Apr 132015

They could be poor burglars stealing from individuals; extremely rich and powerful people stealing from entire countries; or anything in between. If they get caught, they may or may not be punished – depending on their financial abilities and connections – but regardless, their behavior is not acceptable by society at large and generally honest people prefer not to be associated with them.

Generally speaking, society considers such behavior as antisocial, and it is not difficult to feel anger towards such people, especially by those who need to work very hard to support themselves and their families. That makes perfect sense. People feel: “If I can contribute my time and hard work to benefit both society and myself, why shouldn’t everyone?”. It’s not difficult to understand such feelings.

This however, assumes that in essence “they” are just like “us”. But are they?

One is incapable of hurting anyone, in any way, unless they hurt and suffer themselves.

Some of those people who take from others, may feel that it is wrong and judge themselves as wrongdoers. At the same time they continue with theft and are unable to stop, just like any addiction. Some of them may be completely oblivious to their own actions, even when they pay a dear price for it.
It is amazing that some of these people have billions in the bank; they really don’t need any more money but they cannot stop.

It is almost surprising to find fear as part of this formula, but fear often disguises itself as a whole variety of different thoughts and emotions. Fear is part of this equation is various ways:
1) The fear of loss and of lack.
2) The fear of incompetency, of being incapable of doing something else.
3) Fear of being held hostage by accomplices, who may report past wrongdoing if one attempts to change their ways.

Other emotions are also possible:
1) Hate: “Everybody is stupid and they deserve to have everything taken from them”.
2) Anger, resentfulness or contempt: “I am much smarter than most people. I should have much more than others”.
3) Disappointment, frustration or retaliation: “I used to play by the rules and got crushed. Now I’m going to play by my own rules.”

Any of the above emotions are the result of suffering and hurting. Like all toxic emotions, they have very limited logic to them, which is also an indication of what limited view of the world such people have. They don’t see what many honest people know intuitively, moreover, they may be afraid to change and allow themselves to see beyond their current capabilities.

If punishing such people had been effective, we would have seen a decrease in crimes. But in reality we see the opposite. Punishment cannot solve this situation. We cannot lock them away and pretend that they are gone and the problem is solved. If we are to help ourselves as a healthy society, we must help these people.

Judgement, criticism, contempt, fear, hate and similar emotions, will not allow us to make any positive change. It is only by listening, becoming compassionate and with a lot of patience – like that of a loving parent to a misbehaving child – that we can begin, slowly and with many setbacks, to show such people unconditional love and acceptance. With time, it is those positive emotions that will help us achieve a positive change for them and for us. Love and compassion are true healers. And remember; by helping the other, we help ourselves.

Apr 062014

It is easy and very natural to look at the immensity of the world, its vastness, the seemingly infinite number of people and then look in the mirror and feel infinitely small and practically non-existent. At the same time, there is much around us that we feel is wrong and wish we could change.

These two forces create tension within us, which becomes the source of much frustration, anger, sadness, hopelessness, depression and other feelings, that span far beyond the very issues which created them in the first place.
Many get stuck at this point, thinking: “That’s simply the way things are and I need to learn to live with that.”

It is possible to understand things this way from a limited point of view. But please remember: Whenever you feel that you’ve hit a dead end – this should be a reminder to you that you are not seeing the bigger picture. The world is much more than its physical aspect. What we perceive through our five senses and the faculty of thought, is just a drop in a bucket.

Be the change that you wish to have.

If you want world peace, practice peace in your daily life through meditation, conquering your anger, apologizing freely, living humbly and forgiving.

If you want a world without toxicity, you can avoid using regular chemical detergents, avoid buying food that contains food preservatives, flavoring substances and colors, and avoid using a mobile phone, wifi or microwave oven.

If you want a world without pain, become a friend to a lonely person who receives little attention. Show them that YOU care.

This list is endless, but you may be wondering why I am saying that these tiny actions can change the world.

Numbers are meaningless. How could one invisible virus destroy a big strong human being? There are millions of cells in the body whose sole function is to destroy viruses, yet people and animals do die from viruses. Had the virus been thinking: “It’s hopeless. I don’t stand a chance”, this attitude would have destroyed the virus itself.

How could a tiny seed become a giant tree? Had the seed been thinking: “Look at all these huge trees all around. I’m just a tiny seed. I won’t even try.”, then the seed would have simply decompose.

In the above examples, both the seed and the virus are not invested in any particular outcome. Instead they do all that they can towards achieving their goal, and allow the powers of the universe to work. When we invest ourselves in our actions without getting attached to any given outcome, that’s when we achieve the most. That’s when miracles happen.

If we allow our little candle to shine, we can gradually light up the candles of those around us, and they in turn, can light up the candles of those around them, and we spread the light until there is no more darkness. We don’t need to personally light every candle in the world. By lighting the candles of just those few who are close to us – through love, compassion and care for the common good – we create resonating feelings within them. In turn, they begin to feel a need to share further. That’s why the number of changes that needs to be made is not as critical as the intensity of our own intentions and actions.

But it has to start right here, with me. As long as I look around and wait for somebody else to initiate and to do for me and the world, I may not live to see the change that I wish to have. Once I initiate, and do the little that I can do, I set something in motion.
After lighting the candles of those around me, I can no longer see that more candles are being lit all the time – but they are; the light in the world grows exponentially.

Your true power goes way beyond the capacity of your thought and imagination. No one is stopping you from creating beauty, love and happiness for yourself and for the whole world; only you are.

Yes – you can change the world. Don’t let your light burn out; share it.