Eleven words that could change the world

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I found this gem tucked away towards the end of one of the late Sir Terry Pratchett’s last books, “The Long Utopia” (written with Stephen Baxter). It was the heart of a philosophy being taught by Stan Berg, a member of “The Next” a group of highly evolved children. And it made me think. And remember.

Flashback: To when I was tiny, I was taken to the doctors for my vaccination. Last time the vaccine had been delivered on a sugar cube… but this time it was going to be a hypodermic. Distraught, I paced the waiting room muttering “there must be a better way”.

Flashback: To a time of exploring my Christianity and the happy conviction of the fundamentalists, and thinking “there’s something missing here”.

Flashback: To university, sitting round in a dorm room, captivated by the original radio series of Douglas Adams’ “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”. In one of the episodes (which became the foreword to the book), the Guide tells us that

“And then, one Thursday, nearly two thousand years after one man had been nailed to a tree for saying how great it would be to be nice to people for a change, a girl sitting on her own in a small café in Rickmansworth suddenly realized what it was that had been going wrong all this time, and she finally knew how the world could be made a good and happy place. This time it was right, it would work, and no one would have to get nailed to anything.”

Sadly (the Guide goes on to tell us) “before she could get to a phone to tell anyone about it, a terrible stupid catastrophe occurred, and the idea was lost for ever.”

And that thought has haunted me for years. “There must be a better way”.

The many faiths of this world would want to stand up and say “There is a better way. Come follow our religion. We have the answers. Ours is the way to change the world.” And many of those faiths have.

World movements would want to stand up and say  “There is a better way. Come follow our movement. We have the answers. Ours is the way to change the world.” And many of those initiatives have.

And individuals would want to stand up and say “If everyone saw it my way, the world would be a better place. This is the way to change the world”. And many of those individuals have.

But the more that I look at these various movements, with their promises of change and transformation, with their complex belief systems and conditions of entry acceptance, their dogma and creeds, their rules of behaviour – the more it does seem to come down to three simple things. Three simple things that, when we shake off the myth, the legend, and the fairy dust, become very very simple, and at the heart of our world religions, be it Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism – or even at the heart of what Everyman understands to be right.

 

-Apprehend

-Be humble in the face of the universe

-Do good

 

In “The Long Utopia” Terry’s character expounds a little (but not much) on what those mean.. and if I read him right, he was looking for his reader to put their own interpretation on a simple concept – to make people think, as was Sir Terry’s gift…but if you will permit me to take those eleven words and offer some thoughts of my own…

 

Apprehend” – to take its meaning of “to understand” – to comprehend, to seek to face the truth of the world and of those around you. To seek other people’s points of view. To be curious. To explore truth, and recognise that there is no such thing as ‘The Truth’. To look to the stars and to seek to understand them.. and to look into your heart, and seek, yet again, to understand. To come to peace with what you find… not necessarily to change it.. but to accept it, humbly and with grace. To recognise that (as my Huna teachers would say) “all truth is not taught in one school.”

To truly apprehend our world is to live fully aware of it – immersed in what is going on right here, right now – to enjoy what is in front of us, what surrounds us – to throw ourselves truly into the experience of being alive.

Be humble in the face of the universe”. To paraphrase the Hitchhiker’s Guide slightly: “The Universe is big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind- bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to the Universe.” This Universe we are in is mind bogglingly complex… and yet it all works, wonderfully and incredibly. Perhaps there is some grand Design. Perhaps there was some Creative intent behind it. Or perhaps it did all happen by accident. The things we thought we understood a few short years ago are now being called into question. Physics is ever evolving its understanding of what’s at the heart of it all. Be humble. We could destroy our world, and humanity, and the Universe will rumble on. So maybe, just recognise that we are here to contribute to the Universe.

Yet know that everything we do has an impact on this biosphere.. every choice, every action, of every individual, has the potential to heal or harm this world and those in it.

Know that the world does not revolve around you – or your culture, your faith, your nation – and the Universe does not revolve around this earth. Unless it does. Be proud of who you are… your gifts, your talents, your contribution… being humble means recognising your gift and putting it to use. Buckminster Fuller observed: “You do not have the right to eliminate yourself. You do not belong to you. You belong to Universe.” Being humble doesn’t mean to put yourself down. It means to think correctly about yourself. Know yourself…and look up at this glorious world we live in, this glorious Universe, and whatever form your faith takes – and be humble.

