One of the most heartening aspects of our two-month sojourn from the Northwest to the East is meeting people and finding projects that are truly healing and transformational. You won't read about this newly-emerging butterfly in the caterpillar press, but believe me ... the evolutionary upwising is happening everywhere. Everywhere!
Meanwhile, the contrast of our collective political dysfunction has become universally palpable. Wherever we go, whether we meet progressives or conservatives, everyone gets that the unchecked power of money is out of control. As the Swami puts it:
"We have a deeply divided body politic. Half of our population believes ourThe entire notion of the "peeps outnumbering the perps" always gets the biggest laugh and the biggest cheer.
elections are broken. The other half believe they are fixed. We have been
weakened by division, as we've been divided into two rival tribes ... the red
tribe and blue tribe, who spend their time squabbling about whether it's worse
to kill the born or the unborn ... while the commonwealth is being devoured by
uncommonly wealthy sociopathogens.
"So here is how we heal the body politic. Red tribe and blue tribe, sitting together in sacred circle talking until they're purple in the face. And then, when we stand as One Purple People, the peeps will far outnumber the perps, and the Golden Rule can finally overrule the rule of gold."
Consequently, I have decided to re-launch the Swami For Precedent Campaign for 2012, where we encourage and promote a "new precedent:" government of, by and for the people where the government does our bidding and not the bidding of the highest bidder. On this platform alone, we have the support of 95% of Americans. Doing the campaign in the guise of comedy will enable us to keep it "informal" and empower local groups to promote "heartland security" in the form of political collaboration and economic innovation to regrow the local economy from the grassroots up.
We already have a media-savvy campaign director signed on, and will officially launch after the 1st of the year. Informally, if you support this idea for evolutionary upwising by laughing together (sure beats crying separately), there are a number of ways you can help if you're so inspired. First and foremost, you can become a paid subscriber, sponsor, founding sponsor or profound founder for Notes From the Trail, my current vehicle for reporting on the upwising. You can do that here.
Every subscriber will receive a copy of our 2004 Swami For Precedent book, which (unfortunately) is even more relevant in the Obama era. It contains - in addition to the comedy - a lot of valuable information for political self-education. And moving these books will create the space to issue an entirely new and streamlined version for 2012. If you'd like to purchase these books for gifts or mass distribution, please respond to this email.
In coming weeks, we will be sending a more formal announcement for the campaign.
Another way you can help is to bring Swami and I to your town or region in 2012. We still have some openings for living room events and larger public events in California in early October, November and December. Next year, we plan to cover every region in the States. If you have an organization that wants to sponsor a public (or private) event, or would like to sponsor a living room event (40 or more people), please contact us. As our good friend Caroline Casey says, "Co-operators are standing by."
Again, thank you all deeply for being co-hearts on the path ... and thank you for keeping the faith as we restore heart-core values to our lives and world.