Do you want to save the world? We used to think we did, but after hearing Rev. Michael Beckwith on stage during A-fest 2016 in Mexico, we’ve come to an entirely different conclusion. Save the planet: not the world…
You have not been in touch with reality, only with your thoughts about reality.
— Rev. Michael Beckwith
Long before Michael Jackson sang “Heal The World” and attempted to wake up the masses with his “Earth Song”, people have been noticing that humanity hasn’t been treating our planet with the respect it deserves.
And the consequences are becoming more tangible. With the increasing intensity and frequency of natural disasters, and with cities that are visibly becoming uninhabitable due to the high levels of smog, more and more people are becoming aware that something has to be done.
We’re collectively encountering enough issues that could make us feel like the world needs some saving.
But according to Rev. Michael Beckwith, it’s actually not the world but the planet we should save.
So before we dive into the four steps you can take to start doing that, let’s explain why the distinction between the world and the planet matters. And why you may not have been in touch with reality yet.
Why it’s important to distinguish the world from the planet
Ever since we’ve been born we’ve been exposed to stories. Stories about who we are, what our function is and what roles we need to fulfill in the world.
What these stories look like depends on the continent, the country, the region and the family we were born into. They are different for people from different races, ethnicities, cultural groups, congregations, and age groups. And they are different based on our gender and based on our sexual orientation.
Along the course of our lives events have been happening to us and for us. Based on the stories we’ve been told about these events and about ourselves, we’ve all created our own worlds.
Those worlds are part of what Rev. Michael Beckwith referred to in his A-fest talk as “content.”
Because we have different content, Rev. Beckwith explained, “It is possible for two people to live on the same planet, but be in two different worlds.”
Reality and our “content” about reality are not the same
Awakened people know the difference between reality and their concepts or thoughts about reality. The difference between the world and the planet.
Beckwith refers to this contrast with the image of the ocean versus the pollution in the ocean. The pollution is in the ocean, but it is not the ocean.
Consciousness and content, therefore, are not the same thing.
When we learn that we are not our thoughts, and we are not our minds, we can begin to deconstruct the content. We can begin to program the mind consciously, rather than to automatically accept our thoughts about reality as the reality.
They are not reality. They are thoughts about it.
When we focus on our ‘beingness’ more than on our thinking, we can learn to become truly independent thinkers. Because we will no longer feel attached to our thoughts. “Cogito, ergo sum” might then become “sum, ergo cogito.”
We will no longer experience our thoughts as reactions to reality. Instead, we’ll start to actively choose what to think. And with those newly formed thoughts, we can then begin to create the reality, or world, of our own choosing.
So do you want to save the world or the planet?
“Do we really want to save the world?” Rev. Beckwith asked the A-fest audience in his talk. A world that is full of depleting nurtured food, mass-incarceration, and weapons? A world with such a big gap between the haves and have-nots? And a world with a strong focus on fear, scarcity and “not enoughness”?
According to Beckwith the answer to this question clearly is no: “We are here to serve a new paradigm. We are beginning to articulate a new world”.
If we can break free from the world of appearances and comfort zones, make high choices and have transformational conversations, we can begin to see a world full of opportunity and possibility.
Even if this world emerged from pain.
We are pulled by a transcendent vision and we begin to understand the difference between our temporary experience and the world of our vision – we begin to be less attached to the self in our current experience, and more focussed on our visions.
— Rev. Michael Beckwith
4 Steps To Save The Planet And Create The World Anew
We already start to live in the world we envision before it manifests itself.
— Rev. Michael Beckwith
1. Deconstruct your construct of identity
Your primary identity is nothing other than what Beckwith calls your “historical self.” He also refers to it as the “lampshade” emphasizing that who and what you are is so much more than the person you may tend to identify yourself as.
That person, or construct of identity, is namely entirely based on the stories that you were born into, combined with the meaning you have given to these stories. Or the meaning you have derived from these stories about who and what you are.
When you read any of Neale Donald Walsch’s Conversations With God books, in particular book 1, you will find that Walsch deconstructs the concept of identity in a similar fashion.
He offers us a reminder of who we really are.
Who and what you are is not something that is fixed. It also not the result of what has happened to you. Instead, it is something that you get to create.
If you don’t like an aspect of what you are currently experiencing or think that you are now, you can choose again.
