This movement, the Global Freedom Movement, is dedicated to the people of oppressed nations everywhere.
Norman Peale wrote: ‘Religion teaches that there is a tremendous power in the universe and that this power can dwell in personality. It is a power that can blast out defeat and lift a person above all difficult situations.’
This power of the mind is not emotion, but something far deeper, stronger and universal. And every human has it. Every single one, regardless of any thing else.
On a daily basis, what we allow ourselves to believe and to think is manifest in who we are and how we behave. Our sense of identity, our interpretation of events and intentions, are all born as thoughts.
Thoughts, beliefs, ideas, behaviour are the lamp inside which the light of the human spirit shines. It follows that negative thoughts and beliefs dim that lamp and diminish that light.
Let’s think about the collective mind of just one country, Iran. A country of 70 million people, where the flow of communication has been choked to a miserable polluted trickle. A political culture of oppression and obsessive xenophobia that has perpetuated for 30 years. Yet none of this has managed to extinguish the true spirit of the Iranian people, only to obscure it.
In Iran and too many other countries across the world, the lives of the many are subjected to the will of the few. Those in power infest society like a cancer, devouring all that is good and healthy and depleting precious resources. In spite of the obvious suffering of the people, those in power just repeat their claims of righteousness and defend their actions. It is a confidence trick, all of it. A plain and simple lie, supported by a plain and simple truth: you can fool most of the people most of the time. The vehicle for these false claims and fake promises is the media.
But the media is changing. And with that change, new messages are getting through. People now witness acts of immense hostility and heartless aggression towards unarmed and defenceless people through the communication channels of social networks. The threats – real or implied – which had fooled people into creating a wall of fear are a visible reality. As this new medium has taken hold, people have begun to realise that they have been prisoners of their own imagination. They had allowed their thoughts and beliefs to be manipulated so that their behaviour ensured each person was his own jailer.
Freedom of thought generates a renewed sense of self-belief that is now sweeping across countries and around the globe, gathering momentum exponentially. Complete strangers who have never met or spoken before discover that they are not alone, but part of a movement with deep roots and wide branches. They realise that they can use the internet to join together in peaceful protest. They can use the internet to let their voice be heard, and their words echo across great distances. You might say a kind of magic happens.
The experience is almost magical, because once the source of fear is known, is identified, is named, fear evaporates, and knowledge increases. When the unknown becomes known it releases light, the dawning of reality, and the power of the human consciousness takes over. Slowly at first, then in an overwhelming surging tide.
This tide is the new mindset of the people of the world. They have awoken. With eyes wide open, they let go of the nightmares they have created in their own minds and face those old fears in the cold light of reality. With minds wide open they realise that THEY are the world. Not the politicians, not the clergy, not the constitution, but the people. With hearts wide open they believe that things must change, can change, will change.
Now more than ever the people of the world need to unite. You don’t have to wait for anyone’s approval. You don’t have to take a back seat and hope that world leaders will sort these problems out. You don’t have to tell anyone how to think or what to do. You just have to believe. Let go of negative thoughts or ideas and believe in a world free from oppression.