Vancouver Riot – What It Tells Us

Like most other Canadians, I am shocked and saddened by the riot that took place last night in Vancouver following the Canucks loss to the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup finals.  It is truly a sad state of affairs when an act of violence of this nature occurs as the result of a sporting event.

In the wake of this riot, I am reminded of three things. First, that we are a society that individually and collectively does not feel good about itself. Second, that there is enormous fear on the planet as we transition into the next stage of our evolution, and this fear is manifesting itself in very destructive behaviours. Third, that in order to achieve world peace, we must first find peace within ourselves.

There is little doubt that fist fighting, the destruction of private property and the looting of stores can only be done by people who don’t feel good about themselves. When you feel good about yourself, you simply don’t mistreat other beings and you respect others property. This is a truth.

I have spoken of this many times, but it seems clear that we live in a society where people don’t feel lovable, deserving, adequate or empowered. This occurs when we grow up feeling unloved, unwanted, unaccepted and unappreciated, and this faulty self image is enacted everyday at home, at work and in the streets. Before we can change undesirable behaviour it is essential that we change the cause of it. Our challenge is to alter our self image.

Clearly, we are in the midst of change…and we must change. We cannot continue living the way we live on this planet. Earth is not capable of sustaining life at the current rate of population growth, development, global warming and increasing pollution. Change of any sort, creates fear. As the old gives way to the new, old power structures, systems and institutions cling tightly to that which they fear to let go of. The result is conflict and destructive behaviours. We can overcome this fear by focusing on love…doing loving things and performing loving acts of kindness.

World peace cannot be achieved by wishing it. It cannot be achieved through force. Each of us must find peace within ourselves. Peace of mind comes from knowing who we are…spiritual aspects of God. It comes from healing our emotional pain and letting go of ego. As each us reaches a state of internal peace, we affect those around us, creating a snowball effect that grows and grows into a beautiful, loving nirvana of world peace.

So, rather than slipping into anger and despair over the Vancouver riot, use it to inspire yourself to change…to become a more loving, compassionate, accepting soul. Use it to find peace of mind. Use this event to bring about personal and collective transformation.

Have an awesome day!

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