“There are basically two motivating forces for change. One is fear. The other is love. Fear takes us further into bondage. Love sets us free. Fear separates us from our true self and our purpose. Love reveals and supports who we are. Fear fractures. Love integrates. Fear serves the few. Love serves the many.”
from “Big-Hearted Change” by Marcia West
Albert Einstein, among others, is credited with saying that “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Attempting to effect change out of fear is insane. In fact, making any decision out of fear serves no higher purpose than to buy another ticket on the same merry-go-round. We might try a different horse, but the scenery is essentially the same. Fear takes us nowhere.
Fear is a state of mind. Love is the state of the heart. Imagine your heart being wrapped up in a cardboard box. The box is made of intellectual facts, ideas, suppositions, and ways of doing things. The logic we use to make change, whether in our personal lives or in the world, is founded on these ideas of the intellect. Laced within the fibers of thought (that create the box) is fear – fear of death, uncertainty, change, and even fear of your own magnificence, to name a few. These fears keep us locked into insane behavior, no matter how precise and brilliant the logic appears to be.
True intelligence does not originate in the mind. It can be expressed from the mind, but the mind is not its source. True intelligence comes from the heart. If positive change seems elusive or confusing, fear may be involved. Simply knowing this fact makes the heart’s intelligence more accessible. Yet the mind is a tricky thing, unrelenting, and very convincing.
How, then, do we move through, and even dissolve, those fearful thoughts to access the intelligence of love, which always serves our highest good? How do we liberate ourselves, our families, communities, organizations, and nation, from the bondage of fear into the freedom of love?
I will be writing about this in the coming weeks and months. If you would like to find out before then, please click here. Or come to my talk on Big-Hearted Change on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at Womanspace in Rockford, Illinois.