(Warning: If you think you’re a powerless victim, you’re in for a rude awakening.)
You have to do extravagant things to make any impact on the world, right?
Like donate millions to charity, become an elected official or rescue an old lady from a burning building.
Well here’s a little secret of the universe…
Changing the world is simply a matter of changing yourself.
“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” -Gandhi
There’s a reason why Gandhi said this, instead of saying “go change what you don’t like.” He knew the paradigm-shifting truth of the ages… We have a profound and powerful effect on our “reality”. The change must start from within, and the rest falls into place. We’ve come a long way from “poor little me.”
“We are not only observers. We are participators. In some strange sense this is a participatory universe.” -John Wheeler (pioneering physicist who coined the terms “black hole” and “wormhole”)
With this comes a letting go of the illusion of separation. Everything is intimately interconnected…
“Learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.” ― Leonardo da Vinci
“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” ― Albert Einstein
“As above, so below, as below, so above – The same pattern expresses on all planes of existence, from the smallest electron to the largest star, and vice versa. Change yourself – change the whole.” -Cary Ellis
“Quantum activism focuses both on individual and collective change. Today our activists perpetuate the separateness that creates the problems we want resolved. We ‘battle’ the perpetrators of the problems, negativity with negativity. Quantum activism will succeed where other activist movements failed because they are founded on separateness.” – Dr. Amit Goswami, Ph.D.
Strengthen your character, pay it forward, change the world.
Don’t underestimate the compounding effect of small, good deeds performed consistently over time.
Think about the possibilities if you compliment everyone you interact with. Even one small act of kindness could save someone from committing suicide.
You really never know how profoundly you may affect someone…
Maybe leaving a generous tip with a thank you letter at a restaurant could inspire the waitress to produce a brilliant painting. Maybe buying lunch for the person behind you inspires them to become pursue their dream of starting a charity.
“I’m not saying I’m gonna change the world, but I guarantee that I will spark the brain that will change the world.” -Tupac Shakur
I love that quote, because you really never know who you’re inspiring. (That’s why I’m doing this)
There are so many wildly successful people who mention single acts of kindness that acted as the catalyst in pursuing their dream. Someone sparked that inner flame, that inner flame which lies in all of us.
These acts can be as simple as saying thank you, holding the door for people, a passing smile, or a genuine compliment to a friend or family member. Even simply not getting angry can have far-reaching implications.
Treat everyone with kindness and respect, and the world will emanate that much more kindness and respect.
“I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.” ― Albert Einstein
“Paying it forward” creates a snowball effect. Think about how you feel when someone does something nice for you. The natural human reaction is to do something nice for someone else; to pay it forward. This results in a chain reaction of love, and that’s a beautiful thing.
“No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.” -Voltaire
Now think about this avalanche of kindness. More and more people become participants and love is spread at an ever-increasing rate. This will change the world as we know it, from a fear-based paradigm to a love-based paradigm.
Imagine… Those who are submerging their self-confidence let it shine. Those who dismiss their brilliant creativity embrace it, bringing ingenious new ideas to the world. The fast food cashier leaves her job and earns a living sharing her gift of writing. The corporate executive realizes giving is better than taking and co-founds a non-profit organization. The slaughterhouse worker taps into his ingenuity and invents a new air conditioner that runs off of free energy. Imagine that.
Hello paradigm shift.
How your actions affect “reality”:
“Every aspect of our lives is, in a sense, a vote for the kind of world we want to live in.” -Frances Moore Lappe
Voting with your dollar. What are you spending money on every day? Every dollar you spend is a vote, an investment towards your support for something. We live in a consumerist society, so money we (as consumers) spend dictates what is supplied. The consumers hold the power, we just need to unite and focus that power.
Will health-destroying fast food exist if no one buys it?
Will clothing companies who use immoral labor practices exist if no one buys their clothing?
And on the flip side, the more people that buy something, the bigger that niche gets. Look at “positive” things like organic foods, yoga, and “buying local” catching on like wildfire in recent years. That kind of change is inevitable when people shift their preferences, and thus their spending habits.
