Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Creating a Better World that Works for All of Us Begins With You and Me

Throughout our daily lives, we may experience losses and disappointments of every shape, size and variety.  We could become jobless, homeless, change jobs, move, divorce, become ill or lose our dream, self esteem or independence, and the list goes on.

It is no wonder that in addition to all the serious national and global uncertainties we have been living through that many of us also share unresolved feelings of anger, concern and helplessness.  Our collective consciousness must be like a tightly-wound coil of fight-or-flight adrenalin, with a heaping helping of depression, and this is definitely a potentially destructive situation that needs to be resolved now.

This unhealthy condition is the biggest block to creating a world that values every human being, and reflects the fact that we are one with everyone and everything on Earth.

Many of us are so stuck in our own daily traumas and trying to keep our heads above water that we fail to see the Big Picture - that we're living precariously in the space between the breakdown of many systems, including economics, environment, health, and governments - and breakthroughs that hold the potential of an emerging new world the likes of which human beings have never known.

In order to see beyond our own self-produced dramas, comedies, mysteries or sad sagas, and recognize a more proactive and rational path for the future, we need to learn how to cope more efficiently with our own challenges and concerns.  Only then will we be able to look up and be part of co-creating a world that works for all of us.

So far, as a group, we've just hunkered down, swallowed our fears, gritted our teeth and proceeded on our way, which is like trying to cap a volcano.  It doesn't work.  We need to seek more healthful ways to release the pressures and stresses of life, like praying and asking for guidance, meditating, venting our concerns to a trusted friend, mate or counselor, increasing our physical activity, taking long walks, sitting in a private space (even our car, preferably away from onlookers and out of hearing distance) and allowing the suppressed energy to rise up and be released from our bodies.

This positive approach will help bring us back to a state of balance, which allows us to think more clearly and to cope rationally and healthfully with our personal challenges, as well as those facing our nation and the world.

When we can do that, we can use the powerful human emotions (energy) invoked in us by senseless acts of violence and other undesirable events to strengthen our resolve to help co-create better lives and ultimately a better planet.

If anyone doubts the dire need for a full awakening to the negativity that permeates our world, all they have to do is ask themselves a two-part question:  How disrespectful, greedy, dishonest, selfish, sick, thoughtless and violent does our society have to get and how much closer to the abyss does the American Dream have to slide before we wake up?

We must do what we can to consciously improve our lives and behavior, and where appropriate join with and expand the energy of other like-minded individuals and groups.  Love can work miracles, and together we can bring love to this situation and neutralize the rampant acting out of depression, greed, hatred and selfishness.

And this has nothing to do with politics.  Nothing!  It has to do with right and wrong and morality and common sense and the common good.  The solution is up to us as individuals, as any desired transformation has to happen consciously through us.  The choice is ours.

As we develope the awareness and find the inner strength to begin facing and coping with our everyday challenges, we will strengthen our trust and faith in life, and this allows us to become the conscious and aware human beings we were born to be.

We will then be able to truly grasp and understand what past enlightened souls like Jesus, Buddha, Confucius and many other great spiritual sages and minds have repeated throughout the ages - It is done unto us as we believe.  As we think, so we are.  We become what we think.

The truth is, if we want to change our lives and the world, we need to change our thoughts from doom and gloom to an expectancy of Good.  We need to stop judging and blaming the government, our parents, others and ourselves, and to practice forgiveness and loving kindness for ourselves, our leaders and all others.

And as we work together to create a kinder, more humane and caring world, the undesirable and senseless acts of violence that consume our thoughts and sear our souls - will cease to be.

While many of us have always known intellectually that change and evolution are constant, what we're beginning to realize and feel is that we've evolved enough as human beings to be conscious and aware that an incredible evolutionary process is in progress right now.

The Good News is that we each have an extraordinary opportunity to stop being part of the problem and start being part of the solution.  It is time for us to evolve along with the world, and to radiate love, faith and trust toward all life.  This will help create a more sustainable, peaceful and caring world - one that works for all of us.
Copyright 2013 by Fern Stewart Welch

The author's books "Tea with Elisabeth," recipient of the 2010 Silver Award for Non-fiction; "You Can Live A Balanced Life In An Unbalanced World," and "The Heart Knows the Way - How to Follow Your Heart to a Conscious Connection with the Divine Spirit Within," are available at Amazon.com and other online booksellers, as well as bookstores such as Barnes & Noble.