At first glance, this
seems to imply that action is not necessary, or important. But
conscious action flows from an inspired consciousness. They are not
separate but actually call forth each other.
We are presently living in systems and structures that do not represent an enlightened consciousness.
In fact, they often represent just the opposite:
By default, we are forced to comply with them outwardly, even if inwardly they chafe against the yearnings of our soul.
As our consciousness
evolves we are compelled to heal these splits - the ways in which
our spirit and our material life are incongruent.
of the interconnection and unity of all life,
we are called into action
to change the outer structures and systems
by which we live.
At a certain point, frustrated with the seemingly intractable obstacles to changing entrenched power structures, I came to the conclusion that nothing would change unless we changed our own consciousness at an inner level.
I then embarked on a long
journey which took me to India and for many years practiced yoga and
meditation in spiritual communities. I even became a swami in an
I suddenly woke up to the reality that not only had all those years of "consciousness transformation" not succeeded in transforming the planet but that in fact, we were on the verge of potentially cataclysmic climate change, ecological and economic collapse.
I realized that inner work can't substitute for outer work, but that the two have to go together...
The first was a blissful awakening.
The second a rude one - but ultimately blissful too, because it embraced reality in its true fullness, which empowers the transformation from darkness into light.
can't substitute for outer work
- the two have to go together.
This means that true inner revolution is inevitably the basis of true outer revolution. Overcoming the false distinction we make between them is essential to the quantum leap in our evolution needed to heal both ourselves and our planet today.
Beth Green, counselor and teacher, speaks of the importance of,
focuses on confronting someone or something
A Culture of
Mutual support is a culture of wholeness,
whereby the individual supports
the highest good of the whole
and the whole supports
the highest good of the individual.
We acknowledge that
through supporting the highest good of all,
we create a healthy whole that supports us all.
We acknowledge that we are one
and cannot be well at one another's expense.
And we also acknowledge that
we need not sacrifice, because the good of the whole
includes the good of ourselves.
Combining inner and outer revolution is the fastest, most powerful way to accelerate both our own transformation and that of our society and our planet.
By advancing our evolution both personally and collectively, it advances both exponentially, far more powerfully than if we work at either the inner or outer level alone.
By advancing our evolution
both personally and collectively,
it advances both exponentially
As consciousness evolves, it is natural for it to seek new, systemic outer expressions.
Going beyond the
'either/or' of consciousness change or outer change may be in itself
the revolution of our times...!