by Guru Rattana, Ph.D.
a student of international environment and development issues
for over thirty years I believe that we are dabbling with
only partial answers to our global challenges because we
are dealing with only part of the problem. To find viable
solutions and penetrate to the core causes, we must expand
our perception of reality.
root of our impasse is that we view our problems exclusively
in terms of "outer" causes and solutions. We have
been unaware of, ignored, or denied the role of "inner"
causes and solutions to global problems. Whatever the problem,
there is an inner, spiritual component that must be acknowledged,
understood and dealt with to solve it. We can no longer
ignore subjective causes just because they do not fit neatly
into neat intellectual, scientific equations.
root cause of our problems is that we live in our heads
and not in our hearts. We must learn to open our hearts
by expanding our conscious awareness and our relationship
with the Earth, the Universe, our body, our emotions and
inner spiritual quest, by its very nature, involves getting
in touch with our feelings and with the feminine within.
It is my belief that in the process of our own internal
awakening, we will become aware of the fact that the devalued
status and unappreciated role of women and the feminine
principle are the principal cause of our global problems.
basic position is that the underlying solution to all our
global problems is the elevation of the status of women,
appreciation of women's roles and honoring the feminine
global problem is the status of women
and the feminine.
Women are the source of creation on the
planet. When a woman creates out of fear and abuse, her
pain is passed on to the next generation. When a woman creates
out of strength and security, her love is her gift to all
humankind. When we honor the creative essence of women,
the nobility of the mother and the feminine aspect of the
divine (which resides within every woman and man), we will
not only find meaningful solutions to our problems, we will
discover the sacredness of all life.
Reality creates Outer Reality
I operate from the basic premise that
our inner state of consciousness creates our outer reality.
As long as our inner psyche is rooted in fear, hate and
anger, we participate in exploitation, destruction, terrorism,
and suffering. When we experience love, acceptance, peace
and oneness in our minds, we will no longer exploit Mother
Earth, women or other living beings.
inner personal transformation can release us from victimization
and birth us into personal responsibility and self-love.
From a stance of inner personal integrity and power, we
can effectively work together to create the world we desire
and deserve to live in.