It has been more than two years since I’ve written a book, and now a new one has me firmly in its grip. The working title is The Revolution is Love, and its purpose is to advance a new narrative around climate change and social transformation (and their personal, inner dimensions too). For a preview of the starting point for this book, you can read my recent FB post and the article from a couple years ago, Climate Change: The Bigger Picture.
That’s just the starting point. I intend to follow whatever mysterious paths my research and thinking lead to. A recent Tarot session spoke to me deeply. The card had a picture of a moonlit path. The moon is only bright enough to illuminate the next step or two; after that, the path vanishes into the mystery. My advisor urged me to follow that path, even when it seems crazy. That’s what I intend to do with this book. My entree is climate change, but who knows where a love revolution will lead?
In order to write this book, I’m scaling back on everything else. Almost no speaking for the first half of the year, and a reduced schedule thereafter. No more on-line courses or anything like that. I’ll continue doing sporadic podcasts and blog posts, most likely including excerpts of work in progress and research that seems important to share. Also, I will follow through on a few events I’d already committed to.
As many of you know, it is my practice to make my work freely available under a Creative Commons copyright. Nothing is ever behind a pay wall. Many people ask, how does that “work”? After all, I support a large family. The answer is that people are happy to reciprocate voluntarily. Right now, as I step into a phase of intensive research and writing, I’m opening a new channel for inflow – a Patreon account. A lot of artists, musicians, activists, and journalists use Patreon to crowdsource monetary support through monthly pledges. If you want to support me, you can visit the page and make a pledge.
My goal is to write the most beautiful and helpful book I possibly can, free from pressure to conform to a publishing schedule or to a preconceived idea of what the final product will be. The book (and it may turn into something more than or other than a book) is bigger than what I know how to do right now. The support I ask for is unconditional support, from people who trust me to follow that moonlit path wherever it may lead.
Even a dollar-a-month pledge is significant, not only because these add up, but because each one reminds me that I’m not alone, that a community of people have my back. There have been many times over the last few years when I was nearly overcome with doubt, hopelessness, or weariness, only to be uplifted by an unexpected gift that reconnected me to That Which We Serve. “Wow,” I think in wonderment, “people really believe in what I’m doing. I guess I’ll believe in it too!” And I return to work respirited.
I receive each gift as an expression of love. It takes a little speck of courage to give without guarantee of return. With each bit of unconditional support I receive, my own courage grows in tandem – the courage to pour myself, body, mind, heart, and soul, into this work; to hold nothing back. Perhaps I am not alone in realizing that my courage comes from my community. The love revolution transcends the old, heroic model of social or personal transformation. We are in this together. Thank you, thank you, thank you.