Do good”. Just that. Do good. Be kind. Be loving. Help others. Repay harshness with kindness. Bring peace. Bring tenderness. Look out for others. Hug someone. Compliment someone. Give something. Smile. It doesn’t have to be perfect. It just needs to be done. Let your actions come from a place of kindness, of generosity, of love. Do good.

I wonder what the world would be like if we just set out to follow, as best we can, those eleven words.

-Apprehend

-Be humble in the face of the universe

-Do good

Perhaps just a few simple thoughts, some simple wisdom, really could change the world. Maybe now would be a good time to find out.

 

 

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Further reading – from “The Long Utopia” and “The HitchHiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” GO HERE

Unleash the divine fire

wingsThis fabulous card turned up as I did my Hawai’ian Oracle this morning – the Albatross (Moli) is a sign of fulfilment, of blessing – a sign that the time you have been waiting for has come.

And yet we have choices to make to get us to this point – we may have ties to cut to allow us to fly free; we may have had to take determined and committed action, a step into the unknown. Or we may just have had to keep on going, keep on fighting, never losing faith. It may not be today, for you – although it might well be – but light will dawn for you – and sooner than you think. Always remember that.

PS – I’ve just written two more episodes of my new series ‘Walking with Heroes’ – available free along with the Pathway to Power program at www.timothyhodgson.com/pathway. Join the party!

(card by Rima Morrel – quote added by me)

The Highest is the Nearest

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Power for Today

“Live today. Begin now doing the thing you want to do. Begin now being the person you want to be. Begin now with what you have. Your opportunity lies within yourself. The Universe will help you when once you have made the start.” (Author unknown, Quoted by Catherine Ponder in ‘The Millionaire Moses’)

(Catherine is one of the greatest writers on prosperity thought – her book ‘The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity’ is a classic.)

From Timothy

This is part of a story from Catherine Ponder that I might share in full some time… but for now, I just wanted to bring those words to you. They were spoken a long time ago by a an unknown radio preacher.. but they remain true.

So often we decide that we’ll really start to live at some point in the future. When the kids leave school. When the kids leave home. When we retire. When we get the promotion. When we meet the partner of our dreams. When we win the lottery.

We have to start now.

Life seems full of people who are just making it through – afraid to pursue their dream. It might be because they don’t know what they want to do… but trust me, that thing that suddenly sprang into your mind when you thought ‘if only’ – that’s the thing you need to do. Something that thrills you, that makes you passionate.

Maybe you don’t know what you want to do – but there is something smouldering deep inside you that wants to be let out, that wants to come out and burn brightly. As Howard Thurman said “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” YOU have a gift to bring to this world. YOU have something to create that no-one else can create – something encoded in your DNA, strengthened by your life experiences, forged in all the hard times you have been through – and just waiting to be released by your conscious choice.

You have, right now, what you need to get started. You may not have everything perfectly, but you have what you need to begin. It’s that first step on the ladder that starts to kick everything into motion – as we begin, in faith, then it seems that the Universe begins to agree with us – that co-incidences begin to happen, that resources become available, that people turn up to help us. Serendipity begins to move in our favour and unexpected help comes from surprising directions.

But it’s you and I that kick start that engine of creation. Just choosing to begin makes it happen. The secret to beginning lies inside you.. the secret of success is simply to get started.

It’s over to you . . .

I know I am talking to myself as much as I am talking to you.. but what steps are you going to take today to make that dream, the one that you’ve had inside you for ages now – you know the one – what are you going to do to make that happen? So when would now be a good time to get started…..? 

…and remember – you are amazing!

Timothy

 

original text and images © Timothy Hodgson 2011

Remembering Love

Tim Freke shared this with his newsletter… and I thought I would share it too

It’s from Jacques Decour who was a French resistance fighter in World War II and taken from a letter to his family. He was executed by the Germans aged 32.

"Now each of us is preparing to die …We are preparing, thinking about what is to come, about what is going to kill us without your being able to do anything to defend ourselves …  This is truly the moment for us to remember Love.  Did we love enough? Did we spend hours a day marvelling at other people, being happy together, feeling the value of contact, the weight and the worth of hands, eyes, bodies?  Do we yet really know how to devote ourselves to tenderness?  Before we pass away in the trembling of an earth without hope, it is time to become, entirely and definitely, love, tenderness, and friendship, because there is nothing else.  We must swear to think of nothing anymore but loving, loving, opening our souls and our hands, looking with our best eyes, clasping what we love tightly to ourselves, walking free from anxiety, and radiant with affection.

