Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Egypt - A Lesson in Chaos


February, 2011


Egypt: A Lesson in Chaos


"In life you need either desperation or inspiration."

-Tony Robbins


Last week the hubby called from the car repair shop to say he was watching Egypt rioting in the streets on TV, so I tuned into CNN.


Wow. Egypt…is desperate for change.  Politics aside, the Egyptian people have captured the attention of the world because they have done something really powerful.


They have aligned with each other and united in one voice.


Henry David Thoreau said "Most men lead lives of quiet desperation, and go to the grave with the song still in them."


That is not the case in Egypt.


In London supporters of the  uprising made their voices heard near the Egyptian embassy. A sign held up by a young man read: "Riot like an Egyptian."


(The youth of London get it. Students and others recently protested the raising of taxes on college tuition.  They actually pushed back the mounted police by walking toward them instead of dispersing.  The outnumbered police were forced to back off.)


Perhaps we could take a lesson.


A Cairo resident said, "Beware the anger of the patient".

After thirty years of dictatorship under a tyrannical leader, the people are speaking up for freedom, in  the hope of a better future for their children in spite of discomfort, high risk, and opposition.


Creation often involves risk and discomfort. Ask any great inventor, actor, poet or statesman.


I have always said that chaos gets a bad rap and peace is often over rated.


Chaos is the engine of change --on individual, national and universal levels.


Many of my clients are facing difficult life-altering challenges such as bankruptcy, chronic or unexpected illness, serious financial losses, lack of medical care, unemployment, and depression.


"We must find a way to become balanced while being unbalanced, uncomfortable and still not be thrown off by the imbalance. No matter how unbalanced we become, no matter what the circumstances, or how unsteady we feel, we can  be at peace, live with purpose and continue to grow by making powerful new choices."  (Off Balance on Purpose, by Rev. Kylie Renner in Truly Alive Jan-Feb)"


The idea that order often emerges from disorder is a mind bending, counter-intuitive and troubling idea to many. I encourage you to check out The Secret Life of Chaos, a wonderful documentary that teaches us, through the natural world, that chaos has something to offer. http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/secret-life-chaos/


The natural world is actually one big blooming, buzzing mass of lively confusion! From clouds to trees, to the human experience: you will never look at the world, chaos, or disorder in the same way after viewing The Secret Life of Chaos.


How does one remain at peace within when the circumstances around us are not orderly or peaceful? What can we do when the external environment currently does not match our dreams?  Why does one uncomfortable challenge after another continue to present itself to us - just as we overcome one, here comes another?


Many times the higher self creates difficult, even tragic events, in our lives. The human part of us simply cannot grasp the meaning in it at the time, yet there is a higher wisdom present.


Chaos: It is here to stay and it serves a purpose.


We are living during an earth cycle of change meant to create a huge jump into the unknown territory of an emerging age of a greater understanding. We are striving to assume our place in a greater universal community.


It is no longer so important to fuss over our appearence, to be entertained all the time, or to maintain the status quo of comfort.


It is more important that we wake up.  News Flash: Spiritual growth and personal change was never meant to comfortable, or even orderly.


Many spiritual teachers and self-proclaimed gurus have created large followings (and equally large incomes) by telling us that all we have to do is 'live' in the emotional heart space, wear a crystal, do the best we can, and pray for the healing of the earth.


We know from experience that human feelings can decieve us, overwhelm or mislead us at times.


The inner voice and human emotion are often in conflict. It is best to recognize the difference.


Chaos, challenge, and confrontation are intrinsically part of human development and growth. It is not possible to heal what you do not confront.


Here are a few suggestions that will help you in navigating the rising tide of change and circumstance that surrounds us:


Let nothing, and I mean nothing, get between you and Source. The ability to maintain focus, which meditation teaches us, is of vital and critical importance in the midst of emotional upheaval, emergency or anxiety.


I personally have experienced the "miracle" of stepping away from myself, disengaging from the emotion of fear or dread, into objective, clear focus when problem solving.


This is a powerful inner "miracle" that everyone should experience! Don't let the simplicity of the concept fool you.


Disorder, chaos, change, and revolt are necessary parts of life – when the time is right for it. These growth patterns line the pathway of all great change in society, families, and relationships.


These growth patterns are present in nature's wild and beautiful rhythms.


Take the time to speak with and to each other. Gurus, holy robes, talismans, crystals, and other so-called spiritual thing-a-ma-jigs belong to the past. The future is about choice, freedom and healthy alliances with each other.


These alliances are a glimpse of future neighborhoods and communities where individual choice, equality and self reliance are present.


Many of us are beginning to leave the herd of mainstream society in search of a new watering hole! Be your own guru. Align with and help each other.


In closing, I offer you Three Principles:


1. Question outer authority.

2. Rely on inner wisdom.

3. Think independently.


Change and chaos can serve you well if you choose to go with the flow of it, remembering that above all else: YOU ARE LOVED!



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Monday, February 14, 2011

Kenya 28th Feb (Call to Action)

Dear Kenyans,
The National Youth Sector Alliance is in full support of the Action on 28th February. Please mobilise as many young people in your Networks to participate.


In the face of continued ethnic polarization and a highly politicized atmosphere, a group of Kenyans have gotten together to organize an initiative to unite Kenyans by all singing the national anthem at the same time (concept below). This initiative is scheduled to coincide with the day of the signing of the National Accord.

We will sing and unite at various fora around the country at 1 pm on 28th Feb. Participants will congregate within the locales in which they live and work, and can sing the national anthem in English or Swahili. The idea is for people to sing along to the national anthem as it is played on the radio or TV regardless of where they are or what they are doing (all 3 verses). As this is not a protest or a demonstration, following the national anthem, people will simply disperse and carry on with their day.

