Let spiritual power that flows from our souls unite us and propel us toward action for justice for all. Amen, Thanks Caroline, wise words that I intend to heed! Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP, www.arcwp.org
..."What we do next matters – especially now – because we have discovered what we can do. We know we are linked through an “Inner-net”, that our souls are as in touch with each other as our Internet system. Once we are up and running on our Internet, we are never disconnected, right? In that same way, we cannot allow ourselves to detach from our Inner-net. We must each make a commitment to stay conscious, active and committed to see that our rights as women and as Americans are protected.
Let me suggest the following:
Keep a beautiful image in your soul the reflects the power of your life: Women hold up half the sky and walk upon half the Earth.
Keep ever hopeful and ever active. Learn from this event. Change requires positive action. Not only did our numbers impress the world but every one of our protest marches were peaceful. We radiated grace. I cannot tell you how many people – mostly men – have since spoken with me about how this march made them realize “something is going on here.” Had one violent, angry outburst occurred, the news media would have made that the story and ignored the millions – and I mean millions – of others who walked in integrity. We shook the darkness with the power of Light.
As Michael Moore encouraged everyone, keep in contact with your local Congressman and Senator about health care, Planned Parenthood and any other issue that is personally significant to you.
Get in contact with local and national organizations. Get on their mailing lists. Start blogging. Let your voice be heard. Become educated on your issues. Opinions are not as valuable as knowledge – remember that. Knowledge is power.
Grow your network, grow your community.
Personally, I believe a social activist network and a spiritual community are the perfect combination. We are living not just in “changing times” but at a time that demands we participate in the changes that are happening around us. This is by far the most vital, alive, extraordinary time in the history of civilization. It is a privilege to be a part of it – a privilege. I traveled on the train to downtown Chicago yesterday seated next to an 83-year-old activist named Madonna. She said she had been a social activist since the 60’s but she did not think she would have to return to fight for women’s rights again. “I thought we did that already,” she laughed. What a grand elder. As we walked down the stairs from the El train to Jackson, I told Madonna that I hoped to see her around the neighborhood now that I knew who she was. She smiled and said, “Oh that would be lovely, dear, although you might have to remind me of where we met.” And off she went, cane in hand, to march for women of generations yet to come.
You know me – I will always encourage you to reach out with heart and spirit to others. We have spoken about transformation for decades now. The moment is upon us. And we are the generation who history will speak about someday. How did we navigate this moment? How did we respond? Did we march once and go home? Or did we set the world on fire with our spirits and change the destiny of our planet? We are the people now gathering under the Liberty Tree once again, just as the Founding Fathers did. Now it’s our turn. It is the era of the Founding Mothers. It’s our turn to shape the next stage of our democracy and perhaps join with our global community of sisters, of fellow conscious human beings, and pave the way for a peaceful future for humanity.
We are the new Founding Mothers and Daughters and Sons and Fathers. WE ARE THE NEW FOUNDING MOTHERS! And we will determine our rights. WE WILL. We will have health care and we will have Planned Parenthood (and we will not allow politicians to promote the lie that every woman who walks into a Planned Parenthood Clinic is seeking an abortion), and we will fight for Climate Change legislation and we will fight to protect our environment for us and for our children and the next generations. We will not be takers. We will be givers and protectors.
Finally: We know the prayer that we should accept the things that we cannot change. Perhaps it is time to invoke the grace to “change the things we cannot accept.”
Keep your Inner-net Light on. Your soul is connected to millions of others souls, all of whom care about the same issues you do. We owe each other the promise not to quit, not to be silent, and to never EVER utter the phrase: But what can I do?