Today is Independence Day in the United States. A day in which we celebrate the reality and concept of freedom.
Our country was formed in an effort to allow people to be able to practice their religion and spiritual beliefs without fear of persecution. Those who started this new country wanted to be sovereign over themselves and not under the rule of a person or class that had more and wielded power over others, often not in their best interests. In order to obtain the freedom that was so highly desired, it was eventually necessary to break away from the structure of society that had ruled up until that point.
The United States, by taking its freedom from the United Kingdom, said "no" to the class system, based in birth. A system that prohibited anyone born outside of it to rise to their highest potential, and to be accepted for who they were and not to whom they were born. This was a radical departure. Although one that had to happen to break the chain of power over others.
It is specifically because of the fact that anyone in the United States is able to rise to their highest potential in freedom, that has inspired so many all over the globe. And, it is my fervent hope that the United States is able to remain a beacon for freedom and creativity and open-hearted acceptance of all those who come to her desiring a better life for themselves and their families.
Many of us seem to have forgotten the principles upon which our nation was founded...freedom of choice and the equality of all men and women. We are a nation of immigrants, and our diversity has been one of our strengths. A large number of us have grown afraid and want to limit the very diversity that has made us strong. We have started to believe in lack and limitation; in the idea that there's not enough to go around. But, in reality, there is more than enough for everyone.
Right now, things are out of balance. A small percentage of people at the top of the economic chain have managed to gain control of the lion's share of resources. And, in the process, have convinced those from whom they've taken their advantage that they're too small and powerless to fight back. We have a capitalist system based in slavery of the masses that continues to this day.
Democracy and capitalism have been valuable tools for a certain time. But, times are changing and new systems and ways of being need to be called forth. The old systems are corrupt and crumbling, and it is up to us to create new ones that work better. We must not be afraid of the change that is needed in order to maintain our freedom and the ability to manifest our highest potential. We can not give ourselves and our country and our lives over to those who have the most money, or the most power. It is time to remember the values upon which our nation was founded and fulfill them once again. We must be the Phoenix and rise from the ashes of the past and what is clearly not working any longer.
Freedom is a big responsibility. Taking full responsibility for ourselves and our creations is not as easy as allowing others to have power over us, but it is much more satisfying and fulfilling. It is much more exciting. The time of power over others is done. We are now in the time of creating together, collectively. We must remember that each soul is precious and has a valuable contribution to make, and create a society that allows that contribution to be realized and received. We must embody the foundations and concepts upon which our nation was built, and reclaim the freedom that is the right of all life on this planet.
We are becoming a global community. There is no denying this or resisting it. It is the reality. It is what we've created. Now is the time to start realizing that there are no borders and boundaries other than the ones we make. We are all members of this global community of Earth. There is enough for all of us, more than enough. If all the money was being used and circulated for the benefit of all the people, prosperity and opportunity would exist for everyone. The answers lie in the collective contributions of all of us. There are solutions, right now, to all the problems we are facing. And, we are facing problems of such global magnitude that it will take all of us together to solve them, but the solutions are there.
I was devastated by the Brexit vote of the UK to leave the EU. It is a last gasp of fear and contraction that will negatively affect so many. But, it is also a wake-up call to the rest of us to not allow fear to be the controlling factor. We are in a time when borders need to be opening and free movement on a global scale needs to be implemented. We need to transform our identities within a national structure to expand into a global structure. We need to acknowledge and accept all Life, in its myriad forms, as part of our community. We need to value and support each other in being the best we can be. We can not shrink from what is before us and retreat into fear. We must rise to meet the challenges we are facing together.
We can do this. We came here to do this. By transforming our current out-dated system of "capitalism based in slavery"* to one that supports and encourages each of us to be our best, we will have healed a deep wound that exists throughout the cosmos. Let's rise together and let freedom reign!
*The words in quotes were taken from a channeling of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Michele Mayama from March of 2007 and which can be found on www.lightsmith.com