In Thinking Anew 1, I shared the first step in how to think anew: do not engage in contentious conversations. Take your energy out of the negative back-and-forth talking that deteriorates so quickly into meaningless meanness.
Work to find people with whom you can freely share different points-of-view and, as importantly, probing questions about what is possible for our next steps in this troubling time. These conversations enrich and empower us to go out in the world with patience, bravery and trust in ourselves and in something greater than ourselves.
If you find yourself speaking platitudes or soundbites, stop. Stop letting other people tell you what you think and believe. Trust your heart and listen, in order to become more aware of how you are choosing, acting and being in the world. What glorious beliefs, principles and dreams are within you? These are the invisible forces that fuel true power.
Sadly, many people have come to accept that it is unrealistic or even impossible to expect actions, relationships, and systems to be based on an abiding respect for all life. If this perception becomes the foundation of someone’s belief system, they will operate at very low levels of energy and consciousness. They will be susceptible to using and acquiescing to force and control over others. Using our energy in support of force keeps the broken, corrupt systems in place.
Break free. Many of us yearn for challenges to build character, inner strength, and meaning in our lives. The following dynamics drive the Power Peers Network:
We are part of something greater than ourselves.
Each human being has unique talents and abilities.
Most people desire to be useful and of service to others.
People working together can accomplish anything.
These beliefs give meaning to my work and help me as I work with different people. I know these dynamics are active in many human beings. While their words may be caught in a cycle of repetitive phrases, I can feel their desire to do and be more. Power Peers provides a forum for participants to reflect on what they believe. Participants come to understand that they have more in common with others than the narrow differences hammered home in the media.
Step 2 in the process to think anew is to clarify and strengthen the values and the principles that guide your actions. Then work to be more and more aware of how you live by these values and principles. Include these power words and concepts in your talking, writing, and creating. It may seem simplistic at first. However, as you make choices directly connected to these values and principles, you will be challenged to stay in alignment.
Thanks for participating in the conversation, Laura