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It’s not political, it’s literal

It has come to my attention that some people are under the impression that “Be The Change Pagosa Springs” is about politics and is somehow related to President Obama and his platform for change. Let me make this clear — this is not political, it is literal.

Let me explain what “Be The Change” is really about.

First of all, it stems from the quote by Ghandi, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” It seems Ghandi’s intention was to have people look at who and what they were being and what action they were taking. The focus wasn’t on looking “out there” at everything they didn’t want and try to change it. He knew that didn’t work. History is full of examples. Every time we focus on a problem, the problem gets bigger. War, drugs, violence, poverty, terrorism, education, health, etc. — even though we focus our attention, energy and money on them, none have gone away.

Ghandi encouraged the people to look within, at themselves, to determine what needed to change. Then focus on the end result and be that change. In their case, they wanted independence. They weren’t trying to change the government. They simply wanted them to leave. The people became independent in their thinking, in their action, and the result was independence for their country. I realize this is a simplified version of what went on, however, the process is what is important. These people became free first in their thinking, then in their behavior. The end result was they then became free as a nation. I have heard it said before and find it is true: “All the work is in the being.”

When I first heard Ghandi’s quote, I thought, what a great idea. But what does it mean to “Be the change?” For most people, myself included, the whole idea of change is extremely difficult. We are the only living things that seem to believe that we can live amongst constant change and yet remain the same. Even nature teaches us that change is constant. Change requires being and doing something different and that means getting out of our comfort zone. A simple concept that isn’t always easy! The mere thought of making significant changes causes many of us to tremble with fear. We then become paralyzed and do nothing. Even if we aren’t happy with the way things are, changing it is somehow still too uncomfortable to actually do something. Often the only time we make significant changes in our lives is when it is forced upon us by circumstances.

What does all this have to do with “Be The Change?” Well, “Be The Change” focuses on the individual and how one person making one positive change can act much like the butterfly effect or the ripple effect, and have far-reaching ramifications. I his book, “Power vs. Force,” Dr. David Hawkins writes, “In this interconnected universe, every improvement we make in our private world improves the world at large for everyone … It is a scientific fact that what is good for you is good for me.” Hawkins has spent 29 years studying the hidden determinants of human behavior. His conclusions have determined that if we individually live in a way that we regularly practice kindness, love and receptivity, and where you see beauty and the endless potential of good in others as well as yourself, you counterbalance 90,000 people somewhere on this planet who live in shame, anger, hatred, guilt, despair, depression, and so on. Let me repeat that. One person who makes even a tiny change and becomes more positive in their outlook and behavior can counterbalance 90,000 people who live with negative outlooks and behavior! That is phenomenal when you think about it. It makes another statement made by Ghandi ring even truer: “A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.” He knew what he was talking about. One person can make a difference.

Our group, “Be The Change,” is about people assisting one another to literally make change within ourselves to effect how we are being human, how we interact with one another, how we feel about ourselves and others and how we put it all into action, right now, each and every day in a positive way.

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” It is not political — it is literal.

If you have an interest in attending one of our meetings mark your calendar for the following dates: Oct. 27, Nov. 17 and Dec. 15. Although we normally meet the fourth Tuesday of the month, due to the holidays we will change that to the third Tuesday in November and December. Meetings are held at the community center, North Conference Room, from 7-8:30 p.m.

For more information, call Andrea at 731-4268 or 903-6047, or e-mail