Not only do we live in a living universe, but the living universe lives within us.
— Duane Elgin
...[T]here is the subtle power of small steps whose impact only becomes evident when we step back and see the larger picture they contribute to."
I want to offer a possibility: what if you could trust what you feel drawn to do?
Industrialized civilization's negative impact on the health of our living Earth is massive and complex. No wonder many of us feel overwhelmed and impotent when we ask ourselves what we can do to make a positive difference.
The feeling of impotence is often magnified in Western cultures where the gospel of individualism keeps us more isolated. Yet there are inklings of a communion-oriented awareness arising around the world - from new business and organizational structures that work more like biological systems (see Frederic Laloux's excellent book Reinventing Organizations), to a growing interest in inter-subjective consciousness in spiritual communities (e.g. Integral Spirituality; Patricia Albere's Evolutionary Collective work; Trillium Awakening's emphasis on mutuality; etc.)
What if human consciousness was itself evolving? And, since you are reading this awakened activism blog, what if you are already a part of this evolution?
...[W]e recognize that we're not separate individuals in our own little bubbles, but connected parts in a much larger story."
I invite you to consider the Great Turning is already moving through you, and that your job is to sense and follow where your heart (or heartbreak) leads you to participate with the world.
Trusting that we are part of a bigger pattern of change allows us to take small, conscious steps that are consistent with our values, temperament, and limits.
Offering ourselves in this way this gives us five things:
1. shift out of apathy and despair into a sense of movement and engagement
2. heightened awareness of your care for the world, from which grows a sense of meaning
3. sustainable engagement without getting overly burnt out
4. companionship with all the other people on the planet who are acting from care
5. more energy and creativity may come available to you
Like a tile in a beautiful mosaic, or a clarinet in a large symphony orchestra, or a stitch in a needlepoint canvas, I invite you to trust that you are an integral part of a larger evolutionary movement.
You don't have to do it the "right way." Just drop into your heart and do it "your way" - however you are able - one small step at a time.
Needlepoint by my mother, Edith.
"Escargot" design by Kaffe Fasset.
Margit Bantowksy, MA, is an artist, coach, teacher and facilitator.