Affect Your Reality
Being able to affect your whole reality at once is the essence of "simultaneous interdependent co-arising." There is no limit to how far your influence can reach but to find that out you must engage life with passion. When you do anything with passion, you express every aspect of who you are. Passion releases all the energy you possess. If you throw everything you have into a pursuit, your defects and weaknesses are also exposed. Passion brings up everything.
In general terms, there are three levels of commitment you can express in a situation:
1. to meet the first real obstacle.
2. to conquer some obstacles, or
3. to conquer all obstacles.
Adapted from The Book of Secrets, by Deepak Chopra (Three Rivers Press, 2004).
Affect Your Eco Reality
I received an email from a woman who had started to clean her bathtub with my soft scrubber recipe, and she wanted me to know how the experience transformed her. First, she didn't get the usual cleaning headache, and second, she felt she could invite her young children to be in the room with her when she was cleaning. She then became aware that while soaking in the tub that she wasn't worrying about absorbing cleaning chemicals into her skin. As she unplugged the drain and watched the water flow out into the waste stream, she thought of how much safer the septic and leach field would be from using the simple, less-toxic tub cleaner. This was an epiphany for her, and she became aware that she wanted to be an active caretaker of the Earth.
Adapted from Home Enlightenment, by Annie B. Bond (Rodale Press, 2005).