Waiting for change every 4 years is getting old. I hope I won’t get blasted for this, but I actually think it isn’t terrible that Trump won. Why? Because losing hope in our “leaders” might be the trigger we need to restore faith in ourselves and each other.
It’s easy to go about business as usual when you got Obama singing songs of change and sweet-talking people to sleep. It’s easy to turn a blind eye when psychopathy is hidden behind a seemingly benevolent facade. But Trump? Trump is loud, obnoxious, narcissistic and proud of being a that way. So if that can help jolt us awake and fully own up to the fact that government never represented the people… maybe we can finally start taking responsibility for our lives and the world we desire to create.
“We blame society, but we are society.”
I believe we are missing a crucial piece of the puzzle: The understanding that corrupt politicians and bankers aren’t the cause of all the world’s ills. They are symptoms of an ill consciousness.
Think about it. They have got to see themselves as separate from everything and everyone, for them to so ruthlessly plunder the earth and enslave humanity for their own immediate benefit. They have got to live through an anxious state of “me/mine/more” to carry on with their insane power-hungry agendas. It all started off with a virus of the mind reinforcing the illusion that we are separate from nature and each other.
A very important question to ask ourselves is; where has that same virus infiltrated our psyche? Many of us – even in our more “awakened state” – still operate from that same fearful, insecure and disconnected state of consciousness. Do we think we’re going to make more wholistic and empowered choices personally and as a society, if we are still so caught up in our personal egos, fears and agendas? Do we think we can effectively collaborate and be the change we wish to see, if we operate under the same old divisive, aggressive and competitive mindset that created the problem in the first place?
“Seek to overcome that in yourself which most disturbs you in other people.” ― Thomas à Kempis
All wonderful initiatives and heart-based businesses that already exist in the world are run by people who have undergone a profound transformation of their own consciousness – where they saw that they are INTERCONNECTED with everything and everyone and are here to contribute and uplift the world. (Here’s an example, and another, and another, and many others here…) This means that in the same way consciousness is at the root of the world’s ills, a shift in consciousness will also be at the root of change.
- It is our consciousness that shape our political and business models.
- It is our consciousness that shape the quality of our relationships, choices and actions.
- And it is the quality of our relationships, choices and actions that shape our world.
“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” ― Albert Einstein
The goal isn’t to simply branch off into a “better system” or elect “better leaders”. It is to transform our own consciousness which will in turn result in us creating better systems… and becoming better leaders ourselves.
Here is a wonderful quote from the book Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit (that I am so about to order):
“There’s nothing fundamentally wrong with people. Given a story to enact that puts them in accord with the world, they will live in accord with the world. But given a story to enact that puts them at odds with the world, as yours does, they will live at odds with the world. Given a story to enact in which they are the lords of the world, they will ACT like lords of the world. And, given a story to enact in which the world is a foe to be conquered, they will conquer it like a foe, and one day, inevitably, their foe will lie bleeding to death at their feet, as the world is now.”
What stories are we feeding our minds and hearts with? What state of being are we letting be the fuel to our actions (or inaction)? The answer to these questions is what shapes our world.
I believe the following speech by Martin Luther King perfectly points to the type of change makers and activists our world needs.
“And I say to you, I have also decided to stick with love, for I know that love is ultimately the only answer to humankind’s problems. And I’m going to talk about it everywhere I go. For I have seen too much hate. […] and I say to myself that hate is too great a burden to bear. I have decided to love. If you are seeking the highest good, I think you can find it through love. And the beautiful thing is that we aren’t moving wrong when we do it, because John was right, God is love. He who hates does not know God, but he who loves has the key that unlocks the door to the meaning of ultimate reality. And so I say to you today, my friends, that you may be able to speak with the tongues of men and angels; you may have the eloquence of articulate speech; but if you have not love, it means nothing. Yes, you may have the gift of prophecy; you may have the gift of scientific prediction and understand the behavior of molecules; you may break into the storehouse of nature and bring forth many new insights; yes, you may ascend to the heights of academic achievement so that you have all knowledge; and you may boast of your great institutions of learning and the boundless extent of your degrees; but if you have not love, all of these mean absolutely nothing.”
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