(**Note: you don't need to live in California to help!)
I had given up on politics.
Since waking up to animal oppression issues in 2000, my interests in helping the world be sane have grown exponentially. As I've traveled this path, going vegan, reducing/reusing/recycling, advocating for changes I believe in (while being those changes), politics kept rearing it's ugly little head as a necessary endeavor.
My attempts to partake (like rallying/campaigning here, and lobbying here) were always short lived (mostly because I hated it) but I never fully gave up.
In these last few years, my interests in playing the political game plummeted. Justice being trumped by corporate interests, a run-away climate crises bound up in bureaucratic red tape, starving and suffering humans and non-humans with solutions yet to be realized (let alone invested in) --- "bat-shit-crazy conditions" has been an understatement. My swan song was a few long drawn out legal battles over free speech rights in public spaces (and being arrested for my attempts....4 times). I decided that what made sense to me now is partaking in ways to create a-new. To channel my energy towards making a new model of living in our society such that the old model becomes obsolete. And only putting my attention on what I WANT to see versus energetically charging up what I DON'T want to see. How to parlay this into an action plan hasn't been clear, but it's felt like the right direction none the less.
And then BOOM. Marianne Williamson - author, visionary, healer, social justice advocate - announces she's running as an Independent candidate for the US House of Representatives seat in the 33rd district of California. Her primary platform is to get the corporate money out of politics (which is at the core of all political challenges).
How is this a game changer? Many reasons, here's a few:
As a highly successful visionary and life coach for nearly 3 decades, she's devoted her energy to helping people identify the underlying issues giving rise to their life challenges. Addressing challenges at this level of focus is the only thing that gives rise to real healing and growth. This is the only level of focus that will fundamentally shift our system. Our dysfunctional governance is a symptom of an underlying dysfunctional control of a power hungry minority gone too long without attention. This imbalance has grown unchecked, triggering a collective immobilization of the masses who feel dis-empowered, overwhelmed and generally helpless. We need this level of detox, and now. Marianne's expertise and natural ability to inspire and energize others is the tonic for our collective soul.
She's changing the conversation just by participating. "Her level of influence doesn't have a long list of political experience" - they say this like it's a bad thing! Look at the long list of experience other political figures within our system have...where has that gotten us? More of the same. Diluted efficacy at it's best, incompetent at it's worst. Putting Band-aids on bullet wounds won't work. Pulling the money out of political power (with a constitutional amendment), and creating a foundation of equality and transparency, is the only place to start rebuilding a system that will work - as intended - of the people, by the people, and for the people. Numerous visionaries and power players are backing her efforts: Governor Jennifer Granholm, Congressmen Alan Greyson and Keith Ellison, former Congressman Dennis Kucinich, climate activist Van Jones, Former Governor Jesse Ventura (long and growing list here). In the short time I've been working for her campaign, yard signs and supporters are popping up everywhere! Just her running for office with this groundswell of support is revolutionary!
Marianne's views of inclusion and love being the bottom line are unapologetic - having her in the room with other elected officials will be that "elephant in the room". Coupled with her fearlessness to speak, tenacity and intestinal fortitude for love based change, there's no where to hide from the impending sanity. California's long been a trail blazer for other states. We're ready to dismantle the status quo and give rise to a NEW system of inclusion and sanity. Bucking this 2 party system - the way our founding fathers had designed it - seems insurmountable from the sidelines. DOING IT, by electing this power house into office IS WHERE IT STARTS. I'm beyond inspired with her candidacy. GAME ON.
This interview she did Sunday on MSNBC gives great insights to her vision. Members of a sane society naturally agree with her message. Where the rubber hits the road is where WE channel our energy to uplift her into office. As an Independent she's free from party ties and corporate persuasions. Whether you live in her district and can vote for her, or - like me - you pound the pavement/make phone calls to her constituents, OR you can just throw monetary support at her people-funded campaign, THAT is where our evolutionary success lies. Our cultures revolution of power to the people is LONG overdue. This is the cleanest inroad we have for shifting the system from within - LET'S DO THIS!
Learn more about how to support her and get involved here.
An east coast native, Nikki spent her college years and beyond as an activist for animals, the environment and social justice issues. Needing to make sense of and come to peace with everything along the way, she began her work on the spiritual level. When she realized that the conditions of our outer world are just reflecting the conditions of humanities inner world, her focus shifted to energy healing arts and yoga. Now a Reiki Master, yoga instructor, author and speaker living in Austin, Texas she hosts discussions on the importance of living a heart-lead life, inspiring steps for self love and personal mastery - the recipe for global peace.
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