“Of course, taking action is a vital part of bringing our consciousness into form and making real change. Direct, powerful, and committed action is extremely important both on a personal and social/political level. Whether or not we commit ourselves to such actions is not so much the issue as where the motivation for that action comes from within us.
The pitfall is this: If we put our primary attention and commitment into external action, we repeat an old pattern, one that is at the root of much of the trouble we’re in today – which is believing that the cause of the problem, as well as the power to correct it, exists primarily in the external world.
If we try to solve our problems only externally, which we often do by trying to fix or change other people or institutions, we give away our power. We project it out there, into the external world instead of owning where it really exists, and where we can actually do something about it – inside us.”
Pay attention to whatever feedback you get from the way things unfold in your external experience. See how things work out when you follow your own inner guidance. If things don’t seem to be working out, it may be because you are not yet fully attuned with your inner guidance. You may be following other feelings instead. The best indication that you are in tune with your inner truth is that you feel more alive as a result. Also, things generally work more easily. Doors open. There’s a sense of following a certain flow of energy.”
Shakti Gawain, in “The Path of Transformation”
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