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Peru saluteI never seem to walk too far away from this beautiful quote from Marianne Williamson (and if you haven’t read ‘Return to Love’ then ask yourself why not?). In many ways it sums up the way I want to work with people – to be who I Truly Am and remind them of Who They Truly Are – to remind them of the amazing creations that have the power and fire in them to change the world.

 

 

Our deepest fear

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others”

– from ‘A Return to Love’ by Marianne Williamson

READING – A Return to Love

One of my favourite books is ‘A Return to Love’ by Marianne Williamson. This is the book that contains the quote that is often attributed to Nelson Mandela:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others”

Marianne is a student of ‘A Course In Miracles’ – which I have never managed to get into, but this is a real simplification of the key precepts from that work.

I love her book, and even if you don’t believe in God, it’s worth reading. What would the world be like if we actually dared to live like this. The chapter on relationships is amazing – and the one on work has been transformational as I consider who I am and why I am here. Here are some excerpts from that chapter….

Success means that we go to sleep at night knowing that our talents and abilities were used in a way that served others.  We’re compensated by grateful looks in people’s eyes, whatever material abundance supports us in performing joyfully and at high energy, and the magnificent feeling that we did our bit today to save the world.

Put love first.  You are in business to spread love.  My real job is to love the world back to health.

When I do anything, how should I do it – “Kindly”

Avoid self initiated plans and instead surrender our plans to God

“Dear God, please give my life some sense of purpose.  Use me as an instrument of your peace.  Use my talents and abilities to spread love.  I surrender my job to you.  Help me to remember that my real job is to love the world.  Amen”

“Where would you have me go?  What would you have me do?  What would you have me say, and to whom?”

Don’t ask God to send me a brilliant career, but rather ask him to show me the brilliance that is within me.

Once an internal stirring has occurred, external effects cannot fail to happen.  We’re all capable of an internal stirring – we are coded for it.  Achievement doesn’t come from what we do, but from who we are.  Our worldly power results from our personal power.  Miracles flow from the recognition that love is the purpose of our careers.

By touching my own depths, I touch the depths within others.

Instead of expanding my ability or willingness to go out and get anything, I expand my ability to receive what is already here for me.

Personal power emanates from someone who takes life seriously.

As I give my life to God, then things start coming together.

Even if I don’t yet consider myself successful, I can devote my work now to being used in the service of the healing of the world – and from that point of power, my career will take off.

When I fully live up to the opportunity to heal, then I achieve an energy that pushes me forward in worldly endeavours.  Love makes me more attractive.

My power is a result of my decision to reveal it.  I am powerful in whatever moment I choose to be.

It is guarding against our experience of who we really are, the brilliance of expressing it, and the joy that the expression brings to ourselves and others.

I don’t need to walk out on stage and make people feel I am special, because I am not.  If the purpose of my career is to channel God’s love, then I’m only there to open my heart, open my brain and open my mouth.  Don’t try to figure out my message, just ask God what he would have me say.  Step back and let him lead the way.

If I wait for the world’s permission to shine, I will never receive it.

Do what I love – and never do it for the money.  Do what makes my heart sing.  Go to work to spread joy.  Channel his love into the world.

We are poor because we do not work with love.  God wants me to have whatever material support contributes to my greatest happiness.

Ask for a miracle.  Miracles are everyone’s right but purification is necessary first.  Purity of heart creates breakthroughs.

“Dear God, I surrender to you all my thoughts about money, I surrender to you my debts, I surrender to you my wealth.  Open my mind to receive abundantly.  Channel your abundance through me in a way that serves the world.  Amen”

Our life is meant to be a story that mysteriously writes itself.  Our purpose in this earth is to be happy.

“God, please use me” is the most powerful affirmation we can say for an abundant career.

When my energy is applied in the direction of co-creating with God, of a willingness to supply love where there was none before, new energy bursts forth from deep within.

Child of God, you were created to create the good, the beautiful and the holy.  Do not forget this.

There’s only one work going on in God’s world, and that’s the preparation of his teachers, those who demonstrate love.

Don’t try and figure out your message, just ask God what He would have you say.  Step back and let Him lead the way.

When we are motivated by the desire to serve, we are looking out for others.  There is no more powerful motivation than to feel we’re being used in the creation of a world where love has healed all wounds.  Be inspired by the vision of a healed world.

“I’ll do this because it serves, even if I’m not paid” is a very high beam.  It says to the Universe that you must be very serious.  And when you get serious about the Universe, the Universe gets serious about you.

Our willingness to give directs the universe to give to us.

Make peace your only goal.  God is the only goal I have today.

Living out of my vision is more powerful than living out of my circumstances.