“If you want to create peace in our world, we must begin with our children.” — Mahatma Gandhi
There is a time in life between crayons and mortgages, make-believe and responsibility, childhood, and adulthood. It’s called adolescence, and it’s one of the most challenging periods of life a human will ever face. Even more so today. In fact, being a young person has never been harder.
Our world is facing some of the most frightening problems it has ever faced — global warming, violence, terrorism, poverty, and social unrest that is fueled by hatred and intolerance. On top of all this global stress, young people must then go to school and face the everyday challenge of fitting in with those around them or face being bullied or ostracized.
To be an adolescent is to live in what is often a divisive and unwelcoming world.
It is no wonder that our schools are facing an epidemic of students with so much anger and emotional distress — doubt, worry, fear, depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem.
But I believe there is hope. And much to be excited about.
When I speak to adolescents in schools around the world, I can see their searching, hopeful eyes. These young people know that peace is possible. They already feel it in their hearts. They also come ready for the challenge to make it happen. They come without judgment, with open minds and an eagerness to accept the deeper truths the universe is offering.
Of course, as ready as they may be, they still need role models and conversation that will show them that what they feel in their hearts is also a real way to live. More than that, they are looking for a path to peace. Real. Practical. Transformative.
I am grateful to God that I have the opportunity to share my message of peace and happiness, based on personal responsibility with these students. I love to tell them about Zero Frequency®, the possibility of no mind, no thoughts, no judgements, that would allow them to experience the fullness of the Present Moment.
I call this a return to our natural state of Zero — the limitless state that comes when we live in the Now — present, conscious, free of judgment — allowing our hearts to open to the wisdom, love, and peace that already lives within each of us. It is the core of my Zero Frequency® Program, which is dedicated to helping others wake up and realize their potential and who they are — happy, peaceful, abundant, and fully conscious.
These students get it, too. Invariably, someone in the audience will raise their hands and shout out, “How long does it take to get to Zero.”
My heart melts when I hear this. What they really want to know is: How can I be happy and at peace now?
Like their older counterparts, they are ready for change and don’t want to wait another minute to get started. They are wise beyond their years.
I tell them the truth. They don’t have to wait for another second to be happy. They can decide at that moment how to live. Happiness and peace are one thought away. I also tell them that their path to Zero begins with personal responsibility — they have it in their power to change the world. I remind them that if they don’t believe this, they will go no deeper. But I can see they do believe. And they do want to go deeper.
At this point in my talks, I teach them skillful ways to act from the depths of their being — a combination of gratitude, letting go, and practicing peace. I say it’s like returning to their childhood, and the joy and innocence they have lost as time and age have buried who they really are. They nod at these words. The childhood I speak of is close to who they are now. They remember and believe.
From here, I tell the students something they already know (deep in their hearts). It’s okay to be different, to be happy, to follow your heart more than your mind. I challenge them to let go of the programming that allows others to determine who they are. I want them to trust in their heart and intuition, to be inspired by their passions, and to find the courage to follow those passions wherever they lead.
My message is simple and always the same: Be Yourself. Love Yourself. Trust Yourself.
Most of all, I want our youth to believe in the goodness of the universe — to know that they can change the world if they begin focusing on what unites us instead of what divides us.
And when I’m done speaking, something interesting often happens. Nobody wants to leave. The young students linger. They inch closer to the stage. They want to share something on their minds, ask a question, maybe share a hug. They have seen more. And now they want more.
And the best part is, so do I.
The fact is, these students always end up teaching me. And I am always left so grateful for their enthusiasm and light, and for assuring me that the possibility of a better world is possible.
There is hope.