No one else can tell us what to think
unless we let them.
When we realize that what goes inside of us is our business and our business alone, then we can begin to hold our own power. Of course, there are many people who, for their own selfish interests, would do their level best to tell us what to think and how the world works, but ultimately the reality we create for ourselves is up to us. Likewise, it serves us well to remember that what goes on in our internal world need not be dependant on what's going on outside of us. In other words, there could be all sorts of chaos and craziness going on around us, but if we're filled with happiness and joy on the inside, then we're happy and joyful - and everything else can stay on the back burner.
Of course, that's not what's happening in the lives of most people nowadays. Most of us are attached firmly to our outer world and continue to make things worse for ourselves by dwelling on our doubts, dramas, and disasters, not realizing that we are creating or reinforcing these things when we do so. If, instead, we would become more vigilant of our thoughts and words and then begin to place our attention on more positive outcomes, then that is what we would start to manifest for ourselves.
It seems to me that one of the biggest barriers to really being of service to others lies in our tendency to "dumb down." You know what dumbing down is, right? Dumbing down is when we act like we don't know what's going on because we're afraid of others who appear to be more powerful than we are. It's when we're timid and don't say anything at times when we actually could have a positive influence on the situation. That's what I was doing.
I remember one specific time when I was sitting in a coffee shop with a group of friends, and one guy was saying that there really isn't any such thing as God, and that this reality here on Earth is the only one there is. This man was very strong-willed, and I didn't say anything. I dumbed down, even though I'd had several mystical experiences, and I knew that God exists.
Later on, after I got home, I thought about what we'd talked about, and something didn't feel right. There were several young people there that day, and they were starting to believe the fellow who was so powerful. I could have served them by saying something to balance out his persuasive, but misguided views. But I didn't. So I intended, right then and there, that I would never miss an opportunity like that again.
Since then, I've come to understand that it doesn't serve anyone if I allow others to have their way just because they're more eloquent or more persistent than I am. I speak my truth, and now people don't run over me like they used to. My life, on a personal level, works so much better now that I've stopped dumbing down. Come to think of it, I'll bet our whole world would be better place if more of us would stop dumbing down and speak out for what we truly believe in.
My Intention for today is:
I intend that I am at peace within myself.
~photo by Richard