Thanks to a comment we got, on a recent post from Rev. Dan Harper in Palo Alto, I'm adding some links to more Transcendentalist resources. Dan tells us that Emerson and Thoreau did indeed tell us how to make the leap from the inward experience of the divine to social action. See what you think.
From American Transcendentalism, Philip Gura Pg.211
Here is the heart of Emerson's belief about reform: only after an individual experiences the paradise within can he join with other, similarly enlightened, to restore the outer paradise. Only then would institutions, comprised as they were of discrete individuals, change. Admittedly, men and women at work together appeared to accomplish more when they met as equals. But reform remained only cosmetic unless this union was "inward."
From the Divinity School Address by Emerson
A more secret, sweet, and overpowering beauty appears to man when his heart and mind open to the sentiment of virtue. Then he is instructed in what is above him. He learns that his being is without bound; that, to the good, to the perfect, he is born, low as he now lies in evil and weakness. That which he venerates is still his own, though he has not realized it yet. He ought. He knows the sense of that grand word, though his analysis fails entirely to render account of it. When in innocency, or when by intellectual perception, he attains to say, — ‘I love the Right; Truth is beautiful within and without, forevermore. Virtue, I am thine: save me: use me: thee will I serve, day and night, in great, in small, that I may be not virtuous, but virtue;' — then is the end of the creation answered, and God is well pleased.
And Civil Disobedience by Thoreau, which I find more directive than internally descriptive.