Separation is rampant in the world today, as it has been for so long. Fear has destroyed friendships, and hope has crumbled in despair. Today, let your task be this: to be the love you want to experience more often, so that there’s a little more heaven on earth.
“When you forgive someone, when you are generous, when you withhold judgment, and you love, when you stand up for injustice — you are in that moment bringing heaven to earth.” – Rob Bell
On Being the Change You Want to See
The deeper I go within for the love I seek, the more capable I become of spreading into the world all the positive qualities I wish to see.
“Be the change you want to see in the world.” A quote often attributed to Mahatma Gandhi, although there is no record of these exact words coming from him, is still wise advice. Something Gandhi did say, however, is this:
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.
No, responsibilities don’t begin and end with your own behavior alone. Of course things happen that are beyond your control, and one person alone cannot change the entire outside world we live in. But is it not also true, that without a shift on the individual level there is no communal shift?
Is it possible that changing the world is akin to changing how you experience the world? In this case, yes, the world as you experience it is a direct reflection of your internal world. In this case, I am happy to take responsibility for my internal world, because that would mean I can change the world as I experience it, and only by doing this first.
The notion of being the change doesn’t require us to stop living in the world, but to live differently. It calls for us to judge less and love more, complain less and appreciate more, lead by example, summon motivation from within instead of waiting for it to come to us, and to take responsibility for the one thing we can control: our attitude.
There are Many Ways to Be the Love You Want to Experience
My willingness to become the love I wish to receive, without focusing too much on receiving, is a source of happiness.
The disliked qualities we see in the world (and others) are merely, profoundly, reflections of what is unseen inside of ourselves–sometimes referred to as the hidden parts of our own shadow.
The love that’s lacking, the compassion that seems to be nonexistent, the acceptance that’s missing–these are the things that certainly dwell within, yet they have been obscured, and it is our task to make them manifest in the world.
Our attitude has a big impact on our experiences. Each decision we make comes from either a loving (positive, trusting) or a fearful (negative, doubtful) state within, and each decision shapes the next experience.
Instead of waiting for the light to come down and cast out all darkness, how can you bring sunshine into the world today? In other words, how can you acknowledge the darkness without more despair, but decide to respond with a loving attitude? Perhaps you can try:
- Offering forgiveness instead of withholding it.
- Showing love to yourself instead of waiting for someone else to “rescue you.”
- Treating strangers and friends alike with kindness and respect, whether or not they treat you the same way.
- Accepting someone who you’re tempted to reject; trying to understand them instead of judging them.
- Countering your complaints with positive solutions to the perceived problem.
We mustn’t shy away from doing the inner work that would bring about real change in the world. The deeper inward we’re willing to go, the more powerful our reach outward will be. The larger our dedication to internal peace and joy, the more able we are to bring the light of peace and joy into the world.
The love you wish to receive must be the love you’re willing to give. The key (which seems like a paradox) is not so much to expect the love be given back to you, but to put more faith in your capacity to keep giving without even thinking about the return.
Genuine loving expressions will be like a boomerang, and they will be reflected back to you, so long as you don’t get caught up in the rebound.
- What is it you wish to see more of in the world?
- Are you willing to look within for what you seek, and bring it into the world?
- Think of a time you’ve given love in some way without asking or needing anything in return. How did this make you feel, or change things for you?
- What small acts of kindness, forgiveness, or generosity made a difference in your life, whether you were the giver or the recipient?
- How can you show up today with a little more appreciation, hope, or positive energy?
Please share your thoughts, lessons learned in love and the law of attraction, ways in which you’ve received the love you’ve given, and any stories with me in the comments.
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When it comes to giving and receiving, focus on the giving.
Free watercolor texture by Gold and Berry; lettering by Aim Happy.