We are living in a time when dangers come at us from all directions – from the air we breathe, the water we drink, the foods we eat and the medications we take. Violence is widespread. And the numbers of people in the world who are experiencing extreme poverty and suffering have risen to levels we have never seen before.
Though most people in the U.S. live in a relatively peaceful environment – in which acts of violence are not the norm – our own levels of stress and anxiety have also risen along with feelings of overwhelm and helplessness. What can we possibly do, we wonder, that could make a significantpositive difference in this chaotic, upside down world.
Actually, there’s another way we can look at this dark state of affairs – even as we recognize the urgency for us each to elevate our own consciousness and be of service to other people: What if these are precisely the times for which we took birth? What if we knew that this time of extraordinary peril and uncertainty is providing us with unprecedented opportunities to accelerate our conscious evolution and contribute great value to the world?
All of us have special gifts within us that could impact other people’s lives in significant ways. We may not yet have discovered or developed these gifts, but we see glimmers of them whenever we do something that gives us great pleasure and a greater sense of wholeness and fulfillment.
It could be as simple as arranging a bouquet of flowers – or a piece of music – to evoke a sense inner beauty in the hearts of all who experience it. The chord that is struck through that act of creation will reverberate forever – in never-ending waves that inspire countless people to find their own inner beauty and bring it out through their hearts to help illuminate the world.