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A new home for the Blog…”Humanity Empaths, World Healing and Karma”: on The Kindest Revolution site!

“The karma we’re experiencing right now in our world has a special significance for us – as Humanity Empaths. We’re the Change-makers, Visionaries and Geniuses who are going to take Humanity forward into the light.”—Susan

“What we’re learning now is “the big lesson”

What we’re learning now is “the big lesson”: to let world karma play itself out so we can progress, we need to use our biggest skills … and it’s the hardest thing that we need to do, do it willingly and creatively to align with the energies of change and transformation. In zen we do all of this peacefully …

 

The blog has a new home, over on The Kindest Revolution: read more in the Humanity Empaths, World Healing and Karma blog here …

 

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yin.zen vegan thrive – small steps to Balance

A Blog to Beautify our Art of Living

Yin is Flow. Zen is Living Mindfully. Yin.Zen is Susan Ni Rahilly’s teaching for living with Flow, with reverence for Essence and practising daily with Devotion to awaken awareness of Divine Feminine. Small steps to Balance leading to a more heart-centred future for Humanity.

“I was wondering how to say something that is very simple, when we live in a world that has become so complex. My solution was to take a reading from the I Ching for our guidance, just when I had emerged from a period of grief and healing myself . . . This was the reading: ” Susan

“Small Exceeding: Essence of Wisdom in the Small”

Essence of Wisdom: In their conduct, wise people give preponderance to reverence . . . in bereavement, they give preponderance to grief. In expenditure, they give preponderance to thrift.”  I Ching

Preponderance of the Small

Thunder on the Mountain . . . this is the image of “preponderance of the small”:  It is “The Tower Moment” in the Light Seer Tarot deck

Finding Heaven: finding the Goddess

They say “the devil is in the detail” but actually “the angel is in the detail”. . . if we want to find the “angel” in our current situation, the hope, the inspiration, the positivity in a way forward – you may have to accept that there is no way to see what is the truth at the moment, you can’t gain perspective no matter how much you would like to. And each time you attempt to attain this something stops you, being drawn back by a factor which is relatively small and seemingly irrelevant but which somehow seems so important and so pressing, and which contains so many grounds for argument and contention that no further discussion of the wider picture can take place. That’s the devil in the detail.

But, it’s also where the angel might be found.

Keep looking until you see it. Think of the difference between a hologram and a photograph : if you tear off the corner of a picture, that’s all you’ve got. But if you break a hologram then every single piece of the bigger picture is actually contained within the small one. By attending to detail, by getting the factors that you can get right, by drawing other people’s attention to the parallels within the smaller picture and what it might be telling you about the bigger picture, you can gradually create the focus, intention and the understanding which will eventually lead to new appreciation, and the recognition and the sense of progress which is so much required.

Deal with what you can deal with

The I Ching is advising us not to become frustrated: it’s saying “deal with what you can deal with and don’t worry . . . little things count a lot. If we take care of the little things now, the big things will take care of themselves.

Essence of small in the Wisdom: Yin Zen Soma

Yin Zen Soma is my teaching: taking small steps in Ancient practices, with baby steps leading you to openings and awakenings within : revealing your true being nature and your “purpose-ful-ness”.

This is not the Western education style of achievement by stages – this is an Ancient initiation style of evolving your consciousness which needs to get back to balance regularly with each new opening in awareness and spirituality.

The Essence is compassionate, heart-centered, awakening Divine Feminine. The qualities we care for in small ways are Mother-centred: patient, caring, simple, profound.

Practices to Initiate you to the Yin Zen Soma path are small, daily and flowing. Check the Practices section here in the menu above. Earth Empaths practices upload on Saturdays for daily practice, and Daily Flow in Practice is with the main Lunar Phases. These are free, and you’ll be directed to The Kindest Revolution website. Namaste. Enjoy!

 

 

The “Last Edition” … The Weekly Newspaper #23 Susan’s Editorial Saturday January16th, 2021

Welcome to this week’s Newspaper | The “Last Edition”.

