One of the guaranteed audience questions at every event I’ve done is some variation of this: “Where/how/when do I start?” Thus, while this question comes as no surprise to me, my reply can be somewhat unexpected.
You see, I’ve learned that the dissidents who endure are those who remain open to starting and re-starting over and over again. Please allow me to explain…
When I was first booked to give a talk called Occupy for All Species at the Jivamuktea Café in March 2012, I could’ve never guessed that the new OWS camp would, by then, be in full effect right up the street at Union Square Park.
This development added an exciting dynamic to the event and there were plenty of amazing, dedicated occupiers at Jivamuktea that night. One of them—someone who goes by the name of Eco—told me afterwards how deeply impressed he was by my presentation as he thanked me for what I do.
Without realizing it, I fell into an old pattern and sort of moaned and groaned about how I’ve been doing this for years—basically begging people to occupy—but it was so frustrating to think I was being ignored.
Eco smiled serenely and said: “You were talking to the universe, Mickey. We all are. You weren’t being ignored but sometimes it takes a while to be heard. We hear you now.”
One definition of epiphany is “a sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something, usually initiated by a simple occurrence or experience.”
Such a revelation not only gave my perception a much-needed kick in the ass, it also helped me realize that if you talk to the universe, sometimes the universe talks back.
What I heard the universe saying that night: If we remain open to change and new ideas, we will start and re-start over and over as an radical—often finding that the road circles back to revisit destinations and concepts when we’re more ready to appreciate and utilize them.
(The above post is an edited excerpt from Occupy this Book: Mickey Z. on Activism, which can be ordered here.)