South Africa and the USA have two things in common; a thoroughly corrupt political system and good people who are willing to be the change they wish to see in the world.
While the corrupt, politically connected elite currently run the avenues of power, both here in SA and in the USA, there is change coming. How do I know this? Because people are waking up, and the current systems are dependent upon people being asleep.
Nelson Mandela was released from jail this day 29 years ago, heralding a positive change for South Africa. However, one man cannot change a country unless consciousness changes, and unfortunately for South Africa, power was merely shifted from one ruling elite group, with a ‘me’ and ‘mine’ mentality to another – only the colour on the outside of the skin changed, without an inner shift in awareness from ‘me’ and ‘mine’ to one of ‘us’ – all of us, and that includes every human, as well as the plants, animals, fish and birds and every living thing who share this land.
However, if we look at see what transpired in Madiba’s (Nelson Mandela) personal journey that inspired him we can take hope and learn from it, and further work with a new way, with a different consciousness to change our lands for the better. When Madiba was interviewed by Oprah she asked him what changed him from a young man of resistance to a statesman and world leader, he replied ‘27 years’. He was referring to his 27 years of incarceration, 18 on Robben Island. In other words what matured him from being an angry ‘freedom fighter’ who used force and violence to obtain his objectives, into a man who worked with his humanity and love to shift South Africa to a better place in 1994, was his long time of solitude and introspection – the university of the soul.
The one book which shifted him more than any other was titled ‘A Return to Love’, written by Marianne Williamson. He was so inspired by her and her wisdom that he quoted twice from that book when he stood on the Grand Parade in Cape Town on this day in 1990 and gave his first speech to the world after being released.
These were the two quoted passages: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” This quote, and the next “As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others,” are often incorrectly credited to Mr Mandela.
Well Madiba is now gone, and the new corrupt oligarchy have ruled the country and stolen trillions over the last 25 years, much to the detriment and impoverishment of the youth, the poor and disadvantaged as well as the struggling middle class. However his legend lives on in people’s hearts, and I’m certain in the not too distant future, a new leader will arise in South Africa, one who is firmly based in the legacy of Mandela, in Presence. And that Presence, as Madiba said, will ignite the good consciousness in others and liberate all of South Africa into real freedom – freedom only gained through an open heart with love, empathy and compassion for all beings, as well as for the Earth herself.
Now what does this have to do with the USA? Well the author of A Return to Love, Marianne Williamson, a woman I also greatly respect and admire, has announced that she is standing for nomination for elections as President of the USA. Now I am aware that while no single individual can transform a nation, but I believe the world is now ready for real change – change we can, not ‘believe in’, but rather participate in. And participate we must. Participate with our time, energy and material resources, but above all, our prayers and compassionate and God centred Presence.
I urge you to watch, if you haven’t already done so, Ms Williamson’s announcement, and, if you feel called to, support her with both your money and social networking ability to help spread the word. She and what she stands for, has powerful, powerful enemies to defeat. The biggest one of all is our fear of real change.
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