No matter what one is going through, no matter what circumstances, no matter what life will give you, hope will be able to empower you. The only thing is; will we accept hope as our friend? Or do we believe that hope is not going to bring us what we REALLY want? Writing this down, I think of Nelson Mandela. He spent 27 years of his life in prison on Robben island. What went through him? Where did his thoughts go, for 27 years? Was it hope that kept him alive? Was it an inner knowing that he would be set free? We all know what happened after his release by President De Klerk, at the age of 75. Can you imagine that? This long time in prison, the friendship he developed with his guards there, it all became his life. I believe that Nelson Mandela is one of the many Lightworkers we know. There are more, who all lived hope. They did not only believe that hope was an empowered belief, they saw it as a gift from God, from the Universe, from the Light. After his release Nelson Mandela became the first black president of South Africa. But he did more than that. He became the face of hope. The face of never give up. The personification of living your belief. Not as a dream, but as something you own.
Mandela gathered a Group of “Elders” ( The Global Elders) like the experienced and wise elders the tribes used to know. Founded in 2007, with Jimmy Carter, Desmond Tutu, Kofi Annan and more wise people. There are 10 members together there, forming a group of independent leaders, willing to make peace work. Willing to ask for attention for all those who need it.
One of my most favorite singers ever is Peter Gabriel, former lead singer of the band Genesis. And a very productive, very honorable man with a huge heart for The Others in this world. He and Richard Branson asked Nelson Mandela to form the group of The Global Elders. With Nelson as a honorary member. In order to achieve more peace and to stand for all those people in the world that need attention and care. Peter Gabriel has made a lot of music. His lyrics are moving, true and direct. He stands for integrity and empowering yourself. Next to him I want to name the rapper 2Pac (Tupac Shakur). Another Lightworker, as Peter Gabriel is. As Oprah Winfrey is. There are many, many names of people who are trying to make this world a better world. To make life a better life for all of us. Mother Theresa, Martin Luther King, how about film directors that make movies which can stay with you for a lifetime? I think about “Pay It Forward” with Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt, an incredible movie I will never, ever forget. Or “Defending Your Life” with Meryl Streep and Albert Brooks. “Life as a House” with Kevin Kline and Kirsten Thomas, “As Good As It Gets” with Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt and Cuba Gooding jr., “Gran Torino” with Clint Eastwood and many, many more.
Hope is a strange phenomenon, you cannot see it, you can only experience it. It expresses itself through your soul, through your eyes and the way you move. A person with hope will walk; a person without hope will sit down. Hope is an empowered belief, but as all beliefs are chosen, this means that you can CHANGE your belief or beliefs at any moment. Whenever you get an insight, another thought. Even when you expressed your belief just a minute before, a simple thought can change that directly.
Beliefs are personal, they are there to create. Everyone is totally entitled to create his own beliefs. Hope is a belief and we are free to choose the belief that makes us feel good. It will lift us up and it will put us down. Still, WE own it. We take full ownerships for every belief we decide to choose. This means that we can create those beliefs that will create more happiness. As I went to The Option Institute in America, (www.option.org) this became crystal clear to me. I and only I can decide which belief will suit me the best. Combining this with the wish of “the Elders”, I can say that my true want is to contribute to be here on earth and make my life a satisfying one. A life that will contribute to a better world. By writing books, by making films, by being present in the NOW and by being honest and by deciding to dedicate my life as being a Lightworker to those who need it. I feel so happy to be alive, to be able to choose, each day, each hour, each minute and each second. To work with Brian, to work with many others in order to share more wholeness and more peace in this world. Hope is one of the beliefs in my life, next to trust. I trust a benevolent Universe, I trust my inner voice, I trust that my life is one that matters to The Others. To reach out for each other and to unite as one.