Awakened Activism: Being Empowered to Transform Our World

by Lynn Marie Lumiere, author of Awakened Relating—coming in July 2018!

We are facing global challenges as we move into the 2018 New Year and our world becomes increasingly out of balance. Life is showing us that living within dualistic consciousness and the illusion of separation does not serve us. We are all being called to wake up to the non-dual truth of our shared being and find solutions in an infinite intelligence beyond our conditioned mind.

We become empowered when we connect with this infinite source of power rather than living through the distorted lens of our imagined separate self. We are already creating our reality all the time, mostly unconsciously, so it is empowering to take responsibility for that and consciously create a world full of peace, love, equality, and justice. We always have the choice to move beyond victimhood and become empowered creators as we learn to embody who we truly are in our human life.

We are now facing an unprecedented evolutionary crisis. The survival of our human species and the Earth herself will be threatened if we continue to ignore the basic interconnectedness of all life and allow a consciousness of greed and lack to rule the planet. We have been given dire warnings from non-dual spiritual leaders.

“‘Wake up or perish’ is the spiritual call of our times.”


Adyashanti tells us, “We are no doubt at a very critical point in time. Our world hangs in the balance, and a precarious balance it is. Awakening to Reality is no longer a possibility; it is an imperative. … ‘Wake up or perish’ is the spiritual call of our times. Did we ever need more motivation than this?”

And Eckhart Tolle states, “Humanity is now faced with a stark choice: Evolve or die. … If the structures of the human mind remain unchanged, we will always end up recreating the same world, the same evils, the same dysfunction.”

We cannot address this evolutionary crisis from the dualistic consciousness that created it. A new activism is being called forth—one that is based in an awakened understanding of the inherent unity of all life and its interdependence. Awakened activism is non-dual wisdom in action. It is taking action from, or as, this wisdom. Only infinite intelligence will know how to get us out of the mess we are in at this point; our dualistic minds, dulled by conditioning and blinded by the fear caused by belief in separation, cannot begin to meet this crisis. These times are necessitating a greater awakening of consciousness in the human species.

Awakened activism is non-dual wisdom in action.

We each must now address the serious problems we are facing at their source, which is our belief in separation. This misunderstanding has created a greed-based global financial system that places corporate profits over human life and the survival of the planet. Most of our current world problems are a direct result of this system, including hunger, poverty, homelessness, inadequate education and healthcare, and prisons for profit. We are also facing increasing destruction of our biosphere, as well as the extinction of numerous species. There is a suppression of free energy sources for the profits of coal and oil industries, and the continuation of other environmentally destructive industries such as animal agriculture.

This divisive system, created out of ignorance of our true non-dual nature, has also created continuous wars and the existence of nuclear weapons. We have a war-based economy in the United States that is financially dependent on ongoing war, and is currently budgeting $700 billion per year for military spending. A lack of concern for the welfare of all beings has also created a toxic food supply (GMOs, pesticides, factory-farmed animal products), pollution in the water and air, and excessive use of toxic, addictive pharmaceutical drugs.

We are moved from the heart of compassion to act…now.

Without denying these serious global issues, awakened activism starts with a deep knowing that “all is well.” At the center of all life, all is truly well, no matter how bad it looks to our mind. Yet the paradox is that we are moved from the heart of compassion to act in order to alleviate suffering. And this action needs to take place now.

The systems built on separation and duality are not sustainable. They will come down. It is not a matter of if, but when and how hard. It all depends on the consciousness that we meet it with. If we mobilize from fear, anger, and resistance, we will only create more division and therefore support the problem. We must now raise our consciousness to include the truth that we are all one, and act from true wisdom and compassion. Nothing less will do.

Awakened activism…is based in love rather than fear.

Awakened activism is fundamentally different than conventional political activism in that it is based in love rather than fear—and therefore has the potential for a very different outcome. It is based in a vast wisdom rather than in our extremely limited conditioned identity and its adversarial thinking. When we “plug in” to an infinite source of energy, we are empowered in a way we never will be as an imagined separate self that is fighting against insurmountable odds. Being empowered in this way allows us to become “superhuman” because we are consciously in touch with and moving as our infinite nature through our human form. As the numbers of awakened humans continues to grow, it will transform and reshape our world to become kinder, more compassionate, and caring for all beings.

Awakening to our infinite nature is accessible right here and now. This has always been true, but during these challenging times we are becoming more aware of this than ever before. More and more people are waking up to the simple truth that we are all in this together and we are conscious beings.

Awakening to our infinite nature is accessible

right here and now.

It is possible to directly experience the being aspect of a human being—that which animates our body and is the consciousness that sees and hears through our eyes and ears. It is the ever-present awareness of all that we experience. We can access this by simply noticing the aware presence that is here when we pause thinking for a moment. This ever-present awareness is our doorway to the infinite. As we recognize and rest more in this awareness, we discover there is no end to the wisdom, love, joy, and peace that is found there. We can then know that there is truly hope for our world.

Lynn Marie Lumiere, MFT, is a non-dual psychotherapist and activist with a focus on transforming personal and global issues at their source through dissolving the belief in separation that creates and sustains them. Lynn Marie is one of the pioneers in the emerging field of non-dual wisdom and psychotherapy. She is a contributing author of Sacred Mirror: Nondual Wisdom and Psychotherapy, coauthor of The Awakening West, and author of the forthcoming Awakened Relating: A Guide to Embodying Undivided Love in Intimate Relationships, available from New Harbinger in July 2018.

Read more about awakened activism and sacred activism at SAND17 US here.

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