This week’s edition of The Kindest Revolution Weekly is the last — we’re closing the doors this afternoon, but you’ll still be able to access the archives! Today’s edition is a roundup of hope, and I’ve found a few online courses to bring inspiration and education: to guide and inspire us through this time of transformation for Humanity.

We’re at the point known as “The Great Reset” in a time of Global crisis. What we learn, value and practice now will inspire and become our individual future, and humanity’s hope.

Enjoy!

“We’re coming into the long awaited new Age of Aquarius – and the energy is going to be all about the enlightened individual, understanding that taking personal responsibility for our own worldview and consciousness will affect the future for the whole of humanity. In today’s edition,  all our articles will help many of us new to taking another step towards Sustainability, to letting go of past thought paradigms and awakening for our own spiritual path.”—Susan

As usual in the video section:  Astrology by Acyuta-Bhava Das  | Tarot card readings for week of January 18th for each Astrological sign are by Chris at Minnow Pond Tarot | Vegan insights with Rachel Ama | And, setting the energetic feeling-tone with our music video : Alpha Circle “Groovin.

All the written, video and picture content in today’s edition is intended to keep us in tune and in touch with Humanity’s inherent need for peace and the power of art, beauty, music, wisdom for sustaining growth . . . all Divine Feminine energetic expressions of compassion and gratitude for the Newspaper’s mission of being “outrageously kind” [especially to ourselves and planet as well as each other]!

We go to press today with yet more valuable contributions from the “I Declare World Peace” art movement [check the photos section] .

With outrageous kindness
“Live well yourself, live well with others and our Planet”
Susan

 

 

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A Story of Allegory … a different picture

Once there was a man who had reached the middle of his life. He decided it was time to contemplate his worth and re-evaluate his direction. So, leaving his friends, his family and most of his earthly possessions behind him he trod off into the woods where he could think undisturbed.

When he entered the woods, he didn’t know if he was doing the right thing, but he knew he had to do it. At first the beauty of his new surroundings filled him with awe and wonder. Soon he learned how to listen to the sounds of nature and as weeks turned into months he slowly found himself changing. Every now and again he missed the people he had left behind, but the great beauty of his new environment lured him further into the mystery he was seeking, and he could not turn back.

In time, he learned how to listen to his own thoughts. He could see his mind in the trees and feel his emotions in the bushes. The perfect balance of nature that surrounded him was starting to become him. The fighting that used to go on within himself was slowly beginning to disappear. At first he was frightened for although he hadn’t realised it, the turmoils to which his mind was accustomed had kept him company. Now they were gone, and instead there was only the great stillness of nature.

More time passed and he began to realise that he could no longer categorise people about whom he used to hold opinions. He began to see the unimportance of classifying all the little things that used to trouble him. Now he had a different problem. With a clear mind, empty of wearisome worries that had always vexed his spirit, what was he to do? In the past, the voices of others with their strong opinions had somehow guided him. The effects of other people’s lives had impinged on his own so much that he never really had to concern himself with what direction his own life would take.

After two years in the woods, he began to wonder if the outside world had changed much, He thought of the people he had known, wondered what they would be like now. Then he discovered an amazing thing about the change that had taken place within himself. All he had to do was to think of a person and somhow, through some strange miracle, he instantly knew what the person was like now. At first, he found this difficult to believe but after a while, he discovered what the woods had done to him. He could touch a leaf and know when it was going to rain. He could somehow sense the presence of even the smallest of animals hundreds of yards away. And always, he would be right. Something had brought him in tune with the perfect harmony of nature. The slightest upset in the ecological balance to which he had grown accustomed would instantly attract his attention.

For the first time in his life he realised that he was a part of God’s creation. He had read about this state of being in books. He had secretly dreamed of it, but this was different. He was actually participating in reality.

