Author’s Note: An Apology and a Retake

When I began this blog, I set out with a very simple, but important concept.  I wanted to improve my writing, but in a manner that was both useful and not self-absorbed.  I am not proud to admit that the last post I wrote did not stand up to either of these goals.

After rereading it today, it is apparent that I was upset when I wrote it.  Without going into details, January has been a very frustrating month for me.  What’s worse is that I am beginning to see my discontent spilling over into other areas of my life (enter yesterday’s post).  I understand that emotions will extend into actions every so often and that each day my actions will represent my consciousness.  However, what I am not willing to accept is that my personal emotions be extended negatively outward, especially in a venue that is being shared with the world (or blogosphere).  For this I apologize.  I took a completely valid topic and turned it into my punching bag, spewing negative energy across the universe.  I’d now like to rewrite this post in a manner more conducive to positivity so that we may learn something beneficial or understand something expansive, or at the least just enjoy ourselves.

I also promise to never go on a negative, self-absorbed rant again.

If You Wish to Save the World, You Must First Save Yourself

(An energetical retake)

Saving the world has become quite a booming business.  It most likely started with the whales, but has since moved into discussions of the atmosphere, the planet, and even the universe.  But what so many often forget is that the world—which we believe we are bringing to an end—is actually just a projection of ourselves.  In this reflective mirror, we can see the state of our consciousness as a global collective as well as a representation of the actions we take.  Both on a spiritual and literal plane, the earth is our planetary manifestation.

In yesterday’s post, I focused on how resilient the Earth is, which is absolutely correct (if we destroyed the climate, disrupted oceanic pathways, and decimated all life, the Earth would recover).  However, going past this disconnected explanation of our relationship with the Earth, I’d like to reclaim our eternal connection to her.

As our home, the Earth is directly connected to us.  Think of your room.  When you are busy, upset, happy, energetic, or sad how does you room look?  I am sure for all of us individuals, different appearances are created from different emotions, but the important idea behind this is that your environment reflects your state of being, your consciousness.  Often times we allow our emotions to control our consciousness.  When this occurs you get blog posts that are filled with anger =).  This is not good.  Our emotions are here to serve us.  They tell us when we are in need, they relay messages of experience, and they contribute to our learning.  They are not who we are, but a part of our experience as humans.  We are much more than our human bodies and mind.

These guys are here to serve you.

With this understanding comes another: the idea that we control our environments with our thoughts.  This can translate as newage intentionality or into a logical sequences of events.  Let’s begin with the former.  We have all heard of the book (or movie) The Secret.  In hopes of saving you time, the one sentence version goes like this: Thoughts manifest into reality. Although there are a bunch of techniques and ideas that the movie offers, the main idea is that your thoughts have consequences.  Now, what does this spell out for the Earth?  Well, if you take a look at all of the negative thoughts and actions occurring today (war, pollution, racism, suppression, etc.) you can get a better understanding of how we are affecting the environment we live in.

As a logical approach, our thoughts, which are formed into actions, have tangible affects.  For instance, if Person A thinks, “Well, I don’t care about the environment, I just want money,” his or her thought may manifest into a business that supports pollution and suppresses green technology.  In this sense, energy skeptics can start to understand that our world is a reflection of what we think.

This is exactly why we must set out to change ourselves if we wish to change the world. A great and well-known quote from Mahatma Gandhi sums it up eloquently, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”  By clearing our heads, expanding our awareness and enlightening our consciousness, we will act out of a higher state.  In this state we will begin to approach decisions that affect our environment differently.  As we reach higher states of universal consciousness, we’ll realize that the Earth and our bodies are one in the same.  In this way, we’ll save the world.

From his thought, he liberated a country

In fact, this process has already begun.  Many across the globe are contributing in their own ways and a network of conscious individuals is aligning rapidly.  You can see it in our food system.  There is a uniform calling to reform our industrialized system.  From India to Peru, farmers and people alike are standing up for their right to enjoy food that will support their well-being.  I can speak of food because it is what I know best, but I see it in other areas as well; politics, health care, spirituality, and even slowly in the media.  We are beginning to wake up and realize that if we want to enjoy a future on this planet, we are going to have to treat it with respect.  This same respect must be shown to ourselves.

And in this process of self-salvation, we will indubitably save the world.

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One thought on “Author’s Note: An Apology and a Retake

  1. Hi, Matt,

    Linked here from Elephant Journal.

    Just wanted to share…

    From my Guru, Adi Da Samraj: “While you are in your body, you make mind. Once you die, mind makes you.” In other words, these bodies of ours are Mind Making Machines. We are consciously or unconsciously shaping and reshaping the patterning of Consciousness Itself. It is probably one of the most powerful capabilities we have as human beings, and yet few people approach it with full consciousness and/or self-discipline.

    Another of my Guru’s Teachings: “All this is that.” All this we are experiencing, all of this “world” is the Consequence of our individual and collective failure to transcend ourselves. If we do not give attention to the spiritual discipline of self-transcendence – feeling beyond limiting patterns – then we will only end up with more of “All of this…” even lifetime after lifetime.

    Personally, I acknowledge that, if I do not transcend myself perfectly in this lifetime, then I am creating the world “I” will be coming back to (until I do transcend myself perfectly). So, yes, my efforts at “saving the world” are also selfishly motivated, because I know that my choices in how I think and feel have consequences well beyond myself alone, and even well beyond this current lifetime.

    Keep on keepin’ on, Dude! : ))

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