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How to Change the World

Once we see that the state of our mind creates the state of the world, we can find the solution to all the world's problems.

How to get the most out of these Wisdom Quotes:

  1. Put aside everything you think you already know.

  2. Open your mind and heart to receive something new.

  3. Take your time going through each point.

  4. Return to any points that particularly touch you.

  5. In the coming days, listen carefully to the wisdom within you.

1. Take Responsibility

Mara Gleason Olsen quote

"Every single thing that exists in our reality comes from a thought. All of human advancement and where we are today in society originates with a thought or an idea. So, all the things we’ve come to take for granted because they’ve been around so long, at one moment in time, were an idea, a thought.

It’s interesting because, as we’ve gotten used to that and become blind to it, we have a tendency to blame the world of things out there as if they were there before we got here and as if they’re somehow the problem.

Everything we’re up against is just of our own making, it’s of our own creation. All of our problems came from our thinking and all of our brilliant innovations and solutions have come from our thinking. And that’s a really intriguing and helpful place for humanity to look if we’re looking at how do we want to live in a different world.

We’re not going to get a different world by treating the world like the things out there were already there and created the problem. Talking about land and people fighting over land as if the land is an issue - no, we made up the lines! We said you live here, I live there - we made that up and now we’re struggling to fix that problem as if we didn’t make it up.

And it’s the same with money. We made up money! Money doesn’t have an existence without humans putting that out there, making it a thing, turning it into what runs our economy in our societies. We make up all this stuff about what money means about our well-being and we treat it as if money did that to us. Oh yea, that piece of paper made me feel bad, which made me suffer, which made me then kill that person, which made me…, made me…, made me…

Actually, there’s a completely different understanding of the mind that says, nothing made you do anything. Nothing made you feel anything. You’re just a potential for ideas and you live in a world that’s a reflection of those ideas.

If we want a better world, we have to be willing to consider that the world is made up of our own thinking. And it’s possible for us to have a very profound and yet simple, ordinary, tangible conversation about the link between those things: the current state of the world today and the fact that the world is the mirror reflection of our potential to have thoughts."

~Mara Gleason, from the video: Everything in Our Reality Comes From Thought


How often do you blame the world?

  1. "We’re not going to get a different world by treating the world like the things out there were already there and created the problem." In other words, you're not going to change the world for the better by blaming it in any way.

  2. Instead, realize that every problem and every solution has been created by us. The wise words of J. Krishnamurti always ring true in my being: "What we are, the world is."

  3. Consider the perception shift presented about land and money. We are the ones who have created the lines on the earth and the barriers between them. We are the ones who have created the method of monetary exchange and its meaning of worth. Notice the natural expansion of the mind when you stop taking those things for granted and see them for what they really are.

2. Look Inside

Mara Gleason Olsen quote

"Most of us are so busy looking at what’s happening around us: our life, our relationships, our work, social media, and the state of the world, that we forget to look at what’s going on inside us.

We think we’re looking at the world but we’re not. We’re looking at our thinking about the world. But because of the amazing special effects department inside our minds, we believe we’re seeing what’s out there.

Whether you’re trying to shoot a basketball, manage a busy restaurant on a Friday night, connect with a person on a first date, cure cancer or come up with the solutions to the climate crisis, your mind is either helping you or hurting you.

Moment to moment, every second of our lives, our perception of reality is being created from the inside. That perception is then projected out onto the world. So when we’re looking at our partner, co-workers, kids, communities, political leaders, social issues, other cultures, the world, you get the point… we’re not really seeing them. We’re seeing what we think projected onto them.

The mind creates our version of reality for better or worse. It is the gateway and source of all of our capabilities, our behaviors, our potential to solve problems and create new things, from the micro level to the macro. It explains what we see when we look in the mirror, how we interact with our families, the kinds of businesses we create and the very systems we design to organize society and the world at large.

If we ignore, minimize or misunderstand the mind we’ll forever be victims of a random, seemingly stressful outside world. It will feel like life is happening to us, bullying us, beating us down, confusing us.

Understand the mind and we begin to realize that life is coming from us and through us. We can begin to have clarity, resilience and influence over our perceptions, our capabilities, and the whole world around us in ways that we never thought possible.

We also realize that we are all in the same boat. We all think, we all feel, and we all make up stories in our heads and think that we’re right.

