If you're like me, you're probably one of those people who gets routinely heartbroken by watching the news. The terror attacks in Brussels, the suicide bombing on Easter Sunday in Pakistan... I wonder when it's ever going to end. I wonder when we're going to start doing things differently, since the way things are being done clearly aren't working.
And it's not just the huge things, like terrorism. It's the little things that are subtly linked to living in a world governed by fear. It's going to the grocery store and realising that no one makes eye contact with anyone any more. It's realising that people don't smile at each other when they pass by on the street. It's seeing litter and shit scattered around beautiful neighbourhoods by people that feel no connection to their own community. It's seeing hundreds of non-recycleable take away coffee cups overflowing from bins that decorate the streets. It's knowing that there's a campaign in NZ to make sure that kids are sent to school with lunch and then having $26 million dollars spent on a flag concept. In other words, it's the feeling that the world has gone crazy and we are focusing on all the wrong things... and no seems to be worried about the important stuff.
When we see all this stuff, we often feel this 'jolt' in our heart, this voice of reason that says "there must be a better way... I don't want to live in a world like this!" But for most of us, myself included, sometimes, we buy into this idea that "that's just the way the world works." "It's too hard to change it", or "people don't want the change" or "the money's not there for it." And let's face it, a big part of why these comments stick is because we've been disempowered and kept small for so long that we think we couldn't possibly be smart enough to have the answer. I'm the first to admit that I don't know much about politics...but I know what feels right and what feels wrong and the kind of world that I want to live in. You don't have to be a political genius to create change, but we've been taught that we're not smart enough / talented enough / whatever enough to make a difference. If we only knew the 'full story' we'd realise that what we are wanting isn't possible. "That's not the way the world works."
Now, more than ever, we need to realise that our thoughts, actions and behaviours dictate how the world works. How the world works is not rigid or set. How the world works is not pre-ordained. How the world works doesn't come from outside us, it takes place from within. How the world works is a decision in the mass consciousness of the people who live in that world. The future of our world, our education, our health, our resources, our environment is always being shaped by the actions we take, and if we don't like what we see in the world, then we need to take positive and loving action against that as well.
We are powerful beings and we can shape every area of our world: our own health, our finances, our communities and our environment. When we don't believe this, we become a victim to ourselves and our world. We give in to bad health or being overweight. We resign ourselves to always being in debt. We accept that neighbours don't get to know each other anymore. We start to think of terrorism as 'normal' because we see it so much.
You're not a victim. You are a creator of the world - no more or less deserving and capable than anyone else. Realise the divine power you carry within you to make change. We need to hear your voice.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."