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2014: Revolutionizing Consciousness
By John Perkins
Please be sure to see my upcoming Online Course: Food, Plant and Animal Alchemy and Awakening Your Spirit listed at the bottom!
-Harriet Tubman, abolitionist and humanitarian, an important member of the “Underground Railroad” (1820 – 1913)
We are entering a new year and continuing along the path of a Consciousness Revolution, an event that has been anticipated for centuries by indigenous cultures. This is an ideal time for us to ask ourselves what it means to be human on this tiny space station, Earth, at this moment in history, to recognize that we must take the individual and collective actions necessary to turn crises into opportunities, to commit to daily actions that will transform that recognition into reality, and finally, to realize that doing all of this isn’t just necessary; it’s fun.
Achieving all of our goals will be possible as we pursue the goal of revolutionizing consciousness – as we think about the world and ourselves in a new and enlightened way. In order to pursue our mission to create a just, peaceful, and sustainable world, we recognize the importance of transforming ourselves from the inside out, starting with our hearts and minds.
Every crisis presents us with an opportunity to make a difference. Taking initiative during times of natural disaster and civil unrest leads to the changes that the world needs to see now. Stepping into the gaps caused by crises with courage and responsibility allows us to create a bright future for our children and grandchildren. We have the power to make sweeping lifestyle changes at home and to empower our leaders to do the same.
The corporatocracy wants us to consume more and more as their profits and power grow; yet, we are called upon to resist with purposeful action. It is time to educate those around us so that the movement to reduce consumption and to empower responsible businesses can become stronger. Not only is rampant consumption feeding into the corporatocracy, but it is also threatening the future of our children in every way from their food sources to their health. Through our purchasing decisions, we send powerful messages to the corporations. It is time now for those messages to be about creating an economy that cleans up pollution, helps starving people feed themselves, and develops new energy, transportation, communications, banking, education, and marketing systems – instead of about more militarization and pillaging of the earth.
After we commit to daily actions we see our goals become achievements and our dreams become reality. As I suggested in a recent blog, when you identify a cause that inspires you and email at least 10 people every day urging them to act around that cause and also asking them to email 10 of their friends, you manifest magical powers.
Setting clear goals helps us to be intentional about changing poor habits into powerful ones. Writing those goals down and sharing them with friends and family creates momentum and accountability. We can transform ourselves with each dream that starts in the heart and becomes reality.
It takes just one voice to start a movement. One voice is joined by hundreds and then thousands more voices to create an insurmountable energy for change. All over the world, we can and will continue uniting and demanding for the right of the people to be served. Strong grassroots movements will be unstoppable with enough of us behind them.
Let 2014 be the year that you dedicate yourself like never before to your transformative journey and your practice of living in a new consciousness. No matter what goals you set for yourself in the new year, one of the most important actions you can take is to educate those around you about these issues and how to make an impact regarding them.
Let’s dance together, soar together, and share our passions with others.
Please join me at this upcoming event:
February 6, 2014: EVOLVER LEARNING LAB- Food, Plant and Animal Alchemy and Awakening Your Spirit – ONLINE COURSE, First of Four
Date: Thursday, February 6, 2014
Time: 8:00 pm ET/5:00 pm PT
Topic: Use the energies of food, plants and animals as an aid to developing spiritual insights and expanded consciousness. Hosted by John Perkins and John Kozinski
Details: 90 minute live video seminar with Question & Answer time
Location: ONLINE- 4 Course Seminar
Tickets available online: http://evolverlearninglab.com/products/food-plant-and-animal-alchemy-and-awakening-your-spirit#register
A Total Outrage: Ecuador Shuts Down an NGO!
This is an outrage! In defiance of law, human rights, and the rights of nature, the Ecuadorian government under President Rafael Correa sent officials from the Police Administration to abruptly shut down Fundacion Pachamama in Quito without legal cause or due process.
On this day when we remember the life of Nelson Mandela, it is especially ironic that a Latin American country is joining forces with the corporatocracy to obliterate the rights of indigenous people and wreak more havoc on one of the world’s most fragile and important eco-systems.
Fundacion Pachamama is a nonprofit outgrowth of and is supported by the Pachamama Alliance, an organization that I co-founded (along with Bill and Lynne Twiste) in 1995 to fight for the rights of nature and the indigenous peoples of the Amazon. The important work of these organizations has been threatened, laying the groundwork for the government to attack other foundations and organizations in the same lawless manner. What has been done is blatantly illegal and must be addressed strongly and immediately.
The international oil companies and the corporatocracy have pressured the Ecuadorian government to violently exploit the rights of the people of the Amazon specifically and by extension, the human rights of all. Recently, the Ecuadorian government has attempted to allow investors and oil executives from around the world to bid for the right to oil development in areas of the Amazon basin that belong to the indigenous people. Fundacion Pachamama has supported the indigenous people in their struggles to protect their homes, cultures, and lands. That support has prompted the government to take this outrageous action against them.
The Interior Ministry accused this organization of “affecting the public peace” because of their peaceful protests against the bidding, which is called XI Oil Round. “We are peaceful,” said Joke Baert, a Fundacion Pachamama spokeswoman. “We defend human rights and we have never promoted or supported violence. The government should carry out a deep investigation.”