He sat down and leaned against the trunk of a giant Sequoia tree to contemplate. Somehow, in ways which he did not understand, he had put himself through years of emotional torture. Then he had tested his ability and his desire to survive amidst the natural elements which were unfamiliar to him. And, much to his amazement, here he was, intact after all. Would he spend the rest of his life in the forest, or would he in time go out to meet people like he had in the past? The question perplexed him, because he knew he could never tell anybody about what he had found. In some ways he was frightened that the strength of the people’s desires would bring him back to all he had discarded. Still, after two years in the woods he was growing lonesome. It was not the same kind of loneliness he had known before his journey. He longed for the sounds of nature in people. The long months alone had made him silent. He wanted to share what he had found with others, but he also knew that he must preserve it for himself.

He remembered how it had once seemed so important to try to reform the world, or perhaps redeem it from some vague, impending doom. Now, he did not have the same feeling. He had found his identity amidst the trees and flowers. He had witnessed how everything in nature fulfills itself in its season. He, too, was now filled with the abundant joys of nature. For months he compared everything he felt in the woods with what he knew he would feel from people.

Here, in the woods, he watched each moment renew itself through the vividness of the ever-happening Now. Regardless of the weather or the changing days, there was great peace inside. He picked up a tiny flower and stared at it. Somehow he knew the flower would be able to answer him. Without words the flower filled him with joy. And he realised that it was doing this without losing any beauty of its own. But, he had picked the flower and he knew it could grow no more. This saddened him. If only he had been able to get his answer by looking at the flower without picking it from its natural habitat . . . Then he became enlightened.

If he left the forest to enlighten others, he would be removing himself from his natural source. How long could he endure? Like the flower he could only look for a while and then fade. He decided it would be wiser to stay within his source. The Now, after all, was not something to boast of, or even lead others to, but rather to experience for oneself. He smiled as he thought, “Let all who want to know venture into the forest themselves, where deep within the recesses of their mind and hearts they will feel the wind, taste the rain, and let the gentle wisdom of natural law guide their journey.”

Source: Adapted from Martin Schulman, Karma of Now Volume IV with added tones of Siddartha by Herman Hesse

 

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The “Sensing the Spirit” Edition … The Weekly Newspaper #22 Susan’s Editorial Saturday January 9th, 2021

Welcome to this week’s Newspaper | The “Sensing the Spirit of 2021” Edition.

SENSING the Spirit of 2021 speaks for itself. This week’s edition of The Kindest Revolution Weekly is informative on many new initiatives and perspectives: it’s a roundup of Astrology, reflections, predictions on what we might hope to achieve? We have news and guidance for us all at any level of our processing necessary change in ourselves and our world: to guide and inspire us through this time of transformation for Humanity.

We’re at the point known as “The Great Reset” in a time of Global crisis. What we learn, value and practice now will inspire and become our individual future, and humanity’s hope.

Enjoy!

“We’re coming into the long awaited new Age of Aquarius – and the energy is going to be all about the enlightened individual, understanding that taking personal responsibility for our own worldview and consciousness will affect the future for the whole of humanity. In today’s edition,  all our articles will help many of us new to taking another step towards Sustainability, to letting go of past thought paradigms and awakening for our own spiritual path.”—Susan

As usual in the video section:  Astrology by Acyuta-Bhava Das  | Tarot card readings for January, February and March for each Astrological sign this week are by Chris at Minnow Pond Tarot | Vegan cooking by Gaz Oakley at Avant Garde Vegan  | And, setting the energetic feeling-tone with our music video : ThanosDecline Days”.

All the written, video and picture content in today’s edition is intended to keep us in tune and in touch with Humanity’s inherent need for peace and the power of art, beauty, music, wisdom for sustaining growth . . . all Divine Feminine energetic expressions of compassion and gratitude for the Newspaper’s mission of being “outrageously kind” [especially to ourselves and planet as well as each other]!

We go to press today with yet more valuable contributions from the “I Declare World Peace” art movement [check the photos section] .

Hit the subscribe button under the top banner in my By-line [ newspaper.thekindestrevolution.com/ ] to get the weekly paper into your email inbox on Saturdays, and all your donations are most welcome as blessings which will help the Newspaper thrive!

