Amor Vincit Omnia: LOVE Conquers All (The Fierce Wisdom Manifesto)


Benjamin West (1738-1820) – Omnia Vincit Amor, or The Triumph of Love in the Three Elements, 1809 – Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Image credit. Description. Hi-res Download.


In honor of the Flow Book launch (yay!) and at the risk of overdoing the whole “manifesto” thang…I’m publishing a little mini Fierce Wisdom manifesto – right here on this ‘ere page.

This is a fun little piece I initially drafted a couple months ago, and it popped out at me, like — hey, post this, suckah! — when I’s combing through for a different piece. I thought it was kinda awesome, even thought it’s flawed as hell, so I dusted it off and cleaned it up a bit. You’re going to either LOVE IT or totally HATE IT (though I’m honestly somewhere in between the two myself…)

It’s missing a few key pieces, so I’m thinking you might add some in. But I really don’t mind either way. This is fun… :)


We have witnessed the endless manipulation of our fellow humans and the destruction of our planet for profit and greed, while the economic engines of post-industrial globalization tower high above us working for the benefit of the few, the privileged, and the power-holders.

With admiration for those with the self-determination, courage and strength to face the endless forces of resistance and opposition, we throw our love and support with reckless abandon behind those who would struggle against darkness, destruction and willful complacency in all its forms.

The same forces that would have us all stay in crappy jobs, slaves to the system, buying useless crap to supplement our happiness, weakened and ignorant to our true power.

In honor of all that is fair and true and beautiful in this world,

In declaration of the true glorious potential of all 7 Billion Beautiful People of our beautiful little planet,

Working harmoniously together for the benefit of Enlightened Society,

We hold these principles to be true:

1. That although we may push our population to the very brink of extinction, Life itself — being the most precious, sacred and glorious thing in existence — will never die for it is the essence of immortality!

2. That to be awake to the truth of who we truly are, the vast and incomprehensible glory of our essence, is the greatest gift of our existence.

3. That even though awakening and self-realization rocks, it’s not alone a sufficient occupation for a human, but rather a pathway to completing our various missions for which we’ve been put here on earth — to love and flow and serve.

4. That we each have our own unique part, and banded together in tribes of glorious beauty we’re strong and invincible, with even greater capacity to defeat the forces of darkness, destruction and willful ignorance that predominate in our mainstream contemporary societies.

5. That even though there may be a lot of that creepy dark stuff going on, we know that at the root of us all lies the one great truth of divine humanity that ties us all together — call it Great Spirit, God, Goddess, Allah, Yahweh, Truth, or what have you — and we stand for the peaceful, uniting and glorious aspect of that highest truth above all.

6. That the world is undergoing the greatest period of transition in the history of humankind, and it’s up to us to elevate ourselves and the collective into full responsibility for ourselves and our actions, and our highest personal power. (Or, hey, we can all just dive right into our potential extinction as a species within a century due to record global temperature heights — solutions?

7. That we support the proliferation of technology, insofar as we can put it to use to improve the lives of ALL our fellow humans (not just the global power elite, policy-makers and those of us privileged to be able to afford the latest apple yummies).

8. That the evolution of technology and the evolution of humankind go hand in hand, and technology will serve us in empowering, strengthening and bringing us closer together, so long as we stay focused on using it for the greater good.

9. That above all we’re committed to transforming, strengthening and embiggening our own selves, and from this place of true personal power we can go about sharing, spreading this truth with the world — using it to keep kickin’ butt all ’round, and transform others’ lives and the human race as a whole for mo’ better!

10. That sometimes we just have to really live and enjoy life, and not worry about any of this sh*t, because after all, we are human.

11. In love and compassion and most of all in HOPE for the global expansion of human consciousness and empathy to encompass all of humankind, and the biosphere of this earth, we declare the Triumph of Love and Truth above all!


Gift! -> Right-click here to download a hi-res printable version of the ‘Amor Vincit Omnia’ title image :)

Posted in honor of all the upholders of truth, love and beauty in this world… and the launch of The Flow Manifesto.

Are ya with me on this? What might you add? How many great truths to live by have I missed…? How bad have I blundered with my blathering..?

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23 Responses to Amor Vincit Omnia: LOVE Conquers All (The Fierce Wisdom Manifesto)

  1. crystal July 14, 2011 at 2:38 pm #

    I am totally in and a resounding Fuck Yea is heading your way from Napoli on this one!

