“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.”
— Desmond Tutu
Holiday hope from our Founder Trina Wyatt (since we could all use some rn)
As the year comes to a close, we Conscious Good-ers are filled with hope! To quote one of my favorite writers, Tolstoy, I am hopeful that “All really great things are happening in slow and inconspicuous ways.”
One thing I’ve learned this past year is that how we look at something is up to us: we choose to view the world through a lens of hope or a lens of fear and despair.
A friend described to me how she sat on the freeway in bumper-to-bumper traffic not moving for several hours. At first, she was angry and anxious as she waited in frustration. Then she decided to turn the radio to an oldies station and rock out to some favorite tunes while she waited for traffic to move again. “I decided,” she told me, “I could suffer while I waited or enjoy my time alone in the car. The circumstances were not under my control; my reaction was entirely my choice.”
With the state of our world right now — the devastating effects of climate change, a broken immigration policy, the exposure of sexual predators, and basically 90% of what I read in my newsfeed– I am reminded daily of the mythical Pandora’s box. In the myth, Pandora’s curiosity gets the better of her and she opens a box (actually, an earthen jar), unleashing all kinds of evils and diseases into the world to plague mankind. But at the bottom of the jar was the gift of HOPE.
One interesting interpretation of the myth is that Pandora isn’t a woman in the ordinary sense, but the symbol of the feminine principal of receptivity and the nature of the subconscious. The subconscious mind, also known as the unconscious mind, is where our hopes, fears and dreams are stored. Besides playing host to our hidden fears and anxieties, the subconscious mind has the power to manifest our hopes and dreams. It is this power of our subconscious minds, to create hope, that when integrated with our conscious minds, can help us heal ourselves and with enough effort, the planet. Praise.
Hope was the last powerful tool that remained in Pandora’s box after fear and other afflictions were unleashed, a reminder that hope is a very real force that can change our lives – and the world – for the better. It is up to us to decide whether we will look at the current condition of our world and respond in paralyzed helplessness, or choose to envision a better world and fight for change with hopefulness and courage.
Struggling to find hope?
We’ve got you covered. Here are three pieces of #ConsciousContent that are sure to strike up some hope.
1. Rosa – These Storms tells the story of a young woman who, in spite of being raped and then rejected by her parents, never gives up hope in her dreams of an education.
2. In Welcome to Canada, a young man studying to become a doctor, with dreams of finding a cure for cancer, is forced to leave his Country (Syria). Now he dreams of changing the world in a different way, one he could never have imagined back home.
3. In Conscious Company ft. Rebecca Dreyfus – One of my greatest hopes (besides world peace) is that conscious media will continue to be a powerful tool to help change the world for the better. Filmmaker, Rebecca Dreyfus shares my sentiments to Conscious Good producer Cali Alpert in our podcast series, In Conscious Company.