With outrageous kindness
“Live well yourself, live well with others and our Planet”
Susan

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The Silent Language of the Heart

The heart has its own language, it’s a silent language of devotion, compassion, kindness and trust. In our Zen and Yoga path we have many, many practices to work with this energy center, the space of the heart, and so I used to teach these over a few classes or workshops.

Our yogic practices help us in opening to our spiritual vision through the silent language of the heart . . . and through dedication to our yoga practice we open, activate and accelerate our spiritual vision so we can work with the divine in our lives.

 

 

Zen means meditation, and in the Cha’an tradition the image is of “solitary person opening heart and mind to signs from heaven”. So essentially what this means is learning to recognise our signs, symbols and messages from the Universe about existence flowing through our lives. Most of these are silent, non-verbal communications from the divine and the divine mother . . . then through dedication to our practice we turn intuitions, feelings, fleeting inspirations into enduring behaviour supported by values and meaning.

This is what we are doing right now in our human evolution: bringing all the wisdom from our ancient wisdom practices together so that we can aspire to the highest creative values for the future.

The language of the heart is silent . . . we call it the “unstruck sound” in the Heart Chakra. And the essence of all that is, is in the heart centre . . . the essence of Divinity within you. So, you are what you ARE not what you do.

In yoga we know what we are made of, through experience of the koshas, our subtle bodies, which surround the germ of the Self . . . and we say “I AM THAT I AM . . .” in silence and self-awareness for clearer, deeper self-knowledge. With zen we know our own true being nature.

 

Initiation into the teachings starts by introducing the meditator to the inner relaxation process, so we can learn deep inner listening. We have heart chakra meditation practice with the hridaya heart hand mudra to subtly and powerfully direct Prana, life force energy, to the space of the heart . . . and bringing together pranayama and breath awareness in the So Ham meditation which means “I AM THAT, THAT I AM . . “

When the Heart Chakra is opened and activated, communicating in its silent language in your inner world of the self, then we understand how it “talks” to our other Chakras especially Guru Chakra, the center of our Wisdom.

 

 

This is one of my suZenYoga guided practices: Gentle Power, Shining Self. It’s a preparation for meditation and in this series of practices we’re working with awareness of elements in our energy as a way of deepening our awareness and understanding of the gentle subtleties of our inner world which, with time and patience, ultimately lead us to the discovery of the Shining Self within.

This series of guided audio practices comes with a PDF introduction with links to Guidance for Practice and Meditation Practices videos. It’s one of my older productions, and you can pay what you want for it! Enjoy, Namaste

 

 

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The “Veganuary” Edition … The Weekly Newspaper #21 Susan’s Editorial Saturday January 2nd, 2021

Welcome to this week’s Newspaper | The “Veganuary” Edition and Happy New Year 2021!

VEGANUARY…it speaks for itself. This week’s edition of The Kindest Revolution Weekly is packed full of information: what is Veganuary, what do they hope to achieve? We have news, recipes and guidance for us all at any level of our processing necessary change in ourselves and our world: to guide and inspire us through this time of transformation for Humanity.

We’re at the point known as “The Great Reset” in a time of Global crisis. What we learn, value and practice now will inspire and become our individual future, and humanity’s hope.

Featured video in the paper’s lower third is Astologer Heather Ensworth’s “Jupiter-Saturn Conjunction And Important Transits“—it’ll explain a little more about current cosmic energies: as she says “we’re at the labour pains stage of the birth of the Aquarius Age! Due to a glitch in the Newspaper’s format I couldn’t change the featured video for a couple of weeks now, so obviously we’re being given a chance to digest its content! Enjoy!

“We’re coming into the long awaited new Age of Aquarius – and the energy is going to be all about the enlightened individual, understanding that taking personal responsibility for our own worldview and consciousness will affect the future for the whole of humanity. In today’s edition,  all our articles will help many of us new to taking another step towards Sustainability, to letting go of past thought paradigms and awakening for our own spiritual path.”—Susan

As usual in the video section:  Astrology by Acyuta-Bhava Das  | Tarot card readings for January  for each Astrological sign by the amazingly gifted Ali | Vegan cooking by Gaz Oakley at Avant Garde Vegan  | And, setting the energetic feeling-tone with our music video : John Lennon’sNothing’s gonna change my world/Across the Universe” sung by Fiona Apple, shared by “I Declare World Peace”.

