The World Is Changing: What Will You Stand For?

07/15/2016 01:13 am ET
Autumn Lee Studios

People are calling for change―-both within themselves and in the world.

The basis of my professional work is identifying your internal and external obstacles, so that you can make conscious change in your life.

In my opinion, personal accountability, and taking action from an intentional place, continues to become more important every day.

We will likely continue to watch and experience people suffering, including perhaps ourselves, as the veil continues to be pulled back to reveal the depth of the world’s injustices and state of affairs. 

Maybe you are content with how events are unfolding in your life and in our world. 

Perhaps you feel we must be in acceptance of all things, including injustice and disharmony.

I ask you to not mistake acceptance for complacency.

If you are actually content with things, that is a different story. But, sometimes, we fool ourselves into complacency about things that are not actually aligned with our soul.

From a place of acceptance of the truth of what is, we can choose to take action to create conscious change.

For my part, I take my lead from the Sanskrit mantra: Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu. “May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.”

This may likely mean that I will not stop pursuing change, in my lifetime.

Most of us can likely acknowledge that we have at least sought some change in our own personal life.

And either way, I always encourage people to begin within. The reason for that is that I believe the world is a reflection of the suffering of individuals, so if we don’t independently heal, we don’t collectively heal (and vice versa, but it’s more in our hands to affect change in ourselves than in the whole world, at once).

So, start by acknowledging the places inside yourself that are in a state of unrest: anger, sadness, guilt, shame...

My experience is that when you acknowledge and begin to navigate those places in yourself, you are more likely to take conscious action in the larger world, as well.

You don’t need to wait until you have fully resolved the unrest within your spirit. I think of it as a simultaneous process.

In fact, being in service to the world, often just comes with a result of personal healing. It’s a pretty good side effect, if you ask me.

There are many causes that invite our attention in the world right now.

Whether you feel a connection to human rights, environmental issues, animal rights, mental health, spiritual evolution or something else, there are certainly opportunities to use your voice and actions to create a more harmonious reality for yourself and others.

Whether you feel a call towards writing, policy changing, or having meaningful conversations, that inspire action, with people in your inner circle, I believe we all have a role to play in shifting the planet.

So, I ask you this: What will your stand for?

How will you make a difference in your own life and in this world?

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