Do you feel overwhelmed by the problems of the world? Do you wish you could do something about some of them, but don’t have the time? Nancy Napier suggests that changing our thought patterns is a powerful way to begin changing the world. “We’re all taught to believe that it’s reasonable for some people to have and others not to have,” she says. “But what if we were taught to believe that it was reasonable for everybody to have?” By realizing that all our thoughts and actions not only help create our own reality but also make a contribution to the collective consciousness, we begin to see that even the smallest act is meaningful. Napier teaches ways to achieve the inner peace so crucial to being able to make a difference, as well as realizing how interconnected we truly are. She is a marriage and family therapist in private practice in New York City, and the author of Recreating Yourself (Norton 1990), Getting Through the Day (Norton 1993) and Sacred Practices for Conscious Living (Norton 1995).
Topics Explored in this Dialogue:
- Living life as a spiritual practice
- Giving up the “us and them” mentality–we’re all in this together!
- How to create your own reality
- Why it’s worth doing even the smallest bit of good
- Learning to rise above your emotions
- Recognizing and embracing your shadow
- The principles of theosophy
- Becoming more aware of how you project yourself onto the world
- Living with an open heart
- Insights into prejudice and racism
- Seeing yourself in what you hate
Program Number 2632 Host: Michael Toms Interview Date: 5/23/1997