then she led the room in a spiral dance. it was magical to watch from above--a room full of disconnected people milling about, first starting to chant tentatively
the water is deep
the rapids are strong
we're caught in the current
we don't have long
so pull for your lives
the change is near
love is stronger than fear
and like a long, slow ripple, the room transformed in a matter of minutes. order spread out from the center, slowly widening to encompass the whole room and everyone in it. and a roomful of disconnected strangers turned into a room full of people connecting with each other person in a winding, ordered way. wow!
at the end, everyone stood together in concentric circles, whooping and howling with hands raised high over head. as the whooping began to die down, a powerful OM grew out from the center, spreading and grounding the energy. then starhawk suggested that we take this energy that we'd raised and give it back to the earth, and everyone knelt to the floor to send this healing energy back to mama gaia.
it felt like such a metaphor for social change in the coming times. right now, looking around, the world feels overwhelming to me. the planet and its inhabitants are suffering so much on so many levels: the rapid destruction of precious wild places and diversity of plant and animal species, widespread hunger and homelessness, wars, famines, extreme weather disasters, and a deep alienation from the things that are most precious: family, community, cultural traditions, growing food....
there are so many people in varying levels of engagement with each other and with movements for social transformation, but there is a lack of cohesion between them. the forces of greed and violence still hold the reigns of power, and continue to charge ahead with breakneck speed.
but once we reach a tipping point or critical mass of inter-connection between groups and individual people who are working for change, the transformation will fall into place with shocking rapidity and organic beauty.
as starhawk said, in these times we can't afford the luxury of being merely realistic.