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Forum Post: Occupy Anthem & Manifesto

Posted 10 years ago on Sept. 17, 2012, 10:03 p.m. EST by CaliStJ (1)
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OCCUPY ANTHEM “I’m Taking It Back” on SoundCloud.com (just a scratch track, not fully produced yet) http://soundcloud.com/tracks/search?page=2&q%5Bduration%5D=&q%5Bfulltext%5D=cali+st.+john&q%5Btype%5D=

OCCUPY Manifesto by Cali St. John May 5, 2012

Trying to change what banks are, or change what government policies are, or change international political motivations and goals, are all noble causes.
It is the heart of the Occupy movement.
I am here to talk about the soul of the Occupy movement.

It is actually quite simple.
To change banks or government policies, and so on, you must first… ‘Occupy’ yourself. You must first ’Occupy’ yourself ! What does that mean?

We all have questions about who, what, and why we are—where we’re going, and how to take others along for the ride. It is why we have Art.
If a person can take charge of them self — ‘Occupy’ them self, others will follow.

We need to change the bankers not the banks.
We need to change the governors not the government.
We need to change ourselves first and all will follow.
Sounds simple and reasonable, but how do we do it?

It is all about The VOICE—that inner compass that speaks to you every moment and every day, and tells you right from wrong, good from evil, and truth from deceit. It is that simple.

It is not a question of becoming enlightened. You already are! Your Voice already is.
It is a question of going beyond just listening to your Voice.
And that is done by acting on what your Voice is telling you, moment by moment, day by day.
You must follow your Voice not only on publicly global and noble causes, but also in everyday and ordinary private actions.

The difference between knowledge and wisdom is crucial. Wisdom is action. Knowledge in action is wisdom. Knowing cigarettes are bad for you is knowledge.
Not smoking is wisdom--knowledge in action.
A good diet book is knowledge, eating right is wisdom. Knowledge in action.

By making the simple decision to always act on your Voice, to live all things according to how and where your inner Voice directs you, is transformational! It is the true meaning of Occupying your Self.

Why do you search for yourself if you’re already there?
Your inner voice, your ‘I.V.’ is already there.
You just need to plug it in, to go beyond just hearing it and begin acting on it for every big and little thing you do.
Let your Inner Voice direct your actions and you will ‘Occupy’ your Self.

OCCUPY Manifesto by Cali St. John May 5, 2012

Again, your Voice tells you right from wrong, good from evil, and truth from deceit-- not in others, but within yourself. It is that simple. Act on that.

The Occupy movement is challenging the world. We must never let up.
But do not forget, you must ‘Occupy’ yourself first.
Only then can you change the world.

Let us lead by example not just by protest.

When the bankers and the government officials have ‘Occupied’ themselves, their institutions will change—but only then.

Let us change their M i n d s. . . and the soul of the Occupy movement will envelope the World.




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[-] 1 points by Karlin (350) from Nelson, BC 10 years ago

Ya, nicely said about "Change the Governers not the Government" - the Tea Party types are on that kick about "no government" but government can be a great benefit if that is the goal of those we elect.

Banker's "Derivitives" markets are still operating because government has not stopped that dangerous Ponzi Scheme - it has been suggested to just cull the whole thing, let that money be lost and none of us average people would be the worse off for it. Same with national debts - Iceland did it, and arrested the bankers instead of bailing them out!!

THATS the way government should be - and Iceland kicked out their old government and elected a new one from a pool of candidates restricted to "average people", no old boys, no Elites!! Its working there, it can work here.

PS - About the OWS Anthem, there were a few re-makes of Woody Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land" - the idea that it can be sung easily. [sorry but "I'm taking it back" on Sound Cloud didn't play for me]


[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23680) 10 years ago

Nice post.

[-] 1 points by CaliStJ (1) 10 years ago

If you went to soundcloud.com to hear the scratch, check the Be Strong My USA track--a tribute to 911--to hear what a fully produced piece can be like. It's powerful. No bull. And thanks for checking it out. CStJ