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1967-2017 and Fifty Years since “The Summer of Love”

“A new concept of celebrations beneath the human underground must emerge, become conscious, and be shared, so a revolution can be formed with a renaissance of compassion, awareness, and love, and the revelation of unity for all mankind.”
1967, The San Francisco Oracle

The ‘Summer of Love’ remembered by many as the ‘hippie & flower children’ days, was a social phenomena originating in the San Francisco, Haight-Ashbury region. It drew hundreds of thousands of wide-eyed youth, artists, musicians and bohemians that wanted social change (Vietnam anti-war peace movement) and who sought community and sharing, rather than ownership. Freedom of expression with a generalized anti-establishment tone made this counterculture movement one of the most significant cultural events perhaps since the 1800 Age of Enlightenment.

“Haight Ashbury was a ghetto of bohemians who wanted to do anything—and we did but I don’t think it has happened since. Yes there was LSD. But Haight Ashbury was not about drugs. It was about exploration, finding new ways of expression, being aware of one’s existence, and sharing the Love.” The Grateful Dead

I was 10 years old at the time and I know much of the Summer of Love idealism influenced my worldview to this day. Lyrics of songs by Jefferson Starship The Beattles, Procol Harem, Manas & The Papas and many more immortalized the Summer of Love Beat Generation mood of the day. I still believe that love is the answer, especially within the disturbing political and social landscape that exists now, 50 years later, where we again face a critical time to either evolve or destruct.

Love is the occurrence of expansion of our consciousness, beyond even our physical limitations, which swells our hearts in the depts of joy, pain or grief to feel far beyond any notion or concept of the mind. It is a inner rebellion against all of the illusions of fear. It is a evolutionarily process that has expanded our brain with its’ consciousness.

To be in the state of love we need to be in present time, otherwise it is not love, but likely any number of emotions: desire, need, possession, longing – which are not directly associated with this evolved state of being. Many yogis and spiritual seekers describe the state of love as an unconditional place where you experience your being ‘at- one’ with everything – no attachment, avoidance, judgment, grasping projection or deflection; rather a unified state of being that embraces compassion, empathy and respect for all of life.

The reductionism of humans to capitalistic consumers who defer only to more aggressive displays of egoism, is a tragic epidemic fuelled by the drugs of power and greed. Like any addiction abstinence and surrender to a power greater than oneself is the only remedy for healing. Life and love is the power greater than all of us and will continue, should our species like many of the other millions of species that we have progressively destroyed, become extinct.

With powerful forces at work in the universe at this time both seen and unseen, I purpose it is time to reflect on our values and ideals as to how to overcome our. common dilemma. Our world needs help and we are both the problem and the solution. As the hippie newspaper the San Fran Oracle suggests:

“A new concept of celebrations beneath the human underground must emerge, become conscious, and be shared, so a revolution can be formed with a renaissance of compassion, awareness, and love, and the revelation of unity for all mankind.”

It’s time for another “Summer of Love”. Let’s start a movement.
Blessings, Mary-Jo

“There are moments in time when a word or thought has such power it changes history; a generation so involved in the moment it becomes unstoppable; a spiritual awakening so profound that its very conception shatters perceptions, halts the world and makes people from all nations take notice.”Boots Houghston

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Revolve, Solve, Evolve – Solstice 2016 – Forward to the Light

Blog -Solstice 2016

Whew! 2016 – quite a year. Breathe in, Breathe out, Relax, Repeat.

All of life is a great pulse, a rhythm of involution and Evolution.

Life is the mystery, magic and experience of Evolution.

The Earth and Universe breathe-in and Breath out, too.

We cannot avoid the inevitable. We are in it. We must hold fast and ride the wave and not get caught in the undertow.

The return of the light, the shift of the exhale to the inhale is the axis point. The forward thrust -the inhale, inspiration, the crashing wave, forward motion. The Light and Evolution will always be more potent that the retreat – the involution, the dark.

We must bravely ride the wave. Four years is a grain of sand in the timeline of humanity, however a grain of can cause significant distortion if not held in check.

Hold fast to what you know is true and right and keep moving toward the light. We need involution to evolve. The crucible for Solstice is to honour the tipping point, the pause. The journey of life is to continue to evolve our consciousness more and more toward embodying the light beings that we are.