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Something wonderful is happening

Something wonderful is happening right under our noses, yet most of us rarely hear anything about it. Here’s a hint, it’s called “good news.”

News, by definition, is mostly bad. If we believed only what we read, heard and watched on mainstream news and through social media, we’d become convinced that our world is in the worst shape it’s ever been and that human beings are a woeful species doomed to imminent demise.

Peter Schutte, writing online for Kindling.xyz, first recited the by now familiar litany of horrors that threaten our survival and then spoke to our track record of survival under pressure.

“Of course we are capable of change. Humanity has demonstrated this capacity for creativity and evolution consistently throughout its history. When we were struggling to survive as hunter-gatherers, we invented myth and ritual to create common stories to bind us together in community and tribe. When our tribes warred with one another, we invented religion and nations to bring order amongst and unite them. When our religions and empires became tyrannical, we invented science and reason to allow us to think for ourselves. Each of these leaps have been a stunning revolution in how we think and what we are capable of. No other species on Earth has ever even remotely neared this level of creativity and reinvention.”

So, today, in 2020, the next leap is already underway: the emergence of millions of ordinary people everywhere in the world becoming positive agents for change. Celebrities such as Robert Redford and Jane Goodall often make headlines for their global initiatives, but I’m championing local heroes, you and your neighbors, the vast majority of us actively engaged in personal transformation and selfless contributions.

From Wiki: “The Human Potential Movement came out of the social and intellectual milieu of the 1960s and was formed to promote the cultivation of extraordinary potential believed to be largely untapped in most people. The movement is premised on the belief that through the development of human potential, humans can experience an exceptional quality of life filled with happiness, creativity and fulfillment. A corollary belief is often that those who begin to unleash this potential will find their actions within society to be directed toward helping others release their potential. The belief is that the net effect of individuals cultivating their potential will bring about positive social change at large.”

TM meditators lowered the crime rate in Washington, D.C. Author Lynne McTaggart documents scores of experiments that prove what quantum researchers call The Observer Effect, that how we view the world changes the world. The secret to harnessing this power? Intention. So, what’s our intention, moment by moment? It depends on how we identify ourselves. We can shift our identity from a caterpillar — a powerless victim in the world of cause and effect — to a butterfly, flying in the quantum world where we cause an effect.

So, do you see yourself that way, a positive change agent in the world, already contributing to the transformation essential for human survival? One reason you may be tempted to say no is because you think too big. That familiar lament, “What can one person do?” articulates a fatal misunderstanding that disempowers us.

Helen Keller, deaf and blind since 19 months of age, wrote: “I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.”

What can you do? You can focus your intention in every moment and transmit qualities that will help our world thrive — like forgiveness, patience, understanding — through the meal you are preparing, the argument you resolve, the bill you are paying. This is how every ordinary moment becomes an opportunity for extraordinary impact. This is how we change the world, from the inside out.

Something wonderful is happening right now.

Will Wilkinson is the author of a dozen books including “Now or Never, A Quantum Guide for Spiritual Activists.” His work can be found at www.willtwilkinson.com. Email 600- to 700-word articles on all aspects of inner peace to Sally McKirgan at innerpeaceforyou@outlook.com.