My latest articles have been laments over the sadness, grief and hatred that permeate the world’s communication, interaction and politics. Over the Easter weekend, I had a lot of time to reconsider how I can contribute to the solution—not the problem. Previous articles spoke of the way our heart broadcasts a magnetic field that touches into everyone else’s magnetic field and pulses at the same rate as the Earth’s magnetic field. I have suggested how we might strengthen our field and send out positive energy to change the jagged energy in our thoughts, relationships, networking and habits. In the spirit of Easter, no matter what religion you might practice, I look to the resurrection of our wholeness (holiness) and how we might change the dialogue and the energy on the planet. One of my favorite authors, Diane Ackerman, said the following:
“I swear I will not dishonor my soul with hatred, but offer myself humbly as a guardian of nature, as a healer of misery, as a messenger of wonder, as an architect of peace.”
She calls us to our highest energetic self. She calls us to lose the learned habits of hatred, dis-interest, suspicion, doubt and fear while we aspire to be “architects of peace.” This is not a small calling. What she points to is a spiritual path that requires us to use our energy, our hearts and our lives in the service of something much greater than ourselves. The most popular religions of the world preach this as the centerpiece of the written and spoken words of prophets, seers, gods and saviors. And yet how many of us would take the opportunity to swear, as Diane Ackerman does, to not only hear the message but to put it into real energetic action? And to do this humbly, not as someone on television bragging about how religious they are, but in every area of our lives to try to do more to heal and be a “messenger of wonder.”
The greatest messengers tell us that the power is within us to change the world. One person at a time, sending light and love from our hearts creates a matrix of loving energy. When we combine that energy, it is enough to move mountains, as we’ve been told. Moving mountains refers to removing huge monoliths of hatred, judgment and superiority we learned from our cultures, misreading our religions, race, and, sometimes, our families. The “us” versus “them” I have written about is a non-existent construct. We are all us. There is no them. Once we act as a messenger of wonder, showing energetically what good can do, we transform ourselves first. Then the energy goes out from the awareness of our hearts to touch others with the possibility of love and goodness. Adding jagged negative energy to that which is already out there is simply harmful.
This is not a weak philosophy—it is the strongest philosophy on the planet and in the universe. It is so easy to judge and hate and point fingers and so difficult for some to find the commonalities in our hopes and dreams for ourselves and our children. We are allowing those who vibrate hate and judgment to take over the airwaves, the political process and our world. We can change this by adopting the beautiful oath of Diane Ackerman. Are these pretty lofty ideas? Will we fail in some areas? Of course, but like Jesus and many others who show us the way, when we fall we will get up and keep walking.
“To begin, every day when you wake up, check your energy, breathe into your heart and create a feeling of gratitude,” Therèse Tappouni
Everyone has something to be grateful for. Throughout the day, take each challenge as an opportunity to refresh our energy and visualize it going out to our workmates, people in the cleaners, the bank or the restaurant where we eat lunch. Take a moment to think about what troubles they may be dealing with financially, physically or spiritually. When we leave work, think of returning home radiating the energy of gratitude for the roof over our head or our family—not a groaning acceptance of bill-paying and dinner cooking. We can be grateful for the smallest thing, like having food in the pantry to cook or the faces of our children awaiting our appearance. We become architects of peace in our small places, spreading the energy that comes from our hearts and knowing it will go on from there.
The negativity of our energy when we look at others with fear and loathing adds negative energy to the planet. We want to be the ones who see the opportunity in the positive spread of gratitude and appreciation. We start small, but end up as architects of peace. What a wondrous ability we can turn on at any time simply by breathing in and flowing out. That is a source for gratitude if I’ve ever heard one.