All the written, video and picture content in today’s edition is intended to keep us in tune and in touch with Humanity’s inherent need for peace and the power of art, beauty, music, wisdom for sustaining growth . . . all Divine Feminine energetic expressions of compassion and gratitude for the Newspaper’s mission of being “outrageously kind” [especially to ourselves and planet as well as each other]!

We go to press today with yet more valuable contributions from the “I Declare World Peace” art movement [check the photos section] .

Hit the subscribe button under the top banner in my By-line [ newspaper.thekindestrevolution.com/ ] to get the weekly paper into your email inbox on Saturdays, and all your donations are most welcome as blessings which will help the Newspaper thrive!

With outrageous kindness
“Live well yourself, live well with others and our Planet”
Susan

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Freeing Our-self to be Human

Freeing ourselves to be human is a way of opening up to true compassion, and a way of living with a kind, pure heart: a little bit of the Zen of living simply . . . but which adds up to a totality.

This is healing, and the healing comes in the acceptance that the whole world is hurting and crying out.  So we learn to listen to the voiceless voice of the world: the cry from humanity’s heart.

 

 

You practice this self-healing by opening yourself to whatever situation you may be in. It’s no use saying that the suffering out there in the world is foreign, that it doesn’t belong to you. You have to take care of it every day, because it has already appeared. Just keep yourself open to it. And in so doing, give yourself some life-freedom.

Zen practice is the practice of doing this, sitting and knowing that we ourselves contain the entire world: this is a powerful Zen practice – Eat Your Shadow.

In Eastern philosophies and cultural ways of being, the light, the energy, the hope has been found in dealing with the Shadow. You know, as the dark Goddess Kali, embodies for us.

As far as I know, this self-growth practice and process pre-dated Hinduism in India – moving from the dark to the light has always been the soul’s path in Yoga, with the soul-power manifesting right at the moment you discern what the choice before you is. As we know this happens at Guru [Agya] Chakra .

 

 

So, how do you Eat Your Shadow?

First, Make Friends with the Unacceptable:  Become aware of the qualities you find ugly or unacceptable in others, writing down a list if that helps. Then, realise that these are qualities that also exist within yourself. Make peace with these qualities, both within and without.

The more we repress aspects of ourselves, hiding from them and ignoring them, and project them onto others, the more power these qualities have over us, and the greater likelihood they will appear in our lives as symptoms, bad dreams, or repetitive situations which we feel we have no control over. This has been called the shadow of a human being since ancient times.

Carl Jung did much good work on the way we dump all the unacceptable parts of ourselves into our unconscious, and let it fester there as we hide from it.  We then see these qualities in those people and situations that are around us. [As far as I can tell, Jung became aware of this whole process through his knowledge of Yoga, and practices of working with the Root (Muladhara) Chakra.]

 

 

Eat Your Shadow:  In order to be free of this process, we “eat our shadow”.  This means we must reclaim and own these hidden qualities, realise they are part of us, and welcome them into our lives.  The very act of welcoming certain qualities or people takes the steam out of them.  We can then absorb the energy and transform them into something constructive.

Zen practice is the practice of doing this – “eating the shadow”, sitting and knowing that we ourselves contain the entire world.

Freeing ourselves to be human.

 

 

 

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The “Books” Edition … The Weekly Newspaper #20 Susan’s Editorial Saturday December 26th, 2020

Welcome to this week’s Newspaper | The “Books” Edition!

BOOKS – December 26th always used to be about reading the books you got as Christmas presents when I was younger…and maybe this year, “covid” year 2020, we’ll all have time to read. So, I’m initiating the first “bumper books” edition of the Newspaper… AND The Kindest Revolution published the first eBook “Models of Hope” this week! Two initiations! All the books reviewed and featured this week contain  knowledgeable perspectives for our new world-view: for making positive change in our reality; to guide and inspire us through this time of transformation for Humanity. What we learn, value and practice now will inspire and become our individual future, and humanity’s hope.

