Jasson Salisbury On: The Power of Our Beloved Surfing Community
SURFING WORLD MAGAZINE | ISSUE 372
The Medicine – The Power of Our Beloved Surfing Community
By Jasson Salisbury
If ever the power of community was put to test, surely that time is now as Standing Rock protesters hold firm after months of clashes with law enforcement in North Dakota. Their creed; a blend of Native American Sioux tribes and local supporters. Their cause; to protect the local region’s water supply and sacred burial sites from the construction of a controversial oil pipeline by the US Government which threatens to destroy the local landscape and contaminate water reserves in the region.
The Standing Rock protest is symbolic of a wider trend happening around the world as the heart demonstrated by this community inspires action and compassion at a global level. They are true warriors. These horrible acts of violence directed towards innocent, peaceful, and unarmed individuals that stand strong to protect their basic human right to clean water helps shed light onto the previously hidden agendas being forced upon humanity worldwide. Millions of people have now been witness to the true colours of government and military forces as they carry out blatant acts of terrorism against the very people they have sworn to protect. All in favour of corporate profit.
The positive I see in this is an awakening, a bringing together of the people that will inevitably result in a shift of power from the minority to the majority. From the corporate to the community.
Times are changing, and hidden agendas pushed by corporate controlled media are losing their cloak of secrecy. The mainstream channels are no longer the only source of information available. As social media and other platforms continue to be accessible, communities will grow stronger and stories direct from the source will be heard by the masses. Unedited, untainted, uncorrupted truth. The message from these events that I’m hearing is that health of community is the number one priority in the fight against forces threatening to destroy our quality of life. We, as a growing, global surfing community, are already a powerful entity.
We’ve all connected through the shared experience of riding waves and the joy and healing this brings to our lives. Our coastal and ocean wilderness provides all the tools we need to gain a solid connection and appreciation for our environment. As a result, people who surf are naturally in tune with the flow of nature. Every member of the surfing community is skilled in the art of self healing, self medicating, making us a powerful community that plays a vital role in the overall health of the human organ. A community that when functioning as a single unit would be unstoppable in creating changes necessary to protect not only our oceanic playground but also the resources that provide nourishment to the population as a whole.
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A simple recognition of the fact that every single human that enters the ocean for recreational purposes is doing so because of a desire to heal themselves – to remove some pain or discomfort and replace it with joy and happiness – alone helps create a bond between yourself and others in the line-up. It’s a purge, a purification leaving us lighter and more radiant, we become happier people and as a result help to heal others with our presence. If you have recognised this happening in your own life after simply entering the ocean, then you can start treating your surf as your duty/service to the community at large. We can’t be a help to anyone if we are reeking of stress and negativity. When you have a practice that helps you rid yourself of the shit, then you grab onto health and allow it to become top priority.
Playing in the ocean is more than mere leisure, it’s the “audio in” to the song of life. It’s a power tool to aid in the building of a better future for ourselves and others. So as age and responsibility begin to close the windows of opportunity for a surf, it’s our duty as warriors fighting for a better life to stand our ground and protect ourselves from becoming a surfless zombie enslaved by a system that services one percent of the population. Don’t forget your meds and salute others for taking theirs. Tribal takeover, we all stand, we all surf with standing rock.
*President Trump tweeted that his government will be moving forward with the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines yesterday 24/01/2017
Signing orders to move forward with the construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines in the Oval Office. pic.twitter.com/OErGmbBvYK— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 24, 2017
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