I want to think others do not influence me, but I know better. Jesus may have resisted the influence of others, but most mortals kowtow to the will of the masses. Jim Rohn, the author of The Art of Exceptional Living, declared that we are the average of the five people we spend the most time with. This idea, referred to as the “proximity effect,” deserves our attention. After all, we want to be with people who uplift and inspire us.
Image from Futurity.org Here we are, two years of COVID and conspiracy theories. Although the vaccine is not 100% effective (only death is), it keeps us out of the hospital and is our best hope for returning to normalcy. The virus knocked us down, but selfishness is keeping us down. But it wouldn’t be the … Continue reading Couldn’t Care Less
Tiny forests are springing up all over the globe. Communities who understand that humans are connected to the natural world are taking steps to benefit the entire ecosystem, instead of humans only. These changes translate to green news.
A more subtle trend is also brewing, an inner quest, a spiritual expansion. Instead of building rockets to reach Venus or Mercury, we feel a calling to journey to the core of our being, call it our essence or unconditioned Consciousness. In ancient teachings, it was referred to as the Christ within or Buddha-nature.
The rising of consciousness, the next evolutionary step, moves us away from wars and hate towards awareness and compassion. There are no ten-step programs or best-selling books to teach us what we already know. It's work we do on ourselves. While I don't know any fully enlightened beings, I know people working to be a better version of themselves. I, too, seek to evolve into a better edition of Edith.