When I started my spiritual journey I was only 15 years old, which is when I met my first and greatest spiritual teacher.
He taught me so much about the world and the people living on it. His teachings boiled down to one simple precept: that there are two thought paradigms governing the entire planet–ego and godlikeness.
This framework has opened up a galaxy’s worth of understanding about why things are the way they are and why people do the (often insane) things they do.
What I’ve come to realize is that having and nurturing a global perspective is really the first step toward changing the world.
All of the greatest visionaries that have walked this planet have harnessed some sort of “big picture” understanding about the world around us.
This level of thinking is one that cannot be fully developed by reading books. In order to begin embarking on a world-changing mission, the place to find the wisdom is always located within yourself.
This is definitely a tough concept for someone to wrap their mind around…but it’s one of those things that if you strive for the inward answers, you will come to know them. And you will then understand what it means to have found answers within yourself.
When a lot of people hear the term “globally conscious,” I think it conjures up images of niceness and equality for all people.
Although notions of world peace are certainly a part of global consciousness, it must be understood that we cannot get there by our well wishes alone.
Global consciousness is a key aspect of having the capacity to change the world. It means possessing a deep and meaningful understanding about people, systems, institutions, resources, trends, events, or even future predictions.
To be globally conscious means you know some fundamental truth about how the world, including its inhabitants, function on a large scale.
Global consciousness can be raised by gathering knowledge from books, people, and other external resources. But the only way to truly harness the power of a globally conscious mind is to spend significant time inwardly focused to develop a deep understanding from within.
Understanding this endeavor can certainly be challenging, as most of us are not taught anything like this.
A globally conscious mind is connected to something deeper within a person. Some people call it their “higher self,” while others think of it as their own subconscious, problem-solving mind. Still others refer to it as God, and many secular folks might refer to this power as the Universe.
It doesn’t really matter how you conceptualize this inward source of knowledge…only that you strive to build a relationship with it.
Once a person naturally begins to accept their own internal sense of wisdom, the rest comes easy. Global consciousness then just becomes a matter of tuning into the right sources to strengthen and absorb information from the outside world…and to then integrate it within this internal source of wisdom.
It’s not really as magical as I’m making it out to be. It’s quite a practical process and anyone can learn to expand their consciousness at a global level. In fact, never before have humans had the capacity to do so than we have today with the internet.
Anyone, anywhere can begin to understand their role in the global landscape and then tune into the sources that will help them build their perspective.
If you want to solve a problem in the world, all it really takes is the initial desire and the commitment to sharpen your focus.
Come to think of it, perhaps the term “sharpen” is incorrect. Yes, you will need to sharpen your clarity of vision. But when it comes to changing the world, your focus must be broad.
A broad focus will allow you to see how problems fit into the larger global structure. It will also allow you to bring together concepts from seemingly unrelated fields…which is arguably the mother of innovation.
Ask yourself: what particular problem is most visible to you? What sorts of things do you notice when you think about the world at large? What problems do you see?
This is always the first step. Identifying “the” problem and cultivating the desire to contribute to solving the problem. The reason I put “the” in quotes is because “the” problem you see is “the” problem that you were designed to solve.
Also notice that I said “Identify the problem and then commit to solving it.” I didn’t say “Identify the problem and bitch about it not being solved.” That’s what social media is for.
There are an infinite number of problems to tackle on a global scale.
Here are just a few examples of areas in which there are many global issues/problems:
- Devising new methods of renewable energy
- Recycling and waste reduction/removal
- Decreasing the number of people living in extreme poverty
- The changing technological landscape vis-a-via quantum computing and artificial intelligence
- Dealing with housing shortages on a massive level
- Massive job loss due to robots replacing jobs
- How will people derive meaning outside of their careers
- Bringing back the trees to balance carbon emissions
- Climate change and massive population migrations
- War, conflict, and other factors leading to a displacement of peoples
- Corporate conglomerates having increasing political influence
- Reviving new methodologies for people dealing with their emotions
- Reshaping how health is perceived and diminishing the power of pharmaceuticals
- The social effects of an aging global population
- Extreme exponential effects of global population growth
- Inventing active and healthy forms of entertainment outside of the virtual space
…I could literally keep this list going forever and ever and ever.
Keep in mind that there are an endless supply of problems within and among each of these examples. There is certainly no short supply of issues that we can deal with and help the world become a better place.
And also keep in mind that global problems are not “better” than local problems. They are just bigger.
In the same way you don’t use a giant screwdriver to repair a laptop, you don’t take an airplane to visit your neighbor down the street. Everything has its place. And you do too.
In addition to global problems, there’s also a never-ending need for people who support their community and their local environments. As quite often is the case, big thinking requires small steps and small actions.
There are an unlimited (read: unlimited) number of ways that you can help. Whether you employ a global methodology or a local one, there’s one thing for sure:
And you can make a difference.
But if all you wanna do is eat cupcakes and watch TV shows…then I guess go for it.