“The ideal life is in our blood and never will be still. Sad will be the day for any man when he becomes contented with the thoughts he is thinking and the deeds he is doing.”
~ Phillips Brooks ~
I’m not one to get up on a soapbox and preach. And I won’t ‘preach’ here. Just my opinion about the inhumanity I see everyday in a world crying for more humane treatment. There is still warmth and beauty in our world. I see that too. But our world has lost balance, tilted toward a culture grown motivated by a competitive, ‘what’s in it for me‘ mindset with an ‘us and them‘ attitude. And the have’s are allowed to rule without an ear to hear the have-not’s.
Today our food, water, and air are being poisoned; even honeybees are being annihilated; we’re destroying our beautiful earth; children are hungry; crime is rampant; some think war is the only answer to conflict; almost everyone takes some kind of medication everyday, and drug companies rake in the money; the wealthy get wealthier; we don’t smile at strangers anymore; and we put up privacy fences to avoid contact–my back yard is surrounded by neighbor’s privacy fences.
Recently I saw a picture of animals being tested, tortured, for ingredients in commercial products we use everyday. That gruesome sight tore at my heart. Oh, they’re just animals? No. They’re living creatures in a world that has forgotten how precious life is; how precious we all are; every one of us.
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten we belong to each other.” ~ Mother Teresa ~
In her book, ‘The Bond‘, Lynne McTaggart says that years of research have shown there’s a connection between all people that is so profound it runs through our total structure on a sub-atomic level. Nature designed us to connect–to belong. Living against our nature creates a world of physical, mental, and emotional pain–the world in which we live today.
Many years ago, the cultural norm was a sense of connection and community with others where all the maladies we suffer today were minimal. Then as industrialization spread, people changed. We forgot we’re all cells in the cell of humanity. Now we’re so busy doing, we forget to express our beautiful, authentic self, lost somewhere inside, without adequate expression. And we take for granted things like illness, stress, violence, greed, loneliness, etc. We say ‘that’s life’, and continue this path without question. But are we meant to live this way? And can we change it?
“I alone cannot change the world. But I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” ~ Mother Teresa ~
Lynne McTaggart offers several steps to restore love, peace, and harmony to our world, to live according to our true nature.
1. Change your vision. Notice differences in people, but with love, accept your connection. You can accept another person without accepting their views.
2. Work with others toward a common goal. Share the problems, pain, and joy.
3. Don’t stay isolated from others. Reach out and take another’s hand. With intention, be a spiritual activist, and send love to the pain and suffering you see in the world. It will make a difference.
4. Change your life purpose, and rethink the meaning of your life. What kind of life do you want? What are you here to do?
You are total energy, and energy is powerful. Choose to be a part of the whole creation–an expression of love and light energy that can transform the darkness. ‘A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Lao Tzu’. Practice awareness, and take each step wisely. Our inhumane world can become one of benevolence for all.
May you have peace and many blessings in your life.
*Author, Marilyn Fowler*