It’s interesting that the movement that began on Wall Street, now spreading throughout the world, starts with the word OCCUPY. It seems there is something on the earth plane that we have vacated and we are at last reclaiming possession of it. We have vacated our bodies; we have vacated our connection with nature, we have vacated our responsibilities, our democracy, our rightful place in the scheme of things. In turn, we have been abandoned by the powers that be, the powers that were, at one time, supposed to take care of us, the people. Tom Atlee, of the Co-Intelligence Institute says in his blog:
“The word ‘occupy’ – as a connotation-rich idea or meme - is itself a fascinating part of the movement’s impact. It invites everyone who wants a new and better world, to claim a space where they can work together to co-create that world. So far, that space is usually a public park. But that’s expanding and morphing: More people are talking about occupying a school, a workplace, a bank, a heart, a profession, an industry, a government office, the airwaves, our minds – any ‘place’ where some piece of the new world needs to evolve and replicate itself to become the actual New World. And the word ‘occupy’ suggests commitment to that place, persistence in it, putting down some roots, claiming and owning and taking responsibility for holding it and making it good.”
Occupation is also a word for what we do in life — the way we make a living. We choose anoccupation as a teacher, healer, administrator, workers of all kinds. So it’s natural that Occupation is also about jobs and our work in the world. But our jobs are more than how we make a living; they are about how we make the living worthwhile. Our real work lies in how we treat each other, ourselves, and the earth. Our real work is behind the scenes, in what we teach our co-workers while sharing an office, what we talk about on the assembly line, what we teach our children in school, becoming radio-active on the airwaves. This is work we are doing together, not alone, making it up as we figure it out, collaborating and co-creating
Day Two of Occupy Baltimore. (Photo by Fern Shen)
Occupation requires a kind of ownership on all levels. We have to “own our stuff” meaning our shadow, our issues, our own part in reality creation. It’s how we grow up and move from childhood and adolescence to the beginning of adulthood. No longer waiting for the powers that be to do it for us, we take responsibility into our own hands. While some say the movement is disorganized or unclear on its objectives, I say it is young; still growing and forming, organically, from the ground up, in self-organizing systems. We get a chance to see this in action with front row seats — witnessing the process—through which we create the new world. It’s the tip of the iceberg of an entire restructuring of society, from the root chakra up. This is the just the beginning of something that will morph and change and mature as it grows. It’s fascinating to watch.
Since the powers that be typically function from the top down, it’s appropriate that we start from the ground and work up. Muladhara chakra means root support. These people need our support. If you can’t join them, send money, write emails to your lists, Twitter, or FaceBook. If you have funds in major banks that are part of the corruption, such as Wells Fargo, CitiBank, JP Morgan/Chase, or Bank of America, join the movement to switch your money to a local bank or credit union. Take part in the decentralization of power that is central to the shift from hierarchy to holarchy.
If you need help finding a safe bank for your money, go here.Where can you take possession of something you have abandoned? Where can you fully occupy your inner temple? The Occupy movement is an example of moving from the love of power of love to the power of love, the maturing from our adolescence in adulthood, and the dawning of a new world.