The Revolution Issue

If I Can’t Dance It’s Not My Revolution

Shake yourself into ecstatic truth!
Push and Pull by Janine Gordon
Push and Pull by Janine Gordon

IN THE BEGINNING OF HUMAN CULTURE, PEOPLE KNEW HOW TO SHAKE THEIR BOOTIES AND IN DOING SO, THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE WERE REVEALED.

Then along came language, social hierarchy, overinflated beliefs and the mirages of under-standing. Whereas human beings embodied the most important truths in the beginning, it all went to hell when we stilled our bodies and fed too many words to our minds.

Look at the oldest library in the world – the rock art of southern Africa. What we see are images of people dancing themselves into ecstasy. Many generations later the elders of the oldest living culture on Earth today, the Kalahari Bushmen, still know that the electrified body inspired by heightened feelings – rather than anything remotely related to a calm and still presence – is the master key to being fully alive.

What is most important has little or nothing to do with words and linguistic understanding. As the Bushmen say, words can trick us into believing anything. With word trickery we may end up worshipping a pile of elephant dung or a heap of metal. Somewhere between the early cradle of civilization and the internet, our species made the colossal mistake of proclaiming that words, theories and understandings are the roads to salvation and happiness. If this is true or even partially true, it means we have been misled for over a thousand years. The word games have led us to posit one form of gender, race, culture, nation, or religion as superior to others – thereby justifying any and all acts of arrogant greed, war and destruction of life and planet.

Religions and philosophies can never deliver the truth we most deeply desire. Our born destiny is the same as the first humans – to release our bodies, our whole beings, into feeling and expressing the deepest joy and ecstasy. In other words, dancing ourselves into heaven, enlightenment, peace and love. If there is anything history teaches, it is that words and understandings aren’t giving us anything but more of the same bullshit. We need to start up the wild drumming and shake off the words and stuck thoughts.

Push and Pull by Janine Gordon

If we don’t free ourselves to be ecstatically tuned and happy, we may continue going to hell while taking the planet down with us.

What does it mean to sound the revolution? Here’s a few teasers that provide some hints – remember, it can’t be said in words:

  • You gotta go beyond dance: no choreography, let the body be free to move without purpose.
  • Recognize that whatever the great mystery or god is, it hates all reasonable and tamed definitions.
  • Meditation without wild ecstasy is a dead end.
  • Don’t sit still when you are excited. Get up and move!
  • The wisdom of the East is as ignorant as the wisdom of the West. Look where both have gotten us. Let’s consider the wisdom of Mother Africa, the ancestral culture that honored rhythms more than words.
  • The revolution is through sounding it and allowing yourself to be fully shaken.
  • The trouble with gurus is that they don’t have a rhythm, they don’t shake and they don’t wiggle their ass.

This is the revolution: Shake everything up – your body, mind, heart, ideas, understandings and everyday routines. Shake yourself into ecstatic truth.

Bradford Keeney, PhD, chronicles the world’s healing practices in his 11-volume encyclopedia, Profiles of Healing. To learn more about the old ways of ecstatic shaking, visit shakingmedicine.com

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Ulises Sorel

Another one:
beautifully true...
"[The wild] means self-organizing. It means elegantly self-disciplined, self-regulating, self-maintained. That's what wilderness is. Nobody has to do the management plan for it. So I say to people, 'let's trust in the self-disciplined elegance of wild mind.'" Gary Snyder

Ulises Sorel

Another one:
beautifully true...
"[The wild] means self-organizing. It means elegantly self-disciplined, self-regulating, self-maintained. That's what wilderness is. Nobody has to do the management plan for it. So I say to people, 'let's trust in the self-disciplined elegance of wild mind.'" Gary Snyder

Good point

I havent looked at the link yet but words and definitions mean alot to how I neutrally perceive myself and the world.

When I think of punk I think of a theatrical presentation or a mirror into that world and how you might create it. To many people, punk and Anarchism is an art., and to others its a revolution.

When punk began it was clearly an art and some people say it should be a revolution. Perfromance art in itself wasnt the revolution but it was an entertaining reenactment of the revolution occuring in the world around us.

I definitely feel the revolutions in the world changed my life for the worse, isolated me from people, and made me a misunderstood outsider.

I guess punk was my way of coping with how tumultous the world had become and I thought I could help bring balance to tumult through punk. Really, I was just a naive idealist.

It seems I never had any sense of identity or meaning to myself to begin with.

Good point

I havent looked at the link yet but words and definitions mean alot to how I neutrally perceive myself and the world.

When I think of punk I think of a theatrical presentation or a mirror into that world and how you might create it. To many people, punk and Anarchism is an art., and to others its a revolution.

When punk began it was clearly an art and some people say it should be a revolution. Perfromance art in itself wasnt the revolution but it was an entertaining reenactment of the revolution occuring in the world around us.

I definitely feel the revolutions in the world changed my life for the worse, isolated me from people, and made me a misunderstood outsider.

I guess punk was my way of coping with how tumultous the world had become and I thought I could help bring balance to tumult through punk. Really, I was just a naive idealist.

It seems I never had any sense of identity or meaning to myself to begin with.

Why not in high...

Is this just some pitiful joke?

Are we just reminiscing about popping LSD in high school?

Hmmm, i tend to think most of us are popping LSD in college.

High school was my chance to experiment with the ideas on this site by the time you reach college your brain is alot different than that of a high school person.

Sure, I knew activists would pop LSD and revolution but if you think about it now is not really the time. Grow up students.

Why not in high...

Is this just some pitiful joke?

Are we just reminiscing about popping LSD in high school?

Hmmm, i tend to think most of us are popping LSD in college.

High school was my chance to experiment with the ideas on this site by the time you reach college your brain is alot different than that of a high school person.

Sure, I knew activists would pop LSD and revolution but if you think about it now is not really the time. Grow up students.

Responsibility ...

Consent is so important these days.

To think my comrades are being peer pressured revolutionary drugs not only disappoints me it makes me think that rape is revolutionary.

I'm not against revolution but if you think about it logically. Assume this.

Youre own govt is probably giving you LSD to start one and get yourself thrown in prison or jail.

Been there done that. Entertaining none the less. Up the revolution! Smash Capitalism! har har har har.

Consent not peer pressure.

Responsibility ...

Consent is so important these days.

To think my comrades are being peer pressured revolutionary drugs not only disappoints me it makes me think that rape is revolutionary.

I'm not against revolution but if you think about it logically. Assume this.

Youre own govt is probably giving you LSD to start one and get yourself thrown in prison or jail.

Been there done that. Entertaining none the less. Up the revolution! Smash Capitalism! har har har har.

Consent not peer pressure.

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