You’ve heard when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. Well, today the world gives us flowers, so we have flower power!
The phrase, flower power, takes me back to the 1960’s, the hippy days of peace and love.
Looking at the condition of our world now, it seems the focus is on the extreme conditions we are experiencing: particularly the world pandemic, murderous intolerance and divisive opinions. We could use some flower power.
In looking at the concept of flower power, peace and love are paramount. The focus is on the positive.
By way of contrast, Eckhart Tolle states, “Whatever you fight, you strengthen and what you resist persists.” https://eckharttolle.com/ If we participate in or even concentrate on brutal protests, what happens? The world deteriorates further. If we zero in on what we do not want, guess what we get? We receive that which is foremost on our minds: the unwanted.
During the last decade in particular, the process of attracting or repelling has come to the forefront of my life. I’ve used various kinds of energy work in helping our son while he was coping with pancreatic cancer. One of the first techniques I learned was the science of Spring Forest Qigong (SFQ). (While clinical trials at the Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota have found SFQ to be effective in various ways, it is not their policy to endorse. The research does the speaking.)
Master Chunyi Lin, the creator of SFQ, tells us that the universe does not understand the words “no” or “not”. If we were working to rid someone’s body of cancer and we asked for “no cancer”, the universe would hear “cancer” but not “no”. Asking in this manner would give more cancer. Master Lin teaches us an alternative way to request the desire for good health. His answer is to say “all channels open, completely healed”. This statement would assist in opening up the energy meridians, or pathways in the body, thereby allowing the free flow of health enhancing energy. https://www.springforestqigong.com/
I feel the same concept of word choice is also important with prayer, thoughts or every day conversation. We would be remiss in praying to “get rid of someone’s cancer”. It is preferable to pray, think or speak on behalf of their “good health” since that is the goal.
So, in our world of today, do we want the illness of the pandemic, the unbearable intolerance or the increasing division of the world’s populace? Should we ask for no pandemic, no intolerance, no division? Should we ask a very young child to not run into the street? I think not, but remember the world, just as a child, is incapable of understanding “no” or “not”. I must admit, it is tricky to keep the word “not” out of this concept!
As in the case of what we resist persisting – illness, intolerance and division tend to strengthen when all of our energies are concentrated on those negative paradigms. What are we to do?
Let’s go back to the philosophy of the flower power days. Be the change you wish to see. We must project positively stated qualities such as health, love, compassion, unity, peace and tolerance. We can do this with our words, deeds and motives. The world, after all, is a mirror of ourselves.