Creating the quiet revolution

I feel protests serve a purpose.  They definitely bring attention to issues.  I wish the Occupy Seattle group had more coherence in the message they were sending.  In NY, the labor unions have gotten involved and have specific complaints around education and health care and labor issues they’d like addressed.  Here, on the other side of the country, I’m not hearing specifics, but as one Seattle protester put it, she supports everyone ‘screaming for change’.

But what change?  What’s the goal?  What’s the plan?  How is it to be acted out?  I’m not seeing that.  Just a lot of making noise without a plan.

The US is imperfect, there are issues that need attending to.   Having students owe hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt without their school providing outreach services supporting students in finding a job to match their degree is, in my mind, irresponsible.  My own partner experienced this in returning for his MBA, and ten years after receiving it, claims he has never had a job that has required it, but continues to pay down that debt.

Is a quiet revolution a better tactic?  What if hundreds of thousands of people got together and meditated or prayed for change, daily, 24/7, just as they are doing out on the streets.  They could meditate either inside their own homes, or out in public parks, or alongside the protestors.  But,  instead of getting pepper-sprayed, arrested, they’d be unharmed and causing just as much change.

But quiet meditators don’t make for good media coverage.  How exciting is it to see someone with their eyes closed, not making any kind of physical action.  Kind of boring for the viewer.  However, if you think about it, quiet meditators are really the essence of non-violent protesting.  Get that group together and create collective ‘sit-ins’ all across the country.  Focus the meditations on creating the change each group wants to see.

A thought and suggestion to the vocal, rapping and screaming protestors, see what might happen if you turned the volume down, went within and projected intention for change outward.

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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lisa Stuhley
    Oct 06, 2011 @ 09:15:17

    This is precisely why I am creating Reiki 4 Revolution! Everyone should come down to westlake park tomorrow at 5:30 to help us. We need bodies to make a statement. Spread the word, the light and the love!

  2. Jennie
    Oct 06, 2011 @ 09:41:12

    The Seattle group actually has a pretty clear message. They want Jobs, Democracy, and Economic Justice.

  3. reikitrainingprogram
    Oct 06, 2011 @ 09:46:38

    I’d like to hear how they see getting more jobs, democracy and economic justice. What is the plan? Who are the organizations they will partner with or create? Step-by-step, structure for the re-creation. I haven’t seen that put forward yet.

  4. Nicole
    Oct 09, 2011 @ 10:32:47

    Gary and I just had this conversation last night over dinner (after your Reiki 2 class!). I’ve gone out to the protest a few times during the last week and want to keep supporting the movement. I also think I need to step back from Occupy, gain perspective so I retain a positive perspective. I would have gone to the Reiki 4 Revolution too, however I was nursing a cold and decided to stay home.

    I think the Occupy Seattle could learn a great deal from the NYC protests. The best articulation came from NYC Occupy. They have made a declarative statement about what needs to change – and delivered that message in firm, clear, and compassionate terms.

    The best sign at the Occupy protest was not the one about how evil Wall Street was. The best sign said “Another economy is possible,” with a little heart next to it!

  5. reikitrainingprogram
    Oct 10, 2011 @ 08:55:12

    Hi Nicole,

    Glad to hear your sentiments as well. I have seen the NYC declarative statement and I still feel it could also be clearer about the ‘how’ in which the change they want to see can take place.

    Love the sign you saw with the little heart, that’s really the spirit of the protest.

    But, I also saw in a news story that since the protest has ‘staying power’ politicians and others (Rev. Sharpton?) are paying attending. So I’ll give the protestors props for their commitment.
    Thanks for sharing!

  6. Hemant
    Mar 05, 2012 @ 05:53:09

    Where did you get that girl image from?

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