We may be living through times of unprecedented change, but within such uncertainty lies the power to influence the future. Some people would love you to believe that the world situation is hopeless; that you, as an individual, have no power, that there’s no reason to act, that you can’t change anything.
In actual fact, this is an extraordinary time full of vital, transformative movements that could not be foreseen. It is also a nightmarish time. Full engagement requires the ability to perceive both. The 21st century has seen the rise of hideous economic inequality and attacks on civil liberties. Worse still is the arrival of climate change, more devastating than scientists anticipated.
Hope doesn’t mean denying these realities. It means facing them and addressing them by remembering what else the 21st century has brought. This century has been a truly remarkable time for deep shifts in consciousness, ideas, perspective and frameworks. This is a remarkable time for spiritual evolution. We are part of that.
As in the larger world, so it is in our own personal lives. Hope doesn’t mean denying reality, it means facing it, fully engaging with it by remembering our personal strengths, listening to our inner voice, and believing in the possibility that things can get better and acting on that belief. Hope is an embrace of the unknown.
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