matter what is done to us, if we
decide to accept the truth, and do all that we can to embody that truth, actually
be the change that we want to see in the world, we will defeat the wickedness
that has a grip on the world we are currently living in.
lets make a pledge to change the world, and it can be done in a very simple
way; work on changing one person; ourselves. If each of us changes ourselves to
line up with Divine Reality, we will empower ourselves to the point that
nothing and no one can stop us from totally being the Eternal All Powerful
Spiritual Beings that we have always been and are today. If we change
ourselves, which will transform our surrounding worlds; when our worlds overlap
we will take back more of the whole wide world.