Positive Change and Transformation
We have amazing power.
Every day, we experience racism and racist oppression. For example, this morning on the BBC News, I saw a Louisiana brother who had been imprisoned on death row for many years before a retrial reduced his conviction to manslaughter.
Many people have been completely exonerated for crimes for which they have been convicted and sentenced to death. Not all of them are Black, but a disproportionate number of them are.
We work so hard to battle these injustices. Yet they never seem to decrease. So what can we do?
My work is all about creating a more positive future.
The Law of Attraction tells us that whatever we put our energies into, increases in our lives. This is very similar to the Law of Increase, which I write about in my book Success Strategies for Black People.
Although our intention is to bring about positive change, we need to be aware that these universal laws are constantly working. They can work for us or against us. We can use them in our favor – or not.
In other words, the more energy we put into battling a problem, the more energy we are giving to that problem.
Blame then becomes a distraction from what will bring about the real changes we deserve.
We need to turn our focus to the solution rather than the problem.
I also write about Nonviolent Communication (NVC) as well as other highly effective methods.
These are transformative methods. I have seen miracles happen in my life and in the lives of others. This is why I wrote Success Strategies. I want to make these methods available to as many people of African heritage as possible. We can use these methods and other things I cover in Success Strategies to heal ourselves, our families and our communities. And we can use them to achieve much, much more.
I am passionate about the work I do because I have seen the difference it makes in people’s lives.
As Black people, we often get into victim mentality. This is because we have been victimized for so many generations.
Those of us of a political bent say, “Organize! Fight back!”. And of course, there is a time to organize. There is a time to fight, to defend our communities.
However, in order to bring about real positive, effective change and transformation, we need to turn our focus inward.
Human beings in general tend to blame others for our problems, difficulties and issues. This is a basic human tendency. And others are often to blame.
The problem with this is that it locates the solution outside of us. If only “they” would treat us better. If only he, she or they would stop doing whatever it is they are doing and do what we want them to do. Then everything would be okay.
Please note, I am NOT trying to take the blame for racism and racist violence off of white people.
I am just saying that, whether we blame ourselves or other people, blame is not a solution. And I am interested in solutions.
Instead of focusing on what is going on on the outside, and what others are doing, we need to focus within. That is where our power lies.
As I said at the beginning of this article, we have amazing power. We need to use this power to bring about the changes we need.
I am a pragmatist. I am committed to doing what works.
Zhana is a writer, publisher and Transformational Growth Consultant.
To read her book Success Strategies for Black People, go to: http://www.blacksuccess1.com/achieveyourgoals.htm
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