It’s all well and good to develop strong ideals about what the world should be like. It’s important to have a good working understanding of what’s right, what’s wrong and why.
But with patriarchy so entrenched that it’s invisibly woven into the fabric of our lives and our minds, what can we do? Where do we start? What actions can we take today to begin the enormous task of shifting the direction of the Good Ship Lifestyle with our bare hands?
Gandhi has been quoted as telling us to be the change we want to see in the world.
What he actually said was, “If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change…. We need not wait to see what others do.”
as a young man he was a lawyer and ended up a powerful activist guiding the fate of his country. This is the power of activating intent in our lives.
Our intent is the outcome we want. This has been said a million ways: Keep your eyes on the prize. The Law of Attraction.
Activating your intent is simple and difficult. All you do is remember to look at things through the lens of your chosen beliefs. I say chosen because most of the time, it’s easy to slip into a mindset that grows from ideas we inherited from our parents or the society we grew up in. Ideas we believe because we accepted them long ago when we weren’t mature enough to think critically.
Analyze your paradigm and be willing to let go of beliefs that you know are probably false. Sweeping generalizations like “blondes are mean” or “I am unpopular.” Beliefs about what you can’t do. About who belongs in what group.
A lot what I wrote about in my Companion Post, the sexual stereotypes, are things that feel obvious and true because we learned them very early. But it’s clear to see that no one really fits into those boxes. So let go of them. Make your own observations of how things are. Then put those observations to work.
Bottom line: Let go of sexual stereotypes, for yourself and everyone else. They are the enemy of progress.
*Next time: Beauty is the beast!