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Change Yourself and You Have Done Your Part in Changing the World

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In our quiet moments of introspection, we often find ourselves pondering the vast complexities of the world. At times, it seems like a tumultuous sea of events beyond our control. But nestled within Paramahansa Yogananda’s insightful words, “Change yourself and you have done your part in changing the world,” lies a profound and empowering truth: the power to change the world begins with us.

By choosing to transform internally, we do more than alter our own lives; we send ripples across the collective consciousness, influencing the world in ways we might never have imagined.

The Ripple Effect of Self-Transformation

Imagine a single drop of water hitting the surface of a still lake. The impact creates a series of ripples that expand far beyond the initial point of contact. Similarly, each of us can be that drop. Every negativity we harbor – be it anger, jealousy, or fear – sends out ripples that darken the waters around us.
In essence, every negativity we have inside of ourselves contributes to the negativity in the world.
Conversely, every act of kindness, every expression of love, and every moment we dedicate to doing deep inner work that sparks transformation, our vibrational frequency rises and ripples of positivity are sent out into the world.

The challenge, however, is recognizing the profound connection between our inner world and the outer reality. It’s easy to point fingers, to blame circumstances or other people for the state of our lives and our planet. But Yogananda’s wisdom gently nudges us towards a more empowering perspective: the world will only change as we change.

Starting With the Man in the Mirror

Michael Jackson famously sang about starting with the “man in the mirror” to make a change. This isn’t just lyrical advice; it’s a deeply spiritual truth that resonates across cultures and philosophies.
When you look at yourself and declare,
“I am going to work on myself,”
“I will do the inner work that is necessary for me to change.”
“I want to become a better version of myself.”
you are setting the stage for transformative growth not just within you, but in the world.

So, how do you embark on this journey of self-improvement? It begins with intention.

The Daily Commitment to Growth

Personal transformation doesn’t require monumental actions each day. Rather, it’s about the small, consistent steps we take.

Perhaps it starts with twenty minutes of meditation each morning, setting the tone for a mindful day. Or choosing to read a book on personal development instead of scrolling through social media. Alternatively, it might be the practice of seva – selfless service – where you freely give your time, expertise, and energy to others, expecting nothing in return.

Engaging in seva pulls you away from the ego’s relentless chase for attention and validation. It’s not about personal gain or putting what you want and need first. Instead, you cultivate humility, become more compassionate and genuinely contribute to the world around you. As you settle into bed each night, before drifting off to sleep, ask yourself: “How have I been of service today?”
Seva is more than a practice – it’s a way of living that not only enriches others but also aligns you with your soul. This alignment allows you to express your true nature, which is inherently joyful, kind, and loving.

Every book on self-improvement and every motivational speaker will tell you: consistency is key. And they’re right. It’s not the grand gestures but the daily commitments that forge the steel of your character and help you change yourself.

Overcome the Resistance

Change is not without its challenges. There will be days when old habits pull you back with the force of a tidal wave. On these days, the temptation to revert to the old self will be strong. But remember, every moment of resistance is an opportunity for growth. It’s a chance to reaffirm your commitment to becoming a better version of yourself.

Notice the resistance but do not let it shake your resolve. Learn to observe it and let it pass through you like a breeze – without giving it any further attention.

Remember you have the power to change yourself. When you want some expert guidance and help along the way, have a look here and let’s embark on your exciting journey of inner transformation together.

The Collective Shift

As more individuals commit to doing inner transformation work, they accelerate their personal growth, and a fascinating phenomenon occurs: the collective consciousness begins to shift. What was once a sea of tumultuous waves slowly starts to calm. The change in the collective doesn’t happen overnight, nor does it happen in isolation. It happens through the cumulative efforts of individuals like you.

When you continue to change yourself and work on becoming your best self, you are playing an essential part in changing the world. The positivity and peace you cultivate within yourself doesn’t stay confined – it radiates out. It touches your family, your community, and, gradually, the world.

You Are the Change

So, the next time you feel overwhelmed by the world’s troubles, take a moment to consider the influence you have.  The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step – a step you must choose to take every day. Choose to improve and change yourself daily. And, at the end of the day, ask yourself: “Am I a better version of myself today than I was yesterday?”

As you commit to self-improvement, not only will you become your best self, but you will also have done your part in changing the world. And remember, in this beautifully interconnected existence, every step towards improvement contributes to a better world.

What steps will you take today?

Let them be intentional, consistent, and rooted in the understanding that your personal transformation contributes to the evolution of the world.

Change starts with you.

Embrace it boldly.

Celebrate the impact and difference you’re making, because as you change yourself, you do your part in changing the world.

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About Dr. Sonja Jahn

Conscious entrepreneurs, leaders and change makers from all over the world seek out Dr. Sonja Jahn’s unique skills and proven system to free themselves of their subconscious blocks, beliefs and behaviours. As a result, they experience a positive and lasting transformation and achieve a greater level of success and satisfaction in their professional and personal life. Read more...