The Power of a Vote
The Law of Attraction. The Secret. It has been all abuzz over the past year, although the concepts are not new. Even Napolean Hill espoused the principle that our thinking has a profound impact on our success or failure in his classic 1937 best-seller Think and Grow Rich. The book was based on his interviews with hundreds of immensely successful people of that time.
Having spent my adolescence involved with the Youth of Unity through Unity Church in Sacramento, California, gave me the wonderful advantage of being exposed to my own personal power at a very young age. This set the paradigm for my life, and I will always be grateful to my father for getting me involved with metaphysics so early on. I have since had a thirst for understanding that has propelled me through all phases of my life, both the pleasant and the painful.
But for many, insights such as the understanding that we create our lives from one moment to the next don’t come early or easily. Or ever. If I ruled the world, I would start teaching this in Kindergarten. But even the current “Secret craze” does not yet translate into the shift in thinking this country needs. Here we are faced with the profound opportunity to elect a new leader, yet only one of our candidates really embodies what the Law of Attraction embraces.
Only one candidate seems to bring forward the vision for a higher plane of humanity. Only one candidate seems to see the beauty and equality in all people, without deference to race, religion or status. Only one candidate seems to view all the world as One. Only one candidate radiates a state of confidence and grace. Barack Obama, seems to get it.
I hear people talk about how we have to kill off the terrorists, and how we must fight the bad guys there so we don’t have to fight them here, etc. Resist, resist, resist. Strike before we are struck. What amazes me is that some of these are the same people who praise The Secret, which says to me they haven’t a clue about what it means.
The more we resist terror, the more we reinforce it. What makes us think the Law of Attraction operates any differently on a global level? Not only is the principle the same but it is magnified by the collective energy of a nation. What we pay attention to--what we think about, is what we create more of. It matters not whether it is our own health or our national security. The more we watch broadcasts of violence and genocide and torture and war, the more we listen to politicians telling us how dangerous and evil the world is, the more we as a society will make it so. We are perpetuating exactly what we do not want.
Obama is right when he says “we are the ones we’ve been waiting for”. It is up to us to change the world. On of my favorite quotes from Mahatma Gandhi is, “I must be the change I wish to see in the world.” The power of millions of thoughts of peace would be immeasurable. You may think this is “pie in the sky” or naive, but quantum physics is now confirming how thought and matter are really made up of the same stuff.
We are just beginning to fully understand the enormous power of group intention. Scientific studies are beginning to emerge that confirm we have the power to effect the material world simply through our thoughts. One group, The Intention Experiment Community, is leading a series of web-based experiments to test the power of our thoughts to change the physical world. There is at least one study, referred to in the movie “What the Bleep Do We Know”, in which crime was significantly reduced by group prayer. And then there is Dr. Masaro Emoto’s work revealing the effects of our thoughts on the crystalline structure of water. Yes, it is up to us. We have power beyond measure but lack the wisdom about how to use it.
I have recently been reading about the advancement of consciousness for all of humankind. The book by David Hawkins Power vs. Force describes the idea that each of us, as an evolving being, is at a certain level of spiritual advancement, for lack of a better term, and this level can be measured and given a number on a scale of 0 to 1000. Just as the IQ is a measure of intelligence, consciousness can also be measured. For the sake of argument, I’ll call it CQ, or Consciousness Quotient. Not only can our individual CQ’s be measured, but there is also a CQ for humanity as a whole. This number is steadily increasing, although it would not seem so looking at the current affairs of the world. This is too complex to go into here--for more, read the book.
My point is, what we as a collective society believes, matters. What we think about, matters. And who we have as a leader will influence society as a whole, our mindset, our beliefs and our thoughts. So it is crucial to select a leader who is positive and sees the big picture. One who does not participate in the schoolyard fights but follows a higher road. The unique position of President of this country translates to vast influence over the world community--not just the United States. And we have the opportunity now to control what this influence will be, if we will pull our collective heads out of...uh... the sand.
Let us be wise and careful with our precious vote. Let’s rise above our fears and look beyond the political rhetoric. We can turn our country around, mend our relationships, and repair our planet. Pessimism and apathy have no place in these times of great human suffering. Change is more than the political buzzword of the moment. We can and will change the world, so let us be mindful how.