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Old 25th October 2009, 06:23
Daniel Daniel is offline
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Default The Magic Wand

Turning within to Transform the World?



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According to the 1998 United Nations Human Development Report, it would require approximately
  • $65 billion a year to provide universal access to such basic services as education, health care, and safe water for the entire population of the planet
  • about the same amount of money spent in Europe each year on cigarettes and on perfume in Europe and the United States combined.

Consider the following:


Imagine you were handed a magic wand. With the first wave of the wand, you could end hunger, provide abundant clothing, shelter, and other material goods for everyone on earth. All political constitutions would be instantly rewritten to allow for both maximum liberty and equality, all laws amended for the greater good, all business and medical institutions reshaped entirely to be a means of service rather than individual gain. In short, all institutions and structures would be completely transformed with one wave of your magic wand. How long would it take before the individuals living in such a world would begin to reshape that world according to their own desires—changing the laws, institutions, etc. to serve their own ends, with some amassing material goods at the expense of others?

Now imagine a different wave of the magic wand. This time, all outer institutions, structures, laws, etc. remain exactly the same. However, even as your hand lifts for this wave of the wand, the hearts of all people begin to be filled with love and compassion, their minds illumined by intuitive wisdom, their vision imbued with the ability to see the Divine Essence in all. How long might it take before such people would spontaneously create a world endowed with beauty, one dedicated to the material well-being and spiritual unfoldment of all beings?

If we take inner change to be fundamental, then efforts toward implementing external change can be seen from a deeper perspective. We can still work for the equitable provision of material goods, just laws, and political institutions. At the same time, however, we can recognize that the purpose of these changes is not primarily to assure the survival and comfort of our fellow human beings, but rather to create conditions that would be most conducive to the awakening and flowering of the Soul—individual and collective. We can further recognize that, as the Soul of humanity continues to awaken, it will naturally bring about a greater transformation of the world than anything our minds can imagine.

To say this sounds overly optimistic or a bit naive may seem to some a gross understatement. In the past twenty-four hours,
  • more than forty-five thousand people have died of starvation, and
  • another 13 million tons of toxic chemicals have been poured into the atmosphere.
  • More than 3 billion people in the world subsist on the equivalent of less than one U.S. dollar per day, and
  • a majority of the earth's population does not have access to basic health care.
To make things worse, we have the material resources to rectify this. According to the 1998 United Nations Human Development Report, it would require approximately $65 billion a year to provide universal access to such basic services as education, health care, and safe water for the entire population of the planet—about the same amount of money spent in Europe each year on cigarettes and on perfume in Europe and the United States combined.

There are individuals and groups throughout the world who, in line with these emerging possibilities, are actively creating businesses, developing legal and political structures, organizing communities, and engaging in other activities that are helping to bring about a cultural, and perhaps even spiritual renaissance.

How long might it take before such people would spontaneously create a world endowed with beauty, one dedicated to the material well-being and spiritual unfoldment of all beings?" (Salmon, D. & Maslow, J. 2007, p.p. 268-69)
The global community can't wait for YOUR participation!

Last edited by Danny; 16th January 2010 at 02:46.
 

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