What is the change you wish to see in the world?
Is it the elimination of poverty and disease? Is it peace instead of war? Is it less trash and more reusing and repurposing?
No matter the change, we all inherently know it starts with us.
So what prevents us from making these changes whole-heartedly?
I believe it has to do with ownership.
When we experience a problem, it’s not the problem itself that is the challenge.
It’s how we look at the problem.
The problem with problems is we think we shouldn’t have them.
I, like my fellow humans, have fallen into this trap repeatedly. Whether it’s experiencing turbulence personally or witness the hardships of the world, it can feel even more daunting to step into a space of owning all of this.
What is ownership really? The word can conjure up images of owning a home, a car, or a business. But the kind of ownership we are talking about here has an even deeper level connotation.
Often what prevents us from taking ownership of a problem is that the responsibility that comes with it feels so HEAVY. We can blame people or circumstances that are outside of ourselves because to do otherwise feels like we take on that burden.
But placing the fault within is neither taking responsibility nor ownership. It’s self-criticism, and it gets us to a solution about as fast as a slug moving through molasses on a winter’s day.
Self-criticism takes us in the opposite direction of where we want to go. It just leads us into a downward spiral of continued victimization.
What if ownership and responsibility are actually something that empowers us? That owning your experience creates a sense of lightness and even freedom?
Responsibility is simply the “ability to respond.” It’s our ability to create, to choose how we interpret an experience. When we are able to respond in a way that feels like we are making the choice, this is true ownership.
We own our experience when we recognize that the world is not as we see it, it’s as we are.
When we do not accept the world or the current situation, it means on some level we are not accepting ourselves.
Ownership means looking inside for the solution. It’s laying down the ax of blame and suffering and picking up the sword of possibility.
It’s when, instead of saying “what’s wrong?” we ask, “what’s possible?”
This possibility lies within ownership. It’s the key to changing our world – whether that’s in our own healing like some of my brave clients, or in the healing of big global challenges.
In whichever case, there really is no difference. Healing is healing. When you heal yourself, you heal the world. And it happens only when we own our divine creative ability to bring a new SOUL-ution into physical reality.
The elixir for curing disease, poverty, scarcity, environmental degradation, social unrest, and even violence is a powerful concoction of possibility held in the cauldron of ownership.
To change this world, we must be able to accept it as it is. Which means, accepting yourself for who you are.