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A Revelation about a Revolution

The slogan Flower Power was coined by Allen Ginsberg in 1965.  This iconic image of Jan Rose Kasmir, seen clutching a daisy in front of soldiers in 1967, was seen world-wide.  The picture was taken not too far from where I was attending high school at the time.

 

I’ve lived through a lot.  I remember when Kennedy was shot and when we landed on the moon.  I watched DC burning from my bedroom window during civil rights riots. I remember students being shot to death protesting the Viet Nam war at Kent State.  It was a volatile and transformative time.  As a young person, I was deeply influenced by the 60’s sub-culture.  I wore bell bottoms, had long hair and was swayed by another slogan, Sex, Drugs and Rock’n’Roll.   Women’s consciousness raising completely changed the way I viewed the world.

 

Things have changed since then but I’m still inspired by some of the trends that began way back when.  I’m a pacifist, have concern for the environment, and interest in New Age thinking.  I continue to love flowers, rainbows and tie-dye.

 

I’ve had a revelation about a revolution! I want to bring back Flower Power!  I want peace and love in the world.  Flowers vibrate at a very high energy rate.  We need to raise our vibrational energies to create a better world.  We need to Make Love, Not War, more so now than ever before.  We live on a planet with limited resources.  We need to cooperate with each other and live in harmony with the Earth.  Love is powerful and transformational.  Abbie Hoffman said, “The cry of ‘Flower Power’ echoes through the land. We shall not wilt. Let a thousand flowers bloom.”  I think we need to let millions of flowers bloom!

 

I’m in what’s been kindly referred to as the “Third Age.”  My children are grown and I’ve had a career in social work and counseling for 30 years.  I feel vibrant and full of energy.  The Third Age for women was identified by Margaret Mead as “Post-Menopausal Zest,”  the stage of life for women that is all about freedom and wonderful new possibilities.  I’m still young enough to live life to its fullest and want to contribute meaningfully to the world.  I have the knowledge, experience and resources to do it too.  This is only the beginning of something wonderful.

 

 

 

 

27 Comments

  1. Jackie on March 8, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Count me in on the flower power mission! I love the way this post shows what you’ve carried from your past and your experiences into the you that you are now. Beautifully expressed, love Jackie xxx

    • Loran Hills on March 8, 2012 at 11:17 am

      I think your Authentic Expression Soul Blend has something to do with this post! I thought I could count on you, Jackie.

      It was quite an eye opener when I was doing research on the 60’s to realize where I’ve been and how it’s helped create where I am today.

  2. Jo on March 8, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    When I was a teen in the 80s I was a little obsessed with the Flower Power hippy 60s…little did I know I would end up in San Fran not far from Haight Ashbury 20 years later. I love seeing the threads of our values and experiences gently nudging us to our authentic selves. Happy women’s day my dear.
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  3. gina on March 8, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    yay for flower power!!! I’m in!!!

    My brother, who is 14 years older than me, and who also experience the first man on the moon, was saying how to him, he lived through it and it was such a big deal and for me, it’s something I read in my history book in school……pretty wild……but I still think it’s an amazing feat!

    let’s spread the flower power love!
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  4. Gin on March 8, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Flower power – yes!! I was born in ’61 but I’ve been told I would have probably felt at home in many ways if I’d been older during the ’60s and could have been involved in some of the things going on then. (I’ve also been called a modern-day hippie…)

    I love what you wrote about the vibrational energy of flowers – so true!

    And I love your zest for life and new possibilities! I’m not to “Post-Menopausal Zest” yet… I’m at the going-through-menopause-and-wondering-if-I’ll make-it-to-the-other-side stage, because my hormonal issues have been difficult and the impact on me kind of caught me off guard. But I’m trying to learn what works best for me, and what helps me most. I’m looking forward to more Zest!

    Thanks for another wonderful post!
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    • Loran Hills on March 9, 2012 at 10:47 am

      Zest is good. You will get there and it’s worth the wait!

  5. Lucy on March 8, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Viva la revolution!

  6. Petrea on March 8, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    They say you wanna revolution wellllll ya know .. . Loran I’m with you! More power to the Flower! I’m a 70s gal myself but feel like so much change happened in the 60s (including my birth).

