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Forum Post: Spiritual offering to Occupy: Walking our Talk

Posted 12 years ago on Jan. 9, 2012, 5:35 p.m. EST by andyjames435 (0)
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As spiritual teachers and leaders from many traditions and paths, we of the Forge Guild invite the Occupy movement to consider our Call to Global Spiritual Citizenship (www.globalspiritualcitizenship.org) After nearly 2 years of trans-continental meetings, passionate, open-hearted, debate and careful analysis, we concluded that the unprecedented challenges of our time demand an inside-out approach that combines the development of individual consciousness (generally regarded as a ‘spiritual’ process) and vigorous engagement. Fundamental collective change cannot manifest without individual transformation that goes beyond the temporary economic, social and political pendulum swings. In short, we have to learn to walk our idealistic talk. Unattached to secular ideology or religious dogma, the Call succinctly sets out universal principles that can serve as a foundation for more creative, compassionate and equable solutions, which we feel are urgently needed in these times of global crisis. The Call, which draws from the World’s Wisdom traditions as well as Science, deliberately contains no specific political demands or policy positions. To the extent that those are needed, we believe they will arise appropriately from adherence to the principles of Global Spiritual Citizenship, which encourages ongoing growth in our individual and collective consciousness and capacity for creativity and compassion. We hope you will read and make the Call part of your arsenal of ideas and inspiration as you (we!) move forward in the service of the Greater Good.

Andy James and Philip Goldberg on behalf of the Forge Guild creators of the Call to Global Spiritual Citizenship.



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[-] 1 points by pumpkin (43) 12 years ago

OWS has the same goals as

a must watch video- http://www.globalspiritualcitizenship.org/GSCFinalMultimedia.html

Deepening that connection can enhance our innate capacity for wisdom, kindness, love and other universal virtues.

No single tradition, philosophy or faith is the only way to describe or satisfy this basic drive for profound meaning and higher purpose.

Imagine a world in which these principles guide not only our personal lives but social and political policies as well.

We—spiritual leaders, teachers and practitioners from a wide range of paths—believe that such a world is possible if we reach across the boundaries of belief, ethnicity and nationality to tap the sacred source that unites us all. Standing on that firm foundation, we can address our collective problems by harvesting the best resources of all systems of knowledge-spiritual, technological and scientific-while recognizing that no one perspective contains all the truth for all cultures, times and conditions.

Acknowledge and treat as sacred the interconnectedness of all living beings to each other and to our beloved planet.

Build relationships, families and communities that foster complete human development in every domain of life.

Enlarge our circle of concern, expanding what we think of as "I" and "we" to embrace the well-being of others as part of our own well-being.

Stand firm in favor of religious and spiritual freedom—and against religion-based coercion or violence.

Form governments that rise above partisan ideologies to creatively address our needs for security and prosperity while also protecting freedom, health and the environment.