Be the Change: Why Do Bad Things Happen?

If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. … We need not wait to see what others do.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Be the change you want to see in the world,” is the simplistic version of this quote. That seems pretty straight forward, but what does it look like in practice? How can changing ourselves really affect change in the rest of the world?

I decided to tackle this question as a three part series on self-awareness and how this internally directed mindfulness really is the embodiment of “Be the change.”

As the quote suggests, the world from the points of view of many people, is in need of a change. There’s a lot of anger, fear and hatred being tossed about on a global scale (isn’t there always?).

One of the most common questions I hear from people who have recently started questioning their reality is, “Why do bad things happen? Why are there so many atrocities in the world?”

Especially for the empathic, this question can seem like a bottomless pit of question marks.  How can you process things that seem so senseless and violent – things that are so far from what the majority of us perceives as good and love and light, in a spiritual way?

These things make us angry. They make us afraid. How does that serve us?

It’s telling you that you do not condone these actions. It’s giving you an indicator of who you are.

It’s showing you contrast, which helps you truly appreciate the good things you see in the world, particularly what is around you.

It’s giving you an opportunity to feel empathy for the plight of other human beings.

It’s giving you the opportunity to make a choice – will the anger and fear that you feel be reflected back out into the world through your choices and actions resultant from those feelings, thus continuing the cycle?

Or will you respond with unconditional love, which is the ultimate statement of who you want to be and simultaneously ends the fear cycle and begins a new one based in love?

Every single horrible thing in the world is pushing that awareness and choice into the collective consciousness of humanity. Those things continue to happen because as a whole, we have not evolved past them.

So long as the opportunity presents itself and the majority of people choose fear over love… the cycle will continue, because it’s self-perpetuated. And those whose spiritual contracts are to participate in these events and be the instigators will continue doing their duty of giving us the choice, waiting for us to choose love.

So how do we choose love? And what does that have to do with changing ourselves? Stay tuned for part two – Be the Change: Emotion and Belief.

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3



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