The start of a new millennium is a momentous event of great significance. We have an opportunity, like the new year, to begin anew. There are immense changes taking place in this time and I would like to suggest the possibility that not only do we each have the capability to pray, meditate and envision a new reality for ourselves and others, as indeed many groups have been doing for years, but that by doing so collectively and consciously, all over the planet as the new millennium begins, we could achieve a giant shift in consciousness.
Our minds create our reality. We discover this as we work to free ourselves from confining, repressive, negative situations. It doesn't happen overnight, training the mind out of its negative patterns, but it is possible. Equally we can, by focusing together, change our collective reality and create the new world we wish to live in.
Can we conceive of a world that is harmonious and in balance? Of a world where supremacy of any kind: male over female; white over black; youth over age; "civilised" over "third world," can simply cease to exist because it's not where the majority of people are, or how they think. Of a world where there is a spirit of goodwill, of neighbourliness not just in our immediate community, but all over the planet?
Can we elect people to form government who truly speak and act for us? Right now governments can be well divorced from reality and how people are feeling. But in meditation we could imagine governments and people, who are not practicing 'politics' but who are reflecting all our individual needs and wishes.
Can we imagine a world where fear, suspicion, paranoia, jealousy, anger, aggression, hatred, pedophilia, wife beating, sexual abuse and assault, pride, arrogance, ignorance and stupidity have no place? Where children are raised in safe, gentle, nourishing environments, learning to be sure of their thought processes and emotions, able to express themselves, with parents who do not violate boundaries with psychological, mental or emotional abuse. Where they grow in an environment that gives equal weight to all members of the family, learning to take their place in the world through challenge, awareness, inner growth, mental development into maturity? Where they do not learn to put down others in order to feel better about themselves?
Can we conceive of a working world that is not at the expense of the family - with long hours, making one partner the main care giver, or reliance on hired help to raise the family? Where marketing, consumerism, competition, and giant corporations give no thought of priority or consequences to people, the atmosphere, the earth, and all living beings on the earth? How can we continue to allow this ruthless, blind activity that renders water undrinkable, nuclear waste and fallout, noxious, poisonous chemicals destroying the oceans and the fish, creating babies born as jelly, killing us, killing the natural world - usually in the name of research, of war, of pure material greed.
Look at the extraordinary distortion of sex and proliferation of sex magazines, movies and pornography; the hatred and lust for women that's gone on for centuries. Sexual abuse and pedophilia are no longer hidden - we know now it's been endemic through generation upon generation upon generation. But it gets worse and worse, as minds get sicker and sicker. And now the civilized countries are exporting these wares and habits through movies to countries that have never known such poison and undermining cultures in a way that might was never able to do.
And can we imagine a world without wars? Without weapons. Who creates them? Who wants war? Who starts them? Can we see it as collective negativity in the consciousness erupting in pockets all over the planet? Can we live without war inside ourselves, inside our family, our community? This is our work - if we can achieve this: create a new, positive world for each one of us, billions and billions of us; then our planet will reflect the internal change we have each achieved. We have the tools and the abilities and the possibilities at this present time to do this for ourselves. I think we've largely done it; it's the outer world that has not yet made the gigantic shift that I believe we are in the process of making.
I would like to suggest we start concentrating our minds on what we want in our lives, individually and collectively. To practice this regularly, leading up to the time of the new millennium, and culminating in twenty four hours, from midnight GMT l999, in groups all over the planet, praying, meditating, imagining, attuning collectively and aligning with spiritual energy - then I feel very sure we can shift the collective consciousness into a totally new dimension of life that is creative, intelligent, harmonious and in balance with the natural world and universal spiritual energies. Let us pray to the highest spiritual being we are connected to, asking for the highest vibration of spiritual energy to be present, and start practising NOW, for any great task is an art form, and any art takes much practice, learning, familiarity and skill to become an art form; so we need to get started.
Our intention and motivation is all important. By setting our intent, we set a process in motion, and in diligently continuing, reminding ourselves of our highest purpose every day, we are moving on a path towards success and completion. So I suggest taking a quiet time each day to reflect and contemplate what you wish to bring into being, what your heart's greatest wishes are, what you wish for all humanity.
What greater work can there be? What is the highest aim we can conceive of in being human? How can we bring our love and our compassion safely and openly into our world, so we live through our hearts, not rule through our heads? How can we create trust within and around ourselves, so that trust and openness and friendliness is the norm in our world?
We have the freedom to imagine anything we want to - no-one can enslave or repress the mind. If you have been conditioned to the point where you do not believe you can take control and have power in your life to live life as you would truly wish to from your heart and soul, then open your eyes and look around you. See how deeply wounded people have healed and transformed themselves; look at what happened in Poland, in South Africa. Who would have believed the Berlin Wall would come down, or that governments of countries like Canada and Australia would be apologising to the first peoples in those lands for the inhumane and abusive perpetrations done to them by invaders and colonists?