The good news is that while the mind is at the source of the problem we face as humans, it is also the source of its solutions. Because when we understand our internal world, we do not only change ourselves, we change our communities, our organizations, and our systems.

When our minds change, we can change the world."

~Mara Gleason, from the video: When Our Minds Change, We Change the World


Are you so busy looking at so many things that you forget to look at what's going on inside you?

  1. We go through life like victims of a random, stressful outside world. It seems as though life is beating us down, exhausting us and confusing us.

  2. But if we turn inwards and understand the mind, "we can begin to have clarity, resilience and influence over our perceptions, our capabilities, and the whole world around us in ways that we never thought possible." This is not only encouraging, it's true!

  3. When you understand yourself, transformation becomes possible for you, your community, and the organizations and systems of the entire world. It all begins with you and your relationship with your mind.

3. Understanding Where Feelings Come From

Mara Gleason Olsen quote

"If you think your bad feeling came from me, then you’re going to want to do things to me to get your good feeling back. “You’re doing the bad feeling to me so I have to do something to you to make you go away or make you feel bad.”

You can see how, on a personal level, on a relationship level, and on a political and global level, that’s at the root of all conflict -“You caused my bad feeling so I need to do something to you.” That’s really at the source of all conflict in all its different forms, from the mild to the extreme.

But also on the flip side, you can see how that’s really at the core of all the things that we innocently but misguidedly do in order to maintain good feeling. So the opposite is true too.

If people misunderstand that good feeling comes from things outside of them like certain people or certain material objects, for example - they don’t see it’s the mind and only the mind - they’ll behave in life in a way that’s desperately chasing that good feeling and doing all the things they think they need to do in the world out here to keep that good feeling around.

Basically, we’re keeping in place a lot of things that are clearly, beyond a shadow of a doubt, making the planet sick but it’s in the name of keeping us happy financially because, somehow, having wealth provides a good feeling that we have to chase, no matter the consequences.

If we didn’t think we needed convenience and wealth, things that money brings, we would so not be creating those problems in the same way that we are right now."

~Mara Gleason, from the video: Livestream - 99 Problems and One Solution


There's a lot of misunderstanding about where our feelings come from, but the truth of the matter is that they come from your thoughts. Every feeling can be traced back to a thought. You're only ever feeling your present moment thinking.

  1. How long have you been chasing what you think will make you happy and avoiding what you think makes you unhappy? Today is an invitation to question the truth behind this perception.

  2. If you understand how your mind works and that, ultimately, nothing "out there" can give you the rest and fulfillment you long for, you can begin to make wiser choices about how to live your life today.

  3. When you take responsibility and look within, wisdom will show you very clearly that you don't need to keep chasing happiness or avoiding sadness. This relaxation has a ripple effect that can have profound consequences for you and everyone around you.

4. A Shift in Consciousness for Humanity

Mara Gleason Olsen quote

"What we’re really describing is a shift in consciousness on an individual and collective level, a shift in consciousness for humanity. Not in some creepy way but in a very normal way.

And I think the way that is closer than it looks is this sheer understanding becoming more pervasive in the world. That, look you’re a human, you’re thinking of your experience of life, and because it’s coming from your own thinking, you’re going to feel it’s really true and factual. But it’s not. It’s just your version of life. It’s your mind’s version of life.

If people know when they’re down, not to freak out and go trying to destroy a bunch of things in the world that they think made that feeling happen, or try to go get a bunch of things greedily to try to make them feel better; if people just know that, "Oh, I’m in a feeling that comes from my mind and that creates my perception of the world - that’s true for me, it’s true for everyone - I don’t have to be defensive of that and I don’t have to be arrogant about that," the world would change.

If kids were learning this in school like they’re learning all the other basic things that have become so embedded in human culture - like language. To me, this looks like as big of a potential shift in human civilization. We go from not understanding that the mind is the source of everything to understanding that the mind is the source of everything.

There’s an innate intelligence that grasps language and that’s what we’ve discovered in the people that we work with, is an innate intelligence that grasps: "Oh yeah, of course! Of course, I’m living in a reality of my own making, of course, it’s my mind and my thinking. I can see that in all these different examples."

Now, if we just understood that more widely, more consistently, more universally, we would stop unnecessarily raising children to think the opposite and to create the kind of problems that are getting created in the world because of the current misunderstanding around that.

