By Michael Brady
EMBRACING CHANGE, FORGIVENESS AND FAITH IN THE EMERGING AGE
Imagine yourself being an adult between 1900 and 1940. You saw many things change. Imagine how stinky and smelly gasoline, oil and cars were to most people, at first. After all we all were so used to the odors of barns and horses that we didn’t even notice how that odor pervaded our clothes and our environment. Now we take gas and oil for granted and may find barns and horse odors offensive. How about food preservation? Ice boxes were common between 1800 and 1915.That was the year the first home version of a refrigerator became available. Ice boxes did not disappear until the late 1930’s and early 1940’s. In 1890 the fastest form of communication was the telegraph. People didn’t have telegraphs in their homes but these contraptions were available to the common man for special occasions. By 1915 the U.S. was the world leader in phone density. Phones were becoming the primary communication device of every household.
Many people worried that automobiles, electricity, refrigerators and telephones were going to be the downfall of all that was decent and wholesome about American life. Now we can look back at these innovations and see that they were wholesome, and the upside far outweighed the downside. In fact, the last 300 years has seen unprecedented change. The knowledge we have accrued in the last 300 years is greater than the knowledge we had accrued in the last 10,000years! To say things have speeded up in the last 100 years is an understatement. Smart phones and laptops are everywhere as a daily necessity in our lives.
On the other hand, we spend hours in airports with airlines becoming more and more inefficient, costly and unapologetic. The Gold Standard is long dead and world credit is precarious. We are told on the news that if the Greek economy fails the world economy will be in peril. All of our economies are inextricably tied together now. We spend inordinate amounts of time on the phone talking to people with a heavy foreign accent about technical problems with our machines or our economics and they cannot or are not allowed to answer a spontaneous question that does not fit their pre-ordained answer book. Forty five minutes on the phone struggling to understand English and we might as well have been talking to a machine! Do you spend a fair amount of time scared and pissed off? Do you worry that your entire way of life could go down the drain unexpectedly? Do you long for a simpler less complicated life? Heck and that is for those of you who are still working and making your house payments. What about all of the others who are less fortunate?
I read the book END THE FED by Ron Paul. He wants us to go back to the gold standard. Then I recently read an article that pointed out that we cannot go back to the gold standard because there is not enough physical gold in the world anymore to back our currency. That is just our currency; forget the rest of the world. This really hit home for me. We cannot go back to pre-credit economics. And the “Good Old Days” only look good in retrospect. So how do we keep ourselves positive in a life filled with uncertainties and events bigger than ourselves? In the old days we hunkered down and ignored most of what was going because we did not have control over it and we were not inundated with that type of news. Basically World War 2 ended that option.
As a holistic person I know that my outlook, my beliefs, emotions and attitudes ultimately shape how my life shows up. In other words I receive the kind of experience I expect in the end. So for me and lots of others getting free of fear and anger in our lives is an important thing to accomplish.
Getting Rid of Fear and Anger
The following actions have helped me and I hope will help you
- Embrace change - Look forward not backward. Having regret is only possible if we are looking more to our past than our present or future. So what do you need to do to let go of regret?
- Live in Forgiveness- It is the key to becoming free of regret. I believe forgiveness is a self serving act first and foremost. We do it for our own benefit. When we forgive others that have wronged, disappointed or hurt us we set ourselves free of being emotionally attached to them in anger, sadness, shame or guilt. If we choose to we can emotionally walk away from the relationship at that point. Of course this requires that we connect to our own emotions and understand them first. We need to forgive ourselves as well. Thinking “I should have” and being angry with ourselves keeps us stuck in a past that didn’t work well enough by our own standards. Figure out how to do better and move on.
- Choose to have faith – Holding a positive outcome you can see or dream for yourself. I have come to realize that faith doesn’t happen to you anymore than falling in love does. We can fall in and out of lust for sure but in the end I think we choose to love someone else. Faith is also a proactive choice rather than some event that shows up and happens to us.
- Dream- Do you have dreams that have not become reality? Does your present not match your expectations? If your answer to those questions is ‘Yes’ then create a new dream for yourself. When you are young and dream, your dreams involve a lot of desire or longing. Do that now. These dreams can be big or little. It really does not matter. Change small parts of your life. Learn a musical instrument, take up a new sport, learn a new skill on computers. Take an action that scares you a little, but in which you still have desire. Feel courageous.
Opportunities for Pleasant Surprises
These kinds of actions set up opportunities for surprising pleasant things to happen along the way.
This is our Unconscious mind working. It is working on our behalf. Give yourself all the opportunities you can to laugh, smile spontaneously, and enjoy moments with people, pets, and nature. Finally, as you are able to do these personal things, it becomes easier to let go of worrying about the things in the world that you have no personal power over. When you watch the news, if you feel happy, secure, and optimistic on a personal level, then your thoughts about the world’s problems impact that negative energy rather than it affecting you. It is the accumulated faith of minions of people that will determine the outcome of world events.
I hope this stimulates your own thoughts. Let me know what you think about change, forgiveness and faith in the emerging age.
Michael Brady is the co-founder and Vice President of the International Center for Creative Choices, Inc. Michael has a B.S. in Psychology from Towson State University and an M.A. in Clinical/Developmental Psychology from Anitoch University. He assists clients in connecting with their unconscious motivations, attitudes and emotions through guided hypnotic meditations. He utilizes past life regression in conjunction Karmic Astrology to promote Soul/Personality Integration.