We’re at the point known as “The Great Reset” in a time of Global crisis. Today we publish yet more various different perspectives on models of hope :  reading and learning from them will enhance our own individual world-view…

We’re focussing on themes of “reading books” in this Books” edition of The Kindest Revolution Weekly : many, many of us know how to and are working towards change and transformation—and today we have various perspectives from world acclaimed authors.  Featured video in the paper’s lower third is Astologer Heather Ensworth’s “Jupiter-Saturn Conjunction And Important Transits“—it’ll explain a little more about current cosmic energies: as she says “we’re at the labour pains stage of the birth of the Aquarius Age!

“We’re coming into the long awaited new Age of Aquarius – and the energy is going to be all about the enlightened individual, understanding that taking personal responsibility for our own worldview and consciousness will affect the future for the whole of humanity. In today’s edition,  all our articles will help many of us new to taking another step towards Sustainability, to letting go of past thought paradigms and awakening for our own spiritual path.”—Susan

As usual in the video section:  Astrology by Acyuta-Bhava Das  | Tarot card readings for week of December 28th  for each Astrological sign by the amazingly gifted Ali | Vegan cooking by Gaz Oakley at Avant Garde Vegan  | And, setting the energetic feeling-tone with our music video : two music videos shared by “I Declare World Peace”.

All the written, video and picture content in today’s edition is intended to keep us in tune and in touch with Humanity’s inherent need for peace and the power of art, beauty, music, wisdom for sustaining growth . . . all Divine Feminine energetic expressions of compassion and gratitude for the Newspaper’s mission of being “outrageously kind” [especially to ourselves and planet as well as each other]!

We go to press today with yet more valuable contributions from the “I Declare World Peace” art movement [check the photos section] .

Hit the subscribe button under the top banner in my By-line [ newspaper.thekindestrevolution.com/ ] to get the weekly paper into your email inbox on Saturdays, and all your donations are most welcome as blessings which will help the Newspaper thrive!

With outrageous kindness
“Live well yourself, live well with others and our Planet”
Susan

You can donate to support the Newspaper!

Models of Hope : Sustainability, The Growing Movement | Digital eBook by Susan Ni Rahilly with Rose Mason, The Kindest Revolution

 

Models of Hope is a book about just that: hope. Humanity is facing colossal challenges and it can be difficult to see a positive road ahead, but there is one. Hope remains despite adversity, and we can find it in the form of sustainability.

There are 4 traditional pillars of sustainability; human, social, economic and environmental. This book adds a fifth, of spirituality. Putting these pillars in place builds the structure of a truly sustainable world. Sustainability aims to maintain and improve society and our planet, to make life better for ourselves and future generations. In order to live in a better world, sustainable practices should be implemented and woven through society, economic systems and on an individual basis. Models of Hope explains how this could occur, by exploring how people are living their lives in sustainable ways and seeing if and how these principles could be universalised.

 

 

Models of Hope explores the failings of the world we live in, including poor working conditions, exploitation, environmental destruction and economic inequality. Yet, instead of reinforcing a message of doom, the book teaches that it is not too late. It presents examples of how the world and the global systems could be revolutionised. There are specific and anecdotal examples of positive lifestyles and businesses, like the White & Green Company who sell ethically sourced bed linen and Niamh Traynor who lives a simple lifestyle in harmony with nature. There are also discussions of large scale ideas, like the circular economy and a fairer distribution of wealth. Models of Hope is a book where you can come to read a stream of ideas. It reads like a conversation, imperfect and thought provoking. The sustainability movement isn’t one simple linear path towards utopia. It is full of contradictions, trials and unique approaches that won’t work for everyone. But the most important thing we can do is engage with the potential of sustainability, and that is what Models of Hope is here to help you do.

