Musings: Where Have All the Hippies Gone?


Published:

I coulda' woulda' shoulda' been a hippie, but I was born too late...or maybe it was right on time, depending upon how you look at it.

There’s no doubt in my mind that if I had been born before 1950 I would have been camping out at Woodstock with my beads and bellbottoms on -- oh yeah! Instead I’m one of the generation that came after the hippies and brought new meaning to the words “identity crisis”: the Me Generation of the 70’s. Perhaps in response to the disillusionment with the peace, love and freedom revolution of the 60’s which ended with the assassinations of its charismatic leaders and a full scale war in Vietnam, mostly we were just thinking about ourselves. “What am I doing here? Who am I? What’s going on?”

The self-centered exploration of the 70’s could have led us deep within ourselves to discover that truth, happiness and security can only be found by affirming our source and original identity: we are children born of Spirit and by nature we seek to love and be loved. Instead, we steered our inward journey towards exploring new realms of selfishness and self-centered behavior. This set the stage for developing a culture of greed and excess for the next several generations to come. And it has brought us to the precarious place we find ourselves now -- poised between peaks of annihilation and ascension.

Many Westerners do not see such dire world consequences about to unfold around us because we are insulated with material comforts and plenty of advertising to assure us that the good life is happening all around us. To most, it is “business as usual” and predictions of sweeping world change are nothing but the ramblings of doomsayers, crackpots -- prophets maybe -- that have colored every era throughout history. But as the numbers of poverty-stricken, oppressed and disenfranchised people around the world grow and the reality of their suffering becomes harder for the privileged minority of the planet to ignore, long-frozen flickers of light have begun to glow in our awareness once again. The evidence is mounting that our comfortable (but greedy) lifestyle is not only the cause of many peoples’ suffering but is killing the planet as well. Mother Earth is sick and needs the tender care of our awareness, not more assault. Much like the hippie voices protesting “the Establishment” during the turbulent 60’s, a voice which speaks out for peace, sharing, and respect for the resources of the planet can be heard coming from people, one by one, growing stronger everyday. It takes courage and sacrifice for this voice to speak up and be heard, because it must throw off the comfortable blanket of heavy materialism first.

It is common sense that tells us that one third of the world’s population cannot squander the resources of the planet for themselves while the other two thirds starves and dies of war, disease and poverty. Not only is it morally misguided and unbefitting for creatures of spiritual heritage to act so carelessly, but common sense tells us that our world has no real borders and eventually the stench and suffering of those overwhelming conditions will reach our own shores like the cancers that they are. The elder from Maniwaki noted that a gallon of clean water can cost more than a gallon of gas these days. Common sense tells us that if we plunder and use up the resources of Mother Earth and deposit our waste in exchange, She will have nothing left to sustain us with. And common sense tells us that when the most powerful country in the world becomes a bully, too, and decides that war and violence are the answers to our global problems, what hope can we possibly have of peace?

Yet hope is all we have and our strongest ally on the path to creating a better world. Hope is the beacon which unfailingly sends out its signal to show us the way home. Hope is the blueprint seared upon our hearts which never lets us forget that the master plan for humanity is peace, love and freedom on Earth. The flower children who blossomed with the 60’s were full of hope and bursting forth with exactly those ideals, yet they were viewed with suspicion and scorn by the Establishment. Dropouts. In truth, many hippies were young, came from privileged or middle class backgrounds and their protests and counterculture behaviors may well have been sparked by adolescent rebellion. However, in light of the social environment of the time -- segregation, oppression of women, foreign wars fought for dubious reasons -- and the wide open world of opportunity afforded to people coming of age in a country carving out its status as a world superpower, it is not surprising that a movement for social transformation as visible and radical as the flower children of the 60’s also sprang forth. Searching for answers to the social injustices of the time, they chose colorful, mind-altering and culturally explosive avenues of expression to bring awareness to issues that otherwise would have been swept under the rug. All they were saying was “Give peace a chance,” but nobody listened to them because they had long hair and wore beads.