    We are history in the making, all of us can revolutionalize the world!
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    • Loran Hills on March 9, 2012 at 10:46 am

      I bounced around singing the Beatle’s song, Revolution, all day!

  7. Gaelyn on March 8, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    I feel the surge of energy just reading this piece. Power to the People! Peace, Love. Flower Power.

    Lived through it all too. Sometimes I am surprised about that.

    Third Age? That’s a new one to me. I like it!

    Happy Womyn’s Day Zesty lady!

    • Loran Hills on March 9, 2012 at 10:45 am

      Gaelyn, sometimes I’m surprised I lived through all that too. Like Gina said, it’s not just history to us.

  8. Linnette Dooley on March 9, 2012 at 12:26 am

    I think it was David Crosby (of Crosby, Stills and Nash) that said “we got it right except for the drugs.”

    I feel like we stepped into a new space that we were not ready to sustain. We have had to go and do the work that would allow us to live at the Flower Power level that inspired everyone. I think we are still doing that work. With some people dragging their feet. 😉

    I agree, there is a lot to value from that time.
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    • Loran Hills on March 9, 2012 at 10:44 am

      Definitely except for the drugs!

      There is a lot of value left from that time, Linette, and now it’s time to revisit it!

  9. samantha jenkins on March 9, 2012 at 6:01 am

    It sounds like you are on the verge of bursting open into the fullness of your own beauty …that you are ready to let your own flower bloom. Bloom baby, bloom!!!

    • Loran Hills on March 9, 2012 at 10:43 am

      Sometimes I feel like a “blooming idiot!” But really this feels so potent to me right now.

      • Annette on March 22, 2012 at 2:44 pm

        Ok so you make me LOL! Think I may relate! The flower power you first showed is a dynamic picture. Is it still the polarizing state of the nation? Thank you for posting the flower power of women, the heart of love an compassion. A good reminder!

  10. Karina on March 9, 2012 at 9:41 am

    What a gorgeous post, Loran! I love Flower Power and definitely prefer LOVE to war : ). It’s so powerful to look back and see just how much we have already experienced instead of always looking for what we haven’t done yet. This also shows how much life experience you have and I am sure that is so precious to the people who come to you : ). I hope I will be as vibrant and funny when I’ll be in my Third Age ; ).

    Love, Karina
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    • Loran Hills on March 9, 2012 at 10:43 am

      You’ll be more of you, only better, Karina!

  11. Pam on March 10, 2012 at 6:11 am

    Loran I love your post as well as everything flower power .I think the hippie’s planted the seeds for us and now it’s time for us to bossom and create as much peace and love as we can

    I like the “third age ” and look forwards to becoming the fully authentic “Hippie earth mother ” that my son calls me

    love Pam

  12. Pam Belding on March 12, 2012 at 6:06 am

    I’ve always felt a deep connection to the ‘flower power’ generation. I think it might have something to do with being born in 1969 under the sign of Aquarius! Not exactly sure what that means, but I certainly do feel a kinship to those who want to be the loving antidote to the problems in this world. Every day offers another opportunity to reach out and be a part of the solutions.
    Here’s to Flower Power!!!

  13. Sally-Anne Russell on March 13, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Hi Loran

    Yes count me in for this, I love the Flower Power wooohooooo!!!!!

    ~Blessing~
    Goddess SallyBarbie~
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  14. Meg Goodmanson on March 20, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    Yay! Count me in too! I love it!
    😀
    xox
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    • Loran Hills on March 20, 2012 at 8:49 pm

      Whoot! It is going to happen!

  15. Cyn on April 24, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    hi Loran,
    me too! btw, I miss you on the goddessguidebook where I used to be in your group. so I’m not exactly sure how I got here – kept clicking links lol – but I’m now following you on twitter, as @paintwitch.
    all best,
    Cyn

    • Loran Hills on April 24, 2012 at 5:11 pm

      I’m glad you followed all the links around to here!

  16. Janrose Kasmir on March 20, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    It was a chrysanthemum- not a daisy- Love -Janrose

    • Loran Hills on March 20, 2017 at 10:34 pm

      Thank you for setting the record straight!

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