What is a manifesto? I never really asked myself this until May 1, Beltane, the mid-point celebration between spring equinox and summer solstice. Beltane is a Gaelic word meaning “bright fire.” It was on this morning that I woke up feeling huge currents of electricity in the air and started hearing the word internally over and over again: manifesto, manifesto, manifesto.
I went to the redwoods to create a ceremony for my own community that has been experiencing tremendous upheaval and strife in the last three months. I have been asking myself how I might be of service during this time and I could not see a way true to my heart that seemed helpful. As I sat next to the trees and touched one with my hand, everything clicked into place. The words spontaneously burst out of me to my friend Abby: “It’s the Manifesto Movement of May!” We immediately initiated the movement with a two-minute iPhone video, calling all people forth to the power of their voice through their manifesto.
A manifesto is a bold and powerful public declaration of what you stand for. It’s a catalyst to step up to the platform of your innermost truth. It’s a call to action of how you want to sculpt your words and efforts for the betterment of humankind.
In the midst of intense challenge it’s so easy to get stuck in what seems wrong and terrible. We end up drained, depleted and devoid of prana, the vital life force energy. This contributes to a circuitry of pain and suffering that can spread like a virus and fragment us from each other. We all go through tough times. Being human is no easy thing. We each have our own soul journey of fierce encounter and we are each born for greatness. There are skillful means to help us find our way.
The Manifesto Movement was launched to provide a means of generating the collective power of our voices in alignment with creative source energy. The horizon of hope is vast. We want people all over the world to post their manifestos on our Facebook page, and we are compiling them on the Manifesto Movement website to create a tidal wave of love in the hearts of all.
On the epic full moon night of May 6, we activated our first Manifesto Movement event where yogis gathered to practice, meditate, and write personal and collective manifestos. Everyone was infused with greater vitality. We could reach out and touch radiance. We invite all yoga studios and organizations to create their own events, and we posted eleven steps on the website to help you get started.
Now the movement is very much alive with manifestos pouring in every hour. My valiant friend, Chris Calarco, is committed to posting and networking as many that come to us. It’s completely grassroots and we’re devoted to it. It’s our way of saying to each and every person: We believe in YOU!
Please offer your voice, true to you and with kindness for all.
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