Watching the News last night I quickly became aware that the world out there continues to implode. My hopes that Trump would be reigned in faded when I realised he would simply focus his attention else where. Over here in Australia the anti-Muslim faction is gaining momentum. I heard an interviewee say – “I don’t mind good Muslims. It’s those Islamic Muslims that need to be stopped.” – What the…?
There’s so much distressing news coming from so many places right now – the Churches and child abuse and radical changes in the weather are also big headlines over here.
I can meditate as much as I like but I can’t change these things. The only person I can really change is me. Maybe that’s what it is all about – individuals lifting their consciousness out of fear and anger and finding inner peace. It could catch on if more and more people start doing it.
I was talking to one of my daughters about this idea and she told me about the 10 universal values some psychologists have identified. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/theory-knowledge/201410/theory-ten-universal-values
In this system the broad heading of Self-transcendence covers such values as equality, social justice, protecting the environment and inner harmony. These values are diametrically opposed to concepts covered by the heading, Self-enhancement. This group of values includes personal ambition, social recognition, wealth, pleasure and authority. Evidence suggests that the more people develop self transcendence the less likely they are to be interested in self enhancement.
Maybe that’s how we will change the world for the better – by individually finding the path towards greater awareness our interconnectivity.
(for me – the drawing my way to inner peace is working. I spent yesterday afternoon working on this one. Somewhere along the way it morphed from a drawing to a combination of watercolour and marker pens. I’m finding it a good exercise for centering myself but as you can see, the underlying drawing is the problem. Back to the drawing board… )