This is an initiative that belongs to all Kenyans:  aimed at uniting us under the banner of our national anthem.




(Sing & unite)

We are extremely proud to be Kenyan.
We are proud of our beautiful country
We are proud of our diversity cultures and traditions

We are proud of our heroes

We are proud of our high achievers

We are proud of being hustlers

We are proud of our hoods

We are proud of our tribes and twengs

We are proud of our kanges and our mats
We are proud of our artists and musicians
We are proud of our industries and farms!
We are proud of our sports teams!
On the 28th of February 2011 at 1pm, wherever you are, at work, in the supermarket, in traffic, in school, on campus, in hospitals, in churches, in mosques, in temples, in synagogues, on sports pitches, in court, on your farm, at police stations, at armed forces barracks, in matatus, in buses, on the beach, in the game parks, at the airport, in parliament, in State House, in your homes...
On the 28th of February 2011 at 1pm, we stand
On the 28th of February 2011 at 1pm, we unite
On the 28th of February 2011 at 1pm, we shall speak in one voice.
On the 28th of February 2011 at 1pm, let's sing our national anthem, all three verses
On the 28th February 2011 the world will watch as Kenyans stand UNITED:  1pm, 1 nation, 1 people, 1 anthem, united in 1 prayer for 1 Kenya!

We are Kenya!


Friday, February 11, 2011

Egyptian Revolution Led by the Youth

Dear Good Kenyans,

If the events in Egypt ae anything to go by, the Kenyan youth population needs to learn something on holding the country at a higher moral ground and stand for what is right in-spite of pressure from the establishment. I have been closely following the events in Egypt as the story there unfolds. I would like to share this article with you--the first I have seen that goes into at least a small amount of detail on the organizing strategies of the young people who started the demonstrations.


Social Media has once again proved to be a powerful tool that has turned extremely political. As such let no one dismiss the bloging in Kenya today. It may be what we have been waiting for. Really interesting to see how social media has helped the youth to get organized and informed on how they could effectively protest. This is certainly a time to watch and think about next steps to support the development of the youth movement in Kenya if we must achieve the 2nd rebirth of our nation now through the ballot.


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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Why Africa needs to lower its voting age to 16

Why Africa needs to lower its voting age to 16


With the youngest and fastest growing population in the world, Africa

should move to convert the 'youth bulge' from a threat into a

development opportunity


Calestous Juma

Wednesday February 9, 2011






In apparent concern following democratic uprisings in north Africa, the

African Union has decided to hold its next summit in June 2011

on the theme of "accelerating youth empowerment for sustainable



One of the most pressing issues in African politics is to realign the

continent's voting systems with its age structure. One way to do this is

to lower the voting age to 16 so as to expand opportunities for more

young people help shape their own future.


Africa has the youngest and fastest growing population in the world.

Over 40% of the population are under the age of 15. More than 20% are

between the ages of 15 and 24. Three out of five of Africa's employed

are young people, according to the International Labour Office. Young

people account for 36% of the overall working age population.


There are two key steps Africa can take now that can help to convert the

"youth bulge" from a threat into a development opportunity. The first is

political inclusion, by lowering the voting age, and the second is

expanding opportunities for technical training and associated job



Most African countries have set the minimum voting age at 18. The

decision to do so is based more on tradition and less on careful

observation of social, economic and political realities. Demographic

shifts, education, greater access to new technologies, access to

information and political awareness have significantly improved

decision-making among Africa's youth.


The minimum voting age is 21 in Central African Republic and Gabon, and

20 in Cameroon. But people between the ages of 12 and 18 work,

participate in political discussion through social media, and make

household decisions. Yet they cannot vote. In Kenya, for example, which

has a population of 38 million, about 4 million people are aged between

12 and 18, most of whom are socially, economically and politically



Lowering the voting age 16 for all African countries would not only

reflect the demographic structure of the continent, but it would also

expand political participation. Austria, Brazil, Cuba, Ecuador and

Nicaragua have lowered the voting age to 16. In Bosnia, Serbia and

Slovenia, 16-year-olds can vote if they are employed. The voting age in

Indonesia, North Korea, Timor-Leste and the Seychelles is 17.


Lowering the voting age continues to be the subject of heated debate in

many countries. One of the main arguments put forward against it is that

people at the age of 16 cannot be relied upon to make informed

decisions. These arguments are usually made by older people who ignore

the many decisions that young people already make.


People at 16 have much more at stake in regard to the future than many

of those holding power today. Yet there is no maximum voting age, except

in the Vatican where 80 is the upper limit for voting for a new pope.


In some countries politicians have resisted the move by seeking the

redefine the term "youth". A few years ago a Kenyan politician, Muhammad

Kuti, proposed that the legal definition of "youth"


title="definition of youth">definition of "youth] should be changed to

include people under the age of 50.


It is true that lowering the voting age will not necessarily increase

political participation by young people. It will need to be accompanied

by formal and informal political education. However, political education

on the role of young people is even more urgent for older leaders whose

worldviews were shaped by more traditional societies. Many of them do

not realise the extent to which modern technologies and education have

shifted power from centralised authorities to peer networks.


The AU summit will be hosted by its new chairperson, President Teodoro

Obiang of Equatorial Guinea, who has been in power since 1979 and has

been heavily criticised for human rights violations. His effort to

create a UN science prize in his name was recently revoked after

opposition from human rights groups. Obiang's one-year stint gives him

an opportunity to lead a genuine effort to "empower" Africa's youth by

getting countries to lower the voting age to 16. Without such decisive

and immediate steps, the summit will appear to young people as yet

another forum that is strong on promise and weak on delivery.


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