With so much political activation now occurring in the United States, many of us wish to place our personal energy in the service of what is best for our country.
Throughout our history, Americans have done so in very powerful ways. Whether it was Abolitionists leading to the abolition of slavery, or Suffragettes gaining women the right to vote, or the Civil Rights movement leading to the end of segregation and institutionalized white supremacy in the South, other generations before us have risen up to put America back on track at times when as a country we had gone astray.
And now it is our turn.
Where some have sown hatred, let us now sow love.
This is an important year — the midterm elections of 2018 could not be more critical — but we must do more than just address external political issues. We must address the deeper, internal causes that have led to our political dysfunction. We cannot just water the leaves of our democracy; we must water it at the roots.
And those roots are inside us. We need a new, whole-person politics that stems not just from the head but from the heart, not just from intellectual understanding but from a genuine love for our country, and with reverence for the possibilities for self-actualization that democracy at its best affords to all. Like any relationship, our relationship to democracy cannot be taken for granted; it must be tended to. We have as much responsibility to it as it has to us.
We will transform our country through our willingness to transform our relationship to it. Our own disconnection from the political process, lack of knowledge of how our system operates, lack of understanding of our history, and confusion about many of the issues that confront us now, have led in too many cases to a dangerous emotional disconnection between our country and ourselves.
Starting February 11, I will be hosting live DEMOCRACY CALLS every Sunday at 6:30pm Pacific/9:30pm Eastern time, during which I will interview an expert on a political, historical or topical issue of our time that I feel contributes to a deeper political conversation. The interviews will later be released as a podcast. Within a couple of months, there will be available a Love America curriculum for forming a group in your own community, live or online, by which you can dig most deeply into an issue and then rise up powerfully to address it in the world.
Thank you for joining me in what I know can be an extraordinary gathering of energy. We will make a meaningful contribution to the joyful, fierce and disruptive energies that are rising up at this amazing point in time. In the words of Abraham Lincoln, “we must think anew, and act anew… and then we shall save our country.”
I look forward to the journey ahead.
THE LOVE AMERICA TOUR
I will be touring the country this year, discussing how a revolution in consciousness paves the way to both personal and national renewal. Click here for a list of the cities so far scheduled for THE LOVE AMERICA TOUR. Please sign our e-list, and keep coming back for an update! I hope to see you along the way.
America is experiencing a dramatic moment of both peril and opportunity. Millions are asking, “What can I do to make a difference?”
And there is much that we can do.
One of the major ways we can resist the current dynamic in Washington is to support a huge wave of change in the 2018 Midterm Congressional elections. And it is time to get started now.
I’m writing to alert you to some Congressional candidates whose campaigns are aligned with the values we support at SISTER GIANT. Their service in Congress would make a huge and positive difference in America, and I hope you will consider them for your support in whatever way you can.
Please click here for a list of initial endorsements; please peruse the sites of the candidates and, where it feels right to you, put your energy toward helping them win. Whether it’s working for their campaigns or sending a financial contribution however small, together we can create a huge wave of change and send an entirely new breed of politician to Congress.
I know I don’t need to tell you what a critical moment this is. We can redirect the course of American history now, and for the sake of our children and grandchildren I pray that we will.
Let’s make America love again.