Tone Canada Magazine Article for March/April 2020
Change is a process. It has its ups and downs. It’s sometimes feels like the diamond in the rough, hiding inside of us, is being cut and polished – it can feel uncomfortable and even somewhat painful.
Societal change is no different. It too is a process. In today’s way of thinking, some look to government and big business and point a finger, demanding that they change. Everyone seems helpless.
In these circumstances, it is important, to me anyway, to research how conflict was resolved in the past, by looking to see how wisdom based solutions were employed. Confucius was able to bring about societal changes with his simple wisdom. For example, individual farmers were stealing from one another and were complaining to Confucius about each other. He taught them how to think differently by stating something like “if you don’t want to get robbed, don’t rob your neighbour.” And it worked. They listened and peace prevailed.
Confucius had this to say about the process of societal change:
“When things are investigated, then true knowledge is achieved,
When true knowledge is achieved, then the will becomes sincere;
When the will is sincere, then the heart is set right;
When the heart is set right, then the personal life is cultivated;
When the personal life is cultivated, then the family life is regulated;
When the family life is regulated, then the national life is orderly;
And when the national life is orderly, then there is peace in the world.”
When I was 13-14 years old, I heard a voice in my Heart answer my musings at the time – “the Way is through the individual”.
James Allen, the forefather of personal and spiritual development outside of religion stated: “The universe grew out of thought…. National events are simply the working out of the psychic forces of the nation,…It is foolish to ascribe war to the influence of one man, or to one body of men. It is the crowning horror of national selfishness.”
Harsh words and ideas yet a nation is the culmination of its people’s thoughts. If the way is through the individual, what thoughts of yours, in your opinion, need tweaking? In the end, we need to be mindful of the love of power versus the power of Love. Which do you believe is strongest?
Your choices act as a vote added to the national thought pool. Can you understand, that above all else, you matter in the grand scheme of Life and that the choices you make are important?
“Peace to all seeking hearts today”! If I can be of help, reach out.