Herein lies the answers to humanity’s problems…
I watched Andrew Marr’s a ‘History of the World’ last night on television. He made some interesting points about the future of humanity, all based around how we deal with the world’s problems: pollution, greed, poverty, politics. Ironically, I had attended, that very same day, a conference in London, where the answers to all of these problems had been discussed openly and lovingly. The ‘problem’ there, was how to share it, so that it could be heard and utilised most effectively.
This always reminds me of the cartoon, where the man who is really really busy, is being shown a ‘time saving’ gadget by someone – and is shoeing them off, saying “I’m too busy for time saving gadgets!”
You see, all of the problems in the world, whether they are environmental, personal, political, or otherwise… are ‘thought’ problems. No one can have a problem, unless they have a thought about it. In India, it is customary to throw away rubbish where ever one feels like it. I remember asking a taxi driver once who threw a plastic bottle off a bridge into the Ganges, where he thought the bottle would end up. “I don’t know and I don’t care” was his response. If it does not exist in our thoughts, it does not exist, for us. Climate change, whether it exists or not, will only be a problem when it enters our thoughts (usually via a storm, or snow in May, or a tsunami in New York).
Yet there is already a way, a process, a scientific explanation of a way to look inwardly for the solutions to all of these problems. Yes, even climate change! Why, because climate change is not the problem, greed is the problem. The answers are to be found inwardly, because if nothing exists in the outside world, unless we have a thought about it, it is those thoughts that are the key to the solutions, not the circumstances. And the way we think about things is (currently) as if those outside circumstances are calling the shots. But they aren’t, we are.
Let me clarify here in the following words. The words I will write allude to a truth, but only your own connection to the understanding of this truth will clarify it for yourself. No two people reading these words would have the same experience of their meaning. And therein lies a clue. We all live in thought created realities. What we see is what we get. Over the centuries, sages, mystics and gurus have alluded to a world inside that holds the key to our existence. It’s what’s inside that counts. We are in an age where what is ‘outside’ is seen as more important than what is ‘inside’. What we ‘have’ is more important that what we ‘are’.
I am certain that more and more people are waking up to a universal truth, that this is not the way it works. That the only solutions are to be found inside. What we, as humanity, have been missing, is to really be able to point ourselves back in the right direction with some factual, scientific evidence, that we can trust and believe in. It’s all very well for the spiritualists amongst us to point us back inside, when what is happening outside is hunger, death, fear and poverty. However, making its way, slowly but surely into the spotlight, are three basic facts that people can share. Three fundamental principles that point to the science behind our existence.
At first, they may seem to be too simplistic and maybe even irrelevant. But it is not in the words that their meaning lies. For words are humanity’s tools with which to pass on ideas. Like blood that carries oxygen to the brain, it is not the blood that keeps the brain alive, but the oxygen. So too, these words are the messenger, but they are not the message. It is your own wisdom that is required to decipher the message and understand their meaning.
These three facts are as follows:
Fact 1: We are alive. We have life. That life appears to have an intelligence built into it, so that we do not have to ‘work’ at healing ourselves when we have a cut, or to think about growing new skin. This is a fact, and, like gravity, it is a fundamental principle. No one can argue that life does not exist. And whether you believe it or not, it is still true.
Fact 2: We are conscious. No one can have an experience if they are not conscious or aware of it. Consciousness is the principle that brings life to our own awareness. This too is a fact. Whether you believe it or not, it is still true.
Fact 3: We think. No one can have an experience of their own life or anyone else’s, through their consciousness, unless it is brought to them by a thought. Whether you believe it or not, it is still true, but you would need to have a thought about that first, if you wish to disbelieve it!
OK, that’s it. I said it was simple. I also said that the meaning was not in the words. So let me attempt to point you in the right direction and give you an explanation (from my own point of view) as to what these words allude to and why they are so important.
Everyone on this planet lives in a thought created reality. No one can have an experience of anything, unless they have a thought about it. Let me say that again. No one can have an experience of anything, UNLESS they have a thought about it. Nothing that happens in the outside world, happens FOR US, unless we have a thought about it.
And no one can make us feel anything. We are the only ones responsible for our own feelings. WE… are the ONLY ones responsible for our OWN feelings. Because we HAVE to have a thought about it first. Now you might well say that unless a circumstance occurs in the first place, then we would not have had the thought. This is true, but what is also true, is that no two people would have the same thought, and more importantly, we cannot be made to feel anything that we do not think. I could not think your thought and you could not think mine. I could not feel the way you feel and you could not feel the way I feel. We have to have the thought to get a feeling and that thought is ours and ours alone. The missing link in the process (from circumstance to feeling), is thought. No thought, no feeling. No thought, no anger. No thought, no happiness. No thought, no problems. No thought, no war.
Now, out of the myriad of infinite thoughts available to anyone at any given moment, how many people do you think currently wrongly misunderstand that the one they are thinking is coming from the circumstance, and not from them? “He made me do it…” How many people currently think that this is the ONLY thought available to them in that moment? If people knew the process behind how we create our realities, and they knew that they were the ones creating thought, and that new thought is always available as long as we allow the room for it to enter first, what would happen?
Instead of reacting to things, we would get reflective. Instead of getting ‘angry’ (thought), we would get curious. Do you see the difference here? If everyone on this planet knew that they were the ones responsible for their own reality, their feelings, then the focus would switch from the outside in, to the inside out. Do you see that in a few short paragraphs I have given you the inklings of the key to humanity’s desperate attempts to look inside? These principles are so simple and yet so profoundly important to the future of humanity. If everyone knew how the human operating system worked, and that it’s not WHAT you think, but the fact THAT you think, then we could start to heal the world. This subtle switch… this small shift, is all that is required. I say all, but that’s 7 billion subtle shifts.
But as the saying goes: If you want to change the world, start by changing yourself.
The author is Damian Mark Smyth