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These Are Not Isolated Incidents

By David Shankbone (Own work) [CC-BY-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By David Shankbone (Own work) [CC-BY-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Over the past few years, the world has witnessed what might be best described as a new awakening; a new consciousness emerging that is unlike anything we have seen before. We are witnessing a shift in both the perception of governments’ responsibilities and the response of those who are governed.

Most recently, events in the Ukraine began with a protest and occupation of The Maiden, also known as Independence Square, in Kiev. The result was an ousted president and an anxious world as the Crimea region’s future and stability throughout the region remains in question.

In the United States, the Occupy movement forced topics into the national dialogue that remain long after the physical occupations of the cities were ended. We still hear discussions of the 99%, income inequality, financial reform, the influence of money in politics, social justice, austerity and a host of other issues. Mobilization of the masses was seen as a tool more than a reaction.

The Arab Spring has resulted in changes within the governments of Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Morocco. Turkey is home to a current protest movement which began in Gezi Park, Istanbul and now includes over 90 cities.

Protestors in Thailand have brought change to a nation of military rule and corruption within the government. Although their struggle is long from over, their rejection of oppression unites them with determination.

So what is really going on?

Photo by Alpsdake (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Photo by Alpsdake (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The easiest way of thinking of it is one word: evolution.  From this root word, grows revolution. The human race, and most specifically, the millennial generation, has looked beyond self to recognize fellow humans, disregarding borders, ethnicity, religion and governments. What happens to a rape victim in India transforms into world outrage, forcing change.

Lending itself well to this shift has been the contribution of social media. Our connectivity with people all over the world has never been greater. We are better able to make statements of solidarity, to mobilize multitudes and to begin creating changes where they are needed most. But just being connected does not explain what reflects a spiritual change within our consciousness.

Spiritualism, separated from religion is the part of us that can move mountains through emotion, see beyond the physical and transcend the limitations of book knowledge and science. It is the realization of the truths taught most in the great religions of the world, but not restricted to one religion or another. Truths that also live in the hearts of people whose only religion is helping their neighbor. Intrinsic truth, unleashed in the human consciousness, is becoming the new religion of the world.

Like the stream of consciousness from which it sprang, spiritualism now moves across the globe despite any force which tries to stop or impede the progress. We are ever changing, and this time it is for the betterment of all humanity. The people will only take so much.

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