Question: In Israel, the integral method is already being implemented, but in other places it’s only starting to take its first steps. But in order to take that step, certain courage and support are needed.
Answer: There is a particular environment here in Israel. It’s an entirely different atmosphere, different inclinations for all initial conditions. In other countries this process is much harder. I think that it should follow the type of path as in North America, for example. Right now they are starting to approach the second phase.
The first phase began with the Occupy Wall Street protest movement. Moreover, such movements took place in many cities in America and Canada. Our people didn’t participate in the protests themselves because it’s useless to exchange one thing for another, never have revolutions brought anything other than suffering. This is why we only come to such events in order to distribute our materials.
Initially we encountered some resistance, police treated us with suspicion, and so on. But after they learned what kind of materials we’re disseminating, they stopped objecting. In some way in various countries, this material passed through the authorities, the police, and received internal approval, and so they don’t touch us anymore, they allow us to hand out our information and treat us with respect.
This is our first completed stage.
Almost a year has passed from the start of protest marches. And now an interesting phenomenon is occurring. Since we’re constantly handing out newer and newer flyers, people see that we have very logical materials. In these flyers, we’re gradually starting to explain the integral method: why nothing other than unification works. And here the authorities are starting to play along with us internally. And the protesters themselves, as well, since they understand that we have an inner strength, an idea—something that they lack. All they have is “we’ll break windows, beat each other, take away from some and give to others.” Naturally, neither the government, nor the police, nor those from whom things are to be taken away agree with this. While we, on the contrary, by juxtaposing ourselves to others find ourselves in demand. They want to use us to legitimize their movements and so they invite us. This results in a very interesting symbiosis: Both the protest movements and we are interested in directing this toward a correct course.
“You are right, there’s nothing good in this world and everything should be changed. The only thing is that we need to change it like this. See for yourselves. Are you really going to destroy everything that exists today? And what will you build instead? Do you have plans, opportunities, and ideas? Have you prepared any resources? No! But we are offering a solution, and moreover, one that doesn’t require great resources. Everything depends only on our desires, and we’ll be able to achieve this.”
Today we’re are invited to all kinds of forums where different opinions are expressed. We really are in demand now. For a long time we didn’t seek out contact because everyone tried to draw us in and conform us to them as they sensed that there is some additional force. But it’s no longer the case now, now they understand, at the very least, that they need to be on par with us. We’re gradually entering this process, yet we still remain ourselves.
And now, a new phase is starting, and unfortunately, in this regard, North America is falling behind: There is a shortage of teachers of integral education. We need to prepare teachers and educators very quickly, in rapid tempo, and instead of giving people flyers, offer them lectures and explanations. This is the next phase.
From a “Talk About Integral Education” 5/20/12