A Manifesto

By way of recognition that the power lies in me to change the course of history and that I am the source of what is manifested in my own life and my community, I hereby resolve …

TO CHECK MY OWN HEAD – Every day, I will come to a space to meditate – whether it is communing with nature or sitting in silence or with the conscious re-directing of my mental energy – every morning, every day – I make time be alone. I’m going to check my own head so I know where I begin and end in the infinite nature of things.

TO NURTURE MY RELATIONSHIPS – Every day, I will consider other people in relation to myself. I am going to do my best to act with kindness and consideration. I will take in the stories of strangers. I will maintain solid connections with the people I most trust and love. I will consider those in my life who are most isolated and offer what I can to help them to become more integrated. I am going to take the time to demonstrate gratitude and affection and bear loving witness to the people who are my kin and those I have not yet met.

TO PROTECT THE EARTH – I will respect the source of essential life-giving nourishment, air, and water – the planet that supports life. I will make choices daily that contribute to the recovery of our damaged environment by walking, biking, gardening, consuming in mindful and moderate ways, by recognizing the impact of each decision I make, by direct action if necessary – in reciprocity – in INNI – to protect and nurture the environment for generations to come.

TO CREATE MORE THAN I DESTROY – I recognize destruction as an essential element of creation. I may at times be part of the element that contributes to destruction, but I have resolved to create more than I destroy – to planting flowers that attract butterflies and bees, to repairing, building, or choreographing, to writing visionary fiction, to creating space that supports others in healthy living. I am a creative and I will continue to be part of the force that urges us toward beauty and bliss.

TO ACT IN MEANINGFUL WAYS – To the extent I am able, I will keep my body healthy, limiting consumption of processed foods and other intoxicants. I will keep my mind sharp so that as each opportunity to act arises, I act from a conscience and clear place. I will take responsibility for myself and remain aware that there are some among us who are not bothered with a conscience and may even harm willingly. I am vigilant and ready to act on another person’s behalf or my own. I will avoid violence by all means necessary, but will remain strong in mind and body to protect myself and others from those who may be acting from a place of hate, confusion, or willful ignorance.

TO HAVE ENOUGH – I am resourceful. I am able to meet my needs. I am more and more likely to let go of what I have that is not necessary, especially if it can be put to better use by someone else in my community. I recognize greed, especially its influence on me – I counter greed with generosity or by other means, if necessary – not only is there enough for me, but there is enough for everybody – and peace on earth becomes increasingly a possibility.

TO REFLECT – Every day I will use my skills of critical thinking to reflect on my position and the way in which my thoughts manifest as action. I will observe. I will listen. I will read and take in information. I will take in ideas of other people. I will ask for counsel of people I trust. I maintain a code of ethics – all grist for my mill of discernment. I will refine my thinking, my position, my actions as I develop new insights that arise from a deeper-seeded intelligence