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Change the world at noon

A banner made for the Peace Fence in 2007 that is now on a tile in front of the Ashland library.

OK. We know enough about the problems we face, personally and globally, so let’s explore solutions.

Einstein advised that we can’t solve our problems with the same thinking we used to create them. So how could we think differently about solutions?

How about rethinking the word itself? A solution is something that fixes a problem, right? But a solution is also a medium, usually water plus specific additives. For instance, we might use a degreasing solution to clean metal, or drink water with baking soda in it to aid digestion. Solutions are mediums formulated to create a specific effect; some are instruments of significant transformation, like heavy water in a nuclear power plant.

The solution we need to address our problems in an entirely novel way is a transformational medium that can grow a sustainable society of peace, creativity and joy. Let’s describe how this can happen.

Picture a glass of clear water. You are holding a dropper of ink over it and you release a single droplet. Imagine it falling, hitting the water, and beginning to disperse, first as a feathery cloud of black and then gradually diluting the entire glass into murky gray.

That single drop permeated the entire medium. One drop. Now imagine expressing yourself just like that droplet of ink, transmitting into the ocean of human consciousness. Whatever you express — fear, love, anger, compassion — this too will eventually permeate the entire medium.

One drop won’t transform the ocean, but it does affect it. This means that the most important question isn’t “What are the answers to our problems?” but “What qualities do we need to express, and how much, to significantly alter the medium (mass consciousness) that is incubating, growing and sustaining modern society, with its myriad of seemingly unsolvable problems?”

Consciousness (symbolized by the water) is already dirty. How do we clean it up? Here are a few possibilities with their likely results:

  1. Stir the water with a spoon. Lots of activism but the pollution doesn’t clear up.
  2. Shake the solution. Again, there’s no change.
  3. Contemplate the glass, praying for it to change. Nope.
  4. Strike a committee to develop an action plan. Uh, no progress.

Here’s an option that actually works. Imagine placing that murky glass of water in a bowl. Fill up a large pitcher and begin pouring clear water into the glass. Very quickly It begins to overflow into the bowl. Nothing changes immediately, but if we continue pouring, that glass of dirty water begins to change color. And if we persevere, it will eventually become crystal clear.

I’ve created a program called LoveCasting that leverages this principle. The basic assumption is that we all express qualities that change consciousness, and we can choose what we express. Our single drop combines with other drops, and as we continue pouring out our transmissions of love and gratitude and peace and joy, the medium begins to clarify. It’s inevitable, it’s unstoppable, it’s transformative. The only question is, will we (in sufficient numbers) actually do it, and will we persevere until we’ve cleaned up the mess?

I’m aiming for one million LoveCasters on active duty by May 1, 2025. To begin contributing, simply set your smartphone alarm for noon, and tune in each day for a personal mini-meditation. I’ve introduced this concept to many hundreds, perhaps thousands of people, but only a handful are actually doing it every day so far.

Will you become one of them? Set your phone, and when the chime sounds, begin broadcasting the qualities you choose to help change the energy field we all share.

This can be awkward if you are in the middle of a conversation or in a meeting. But I’ve been pleasantly surprised how curious and open-minded most people are when I explain why my alert went off. Sometimes they even join in.

I usually close my eyes, feel the stillness, and then silently say, “This is the moment. Something wonderful is happening. I am creating the future with…” And I fill in the emotion of the moment, such as love or compassion or joy.

I hope you become part of the solution.

Will Wilkinson is an Ashland author who blogs at www.noonclub.org. Email 600- to 700-word articles on all aspects of inner peace to Sally McKirgan at innerpeaceforyou@outlook.com.