Saturday, August 3, 2013

Bad News Is Everywhere ... The Good News Is ... We Can Change It

 “Humanity has only scratched the surface of its real potential.”  
 ~Peace Pilgrim

It seems that almost every day the media assault us with news of yet another unconscionable act of deceit, death or violence. So horrifying. So unpredictable. So beyond one person's capacity to understand them – and certainly beyond what seems to be anyone's ability to do anything about them. 

Except that we can. Each and every one of us can make a positive difference in our own behavior and, ultimately, the world that we live in will begin to reflect that. 

We can do more than sit dismayed, shocked and frightened in front of our televisions. We can do more than swallow hard, suck it up and accept that this soul-searing diet of decline in behavior is just the way it's going to be from now on.

For starters, I don’t believe it’s true that out of the seven billion people on Earth, the actions of a relatively few misguided or sick individuals is a fair gauge of humanity as a whole.  I also refuse to believe that we’re stuck with only one “suck it up and swallow it down” response.  

I do believe, however, that too many of us are still waiting for the solution to all our national and global problems to magically come from outside us. From bombs going off in another town to people getting sick from polluted air, we want someone to do something.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand that in addition to rising violence in our own backyard, there are serious Earth changes taking place, and the longer we wait to resolve all of these challenges the more harm they will do to our quality of life and the planet we call home.

We need to elevate our media-induced focus beyond the acts of terrorism, murders, and ecological disasters – as horrific as they are – to accept the fact that as individuals we can change our world for the better.  What’s happening now is not set in stone.  Change is the only constant there is. We have the power of our own minds to create our own reality. 

We need to focus our daily thoughts on living peace, harmony and loving kindness as well as on healing the Earth, instead of allowing the media to paralyze our brains, and keep us stuck in the status quo.

If we truly want to have a proactive, positive impact on what happens in our world, we will have to do some evolving of our own. If we want honesty, generosity, fairness and goodwill, then we must live those virtues in our own lives.  If we want a planet that is honored, healed and enhanced by our presence, we have to do as Mahatma Gandhi said:  “We must become the changes we seek to see in the world.”

Many other present-day word-warrior-messengers agree and are now sharing information to help us successfully negotiate the challenges and opportunities that are available in this time of great transition.   Gregg Braden, a bestselling author as well as a scientist, visionary and scholar, is definitely broadcasting the same message: We must help create a new vision for ourselves and our world.

He also confirms that “our help” would consist of making the necessary healing changes in ourselves.  Braden has stated that collectively it would take only 10 percent of the 7 billion people on Earth (700 million) to tip the scales in favor of a future that reflects a gentler, healthier, kinder, and more just and loving world.

Since I’ve been living a self-transformational process for the past decade – in order to be part of the solution instead of part of the problem – I know the first vital step.  Simply go within and ask yourself some questions about the life you are living, and write down what your ideal vision for your life and the world would be.  Then ask your inner guidance how you, by your own everyday actions, can be a part of the emerging new world.  Be patient and take the time to listen, and then act on your own inner guidance.  You will never be sorry.  A journey starts with a single step.

If we exist on Earth at this time, it’s because we’re meant to help ourselves, our country and the world through this process.  In doing this we cannot help but create better lives for ourselves, our loved ones and all others.

I believe from experience that once we commit to being part of the planetary shift toward a healthier and more humane world, we will be peacefully led to everything we need to know, be and do. This is just what naturally happens when we open to the unconditional love, infinite wisdom and guidance within us. 

I claim my full power.  I claim my full potential.  
I claim being part of the solution to the world’s problems.
Copyright © 2013 by Fern Stewart Welch

The author’s books: “Becoming a Spiritual Warrior of the Heart (2013);” “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 and other online booksellers, as well as bookstore chains such as Barnes & Noble.