Thirty-five years later, we find ourselves again in a similar atmosphere of social and political unrest worldwide. However, this time the stakes have been raised because weapons of mass destruction are scattered all over the world and nuclear holocaust is only minutes away at any given moment. Corporate, governmental and moral corruption have risen to absurd levels of brazenness and outright abuse because too few people have spoken out against the madness, being pacified into indifference with conveniences, comforts and toys. Deep down I think we all wish another crop of noisy, outrageous flower children would burst forth again to awaken our senses and question this reality. The New World Order coming into view is a corporate nightmare and worse than any psychedelic “bad trip” ever could be. As author Thom Hartmann notes this issue: “...corporations can live forever, don’t need fresh air to breathe, fresh water to drink or pure food to eat.”

Today we call it corporate America, and it’s the economic indicators -- not the spirit of the people -- that dictate whether our country is healthy and strong or heading into decline. Unfortunately, we can trace the roots of this myopic, short-sighted and self-centered belief right back to the founding spirit of what should have been the greatest country and cultural experiment in modern history. Those who came to this country seeking a new world with freedom and justice “for all” excluded the indigenous people of this land and the Africans they enslaved and brought here to serve them from those rights and truths. The Civil Rights movement of the 60’s acknowledged this debt owed to African Americans and initiated the steps towards reconciliation. American Indians, however, still live on tracts of reservation land and are subject to supervision by the United States government. They are not the autonomous people they once were. They have lost their freedom. Gnostic astrologer Francis Grabau call this our “national karmic wound” and writes, “Americans [will be] haunted by the spirits of the Indians slaughtered on their land base year after year and acre after acre as they pillaged their way across the continent from sea to shining sea.” This is our real “national debt.”

At this time of great change around us, Americans are given the opportunity now to make the right choice: God Bless America and make us strong so we can help supply the rest of world with food, water, medicine and good technology. God Bless America so we can help ourselves redistribute wealth in this country fairly and with common sense for the common good. God Bless America so the people can find the true pioneering, innovative and cooperative spirit which was originally entrusted to them to create this remarkable country and make it great -- not just mighty -- again. This is our beacon of hope and saving grace.

I was profoundly moved by the simple words and compelling thought of Lakota wisdomkeeper and elder Matthew King in Noble Red Man (Beyond Words Publishing, 2002):

“No people on Earth ever enjoyed a freedom like we Indians enjoyed before the White Man came to this country. Everything was free. We were free and so were the animals and the birds and the rivers and the whole wonderful land from end to end. All free. All pure. All happy. This was the freest and purest and happiest place in the whole Universe. Our Instructions didn’t tell us what to do about the White Man. We welcomed him when he came here. We fed him. We took care of him. We believed God had sent him here to help us.

God gave the White Man powers we never saw before -- material powers. He was supposed to share those powers to make life better for all of us. He was supposed to use the material power in the service of the spiritual power. He was supposed to connect them. He didn’t. Instead, he used his material powers to steal our land and our freedom.”

The hippies ideals of peace, love and freedom are not far removed from what the elder mentions had flourished successfully on this land for many hundreds or thousands of years before. Relative to that history, our convenient, space age lives are but a flash in the pan.

“Imagine all the people sharing all the world.” -- John Lennon.

Carol Bedrosian is publisher and editor of Spirit of Change Magazine .

Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module Edit ModuleShow Tags

Daily Astrology

November 17, 2019

An early morning trine between the Cancer Moon and Scorpio Sun gives the new day the comfortable sensation of a familiar, favorite, well-worn easy chair. Contentment feels wonderful. The blissful harmony between the Sun and Moon slowly gives way to more…
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Alternative Health Directory

Browse all listings »

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Calendar

November 2019

“Bringing Energy into Matter” Learn basics of Tachyon, Zero Point Energy and Quantum Physics Tachyonized products and healing tools for purchase Participate in a seeing...

