what it means to be the change, how different levels of consciousness play a part, and what it has to do with growing up
“As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him.”Mahatma Gandhi
“If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. … We need not wait to see what others do.”
These words by Mahatma Gandhi have somehow mutated into “Be the change you want to see in the world.”
This phrase is often used by organisations, charities, and individuals fighting for a good cause.
“Be the change!” they say, meaning, ‘Take action!’ or more specifically: ‘Do something to support our cause, or give us some of your money, or both!’
This is a little confusing because doing something doesn’t mean something changes in our own nature. Doing changes without being the change doesn’t shift old and entrenched patterns.
But that’s not what Gandhi said anyway. He said, “If we could change ourselves,…”.
Is it even possible to change my Being – to be different from who I am? This seems like a paradox.
The changes we want to see in our world are often relatively superficial because we can only see what’s within our current field of vision.
“‘Higher levels’ of Consciousness are not only ‘spiritual dimensions’; they are also further developed stages of maturity.”
When our neighbour’s son was 6 years old, he had a girlfriend. She was 3, and they were going to get married some day. I asked him what they were going to do once they were married.
He confidently replied, “We’ll eat chicken and fish… we’ll go to bed whenever we want… we play together all day… and we buy ice creams and lollipops.” (The parents are vegetarian, and both kids are on a healthy low sugar diet.)
Listening to a talk by Bentinho Massaro on youtube recently, I was surprised to find striking similarities between what he said and the words of our six-year-old neighbour. (Bentinho Massaro is a relatively new and young spiritual teacher).
While talking about ‘higher frequencies of Consciousness’ Bentinho Massaro told his audience what he was going to do once he was ‘grown-up’. He’s going to live in a luxurious mansion, drive a Tesla car, and have 20 Million dollars in the bank.
Tuning into ‘higher frequencies’ or shifting to ‘higher levels of Consciousness’ is sometimes used as a technique to promote changes in the outer world. ‘If I think in a different way, change my beliefs about myself, and focus my attention on all the good stuff I want, then I will attract those positive changes into my life,’ – that’s the idea.
But we have to experience the changes in the inner world first. “We need not wait to see what others do,” as Gandhi said.
The assumption that we can ‘tune into higher frequencies of Consciousness’ to get what we want is based on the model of ‘humans as intelligent machines’. Accordingly, we can choose what we want to think, imagine, and believe – like switching into different TV channels – and our thoughts, images, and beliefs will attract the desired changes into our life.
To a certain degree this is possible. It is true that ‘higher frequencies of Consciousness’ can be accessed temporarily by using the ‘remote control in our brain’.
Our native device for remote viewing is our Imagination. It enables us to project ourselves into other dimensions of Consciousness and have an alternative experience. Sometimes it can help us find solutions to everyday problems. Sometimes it can even attract a desired reality into our world.
We are able to dream of all the wealth and riches we want to have at the material level. But we don’t always get them. And even if we do, we may find that material wealth cannot fulfil our true needs and expectations.
Bentinho Massaro admits that it’s not easy to stay tuned at the higher frequencies of Consciousness constantly. It takes a lot of practice.
Why is it so hard to remain in the ‘higher level of Consciousness’?
How can we so easily confuse Doing, Having, and Being – i.e. the material and spiritual frequencies?
Why do the changes we make in our world often turn out not to be what we thought we wanted?
Our neighbour’s son may marry his childhood girlfriend one day, but their married life will most certainly not be the same as they imagined it to be at the age of 6 and 3.
The reason should be obvious: The ‘higher frequency of Consciousness’ he can tune into is limited by the imagination of a child, which is naturally tied to the stage of development of his Consciousness at that time.
Human Consciousness is not a sophisticated machine. It is a living organism. And reaching higher levels of Consciousness is a lot like growing up – not dreaming about it, not imagining what I’ll do when I get there, but becoming it.
‘Higher levels’ of Consciousness are not only ‘spiritual dimensions’; they are also further developed stages of maturity.
This explains the apparent paradox that I can ‘be the change’ while remaining who I am. We are all changing all the time. Change is a fact of life. How we change, however, is a matter of choice.
“Be yourself, then the world will be rich and beautiful.”Hermann Hesse
Now let’s take a look at the 2nd part of the popular demand: “Be the change you want to see in the world!”
Often the changes we want to see are only visible to us at the material level. Our being, however, lives at the spiritual level.
Using the spiritual level for material gain tends to corrupt human nature. The lower frequency of Consciousness can drag the whole Being down to its lower level.
By contrast, using the spiritual level to transform our material experience is fulfilling for human nature. The higher frequency of Consciousness can help the lower level grow up, and thereby the whole Being is uplifted.
The changes we want to see in the world are always related to things we are missing, or things we experience as painful. We want to change what causes suffering to us or other people.
Material solutions sometimes appear to make our world better, but they don’t last. We think, ‘if I could have chicken and lollipops every day, my life would be complete.’
As soon as we can have all the chicken and lollipops we want, something else turns out to be missing…, we see new things we’d like to change…. This is part of the natural drama of growing up as a human Being.
The change we want to see in the outer world gives an impulse to change our inner world. We often resist that impulse because we are afraid of deep transformation.
This is strange, because supporting our own Consciousness in its efforts to grow up is the most fulfilling experience any human can have. Moreover, it leads to true wealth and wellbeing.
The change we ultimately all want to be and see in the world is much simpler and much closer to our true nature than we imagine. Hermann Hesse has already said this beautifully:
“The world wasn’t made to be bettered.
Nor were you made to be bettered.
You were made to be yourselves.
You were made to enrich the world with a sound, a tone, a shadow.
Be yourself, then the world will be rich and beautiful!”
© Veronika Bond, 2016
This article is complemented by an e-letter published on the same date.
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