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Be the Change You Wish For

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” This simple but powerful statement is oft attributed as a quote by Mahatma Gandhi. However, apparently the actual full quote by Gandhi was:

“We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. This is the divine mystery supreme. A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do.”

The essence remains the same. We must stop waiting for others to make the change we desire. We as individuals ARE the change.

Are You Waiting for Change?

It’s so simple really, and yet we persist in believing that other people or institutions are going to change our circumstances for us. We see this tendency when people are looking for life partners. They get swept up in those initial love feelings, and they believe that the other person is going to “complete them” for a lifetime. Divorce statistics say that this sort of thinking is faulty. When we adhere to that philosophy we cheat ourselves from our own soul work and growth. We should be striving to complete ourselves.

It is not someone else’s job to complete us, nor should we be waiting for external forces to change the world for us. Yes, we elect our government officials, and we should be able to have faith in the fact that they will work for our good. Unfortunately, currently we live in a world where we’re feeling increasingly betrayed by the officials we elect.

It’s time to change our thinking towards how we’ll contribute to and make the world a good place. It is so very fundamental. You cannot receive that which you yourself are not willing to give.

You desire more kindness in the world? Be kind.
You desire more love? Be loving.
I could go on with more examples, but you get the idea.

We Must Each be the Change

We build a world around us that is of our own vision and making. That’s not just at a micro level of our immediate surroundings. These behaviors ripple outward. Other people learn from us by example, then together we build a better world. We should also expect from our leaders what we are working to build for ourselves. Otherwise, why should we keep them around?

So now I ask you, what kind of world will you personally choose to build today? Whether you believe it or not, the fate of the world rests in your own hands.

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Be the Change You Wish For © Susan L Hart 2020

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The Search for More in You

Hello, and I hope all is well with you today.

We are certainly living in some trying times. During the process of blogging for the past year, the most important theme has been about evaluating ourselves, our strengths, and how we might think differently about our own self-reliance and use that to navigate through these times.

Also, how to recognize that we actually have a lot of personal power to make the world a better place. The fate of the world and our futures is not out of our hands, but rather it is in our own minds and hearts.

I am currently offering a gift booklet of some reader favorites from the past year. It’s an introspective read about my most amazing subject ~ You (Us).

If you are interested, just click on the book cover below to claim your gift copy.

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Thank you for following ~ Susan

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Are your Thoughts your Own?

We live in an information society unprecedented in history. Constantly bombarded with images and words from radio, television, print media, and the Internet, we have scarcely a moment of quiet solitude to hear our own inner voices. And therefore by extension, to be in touch with our innate wisdom. Whatever our conscious minds are not aware of, or care not to deal with in the moment, our subconscious is absorbing and filing away. Let’s face it; there are many external forces at work vying for a piece of our minds.

Essential to free thinking:

We cannot be autonomous, free-thinking individuals who rule our own thoughts and beliefs unless we (a) apply discernment to what information sources we give our conscious attention to, (b) apply critical thinking to information we take in, rather than just accepting it at face value, (c) commit to decoupling from media channels that knowingly apply negative subconscious programming, and (d) combine thoughtful analysis with our feeling awareness of the truth.

Critical thinking is an intellectual process involving questioning, examining, and analyzing information in order to come to one’s own conclusions. Too often, perhaps out of a lack of confidence in ourselves, or a belief that a particular media source is “expert”, honest, and unbiased, or out of just plain laziness, we readily accept prepackaged information as fact and incorporate it into our perception of reality.

Different points of view:

The daily news is perhaps the easiest to absorb without question, as we presume it to be fact based; it is supposed to be “real”. The problem is, from whose perspective is it real? While observing an accident on the street one day, I became aware of conclusions I was coming to based on a certain set of personal beliefs. Upon further analysis, I was shocked at what a narrow and judgmental viewpoint I had. I’m sure that for as many onlookers there were that day, there were as many versions of the “truth” about what really happened.

News reporters are trained to gather facts and present them in an unbiased and objective way, based strictly on the who, what, where, when, and why of the event. Ideally, opinion based on a personal viewpoint does not come into it. However, as objective as the individual news stories may be, their sum total in the newspaper or on the TV news show often paints a depressing collective picture of problems, fear, and impending doom. “The news” as a whole is frequently not unbiased. It is very much biased towards a negative viewpoint, where through select inclusions and exclusions, the audience is encouraged to think and feel a certain way about society and “reality”.

Ask yourself these questions:

The daily news affects our thinking, our emotions, and ultimately our collective belief system. Have you ever taken an objective look at it and asked yourself these kinds of questions:

“How much do I rely on just one media source for information on current events?” (One point of view).

“Who owns the media I follow, and what intent lies behind the particular slant or viewpoint in the content they are presenting to me?”

“Do I accept information I am receiving as ‘fact’ without question?”

“What kinds of beliefs are being reinforced by the media content I am taking in? Do they project an expansive world of joy and possibilities, or a world of fear, control, and limitations?”

“How do I feel when I am finished watching or reading about the daily news?”

“How much is it preoccupying my thoughts and affecting my own personal sense of empowerment in the world?”

“Is it really serving me well to immerse myself in it day after day?”

Taking back ownership of our own minds is an important first step towards creating a new world. Our minds are powerful tools of creation, and as long as we allow them to be cluttered with negativity and despair, that is all we will ever experience. What will you choose to focus your mind on tomorrow … The media’s projection of doom and gloom, or your own glorious vision of your life and the world you live in?

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Are your Thoughts your Own? © Susan L Hart 2019

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Cusp of a New Paradigm

We stand on the cusp
of a new time,
a new way of being.

Malcontent with a
world that condones
war for the sake
of profit,
Encourages materialism
rather than true
self-worth,
Divides and conquers
connections between people
at every turn.

Saying no to it all,
and envisioning a world
where freedom and peace,
love for the Earth
and humanity at large
are the norm.

And where every person
has the tools
and the encouragement
to express his or her talents,
and feel fulfilled
and valued.

Where abundance in
every way possible
is not blocked but
becomes reality.
And where love is
the force that prevails.

All this and more,
we dream,
we envision,
we intend,
we build,
we manifest.

For only the power
of our minds,
love, and actions
will create this
new paradigm,
together.

And the time is now.

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Cusp of a New Paradigm © Susan L Hart