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love and justice are not two. without inner change, there can be no outer change; without collective change, no change matters.
red, for the fierce passion of our convictions white, for the purity of our hearts yellow, for our vast vision, expansive and encompassing as the golden sun, and black, for the great depth and mystery that is the doorway to that Great Beyond, our collective transformation.The four colors that represent all people on the planet are held in our hearts because any real fight for justice is not against but for. For the planet, for the people, for life and for love. For all. The directions? All of the cardinal four, naturally, looking East towards the future with the wind and work of our Ancestors of past coming from the West. The South situates us in this very moment of now, while the North holds the infinite possibility of no-time. With those, we also look to the Heavens above for guidance from Spirit, Earth below for grounding and deep into the Cosmic Center the very core from which we organize. X Qualities Most important are the qualities this Year of X asks us to lean into, cultivate and operationalize. Here are the big ten: First, the ABCs. The "what." Basics we should all live by whether seeking justice in the world or just within ourselves:
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