Pardon my silence over the last few weeks, but I was teaching in Europe and moving to a new house at the same time creating double chaos in my life. Things are finally smoothing out before I take off again to Kripalu for the Chakra Yoga Teacher Training and Mind-Body Integration, then to a sold out workshop in Austin, Texas, and finally home for the rest of 2013 with only local workshops in December (click here for my full calendar). Maybe then I’ll be able to find all those missing treasures still buried in boxes! (to say nothing of all the dropped balls . . . )
I could have made many comments during the government shutdown, but now that it’s over and the dust has settled over Capitol Hill, know that we are witnessing a maturing of humanity that demonstrates how sandbox bully tactics just don’t work anymore. Certainly a victory for the people, and one that makes it more difficult for fringe extremists to take over our democracy. Not because they won’t try but because we are having what Swami Beyondananda calls a human upwising: the majority of people are wising up and no longer falling for the old lies and propaganda. National Health Care is not the end of civilization as we know it.
Moises Naim in his recent book, THE END OF POWER, From Boardrooms to Battlefields and Churches to States, Why Being In Charge Isn’t What It Used to Be talks about the four main types of power in the world: political power, religious power, military power, and financial power. He shows how they are all in decline, that these power factions can no longer hold onto power the way they used to. This is due to the fact that people are smarter, more mobile, and have more abundance and access—all of which equal more power to the people to circumvent, undermine, or overthrow the old power structures.
What Naim does not ask in his excellent book on the decline of power is where we are going? What is the next organizing principle for humanity?
Following the line of the chakras, as I have done in THE GLOBAL HEART AWAKENS, it seems clear to me that it is the heart chakra with love as its organizing principle that will gradually replace competition with cooperation, move from a chain of command to a web of connection, shift from an ego system to an ecosystem, and mature from the unlimited growth of childhood to sustainability and spiritual growth.
As governments fail or become corrupt, people grow up and take matters into their own hands. As the government shutdown cost the economy $12.5 million/hour or $24 billion dollars in total (nearly enough to end hunger worldwide, estimated at $30 billion), common citizens rolled up their sleeves to help each other out. Here’s a clip from Geri Weis-Corbley’s wonderful Good News Network about the power of love showing up when the love of power fails to provide what is necessary.
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October 24, 2013