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

Published by Mary-Jo

I am passionate about diversity, inclusion, sustainability and community. Having raised my children in a small B.C. town as a single parent, I relied on the community, my resourcefulness and the land to sustain us. We developed a market farm,built a cafe and catering business that utilized the produce, local farmers and families to thrive. As a Waldorf school parent I became experienced in biodiversity, edible landscapes and community engagement. I gained substantial skills in leadership, facilitation, project management, communication through teaching yoga and running various business's. My role as a facilitator and trainer to individuals seeking to become a yoga teacher- whom never thought that they could stand in front of a room and speak in public, gave me insight into human nature and coaching. In addition to designing and building businesses - cafés, yoga studios and national training programs, I am a student of Social Development & Social Psychology and understand the complexity and importance of social engagement. I can handle with grace most any situation, having encountered a disability later in life. Consequent to becoming disabled and through advocacy and providing peer support I have trained and acquired extensive exposure and understanding of UN principles on disability, The Human Rights objectives, theories and principles of Universal Design and the various challenges and obstacles for those affected and the relationship to various stakeholders. After 30 years of teaching yoga, my spinal cord injury and subsequent sabbatical has allowed for the integration of my yoga and more in-depth study of the Healing Arts. I have had the fortune of working with some of the best in the field of rehabilitation, Somatic Experiencing and manual therapy including Emilie Conrad, Mark Finch, Judy Russel, Rod Stryker, Carolyn Myss, Ana Forest, & Tim Miller, Susan Harper, Mariah Moser, Herta Buller and Nature.