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Activism and the Power of 108

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The number 108 has special meaning
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Nuclear experimentation is the biggest problem of our time, and the biggest problem of all time. It is also the one that unites us. And united, we are more empowered to find a solution.

Whether sourced from industrial or militaristic concerns, radiation is difficult to quantify and impossible to see. The conundrum of nuclear experimentation is that radiation creates so vast and deep of an alteration of our ecology that, now only approaching year 70 of the nuclear experiment, the causal implications have not been considered entirely, if at all.

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Due to the fact that this is a complicated technology shrouded in complicated politics, many people succumb to the ostrich effect-- that is, they bury their heads in the sand instead of acknowledging the nuclear industry's history of political fascism and ecological devastation as if they are powerless--when really it's always been "your voice, your choice." People have more power than they may realize.

So, when people first learn about the unsettling consequences of nuclear experimentation, I like to offer a simple formula for conscious activism and social transformation.

The Power Hidden in 108

Esteemed in an esoteric context, the number 108 is considered metaphysically divine. It symbolizes the union between the microcosm and macrocosm, the inner and outer worlds, and therefore represents wholeness and healing. And it holds the secret to understanding how to make activism more effective.

There are also innumerable auspicious aspects to the number relating to astronomy, astrology, intuition and spirituality, including the recurring ratio of 1:108 between celestial bodies in our solar system.

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Examples of the Significance of 108

Hindu Mala prayer beads have 108 beads.

The Sikh tradition has a mala of 108 knots tied in a string of wool.

108 sacred book s constitute the holy writings for Tibetans, and there are often 108 steps in Buddhist temples.

There are 108 seats in the Nepalese government's legislative assembly.

There are 108 pressure points in Chinese martial arts.

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Ethan Indigo Smith is the son of a farmer and nurse who was later adopted by artists. Ethan was raised in Maine, Manhattan, and Mendocino, California. Ethan is a proud dropout. Ethan has traveled the world and has been employed briefly as (more...)

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