The Three Principles
May we do our best to choose what's best for all
May we open to guidance from the divine
We commit to love, healing, and empowerment for all
Global Community for All is based upon the above three principles. These life principles can be practiced by anyone with an open heart and an open mind. Putting them into practice in your daily life may not be easy at first, yet if you are willing to make the effort, and to open to love, healing, and empowerment from others in the community and from the divine, you are likely to find that it becomes easier all the time as your life becomes richer and fuller.
By gathering regularly with friends and other members of our beloved community, and by encouraging each other to live by these principles on a daily basis, we strengthen our own lives and empower those around us. These simple, yet powerful principles inspire us to work together to make the world a better place for ourselves and for all.
May we do our best to choose what is best for all
The Power of Choice. Every one of us makes hundreds of choices every day. Every choice we make has an impact on our lives. Even seemingly insignificant choices can affect what we experience and sometimes how we feel as we move through the day. When hunger strikes, we can reach for that healthy, nutritious snack, or we can choose the sugar high of junk food. This choice impacts our body and health, and can even affect the way we think and feel about ourselves.
The more important the decision, the more profound its effect. For instance, how do I act towards that person who treated me badly? Where do I choose to focus my time and energy? Do I choose to be passive and wait for things to happen to me, or do I set clear intentions and create what I want in my life? These major decisions have a profound impact not only on how our lives unfold, but also on how we feel about ourselves and how we relate to others. Every choice we make, however big or small, affects us in some way.
How Do You Make Choices? What do you use to guide you in making choices and decisions throughout your day? If you are interested in living a richer, fuller life, there is a way you can give your choices a clear focus and direction. There is a foundation upon which you can base all of your decisions which can make life better not only for you, but also for all around you. This foundation is to choose based on what's best for all.
My we do our best to choose what's best for all.
Imagine a world where everyone makes choices based on what's best for all. Imagine if every parent, spouse, friend, teacher, businessman, and politician truly did their best to choose what's best for all involved in every decision they made. We would certainly live in a much more caring, supportive world.
Now imagine if you based all of your choices every day on what's best for all involved. You might have to make compromises and even sacrifices at times, yet think of how much fuller and clearer your life could be. Think of how much better you might feel about yourself.
It's the Intention. "But how do I know what is really best?" you might ask. The answer is simple. It doesn't matter. What matters is not the choice you make, but rather the intention behind your choice. Many times you won't know what's best. You will not be clear which choice is best for all concerned. What matters is that whatever decision you make, you are clear in your intention of choosing based on what's best for all.
If it later turns out that you made what appears to have been a bad choice, there's no need for guilt. By simply knowing that you did your best to choose with a sincere desire for what's best for all, your conscience stays clear and open. This then allows you to more easily learn from your mistakes, and to live with a clear heart and mind.
What's Best for Me, Too! Choosing what's best does not mean you have to always sacrifice yourself for others. An overly exhausted mother can lose her temper easily. Some time off for this mother might seem selfish, yet it can help her to be a better mother to her children. At times, giving to yourself is what's best for all.
Big Choices Make a Big Difference. With the many choices we make every day, it would be impossible to consciously think about what's best all the time. With smaller choices, there's no need to consciously think about it. We know that we carry this intention with us in all that we do. What is important, though, is that whenever we find ourselves facing a difficult or important decision, we remind ourselves of our intention to choose based on what's best for all.
By making a commitment to practice this principle every day and in all aspects of your life, choosing what's best will gradually become a natural part of who you are. You may be surprised to find your heart feeling lighter and your mind becoming clearer. Your decisions become easier and more focused, and your life becomes much richer and fuller.
The Most Important Principle. Choosing what's best for all of us is the most important of the three principles. It provides a solid foundation for the other principles. Thus, as we move through each day of our lives, let us do our best to choose what's best for all.
May we open to guidance from the divine
Many Forms of Guidance. Guidance comes in many forms. Family or friends may give wonderful words of wisdom in dealing with a particular problem or situation. An inspiring book or TV program might provide meaningful advice. All of this guidance can be useful, particularly if it helps to support our desire to choose what's best for all. The most powerful guidance, however, often comes from sources unseen. By opening to guidance from the divine, we open to the support of powerful forces greater than ourselves, which can help our lives to grow and blossom ever more beautifully.
Many Meanings for Divine. The divine has different meanings to different people. For some, the divine means God, Creator, Allah, Great Spirit, or whatever we call the supreme consciousness or all encompassing essence of the universe. For others, the divine involves the realm of our forefathers or ancestors. For some it is the spirits of nature or spirits from other realms. Still others believe that each of us has one or more guardian angels, that we all have a guiding spirit or spirits to help us along the way. Some people believe in all of these. Yet even if you don't believe in any of this, you might open to the possibility that there is a very wise part of your self–a higher self or a deeper self–which can provide you with divine guidance from within.
How we define or view the divine is not important here. What is important is that we open to the presence of the divine, however we choose to define it, and that we consciously invite this powerful guidance into our daily lives.
May we open to guidance from the divine.
