"On resiste a l'invasion des armees; on ne resiste pas a l'invasion des idees," "One resists the invasion of armies, but not the invasion of ideas." (History of a Crime,1877) Victor Hugo
Human beings are impressionable. From youth to old age we are susceptible to believing the truths of others, and in turn can become rigid in the way we view the world. In fact, this is perhaps one of the biggest detriments of our nature. Even more frightening is the way we can become convinced of untruths and false stories about what is, and how it is, so much so, that it creates a lens through which we see the world that is completely distorted.
This is what makes Victor Hugo’s sentiment about the invasion of ideas so powerful.
There is an element of conspiracy theory behind the view that those in positions of great power have used this knowledge to keep those with little power in subservient states. Perhaps this is true perhaps it is not? I have little desire to travel down the rabbit hole of conspiracies and power struggle. However, it does not take being in a position of great power to see how feasible a truth like this may actually be. History too and most notably the French Revolution add credibility to such sentiment. Thoughts and ideas generate power and become the passion that drives great transformation. In the end we are only limited to what we believe.
A mantra is a vibration that is repeated over and over again. Sometimes mantras take the form of a single syllable word in Sanskrit, other times they take the forms of sentences and long stories in our native languages. “I can’t” is a mantra just as powerful as “I am”.
To truly wield our power in this world we must first recognize that we posses it. We must be curious and investigative; we must not take everything for face value. In exercising our unique and magnificent faculties of mind that allow us to compare, contrast, and know a difference, we can become more than mindless automatons and wield, with great skill our discerning thoughts into actions.
The world we live in today makes us incredibly powerful in as far as the availability and accessibility of information of all types, and how we choose to use it. It is therefore our great responsibility to use it to our advantage. If the world you look at appears to you as a world you do not want to see, there is great opportunity to evaluate why you see it the way you do, and determine if you are looking through a skewed lens.
Powerful ideas arise from the muck of skewed vision, just as a lotus rises from the scum at the bottom of the pond. Powerful ideas are what propel each and every one of us into the realization of our dreams, into the deep knowing of our resilience, into the greater expanded shapes of our freedom. Powerful ideas become the mantras that fuel our open courageous hearts. Powerful ideas change human kind and cannot be stopped by armies, governments, or those with dictatorial power, no matter the circumstances, they always find their way through, like light into the darkness.
May the ideas we share be a brilliant as our highest nature, full of courage, full of life empowering goodness, full of forgiveness, compassion, generosity, and love.
May our mantras convey to the world that we are the change we wish to see, and that change benefits everyone.
Love Always, in All Ways, For Giving, In joy,