What is Sacred Activism?
In a time where the world is in fight mode, I need something to anchor myself into right action.
Sacred Activism helps me figure out what that is. I remind myself that yes, there is a "great unraveling" but also simultaneously we are in the Great Turning. And Joanna Macy teaches that there are three aspects of this Great Turning... 1. Holding Actions. It's necessary to hold the line to stop further destruction and exploitation of the earth and peoples. We can't let it proceed any further. 2. Transforming the Foundations of Common Life. Community, village, the commons, gift economy, biomimicry. We need new systems in which we can exist together with trust to make the current one obsolete. 3. Shift in Values and Perceptions. We need to be thinking on new levels, recognizing we are part of many systems, and that love is a thread through everything. Do we see the world as something to consume or to be in cooperation and solidarity with? Is water a being? Are animals sentient? Are you radically loving yourself and feeling totally worthy of it?! In my late teens & early 20's, I was holding actions. Stopping fracking in New York and (trying to) in California, assisting friends in Ecuador to get the word out about the Yasuní rainforest being sold off to oil corporations, and hitting the streets during #occupywallstreet. In the last years, I've been more focused on living and learning in community, developing skills in social technologies and facilitation, and grounding in spiritual practices that keep me connected to the earth and the synchronicities of the universe. And I still participate in a march here and there. Activism isn't all about fighting the machine but taking care to listen to what the earth wants and actively creating the new world we need before it finally collapses.