    I do have one to add- that we, as enlightened and engaged beings work diligently to transcend the social narratives that keep us bound to lives of quiet despair that keep us embracing some false identity or ego derived vision- rather than embracing our authentic self and letting that being shine in all it’s awkward and brilliant glory.

    And that those of us, who have fought, struggled and in many instances shattered those social narratives- and come out exhausted but victorious on the other side- standing next to our authentic selves- have the compassion and wisdom to show others that such a life is a possible. Leading with knowledge, kindness and empathy- for many of have stood where another stands right now, not knowing what our authentic self looked like, not having the strength to support it’s awakening or not having the community to help guide us.

    Beautiful Manifesto, darling! Absolutely love it!

  2. Satya Colombo July 14, 2011 at 3:14 pm #

    Love this Crystal! :)

    12. That we, as enlightened and engaged beings, leading with knowledge, kindness, and empathy, work diligently to transcend the social narratives that keep us bound to lives of quiet despair — embracing some false identity or ego-derived vision — rather than embracing our authentic self and letting that being shine in all its awkward, brilliant glory!

  3. Dawn Gorman July 15, 2011 at 1:35 pm #


    This is perfect. I love, most of all, that number10 gives us the freedom to be human. I struggle with this a lot, feeling guilty when I lose focus and beating myself up for not being on a flawless path to enlightenment with every breath. Sometimes I go off the path, and need to feel I’m not a failure for doing so. Sometimes I just want to eat and laugh and listen to music–drink some good red wine, and even watch TV. Number 10 makes me feel stronger as I work toward pulling in all of the rest. And “embiggering” is my favorite new word! Keep sharing your love. Thanks for being you.

    Dawn <3

  4. Satya Colombo July 15, 2011 at 2:08 pm #

    YES! “Sometimes I just want to eat and laugh and listen to music–drink some good red wine, and even watch TV.” I’d say this guilt is a shared truth among our peoples. I know I’ve felt it.

    We gotta learn to trust our spirit, and our paths. Sometimes, just letting go and doing nothing but whatever the F* you feel is the greatest medicine! Thanks, Dawn for sharing your truth.

  5. Corrie Borrie Alice July 15, 2011 at 2:38 pm #

    SATYA. I love you.

    There’s a part of me that says, “WTF is this going to do? I can’t get my words to do my taxes or take out the garbage… how is this going to mass expedite individual spiritual curriculums across society? DEVELOPED NATION PROBLEMS, dude.”

    And then there’s the part of me that says, “Oh yeah, that’s right, keep the fires stoked, Borris…”

    And then there’s the part of me that says, “Too hard. I want a beer. And a cookie.”

    And in all of it? My humanity. My silly, serious, blessed, focused, hardwired, reckless, wanna be super hero but probably kinda average and normal humanity.

    And my love for you and the work you do. Git’ ’em, Colombo.


  6. Satya Colombo July 15, 2011 at 3:07 pm #

    I LOVE YOU Corrie-borealis! You’re doing f*ing amazing work — exactly as you are in all your glorious, gorgeous humanity. And your gift for the word is awe-inspiring.

    — harsh reminder of why I don’t have comments any more. How can I do this one justice…?

    Humbled and thanking you from the heart.

  7. Satya Colombo July 15, 2011 at 3:17 pm #

    p.s. “embiggening” …? All credit for that one goes to Gwen…

  8. David Richeson July 16, 2011 at 12:11 am #

    Abso-F’in-lutely!!! YES!!!
    And by embiggening ourselves, we DO affect the world, as we are all connected.
    It will get harder before it gets easier, but it is the only true path.

    Rock on, brother!

  9. Satya Colombo July 16, 2011 at 2:41 pm #

    Abso-F*n-lutely dude. Nicely put. :)

  10. Amy R. Martin July 16, 2011 at 3:18 pm #

    So deeply moving Satya. To hear you dare to go this deep and this honest is exactly what my heart needed to hear right now.

    To me it is such a message of hope and truth. To look truthfully at the dark side of humanity while not falling into despair is the ultimate strength — which we Neeeed to build in each other.

    I’m going to let this process some more. Deep physical sensations.


    • Satya Colombo July 18, 2011 at 3:18 pm #

      Yes, or as the song goes… “let’s face the music, and dance…” :)

  11. Mark July 16, 2011 at 3:47 pm #

    My friend and I were considering a simple economic/mathematical equation for “flow.”

