On Facebook August 13, 2013, my third son, James, posed this observation:
“People get looked at differently for doing the right thing, but will let things slip by when they witness someone doing the wrong thing? I don't understand why people talk about how weird someone is for picking up trash on the ground as they pass by, using the crosswalk to cross the street, or helping a stranger in need, but will idly sit by when they see someone trash the environment, not bother to pick up an item when someone drops it, and will even turn the other way when someone is getting beaten up.”
Some of his friends on Facebook responded by saying, “Because those are the people that slip through the cracks and are only looking out for themselves.” And “Lack of integrity and no sense of pride in their lives.” Based on those responses, the blaring question is –why?
Why are people slipping through the cracks? Why are people only looking out for themselves? Why is there a lack of integrity? Why do people have no sense of pride in their lives?
And on that note, let’s delve even deeper.
There are some experts in the field of spirituality who say this kind of behavior could be a result of any one of the recent shifts in energy and consciousness such as the 12-12-12 event or the one proposed by authors Leslie Temple-Thurston with Brad Laughlin, saying such a shift occurred on Sept. 17, not long after 9-11.
[You can read more in their book “Returning to Oneness: The Seven Keys of Ascension” and if you are curious, you can find out what I am referring to in the final chapter: Shifting Dimensions.]
As I understand the concept, there are those who live at a higher vibratory frequency and those at a lower. The higher live more in unity consciousness and the lover in ego based consciousness. Thus there are those who see picking up litter as the natural thing to do (higher consciousness) and those who see it as weird (lower) and it would stand to reason that those of the lower consciousness would revel in violence, selfishness, greed, and isolation.
Now by lower I do not mean of less worth or value; I mean lower in the same way we would refer to a child in a lower grade in school, like 3rd grade, and a child in a higher grade, like 11th grade. One is not better than the other, both are of equal worth, value, and love; one is simply farther along in the educational system. In similar manner, there are some who are now further along the evolutionary levels; if I understand this proposal correctly.
There are others who say the fluoride in the water is contributing to the lessening of moral strength in our world. And then there are those who also add the mind control efforts of the government as a contributing factor.
Regardless of what we might propose as the “possible” contributing factors, whether one, two, or all of these I have mentioned, the key points for each of us as a metaphysician, light-worker, ascended master, Bodhisattva, shaman, and mystic are as follows:
1. Develop a spiritual practice that keeps you centered and connected to the Divine.
2. Unplug from the TV and mass media. Be mindfully selective of how much time you allot to such activities and assess the quality of these shows. What value do they add to your life?
3. Spend time in empowered conversation and fellowship with like minded spiritual warriors. Challenge each other and hold each other accountable to a higher standard where love, service, and compassion are guiding core principles.
4. Keep Gandhi’s mantra in mind daily, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”
5. Act on that mantra. Are you living from that place of Being the change? What kind of world do you want to live in? What kind of country? What kind of state? What kind of city? What kind of neighborhood? What kind of house? It all starts with Self!
6. Refrain from complaining. However if and when you do, allot a set time to complain, to vent, to get the venom out of your system, and then start the healing.
7. Live life with passion, purpose, and power! We have the ability to transform this planet over night into a place of great beauty, life, freedom, and equality if those of us who are in the know – live from that knowing!
It is easy to be a naysayer, to condemn the possibility of peace, compassion, and unity. It is easy to talk about what could never be and of what is impossible.
It was not easy for Gandhi to change his life and change the nation of India.
It was not easy for the civil rights leaders and supporters to risk life to bring an end to segregation.
It was not easy for Harvey Milk and other gay leaders and activists to stand up and be willing to die for the right to live free of shame, hatred, and abuse.
It was not easy for those brave women to burn their bras and demand to be treated with respect and dignity as humans rather than the property of men.
Change is, quite often, not easy.
Ask the butterfly if breaking out of the cocoon is easy.
Ask the baby chick if pecking out of the shell is easy.
Ask the diamond if it is easy bearing the weight and heat to transform.
Ask yourself, are you willing to do what is not easy to change your life?
Be that one person who makes a difference!
Are you willing?
Are you willing to be a person of pride and integrity?
Are you willing to be a person who lifts others from the cracks and then seals the crack shut?
Are you willing to be the change?
Blessings of life, light, and love