The deepest secret is that life is not a process of discovery, but a process of creation. You are not discovering yourself, but creating yourself anew. Seek, therefore, not to find out Who You Are, seek to determine Who You Want to Be.
— Neale Donald Walsch
2. Disconnect your historical self
In modern psychology, the idea that we can disconnect from the historical self actually forms the foundation of some of the cognitive therapy that’s currently being practiced. And with success.
A wide range of mental health problems are being treated with cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT.
CBT is based on the idea that how we think, feel and act all interact together. But more specifically, that it is our thoughts that determine our feelings and our behavior.
It aims to help people become aware of their (negative) interpretations, and of behavioral patterns which reinforce the distorted thinking and helps people develop alternative ways of thinking and behaving.
These new ways of thinking and behaving can, in turn, lead to a different, far more positive experience of the world. So without the planet changing, they learn to change their world.
And anyone can learn.
A clear example of how thoughts determine our feelings and behavior and our experience of the world is the following:
Imagine a 4-year-old girl playing in the garden.
All of a sudden the neighbor’s dog enters and jumps around on the grass in front of her. It seems like a fun and playful dog and curious as the girl is, she walks up to it. She tries to pet it.
But the dog never met a child before in his life and gets scared. It bites the girl and the girl gets hurt.
Now imagine another 4-year-old girl.
Her mother takes her to a farm. The farmer just welcomed a nest of labrador puppies and the girl gets to pick one. All of them are incredibly cute but one stands out for her, so that’s the one she brings home. The two of them happily grow up together.
Fast-forward 10 years and imagine both girls, now 14 years old, in the same street walking next to each other, seeing a dog approaching. One they both have not met before.
Is this dog dangerous?
The first girl runs, scared as she is after her early childhood traumatic experience. But the other girl happily moves toward the dog to greet it.
Same dog, same street but different thoughts, different emotions, and different behavior. Or: same planet, two completely different worlds.
When the girls learn to become aware of this, however, they can – if they choose to – change their thoughts. And with that, change their emotions and behavior.
Becoming aware of our own constructs of what is happening is a first step in the process of awakening.
3. Know that EQ always trumps IQ
In his highly inspirational, poetic and energetic talk during A-fest in Mexico in 2016, Beckwith encouraged his audience to become aware of the difference between the mind and who we are.
And to realize that our emotional intelligence is more important than our IQ if we want to create our world anew.
“Your EQ is the level of your ability to understand other people, what motivates them and how to work cooperatively with them”, says Howard Gardner, influential Harvard theorist.
And “collaboration is the new sexy here,” according to Beckwith.
The reason why collaboration and EQ are increasingly important is that an awakened species knows that in reality there is no separation. Only in our constructs of reality.
And we need to work together in order to be able to create that world we envision.
4. Program your mind for success
Program your mind so that it is fit for success, well-being and progress.
— Rev. Michael Beckwith
We need to program our mind so that it is fit for success, well-being, and progress because that is the optimal state in which we can serve the planet and humanity.
In order to create or manifest anything, we must first have thoughts about it. Therefore, we must consciously train our brain to create the thoughts that are needed to take us where we want to go.
Everything that has ever been created in the world was once merely a thought.
Just look around you right now. Your phone, your computer, your clothes, the chair or the couch you’re sitting on. All of it is only here because someone once created it in his or her mind first.
It’s important to realize that your thoughts do not only have the power to change your own personal experience of reality, they can, in fact, change the world.
Well-being, progress, and success originate from your mind. And people define success differently based on their level of consciousness.
As Rev. Michael Beckwith explained in his A-fest talk, in the first stage, success is simply defined as getting rich.
In the second stage, it is getting rich and becoming a philanthropist as well.
And in the last stage, our business models become our gifts back to the world.
- Success 1.0 = get rich
- Success 2.0 = get rich & become a philanthropist
- Success 3.0 = my business model is my gift back to the world
This is why all of the aforementioned steps are so important if we want to save the planet and create the world anew.
Once we’ve awakened, everything – including our business models – becomes our gift back. And we all start living with purpose and a mission.
You’ve only got it to give it. You only get to keep what you give away.
— Rev. Michael Beckwith
Where there is will, there is a way.
Check out the full talk by Rev. Michael Beckwith to get (even) more inspired below:
So how are you representing the world you are beginning to see? And which of the 4 steps to save the planet are you willing to take next?