Non-compliance. Non-compliance is as simple as choosing not to participate in destructive activities. Not polluting or littering. Not succumbing to peer pressure with destructive activities. Not treating other people badly. Any simple act of not participating in things that are not love-based.
“The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.” ― Albert Einstein
“Conflict cannot survive without your participation.” ― Wayne W. Dyer
One example is that, from the perspective of a young man, there’s a subtle pressure to be a player. Sleep with women, treat them like objects and then ignore them. You know what I’m talking about. I practice non-compliance with this. I’m not celibate (that’s no fun), but I don’t perpetuate that dysfunctional, ego-driven behavior in intimate relationships. I treat everyone I encounter with kindness and respect, and strive to inspire those I do come into contact with in some way, even if it’s short-lived.
And then there’s things like refusing military service. Will wars happen if the youth refuse military service? (Ok, this isn’t really an “every day” thing. But it paints a picture of how effective non-compliance could be.)
“The pioneers of a warless world are the young men (and women) who refuse military service.” – Albert Einstein
How your state of being affects “reality”:
Yes, your state of being is affecting the world around you. We’re co-creators of reality and our attention holds situations in place.
“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” ― Albert Einstein
Abuse tolerance. In the book The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz, he states that no one abuses you more than you abuse yourself. The level you abuse yourself is the level you will tolerate from others. Now picture this on the collective level. We need to love ourselves first, in order to remove our subconscious tolerance of abuse.
“The Universe begins to look more like a great thought than a machine.” -Sir James Jeans, British physicist
Heart’s electromagnetic field. This what is called the aura, and why we feel people’s vibes. The heart’s electromagnetic field has been measured to radiate 8 feet out from the body. And it was only measured at 8 feet because that’s the limitation of the equipment used so far. It’s speculated that the heart’s electromagnetic field actually has the potential to expand for miles, if we’re operating in a state of love and gratitude. Check out my post “The Love Aura” for more details on this.
Reality is a mirror. The external mirrors your internal state. And believe it or not, quantum physics is beginning to hint at this (the double-slit experiment, quantum entanglement, the holographic universe theory…etc).
Our internal state determines what we see and experience on the “outside.” Our “reality” mirrors our fundamental beliefs.
“Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics.” -Albert Einstein
Uncle Al even told us about the law of attraction. Like attracts like.
We all know, for example, the guy who somehow ends up getting into fights wherever he goes. Then there’s the people who walk barefoot across burning coals unscathed. How is this even possible!? The power of belief. (I highly recommend The Spontaneous Healing of Belief by Gregg Braden, which goes into great detail on all of this)
Whatever we’re resonating (subconsciously and consciously), is what we get as our “reality.”
“The world is a mirror, forever reflecting what you see inside yourself.” -Neville Goddard
“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” ― Anaïs Nin
“Let us consider a piece of cheese. Where are it’s qualities? Not in the cheese, for different observers give different accounts of it. Not in ourselves, for we do not perceive them in the absence of the cheese. They are the result of the union, the seer and the seen, of subject and object.” -Robert Shea/Robert Anton Wilson
“The state of your life is nothing more than a reflection of the state of your mind.” ― Wayne W. Dyer
“Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.” ― Wayne W. Dyer
Meditation decreasing crime rates. Yes, you read that right. Group meditation has been shown to decrease crime rates. Mindblowing stuff.
Reality is a lot stranger and more malleable than we’ve been conditioned to think. And that’s exciting.
How to change the world, summed up in a few sentences:
Be aware. Be aware of your state of being. Be aware of your actions and interactions. Be aware of what you support with your spending habits. Be aware of what you support with your attention. Because you’re so much more powerful than you think…
Operate in love (as opposed to fear) and be solution-oriented with your actions (as opposed to merely dwelling on problems). And never underestimate the power of simple acts of kindness. Become your own ocean of love and light, and witness the currents of change sweep across the globe 🙂
The shift starts within you. And it’s as simple as all those seemingly insignificant choices in your daily life.
“A few of us will start this. I invite you to become a quantum activist with this resolution in mind: we can change ourselves and we can change the world simultaneously.” -Dr. Amit Goswami, Ph.D.
Stay feelin’ good, feelin’ great. You’re profoundly changing the world.
PS- Did I put enough quotes in here? 😉