The Vibration of Rallies, Protests and Petitions
Many of us express that care by being proactive in our support for change.
But sometimes those efforts to create positive change are couched in negativity. (As in when we push against what we don’t want rather than support what we do want.)
Which LOA savvy folks know doesn’t actually promote the outcome we prefer.
In my experience, it’s been easy to get on the wrong side of something, even knowing this LOA truth.
Yet it also doesn’t feel super fab (to me) to ignore a situation or ‘do nothing’ when it seems important.
I mean, just because we’re conscious creators, that doesn’t mean we leave it to muggles to engage the challenging work that’s being called forth, does it?
Maybe it does. (But I doubt it.)
This subject has been up for me a couple times just this week …
- a friend asking me to share a petition link to eliminate daylight savings
- seeing the petition to charge 47 Republicans with treason under the Logan Act
- reading an update on the net neutrality issue I commented on the FCC page about
- receiving requests to attend rallies, phone Congress, and attend fundraisers from the animal rescue groups I support.
Which is why I’ve been paying special attention to the vibration behind rallies, protests, and petitions.
Years ago I used to spend every Friday night joining protestors on the street in front of the fur shop. I placed vegan propaganda in the airline seat pockets every time I traveled. I protested the rodeo event for Utah’s 2002 winter Olympics. I gathered signatures to lobby those in office for animal-friendly legislation.
That was before I learned about the power of where we place our attention.
If I focus on the problem, I’m not helping to diminish it. Because whatever I resist, persists.
So I eventually realized I had to shift my focus.
Which all these years later I’m still finding my way around.
I remember what I’ve learned from Abraham and Bashar: that it doesn’t matter what I do, it only matters how I feel.
So, what feels better: ignoring the request to get involved or putting my energy behind it?
Or maybe there’s a third option to choose.
Sometimes when I respond to a call to action I simply remind myself that I’m here to __(fill in blank with desired outcome)__, rather than join the fight against the “problem.”
If I sign, I’m signing for this, not against that. And if I don’t sign, I take a couple seconds to vision the desired outcome. That’s where my true power lies anyway.
Occasionally what feels better is to do nothing other than remember that all is well and everything’s working out perfectly. Which drives my activist friends crazy. (Even my own gremlin asks if I’m being irresponsible or callous.)
A lot of times what makes the difference for me is the way the call to action itself is worded.
Perhaps it simply comes down to this:
- drop any limiting beliefs about how things won’t change if I don’t join the fight, and
- when I do join in, make sure I engage in a way that empowers what I prefer rather than what I don’t.
I’d love to hear from fellow creators on this one.
How do you handle it when someone’s calling for you to join a cause that matters to you?