 

 

Human sustainability is where the human experience is built on and improved. This is everything surrounding the experience of the individual around the world. Consider what affects your own life, things like education, employment, culture, health and wellbeing and the opportunities that come under each of these. Human sustainability is where everyone has access to opportunities that meet and exceed needs. Everyone should have an education and the opportunity for a fulfilling career, plus time to relax, enjoy life and experience the world through friendships, travel and cuisine. Human sustainability crosses over with social, in the pursuit of progress towards equality and tolerance.

In the Human chapter the authors hone in on working conditions, discussing the devastating garment factory collapse in Bangladesh and exploitative practices in the UK too. There are two examples of companies that were personally spoken to and interviewed, explaining how they treat their employees and people in their supply chains. Their approaches are models of hope for the world of work and industry. The Human chapter also discusses the benefits of multicultural integration and celebrating cultural richness, the psychological effects of consumption and consumerism, and the importance of education.

“We have already seen dramatic change in cultural acceptance and integration in the last 100 years, but there is more to hope for. The human sustainability vision looks to the future, ensuring that generations after us benefit from the improvements we have pushed for in employment, health, wellbeing, culture and happiness”

 

 

Next, Models of Hope explores social sustainability. Social sustainability is rooted in trust in the collective. Society cannot exist with one individual, it relies on a group of maybe tens of thousands, so there must be some collective beliefs and motivations that hold the group together. Society must also be adaptable, shifting to adopt changes and advancements. We have seen how adaptable society can be through the advancements of technology, so this hopefully illustrates how sustainable advancements could equally be welcomed. A socially sustainable society is defined as one where every person can have social conditions met, and they do not experience structural obstacles to things like health, meaning-making and being represented. A society of social sustainability achieves this while prioritising freedom and diversity, such as integrating cultures and offering fulfilling career paths. The social chapter shows that if sustainable change is to be made, it needs to come on a grand scale and to be embraced by the large group, not just the individual.

The social chapter includes an interview with Jon Jandai who grew up in Thailand and followed a route of traditional societal success. He moved to Bangkok and tried to climb the ladder, earning money in a variety of jobs. He found this to be incredibly unfulfilling, so traded it in for a simpler life. He questions the normalised lifestyle of society, like spending most of life in an office or eating processed food. His story is not isolated, so Models of Hope questions how the traditional 9-5 could be reshaped into a more normal and natural routine which aligns with a primary goal of sustainability, to be kind to ourselves.

 

 

The economic chapter explains that the current economic climate is not sustainable. There is widespread inequality with one end of the spectrum seeing multibillionaires prioritising profits over workers welfare and environmental degradation, and the other seeing extreme poverty. The chapter explores the fact that “the richest 7 people in the world have more wealth than the poorest 50%, which includes 3.9 billion people”. How could society be reshaped to close this enormous gap and redistribute wealth?

Models of Hope explores the opportunity of a circular economy, one that prioritises regeneration of materials and fair distribution, while prioritising the earth and the human experience. The authors explore the belief that wealth should not be entirely about financial gain, actually “wealth is wellbeing”.

The environmental chapter is the one the authors built up to the most. Through writing for The Kindest Revolution newspaper, Susan and Rose have built expertise in environmental sustainability, and different models of hope which allow us to move towards achieving this. The chapter explains the climate disaster we are imminently facing. Then it explains some alternative lifestyles which live more in harmony with nature, while noting that any against-the-grain lifestyle requires a certain degree of privilege.

One of the most important things to transition towards positive progress in any area, is the willingness and openness to speak about issues, even when they are uncomfortable. “You cannot bring positive change by tearing others down, or being reluctant to collaborate”.

 

 

When Models of Hope moves to the spirituality chapter, the mood is truly left on a high. Susan takes lessons from religion and history and translates them into sustainable approaches. She notes how “we’re subtly passing over a threshold into an era, where each individual needs to master his or her own spiritual authority”, which involves following happiness. This autonomy to develop one’s own beliefs, be critical and choose appropriate morals by which to live is a development towards a better, more sustainable humanity.

