Jefferson once wrote: "God forbid we should ever be twenty
years without such a rebellion."
inherits some of the legacy of Jeffersonian beliefs. It supports
the idea that revolution needs to be constant, or at least perennial.
The revolution it advocates, however, is not that of class or political
radicalism, but that of mind and spirit.
Why revolution? Because it carries with it a
zeal for life. The revolutionary spirit is the antithesis of complacency
and stagnation. It is energized by visionary ideals, sees potential
where others see none, and then launches itself as a vehicle of
change for a better world.
Like all revolutions, it is solidly based on
action and personal commitment.
As fallible human beings, we naturally fall short
of the ideals we hold dear. The most we can do is commit ourselves
to achieving them as best we can. It is the personal struggle that
follows that energizes who we are, pressing us into a fuller experience
of the moment.
The reward is nothing less than personal authenticity.
consists of the on-going epiphany we experience when we engage
life with full integrity of mind and spirit.
consider that carefully. When life is experienced as an epiphany,
it engages us in the moment completely. Our minds break free from
recurring thoughts and stale values, and places us right where we
should be, in direct experience of here and now. Only then do we
engage our minds entirely, and respond appropriately to the flow
of time. Pristine consciousness. No longer trapped by distraction.
we consider this mindset a revolution, it is important to understand
what enemy we are we trying to tear down.
internal enemy, the first we need to conquer, is the thick layer
of prefabricated thought that blocks our encounter with truth. Living
in the past, or living for the future, focuses our minds somewhere
other than the here and now. The desire to fit-in or follow the
crowd detracts from our complete participation. Clinging to values
that others gave us, that we never fully examined and yet call our
external enemies are peer pressure, political extremism, obtrusive
marketing of greed, ignorance, prejudice, license to be intolerant.
are all distractions from authenticity.
revolutionary spirit, properly channeled, counters them all.