Cost: Free (preregistration is required)

Where:
The Sanctuary for Celestial Empowerment
10 Grassmere Avenue
Suite #300
West Hartford, CT  06110
View map »


Sponsor: Psychotherapy Healing Services, LLC
Telephone: 860-798-6176
Contact Name: Celeste E. Mattingly, LCSW
Website »

More information

Beaver Moon: Herbs for Aches and Pains Using Anti-Inflammatory Herbs. Refreshments served. To RSVP contact herbalist Rachel Ross, RN CNM. Visit our Facebook page for the latest...

Where:
Hillside Herbals
Jefferson, MA


Telephone: (508) 847-8615
Website »

More information

Come shine with us! Join us in harmony and in our goal to bring the light of Spiritualism forward to all those who are searching.

Where:
VFW Post 2597
775 Boston Rd, Rt 3A
Billerica, MA
View map »


Sponsor: The Spiritualist Fellowship Church Of New England
Website »

More information

A beautiful collection of messages from Jeshua Ben Joseph (Jesus) that will transform your life, as it did his. Coming together to study these teachings, to ponder, to savor, to deepen our...

Cost: $25 per class

Where:
Heart and Soul Holistic Healing Center
130 Massapoag Avenue
Sharon, MA  02067
View map »


Sponsor: Heart and Soul Holistic
Telephone: 781-258-9942
Contact Name: Barbara Ann Strassman
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Give Yourself the gift of Reiki this holiday season! Have you always wanted to learn Reiki but didn’t want to commit to a full day workshop?  This is the class for you! Reiki...

Cost: $175

Where:
Center for Inner Wellness
26B Main street
Chester, MA  01011
View map »


Sponsor: Center for Inner Wellness
Telephone: 413-315-1133
Contact Name: Maureen Suriner
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Atend a public hearing for S665 at the Massachusetts State House to protect holistic practitioners. This is the second bill that urgently needs your attention now. S665 will provide a safe...

Where:
Massachusetts State House
24 Beacon St
Rooms A1 and A2
Boston, MA  02133
View map »

More information

With Peyton Pugmire, spiritual intuitive and Certified Angel Card Reader Tuesdays, 9/24, 10/22, 11/19, 12/17, 6pm–8pm You are intuitive beyond belief. This is your soul’s...

Cost: $40

Where:
Creative Spirit
80 Washington Street
Marblehead, MA  01945
View map »


Telephone: 781-797-0389
Contact Name: Creative Spirit
Website »

More information

Give Yourself the gift of Reiki this holiday season! Have you always wanted to learn Reiki but didn’t want to commit to a full day workshop?  This is the class for you! Reiki...

Cost: $175

Where:
Center for Inner Wellness
26B Main street
Chester, MA  01011
View map »


Sponsor: Center for Inner Wellness
Telephone: 413-315-1133
Contact Name: Maureen Suriner
Website »

More information

Free Evidence-Based Holistic Health Education Program at Wilbraham Senior Center The H.E.A.R.T. Program® (Health Empowerment and Real Transformation), created and instructed by Michelle...

Cost: Free

Where:
Wilbraham Senior Center
45 Post Office Park, #4502
Wilbraham, MA  01095
View map »


Sponsor: Harmony Way
Telephone: 413-636-2475
Contact Name: Michelle Caron
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Give Yourself the gift of Reiki this holiday season! Have you always wanted to learn Reiki but didn’t want to commit to a full day workshop?  This is the class for you! Reiki...

Cost: $175

Where:
Center for Inner Wellness
26B Main street
Chester, MA  01011
View map »


Sponsor: Center for Inner Wellness
Telephone: 413-315-1133
Contact Name: Maureen Suriner
Website »

More information

The Fertility Awareness Meetup provides women with an opportunity to learn about and discuss natural birth control options and fertility. This is a space to connect with peers, access information,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cambridge Women's Center
46 Pleasant St
Cambridge, MA  02139
View map »


Sponsor: AC Fertility Awareness
Telephone: 617-899-7624
Contact Name: Anna Churchill

More information

The online dating scene can be exciting, overwhelming, and also annoying. However, it can truly be worth the hassle if you end up finding your ideal match! Just like Kerri did! Come to this...

