Being the Change We Wish To See in the World

“People normally cut reality into compartments, and so are unable to see the interdependence of all phenomena. We are here to awaken from the illusion of our separateness.”  ~Thich Nhat Hanh

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I believe that human beings are creative, wise and loving by nature. Unfortunately, modern cultures and educational systems don’t always support the development of these qualities in each of us. They don’t recognize each individual’s true potential.

We live in a fractured and compartmentalized world, where information is presented to us in fragments- science, art, entertainment, economics, politics, education, ecology and spirituality seen as separate, unrelated.

The result can be a feeling of powerlessness, confusion and disconnection. Many of us feel challenged, off balance, overwhelmed and unsuccessful. We see “power” and “success” concentrated in the hands of a few.

This may help explain why modern civilizations are so dysfunctional, why our “consumer” lifestyles and economics bring suffering and dissatisfaction, propelling us to always desire more, more, more. Fortunately, we can change this dynamic, as we shift our focus from outward problems to our own inner potential; by nurturing the seeds of wisdom, love and creativity within ourselves.

The cultivation of wisdom begins with curiosity and investigation, learning about the world, seeing how all that seems separate and disconnected actually flows together as a cohesive and interdependent whole.

Love deepens as we let go of our critical comparative judgements, accept life as it is, and release the desire to change others. As we open our hearts and focus on all that is right with the world, we simultaneously let go of fear. Sharing our positive energy and compassion with others we naturally become more peaceful, humble, generous and grateful.

Creativity too is an expression our true nature, born of imagination, wisdom and mastery, the development and integration of our natural intelligence, virtues and skills. Doing the things that we love, collaborating creatively with others, we develop and share our gifts, mastering talents that bring us joy and are of benefit to the world.

By cultivating and balancing the various qualities of our deepest true nature, we begin to recognize and harmonize our wholeness. Spiritual practices help us to stay centered, calm, intuitive, loving and peaceful. All of our positive qualities work together synergistically and grow stronger as we give them our full attention and mindful awareness.

We have this opportunity, to be the seeds of change that we wish to see in the world. But it begins with transforming ourselves, not others. Our first responsibility is to be all we can be, and to love the world. To see the potential sleeping within each of us, the potential of each moment, rather than illusory fears of the future, or regrets of the past.

The world is in chaos right now, centralized systems of power are trying to assert their control, while in truth they are breaking apart. Focusing on balancing and harmonizing our own potential does not mean that we turn away from the challenges of this time. It just means that we recognize that we cannot bring balance and wholeness to the world, until we have first mastered it ourselves.

Like lotus flowers rising above the mud, our hearts and minds are opening. Day by day, year by year, hand in hand, we are growing wiser, more loving, more creative. We are experiencing greater happiness in our own lives, because we are sharing that happiness with others. That is how a greater global transformation begins.

 ~Christopher Chase~

“See simplicity in the complicated, Seek greatness in small things. In the Universe, the difficult things are done as if they were easy.” ~Lao Tsu, Tao Te Ching

“Once you stop clinging and let things be, you’ll be free… You’ll transform everything… And you’ll be at peace wherever you are.” ~Bodhidharma

“It is understood that the craft of loving-kindness is the everyday face of wisdom and the ordinary hand of compassion. This wisdom face, this hand of mercy, is never realized alone, but always with and through others. The Buddhist perspective shows us that there is no personal enlightenment, that awakening occurs in the activity of loving relationship.” ~ Joan Halifax

“If you see yourself in the correct way, you are all as much extraordinary phenomena of nature as trees, clouds, the patterns in running water, the flickering of fire, the arrangement of the stars, and the form of a galaxy. You are all just like that.” ~Alan Watts

“When we learn to move beyond mistaken concepts and see clearly, we no longer solidify reality. We see waves coming and going, arising and passing. We see that life, composed of this mind and body, is in a state of continual, constant transformation and flux. There is always the possibility of radical change. Every moment – not just poetically or figuratively, but literally – every moment we are dying and being reborn, we and all of life.” ~Sharon Salzberg

“Be as simple as you can be; you will be astonished to see how uncomplicated and happy your life can become.” ~Paramahansa Yogananda

Related- “Once You Know” by Alan Watts

* Human Beings are Creative by NatureHow Einstein Saw the World  * Every Child is an Artist * Glimpses of a Creative Universe  * Poetry Surrounds Us – Vincent Van Gogh * Circle of Courage – Native American Model of Education * The Four Qualities of Love, by Thich Nhat Hanh * Toward a More Creative & Holistic Model of Education * Real Learning is a Creative Process  *  How We Participate in the Creative Life of the Universe  * Children of the Cosmic Dance  *


About Christopher Chase

Co-creator and Admin of the Facebook pages "Tao & Zen" "Art of Learning" & "Creative Systems Thinking." Majored in Studio Art at SUNY, Oneonta. Graduated in 1993 from the Child & Adolescent Development program at Stanford University's School of Education. Since 1994, have been teaching at Seinan Gakuin University, in Fukuoka, Japan.
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7 Responses to Being the Change We Wish To See in the World

  1. Beth says:

    Beautifully said. Thank you:0)

  2. Ashfaq Ahmad Abbasi says:

    well said in a lovely way !

  3. Family Yields says:

    Loved the parade of quotations at the end of the post, thanks!

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