Transformation not only shifts how you view the world, but also how you relate to the world. In every situation, ask yourself, ‘Am I being an actor or a victim? Am I valuing or devaluing? Am I focused on me or on us?’ As humans, we are meaning-making creatures. We can create any meaning we want. Why not create a life-enhancing set of possibilities, rather than an endless refrain of victimization and suffering? Manifesting your transformation in the world is what makes it substantial. For many, transformative realizations are grounded through service to others. Offering service to others can be a rite that both expresses your intention to grow and transform, and anchors your realizations in everyday reality……Marilyn Mandala Schlitz
Service is my practice. Service is one of the most powerful of the practices. As you watch someone being taken unaware by something like cancer, they go through a process of healing. It’s a process of evolution of the self towards wholeness. There are steps in the process, and people go through them in different ways. I believe the final step is service. People who are able to use and experience crisis, suffering, and loss in a way that evolves their unique being will, in the end, use that unique being in service to others, because service has become natural to them. The experience they’ve been through is, in some sense, the universal experience. Having been through it, they don’t hold themselves separate from the suffering of other people. They don’t protect themselves in the way that most people do. I think that a lot of people speak of the web of connection as an intellectual thing. That’s very different from knowing it in every cell of your body as the ground of being…..Rachel Naomi Remen
send out mercy and blessings……make every act meaningful…..bow to your own heart and promise it a renewed benevolence….consider carefully what is needed this year….may we contemplate change and ask, what is the real work of our life? remember wonderment as a virtue…..
The transformation process involves synchronicity, the numinous, and some coincidence or the unexplainable. It most often is signaled by an expansion and upliftment and a deep peace and grounding. It’s a fire that mobilizes you to do something outside of yourself. It’s something that wants to alleviate suffering or create more happiness in the world in some way. I think most of the transformational process, 80 percent of it, involves the unseen…..Angeles Arrien