I was in 4th grade during the Summer Of Love, which took place in 1967.
What I understood back then (from the local Grown-ups and the TV news) was that people known as Hippies were taking over a far away city called San Francisco, and doing unspeakable things in the streets there.
I didn’t know too many hippies back then, being only 9 years old at the time, and the ones I did know were often the butt of unflattering jokes in my family and neighborhood.
Still, it looked to me like they were having way more fun dancing in the streets in San Francisco than I was in my Catholic grammar school. I was learning all about Rules, and they were breaking them.
I do remember being aware that many of the Grown-ups were afraid of the hippies, as if they carried diseases. For some reason, this new generation of beings had a problem with being drafted and fighting in a war, which was breaking some BIG rules. They were flashing peace signs, burning draft cards, organizing protest marches, and refusing to obey.
The Summer of Love made it crystal clear that there was a revolution in town, and change was happening, now.
The dangerous disease the Grown-ups were afraid of was the destruction of the old order they’d grown up in. Follow the rules, don’t ask too many questions, cut your hair and get a job, and everybody’s going to be fine.
What did these young people think they were doing, disrespecting the old ways like this?
Meanwhile, the 60′s generation understood on a deep level that Love is a good reason to do things. It’s not that previous generations didn’t know this. It’s that Love took a step forward in importance on this planet.
The generational divide was actually an evolutionary one, a sign of the spiritual evolution taking place deep within the culture, and within each of us. Welcome, 4th chakra!
The challenges we face now are an even better reason to remember the lessons of love, forgiveness, kindness, and compassion.
When I visualize my dream world, the one I’d love to see and know someday, it has all of these qualities in abundance. The beautiful thing is these vibrations are here now, and available to each of us.
Here’s an idea: how about spending this summer working the energy of Love?
I see this as beginning within, beginning the revolution within yourself with a healthy dose of self love. It’s impossible for anyone else to hurt your feelings, invalidate, or criticize you meanly if you have decided that you rock.
An added bonus is that when you love yourself, you are bound to find others who agree.
This is because you become a peaceful healing energy to be around. It’s tough to be around haters, especially self-haters. They are spreading toxic energy with all those hate germs, like a sickness.
When you create a beautiful environment within, it carries; it is seen and felt by others. You become a healing by consciously deciding how your energy is going to be, instead of letting something or someone else decide for you.
This is a profound healing for your body and mind, it’s also terrific for your home, relationships, creativity, and just about anything else you can think of.
Even if you don’t believe it yet, let yourself trust that you will create big ripples of change and healing by doing your own work. You have no control over how others will change, but you do have the choice to grow and change yourself.
Now is a good time to start – the revolution is calling.
If we give our children sound self love, they will be able to deal with whatever life puts before them. -bell hooks