I used to want to change the world. Now I only care to change myself.
Not because I’m on some Gandhi shit hahaha, but because it’s the only thing that actually works on a practical level.
In other words:
Changing yourself is the fastest way to change the world.
(It’s also the only way.)
I didn’t either for a LONG time.
But here’s the thing, my friend:
- Man is born into the world
- Man goes through certain experiences that shape him as a child
- Some experiences are pleasurable, others leave scars
- These pleasures and scars create veils aka lenses in which the man views the world as an adult
- Now the man doesn’t see the world as it is, but as he is
- If he went through negative experiences (we all do), he projects these onto the world and now sees a negative world in need of fixing (unable to recognize the pain to be his own internal pain, he projects this outwards and believes the world is in pain)
- Now he gathers up all his courage and decides he’s going to change the world (not realizing what he’s trying to do is heal himself in the process)
- So he does, or at least he tries..
- Slaving away, working his fingers to the bone
- Days turn into weeks, weeks into months, months into years, years into decades and before you know it man is reaching the latter part of his life with the wrinkles of stress on his face
- Contemplating his life and if it was all worth it, he looks out into the world and doesn’t see much of a difference…
- The world still appears the same way… it has the same feeling… the same texture… the same suffering…
- Frustrated and broken, the man grows tired and fades into the grave without having changed the world…
Hurts, doesn’t it?
Of course, but such is the fate of the man who wants to change the world.
Not because the world doesn’t want to change, but because the world out there is just a projection of the world in here.
I didn’t for a LONG time.
But here’s the thing, my friend:
- When I wanted to change the world, it was because I was broken on the inside…
- Unable to own this feeling as my own, I unconsciously projected it into the world and thought the world needed fixing…
- So I tried to fix it, but it never worked…
- Not like I thought it would.
- Then I turned my gaze inwards, did the real work there, and like magic the external world started to change, too (every area – from wealth to relationships to performance)…
- For now I had cleared the veils and cleaned the distorted lens I was using to experience/see the world
- With this internal cleaning, the outer world became cleaner, too (changed in ways you wouldn’t believe)
- Because all this time I wasn’t experiencing THE world, I was experiencing MY world
- With each veil that was and is cleared, the subjective world turns into the objective world
- And that’s when you realize:
- The objective world is not need of fixing – it’s a world of awe, wonder, love, possibility, magic, thrill, beauty
- What needs fixing is the lens in which we’re viewing the world – for it’s this lens that is creating a broken world, a broken business, a broken relationship, a broken life, etc.
Until this lens is cleared, nothing changes experientially.
For you’re using the same broken lens to experience each new moment.
Such is why Inner Work is not a luxury, but a necessity.
ESPECIALLY if you want to change the world and experience your true potential.
p.s. In the coming days or weeks, I’ll send you a short video of how cleaning my inner world transformed my business like you wouldn’t believe. I’m talking about going from bank balances of -$67 to making more $$$ in one day than most people make in a year. I’ll walk you through why it’s relevant, how it works, what I did, and what you can do, too. If you want first dibs on that video (it’s free), you can reply to this email.