These days, it seems everywhere we turn there is chaos in the world. Underneath the ever looming threat of climate devastation, unparalleled dishonesty within the political system, scientific experiments in the form of modified food, and media that presents biased information to benefit only a few, one can only wonder…what can I possibly do?
It is easy to feel that ideas such as collaborative communities, corporations of integrity and transformational entertainment, to name a few, are simply hopes of the naïve.
What are we left to do when we have arrived at the point of being smothered by societal chaos, and left wondering if movement in a conscious direction is even possible?
What can we do when it seems as though we are spiritually leaderless?
According Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith, visionary founder of Agape International Spiritual Center, we are left with two choices:
One can choose to either hold what is referred to as conscious naïveté by holding the energetic space for what is not yet seen in our world, or choose resignation and sit in the belief that nothing can be done about anything.
I’m sure at some point we have all considered “pulling the covers” of resignation over our head. The chaos seems too widespread, too deeply entrenched and well, “I’m only one person. What can I possibly do?”
Questions that perpetuate the role of the victim, as if something is happening to us, are what encourage complacency and further shrink the idea of personal actions that lead to change.
According to Dr. Beckwith, “We can look to ourselves and know that each and every one of us is here to be a beneficial presence on the planet that manifests the qualities of Spirit.” There is no one here to save us and there is no magic intervention. “You are the intervention; you are in fact the answer that seeks to emerge as an expression of God.”
What does that mean?
It means we are not here to “bypass the challenges we all face in life, or put a happy face on the sorrow in our hearts.” The intention for spiritual inquiry and practice is to “provide the skillful means for courageously and compassionately drawing out the best of ourselves when we face challenging times.”
“Instead of resisting them with wishful thinking — “I wish this weren’t happening; I wish I were anywhere but where I am and anyone other than who I am” — you will welcome them as a lens through which to see the unconscious thought and behavior patterns that self-sabotage progress, joy, creativity and freedom.”
The insights from Dr. Beckwith clarify how to draw out what seeks to emerge in your life, when you ask empowering questions that allow you to become receptive:
1. What is God’s idea of itself as my life? What is the inner vision that is seeking to express?
2. What is it that I must become to manifest the vision?
3. What gifts, talents and capacities do I already have that can be in service to the vision that I’m seeking to manifest?
4. What must I release in order to manifest the vision?
At this moment, because we are the ones asking the question, or reading the article about the possibility of spiritual growth, we are the ones being called to “contribute the best that we have, and all that we are, toward creating a world that supports everyone.”
“The problems themselves are not the problems; they reflect mindsets that stand between us and our natural state of happiness.”
To listen in on the conversation about living with intention and creating a vision for your life between Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith, tune in to Super Soul Sunday this Sunday, October 9th at 11 a.m. ET/PT on OWN.