Dedication: “Summer of Love,” First Chakra: Existence, Color: Red, Musical Note: C
The Hippie Movement came into existence on January 14, 1967. “A Gathering of the Tribes for a Human Be-In,” announced on the cover of the new issue of the San Francisco Oracle, would feature Timothy Leary, Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, Richard (Ram Dass) Alpert, Dick Gregory, Lenore Kandel, Jerry Ruben, and all San Francisco Rock Bands. The Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service and others called the tune. Leary, in his first San Francisco appearance, delivered his soon to be famous “Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out” speech. Oracle publisher and Be-In co-organizer Allen Cohen characterized the event as a necessary meeting-of-the-minds, bringing together the philosphically opposed factions of the late 1966 San Francisco-based counter culture: on one side, the Berkeley radicals, who were tending toward increased militancy in response to the U.S. government’s Vietnam war policies, and, on the other side, the Haight-Ashbury hippies, who, with the help of psychotropic compounds and various spiritual guides, saw the cosmic karma in it all, and urged peaceful protest and ongoing joyful celebration. Over 20,000 people attended and it was the first time the separate groups that made up the San Francisco Counter Culture came together and collectively realized how large of a group they actually comprised. The Be-In focused the key ideas of the 1960s counter-culture: personal power, decentralization, ecological awareness, consciousness expansion. More encompassing than a war protest movement, the counter culture “questioned authority” in regard to civil rights, women’s rights, and consumer rights, shaped its own alternative media – the “underground” newspapers and radio stations, and spawned new directions in music, art, and technology.
The euphoria that remained beyond that January gathering blossomed into what became known as “The Summer of Love”. Tens of thousands of young people from all over the country heard the clarion call and were drawn to San Francisco to create a new society based on the universal principles of World Peace, Unconditional Love, and Compassionate Understanding of all peoples.
This One Dollar denomination honors that time and the shift in consciousness that lead to the realization that we can all hold different personal beliefs, yet stand together, as one unified body for positive change and the common good.