How To Start Changing For The Better
I came across a debate on Facebook the other day, concerning climate change. And it occurred to me that there are more than a few people out there who either fear climate change or deny it.
Either way is toxic. And it induces a feeling of being stuck – not being able to act.
You Can Do Better
When you fear climate change the “monster” is overwhelming you. You can’t get an overview. The problem seems so big that you don’t even know where to start, should you somehow manage to assemble the courage to actually do something about it.
When you deny that climate change even exists the fear is so great that denial seems a good way out. You create a narrative that the problem doesn’t exist. Or you are simply comfortable knowing that it is not your problem. You may even collect “evidence” that the problem doesn’t exist, contrary to popular belief. That climate change is not real, not caused by humanity, or that someone else should solve it.
“The pollution of the planet is only an outward reflection of an inner psychic pollution: Millions of unconscious individuals not taking responsibility for their inner space.” – Eckhart Tolle
So it is a matter of taking on your responsibility.
But how can I do that? What little I can do cannot stop climate change. It is a global phenomenon. And I am up against forces that are almost infinitely strong. Still, as with any other kind of change, it all starts with me, myself and I. An old Chinese saying goes:
“Even the longest journey starts with the first step.”
It is not a problem that is going to go away any time soon. And it will not in itself be affected much by your efforts. But you can, and just might, start a trend. And maybe more importantly, you can solve the problem in you.
Action is exactly what is needed to both fight climate change AND change our stance and inner space condition. Greta Thunberg is, in this case, a great role model. She deals with the diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome. And for years she reacted to news of climate change with crippling fear. Only when she started acting to counter her fear she started feeling better. Now she is a climate change fighting icon. What she did was to not go to school every Friday, but strike and go sit in front of the Swedish parliament in protest of the lack of action taken to counter climate change.
Taking Action In The Now
As I was talking about in my previous blog post, “Being In The Now”, your ego is constantly trying to make you believe that you are made up of your past and that you have to worry about your future. You are even wired to be focusing on your fear. Nature has given you the very valuable ability to foresee danger. If a wolf or a sabertooth tiger is lurking in your vicinity, you really need to be alert. And your body and mind help you with that.
Only, nowadays most people don’t need this ability as often. But it is so hardwired into our brain that the gut-reaction to almost anything, if you feel insecure about it, is fear. As with Greta Thunberg I think we are probably all to some extend crippled with fear, as long as we don’t act to counter this huge problem. And this crippled feeling can lead to mental unrest, stress and illness.
If you are stuck in a job that seems meaningless to you it might even strengthen this effect. Since you spend most of your time doing stuff that doesn’t solve your problem. I can help you with that. See my previous blog posts – or opt-in on the introductory videos about starting your own business online.
Eckhart Tolle would say that if you are stuck in the delusion that you are your past, you are not conscious. Consciousness occurs when you acknowledge that Now is all there is.
Starting For Your Self
“Are you polluting the world or cleaning up the mess? You are responsible for your inner space; nobody else is, just as you are responsible for the planet. As within, so without: If humans clear inner pollution, then they will also cease to create outer pollution.” – Eckhart Tolle
So Tolle is also, in his own way, saying that this is really an “inside problem”. Human action is responsible for climate change, so human action has to change. How to start changing? It starts with yourself. And in Tolle’s world, that means knowing who you are – being in the now, where you have the power to change. You can change nothing else. Therein lies the power to change the world.
“Change the way you see things and the things you see will change.” – Wayne Dyer
So when do I start to take action? Now is the time that something can be done. The past is gone. And the future doesn’t exist yet. This is in harmony with the scientific message these days that there is a window of 11 years where we have time to reverse climate change, or at least keep the worst catastrophe from happening.
The first step in your journey is to acknowledge that you have the power to change what you will. As long as you start with yourself. And as long as you recognise that change is found in the now. Because that is where you are.
The question therefore becomes “Who am I?” “What do I want?” “Why do I want it?” And knowing this: “What action do I need to take?”
If you want to know the answers to these questions, and you need somebody to listen and guide you, I am available for conversation and maybe coaching along your way.