“How can I be the change I want to see?”
I have recently been participating in an online course by Eckhart Tolle and Deepak Chopra called “Awakening to Higher Consciousness“.
One of the sessions addresses how to live in a world where there is so much hate, hunger, poverty, war, greed and racism. Given I live in the USA and that we are almost at the end of one of the most divisive and horrifying elections of all time, I thought this session to be very timely for me. There is certainly a sense of helplessness in the face of such deep and dark divides and while I have endeavored to rise above it into the clear light of consciousness, it is often difficult and challenging.
So this morning’s session with Eckhart and Deepak was particularly well-timed. Deepak’s instructions were to sit quietly with your eyes closed and take a few long, deep breaths. Put your attention on your heart and silently repeat: Peace, Harmony, Laughter and Love. Then allow these words to radiate out from your heart’s stillness into your body and the world and universe beyond.
Now silently ask yourself, How can I be the change I wish to see? And listen to the messages from your heart.
While this was such a perfect way to feel I can contribute something, some small something, to these wild and crazy last few days of this election, it also of course applies to the many other sad and horrifying situations in the world.
As Deepak and Eckhart discuss, we can’t transform the world through angry activism and moral outrage because this is fighting darkness with darkness which never works. What is required is a critical mass of human beings awakening to greater peace and awareness and self-compassion.
Bad news always makes the news. That is currently what people want while the mass consciousness is embroiled in ‘right and wrong’, ‘good and bad/evil’, and that the world ‘out there’ is separate from the world ‘inside me’.
And when we become aware of the bigger reality of consciousness we can indeed make contributions that will help to tip that mass consciousness into greater peace and awareness. It starts with each individual awakening – one light at a time – we can light up the world.
Let There Be Peace on Earth
I am reminded of the old song Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me by Jill Jackson Miller and Sy Miller in 1955. I found the version below on YouTube. It’s very lovely (and not just for Christmas time).