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The Occupy Wall Street movement has shown the world that once again, America's police aren't adverse to using force and violence to break up peaceful protest.   Perhaps because of this, a broad spectrum of the population agrees with the general principles of the Occupy Movement. We need to build on that support.

We can do that by growing the Occupy Movement in new ways to keep people aware and awake to the issues in a peaceful way.   The OWS movement, though only months old, has already taken its first steps, like a hero child who is wise beyond its years.   Peaceful protest is a powerful stand to take in the eyes of the world, especially with images of police violence in everyone's awareness.

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The great thing about a peaceful revolution is that we can creatively make our points by using our intelligence, humor and artistry.  Whereas violence is pretty much the same wherever it is practiced -- hurtful, divisive and destructive -- peaceful creativity is original, inspirational and unifying.  As things begin to turn violent, we can bring down this military-industrial complex with creative action.  

Our resistance movement can disappear for a time and come back with new and better ways to oppose the system.  There's a certain romance to that, one that can capture the collective imagination.  The question on people's minds will be, "What will they do next?" and it will keep their interest fixed on the great issue of our times -- who is entitled to the world's wealth.

We need to build support to foster a change in our national and global policies and in the economic system which holds all the other pressing issues of our times hostage.  The economic injustice of unregulated capitalism prevents us from moving forward on the most important issues of our times: healing the environment, social justice, war, economic opportunity and poverty.

These are some of many issues that are contingent upon how we deal with the world's Wealth.  Should wealth that comes from our common resources be managed and used by the few (1%), or should it benefit the many (99%)?   The most important issue we face globally   is how we use our great wealth in a fair way to reverse the environmental damage our economic system has created.   Because the health of our eco-system is intrinsically tied to our collective health and survival.     

Believe this: scientists say we have 5 years to reverse our carbon output or we condemn ourselves and our descendants to a future with irreversible consequences to our environment.  We've known this for years, but Americans especially haven't taken these facts seriously, sitting back while our corporations spend millions of dollars to block all attempts to reverse environmental damage.

      The one thing we are all dependent on is the health of our environment. The Earth is the living organism we all depend on for Life!  We westerners don't respect Mother Earth's cycles and rhythms, but if we really want to change the way humans do "business' with Earth's resources, perhaps the Occupy Movement can lead the way by listening to Earth's wisdom.  We're not just "saving' Mother Earth -- She's saving us too!

     When we take Mother Earth as our ally and listen to her Wisdom, she will give us direction.  Earth's season of winter is upon us in the USA; it is a time to go within, a time when plants and animals withdraw their life energy from the surface of things and bring that energy to the core of their being, to sustain life over the long, cold winter months.  We can take a page from Nature's book and withdraw from our very public presence to take a time out to re-assess what to do next.  

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This season of greatest darkness is a good time to retreat and disappear.   Step back. Go within.   Rest.   It's time to celebrate our victory!  This issue of the 99% is in the forefront of people's consciousness.  People all over the world agree that we have to stop these financial criminals and change the world economy. So, why not step back and leave space for new ideas to be born on how we can take it to the next level.  We need many strategies to take this movement forward into an election year here in the US.

Winter is a good time to grow the Movement.  Like yeast in bread dough, we can go back home and grow the movement to bring in more people willing to take a stand with us.  

Taking the Occupy Movement to Main Street

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Cathy Pagano is the author of a new book, "Wisdom's Daughters: How Women Can Change the World". Cathy trained at the C. G. Jung Institut-Zurich in dream interpretation, then got her M.A. in Counseling Psychology in Feminine Spirituality, and along the way became a certified Life Coach. As an astrologer and storyteller, she weaves the Cosmic Stories written in the stars and from The Bard's Grove, comments on emerging archetypal themes in movies. Cathy works with the tools of the imagination - dreams, alchemy, myths, astrology, symbolic language, storytelling, ritual - to awaken the Soul's wisdom.

I believe that Americans are called to a higher consciousness at this point in our history. We are called on to live up to our ideals and create the country our forefathers imagined. Inner consciousness needs to be acted upon for social justice.

Cathy believes that our writers and artists must take up our responsibility to create art that inspires, teaches and heals our humanity.

Cathy writes about political, psychological/spiritual, and cultural issues.

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