Shot on Nov 6, 2011 at Occupy Vancouver
"We are cultivating intimacy, that's arising out of difference. This the spark that I would call Love. And it's what's carrying us, and what's warming us up. And it's the reason why we're going to win."
Michael Stone is a psychotherapist, yoga teacher, Buddhist teacher, author and activist, committed to the integration of traditional teachings with contemporary psychological and philosophical understanding.
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Well, I think the Occupy movement has everything to do with finding ways to take all the
parts of our society that have been compartmentalized and integrating them back in to
So at an ecological level, this is recognizing that an economy that is predatory and
growth based is not just causing trouble at an economic level, it’s also causing trouble
at an ecological level. So we have to include ecology, which is the shadow of our
capitalistic economy, as part of the dialogue around what this movement is trying to
At a social level there are parts of our society that we have compartmentalized. And so
one of the things that is happening in parks like this and squares all over the world, is
that when various people come together, then they show each paradigm that we adhere
to’s shadow. So if I have a certain ideology and someone else has a certain ideology, we
have to learn how to communicate.
So I think the Occupy movement is the springing back into consciousness of the things
that we’ve discarded. And we need them. The 1% need us, you know. And the fish
need us and the forests need us and the parts of our community that we haven’t been
communicating with, need us. And all this is coming to the surface now and that’s what
so exciting and that’s also why it’s hard to get a handle on exactly what this is.
This is just the beginning of a movement of inclusion. There’s always a natural
resistance to stillness and a natural resistance to new patterns of imagination, primarily
because there is a human resistance to change. We like getting in a groove and staying
in that groove and so naturally as this resistance grows in momentum, there are going to
be people who actively repress it because it is threatening.
Social change doesn’t happen just through persuasion. It doesn’t happen through small
sound bites. And it also doesn’t happen through Twitter. IT HAPPENS BY REALLY
PUTTING OUR BODIES HERE, FACE TO FACE WITH OTHERS AND MAKING
CHANGE BY LISTENING AND DREAMING TOGETHER. Love is not just a feeling; it’s
what emerges when we give each other our face, when we give each other our attention,
when we give each other the space to really listen to a diversity of viewpoints.
I think so often we talk about difference as something we have to tolerate but what’s
happening in the Occupy movement through the human microphone, the general
assembly, committees, feeding people, the development here of a gift economy …
is that in the process we’re cultivating intimacy that is arising out of difference and that
intimacy is this spark, that I would call LOVE. AND IT’S WHATS CARRYING US AND
IT’S WHATS WARMING US UP AND IT'S THE REASON WHY WE ARE GOING TO
Ian MacKenzie’s video: Love and Shadows in the Occupy Movement
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