Many Ways to Ask. How do we ask for divine guidance? There are many ways. You may already have your own meaningful prayer or meditation practice. You may want to experiment with different ways you hear about, read about, or come up with yourself. Choose whatever way feels best to you.
One beautiful practice is to set aside a few minutes each morning upon awakening. First, reaffirm your commitment to do what's best for yourself and for all in your life this day. Then, ask directly to the divine for guidance in making choices that are best for all throughout the coming day. You might also welcome wisdom and guidance from any angels, deceased relatives and friends, or other spirits committed to what's best for all. You can do the same at bedtime every night, setting aside time to ask for guidance during your sleep and dream time.
Any time during the day when you need to make a significant decision, or you just want to calm or center yourself, stop for a moment. Take time to ask the divine for help, guidance, and inspiration in choosing what's best for all of us.
All Requests Only if it's Best. In communicating with the divine, you might at times request or pray for a particular result. When you ask for something specific, by ending with "only if this is what's best for all," you open to a higher level of guidance. There are times when in asking for something we may feel certain that we know what's best. Yet there can be unforeseen consequences or reasons why what we're asking for is not what's best. By always adding, "only if this is what's best for all," we allow divine forces to enrich our lives and the lives of those around us in unexpected ways.
Challenges as Teachers. There are times when what's best is not what's easiest or most enjoyable. Sometimes unwanted challenges, difficult situations, and even pain can teach us important lessons that in the long run help us to enjoy life more fully. When we open and surrender to all experiences as gifts from the divine and opportunities for growth and understanding, we open to a deeper level of divine guidance.
Atheists Can Benefit, Too. Even if you are uncertain whether God or the divine exists, give this key a try. You might be surprised at what happens, particularly if you are open to change and growth in your life. The results may not always be what you hoped for or expected, but in the long run you are very likely to find your life becoming much richer, fuller, and more satisfying.
By opening to divine guidance in all things and asking for guidance in choosing what's best for all, we allow loving, supportive forces much greater than ourselves to help bring whatever is best into our lives and the lives of those around us.
We Commit to Love, Healing, and Empowerment for All
Acceptance and Understanding. In order to build a foundation to enable us to love, heal, and empower all, it is first necessary to develop our ability to accept and understand ourselves and all around us.
Avoiding the Real Me. After making it through a mid-life crisis, an insightful man once commented, "I've spent my whole life trying to be someone who I'm not. Now I'm ready to focus on accepting and enjoying who I am." So many people are trying to be someone they are not; trying to be richer, to be better looking, to feel better, to gain status, or just to be liked by others. So many people are not happy with who they are.
Our Divine Essence. Deep down we are all beautiful, shining beings worthy of love and support. The sweet innocence of babies and young children is a clear example of this. Yet for most of us, the shining essence with which we came into this life became obscured over the years as our family and others were unable to give us the kind of unconditional love and support we so craved.
As children, when we were repeatedly told that we were not good enough or were punished just for being who we are, thick layers of confusion and doubt developed, clouding our divine essence. Layers of fear and insecurity were woven into our personalities as we learned to survive in a world where others often cared about us only if we made them happy or when we proved ourselves to be someone they wanted us to be.
The Mask. By the time we are grown, most of us have developed a protective mask or persona to hide these layers of fear and insecurity from others, and at times even from ourselves. Though we might outwardly appear happy or content, on the inside most of us to varying degrees feel unhappy with who we are, wishing we were somebody who we are not. We feel the heavy burden of the fears, wounds, and insecurities which have built up. We long ago lost touch with that beautiful, shining core still inside of us, buried under unseen layers of fear, anger, guilt, shame, confusion, insecurity, inadequacy, and more.
Yet, that shining essence is still there. It has always been there. Most of us have had peak experiences at some point in our lives where that deeper essence broke through; times where we felt deeply satisfied about our lives, or where we were reminded of who we really are. No matter how much you may have forgotten, no matter how thick those layers may be, your shining core is and always has been there.
Accepting and Understanding Myself. You can choose right now to invite that beautiful inner essence to shine through the clouds and to shine again in your life. By doing your best to accept and understand all of who you are–both your deep shining essence and the layers of dark clouds within–you can open more fully to life, and enjoy the gift of who you are.
When fears, dark thoughts, difficult emotions, or selfish desires arise, first choose to accept that they are there, that they are a part of you. Once you've recognized and accepted them, work towards understanding these dark clouds and where they came from. And don't forget to ask for divine guidance and for what's best for all as you explore and transform these dark and hidden places. By choosing to accept and understand all parts of yourself, the clouds gradually begin to shift and disperse. Pathways to your divine core begin to open, thus allowing your radiant inner essence to shine through.
Courage. It takes courage to accept and work to understand our fears and weaknesses. It takes even more courage to allow others to see the clouds, to see us as we really are. Yet by allowing ourselves to be seen—by doing our best to be fully ourselves in all our strengths and weaknesses—our relationships can grow richer, deeper, and more meaningful.
