We have to be careful with the ideas we accept simply because we manifest our beliefs. If we believe, for instance, that human beings will always fight, oppress and exploit one another, then that’s exactly what we will get. Within this frame of mind, mankind will never experience widespread justice and peace.
If we want to transform the world and make it better, we must first change our thoughts. We must refrain from repeating fatalistic prognostics such as, “This is the way things have always been, and will always be.” We must put our pessimistic omens aside, imagine a better future, and affirm with conviction, “Things don’t need to be the way they are now. We have the capacity to make them better.”
It is difficult for us to understand that we are molded by the ideas we unconsciously accept. Why is it so? Because we are immersed in them. Think of fish for a moment. They are unable to see and understand the water in which they swim. They are surrounded by water, immersed in it, but unaware of it. We too, like fish, are surrounded and immersed in an ocean of widely accepted ideas, pervasive beliefs, far-reaching assumptions and ways of thinking that trigger automatic and unquestioned responses. And we are mostly unaware of it all.
Paradigms not only condition our reflexes and bring about predictable outcomes; they also restrict how we see the world, limiting our imagination, and blocking us from considering new ideas and possibilities. The current prevalent beliefs constrain us to accept with resignation that this undesirable reality is unchangeable, and that pessimistic outcomes are inevitable. Inequity, injustice and unfairness around us are accepted without further questioning because we believe that, “This is the way things have always been, and will always be.”
Once again, our realities are shaped by the ideas we accept and the stories we tell ourselves.
If we believe that unity and cooperation are impossible, we will attract experiences that will validate that belief. If we believe that humans will never transcend their selfishness, and their loyalty to tribes, religions and nations — and will always be fighting one another — we will find innumerable instances that will confirm those beliefs. If we are among those who keep saying, “We are right, and they are wrong. We are good, and they are evil” — and if we are unable to see that every individual, independent of the group, nation, party, religion, tribe, or any other gang he or she belongs to, is saying the exact same thing — we will continue to propagate prejudice and division. Finally, if we believe that life is a struggle without end, and that we have to compete and fight to get what we need because there isn’t enough for all of us, our experiences will validate those beliefs.
But we would have a completely different experience, and manifest a much better world, if we embraced more positive, optimistic and inclusive beliefs. We would have a completely different, and much more pleasant experience, if we were brought up hearing messages such as, “Don’t be afraid. This is a place of abundance. There is plenty for everyone. We all take care of one another here on Earth. You don’t have to worry. There’s no need to compete and accumulate. Just give your best, collaborate and share, and you — and everyone else — will be fine.”
The adoption of new, more optimistic ways of seeing life changes everything. We can change the world by adopting new thoughts ourselves. If we do so, eventually we will reach that tipping point when the prevailing paradigms will change. That will be the day when consciousness will shift, and we will begin to manifest a much more beautiful reality in this physical dimension.
I imagine that a day will come when we will be looking back, and saying, “In the past we lived in fear. We were constantly worried about not having enough for our survival. This fear created all sorts of problems. It made us extract all we could from the environment, and accumulate much more than what we needed. It made us compete, oppress, exploit and fight one another. That struggle brought about a lot of pain and suffering; while some were able to gather a whole lot, the immense majority ended up with almost nothing. Both those who had and those who didn’t have lived in fear: the former were afraid of losing what they had, while the latter lived in the constant despair of not having enough to survive. But once we came to the realization that this is a place of abundance, and that we are all in this together, we changed the inefficient and unjust ways we had organized ourselves to live on this planet. We began to cooperate much more with one another, and everything changed: fear vanished, generosity flourished, solidarity blossomed, and peace became possible. We came to the realization that this is our Garden and our Playground, and we finally brought Heaven to Earth.”
Once the majority of human beings come to embrace those new beliefs, a new, much better world will arise.
We can change our physical world if we change the way we live in it. But in order to successfully create the conditions for everyone to thrive and enjoy life to the fullest, we must first change our thoughts and beliefs.
So here’s my challenge to you: adopt these more positive, optimistic, life-enhancing beliefs. Practice them. Live them. Propagate them.
Believe that Heaven is here if we want it to be. Accept that this is a place of abundance where there is more than enough for everybody. Accept that things don’t need to be the way they are. Accept that we, all of us, can have our needs met and live without fear. Accept that we have the capacity to come up with better, more efficient ways of organizing ourselves to live on this planet. Believe that reason, justice and fairness will prevail. Envision all human beings living dignified, fulfilling lives. Envision a world of solidarity, where we fully support one another, and where each one of us develops to the fullest, and gives his or her best contribution to humanity.
Look back and be optimistic! The world has changed. The world is changing. The world will continue to change for the better.
As “Bucky” Fuller said, “It is now highly feasible to take care of everybody on Earth at a higher standard of living than any have ever known. It no longer has to be you or me. Selfishness is unnecessary. War is obsolete. It is a matter of converting the high technology from weaponry to livingry.”
“The time is past for tweaking this or that external circumstance. No superficial change will fix things. What we need is more than behavioral change and more than psychological change; we need nothing less than for an otherworldly light to enter our hearts and make us whole. The answer lies not in the future or in another place. No change in time or space but rather a change in our perception holds the key to a world made new. And the new world is closer than we think. We find it when we settle deeply into the hidden, more loving dimensions of any moment, allowing life to be what it wants to be and letting ourselves be who we were created to be.” ~ Marianne Williamson
Let’s keep in touch.
Please, like Peaceful Ways on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/peacefulways
Learn about upcoming workshops and retreats at the Peaceful Ways website www.peacefulways.org
If you like what I have to say, let’s keep the conversation going: read my blogs, my books, and send me your comments.
Subscribe to my blog through the link below.
You can find my books at the Peaceful Ways online store.