Hello, my friends. It is good to be here with you. And today I have a question for you. Do you think that most other people (other than you, that is) are just too busy to participate in a movement that could change the world? Or, in the second case, do you think that few people believe that our movement can? Which do you think it is?
I ask the question because, a few weeks ago, I encouraged our 4,000+ members to each approach one other person in their life and invite them to join the Evolution Revolution. I quaintly thought that by this device, we could double our membership overnight. Or certainly see, at least, a significant advance in our membership numbers.
We wound up getting about 40 new members. Forty new participants harvested by 4,000+ current EvoRevo members. Remarkable for its paucity. Excuse me, but remarkable for its paucity.
As I began receiving comments
from our present members about this, there is one reaction that I heard frequently: “I have talked to several people and they all say they’re too busy; that they are committed to other things.”
So I think we have a challenge, and that is — how do we raise our profile enough that people “get” that this is a really important and significant outreach project…significant enough to be worthy of their participation?
One of our members also wrote this: “Only people who understand this will participate. It will be difficult to have friends and family commit to a concept that seems foreign or feels out of their comfort zone.”
So the trick is to get people to understand what we are doing — and why. You will all see that under “Messages from Neale” on our Home page I have reduced our mission to three paragraphs. Some people are going to need more than that to really understand what we are “up to.” That is why, back in April, I posted a separate document on this site, headlined:
Why bother with creating an evolution revolution?
Here is that statement again, in case you missed it, or want now to cut and paste it and print it out as a separate document that you can easily hand out to people, or email to them…
My dear companion Revolutionaries…
As many of you may know by now, the Evolution Revolution is declaring the 12th day of every month “Awakening Day” — a chance every 30 days for us to join together in collective action to move forward our agenda of spiritual revolution on the earth.
It has become clear in these most recent years that the ideas that many, many humans hold about God, and the moral codes that have arisen among billions within our species as a result of these thoughts about what God wants and expects, commands and demands, are dysfunctional. That is, they don’t work. The proof is in the pudding. Our ancient ideas have not produced the outcomes that we say we want for ourselves—and that most of humanity asserts that God desires for us.
Thus, the evidence suggests, we have believed in a God who cannot seem to get what He wants—and whose moral code has not brought us what we say we want: Peace, Joy, Freedom, Love, Sufficiency, and the End of Suffering for all of humanity.
The reason we have been unable to produce such outcomes for any but the tiniest percentage of us is that the Code of Conduct that billions of humans have adopted precludes it. This, despite the fact that the majority of humans declare their Code of Conduct to be based upon the Word of God.
The fact is that the Word of God, as billions of people understand and declare it, has been held up for centuries (and is being used to this moment) as the Moral Authority justifying—indeed, mandating—many of humanity’s negative, violent, self-defeating and self-destructive behaviors.
Clearly, the time for a spiritual revolution has arrived, for the ancient and continuing behaviors of humanity are now threatening our very survival.
California is said to have one year’s supply of water left, so bereft has been the snowfall in its mountains, even as the icebergs of Alaska melt before our eyes and the global sea level rises and our human activity produces global warming—and we say that spiritual values have nothing to do with that.
Over 650 children are dying of starvation every hour on this planet—and we say that spiritual values have nothing to do with that.
A quarter of humanity lives today without electricity, while 2.6 billion people do not have simple, basic indoor sanitation. This, in the year 2015. And we say that spiritual values have nothing to do with that.
People are being killed right and left in our world over their religious beliefs—hundreds every day, thousands every week—and we say that spiritual values have nothing to do with that.
Something like 5% of the world’s population holds or controls 95% of the world’s wealth and resources, while billions languish is poverty and despair—and we say that spiritual values have nothing to do with that.
As long as we deny that the spiritual values of billions have something to do, at least in part, with the dismal conditions of life on Earth today, we will never be able to elevate our species to its grandest potential.
Yet the Evolution Revolution is not only about global conditions and circumstances. It is about the condition and circumstances of our own lives. Of our own hearts. Of our individual spirit. Is it uplifted, expanded, overjoyed with the experience of our days and nights? Or does it feel burdened, fearful, filled with angst and engulfed in loneliness? Is humanity—individually and collectively—feeling hopeful or despairing?
Look around. Not just in Beverly Hills. Not just in Monaco. Not just in Shanghai or Seoul, Osaka or Oslo. Look around in Monrovia. Or in Conakry. Or Antananarivo. Do we see a population that is radiant and rapturous or anxious and angry?
The answer is obvious—and it is equally obvious that it doesn’t have to be this way. But what it will take for things to change, individually and collectively, is a change in our Cultural Story. A change in our fundamental ideas about Life and its Purpose, Divinity and its Requirements, Humanity and its Identity.
We are not separate entities, running around trying to
get our survival needs met, and having to kill
or hurt each other in order to do so.
Divinity is not demanding, commanding,
judging, condemning, and punishing.
Life is not a random series of events
over which there is no possibility of control,
much less intentioned creation.
Yet we have been taught these things and told these things, over and over again, directly and indirectly, by our community and our culture. And the only thing that can change this is a turning away from the ancient stories we have been telling ourselves about ourselves for countless generations. This turning away is a revolving, a shifting away from, what is simply not—and has never been—true. It is a revolution in our thinking, producing at last a new direction in the evolution of our species.
It is an Evolution Revolution.
And it needs you. Active. Involved. Committed. Right now.
Our goal is 10,000 of you by year’s end. That’s just under a thousand new members of month. And that’s doable—with your help. And what are we going to do when we reach that 10,000 mark? Ah, yes…that’s where it gets interesting.
We’re going to begin to change the world.
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Now, my friends, you have the tools and the articulations to share with other people, to help you move this Movement forward.
One of our members also recently wrote that she read something elsewhere on the Internet that she thought might have value for us to look at:
“Despite current ads and slogans, the world doesn’t change one person at a time. It changes as networks of relationships form among people who discover they share a common cause and vision of what’s possible.
“This is good news for those of us intent on changing the world and creating a positive future. Rather than worry about critical mass, our work is to foster critical connections. We don’t need to convince large numbers of people to change; instead, we need to connect with kindred spirits. Through these relationships, we will develop the new knowledge, practices, courage, and commitment that lead to broad-based change.”
I could not agree more. That is why I have said so often, “Don’t try to recruit the masses. Just talk to one or two people (perhaps people in your own household…a spouse, a family member), or a close friend who you know shares your views and interests. Tell them about the EvoRevo, offer them a copy of the book God’s Message to the World: You’ve Got Me All Wrong, and see if by that means we might all get one other person to register at our website and participate in this outreach.”
Why are numbers so important? Because people are watching. The media is always watching. The Internet takes notice of what is going on in the world. If suddenly we become a movement with 10,000 members, people will sit up and take notice. Our voice will be heard. And if we ever get to be 100,000 strong, you can bet that it will be heard.
Will you help us? Can you see how this could work? Does it seem to have any real value?
If your answer to the question is yes, please join us in becoming Stealth Spiritual Messengers on June 12th, which is our next Awakening Day.
On that day, members of the EvoRevo are going to “accidentally forget” that they left their copy of God’s Message to the World: You’ve Got Me All Wrong somewhere. Perhaps it was left at the coffee shop. Or the hair styling salon. Or at the gym. Or even on a park bench somewhere. There’s no end to where people “forget” things! ;o)
This book could ignite a spiritual revolution…and that is exactly what our planet could benefit from most right now. Will you join us in this Passive But Powerful evolution revolution?
Say yes. Please say yes. It could make a difference. Quietly. Almost unnoticed. But eventually producing a tidal wave.
Let’s do it.