Yes, One Person Can Make a Difference

By Phil Bolsta

The law of attraction also applies to groups. When hundreds, thousands, or even millions of people share a mindset, the combined power of their thoughts can alter their physical environment as well as their collective emotional well-being.

Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a
road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes
into existence.

Lin Yutang

That is why Neale Donald Walsch wrote in Conversations with God, Book 1 that “fate” can be viewed as an acronym for “From All Thoughts Everywhere.”

To say my fate is not tied to your fate is like saying,
“Your end of the boat is sinking.”

Hugh Downs

This premise has tremendously exciting implications. How many times have you heard or thought that one person cannot make a difference in this world? That global peace is in the hands of politicians, many of whom are corrupt or ineffectual? That the only response to suffering and injustice is righteous anger?

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one
thinks of changing himself.

Leo Tolstoy

Negative energy rabidly feeds on other negative energy, so by railing against a political candidate or engaging in a violent protest, you are unwittingly making the object of your scorn even more imposing and powerful.

Fighting any adverse condition only increases its power
over us.

Ernest Holmes

You are also doing no favors for the world at large. Retributive rage generates vast amounts of negative energy, thereby weakening collective consciousness.

Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding
deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can
do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can
do that.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Instead of futilely expending energy and waiting for others to effect change, reclaim your power and be an agent of change, effective immediately.

All that you fight weakens you. All that you are for
empowers you.

Wayne Dyer

Pour your energy into what you support (peace) rather than what you oppose (war), and the world can indeed be transformed.

Become peace, for that is the attractor of peace to
the world.

The Essenes

As you raise your own consciousness, you become the Johnny Appleseed of harmonious living, joyously sowing seeds of love and kindness wherever you go.

When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world.
I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to
change my nation. When I found I couldn’t change the
nation, I began to focus on my town. I couldn’t change
the town, and as an older man, I tried to change my family.
Now, as an old man, I realize the only thing I can change
is myself, and suddenly I realize that if long ago I had
changed myself, I could have made an impact on my
family. My family and I could have made an impact on
our town. Their impact could have changed the nation
and I could indeed have changed the world.

12th century monk

Every thought you have can make the planet a better place, because every positive, peaceful thought adds that much more loving energy to the Unified Field.

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single
moment before starting to improve the world.

Anne Frank

This upward tick may barely move the needle of collective consciousness but it keeps the human race moving in the right direction.

Change yourself and you have done your part in
changing the world. Every individual must change his
own life if he wants to live in a peaceful world. The
world cannot become peaceful unless and until you
yourself begin to work toward peace.

Paramahansa Yogananda

Squander your opportunities to add love and light to the world, and all of humankind will be poorer for it.

We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop
in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of
that missing drop.

Mother Teresa

As more minds and hearts generate positive thoughts and loving energy, we inch ever closer to critical mass and lasting cultural change.

Another world is not only possible, she’s on her way.
Maybe many of us won’t be here to greet her, but on
a quiet day, if I listen very carefully, I can hear her

Arundhati Roy

Indeed, the closer you move toward enlightenment, the closer we all move toward an enlightened world.

A self-realized being cannot help benefiting the world.
His very existence is the highest good.

Sri Ramana Maharshi

Your next loving thought may tip the scales. In his groundbreaking book, Power vs. Force, Dr. David R. Hawkins scientifically substantiates how the most enlightened 15 percent of the world’s population counterbalances the negativity of the remaining 85 percent of the world’s people.

We change the world not by what we say or do but as a
consequence of what we have become. Thus, every
spiritual aspirant serves the world.

Dr. David R. Hawkins

It is a virtuous circle. Every loving thought you contribute incrementally raises your consciousness; the higher your consciousness, the greater the impact of your contribution and the more likely it becomes that your next thought will also be a positive one.

The difference in power between a loving thought and
a fearful thought is so enormous as to be beyond the
capacity of the human imagination to easily comprehend.

Dr. David R. Hawkins

This excerpt is from Phil Bolsta’s book, Through God’s Eyes: Finding Peace and Purpose in a Troubled World. To order your copy, click here.

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This article appears in: 2017 Catalyst, Issue 19: The International Day of Peace