Newsletter – April 2016 – Chaos or Growing Pains? Decay or Promise?

Its hard to not be overwhelmed with the intensity of chaos in the presidential races, animosity and apathy among our current elected officials, and activity of aggressive countries and terrorism around the globe. In my lifetime I don’t recall such national and international strife—and topped with massive flooding and earth quakes! I realize I’m a news hound, and when I was growing up the news stations probably didn’t have access to all the global information pouring in every hour as it does today. I am most stunned by the language and lack of common respect and decency among candidates. This can’t be good for our international relations.

For a moment I thought that havoc in the galaxies hundreds and thousands of years ago was probably just now entering our realm and disrupting our gravity enough to create vibrational discord in everyone. To some extent, this is probably so. And while contemplating a lack of validation for my theory, I came across the following by Emmet Fox. “The only fundamental way to change things is to change your consciousness, because you always must and always will get the conditions that belong to your consciousness. “ Fox quotes Emerson saying, “No man and no institution was ever ridden down or talked down by anything but itself,” and then Fox summarizes this thought with the following: “People may slander you, but no one can hurt you except yourself. Nothing can wreck a church or a center or a movement or a country except itself. All the time you are trying to work on outer things and leaving your consciousness unchanged, no permanent good can come to you.”

So while it is much easier to judge the behavior of people who have casts themselves on the news every night, and the poor behavior and lack of productivity of Congress, if I must first examine the state of my consciousness, then I must stop dead in my tracks, withdraw my pointing finger, and follow the line of chaotic thinking in my own mind!

Most often a problem presents itself and all we do is concentrate on the problem.  Our way of dealing with a problem may be what I liken to the Oregon Trail; a trail so frequented by covered wagons that the trail became 20 feet deep, so nothing was visible but the deep walls of dirt on either side. Many of our thought processes become habitual, thus creating our own 20 foot deep ravines out of which we cannot see. Our greatest challenge may be to resist our habitual thoughts and form new ways of examining “what is” under new light. Wallace D. Wattles tells us that things remain the same because we have formed the habit of accepting them as they are. “When people change their thought about government, social, and industrial institutions, they will change the institution.”

Wattles reminds us, “You can work to complete an unfinished society, instead of to renovate a decaying one; and you can work with a better heart and a more hopeful spirit. It will make an immense difference with your faith and spirit whether you look upon civilization as a good thing that is becoming better or as a bad and evil thing that is decaying. One view point gives you an advancing and expanding mind and the other gives you a descending and decreasing mind.”

Our work is cut out for us. If we consistently perceive our world a lost and doomed world, that is what we will always see. If you can find an ounce of hope, lean in.