As usual, people are divided about whether or not the new health care bill is a good thing or a bad thing for this country. Even President Obama himself stated in his address to the nation, "...So this isn't radical reform. But it is major reform. This legislation will not fix everything that ails our health care system. But it moves us decisively in the right direction. This is what change looks like."
The whole point of this -- why we are here, why the world is here, and why we have the political system and leaders that we do -- is to achieve change. This is the purpose of life. So when then, does change seem so difficult? Because ego gets in the way. Ninety-five percent of the fuel and energy required to launch a rocket is expended in lift-off. The remaining five percent is used for the rest of the mission. The process of change works much the same way. Ninety-five percent of our energy is required just to overcome the ego. This is the hardest part. The ego will try to stop us before we even start. It doesn't want us to change, but once we get past this first obstacle, change begins to create its own momentum. We may not see any results of our decision to change today, but as we go from first gear to second gear and finally to overdrive, change gathers speed.
So good bill or bad bill, Congress has succeeded. The ego's tight grip on government was loosened a little when health care reform became law this week. Fear, pride and judgment lost the battle against the desire for change in this case and the greatest obstacle was overcome, the first step was made. Now the door is open for change to begin creating its own momentum.
We should use this historic moment in politics to see where we are at in our own lives. From a spiritual point of view, our leaders and the decisions they make -- or don't make -- are only a reflection of the consciousness of us, the people. Whatever emotion this bill brings up for you is an opportunity to see where your ego lies, to see what you need to recognize and transform within yourself. Recognizing how your ego plays a roll in this national issue will usher in powerful change for your personal life as well as the world.
So is this "what change looks like"? Yes, I believe it is.
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