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RECRUITING THE IMAGINATION TO UNDO OUR GLOBAL DEPENDENCY ON NUCLEAR ENERGY AND WEAPONRY

The imagination is a real place that can open the way. The imagination can be a way of prayer, activity and accomplishment. What begins to live in the imagination, can enter the daily life.
As we respond and live according to our assumptions, imagine common spiritual practices of undoing nuclear activity globally. IMAGINE, each day. Imagine this all day as we go about our lives.
Each day, imagine, steadily, carefully, exactly canceling all future nuclear plants, everywhere. Imagine dismantling all plants, older to newer, slowly and safely. Imagine safely storing and then neutralizing all nuclear fuels, rods, weapons. Imagine poorer nations providing safe sufficient energy for their people. Imagine each of us doing with far, far less.
Live and respond as if nuclear energy plants do not exist and so we will live without. Let us steadily and happily do without whatever comes to us now through nuclear power.
Let us not indulge disaster because of a failure of imagination.
Let us keep up such practices of the imagination and the necessary accompanying daily activities, responses and divestments, until the end of nuclear energy and weaponry is inevitable. Imagine this occurring in your lifetime, our lifetimes. Imagine we actively care more for the earth and the future than for our individual selves. Imagine.
Imagine all our new vital lives. Imagine the trees, animals, thriving. Imagine the earth, waters, winds relieved. Imagine the wild returning. Imagine co-existing happily with all beings. Imagine a viable future.

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8 responses to “RECRUITING THE IMAGINATION TO UNDO OUR GLOBAL DEPENDENCY ON NUCLEAR ENERGY AND WEAPONRY

  1. Dorothy Mason March 16, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Deena…powerful, inspiring call of remembering the strength of our imagination
    to manifest a whole peace. Deep Gratitude, all blessings.
    Dorothy

  2. Sheryl Paul March 16, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Your words fill me with hope and vitality. It’s a practice to reel in my habitual fear-mind that imagines a future of ruin and instead imagine a sustainable, thriving future for all beings. Thank you for reminding me of the power of imagination.

  3. mickey morgan March 16, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    Deena,
    This kind of encouragement, I believe, can profoundly affect the flow of energy. “We create our own reality,” eh?
    Very Buddhist . . . I used to imagine such things with the network of dams in this country, that hold back the waters of Mother Earth from being cleansed underground, rivers diverted and dried, salmon runs nearly a thing of the past. I imagined, say, 100 highly-realized monks and nuns and spiritual superiors to hold hands in a circle concentrating so hard that all the dams in the world would break. When I told Jamyang Lama, one of my teachers, about this, he said “No. Mickey. Thousands of people will die. What about them? Let Mother Earth take care of it.” So I don’t think like that anymore. The mind is powerful. Your end is virtuous. I’m with you.
    peace,
    mickeypamo

  4. leslie tuchman March 17, 2011 at 9:00 am

    thank you Deena……I’ve been immersed in your blog entries for the past week…..you are profoundly impacting my way of thinking as you always do. Thank you for your passionate words and action!

  5. Connie Josefs March 17, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Ah, Deena. I keep thinking… it’s not enough… But it’s a place to start. Lighting a candle to Ganesha, remover of obstacles. (Your beloved elephant)

  6. Deena Metzger March 17, 2011 at 9:36 am

    Oh, Connie, it is certainly not enough. But it is, perhaps, a creation of a common mind that says no, absolutely no, to nuclear energy and armaments, and says, no, to the extent of the energy we use, and no to armaments. It isn’t a panacea or an antidote. And it has to be consistent enough and broad enough for the change of mind to begin. And it has to be connected to real divestments and activities that change, drastically, how we live each day. It is not a momentary prayer, it is a possible way to live changing our psyches. And it is, perhaps, a way of being together, all of us, finally, on behalf of all life, not only our individual lives.

  7. Maxine Cook March 17, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Deena, as always, thank you for moving energy within and among readers, moving earth energy; now moving nuclear energy away… moving minds and souls, always encouraging all beings to be of one connected mind in order to effect changes, first in minds and then in actuality. Thank you always for your efforts …… Max

  8. Ptery March 17, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    Yes, we need our imaginations!!!!
    My favorite quote from Starhawk , her book “The Fifth Sacred Thing”
    In the discussion on violence, and history.
    “Still, it it was a failure of the imagination. That’s what I regret– what we might have done if we hadn’t’ let our vision be constricted. And I knew it at the time but I didn’t know how to talk about it.”

    And more recently at a anti-bulling lecture by Kate Bornstien. Her whole lecture talked about the main way we get our imagnination lost, in the either/or question. Are you with us or against us. question. The gay or straight, like there is nothing else there. The telling the “truth” or “Lies” where there is only One Reality.

    The Heart can hold it all that it needs to and compassion too.

    Blessings on all your imaginations. I don’t have electricity right now, my neighbors have car batteries. IT can be done.

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