Last week I put up a post about bucket lists and my thoughts about inner and outer value. Part 2 is inspired in part by one of the many great posts from Alison and Don over at Adventures in Wonderland. Don wrote a deeply thoughtful post about–among other things– questioning his value when he’s not racking up lists of services offered and “notable” accomplishments.
Since I’ve been thinking deeply about the issue of what we value, especially as to inner work vs. outer work, this post caused me to stop and contemplate once more.
I’ve mentioned a few times on the Journey2Peace posts and in general that I believe one of the most important contributions we can make to the world is to heal our inner beings so the energy we bring to the web of all life is peace, love and compassion.
It’s not that I don’t think people can start a foundation or do volunteer work or launch a pay-it-forward campaign and make a contribution because there are wonderful ways to offer service “out there”. But we’ve reached a place where we only place value on credits garnered in these external ways. My belief is that even service “out there” benefits from doing inner work and allowing spirit to lead.
Sometimes it seems society doesn’t care that a person who thinks up a program from a place of anger or tunnel vision about the world can create something that harms instead of helps. As a sociologist I long ago learned how many times a theory or program was foisted on places around the world only to discover there was a flaw that made things worse instead of better. But little credence is given to ramifications like that — as long as something got done with good intention, the perpetrators add to their list of credits.
And, because most of us don’t think in terms of a great web of energy connecting all of us, no acknowledgement whatsoever for internal clearing and healing is given. No account is taken of the impact each person’s healing has on the whole.
I’ve believed for a long time now that people who have cleared issues and raised consciousness enough to hold a space of love and peace are able to envision programs and ideas more likely to serve the greater good. I’ve also believed for a long time that the energy vibration each of us holds within the Oneness of All is perhaps the most important contribution or detriment we offer as humans.
When the world is in chaos and filled with war, the balance of energy leans to anger, hatred, violence, etc.; more energy in the web is angry than peaceful. If we want to shift the world to more harmony and peace, it starts with each person who changes his or her personal life to hold harmony and peace as their core.
When I see Alison and Don’s journey, I see an inspiring leap of faith in selling their home and setting out on this journey. In their profoundly insightful posts about their journeys, not only through the world but in themselves, they offer us teaching, show us healing. I think that’s a huge contribution. The world may not be ready yet to count that but I think it’s immensely important and service of the highest sort.
Whether you choose to practice mindfulness or pursue some form of emotional release work or chanting or… as long as you are releasing the past and learning to live in the moment, where peace lives, you are serving the world.