"Would you like to save the world from the degradation and destruction it seems destined for? Then step away from shallow mass movements and quietly go to work on your own self-awareness.
If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself. If you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself.
Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of your own self-transformation."
- Lao Tzu
When I became involved in activism, it was at a time when I had already started waking up. I had become spiritually aware and I had been in personal therapy to work through repressed issues that I had not acknowledged for a long time. So, I had a fairly good idea of what I thought was undesirable in the world and in myself. I set about trying to improve the world with gusto and it was not long before I became disheartened that all the protesting and spreading knowledge was not waking up the sleeping masses nor was it changing the world. I began to withdraw.
This withdrawal was the best thing I could have done. As I started to examine my internal world and make the changes I needed to for my own self-transformation, my external world also began to transform. The people I was surrounded with were awesome lightworkers, inspiring friends and just generally the most loving and compassionate people you could imagine. Everyday I marvelled at how wonderful my relationships were.
I had raised my vibration and was attracting people of a similar vibration.
What I was also encrouaged to notice was that friends who I had previously considered to be asleep, were starting to take notice of what I was doing and saying, then they started changing their vibration for the better too and I hope, influencing their own discrete circle of friends unintentionally as I had done.
By turning my attention inward and working on myself, I raised my own consciousness, which created ripples and began to raise the consciousness of others around me.
We are all linked and swimming in the same pond of consciousness; our thoughts and deeds inevitably affect others.
So, Lao Tzu is absolutely correct when he said that the greatest gift we have to give is our own self-transformation, since that is all we really have power over.
If everyone takes responsibility for themselves then collectively, we WILL change the world. Let us restore our beautiful Gaia and heal all of her children, by healing ourselves.
Aho Rainbow Warriors!