    It follows a basic structure:

    y = f(x) + n

    f(x) = vocation/function in society

    n = wind variables

    y = outputs

    n = “wind variables” — these are things that we generally cannot control (positive and negative): National debt. Weather. Cancer. Loss. The spread of a virus. Receiving $800 from the government. Windfalls and sh*t-hitting-the-fan.

    The thing I love about “fierce wisdom,” is that we learn to improve and nourish our vocation/function, unmoved by “n” (wind variables). Wisdom gives us a clarity and right vision. We accept the “n” variables described in your (elegant) manifesto, and walk in the peace that we are changing some small corner of the world.

    The “social narrative” is like a sine-graph. It modulates. The personal narrative is more like a story graph. There are times of exponential growth, times of loss, plateaus, and renewal.

    The “personal narrative” [f(x] is counter-cultural, because we have serenity with the real estate market because we cannot change it; we choose “inputs” (novels, relationships, prayer, et al) that help us to walk in beauty “like the night of cloudless climes and starry skies.” When we do not imbibe toxins (absinthe, Fox News, et al), we are more apt to move geometrically.

    Left-field, I know. But this is the “economy of mercy,” and the currency is grace in, grace out.

    • Satya Colombo July 18, 2011 at 3:16 pm #

      This blows me away Mark. Brilliant capture of the essence of fierce wisdom, and exposition of a way to live this truth I hadn’t considered… Yes in full witness to those variables of the unknown, and we allow these to flow as our work is carried forward. Thank you. :)

  12. Sandra / Always Well Within July 17, 2011 at 8:47 pm #


    I smiled the whole way through this. Yes, I am with you. My one suggestion is remembering that the forces of darkness lie within. Wishing you the best with your ebook release. The cover looks fabulous.

  13. Satya Colombo July 18, 2011 at 3:17 pm #

    Yes, it all starts from within, doesn’t it…
    Thank you for the kind wishes Sandra.

  14. Heather July 18, 2011 at 6:16 pm #

    This completely ROCKS on so many levels. I really sit with #3. I have been thinking of this subject for awhile now. It is so much more than an awakening. It is what you do with it. How can we stay the course and not get so distracted by all the day to day racket.

    “3. That even though awakening and self-realization rocks, it’s not alone a sufficient occupation for a human being, but rather a pathway to completing our various missions for which we’ve been put here on this earth — to love and flow and serve.”

    Bravo….I will be putting this on my vision board!

    Much love to you. Heather

    • Satya Colombo July 20, 2011 at 10:59 am #

      Words to remember: “It is so much more than an awakening. It is what you do with it.”

      – thank u Heather. :)

  15. Matt July 18, 2011 at 6:41 pm #

    Love the message – drop the profanity. It detracts from the putirty of the message. Those with love dont need to use it.

  16. Em July 19, 2011 at 9:08 pm #

    Hmmm…. I’m thinking those with love don’t mind if others chose to use profanity (as long as it doesn’t cause harm).

    • Satya Colombo July 20, 2011 at 11:00 am #

      My thoughts exactly… :)
      – Love.

  17. Nicole Rushin July 20, 2011 at 1:15 pm #

    I resonate with this one: ‘That to be awake to the truth of who we truly are, the vast and incomprehensible glory of our essence, is the greatest gift of our existence.’ but I wonder how many are really prepared for that truth? And how many can take that truth and walk back through life with it? It always reminds me of the old movie ‘Bed-nobs and Broomsticks’ when they try to bring they bed-nob back into the real world they could not. Truth sometimes in its full glory does not fit into our misfit world.

    And I am sure you meant nothing profane by your profanity. I only took as a gesture of strength. No harm done. What an odd comment.

    BTW – why do you shut your comments down?

  18. Satya Colombo July 20, 2011 at 7:58 pm #

    To “take that truth and walk back through life with it…” is the great goal of this work!

    That’s why I wrote Flow. To help us integrate the divine and the everyday in our lives in practical ways. This is “walking in beauty” — absolutely doable. Every day. :)

    I love to read the comments and interaction — they have been amazing here — but I don’t generally leave them open, because they take so much time and energy away from the creative process for me. I love to read the comments on the twitter, and often compile them for posts, or stream them here via twitter widgets (like in ‘Edge Notes’).

    Thanks for the response Nicole — love the bednobs & broomsticks reference – poignant. :)

    And thank you all for participating!

    Much love.. S


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