You will notice a number of references in United Symbolism of America
to coming weather changes and our aggravation with the current administration for not doing enough to forestall them. Some readers might interpret this as doom and gloom and retain only the negative reaction to this situation. But no, there are plenty of things we can all do to better prepare ourselves (and our planet) for the upcoming shifts, and the more of them you do, the more empowered you will be. The more empowered you are, the less in fear you will live.
We at Hieronimus & Co. have been advising our listeners for over 20 years to store food and water, and to pre-plan an escape route for all members of your family from your home, workplace, and school. One of the great places to start for this kind of practical information is with the Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org/services/disaster/0,1082,0_500_,00.html
But way beyond preparing your family and home for natural disasters, you also need to prepare yourself spiritually and emotionally. Here are some of the best lists of tips we have found that we recommend.
TWELVE "ANY TIME, ANY PLACE" SURVIVAL TIPS (v3.0)
By David Sunfellow http://www.nhne.org/tabid/1042/default.aspx
Click above for more details on Sunfellow’s practical suggestions such as: Spend time daily praying and meditating; Learn how to receive guidance from within; Strengthen our belief that spiritual forces regularly intercede in the affairs of men and women (especially in times of great need); Make as many good friends as we can; Help others. Lighten their loads and make them happy; Deal with our fears about death and dying; Remember that change, which occasionally includes pain, is what life is all about -- and relax; Study the changes that other times, places and people have passed through -- and our reactions to those changes; Keep open, inquisitive minds, stay informed and don't allow new things to send us off the deep end; Enjoy life and live each day as if it were our last; Keep our bodies strong and healthy; Be physically prepared. http://www.nhne.org/tabid/1042/default.aspx
Annie Leonard has produced an excellent 20 minute animated film that appeals to all ages and cleverly explains the challenges that our consumer culture has placed on our planet. http://storyofstuff.com/anotherway.html
Click above for some of her suggestions for what each individual can do to shift us away from this addiction to material goods. As she says: Each of us can promote sustainability and justice at multiple levels: as an individual, as a teacher or parent, a community member, a national citizen, and as a global citizen… the good thing about such an all pervasive problem is that there are so many points of intervention. That means that there are lots and lots of places to plug in, to get involved, and to make a difference. There is no single simple thing to do, because the set of problems we’re addressing just isn’t simple. Everyone can make a difference, but the bigger your action the bigger the difference you’ll make. Here are some ideas:
10 Little and Big Things You Can Do
Power Down, Waste Less; Talk to Everyone; Make Your Voice Heard; Detox Your Body, Detox Your Home, Detox the Economy; Unplug (the TV and internet) and Plug In (the community); Park your car and walk…and when necessary MARCH!; Change your lightbulbs…and then, change your paradigm; Recycle your trash…and, recycle your elected officials; Buy Green, Buy Fair, Buy Local, Buy Used, and most importantly, Buy Less. http://storyofstuff.com/anotherway.html
Here are some more ideas on how to fulfill and expand America's spiritual destiny, as submitted by one of our readers, Carl Landsness:
1) Mission/Vision/Values for Government
If co-created by "We The People", this could inspire, unite, and empower people like never before.
Offers many ideas to unite and inspire enemies on a shared vision, a higher purpose, a new American Dream... towards Heaven on Earth.
3) Nonviolent Communication
I've seen this process transmute "impossible" conflicts into win-win harmony... especially when built on spiritual practice.
4) America's Higher Purpose
Few Americans are aware of the higher (and spiritual) purpose behind the founding of this nation. More info in the attached paper.
5) Soul of America
A deeper perspective of who we are
6) Partnership Way
Possibilities for shifting our exhausted dominator paradigm to an energized partnership paradigm
7) Conscious Evolution
A higher perspective of what's happening
8) Pilgrimage to America's Birthplaces
To honor, heal, and dream. Such a pilgrimage connected me with the soul of this nation like nothing before... especially meditating at dawn of July 4th on the spot MLK gave "his speech".
9) Legend of the Peacemaker, Great Law of Peace
, and Consensus
The foundation for our U.S. Constitution... adapted from the Iroquois Nation. However, the founding fathers left out a few key elements that might merit reconsideration today.
10) Synchronized Sharing of Song and Visions in all 50 State Capitals
Several such events in our magical state capital... with participants spread throughout the rotunda. We were uplifted for days.