First – Nonviolence Becoming non-violent is a lifelong process that involves refining the arts of kindness, concern and tolerance even in the midst of passionate disagreements. It need not be the absence or suppression of anger or other emotions. It is a behavioral choice we make again and again.
Second – Not Knowing Not knowing enables us to put aside our entrenched ideas and reactive behaviors. Intellect and intuition become more balanced. It is a place of open mind and heart accompanied by spontaneity and presence.
Third – Introspection Through self-inquiry we expand our personal imagination, experience the numinous transpersonal realm and develop inner wisdom and resolve – the wellspring of a healthier society.
Fourth – Eros Love and beauty are more than ethereal qualities. They are essential essences that can help us resolve the problems we have created. When we love something we want to help it thrive.
Fifth – No Enemy Putting aside fear and hatred is revolutionary behavior that can change society. By co-creating a healthier world can we hope to ensure a viable future. It is not helpful to detest a person or make an enemy out of someone who we disagree with, or are disgusted by their actions.
Sixth – Vision Free of Reaction, active opposition often adds more energy to the very things we oppose. Providing new alternatives can attract others away from the old system. Vision in the present is essential for creating a healthier future.
Seventh – Joy The other side of grief is joy and both are part of a heightened sensibility and concern for others. When our work is grounded in the beauty and gratitude, we are more joyful and more effective in efforts to create social change.