Millions of people all over the world are now waking up to the need to become sacred activists. The collapse of the world’s financial markets, the growing universal understanding that the environment is in serious danger – and that a wholly new energy policy is urgently needed – and the menace of nuclear war in the Middle East and between India and Pakistan have started to change everything. The election of Barack Obama as the president of the United States, the focusing symbol of the free world, has opened up a new, sober, and urgent conversation about essential values, and the need for a radical transformation of our way of being is breaking out everywhere.
So how exactly do you become a sacred activist? I believe it’s by making a steady commitment to combine five interlinked forms of service – to the Divine, to yourself as an instrument of the Divine, to all sentient beings in your life, to your local community, and to the global community.
When my friends and students who want to help ask me what they should do, I always say the same thing: follow your heartbreak. Determine which one of all the causes in the world really breaks your heart. When you identify this, you have found the cause you will always have the energy and passion to work for. Once you have identified this cause, act immediately in your local community, so your heartbreak doesn’t remain abstract but becomes a living force of practical compassion in your daily world.
Andrew Harvey [from an article in the Winter 2009-10 edition of Yoga + Joyful Living magazine, which is an adapted excerpt from his book The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism, Hay House (hayhouse.com)]