All That We Do Now / by Melanie Ida Chopko

"The time for the lone wolf is over.  Gather yourselves!  Banish the word struggle from you attitude and your vocabulary.  All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration. We are the ones we've been waiting for." Hopi Elder Prophecy 

A few days later, I'm still moved by the performance of Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company. I saw their production "WARRIOR" on Friday - a mixture of dance, theatre, activism. It was a mirror neuron explosion, a reset button pushed in my brain on the essential nature of the wordless arts in confronting, exploring, bringing to light the movement towards a more just and beautiful world. A wide river of confusion, commitment, urgency, suffering that is bigger than language.

There are many times when I see a film, or read an article about what is happening to my sisters and brothers around the globe and in my neighborhood, and my mind screeches that I should drop all of this art stuff and get on to doing something more 'effective' - something like political organizing, law, anything. Anything other than practicing day after day, writing, going back to draw and redraw a line. With more and more spaciousness I can see this as just my system's way of avoiding the anxiety and pain I feel when I stop, look and tell the truth about what is happening on this planet. 

I can see again how my commitments choose me - and I am proud to dedicate myself day after day to shaping my tools, shaping my contribution towards joy and sustenance as we reshape the planet. The Great Turning requires our whole selves - our intellect, our emotion, our bodies. One of the most powerful dances of the performance was the dance to the Hopi Elder Prophecy - "Banish the word struggle from you attitude and your vocabulary.  All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration."