We cannot change the world for the better if we limit ourselves only to the tangible things that people do and do not do. Our emotions, thoughts, and choices that we make have a huge impact on the environment as a whole.
All of life is one. Our environment can be the biggest we can fathom to the smallest that we can put our arms around. So, let us consider what our thoughts, feelings, and spiritual striving have to do with our environment:
Every time we take action, we see an immediate or delayed impact on life around us. Every time we feel something, it has power and energy. It goes out of our emotional body and affects everyone and everything around us. Consider how you feel after being angry or irritated. Your body has changed chemically and others around have felt that anger and irritation. These emanations are even impressed on the objects that are around you. Consider how you feel if you wear a piece of clothing that someone gives you and you feel “icky” wearing it. Jewelery, clothing, furnishings all carry our emanations. So do our homes and gardens and even the foods we cook. They are all influenced by our feelings, thoughts, and spiritual striving!
Every time you think something, your thought currents have a powerful effect on your body and environment. Scientific have shown how our thoughts influence our health and the condition of our bodies. Our thoughts also affect the very material environment around us and also affect all living organisms around us. Animals and plants feel our emotions and thoughts. The mineral kingdom is also impacted by our thoughts and our feelings. Furniture and homes and walls absorb our emanations. Consider why some homes or places you visit have a positive energy and feelings of well being, whereas other places make us uncomfortable and agitated.
Every time we strive spiritually to better ourselves, our outer life takes on a new meaning. What we are on the inside changes our life. Our relations change, our work changes, and our environment changes. In fact, a great thinker of the Wisdom Teachings wrote that our very thinking, feeling, and striving (or lack thereof) have a direct influence on the weather patterns and that humanity experiences. What we do in one part of the world will have an effect somewhere in the world. He states “These thoughts, emotions, and deeds are actually charges of energy which not only penetrate the great ocean of energy, but which also build cloudy formations around the globe. When such formations reach a certain point of density, power and radioactivity, they cause great destructive or constructive effects upon the kingdoms of the globe. The nature of their content, or their polarisation, determines whether the effect will be destructive or constructive. These cloudy formations either channel global energy or hinder its flow, for good or for destructive purposes.” (Earthquakes and Disasters by Torkom Saraydarian, p. 5)
My approach to environmental improvement includes this multi-leveled approach. When we are able to see this progressive and complex approach, we can easily see that wherever a person has a more holistic and multi-leveled approach to change, their actions are clear and simple. The environment will improve and we can avert disasters when we are able to change our consciousness.
Why do some people quickly see the dangers of their actions and some do not? I see people throwing garbage out of their cars without any feeling whatsoever; after all, it is not their living room, just a road. But someone has to pick up this garbage and it does and create ugliness for others who travel that road. Yet there are others who think more holistically and they volunteer to pick up garbage from the roadside!
What about those who continuously exude filthy language in ways spoken and written, think hurtful and abusive thoughts, and feel ugly feelings and are seething with anger toward others? Those subtle e
manations also go out of each person and fill up space. Great spiritual thinkers show us why we need to clean up our life from the inside out, and from the outside in.
When I see people who easily and automatically want to re-cycle, be environmentally sensitive, I see people who have an inner for cleanliness and responsibility. I see the same traits of responsibility when I see someone who consciously chooses to clean up his or her emotions and thoughts and stop the flow of toxicity from their inner being. Whether the toxic waste is garbage thrown out of the car, or if it is garbage spewed out from the mouth or thoughts, these are just as polluting as the material garbage. When we see hateful and ugly thoughts coming from people, we don’t want to be around them. We can feel these subtle emanations.
Slowly we are developing instruments that measure the effect of our feelings and thoughts and actions, expressed or internal. Great spiritual teachers have always warned us about the ill effects of toxic emotions and thoughts. Now we are seeing the results of human toxicity. Our thoughts and feelings travel around space as fast as an email or Internet post does, maybe even faster. If written Blogs can have an effect on others and help change policy, what about the effects of our feelings and thoughts and practices? After all, these are just as real as written Blogs!
So, I would like to see this day dedicated to cleaning up the environment from the subtle side of our lives as well as the material parts of life. I feel strongly that the issues facing humanity today cannot be approached only from the material end alone. A multi-leveled approach is needed. We can each do something right now to clean up our actions, emotions, and thoughts. We can become aware of the kinds of emotions and thoughts we are continuously sending out of our life every minute. My feeling is that we put out much more “subtle garbage” on a daily basis than we do material garbage. And, the inner source of garbage is what influences the way we behave outwardly. It is that inner source or inner condition that we have that makes us choose to pollute or to live responsibly toward all of life. Without a real change in human consciousness, how can the end result of that consciousness, in the life choices that people make, ever change?
We are not isolated bodies in the larger body of humanity. We are not isolated nations or countries in the life of the Planet. We are not simple physical beings in the complex life of the planet. We need to approach this issue of what defines environment from the complexity of human life and even take into account the life of subtle beings all around us.
I am happy to see that humanity considers an important part of our dialogue. I especially congratulate The Nobel Peace Prize Committee and Al Gore for their recognition of the importance of our environment. Now, let us take this a step further and deeper, and start to consider the inner workings of human beings and how much toxicity and pollution comes out of our inner life, or, alternatively, how much beauty and goodness and healing can flow out of each human being toward others and toward all of life.
References on the inner life and possibilities for our future lives by Torkom Saraydarian:
Entering the New Millennium
Olympus World Report, the Year 3000