After reading TideChange columnist Mike Bell’s excellent article on climate change and its impact on our present and future world, I feel encouraged to continue spreading my message, namely for people to create empowering visions for themselves and our planet. At the same time, I would like to point out that change is not possible unless we humans create a clear blueprint of what we want to see happening in our lives or on the planet.

There is so much scientific evidence showing the impact thoughts have and how they can change living as well as inert matter. Among other data, you can check out the experiments of Japanese researcher Dr. Emoto whose photos display beautiful crystal structures after water has been prayed over; also how an inert substance reacts to words and emotions directed toward it.

In one experiment Dr. Emoto put rice and water into three jars and every day, for thirty days, he said “thank you” to the first jar, “You’re an idiot” to the second, and he ignored the third. At the end of the experiment, the rice in the first jar was white and had developed a pleasant aroma, the second had turned black, and the third was rotting. This was the effect of thought power on inert matter. Imagine what hateful or angry thoughts do to living tissue. When we send loving thoughts to others, we contribute to their wellbeing. Many successful experiments have shown the healing effects of prayer.

Our visions are made up of thoughts which are energy forms and attract what we keep focusing on. It’s called the Law of Attraction and is as real as the Law of Gravity. We are walking magnets pulling in events, people, and situations which exist on the same frequency which we are presently operating on. If we don’t like what we are attracting, we can change our frequency in the same way we change a TV program. How do we do that? By changing our focus and moving to a higher frequency where those things exist that we want to bring into our lives! By thinking loving and grateful thoughts we attract more of the people, things, and events which exist on that level.

If we keep listening to those inner voices which tell us that change is impossible, then we remain on a low frequency and produce the same results over and over again – which we then see as confirmations that we really can’t change anything. If, however, we break out of that thought pattern and believe that change is possible, we have moved into the quantum field where anything is possible. Trouble is, we don’t like living in uncertainty and want instant results. But certain things take time so the Universe can arrange the players and situations which will be to our benefit.

So, before we can actually change anything on the outside of us, we need to change the thought patterns we entertain inside of us. We need to wake up and become observers of our inner world because what happens inside of us is reflected in our outer world.   We need to become conscious. And that is exactly where so many of us fall short because we are on unconscious auto pilot. Inner change requires personal effort and that is so hard for most of us.

I see it in my mentoring practice all the time that people start out with enthusiasm but when the going gets tough, they want me to do their work. Unlike the caterpillar which is programmed to turn into a moth or butterfly we humans need to use our own resources to change. Sometimes the Universe creates scenarios like accidents, illnesses, job losses, fires, droughts, floods, etc., to force us onto a new track. We always have a choice: make changes or sit around and whine.

To make an impact on climate change we can ask ourselves what we are willing to do on our level. If we adopted new behaviours such as eating less meat or no meat at all to reduce the methane gas produced by the billions of animals, drove energy efficient cars, put filters into fireplaces and dirty industrial emission sources, recycled as much as possible, and so on, we would use the power of one to have a noticeable impact on our environment.

In my household we have become vegetarians, produce only 5 small bags of garbage (mostly non-recyclable plastics) a year, drive a small car that uses very little gas, compost as much as possible, and refrain from wood burning among many other things. Yes, there are some sacrifices involved but we follow the wisdom of ‘Be the Change you Want to See Happen”.

In closing I would like to say that ideally, we can us the Power of One and commit to making changes in our way of thinking and our life styles. This will create a major impact on the quality of life for ourselves, our families, and our world. Otherwise nothing is going to change, no matter how much we talk about climate change or how many petitions we sign. So, take a step!

Dorothea L. Gordon B.A. M.Ed.