One of the benefits of getting older is the ability to evaluate our life’s experiences. Long forgotten youthful passions come to light once more. We can pick up dropped threads and weave them back into the fabric of our lives.
“As we enter 2015 we are conscious not only of the Feminine Principle, but of the wisdom held en masse by all the bold, beautiful, and savvy girls in The Sixties who have now come of age as crones. It isn’t a moment too soon.” – Edveeje Fairchild
We tend to think about coming of age as something that happens when you’re young. You go through puberty, hit 18 or 21, and presto, you’re an adult. I finally considered growing up just before I turned 30.
I’ve been thinking about this a lot. Am I coming of age again now that I’m into my 60’s? What can I bring into my fullness? How am I ripening?
War is unhealthy for children and other living things.
When I studied Art History at the University of Virginia, artists were placed in their social context. We examined the political and religious society of the times as well as the personal life of the artist. I was too young, however, to see myself as living through history. How could I? I was more concerned about my own inner world.
Before I was old enough to think for myself, I campaigned for Richard Nixon. My parents were staunch Republicans who volunteered me. My best friend and I got to shake his hand when he got off the plane at Andrews Air Force Base. At the time I thought it was pretty exciting. Now I know he really was a crook.
I paid attention to the news. The Viet Nam war was part of the fabric of my life. Every night the news reported the number of casualties accompanied by footage of the “action.” It was dubbed the first “living room war.” Students began protesting the war in 1965. During the same year, Allen Ginsberg coined the slogan Flower Power.
This iconic photo of Jan Rose Kasmir was taken by Marc Riboud in front of the Pentagon, not too far from where I was attending high school at the time. Flower Power embodied non-violence ideology and passive resistance against the war.
In 1969, 250,000 marched in Washington, DC to protest the Viet Nam war. Nearly 45,000 Americans had already been killed.. Almost half a million US men and women were deployed in the conflict, and opposition to the war continued to grow. The war finally ended in 1975. My dad, a WWII bomber pilot said, “War never solves anything.” When are we going to learn this?
I want to bring back the Flower Power movement. 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 must 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!
The revolution begins from within. It starts with me. It starts with you. Thank you, Vickie Lewis, for reminding me that, “Flower power has never gone away. We just forgot it was there. It was a volatile and transformative time.”
It is still volatile, overwhelmingly so, but we have the power to create peace within. We have the power to hold a flower instead of a rifle. One daisy, one heart at a time.
When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace. ~ Jimi Hendrix
What are you willing to do today to be more loving? To create more peace?
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