I have been following the news of the climate change talks in Copenhagen – mostly through friends of mine who are there – with growing interest. I have never really been a big believer that government or our political leaders are going to lead us to the solutions to the problems we face in the world – big or small. The culture they operate in – largely one of debate, negotiation and posturing – is very entrenched and makes it particularly difficult for them to shift.
If I only paid attention to the political conversations, it would be very disparaging indeed. However, the conversations that most capture my attention are around inner climate change. This is something we can all do something about – and must do something about!
This morning on Facebook, my friend Mitch Rhodes wrote: “at a gathering in Copenhagen, Archbishop Desmond Tutu spoke about being on the winning side. With our hearts and minds we must firmly believe we are on the winning side and shift to that place with conviction and dignity. It’s an inner struggle as much as an outer struggle.”
He also posted: “Many activists/protesters have anger in their hearts. A theory U-activist holds the power of love in their heart and facilitates the emergence of a just future. Gandhi comes to mind as an example.”
I have been a proponent of Theory U since I first came across it in 2005. I say yes to being a Theory U activist, holding the power of love in my heart. The way to shifting the shape of the world in a conscious and intentional manner is by each of us putting our stake in the ground, changing our own thoughts and behaviours and understanding that our actions make a difference in the world and to the world – no matter how big or small. By our thoughts and actions we will attract others who are also willing to shift and by doing so, we will build a larger and larger field of resonance for the greater shift we want to enact in the world.
Will you be lost in the apparent hopelessness of this large scale global crisis or will you contribute to healing the world (and self to as it turns out) fully, with your heart, mind and soul, firmly believing you are on the winning side, shifting to that place with conviction and dignity? I will meet you on the winning side!