Cost: $25

Where:
Awaken Holistic Counseling Services
2 Liberty St., Unit 2L
Newburyport, MA  01950
View map »


Sponsor: Awaken Holistic Counseling Services, LLC
Telephone: 978-255-7893
Contact Name: Kerri Morrison
Website »

More information

Broga® is an officially licensed brand of fitness infused yoga geared for men but open to all. With instructors around the world, Chuck was trained by the brands creator and went onto work as...

Cost: $20

Where:
SSFIT STudio
339 Boston Post Rd, Suite 6A
Sudury, MA  01776
View map »


Sponsor: SSFIT STUDIO
Telephone: 508-904-7171
Contact Name: Steven
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Come detox, relax and renew yourself for the fall in our sanctuary! We have an intimate gathering of great readers and healers providing services at sampler rates to enjoy their services while...

Cost: $60: 3 Pack Service Special; $25: Single Service

Where:
Healing Power Of Flowers—Heaven and Earth
68 Stiles Rd
Salem, NH  03079
View map »


Sponsor: The Healing Power of Flowers - Heaven and Earth
Telephone: 603-275-7688
Contact Name: Stacey Smith
Website »

More information

Dying to Be Me by Anita Moorjani (My journey from cancer, to near death, to true healing) In this truly inspirational memoir, Anita Moorjani relates how, after fighting cancer for almost four...

Cost: Free

Where:
Open Circle Acupuncture & Healing
411 West Main Street, Suite 2R (rear of building)
Northborough, MA  01532
View map »


Sponsor: Open Circle Acupuncture & Healing
Telephone: 508-393-1212
Contact Name: Kim Flaherty
Website »

More information

Give Yourself the gift of Reiki this holiday season! Have you always wanted to learn Reiki but didn’t want to commit to a full day workshop?  This is the class for you! Reiki...

Cost: $175

Where:
Center for Inner Wellness
26B Main street
Chester, MA  01011
View map »


Sponsor: Center for Inner Wellness
Telephone: 413-315-1133
Contact Name: Maureen Suriner
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Give Yourself the gift of Reiki this holiday season! Have you always wanted to learn Reiki but didn’t want to commit to a full day workshop?  This is the class for you! Reiki...

Cost: $175

Where:
Center for Inner Wellness
26B Main street
Chester, MA  01011
View map »


Sponsor: Center for Inner Wellness
Telephone: 413-315-1133
Contact Name: Maureen Suriner
Website »

More information

Four week series for girls ages 11 and up with Leigh Sloss This series of classes will focus on some of the most effective yoga and mindfulness skills for reducing stress and anxiety.  In a...

Cost: Series: $75; Drop in rate $20

Where:
YogaLife Institute of NH
6 Chestnut Street
Lower Level
Exeter, NH  03833
View map »


Sponsor: YogaLife Institute of NH
Contact Name: Alice Bentley
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Give Yourself the gift of Reiki this holiday season! Have you always wanted to learn Reiki but didn’t want to commit to a full day workshop?  This is the class for you! Reiki...

Cost: $175

Where:
Center for Inner Wellness
26B Main street
Chester, MA  01011
View map »


Sponsor: Center for Inner Wellness
Telephone: 413-315-1133
Contact Name: Maureen Suriner
Website »

More information

Learn to overcome spinal tensions through therapeutic postures, designed to decompress your spine and relieve pain. Taught by a certified yoga therapist, classes bring you through poses...

Cost: 5/$50

Where:
Bliss Through Yoga
484 Bedford St
East Bridgewater, MA  02333
View map »


Telephone: 508-331-3564
Contact Name: Janice O'Brien
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module Edit ModuleShow Tags