These are extraordinary times and we have extraordinary opportunity, in our hands, right now. The tools available are spiritual, and as we have been spiritually awakening from our long anaesthesia, so the hidden esoteric teachings, heavily guarded through the centuries, have become available. The indigenous peoples of this planet, who have retained their traditions of balance and harmony and union with the spiritual world, are sharing their knowledge with those who wish to learn. This in itself is an act of incredible generosity.
The only way we can save our planet and make people, all beings, and our environment our top priority, is by sharing our truth and our spiritual knowledge and by living in our truth and our intuition, and by coming into balance, internally and externally.
This is a tremendous goal, with enormous potential. Join or create groups of like-minded people. To meditate and pray in groups is very powerful. Pass your ideas around, start this momentum in your circle. By talking about heart things, you find others open up and share their heart, and circles widen and widen. There are no leaders in this work, it is powerful individuals acting together from their heart. And if you don't feel powerful now, you will. This is not about power over, but power with, empowering ourselves and others. This is truly a shift in how power has manifested in the past to control, manipulate, enslave. The time is past for that, and we can each individually make that change for ourselves and for others; embodying love, compassion, imagination, creativity, flexibility, generosity. By invoking qualities, stating we want them in our lives, and asking the spiritual realm to aid and support us, they come.
Through the act of nourishing ourselves, may all beings be nourished. May we be nourished by spiritual beings; may we in turn nourish them, making them a part of our life.
May all beings have shelter and enough to eat. May all beings develop and grow in love and compassion and tolerance.
May we celebrate our diversity and honour our similarities; we all want to be happy and fulfilled; none of us want to suffer or want others to suffer.
May we act to bring benefit to this world and all beings. May we learn to love and be gentle with ourselves and each other.
When problems arise, may we seek to understand what the other person is experiencing and develop open communication and compassion, know the situation is created by our misperceptions, miscommunications, misunderstandings and our conditioned, unconscious patterns.
May we respect and honour our home and take great care of it. To rape the earth, destroy the trees, plants and species of life is to violate and destroy our home. To pollute the earth and the air is to poison ourselves and all life. Let us make the decision to STOP.
May we grow and eat pure, natural foods that nourish the earth and nourish ourselves. May we take care of that which we can take care of and trust that others can learn to take care of themselves.
May no child be born ever again who is not a wanted child, who will not be loved and cherished and cared for.
May I never again abuse my body or my mind. May I experience tranquillity and the vastness of the potential of my mind, which I can only at present have glimpses of.
May I become the best, the highest, the truest of that which I have the potential to become - which is limitless.
May I become truly enlightened, that I may benefit all beings.
May there be an end to suffering and war and ignorance on this planet.
May I live from my heart, in unity with other hearts. And may I see and understand the great pain in so many beings, and may all wounds be healed.
May I with courage face that which I fear most, and come face to face with the weak, negated, repressed and distorted parts of myself; understanding that by moving fearlessly in this direction, asking and receiving help when I need it, standing alone when I need to do that, I will uncover the gold in the heart of my being, the Buddha and the beloved.
There are no rights and wrongs any more. No faults or blame. Only situations and events to be open to, to learn from and move on. No scapegoats, it's old hat. I can look at what I am experiencing, and ask: What can I do to change this and increase my understanding, compassion and love for all beings?
At the very least, I will endeavour to do as little harm as possible.
And I intend to become wise.
Wisdom comes from many sources and is unmistakable when it is heard. The wisdom that says, "Don't let's continue this confrontation - we are all guilty of creating it. How can we heal this?" The wisdom that leads to dialogue, to finding common interests, core agreements, in honesty and openness.
Who would ever have believed that Russia would make the first move to reduce nuclear arms? Why are all these developed nations continuing to make weapons and missiles? Do you want them? Do I want them? Definitely NO. I wish this to be a weapon-free world. No verbal, mental, emotional, psychological weapons, and no physical, mechanical, lethal weapons. How to do it? Pray for it. Lay down your own weapons. Find the incredible strength that lies in exposing your vulnerabilities. Gandhi and thousands of Indians did it - and brought the British to their knees and out of their country. It is possible.
Oppressors everywhere are to be pitied, not feared. The time for fear is over. The time for all of us to become fully ourselves in the world is now. No more excuses or complaints, resistances or distractions. There is no-one to shift the blame to anymore. You have a unique talent to express in this lifetime and you are the only one who can potentialize it. All you have to do is to start, with the decision to want to. Divine energies will come into your life to help, aid and assist you. But the momentum and desire for change starts with you.
If all the enlightened beings who ever existed could, with the power of their love and compassion, enlighten us, they would have done - we would all be enlightened. But it isn't possible, no-one can act for us. We are responsible for our own actions, no-one else.
Every day, may I be inspired to become more positive in my mind. May I with ever-increasing vigilance weed out the negatives as they arise. May my mind become ever more familiar in both the visible and invisible realities, and see the intrinsic purity, connectedness and interdependence of all things. May I comfortably live in both worlds, simultaneously, lightly and with joy.
And may many beautiful blessings come to you in every moment.
This was written on the solar eclipse, Feb. 26, 1998, by
Ani Jangchub Dolma, a Tibetan Buddhist nun. She may be reached at:
2 Elizabeth Road, Holywood, BT18 0PL, UK
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