What is Spiritual Activism? Spiritual Activism is the application of spiritual practices and principles to humanitarian projects in my case i like to stretch that to all beings, so animal people as much as human people, based on the understanding that all people are connected by a shared humanity, it promotes action based on compassion.
How to become a radical shape-shifter in 10 steps by Spiritual Activist Karo Tak
A radical shape-shifter goes underneath the surface of things, not content with symptoms but seeking the root, the cause, with a sense of adventure, with a desire for bringing about change, shifting shape.
Step 1: LOVE ISN’T SOMETHING YOU LOOK FOR, IT IS SOMETHING YOU BECOME. LET LOVE BE YOUR GUIDE. Start from a position of pure and altruistic Love.
Step 2: COMPASSION: All Action MUST be based on COMPASSION. Spiritual Activism is action for the benefit of something, not against something.
“Learn not to divine yourself with what you are against. Instead divine yourself by expressing with your words and actions what you are FOR.” -Max Strom
Step 3. Compassion must be applied with Wisdom It is important to choose your causes carefully. Learn to ACT instead of REACT.
Step 4- Ahimsa: the practice of non-harming, Patanjali tells us in the Yoga Sutra’s that if we emerge ourselves in these practices certain results will start to show up. This is also where a vegan diet comes in. To eat an animal you have to harm them, that’s a fact. So to emerge fully in the practice of ahimsa considering & adopting a vegan diet is crucial. I believe this should be done compassionately, energetically and never aggressively. It is also AHIMSA to respect and understand that not everyone is on the same path as you and all you can do is to live by example and show the world in your actions what you are FOR, not AGAINST.
Step 5: Satya: the practice of telling the truth, when we come well established in this others will listen to what we have to say when we speak, which is huge. A radical shape-shifter, someone who goes underneath the surface, to the root of all things, dives in deep and brings truth to light, to those who want to listen, to those who are ready to listen. KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE.
Step 6: Spiritual Activism is the pursuit of service for the good of all, not for the advancement or benefit of individuals. The mindset behind your actions must be noble, holistic, Universal and non-partisan. Be mindful that ego and self-service have no place in Spiritual Activism. BE WHOLY HOLY. Involve others in whatever you do. IMPORTANT: we can’t help others, we can only serve. Be good to others, be kind to others, see what it is others need, serve selflessly, for the greater cause.
“How we treat others will determine how others treat us, how others treat us will determine how we feel and see ourselves and that will determine who we are. ” Sharon Gannon
Step 7: Raising another up raises you up as well Helping another becomes a form of self-love as well as an expression of outward love. This becomes an upwardly spiraling cycle of increasing awareness, connection, compassion, involvement, capacity, and back to increasing awareness.
Step 8. Learn to listen to your heart and not your mind Your mind may only see the problem. Your heart will always feel the solution. Cultivate a loving perception when facing collective problems.
Step 9 : Do not judge yourself simply by the results of your actions Maintain a sense of detachment as to overall results. Learn to see yourself not on where you have reached, but on the Path you are traveling. As much as possible, detach yourself from the results of your actions. As Gandhi said: An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.”
Step 10: Dedication to your practice Be fully dedicated to your practice and always refer to the teachings, emerge yourself in the teaching, live your teachings, be dedicated to the lineage and your teachers, bow to them everyday and dedicate your practice to them everyday. PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE. That’s all we have to do, all day, everyday. “A practice is simply a habit that gives us energy and reminds us of what matters most.
What is (spiritual) practice?“A spiritual or reflective practice has three characteristics: 1. It connects us to the presence of the sacred. 2. It is something we do regularly (ideally on a daily basis) and without interruption. 3. It grounds us in the present moment, bringing us into awareness of what is happening right now. Through practice we cultivate a sense of peace and compassion that pervades the rest of our relationships and activities.”
Last but not least: The Power of The Individual! As Margaret Mead says: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Never depend upon institutions or government to solve any problem. All social movements are founded by, guided by, motivated and seen through by the passion of individuals.
“I measure success in terms of the contributions an individual makes to her fellow human beings.”― Margaret Mead
The Spiritual Activist: Claudia Horwitz
Ocean Warrior: Paul Watson
Yoga & Vegetarianism: Sharon Gannon
JIVAMUKTI YOGA: Sharon Gannon & David Life
“I ALWAYS RECOGNIZE & ACKNOWLEDGE CREATIVE RISK & A SENSE OF ADVENTURE AS THE HEART OF MY PRACTICE, NO MATTER WHAT” (Karo Tak)
Photo’s by Sonja Sipala