Monday, July 29, 2013

Spiritual Activism - There Is No Paradox - It's ALL Love

Spiritual Activism – It’s ALL about Love – A Sierra Essay and Vent  

There was a time a few years ago when I struggled with the seeming paradox of “All Is Well” and “There is only Love” and speaking up for and taking action on the issues and things that are important to me. It felt like a tug between my spiritualism and my activism… if all is well, then why speak up? If all is well, what is there to do? I went through a period of keeping my head in the sand, not wanting to know or hear about any issues because “All Is Well.” I even gave up my nonprofit foundation working towards a protected marine area because I did not want to “push against” the commercial fishermen and after all, “All Is Well.”

But after a while I did not feel good at all keeping silent and keeping my head in the sand about things that are important to me. I felt like I was letting down my brothers and sisters, my family, my planet and not fulfilling my true divine purpose. I felt like I was taking a free ride on this planet. I wanted to enjoy it but not stand up for what I love because “All Is Well.”

And then I realized… Activism and speaking out keeps a balance. A very important Planetary and Universal balance. It IS all about Love. Speaking out about what I believe in COMES FROM LOVE. My love for this planet, for the animals, for humans, for future generations. Being a voice for the animals and the planet IS LOVE!!! Duh!!!

By taking my head out of the sand and keeping my eyes open, I know where to send the Love! How do bring bright light to the shadows if I refuse to look at them and continue to ignore them? I could have continued simply sending out a general love vibe… but I feel it is important, at least for me, to have focus and I know that I have more power when I am focused on something specific instead of just generally.

I am totally fine and have no judgment of people who want to keep their heads in the sand and not look at the issues and just send love to everything and everyone. They have their place in the balance, a VERY, VERY important place and I respect and honor them for their part in the perfect big picture. And I guarantee you, for every person out there sending love and do nothing more, two or more people TAKE ACTION, sign a petition, speak up, keep the balance, do the WORK of those sending love. How else do you think things get done? Love Creates. Action MAKES.

I also have no problem with the All is Well people as I was and STILL AM one. All IS well whether you take action or don’t take action. What I do take issue with is that some people use the “It’s all Love” and “All is Well” flags to judge those who ARE taking action and speaking out or use them as what I see as a lack of compassion and sometimes straight up laziness. I see some of them as having a condescending, holier than thou attitude because they seem to think that those taking action and speaking up are misguided and off the “All is Well Love Train” that they see themselves on. I have my evidence... 

And I will never forget a thread on a forum of one of the most popular channelers around. Someone asked, “If you saw a woman drowning, would you save her?” I was completely appalled at how many people said they wouldn’t help her because she “attracted it” and it wasn’t their place to get involved. And I thought, but maybe she attracted YOU being there to save her! I found myself moving away from many in the Law of Attraction community because it felt, to me, that using the whole “they/you attracted it” allowed for a lack of common sense and compassion and a will to help others and our environment.

I experienced this first hand when I had a major health issue while on a dolphin trip in Bimini a few years ago. I felt like I was having a heart attack and had all the physical symptoms. But instead of those around me helping me in the way that I needed, I was psycho-analyzed, told it was just in my mind, made to walk in the hot sun to run errands because “it was only energy” and I was “just making it up” and “all is well”, etc. and I literally felt like I was drowning until some kind and understanding person finally reached out and took ACTION to give me the PHYSICAL HELP and understanding that I needed at the time.

Once I was on steady physical ground, sure go ahead and psycho analyze me, tell me it is all in my mind, but holy shit, sometimes people need a physical hand, need physical action, just like our planet and the animals do. It was another major part of my awakening and pulling my head out of the sand and gave me a compassion for those injured and ill that I had lacked before. So, all was well in the end as it always is. I needed all that to happen to become who I am today. So thank you for the lack of compassion and understanding to enable it to come out in ME.

Now of course, the activism world, in my eyes, could be transformed too. (Told you this was a rant!) So many people fight for what they DON’T want, instead of focusing on what they DO want. So many petitions are against this, fight that, stop this, end that instead of I AM FOR THIS, I WANT THAT. And so many activists work from a place fear and hate. The name calling and insults and time spent working AGAINST others makes me cringe and back away from many issues, at least the way they are presented. Some of the things said in some of the groups of activists make my head spin with the hate and venom spewed forth. And does that help the dolphins and whales? NOT!

Admittedly, I often sign petitions against Monsanto because they are what are out there and I can’t say much about it unless I take the action to make a petition FOR non-GMO foods. You know, instead of complaining about what is, create what you want! But here is the thing about that… people don’t pay as much attention to FOR things as they do AGAINST things. People like a good fight, I am sorry, but it is true. It makes people feel alive. And if I look to nature, I watch the animals fight over territory, food, attention… could it be that conflict is part of nature? Part of the balance? DUH!!! But the thing about the animals is that they express themselves and then let it go. In five minutes they are preening each other again. People tend to hold on for dear life to their anger and conflict. We just have to learn to express, find the balance and let it go.

If we just all agree all the time, where is the growth, where is the refining of clarity, where is the expansion? Conflict/contrast is part of ALL THAT IS.

Sooooo, we are back once again to ALL IS WELL. The rest is our opinions and beliefs and desires. And here I am expressing MINE. I don’t expect you to agree… but you can if you feel inspired to. 

I guess what I am really trying to stay is that I have finally OWNED my activism and have learned to blend it in with my spirituality. It is NOT one or the other. I am doing what I am called to do, feel compelled and inspired to do, cannot stop myself from doing. But not from a place of fear. I do it from a place of power. From a place of Love. From a place of we can transform anything with Love, Truth, Compassion and Positive Action. I do not ever again want to have my head in the sand. After all, what if Ghandi (who protested many times with fasting), Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, etc. said, “Oh, all is well, I think I will just Love this issue away in my meditations. Let me send some love and light and see what happens.”??? No, they stood up and took ACTION for what they believed in. But in a respectful, LOVE filled way and that is why they succeeded in their own way.

I can’t keep quiet about Monsanto and safe, organic foods or the murder and mistreatment of dolphins, whales and our ocean and a few other things that get me fired up to speak up about. I just can’t. I must speak up or wither away. I feel compelled and inspired and motivated to do so. Telling me to keep quiet about these things is like telling a mother not to stand up and speak up and protect her own children. For me it is the same.

Then there are the people who say to me, “But Sierra, what about the starving children and what about over population or what about this or that?” And I say, if that is what calls to you, then YOU get active about it!! It’s not that I don’t care about those or other issues. But I can’t be effective if I spread myself among too many things. So I have to go with what calls to ME the most. Go with what calls to YOU and THAT is what creates balance and change!!! See how that works? All In Balance. All Is Well.

It feels GOOD to stand up for and speak out for what you believe in. It makes us feel alive!

There is a reason people are attracted to me and what I say and why I have been given internet power. And I am gonna use it for the highest good that *I* see. Surely it’s not what everyone else sees. But it IS my platform that has been created. If you don’t like it, you know where the unfriend/unsubscribe buttons are and if you do like it, well then speak up and stand up, baby!!!

It's ALL Love!

 Sierra Goodman 
~ Spiritual Activist ~ 

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