Daring to Change

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Photo Credit: Andy Spearing

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could overhaul our existence and our societies in one sweeping magical stroke – à la Harry Potter?

One little wiggle of a wooden rod, and suddenly our addiction to fossil fuels is gone, replaced by a perfect network of renewable energy sources fueling all our needs.

Another broad gesture and organic agriculture has completely replaced the toxic practices we currently endorse at our own peril.

Forests are regenerating. Water tables replenished. The mass extinction of species has been reversed. And I could go on…

Utopic? Perhaps not.

It’s up to us. And many women and men are working to make it happen.

But… all too often, the world functions in black & white scenarios. There is a deeply held belief that if you can’t be 100% impeccable and fix everything instantly, then you might as well continue to drive around in an SUV and eat a steak every day.

This is unhelpful.

I for one, have had enough of the voices of doom & gloom, dystopia, it won’t work, no point in trying, there’s a conspiracy, it’s the reptilians, and so on! I refuse to give these voices even a fragment of attention or acknowledgment.

This is not denial. It’s the conscious re-direction of energy into a new narrative for the world.

I believe it is time for all of us to take responsibility for our thoughts and words. It is time to realize that what we think has an energetic consequence. When we acknowledge and repeat certain stories, they amplify and eventually become the reality we live in.

We can transform our existence and the world every second. Thought by thought. Emotion by emotion. Action by action.

It may not be a single magical stroke. We may not get it right immediately. But that doesn’t mean we should stop trying. And most importantly, that we should stop believing in the possibility of a sustainable harmonious world for all.

A major problem with our response to the environmental crisis is how we relate to it emotionally. It’s like our reaction to the string of catastrophic events spoon-fed to us daily on the evening news. How does it feel to you? In situations of doom and gloom, we often feel stuck, we shut down.

By contrast, how do you feel after watching a documentary like Demain? Inspired by  uplifting examples, it is easy to feel that we can be meaningful actors of change. That we can spin a picture of hopelessness into an infinite realm of blissful possibilities.

When I was 18, someone told me: “You’re idealistic, but you’ll see, when you get older, that will change.” They were wrong. The way we choose to look at the world has nothing to do with age. It is a state of mind.

This blog is an invitation into this state of mind.

I invite you to become fully conscious of your mental and emotional reactions to the narratives you hear about the future, the environment, the world. Beware for this process can be very subtle…

Which ones are you repeating internally? Which ones have you made your own?

And if you could choose freely, which narrative would you like to see become a reality?

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