The international NGO community is leaping to Fundacion Pachamama’s defense, with organizations such as Amazon Watch showing solidarity by spreading awareness and reaching out to the media as well as to legal channels to restore justice and allow the movement to continue unfettered in favor of the rights of nature.
Amazon Watch stated in an email to its members: “We cannot allow for this aggression to distract attention and debate from the larger issues, such as the violation of the collective rights of the indigenous peoples of the Amazon, the Human Rights of all, and the Rights of Nature.”
Fundacion Pachamama released a statement regarding this violation of their rights, saying, “This closure is an arbitrary act that seeks to suppress our legitimate right to dissent from the decision of the National Government to concede areas of Amazonian indigenous nations to oil companies, without respecting their constitutional rights and to free, prior and informed consultation, according to the standards of the International Law of Human Rights.”
We need you to stand with us in this fight for justice. Please “like” Fundacion Pachamama on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pachamama.org.ec) and follow us on Twitter (@FPachamama_Ec), for more updates in the coming hours and days. Get involved in the global conversation on Twitter, using the hashtag #SolidaridadPachamama to show support. You can also call the Ecuadorian Embassy or Consulate closest to you, letting them know Fundacion Pachamama should be reopened. (http://www.ecuadorexplorer.com/html/consulates_abroad.htm)
By John Perkins
November is a month for reflection on giving thanks. As people around the world are waking to the consciousness revolution, we are also owning up to our power and strengths, and we are committing to making positive impacts in the world. Below I reflect on just a few of the many recent and pivotal accomplishments of the consciousness revolution.
Sustainability and Food:
The green movement picked up speed and supporters. Its strength grows exponentially as more and more consumers become aware of the impact that sustainable living and good business practices have on the economy, the environment and public health. We’ve seen a huge shift towards local goods, organic produce and businesses that support this movement.
I’ve written before in blogs and newsletters about two large movements: The March Against Monsanto and fast food workers striking to demand higher wages in order to survive without public assistance. Both of these movements have generated a great deal of press coverage and captured the attention of activists and politicians.
Corporate Social Responsibility:
This movement scored a major success this year when the Securities and Exchange Commission proposed a rule on the disclosure of executive compensation. Under Section 953(b) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, companies will be required to publish the median of the annual total compensation to all employees except the CEO, the annual total compensation of its CEO, and the ratio of the two amounts. This kind of information is critical for shareholders and the public. It will help support responsible corporate governance.
On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court declared the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional. This has enabled same-sex couples who are legally married to participate in federal programs like Social Security, veterans’ benefits, health insurance and retirement funds.
The legalization of marijuana has made major strides, particularly in Colorado and Washington. For the most part, the corporatocracy opposes this. Many, including pharmaceutical, alcohol and tobacco, and petrochemical companies, see its legalization as a threat to their profits.
The gridlock in Washington has shown our politicians for what they truly are: corporatocracy pons. The status quo, big-business campaign financiers do not want change. The current laws favor them, granting huge subsidies and tax breaks. The corporatocracy pays the Democrats to vote for a bill, and the Republicans to vote against it. Gridlock. Nothing changes. They win. But the recent “off-year” elections demonstrated that increasing numbers of voters aren’t falling for it any more. The Tea Party tumbled. It was not a total victory, but the signs of reawakening progressive movements were written on the election booths.
The above are just a few of many examples. The point to emphasize is that while it is easy to be cynical, negativity gains nothing. And there are many reasons to be thankful for the accomplishments and trend changes we are experiencing.
I ask you to make a list of events of the past year that give you hope, and then email that list to at least ten friends. Use it as inspiration for continuing this dance into a better world– the transformation from a Death Economy to a Life Economy.
Please join me at one or both of the below.
November 12, 2013: EVOLVER LEARNING LAB- SHAPESHIFTING IN ACTION- ONLINE COURSE, First of Four
Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Time: 8:00 pm ET/5:00 pm PT
Topic: Shapeshifting in Action: Applying Spiritual Insight and Expanded Consciousness to your Everyday Life- “Reconnecting with the Divine Self”
Details: This will be the first of four online courses I am offering for the “Shapeshifting in Action” course hosted by Evolver Learning Lab. Each course is 90 minutes of a live video seminar with question & answer time.
Location: ONLINE- 4 Course Seminar
Tickets available online: https://evolver.refersion.com/c/d58/1577
December 13-22, 2013: BIRTHING THE NEW ERA- TRIP TO MAYA LANDS, GUATEMALA
Theme: Realizing the Prophecies in the Lands of the Maya- Shapeshifting into Higher Consciousness
Details: Limited space is available in this select group of travelers who will explore, study, and celebrate together the true birth of a “new” time on our planet. I greatly encourage you to join me for my adventure into the Land of the Maya.
Indigenous elders and shamans around the world have taught me that all life is energy and that personal and global transformation occurs by altering energy. The Maya are known as the Masters of Subtle Energy. On this journey you will learn about prophecies around the world, participate in fire ceremonies with local shamans on sacred sites, learn shapeshifting approaches, visit jungles, stay in beautiful colonial haciendas, enjoy the delicious local foods, and connect with like-minded people.
Registration: To sign up, visit the Trips page on my website (http://www.johnperkins.org/trips/) for more information and email Linda Leyerle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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