Let us reflect for a moment on this last and very important issue of sheer numbers. Institutions bent on domination, control, and exploitation have historically been constituted of a very small number of individuals with a sweeping and inordinate amount of political or financial resources. It is important to note that there are also individuals with huge resources who choose to serve the world. Examples of such heroes of soul abound. Many who had great power did great good. The world has been very blessed by their fidelity to the heart and its spirit.

However, we can ascertain that individuals and institutions that choose the way of exploitation and oppression rely on the mega power at their disposal and not on the conscious participation of a large number of people. Most of the people in the world are usually caring and desire to help and assist others. The real power of the good is in the large number of caring people, and the number of such people is staggering. As the majority of people awaken to their responsibility for love-in-action (beyond just their own families), an unstoppable wave expands, enlarges, and amplifies the spirit of solidarity, peace, and justice in the world.

We are coming very close to the possibility of an unfurling of overwhelming numbers of women and men advocating for good causes. If we keep on deconstructing the belief systems that held us back and are still refraining most of the world from getting engaged, we will witness the emergence of a nonviolent force for good beyond what any of us could have imagined. This is where religious ministers and spiritual teachers have a crucial role to play in helping us all cross the threshold. It seems that the Divine and the world are pleading with them: “Teach love-in- action. Awaken us to a socially engaged spirituality! Wake up the billions who by their sheer number can shift the self-defeating cultural trajectory of power-grabbing and cynical indifference!” No shadowy structure on earth will be able to resist the pressure of millions and billions for peace and solidarity. Let our faith become actions for love, let our spirituality erect altars for solidarity and justice, and nothing will be able to stop the birthing of a world civilization bent toward kinship, compassion, and a loving sense of justice.

We are accessing the joy of participating in the emergence of an astounding and evolutionary Second Wave spirituality—compassionate, engaged, and passionate about service.

We are standing at a historic threshold. The future of the human race is threatened by the explosion of religious hate, the spread of economic injustice, and the ongoing violation of our natural environment. News reports are too often disconcerting and alarming. We need to take heed and remain conscious of all that is at stake. Yet, we also need to remember that an evolutionary shift in our spirituality, one that will reorient us toward social engagement and earth-care, can indeed allow us to cross this critical threshold and bring about a future of peace, of enlightened and compassionate justice, and a sense of an interrelated global community. Such a reorientation of our spiritual focus can inspire a whole generation of spiritual seekers into socially transformative and healing actions. All the efforts we expend toward the arising of a new engaged spirituality are meaningful and very much needed.

Every voice and every endeavor toward the spread of the idea of love-in-action will help us empower the momentum of the coming spiritual tide. Every individual who chooses to live a noble and dignified life is an indispensable lever for change. Every woman and man who decides to make a difference in their milieu is a priceless contributor to the incarnation of the spirit of love among us. The idea of the single superhero who by himself saves everything is a belief that is part of the culture of domination. Lasting and effective transformation is brought about by the millions of authentically human heroes working in tandem. In order to advance in our spiritual evolution we are all asked to dream big and act as much as we can within the framework of our circumstances. And always—always— be a voice for peace and justice. Every heroic act is holy. Every act of love is heroic.

We are together, connecting the dots of our unity. We are the daring artists of love and compassion. Our canvas is the map of the world. We are indispensable participants in the ushering in of a more humane dawn. We are the co-creators, with God and all the willing others, of our planetary destiny.

Exceprt from Second Wave Spirituality: Passion for Peace, Passion for Justice by Chris Saade, published by North Atlantic Books, copyright © 2014 by Chris Saade. Reprinted by permission of publisher.