This may be awkward at first. It can be challenging, as some people are unable or unwilling to accept certain parts of who we are. Some may even reject us or ask us not to be our real selves with them. Yet as those around us see us becoming more real and honest with them, many will also be inspired to be more real and honest with us. Thus, instead of continually reinforcing those clouds and dark layers in both ourselves and others, we open to a deeper, more authentic way of living and relating with others.
As these hidden parts of ourselves are accepted and understood, they become increasingly lighter. Life gradually becomes fuller and more free as we no longer have to expend so much energy in supporting a mask or persona. Like that insightful middle-aged man, we are more able to accept and enjoy who we are right now, with all our strengths and weaknesses.
Accepting and Understanding Others. In accepting and understanding yourself, you will notice that others, too, have many layers clouding their divine essence. In trying to survive in this world they, too, have lost touch with who they really are. There is darkness and light, good and bad in all of us. As you work to accept and understand yourself, it is most important that you choose also to give this gift to those around you.
The Serenity Prayer sums it up beautifully:
grant me the courage to change the things I can,
The serenity to accept the things I cannot,
And the wisdom to know the difference.
Acceptance of what is, coupled with understanding of what we can change and what we cannot, allows us to find the courage to be all that we can be, and to empower others in doing the same. Through cultivating acceptance and understanding of our bright inner essence and the dark layers which cloud that divine essence, we naturally open to expressing love, healing, and empowerment.
Loving, Healing, and Empowering Me. Let me start with myself. I will do my best to love myself, to heal myself, and to empower myself to be the best I can be today and every day of my life. By first making a commitment to ourselves, to our own personal growth, it becomes easier to love, heal, and empower those around us.
Loving, Healing, and Empowering All. Now let us move to others. But do we really want to give this gift to all other people? Can we really love, heal, and empower everyone around us? What if we really don't like someone?
When you feel a dislike towards a person, remind yourself that it is usually their personality that you don't like—the mask or dark clouds blocking their deeper essence. You can recognize that beneath the mask, beneath those dark clouds in everyone is a shining divine essence. While acknowledging those parts you don't like or appreciate, do your best to find love and support in your heart for the shining being hidden beneath all the clouds, beneath the mask or personality that you don't like. You can choose to love and empower the divine spark within all.
We commit to love, healing, and empowerment for all.
Negative Judgment. A common distraction from our intention to love, heal, and empower is negative judgment. No matter how negative a person's actions or behavior might be, judging someone to be bad as a person does not empower or inspire anyone to be a better person.
When you find yourself feeling negative judgment, first acknowledge the part of you that wants to judge—that wants to be right and better than others. Remind yourself that we all have our faults and weaknesses. Do your best to understand and learn from your judgment.
Then let it go. Open to finding first acceptance, and then understanding and love both for your own divine essence and for that of the person you judged. Choose to let your last thought always be that of love. In doing this, we can powerfully transform our judgment into love, healing, and empowerment.
Preventing Harm While Recognizing Divine Essence. What if we see someone doing something that appears clearly wrong, or is causing harm? In this case, you can be firm and take whatever action you feel is best to stop any harm. Enforcing a serious consequence with someone who has acted out of extreme self-interest may be the most loving, empowering action you can take.
Yet even as you take firm action, try to understand what has brought the person to do this. Be open to seeing their inner clouds. Then choose to look beyond those clouds, beyond the inner turmoil that causes people to do harm. In this way, you can act from a place of love and support for their deeper essence, even while firmly stopping them from doing wrong or causing harm. Through choosing to see beneath all of the pain, suffering, and hatred, and to recognize and connect with the divine essence within even those who would do us harm, not only do we heal the world, we heal ourselves.
Imagine... Imagine for a moment a world where all people truly did their best to love, heal, and empower each other. Imagine if a significant number of the people on this planet truly did their best to live by these principles or similar ideals. You can choose to become one of those people right now. You can choose to make your life and our world a better place.
It is fully possible. There are people of all races, religions, and beliefs around the globe already committed to living by these or similar ideals. Let us then choose with an open mind and an open heart to add to their numbers. Let us choose every day of our lives to do our best to love, to heal, and to empower ourselves and all we meet to be the very best we can be.
Final Words on Three Principles of Global Community for All
- May we do our best to choose what's best for all
- May we open to guidance from the divine
- We commit to love, healing, and empowerment for all
These are simple, yet powerful principles. By remembering and living them as we move through each day, our lives are bound to grow richer and fuller. We can start each day by recommitting ourselves to these life principles. At important points in the day, or even when resting or taking a break, we can remind ourselves of our intention to follow them. At night before sleep, we can give thanks for the day and ask for love, healing, and empowerment for all who share our world. We can apply these principles right now to difficult situations in our lives.
Through doing our best to choose what's best for all, through opening to guidance from the divine, and through loving, healing, and empowering all, we are all helping to make this world a better place both for ourselves and for all around us. And we can give thanks that with Global Community for All, we have a loving community that is in this moment, and in every moment committed to love, healing, and empowerment for each of us, and wishing for us all the very best in our journey through life.
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