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We all recognize that these are serious times. Between the protests, the rise of “alternative facts”, and the President of the United States tweeting about WWIII…there is a very real temptation to feel powerless in the wake of all that we cannot control.
But these are also hopeful times because they have forced us to know who we are and what we truly value.
Just as a “period of undoing” (as A Course in Miracles calls it) often leads us to become stronger in our own lives, the same can be said for us as a collective.
In other words, we are rediscovering the principles of our democracy – voting rights, freedom of religion, freedom of the press, etc. – and I can’t help but feel that we will ultimately emerge better for it as a result.
But let’s be clear: We are living through a dark period and how long we remain here is up to us.
We are more powerful than one office, one person, or one administration and, if we understand that, we will resist the slide into cynicism and anger.
This is where a serious spiritual practice comes in because spirituality is what allows us to see through differing behaviors and personalities to the truth we all share. This does not make us less effective in the world – it makes us more effective because it enables us to walk through each day with grace, softening each interaction we have.
From this perspective our presence becomes a gift of wisdom and compassion; however, we cannot give to others what we cannot hold ourselves.
And so… if you’re paying attention to the news and wondering “What can I do?” I hope you will be inspired by this moment to love harder and louder in your own life – which is all that a spiritual path entails.
If you need help developing your practice, in the coming weeks I’m going to go deeper into how to use A Course in Miracles as your reference, starting with my new book Miracles at Work: Turning Inner Guidance into Outer Influence.
I’ve chosen to begin by applying these principles to work because this is obviously an area where we spend a significant portion of our day and, thus, where we have an opportunity to make a significant impact.
We have to do that now.
It is not enough to sit back and wait for what Abraham Lincoln called “the better angels of our nature” to appear. We must be these angels in our careers, in our homes, and as citizens responsible for the world our children will inherit.
PS – To learn more about Miracles at Work, please click here or watch the video below.