Here is my harvest from Saturday, 3 September 2011 in Syntagma…
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On 3 September, I witnessed such violence in Syntagma that it broke my heart open and now I am left wondering – wondering – what I am really meant to be doing with my life?
There was a call for people to begin gathering again in Syntagma – to continue to show our resistance and say ‘not in our name’ – as well as continue to talk about what else we can do. We had spent the day with Anthi and Odysseas planning our work out for the Autumn (interesting dynamics there too) and then our plan was to go to the centre to see what was happening. Sarah, Stella, Anthi and I went. There were people – quite a few – but not like before the summer – and it was clear there are two main groupings – the top of Syntagma, right outside the Parliament Buildings and down in the square. The people in the centre were in the middle of the people’s council (that they have continued to do all through the summer) and the people at the top some were just hanging out and talking and others were chanting, etc.
This week – Sarah, Anthi and I had a sacred conversation – one of those conversations that cracks the ribcage open and goes straight to the ‘heart of the matter’ – “no messin’”, as my friend Charlotte says with her Scottish accent. It was also a conversation that converged many inquiries I have been having with a good friend and learning partner, Mark Siebert. Anthi, Sarah and I were inquiring into what is really happening to this land – and we were listening into how to best serve. We knew that we had to descend – to deep dive to hear and see more.
Can you hear the whisper?
A call that is barely audible…
Can you hear it beyond the cacophony?
Of revolution – even evolution
What is it saying?
AERA – ELEFTHERIA – FREEDOM
What does it mean?
Be our natural, wild and whole selves
Be – come – sensual
We are living incredible times – yesterday, those of us who gathered together – all over Greece, felt this in every second of living.
I am writing a very quick email right now – and will write a longer testimony of what we lived yesterday later today.
What is happening in Greece is a large scale walk out and walk on – a gathering of people who are reclaiming life – people who know self organisation and are re-membering to this. Yesterday – we were not demonstrating or protesting – we were standing up to life – saying yes to ourselves hand making our lives again (as our fathers and mothers did – as our grandmothers and grandfathers did – as our ancestors did) – because if we do not do this – we do not live life.
The evolution of consciousness is definitely on in Greece – with our Greek spirit rising in a beautiful way and here in Athens surrounded by people now living in Greece from different parts of the world, (English, Germans, Bangladeshis, Pakistanis, Africans, etc.).
I want to share with you what we experienced on Sunday night and from further conversations with a friend who is working closely with what is emerging.
There were about 500,000+ people out in the streets of central Athens – the streets from Syntagma (Constitution Square) to Omonia were filled – people of all ages and nationalities.
Syntagma Square itself was filled with people – many were walking on the roads around the square, talking, friends meeting friends, children on parents shoulders. Walking into the square – there was loads of food being sold/offered – drinks, etc. There is a feeling of a festival – with big banners saying – We do not owe, We are not selling and We are not paying!!