“The only thing that fights darkness is the light.”
We can say for certain that 2016 exposed our global vision to the dark side of humanity.
Stories of political fiascoes topped headline news worldwide. Terrorists threatened global safety, killing innocent victims in the most unexpected places. Civil wars slaughtered millions. And, in the U.S., our ethnic inequities boiled to the surface as hatred exposed itself in neighborhoods and cities and even the Presidential election.
The media was alert to keeping us informed, spinning events to garner larger market shares.
By the end of 2016, a dark cloud shrouded attempts at holiday celebrations. Mental fatigue and anxiety were rampant and banning political conversations over holiday dinners became commonplace.
It’s difficult to feel hopeful in the face of uncertainties that appear monumental. And it’s easy to forget that those who’ve gone before us suffered similar challenges, tragedies and fears.
Just imagine how much happened in the world of our ancestors that they never even knew about. News traveled person to person taking days, if not longer, to be shared. It’s been calculated that information now moves 33,480,000 times faster than it did 200 years ago.* It’s no wonder we feel stressed and overwhelmed. *Jalopnik.com
We live in a “Breaking News” world where media outlets inform us almost instantly when anything happens. Information, aka “news” travels even faster on social media. And we mistakenly perceive it as truth.
In a competitive race for market share, media outlets keep the updates coming. Because we’re always connected to our devices, we find ourselves constantly bombarded. As the urgency of the reporting grows, so too does our focus on it. We can’t ignore it because it’s gotten so BIG!
Fear overcomes us and we feel vulnerable and victimized. We are focused so intently on the darkness that it’s all we can see.
We’ve forgotten Yoda’s wise words:
“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”
Our authority slips away as we hand it off to the spin doctors, world leaders and bad guys to inform us of our place on the planet.
Do we really need to know everything instantly? Does it help or does it paralyze? Is it even true?
Focused on all of life’s imperfections, we find ourselves stuck in the shadow side of life.
Our Addiction to “the News” Casts a Shadow on the Brilliance of the World Around Us
The news has become a commodity and we are its market. The story, with its nougat of truth, is fed to the public to incite the need to know more as soon as possible, regardless of its validity. And the picture painted on social media platforms may be even further from the truth. Yet we drink it all up and ask for more.
Stepping Out of the Shadow and Into the Light
The truth is that there are millions of good things that happen around the world to people just like you and me every single day. Do we see them on the news? Rarely. Hear about them on Social Media? Occasionally. Witness them? Sometimes. Create them? That’s a question we must answer for ourselves.
Even amid tragedy there are countless gifts being exchanged that barely receive notice, save for the people directly involved. They are life-changing moments that shine the light of hope and connection to each other and a source that’s greater than ourselves.
For it is the tragedies and controversies that awaken us to the truth of who we are. Just like our personal shadows, this global shadow is showing us places where we are broken; places that need healing. We are called to step outside of the smallness of our thinking and into our authority and look at the world and our place in it through a different lens.
What is truly important to us becomes crystal clear. And, what most often matters is our connection with ourselves and others. All of our stuff; our belongings, our status and our bank accounts, become glaringly temporary and meaningless when we come face to face with ourselves.
The Choice is Ours
We are given the choice, at every moment in time, to remain in the shadow or step out in to the magnificence of life and become a force for change on the planet.
We can continue living on auto-pilot, stuck in the lower vibration of darkness in response to perceived circumstances. Or we can choose to shift our vision ever so slightly toward the higher vibration of light where love and connection and flow exist.
Just like up and down, day and night, left and right, life cannot exist without both the shadow and the light. Neither facet can be denied. For without one, we could not see or experience the other.
The fact is that we continually travel back and forth between the shadow and the light in all areas of our lives. When things are going well and life is flowing, we’re in our higher vibration. Moments later we may find ourselves aligned again with our shadow.
But overall, where do we spend our time? Is the glass half empty or half full? Since the choice is ours, we can step out of the shadow and back into the light at any given moment. It’s our choice and our responsibility and it takes practice.
And the quality of our individual lives, our community, our country and our planet will be determined by where we choose to spend our time; in the low vibration of the shadow or the high vibration of the light.
The Power to Change the World
If we want to change the world, quite simply, it is up to us.
The choices we make today and every day will change the course of life on this planet. We can remain trapped in fear or step into our truth. We cannot relinquish our power on this planet to world leaders who cannot solve the problems we have created for ourselves. They are a very small percentage of our collective souls and their combined energy is not enough to turn the ship around.
It is up to each and every one of us to decide whether we want to live in the shadow or step into the light. And when the scale tips in favor of a higher vibration, the light of the world will shine on all of us.
WE have the power to change the world. And we WILL change the world.
What Kind of World Would You Like to Create?
Every action we take, every word we speak, every thought we have creates a ripple in the pond of energy that creates our planet in this universe.
Although there are moments when we feel broken, our collective heart is, in fact, opening. As we awaken to the truth of who we really are and our connection with each other, we realize we can no longer live our lives on auto-pilot.
We are on the brink of change and we are all part of it. It will require more than living simply, or spending less, or lots of the actions people are taking to improve our planet.
These are all steps in the right direction. And changing the world will require this and more.
It will require opening our hearts to humanity, connecting with our neighbors, contributing to the collective energy of a higher vibration. Acknowledging the shadow that remains as a reminder of the places that taught us what we needed to learn; of the places we’ve healed along our journey.
This is the one thing we can each do this year that will positively impact the world. We can focus on what’s right with ourselves and our world. We can look for the goodness, the beauty, the light of the world. We can smile at each other. We can connect with each other. We can set our intention daily to live a life with meaning and end each day with gratitude for its gifts.
Set this intention daily. 365 times. Your life is guaranteed to be uplifted. And in the process, you will have uplifted those around you. Your brilliance will extend beyond your reach to the life of the planet. It can be no other way.
“You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope some day you’ll join us
And the world will be as one…”
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