The longest answer I've written here so far, and I could write for hours end, but have other writings yet to do in the do.
This is Marlen and I've been participating with Desteni and being an advocate for Equal Money for 5 years now and we are a group of people that united under one same principle and objectives: Equality as Life and understood that if we want to see a change in this world, we have to create it.
We are mostly an online based community that walk a process wherein we have decided to walk a process to understand how it is that this change within the world in fact begins within ourselves. So, within Desteni you'll find that all the articles, forums, materials is based on understanding who we are as the mind/ consciousness, how our physical body functions and in this also understanding that we have been essentially living in a world where nothing has really changed, and the reason is because we as individuals, as human beings haven't changed.
Within this understanding we embarked ourselves in a process of self investigation through writing, developing common sense within the premise of seeing how it is that in our thoughts and actions we have neglected looking at how we affect each other with our words and the relationships we form, which we then begin seeing through exploring our relationships with others, our reality, work, education in our writings to see who we are and how we have contributed to neglect the fact that who we are as living beings is equal to any other living being, and that it is only in our minds that we have denied this in order to not have to 'worry' about how other human beings are living in the world.
Before I had a strong desire to change the world, but I kept being depressed about it and mostly generally apathetic about informing myself about how the world/ politics/economics, I only allowed myself to be afraid of the future and decide to opt to study something that would support my ability to not take responsibility for myself and my world. Read many books, sought many answers, applied many practices leaving me always on the same dead end: nowhere.
When I found Desteni as all the videos and articles online, I realized that this was it, that there was a hope for ourselves as human beings if we so committed ourselves to become that change that we want to see in the world, by giving ourselves a second chance to learn how to live as Equals. This is done through the process of 'writing yourself to freedom,' which I've been walking ever since with close to a thousand posts now over the years, which you can visit here MarlenLife's Blog
and it is essentially sharing ourselves and this process of self-correction with Self Forgiveness, which is nothing else but aligning ourselves - our thoughts, words, deeds - to a living principle wherein we ensure that who we decide to be and participate in, is what's best for all.
What is Best for all in Equality? This is the common question that people tend to puzzle about, which is normal because we have been conditioned to link 'Equality' to things like communism, socialism or losing some kind of 'individuality,' all of which is just a gap in understanding this Equality as Life that we stand for, which is the realization that we are all created as equals, we are all existing here in this planet/ existence and what we see in our world is the reflection of our own mind and personal creative abilities, which means that: we have screwed up everything while keeping ourselves busy with our pursuit of happiness or buying the greatest things that we have mostly realized leads Nowhere either, because we simply can't cross our hands with opulence while people suffer due to the system we all participate in, where we have deliberately ignored the fact that there is people dying every day with no access to water, food, shelter, working in slave conditions, animals going extinct, food being poisoned, people being sexually exploited drug addiction on the rise, a corrupt political elite, a hierarchical structure that promises many unreachable dreams, and all of this being obfuscated from our reality because of us being very entertained with our personal desires for happiness and love and great fortunes, ignoring the reality of other fellow living beings that I've just mentioned here, which are but a few examples.
When I became aware of this through a process of self education along with fellow Destonians during an intensive process of reading, watching, communicating, discussing ways to create a solution, we came up with the idea of creating a new economic system that could solve all these problems, because we all agree that the root and cause of all the problems and crisis we witness is because of how the system operates, at all levels, which doesn't only mean economy or political, but the very way in which our very mind functions within the physical body already implies a relationship of power, and struggle wherein we have allowed ourselves to live according to the Thoughts, Feelings, Emotions and Beliefs that we have used to mislead us from focusing on practical physical reality changes that have to be made in this world in order to create solutions. This is thus the birth of the Equal Money System proposal in 2008.
Since then, a vast amount of material has been produced in order to support people to understand how it is that if we want to make a better world, we first have to focus on ourselves - and this is precisely what we have been doing at an individual and group level. We have forums to discuss this individual process which you can visit here: Desteni Forum • Index page
and also Equal Money System Forum
to discuss our proposal, share educational material, books, clarify points, suggest, etc. And, what is fascinating is that through each one's blogs and vlogs in our YouTube Channels - mine are Marlen Vargas Del Razo
and World Equality is Equal Money
we all have been able to reach out to people all over the world that agree with what we say and how we promote self responsibility in order to take the wheel of our lives, standing by the principle of life in Equality, to eventually create a political platform that encompasses our realizations about the solutions that can be politically and democratically implemented to create a change in this world.
