Friday, December 3, 2010

Participate

"Eighty (80%) percent of success is showing up," Woody Allen.


We indeed live in interesting times. Humanity is shifting. We're evolving. I see it everywhere in every facet of our local & global environments. I see it with individuals too. Ain't the Age of Transformation grand!


In the US political & spiritual arenas, we're seeing two major shifts unfold - apathy and awareness. Moving from complacency to action. Where once we could float on a false sense of security & comfort, we're now being challenged to stand up, take action, be responsible for our lives. Increasing our awareness, practicing discipline, patience, compassion. Not sitting on the bleachers, but participating in the game! We know that's a key to success. "80% of success is showing up." We face challenges & controversies - yet our spirit continues to blossom.


"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy," Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.


Cancer patients now see that doctors & the medical field don't know everything about how to cure cancer. We're learning every day that Chemo & Radiation aren't the only solutions. We're also learning that our physical bodies simply reflect our emotional & spiritual state. (Article & Info) Emotionally, we're evolving, wanting more joy, happiness - from our relationships, our work, play, etc. Spiritually, we see there's more than one way to connect with God, our Higher Selves, our Soul (Article & Website). Where we once belonged to one church, practiced only that force-fed dogma, we've shifted to include other beliefs as well. We're shifting! We no longer see just one side of anything. Lucky us! (Arizona Republic, Jan 2009)

As we continue molding & re-shaping our beliefs based on the beat of our drum and no one else's, we take more responsibility for our own lives.  We not only participate, but we shine, succeed & create more balance, abundance, joy in our lives. 


We're given countless opportunities to act on our beliefs - putting our money where our mouth is. In our personal relationships, financial houses, health, spirit, work and with governmental bodies (politics). The Age of Transformation beams a solid light on all areas of our earthen life. Are we following through? Are we paying attention? It just takes baby steps. 


So if we're shifting in all areas of our lives, why not apply that to external forces as well? Government, political forces. Why wait for our natural internal shifts to slowly affect the laws that govern us? Apathy & awareness. If you were born in the United States, or are a naturalized US citizen, you are indeed blessed with opportunities to evolve, positively change your life & others'. 


I remember talking with friends from different European countries back in the '80s & '90s. One thread running throughout their opinions of Americans was this. "Americans are spoiled. Not because you're cry-babies, but because you've been given keys to individual freedom and you don't use them. Your Republic offers ways for you to chart your own course, buck the status quo, let liberty shine. And you don't. You sit on your hands. You allow leaders you don't really know -or thoroughly investigate - to rule your lives. You're no different than us." They were right. We're seeing the results of apathy now. But we can change that.  


Participate. As US citizens, we hold the keys to our personal freedoms, to chart our own course, to change things, creating more autonomy and less governmental control. We haven't practiced or participated in the process for decades. But we can change that. Baby steps. As a US citizen, if you can find 5 extra hours/month, you can affect positive political or governmental changes. That's one hour a week, basically. Through the internet, you're given another key to freedom. Check out what's happening in the US Senate, US House, contact your Senators or Reps - takes a total of 15 minutes. Even better, bird-dog your local government, your local School District. Find out what they're doing & if you don't accept, approve what they're doing, email them. Takes about 20 minutes. If that's too much, join a Social Media page that bird-dogs legislation - federal, state or local. Keep up with it. You can't count on the press to educate you. Use what you have - internet access.


We vote. But let's be honest. We don't always know who or what we're voting for. We can change that. We vote people into office, but we don't check on them after they're there. Evolve, transform that old pattern. Five hours a month. Participate. You'll feel empowered.


Shifting & Evolving is happening in every area of our lives, whether we're aware of it or not. Increase your awareness - participate! You'll Reconnect with Your Beautiful Spirit, feel empowered (vs victimized), and you'll make a difference. I'm living proof. 


--Robin
Sedona Spirit
robin@sedonaspirit.us
(928) 451-5107

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