It’s subtle but it’s profound at the same time, shifting where humanity collectively sees the experience and the reality we’re in as coming from to where it’s really coming from. And there are a million different ways that we can do that."

~Mara Gleason, from the video: Livestream - 99 Problems and One Solution


"You’re a human, you’re thinking of your experience of life, and because it’s coming from your own thinking, you’re going to feel it’s really true and factual. But it’s not. It’s just your version of life. It’s your mind’s version of life."

  1. You don't need an analytical brain, years of study, or a high IQ. (Eckhart Tolle says he has a low IQ.) All you need is an insight, and insights come when you're open and willing to consider that perhaps life doesn't work the way you thought it did.

  2. We always come back to trusting the wisdom within. Once you're open, life can flow freely through you and spark awareness in your ordinary, daily life. This is an awareness which begins on an individual level and spreads to a global one.

  3. Notice the mental protests: "Yes but, it's not all about thought, what about all the horrible things that happen in life? Are you supposed to just shrug your shoulders and say, oh well, that's just my thoughts about what happened?" No, that's not what is being said here. Dealing with traumatic events isn't something to brush over as though it's nothing. Equally, if the consciousness of humanity is to be elevated, we must listen to our innate intelligence and understand the role of the mind in our human experience.

5. It's Just Another Human Making Up Their Reality

Mara Gleason Olsen quote

"When people have a shift in consciousness or a shift in state of mind where they feel better, they become more at ease with the fact that we have differences of opinions, differences of beliefs, which is a way of saying we have different minds, we have different thoughts, we have different versions of reality.

One of the bi-products of that is then you naturally feel more compassionately connected to human beings as opposed to divisive and locked into your own way of seeing.

So, those two leaders of those two countries don’t feel this need to be the better one, be the right one, be the superior. The good news is there’s less terror created in the world just simply by that realization.

What I find fascinating is, as this becomes collectively understood, you begin to see that, when people feel better in themselves, they naturally want to do better collectively in the world, they want to be kinder.

I’ve never seen a human that, when they realize the nature of their own thinking is made up, illusory, didn’t relax and naturally feel better and see the world in a way in which they wanted to do better in the world.

It’s almost like our thought systems create this illusion of separation and threat, and when our thought systems relax, we don’t see other people as threats. We see them as just another human making up their reality and we’re connected to that in a way that’s natural and effortless.

It’s so helpful when people can see this is true on a micro, personal level and it’s the same way on a macro level.

I can humbly admit that when I feel bad I’m way more inclined to get irritated with people and think what they’re doing is wrong or annoying. If I’m in a really low mood and I don’t know that it’s just my mind, I blame everything and everyone and I want to do mean things to those people because I feel bad toward them."

~Mara Gleason, from the video: Livestream - 99 Problems and One Solution


What we see most of the time is the world trying to fix its problems with the same level of consciousness that created them.

We focus on the symptoms rather than the root cause.

Imagine a world where everyone wasn't freaking out over their thoughts, where we learned early on to understand their illusory nature.

The repercussions of this would be truly phenomenal.

In fact, this is already happening...

7. A Different Understanding of the Mind

Mara Gleason Olsen quote

"I feel personally like my job over the last 10 years (since I came across these principles, this understanding of the mind) has been one big suspense thriller of watching what happens when a human or two humans, or an organization of humans or a multi-million dollar company of humans suddenly goes:

"Oh, wait! There’s a link between how we’re using our minds and what’s possible for us in life? There’s a link between how we’re using our minds and the chronic issues we’re having in this company? You mean it’s not the budget? You mean it’s not the boss we all hate?"

It’s like, really seeing that’s it’s never anything out there, that at the end of that movie there’s this amazing plot twist where people see their world and what they thought they were dealing with from a completely different perspective, and things become possible that weren’t possible -not because they changed anything out there but because they changed their understanding of the fact that it all came from here in the first place.

I feel very compelled to share this with the world because I can see so clearly now that what helps an individual, which helps a family, which helps a company, that helps a culture, that helps the world is a different understanding of the mind."

~Mara Gleason, from the video: Everything in Our Reality Comes From Thought


Can you see the connection between the state of your mind and the state of the world?

We are living in a time of great change, and your moment-by-moment awareness makes more of a difference than you could ever imagine.

8. Song: Don't Blame the World

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