This is part of our 'breaking the program' since, as I mentioned, I was remotely interested in participate in any form of group, or publish myself and writings online or even having to be taking responsibilities of any kind, I wanted to be 'careless and free to do whatever I want' - which is why I studied Visual Arts - yet later on realizing that I could not live with myself avoiding facing my part, my responsibility to this world along with everyone else that is currently living of this world, but not really contributing to make things better for everyone. So I made a decision to get to meet the people in the flesh and test out what I had applied alone for a year at home.
I spent a year from 2009-2010 at the farm in South Africa, living, working, interacting and basically spending the best year of my life with the Destonians that founded the group there, wherein I got to experience first hand what it really is to be living among individuals that stand within the same principles, that apply Self-Honesty as a living application which makes interactions, team work and common goals easily achievable with great opportunities to integrate discipline, critical thinking, practical living skills related to farm work and animal care, construction, painting, planting trees, etc - enhance our communication and writing skills plus the ability to share our time educating ourselves, and sharing in real time our individual processes wherein we focus to live in the physical, meaning being a breathing living being that considers at all times all others as equals, wherein the mind-experiences of fears, judgments, emotions, feelings, mind conversations are deliberately written out for our personal point of taking responsibility for them, and stop participation in them, because we understand that what goes in our mind that is not considering everyone equally and a best for all outcome eventually leads to create and instigate separation, comparison, judgments, fears, competition, etc. Which is how we have been able to also cross reference what kind of world this can be if we all commit ourselves to take self responsibility for our minds, our lives and commits oneself to live as equal to everyone else, to coexist, to work together with a common goal and at the same time, enjoy each other's expressions, communication and presence, as well as integrating this comfort to coexist with animals, plants and taking care of each other as part of our understanding that we are a collective that must present the example of what life can be like when equals unite with that same goal: establishing a permanent and sustainable solution so that every individual, animal, plant and environment can be honored by each one of us as equals.
This is what we see is possible for everyone else in this world , this is what we apply on our daily lives with all the blogs that can be read at 7 Years Journey to Life
forum. This is all just a general personal background with the group and my own process of dedicating myself to walk it side by side with everyone. I support at the Desteni I Process wherein we offer a specialized and one on one support platform for people to walk their process - au contraire to what is posted here, there is no such marketing schemes in it, and obviously as any form of service it is paid for those that can afford it, but there's also a vast amount of sponsored people since we also understand the financial difficulties that exist for many, but I personally decided not to receive the money from it and instead donate back what I earn from my work, to continue supporting to grow the group, since we understand that it is only through Education at this individual level and political organizations that we can truly implement a change in this world and for that, we all require resources, quality material, education, degrees, promotion, work, individual training, etc. It's a full time living-position for me, but there's nothing else I would be doing instead in my life.
I must say that I had no hope for humanity before, but after meeting these guys around the world, being on a constant interaction with them either in real life and online and reading them on a daily basis, I Absolutely decided to stand equal to this common goal and commitment to stand up for life, because we can all see and realize that the world is not changing but worsening every single day and that's because of Us as individuals doing nothing about it. So this is the commitment I made in march 2008, and here I am, never in my life being so certain of having a purpose to live and knowing that such purpose is in fact something that's absolutely worth living for, and I am certainly proud of being a Destonian and an Equal Money advocate, because these are the only principles I can see stand for all that I wanted to be and become, but had no support or idea of how to do it before until I got to collaborate and share with this group. And I renew my commitment to it every single day and prove the power that a group has.
It's the best quality of people that you'll ever find in the world and cyberspace, we all are open books with our daily individual and world system investigations and proposals for change, and proudly stand with a firm conviction that humanity can change, because we are demonstrating so ourselves, walking our individual process to be the example of this - and so it is a matter of more people realizing what is possible when life in Equality is our starting point to do things in our reality and how we can get to work as a collective with one single outcome, which is why we are here at Quora and many other social networks.
We come in peace and in equality of course, and all our words can stand as a test to that. The links are in the description of this question.
Thanks for reading.