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What does it take to create radical change?
While “change” on a small level can be created through the smallest of things: a small deed or thought or a small shift in awareness. Radical change requires more from us. Not only does it call on us to do big things, but to do them perpetually. Our unrelenting pursuit and tenacious belief that we can create radical change is what fuels us when something seems hard or impossible.
Creating a global climate of tolerance and love is possible.
If you are wondering how to begin, there are no shortage of best-selling books with instructions on how you can begin. Gandhi would say you should be the change you wish to see in the world. Another great teacher might tell you to begin with simply loving yourself. Both small and monumental ideas in the interest of promoting love contribute to a powerful collective outcome. You may be one person, but know that singular people acting in accordance with the premises of radical love can most certainly change the world.
There is a powerful quote from Dr. David R. Hawkins in his book Power vs. Force on this topic.
Dr Hawkins writes, “Love of our fellow man can ensue only when we stop condemning, fearing, and hating each other.” Dr Hawkins continues saying, “People cherish and cling to their hates and grievances. So, to heal humanity, it may be necessary to pry entire populations away from lifestyles of spite, attack and revenge.” Dr. Hawkins breathes faith into the plausibility of this endeavor by reminding us that the move of even one pawn during a game of chess, completely changes the possibilities of the game. I may be one pawn and you may be one pawn–but we can affect the outcome with our cumulative actions.
How can we practice radical love?
Radical love requires more from us than the standard definition of love. It asks for more than writing a check to a charity or sending a card to an ill neighbor. Radical love requires us to be vigilant with what and whom we allow in our lives and to reach out and connect with others in an authentic and meaningful way. It also requires that we hear and honor the heartbeat of our planet. Radical love trumps “easy” and “convenient” and asks for a profound awareness and dedication to what matters most.
Gandhi, a man who embodied this premise impeccably, relinquished his attachments to the comforts of the world to respond to negativity with radical love. He stood for what was right and good; not because it was easy, but because it was important. His advocacy for love-based action positively impacted the lives of hundreds of millions of people. Each of us shares the same calling and we are capable of the same level of vigilance and boundary setting. We can love in the face of hatred, look for blessings as we face adversity, and smother negativity with light. Being present, conscious and loving as we carry out our work, relationships, politics, recreation and alone time is a fabulous gift to the world and to ourselves as well.
Rena M. Reese is the founder of Soul Salon International, an inspirational multimedia company which offers coaching and consulting, web-design, publishing support, and fundraising opportunities for individuals and groups. She is the author of several inspirational titles, a professional speaker and coach as well as the host of a weekly radio program, The Soul Salon. Please visit www.SoulSalonInternational.com and connect with her on Twitter @TheSoulSalon.
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