The spirituality chapter discusses teachings that prove “a human being has many, many capabilities for creating and manifesting whatever we need to become better human beings making a better version of humanity”. The chapter teaches of our power as individuals, to choose peace. It also explains how life in the rich and diverse planet we inhabit is sacred. Looking to the future for sustainability also involves being informed from the past:

“Finding models of hope for our future sustainability, means looking to models from our ancestors which gives us clues for hope.”

Spirituality is an awareness of living. If we tap into the fact that we are living beings on a living planet in a living universe, seeing the sacredness in all other living things, we might value our precious time on the planet more, and make more effort to sustain it.

 

 

Models of Hope helps readers understand the spectrum of sustainability. The word sustainability is not just a way to describe material things that are environmentally friendly, it embodies an entire model for the world. If you wish to understand more about the large scale issues in the world, and how each provides an opportunity for change, Models of Hope is for you. If you wish to understand the sustainability movement, the many sites it arises in and why it is growing, again, this book is for you. Models of Hope has been a journey of discovery for the authors, and they hope it provides the same experience for you.

 

 

Models of Hope, Sustainability The Growing Movement | Susan Ni Rahilly with Rose Mason, Published by The Kindest Revolution Monday December 21st, 2020. Digital eBook in PDF format. Visit the Book Page here . . .

 

 

 

 

 

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The “Models of Hope” Edition … The Weekly Newspaper #19 Susan’s Editorial Saturday December 19th, 2020

Welcome to this week’s Newspaper | The “Models of Hope” Edition!

HOPE – and our big news this week! See the headline article…The Kindest Revolution is publishing the first eBook “Models of Hope”. We’ve written it with learning from all our articles, interviews and collaborations since launching in August. The book contains   knowledgeable perspectives for our new world-view: for making positive change in our reality; to guide and inspire us through this time of transformation for Humanity. What we learn, value and practice now will inspire and become our individual future, and humanity’s hope. We’re at the point known as “The Great Reset” in a time of Global crisis. Today we’re publish yet more various different perspectives on models of hope :  listening to them and learning from them will enhance our own individual world-view…

We’re focussing on themes of “reporting models of hope” in this Models of Hope” edition of The Kindest Revolution Weekly : many, many of us know how to and are working towards change and transformation—and today we have various perspectives. Lead articles are  “The Growing Sustainability Movement…Models of Hope eBook” by The Kindest Revolution; a message of hope for a wakening of awareness in how we shop, read about ReTuna, a world-first shopping mall only selling recycled goods in Sweden: “This Beautiful Mall isn’t What you Think“; Permaculture Magazine’s “Growing Food – A Tool to Change the World“; and big news of the week, financial institutions are finally taking climate action seriously “Former Exxon CEO Lee Raymond quits Chase” with insight from two perspectives. Featured video in the paper’s lower third is Astologer Heather Ensworth’s “Jupiter-Saturn Conjunction And Important Transits“—it’ll explain a little more about current cosmic energies: as she says “we’re at the labour pains stage of the birth of the Aquarius Age!

“We’re coming into the long awaited new Age of Aquarius – and the energy is going to be all about the enlightened individual, understanding that taking personal responsibility for our own worldview and consciousness will affect the future for the whole of humanity. In today’s edition,  all our articles will help many of us new to taking another step towards Sustainability, to letting go of past thought paradigms and awakening for our own spiritual path.”—Susan

As usual in the video section:  Astrology by Acyuta-Bhava Das  | Tarot card readings for mid-December  for each Astrological sign by the amazingly gifted Ali | Vegan cooking by Gaz Oakley at Avant Garde Vegan  | And, setting the energetic feeling-tone with our music video : it just had to be Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On…?”.

All the written, video and picture content in today’s edition is intended to keep us in tune and in touch with Humanity’s inherent need for peace and the power of art, beauty, music, wisdom for sustaining growth . . . all Divine Feminine energetic expressions of compassion and gratitude for the Newspaper’s mission of being “outrageously kind” [especially to ourselves and planet as well as each other]!

We go to press today with yet more valuable contributions from the “I Declare World Peace” art movement [check the photos section] .

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With outrageous kindness
“Live well yourself, live well with others and our Planet”
Susan

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