By Jesse Anson Dawn
Tips on Keeping Mind and Body Young Jesse Anson Dawn, author of the national award-winning book, Never “Old”, plus The Rejuvenator’s Bible, speaks out about a most stirring subject: how to counteract the unwanted effects of “aging.”
Presently answering the question: “How can activism be a source of personal rejuvenation?”
Every peace and/or environmental activist that I’ve come across seems to look remarkably good for their age, whereby they radiate a special kind of alive-and-well charisma. Although what I mean by “activist,” is someone who cares enough about peace, truth and the environment to be steadily and earnestly DOING something positive about it.
Clearly, the kind of activism that rejuvenates my lovely mate Keanu and me, mainly by relieving our suppressed awareness, is a commitment to donate at least some time each day working for the Big Picture. In other words, working for peace or environmental issues that go beyond mere self-interest, working “consciousness” via e-mails, letters or phone calls, plus donating time and money organizing awareness-raising events. Some of these events are quite large, such as our annual Earth Day, and some are smaller affairs which are woven into the seminars I’ve been giving here in Hawaii for many years (sparked by the alternative reality here).
Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins come to mind as activist standouts in the movie and TV crowd, along with Robert Red-ford, thank you, who’s still standing strong for the environment. But can you imagine what could really be done by these multi-millionaires if more of them really cared, if more could transcend paranoia and the Washington DC (Death Culture), rising up enough to practice a steady, dedicated path of truth, peace and environmental justice?
Surely, if there were large groups of these big money people organizing rallies, plus waging courtroom action, plus teaching consciousness via potent, caring ads and conscientious movies (instead of the typical say nothing gaga of today’s media), then greedy, war-mongering, shameful tyrants like George Bush could not even get nominated, let alone elected.
Nonetheless, even those of us with meager incomes manage to get something positive done. Yes, even without corporate backing or a publicist (other than myself) I’ve managed to promote and organize countless numbers of events and issues aimed at active consciousness. Maybe it all started way back with my articles in The Realist magazine about my problems with being a reluctantly drafted Vietnam vet.
Then came my anti-nuclear group S.T.A.N.D. (Strategy and Teachings Against Nuclear Destruction) a quarter-century ago. Then came my feverishly organized “Save People’s Park” rallies in Berkeley, back when that place was a wide-awake, radical town. All of which has been interspersed by countless numbers of letters to editors, newscasters and politicians, so many that just for fun and remembrance I’ve wallpapered a whole (storage) room in my house with my personal protest letters. Woop-te-do!
Then there’s my annual Bob Marley Day in Hawaii, ten years of organizing a free festival to honor a musician so politically conscious and globally influential that even the conservative Time magazine named him “Musician of the Century” in 1999. All of which led me to annually organize the aforementioned Earth Day, the latest being April 19, 2003, when five good reggae bands played (including my Jesse Dawn and the Kind reggae band), along with an anti-war speech by our somewhat ageless (again by relieving suppressed awareness) Hawaii County mayor, Harry Kim.
Perhaps my own Suppressed-Awareness-Relief therapy really began back in the 60s with all those peace rallies, jump-started when I proudly marched with a hundred thousand others through the streets of DC, protesting Nixon’s genocidal war in Vietnam.
Back when colleges were centers of activism instead of apathy, back when teenagers weren’t media-scalped “screenagers” — back when students tuned into music that cared more about whole Earth than whole ego. Back when “university” meant universal, back when study was duly aimed at conscientious reality instead of just the corporate-think treadmill. But hopefully, if more of us self-renew, wake up and get involved, then there’s a chance that all that greedy apathy can be turned around.
Indeed, when it comes to the question of how activism sparks self-renewal, what can be more healthy for the soul than caring about God’s sweet Earth? What can be more conducive to pain-free happiness than what I call Expanded-Awareness-Pain-Cling — RELEASE, whereby we shed the silly myth that “ignorance is bliss” — moving upward and forward to the conscious reality of LIVING SOUL KNOWLEDGE IS LIVING SOUL POWER...
For the whole self-renewal story, Jesse Dawn’s (Pulitzer Prize nominated) 258-page book, Never “Old”, can be received free of charge by purchasing his new book, “The Rejuvenator’s Bible: Working Ways to Create Perpetual Youth Naturally” (237 pages) for the retail price of $15. To receive both books for the price of one, call World Changing Books at (800) 736-3922 and order with Visa or MC, or send a check pay-able to World Changing Books, POB 5491, Hilo, HI 96720. ($15 includes books, plus free 1st class postage) Or order by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org Also check www.angelfire.com/hi4/jessedawn
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