4 Things We Can Do Right Now to Make the World Better

A van is colorfully painted hippie-style with the words, “Don’t worry, be hippie; Make love not war; and Peace.”

Updated November 10, 2018

Almost no truer words were ever spoken than Mahatma Gandhi’s famous urging to be the peace you wish to see in the world. What this affirmation implies is that global change starts with each of us as individuals. We can’t expect societal change will happen magically while we continue our behaviors as usual.

If we wonder why people are so disgruntled that they push for a questionable candidate for the office of POTUS just because he is different, outspoken, and not part of the "establishment," or why candidates such as these even emerge in the first place…

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If we wonder why millennials by the hundreds of thousands gather 'round a grandfatherly charismatic man pointing a long finger at gross inequalities in our society or why they tune out and drop out from participation altogether…

If we wonder why drama, dishonesty, inauthenticity and malevolence is part and parcel of our political world…

We have no further to look than ourselves, first individually and then collectively.

This quote from author Robert Roth says it all:

Society as a whole has a collective consciousness, which is the sum of the consciousness of all its individual members. Individual consciousness influences collective consciousness, and in turn is influenced by it. If collective consciousness can be brought in tune with natural law, the whole population will cease to violate the laws of nature.
— Robert Roth, A Reason to Vote

If we aren't developing ourselves to be oceans of peace, each one of us, we are not serving the whole. We must do everything we can to raise our consciousness so we can stop the insanity, injustice, prejudice and chaos in our society, our government, and our global community. There are enormous numbers of people who are mentally sane, just, open, accepting and loving. It’s just that the darker forces may be slightly better organized for the time being as well as more aware of their power.

Here are four simple things we can do to immediately to uplift our consciousness in a way that will create a great ripple effect on mass consciousness:

  1. Find one person each day to extend a simple kindness to. Everybody holds doors open for other people so think outside the box. Pay the person’s toll behind you. Go out of your way to pay an authentic compliment to someone. I met a lady the other day who made it a point to learn my name and make me feel like she was genuinely interested in me. For some people connecting so personally like that can literally turn their life around in a moment

  2. We can stop repeating everything we hear, think or observe. Not everything needs to be spoken out loud. We actually can edit ourselves by 90% and life will still go on. We don’t have to feel we must fill the silence with unimportant blabber or judgment which most of our conversation usually is.

  3. Take time once a day to be still and quiet, training self to 1) merely observe thoughts without attachment and 2) with intention, open the channels to receive the messages waiting to be heard from that still small voice within our divine inner beings.

  4. Take five minutes daily to pointedly contemplate and then to know we are vessels of divinity, the sacred, miracles, love, honor and respect.

Editor’s Note: This blog post was originally published on April 27, 2017 and has been updated for freshness, accuracy and comprehensiveness.

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