"Visions of World Benefit & Global Responsibility: Perspectives of McGill Students

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Self-Healing to Make a Difference

In my personal experience I am at my most heightened sense of being able to accept, embrace, and help others when I am completely acceptant of myself. I find that otherwise I am too concerned with my personal struggles that I actually neglect real issues. Personally, while I value myself very highly as a human being, when I reflect over what bothers me and my daily concerns most of them tend to be incredibly insignificant. Often I am too caught up in the petty problems to even take a moment to sit back and recognize that it is meaning. I feel that if I along with many others, were able to put those worries aside then it would be easier to focus my energy on authentic problems that affect more people than solely myself.

My goal is to first master on a personal level the ability to control my energy and focus, so that it can be directed down a positive path. I intend to learn the best methods and practices as well as study from the experts, who have developed a similar productive and positive lifestyle. From there I will develop a model and guideline for achieving a greater awareness and understanding, which can be shared and taught to others.

The end result will be a community of self-realized individuals who have the mental strength to release themselves from petty personal problems, and instead concentrate on eliminating global problems by having being more responsible and conscious of their personal actions. Collectively we will motivate and remind each other that we have a greater commitment to attend to.

I truly believe that the lack of self-awareness and fulfillment is the underlying root of an overwhelming amount of global issues. Following, is a list of problems and how I believe they are connected to the lack of self-awareness:

Lack of integrity in the workplace – Greed is a very relevant topic can be worked on through self-awareness. Greed arises through the misconception that wealth will lead to happiness. In actuality these people will generally be left unfulfilled and never satisfied. The instilment of values, morality and integrity will lead to a greater sense of fulfillment

War of faiths and cultures – One very personal conflict to me is the one among Israelis and Palestinians. It is an extremely complicated conflict that is perpetuated by history and misunderstandings. However, if these people had a deeper understanding of themselves and then each other, they would see that there is good in everyone and that positive change is not achieved through violence. Peace is a very difficult concept for someone to understand in that situation, because there is so much built up anger, but the anger does not exist because of the people on the opposing side, rather it exists from the situation itself. The situation can only change though if both sides realize this and decide work positively together.

The continuous exploitation of our environment and third world countries – Consumption levels in western societies are astronomical. For example…In marketing courses in University students are taught about Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs, ultimately so that we can manipulate the consumers into believing that a product our product or service can satisfy one of those needs. In my opinion, if people can first be taught self-actualization, it would work to amplify one’s ability to achieve the other hierarchies of the pyramid, especially esteem and love/belonging. People will realize that it is not material things that cause esteem or belonging, but inner happiness that breeds one’s abilities to achieve the others.

Indifference – Overall, with this effort, the indifference of humans is the one thing that I would like to change the most. I believe that indifference occurs when an individual is too self involved to grasp the importance of non-personal issues. I hope to eliminate this by first making people fully aware and comfortable with themselves, and then eventually aware of the global issues and show them how they can make a difference.

Related Leaders and Movements

Anthony Robbins – Anthony Robbins is a successful life coach and motivational speaker who works with people to help them unleash their natural abilities and become more productive human beings. He helps individuals overcome personal problems and helps them excel at what they do.

NLP - Neuro-linguistic programming is a term that describes a set of techniques used to assist in personal development. It has been growing in popularity and aligns well with the idea of personal mastery which is critical for self-growth.

Yoga & Meditation – The immense growth in these trends in recent years is a good sign that people are realizing the importance of self-healing and spirituality. These activities are meant to elicit personal reflection and awareness. Personal mastery of yoga and meditation can help lead to a more fulfilling life and help people see important changes that are needed in the world.


“You must be the change that you wish to see in the world” - Ghandi

“Know yourself first, and then others” - G. Funakoshi “Never look down on anybody unless you're helping him up.” – Jesse Jackson

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” – William James

“To think is easy. To act is hard. But the hardest thing in the world is to act in accordance with your thinking.” -Goethe

“An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.” - Friedrich Engels

“What on earth would we do with ourselves is something did not stand in our way” – H.G. Wells

“The greatest discovery is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes of mind.” – William James

“You don't get to choose how you're going to die, or when. You can only decide how you're going to live now.” - Joan Baez

“All that is necessary for evil to succeed is that good men do nothing” – Edmund Burke

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