How do we stay positive and hopeful in an environment of despair? How can we adjust our outlook in order to stay optimistic? The words of Vietnamese spiritual teacher and peace activist, Thich Nhat Hanh, offer some guidance: “We invoke all our spiritual teachers to be with us, helping to embrace our suffering, to embrace the world, and to embrace humanity as a family.”
Words of comfort, support and encouragement to take ‘right action’ can help us navigate the emotional turmoil of fear, anger and sadness that can well up within us in times of distress.
At a time when it seems that the world is going to hell in a handbasket, our challenge is to transcend the negativity and the chaos in order to transform the pain and suffering and to respond to atrocities with love and compassion.
“Each time you send love in response to hate, you diffuse the hate,” said Wayne Dyer.
As tragic as some of the events have been, it is important to remember that there is an abundance of good going on in the world and it is there that we should focus our attention. We do not ignore the suffering, we send prayers and love to all those affected, including any perpetrators. In this way we shift the energy, and support the healing process of the whole planet.
Hold a Vision
Scientific research is arriving at the fact that all life is interconnected. Through this web of interconnectedness, we can affect change on a global scale by paying attention to our thoughts and feelings.
Spiritual teachers and energy healers inform us that “where the attention goes, the energy flows.” As we direct our energy towards peace, peace will likely ensue. Alberto Villoldo encourages us to “hold a vision of the world in ayni (reciprocity), beyond time and space, embracing a dream of beauty, peace and truth.”
It is believed by some that the Earth and her inhabitants are going through a great transformational shift, one where the darkness can no longer hide and love prevails. As this transformation unfolds, the darkness has to come to the surface for cleansing. This happens on a personal level and on the global stage.
Each one of us has the power to transmute the darkness with our thoughts and actions. Let us harness this power and enter into a group mind where the collective consciousness shines its bright light on the darkness, to emerge victorious in an era of peace.
Karen Gay, A-Roaming Bodyworker, is a holistic health practitioner practicing in Hanoi. For information on the types of services provided, visit a-roamingbodyworker.com