As the tide of the political season washes over us, once again the Swami has some wise words in the Aiki spirit. Enjoy! Participate!
The Transpartisan Up-Wising: Americans Are Waking Up, Left and Right
"It's time for the red tribe and blue tribe to sit in council together, and talk until they are purple in the face."
-- Swami Beyondananda
Dear Friends and Co-Hearts:
If you've been reading my stuff recently, you know that a recurring theme is that if we the people truly want to empower the Golden Rule to overrule the rule of gold, we need to leave the safe harbors of left and right, come front and center, face the music and dance together.
While we don't know the outcome of the upcoming elections, we can safely predict that they will not resolve very much. The two sides will remain bitterly divided, and the corporatocracy will remain in power. Epithets will fly, and fear and anger will obscure the obvious truth: As long as we the people remain divided, we will remain conquered.
However, there is good news! There is a grassroots evolutionary up-wising, an awakening awareness that the only way to "overgrow" the current system is for we the people to shift our focus from the diversionary media sideshow and gather together around the virtues and values that unite us.
A while back, my mission for these times came to me. I am to be a healer of the body politic. My work with Bruce Lipton writing Spontaneous Evolution gave me a powerful foundation in science and spirit for a truly new story. Now, I am involved with another writing partnership to bring the evolutionary conversation to the political domain.
A little more than two years ago, I met Joseph McCormick and found a political kindred spirit. Interestingly, our political backgrounds couldn't be more different. I grew up in a liberal household in New York, was active in the new left, and have always considered myself a progressive. Joseph grew up in a conservative Catholic family, attended Virginia Military Institute, was an Army Ranger, an activist in the Christian Coalition, and a Republican candidate for Congress.
From our separate "tribes," Joseph and I have come to a very similar understanding: It's time for us to identify the functional aspects of "progressive" and "conservative," and create a "whole-brained" body politic that is mature enough and wise enough to evolve the mission of America's Founders. This is already happening, as Transpartisan groups are springing up everywhere. In Seattle, for example, Greens and Libertarians, Democrats, Republicans, Independents, conservatives and progressives, are sitting in council and emerging as the new "cells" in the body politic.
Joseph is a healer of the body politic in his own right, and has a track record of bringing together diverse organizations and individuals, from MoveOn.org to Christian Coalition, from Al Gore to Grover Norquist. (You can read more about Joseph, myself and our project below.)
Together, we are collaborating on a book called The Transpartisan Upwising: A Grassroots Evolution. Interweaving our diverse backgrounds and perspectives, bringing Joseph's practical experience and my humor, we intend to create an entirely new political conversation in America. You can read more about it here: http://transpartisan.us/
If you too are fed up with the divisiveness, with a corporate media that offers far more heat than light, and if you're ready to stop the lamenting and complaining and empower a healthy body politic, we hope you join the conversation. As we write the book, we will be each blogging regularly to offer a transpartisan perspective on current events, and we will be reporting and commenting on signs of the upwising.
Neither the progressive nor the conservative tribes as they are currently constituted have the power to unite Americans so that we are powerful enough to counterbalance the abuses of the corporate state. Together, however, we can build a healthy body politic through heartful communication, respectful listening, and by discovering the truth together rather relying on "pre-packaged" beliefs.
Again, go here to learn more. http://transpartisan.us/