It’s unusual when a two-and-a-half-day weekend changes your life. Whenever thousands of positive energy people gather together, it’s unpredictable what might happen. My trip to the World Domination Summit in Portland, Oregon certainly gave the word “celebrate” a rich new meaning. It was an incredible happiness sprinkling of love, peace and community. Hectic and overwhelming at times, and joyful and inspiring at others. It stirred memories of another place in an earlier time.
Since releasing my book, Confessions of a Middle-Aged Hippie, I’ve been sharing with people that we are all hippies. It makes perfect sense to me, yet people often turn up their nose and say emphatically, “I’m not a hippie.” I smile. My hippie is less about a lifestyle of sex, drugs and rock & roll, and more about hippie as the core values of peace, love and community. It occured to me, that the people who are attracted to WDS, truly represent the hippies of this generation.
What Does WDS Stand For?
Living the credo of “community, adventure and service” this generation of free spirits is carrying forward the values the hippies birthed back in the 60s. Hippies were considered counterculture, revolutionaries who stood for peace, love and changing the world for the better. Radical for the time.
This group stands for living remarkable lives in a conventional life and being of service, as they lovingly plot their world changing. Hippies were known to live alternative lifestyles and that’s what struck me most while in Portland—thousands of people living and thriving in alternative lifestyles. Changing the definition of what is possible in our constantly evolving world.
Hippies stood for the very values that are currently part of our popular cultural conversations. Do you live from a place of gratitude, include music and art in your life, and see how being in community and of service, are fulfilling why we all are here? You are a hippie.
Is meditation, yoga and inner transformational work part of your life? You are a hippie. Are you a seeker, exploring spirituality and contributing to being a co-creator for a conscious planet? You are a hippie. Or maybe you value organic living and sustainability and are compassionate, showing reverence for all living creatures. You are a hippie. At the core of who we are as human beings—we are all hippies.
Return to the Summer of Love
Reflecting a little bit more, I began to see that this incredible weekend was a mini return to the “Summer of Love”. The 1967 convergence of 100,000 + people in the Haight-Ashbury district in San Francisco, is credited for having initiated a major cultural and political shift in the world. It was a revolutionary time. The energy and excitement of the era translated to the world in many ways, most memorably, through the music of the times.
This weekend was alive with a smorgasbord of music and collective group energy, as we took over the zoo for our love-in opening party. Seriously. We took over a zoo! 2,800 of us sitting in the open amphitheater Woodstock-style, spread out on the grass, dancing, talking and connecting. MarchFourth, a colorful marching band whose outfits are a throwback to the Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band attire, entertained us. Talk about a joyful celebration!
Music, Art, Community and Love
We lived sharing music and art when coming together in community, back in the 60s. Today, we have the power to spread both our individual and group messages to millions of people worldwide in a matter of seconds via technology. And we do.
The interesting parallels between the 60s and now are actually written in the heavens. Back in the mid-60s, Uranus (planet of revolution, rebellion and sudden change) was conjunct Pluto (planet of transformation, rebirth and breaking with tradition), igniting an inescapable time-release charge of radical transformation in culture and individuals.
The human potential for the enlightenment of “all people” had been reserved for an occasional saint or guru, before this time. Back then, this taste of expanded consciousness germinated a cultural seed, giving birth to a new kind of individual. Suddenly it became an expansive possibility for everyone, and hippies were the first to get that. Right on.
Astrology Shows Us Why Now
In my understanding of astrology, what happened during the conjunction of Uranus and Pluto in the 60s, would manifest globally as soon as these two planets reached their first square. If you haven’t heard, we just came out of a 3-year period, (2012 to 2015), where we experienced seven exact squares of Uranus and Pluto! And we are still feeling the effects of it now.
We are living in supercharged times of revolutionary and sudden changes at the core level of both individuals and institutions. You don’t have to look too far to see where this is manifesting on the planet now. Where have you felt this in your own life?
Where Have All the Hippies Gone?
People often wonder where all the hippies have gone. They became lawyers who sued for protecting air and water quality and for damages from chemical pollution. They began changing the world by starting companies that produced products that were Earth-friendly, ecologically-sound, technologically advanced and socially conscious.
Portland is a progressive hub of this energy. It’s alive and flourishing there, spreading out into the world at gatherings like the World Domination Summit. Recently we witnessed this in the amazing grass roots following that aligned with Bernie Sanders in the Democratic Presidential primaries. I believe Bernie Sanders and the millions of people he attracted embody the hippie values and see the need for radical change in all areas of society. His movement calls for a political revolution.
An Inspiring Example
Now 87-year-old Bob Moore, founder of Bob’s Red Mill, was an ageless example of what the hippie generation stood for. His credo, “Put people before profit. Share with those who helped you build it.”, shows his deep understanding of the value of working in community. This consciousness allowed this visionary Aquarian to give the company he had started in his 60’s to his employees. He handed it over to them on his 81st birthday. Cool.
For those who lived in the 60s and were part of this shift in consciousness, it’s incredible to see what was known to a relative few worldwide back then, still alive and part of the big earth shifts happening now. Consciousness and spirituality are embraced as part of who we are. Yoga is practiced by millions of men and women everywhere daily. Meditation is encouraged for inner peace. The only place world peace can begin.
Creativity is the new keyword in education, business and life. Connection and person-to-person sharing are still alive and vibrant, considering our technological world is often credited with creating isolation. Many of today’s thought leaders believe that creatives will rule the future. These are all values that the original Summer of Love celebration birthed.
What a memorable way to enjoy the summer, coming together in powerful like-minded communities. This is the real reason people come to Portland each summer. A chance to meet face-to-face with amazing people they’re anxious to connect with. It’s a strong and growing community. Truly a summer of love for people of all ages, ethnicities and walks of life. A love-in, a peace-in and a groovy way to spend a few days in absolutely, awesomely inspiring company. May the spirit of the Summer of Love infuse the way you live your life every day. Power to the people. Peace-Out!
Love and Health Are Hippie Values
Living a healthy life is a key hippie value. The hippie era birthed the alternative health movement, after all. As a health and vitality consultant, I invite you to show yourself some love and self-care and message me for your complimentary wellness consultation. Curious to find out how healthy you are now? Start with the USANA True Health Assessment. It offers a 3-part report with heredity, lifestyle and nutrition suggestions you can implement immediately. Here’s to love and health in all areas of our lives! Look forward to talking with you soon…
Images of MarchFourth and Bob Moore courtesy of Armosa Studios