I recently travelled from Vancouver to Kamloops to join 2000 people as we experienced an afternoon with Deepak Chopra. His two hour lecture was eye opening and incredibly mind stretching. It took me about 48 hours just to digest what I had heard. A theme that ran through his lecture was the collective consciousness of all humanity. When he mentioned that it takes about two weeks for the air breathed by a Calcutta taxi cab driver to reach the west coast of North America – that was a shock. I don’t know why, intellectually we know that we all share the same air, but, when you actually marinate on that concept for a moment – it’s pretty powerful.
At the conclusion of his lecture Deepak shared a new undertaking as he is attempting to have 100 million people in the world take a vow of non-violence. He prefaces this attempt by quoting Gandi’s famous line “Be the change that you want to see in the world”. It’s true, if you or I want there to be real change then we must take responsibility and be the change in our own lives.
I thought about this vow for days afterwards as there is so much violence in the world. The obvious violence, the wars, the street gangs, shootings, bombings etc. there is no question that this must change. What really concerns me, however, is the violence that is not so obvious; the kind we can’t see. Specifically, I think about the self-violence that goes on. In my coaching practice especially I see and hear the dialogue that clients have with themselves inside their own head. The tape that plays about how they aren’t good enough, or they need to change in order to be better, thinner, make more money, read more, etc. – is this not just as violent?
I think the best place to start with a vow of non-violence is with yourself. If you can learn to love yourself unconditionally – I think you will be changing the energy of this planet tremendously.
See Only Love
“Look past the seeming errors, mistakes, and misunderstandings, and see only the love within each person (including yourself). Your resolute focus upon the love that underlies every situation brings about healing in undreamed-of ways” – Doreen Virtue, PH.D