Change is to be seen as an invitation to actualise our inner wisdom. It is the same inward journey that had radically transformed three ordinary brave men to become extraordinary leaders.
Many people say they want change in their lives. Many express their desire to grow spiritually, yet they resist the steps required to get there.
We can all have a life that we love. But we tend to settle for ordinary and then wonder why our life is not extraordinary.
This is because many look for change with a closed mind. They fear stepping out of the known and are afraid to question the significance of their beliefs and perceptions. Change appears like a loss of control to many.
“The soft-minded man always fears change. He feels security in the status quo, and he has an almost morbid fear of the new. For him, the greatest pain is the pain of a new idea.”
~ Martin Luther King ~
But isn’t life a continuous journey into the unknown? The caterpillar metamorphoses into a butterfly and an acorn grows into an oak tree – change is an unavoidable part of nature and its evolution.
An essential part of the transformation process is having an open mind. And what most people don’t recognise is that ‘you can’t change what is going on around you until you change what is going on within you’.
No political, organisational or personal changes occurred in the history of the world without changing what is going on within. Three great leaders who brought fundamental changes to humanity, knew they had ‘to be the change they wanted to see in the world’: Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King.
Each knew if they did not change themselves, their struggle would be futile. Nelson Mandela had later reflected, ‘As I walked out the door toward the gate that would be my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.’
The decision to leave behind bitterness and hatred is a movement within. Change is an inward movement. It is a movement toward oneself to become fully human. Going within, you discover your capacity for real love. A deep-seated capacity for forgiveness and an even greater capacity for compassion.
Change is to be seen as an invitation to actualize our inner wisdom. It is the same inward journey that had radically transformed the three ordinary brave men to become extraordinary leaders.
The wisdom of who you are is within you.
So if you want change, that is where you need to go. If you want to change the world around you, change what is going on within you. No length of therapy will help you change, if you do not have a mind that opens you to love and compassion within you. These are qualities you need to cultivate within in order to make profound around you.