A Positive Outlook on Life
by Jan Gosen
(A World Peace Experiment Participant
from the Netherlands)
As far as we are concerned we try and maintain a certain distance to
all the occurrences of the world. This has got nothing to do with not
wanting to see what is happening and thus taking an escape route, but
we all know that the media have a (strong) tendency (and with what possible
hidden agenda behind it?) to present 'the world' as a horrible place
where 'evil' always wins over the good. (or where it is at least considered
good for the viewing ratings)
Like you, I am ALWAYS optimistic, always positive, I tell everyone
that I LOVE the world we live in, that it is a beautiful creation and
that 'reality' is really something different for every single one of
us. Many friends and members of our family have a hard time accepting
As far as religion is concerned many people go to Church like they
go to Kindergarten - there seems to be no questioning what is behind
the words they hear. For others who denounce the whole idea of a God
I always feel like they are the ones who are going through adolescence.
Some say they refuse to believe because 'God wouldn't let people suffer
that much'. I just tell them : people make each other suffer, and in
the end all will be well.
Of course I see what is going on in the Middle East and what has been
going on there for years (I have noted over the years that especially
at Christmas and at Easter there have been many outbursts of negative
energy). I know that in some way really everyone on this world is CONNECTED
so the anguish the people in Rwanda, Bosnia, wherever are feeling is
also MY anguish. But luckily for me it is easier to dose that into my
In our minds I feel we can consciously transmute the occurrences of
the world, if we can reach a state of non-attachment, a state in which
we do not carry preferences for possible outcomes of conflicts but rather
leave all that to spirit. I have always felt I had to defend such nihilist
approaches, but to me this seems to work best. In order to remain aware
in unattachment we only watch the news on the Internet sporadically.
We take it in when we do and accept what takes place. And then the LIGHT
does its work. I don't feel I have to burn a box of candles to better
the world or say a 1000 mantras.
It basically comes down to my feeling that in order to be a difference
in the world you simply have to BE a source of LIGHT. When I would have
to digest every piece of 'noteworthy evidence' on all of the occurrences
taking place in the world right now presented through whatever kind
of media I would have a hard time 'staying in my center' and I feel
that knowing all of the details behind this and that occurrence wouldn't
be of much help to the situation in itself. From people who follow TV
and newspaper I know that after 9/11 the image of the crashing planes
was brought on TV nearly EVERY 5 MINUTES.
Now what good does that do?
We experienced a (cargo) plane crash a hundred or so meters from our
home. The chaos and turmoil we experienced then was enough to never
ever want to watch a movie on TV AGAIN in which people were paid serious
money to PLAY A ROLE IN WHICH THEY WERE DOING HARM TO SOMEONE. To us
that is just plain ridiculous. OK, and there are many other things that
are plain ridiculous. I could make a list but I think you have your
'dislikes' as well, but it doesn't do me any good to keep hammering
on those forms of lesser delicacy.
To stay attuned to the higher Levels (which are different for every
one of us) and not get carried away by annoyances which are only counterproductive
in the long as well as in the short run looks to me like 'the best way
to go'. And, like 'The Life and Teaching of the Masters of the Far East'
Joy is the Highest state.
So whatever takes place - I prefer to have a smiling face.
Jan Gosen - firstname.lastname@example.org