December 14, 2005
Change the World with an Idea
For days, I've been thinking about a movie I watched called Pay It Forward. It's a heartwarming story about
an eleven-year-old boy who comes up with an Utopian idea for a social studies project. The assignment is to
think of an idea to change our world — and put it into action. The boy, Trevor conjures up the concept
of doing a good deed for someone else, and the person who benefits from the favor not to pay it back, but
pay it forward — to three other people. The project leads to social changes that spread from city-to-city.
Is it possible for one idea to change the world?
Absolutely! Often I think of the famous quote from Ghandi, "Be the change you want to
see in the world". It's not only our ideas, but the words and actions that result from the ideas that cause a chain
reaction or ripple effect. The concepts of the ripple effect and chain reaction have been studied by scientists,
pondered by humans, and believed by many to create change in the world. What ripples have you experienced?
Take a few moments to think about how many ideas that have positively changed our world in the past 100 years. Ideas
like electricity, the telephone, sticky notes, and the Internet revolutionized the way we communicate with each other.
Sometimes the simplest idea can make the biggest difference. Now, take a moment to think about the ideas that you've
had in the past 10 years that have sprouted into life-altering events.
What change would you like to see in the world? What change would you like to see in yourself? You can start by
The source of ideas are people. Just like Trevor in Pay It Forward, people come up with ideas that they
believe will help change the world, and they put those ideas into motion. I feel that people generate ideas
because they have a desire to help others or to make a difference in the world. Let's explore some ways to
As I stimulate ideas, my awareness increases, and I become more involved in my world. Deepak Chopra writes,
"You are not in the world, the world is in you". What do you do to stimulate ideas to spark change?
- Be open for the Universe to surprise you.
Take a few moments every day to imagine your life differently.
Close your eyes, sit quietly, and let the ideas flow. I see my life as an empty canvas, and paint my world as I
would like to live it.
- Feed the Spirit in you.
Set aside five or more minutes daily (weekly works too) to write, draw, dance, quilt, sing, paint, scrapbook,
bead, repair a car, ponder poetry, or learn something new. Simply create! Let your creations be an expression of
the Spirit in you.
- Look inside yourself for wisdom.
"Wisdom comes with the ability to be still. Just look and just listen" by Eckhart Tolle. Honor yourself and
take a time-out. Stop looking outside yourself for answers. Ask your internal questions, fine-tune your instincts,
and awaken your inner wisdom.
An idea, a concept, or a feeling sparks change. As we all know, we are not alone in the world. When we do something
to help ourselves and others, that something in turn helps the world. Recently, the 14th Dalai Lama visited the
United States, and spoke of unity for the world through education, awareness and more effort. He said he would like
the world to act as a family. I interpret that as treating others with love and compassion, as you do for a family
member. Consider these concepts to ignite your spark.
Let your ideas spark change! You have the capacity to change the world within a single moment. Just make a simple
choice, to let your ideas create a world of love and gratitude. The time is now to pay it forward, to change the
world — with an idea.
- Choose to put your ideas into motion.
With increased awareness and ideas bursting to take shape, you can prepare yourself for action. Ask yourself,
what energy, time and resources are needed to make this happen? When ready, set a completion date, and follow
through with the action.
- Shift your focus from impossible to possible.
Once you take action, set the intention for the best possible outcome. Then, release your intention into the
Universe. Have faith and believe that you will make a difference in the world.
- Imagine all beings as part of one big family.
Be an expression of love. Focus your attention on ways to spark change, inspire others, and share the joy
of life — pay it forward. With just one deed, you too can change our world.
To changing the world,
Belen Carmichael, NLC
Pay It Forward, The Movie
What the Bleep do We Know!?™, The Movie
The Book of Secrets, Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of Your Life by Deepak Chopra
The Hidden Messages in Water by Masaru Emoto. Visit the Emoto
website to view beautiful images of water crystals.
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