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Hello! Often we are overwhelmed by the many problems we encounter [...]

Saint Paul, Minnesota
via FCP - United States - Minnesota - Twin Cities
Often we are overwhelmed by the many problems we encounter with the control system. We can find ourselves constantly being burdened by dire warnings and feeling that we have no control.

This can make us unhappy and bitter and keep us separated from one another.

I would like to propose a small step toward personal empowerment through cooperation.

The first step is to make connections. So, hello! Yes, I'm talking to you!

The second step is meet - like, in person. Real-life, scary people shaking hands - or, if you're not too Scandinavian - giving hugs. Human community isn't just a philosophical concept that we can hope to achieve through social media. Social media isn't community - it is a communication tool. Human community is PHYSICAL. So this is a "get local" step.

The third step is to talk to each other about the things that are of greatest concern to you and hear the concerns of others. There is a give and take involved here. But the cool thing is: everyone in the little community is HEARD. Then guess what? We find COMMON GROUND. Some items on your list of concerns are on my list of concerns - and they made the list of others in the group, too.

The fourth step is to arrive at consensus - a decision point - a FOCUS that puts the group's talents and energies toward working on one ATTAINABLE thing. Not "world peace", not "justice for all" - those are broad principles that require each of us to work every day. What I'm talking about is a tangible action plan with demonstrable outcomes focused on a single issue. For example: we're going to feed all the homeless people with surplus food for one month.

The fifth step: to uncover all the actions and resources needed to accomplish that objective. In the food example above, you need two things: homeless people and food. How do we get those things together? We plan it out, assign roles and then...

Step six: get it done! This is the empowering cooperation side of the deal. We move from the theoretical to the practical - and with a specific objective. The group achieves something - yes it's small, but it is a START. And then the group meets again to identify the next item of concern that we can address, or to push further on the first concern.

I know there are many people who are much further down the path than I am, and they have been protesting fracking and getting in the system's face for years! I respect that! But, maybe you're like me and need to make small, incremental improvements through the practical application of COOPERATION.

Remember: it all starts with Step 1: connect!

good post Chaunce
Friday 22 April 2016, 17:14:31
Thanks, AYM! (That's my acronym for AwakenYaMind, by the way!)
Friday 22 April 2016, 17:25:56
...but maybe D Rok is better! :)
Friday 22 April 2016, 17:31:11
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Excellent post. States simply the small steps our circle set our intent on and have manifested also the amount of synchronicity That happens is amazing it's very empowering. Think your post should be pinned for a while as it's an excellent resource tool for setting up circles.
Friday 22 April 2016, 17:42:16
Thanks, Fred! Looks like your just down the road from David Icke's hometown.
Friday 22 April 2016, 17:45:52
haha, cheers buddy.. however you like good point on the communication btw.. agreed that its important for others to be heard and their opinions respected.. a good talker is a good listener as the saying goes
Friday 22 April 2016, 17:54:22
Agreed D Rok - something I am working on personally.
Friday 22 April 2016, 17:55:47
In rereading my post, I saw a typo - where it says "feed all the homeless" in my example, that should have been "feed all the homeless on Main Street in Hometown". Phone rang during that part. Point is: achievable and clear goal.
Friday 22 April 2016, 17:58:08
likewise, haha.. good goals
Friday 22 April 2016, 18:08:22
Hi All- Chaunce- indeed a good example of clear steps you can take once meeting up etc...exactly what we are encouraging so thats good to hear the resonance. I'd like to add one thing to that which FCP and in particular Max Igan is often emphasising and which really is a direction/perspective-changer. That is at the point you agree you focus of concern (ie homeless in your area) and your chosen 'solution' (ie bring food and homeless together). DO take this moment to ask WHY are there so many homeless (on the increase) and WHAT often prevents the
solution from being fully implemented/supported by local councils who have a duty etc or can even become "ill-legal" as in feeding the homeless in some areas. etc etc ad nauseum. The point is, you will probably find that whatever concern you have you will make your way back to a corrupt government who do not act in favour of the public interests (in pockets of banks etc) and LEGISLATION (ie fiction) that we BELIEVE prevents us from doing these good deeds. Ask where the problem comes from and at least bring attention to this as the root cause that we can actually name and that a majority of people can recognise). Its great to help people directly of course, but its also beneficial to go through the process of looking at and identify the root cause that is creating the need to even have homeless people in the first place..... just as with dis-ease; dont only treat the symptoms, but find and address the root cause. Test it out and see the effect and let me know how the group responds- I've seen real recognition with groups here. We will have endless solutions to endless problems until we can turn and see where its all flowing from and why etc. Of course, we know about 'public' officials now being employed by corporate entities and legal systems being in the hands of the master-puppets etc- but the point is to get more people to reaLIES this.... what do you think? thanks, Louise
Saturday 23 April 2016, 08:32:38
Agreed, Louise. Getting at the root is an ultimate objective; however, I would posit that, for many of us (not all), we need to start on a smaller scale. Go for the first quick wins. This allows us to test the model of cooperation within a specific group of contributors on a small scale before "amping it up". Meanwhile, the consciousness of the group still progresses overall, as we become more aware - especially in a hands-on situation.
Saturday 23 April 2016, 13:49:23
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