“I’m a news junkie,” proclaimed my dear friend, Bryna, recently. I know….she’s the one I go to when I need a deeper understanding of what the news is saying. To me the news is like sunlight; I only take in as much as won’t burn me. It’s pretty harsh out there and I burn easily. And, I have a responsibility to participate in the world. I am a resident of this Earth and I must contribute. I live in this tension daily.
I believe that, as an energetic universe, everything is in vibration. EVERYTHING. And we humans collectively are not setting a very high frequency these days. Every thought, feeling, and bodily sensation has a vibratory pattern to it….and everyone and everything feels and responds to it…whether we are aware of it or not.
If you don’t believe me try this: Think of someone or something you love dearly. Find the feeling of love that is generated with the thought and sit and breathe it in for a moment. Check in with your thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations… they feel pretty good don’t they?
Now think of something or someone you are angry at, don’t like or don’t trust. And repeat the process. Feels awful doesn’t it? (BTW…This is the stew our congress is serving up!)
Now remember a time you were feeling pretty good and walked into an angry meeting? How long did you stay feeling good? Recall it’s opposite, when you were low and engaged a friend, a family, a group that created an atmosphere of love and your spirit was lifted?
Our energy affects everyone and everything. And we are in turn so affected. We cannot control congress, big business, or any of the myriad huge systems seemingly crumbling before our eyes; but we do have dominion over ourselves and we are members of the same planet, so our energy affects all others.
Einstein said you cannot solve the problem at the level at which it was created. I believe this is what he meant. If we wish to turn the world around…which it desperately needs right now…then we must raise our vibration, our energy, to a higher level.
There is an energetic hierarchy of thoughts and emotions. The model below is one I’ve been working on for years.
I know the Emotional Scale intimately. I started at the bottom of it. My early childhood was like the La Brea Tar Pits. I was mired in the goo every way possible: emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually. Depression became my default emotion, with occasional bursts up to Anger to release the pent up energy.
I’ve spent this lifetime learning to climb the Emotional Scale: emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually. I know it can be done. It’s been quite a climb; Living in a state of Love is a long way from Depression. I’ve needed a toolkit bigger than Dallas.3
I had a new realization recently when my ex-husband, Terry, died. Ours wasn’t a pretty divorce some 40 years ago, and while I loved his second wife and their kids, our relationship remained distant.
When we knew he was dying I felt drawn to visit him. I walked into his room with uncertainty. He was watching a tennis match on TV; playing tennis was one of his many passions. As I stood there, I was filled with love for him. We spoke of funny times and our wonderful son, Travis. I shared a video of my nephew, Remy, playing a song on the guitar Terry had taught him, and I read the words of love my sister, Cathy, had written to him. As I stood to leave, I kept kissing the top of his head, so wanting him to feel my love for him. As I walked away, these words echoed through me: “in the end all there is is Love”.
Throughout our grieving in the time after he passed, those words kept their hold on me. I keep thinking: “if in the end all there is is Love, then why not NOW?”
I equate Love with Power; not the usual sense of power over others but Power within. Power is the ability to stand in the moment expansively: open minded, open hearted, with access to the wisdom of the body. To the extent we allow ourselves our Power we are able to accurately discern what is true and act for the good of the whole.
I know my greatest power…and therefore my greatest ability to serve…resides in the neighborhood of Love, Appreciation, and Gratitude. I’ve made it my intention to reside there and to return as quickly as possible when I slide downward. We all have moments of pure Love. So the “work” is essentially a matter of reducing the cycle time between when we leave the state of Love and return to it. That’s where the toolkit comes in. We need different tools for different stages on the Emotional Scale.
I believe this is the best strategy for turning the world around. It doesn’t require everyone’s participation. Change theory tells us we can improve a system with only 5% of its population devoted to the change. Jesus, Buddha, Mother Theresa, the Dalai Lama, and other Avatars of Love and Enlightenment have raised millions up the Emotional Scale.
Why were and are they so effective? I believe it is because they resonate at the level of Love and their words also resonate with that energy. They show us what it feels like to live in Love, so we can reach for it ourselves. So, we might live at that higher vibration.
We are in a time of fundamental change. The old is crumbling. Systems theory tells us we will either devolve into smaller more primitive ways (i.e., down the emotional scale). And, the news is saturating us with examples of it. Or, we can ascend up the Emotional Scale and solve our problems at the higher level Einstein suggested.
Will you become one of the 5% and help turn the world around by climbing the Emotional Scale with me?
This is my life’s work; if I can help you or your organization in your climb, please call or click me, or use the drop down menus above to see the various ways I work to help my clients find their higher vibration and true calling.
Happy Trails…. Peggy