Holy Heretic Devotional – Jan. 16, 2017-Sheros and Heroes

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HOLY HERETIC DEVOTIONAL – JAN. 16, 2017 – SHEROES & HEROES: ARTISTS

Compiled by Mercy Junction Justice and Peace Center Assistant Director, Reiki Master, and Psychic Kali Meister

“It’s difficult to believe in yourself because the idea of self is an artificial construction. You are, in fact, part of the glorious oneness of the universe. Everything beautiful in the world is within you.” ~ Russell Brand

January 2009, Brand participated in a celebrity letter to The Independent—as a supporter of the Hoping Foundation—to condemn Israel’s assault on Gaza, and the “cruel and massive loss of life of the citizens of Gaza.” In February 2009, Brand and several other entertainers wrote to The Times in defense of Baha’i leaders, who were on trial in Iran at the time. In April 2009, he attended the 2009 G-20 London summit protest 

In April 2012, Brand testified in front of a parliamentary committee about drug addiction, sharing his experiences and view that drugs should be decriminalized. He said, “I’m not a legal expert. I’m saying that, to a drug addict, the legal aspect is irrelevant. If you need to get drugs, you will. The criminal and legal status, I think, sends the wrong message. Being arrested isn’t a lesson, it’s just an administrative blip.” Part of this testimony was included in a BBC Three documentary, Russell Brand: From Addiction to Recovery, that aired in December 2012. Brand said he felt compelled to make the film after the 2011 death of close friend Amy Winehouse and he used the opportunity to also question how British society “deals with addicts and addiction.”

In June 2014, he took part in the People’s Assembly Against Austerity  that attracted an estimated 50,000 people marching from the BBC office to Westminster. Brand addressed the crowd, saying, “The people of this building [the House of Commons] generally speaking do not represent us, they represent their friends in big business. It’s time for us to take back our power. Power isn’t there, it is here, within us. The revolution that’s required isn’t a revolution of radical ideas, but the implementation of ideas we already have.”

Today’s Action: Show what is beautiful in you through art. Draw what your soul looks like. Take yourself out of the limitations of the physical and write the story of a day in the life of your beautiful soul.

Today’s Sharing: Share your story or art with us on the Holy Heretic Facebook page at facebook.com/holyhereticzine.

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