Last week I attended a conference in Austria about microbes and micro-biology. During one presentation, the facilitator posted a slide that showed a triangle; the first layer on the bottom was water, the second was food, followed by climate or air, then resources and lastly people. Basically, he stated that in every layer of the strata we are in trouble. We could not look at any one sector and say that area is doing well or even just OK. At every level it is easy to reach the conclusion that humanity is in trouble and like all problems it begs the question of what can we do. How can we respond?
When we confront issues of any kind the question we must ask ourselves is, “How are we being asked to change?” If we don’t, we are caught in a need to change an aspect of life outside us, which is ineffective and leads to fights. For me the answer lies with our willingness to raise our consciousness. In raising our consciousness we become more aware, gain a higher, more expanded perspective and with this increased awareness we learn to take right action. Any other route will result in a failure of intelligence, and lead to actions that repeat negative self-destructive patterns, which is obvious from our unhealthy triangle.
In raising our consciousness we engage on a journey of self-discovery. In that journey, we learn of our true nature and sacredness and from that understanding we rediscover the sacredness of our life, the lives of others and the world. Often we are asked, “How do we raise our awareness and learn to see what is really going on?”
The answer is twofold and the first part is choice. In any situation, we can muse on it and keep asking ourselves what is really going on here. If what we see is awful or massively negative and is the apparent source of pain, then somehow we are not seeing the situation correctly, we are certainly not achieving a very high perspective on the situation.
If we are willing to let go of our judgments and let go of being right, then we can learn something new. At some point, the answer will intuitively spring into our minds, we will see the deeper dynamics in the situation. Our perspective will be more profound and in this expansion our consciousness will be raised. This is the power of our choice, when we make good use of our free will, we will know how to respond and our responsiveness is actually our responsibility.
Secondly, what increases our awareness is forgiveness. Right now our world is giving us a multitude of opportunities to forgive, even a short view of the news gives us plenty to work with. Forgiveness always expands us, opens us up and moves our lives forward. Forgiveness takes courage and diligence; we need to watch our thought process and when we feel the pull of the downward spiral into grievance we need to gain the awareness of the destructiveness of that action. We need to remember, as soon as we can, that it is our mind and we can direct it differently – make the choice to forgive in all the millions of ways we are constantly being asked to. It makes such a difference and helps us to remember we are never healed alone: we are all in this together, every step we take in raising our consciousness helps raise the collective consciousness of the planet.
And is that not what all of us have as our hearts’ desire? Let’s all commit today to initiate the raising of our consciousness and awareness, in whatever way calls to us.