Originally appeared in Planet Jackson Hole

Mining health and happiness in the new year.

What if all readers agreed that for the time period between now and January 15, we all make it a practice to choose love over fear, inclusion over separation, collaboration over competition, compassion over judgment. This applies to how we treat and respond to others and to ourselves. Let's run the experiment and experience what kind of difference this makes in terms of how we feel as individuals, as family members, as friends and as a community. We all know how welcoming and safe and warm it is to walk into a room where people are kind and loving. Imagine this great feeling times billions of people being kind hearted here on Earth.

The science

It's mind blowing to grasp the importance of two scientific discoveries, which can directly upgrade everyone's wellbeing and put us in the driver's seat of our collective evolution. One scientific finding is that our consciousness is so powerful that the energies of our thoughts, emotions, beliefs and actions directly impact both our individual wellbeing and the quality of the entire matrix of life on Earth. The second finding, directly related to the first, is that we are all part of one interconnected, interactive living matrix on this Earth. Therefore everything alive and the quality of everyone's energy is influencing everything on our planet all the time. (For those who enjoy thinking big, the entire universe is one interactive matrix.) At the very least, the implications of these two findings give every person the "wow" (we really are that powerful ) and the "how" (change the energy of our thoughts) to upgrade our lives and evolve life on Earth.

More research

Through MRI imaging, researchers have shown that negative thoughts and beliefs (based on fear, anger, jealousy and hatred) stimulate the areas of the brain promoting hostility, depression and anxiety. They've also proven that positive thoughts and beliefs (based on compassion forgiveness, kindness and love) set off a cascade of positive hormones throughout the body resulting in feelings of empathy, calm and peace.

Here's more interesting data-each person has an average of 60,000 thoughts a day, and incredibly, 95 percent are the same thoughts repeated every day. According to researchers, an average 80 percent of those habitual thoughts are negative. Since we are all part of one interactive cosmic matrix, this information points to how we are all invisibly and unknowingly co-creating a negative energy field for our bodies and for the world. It is so exciting and so empowering to know that we are fully capable of redirecting our thought patterns for the greater good of everyone, if we want to do this.


There are parts of our psyche that likely resist taking full responsibility for our true power. It can be overwhelming to consider the extent of our influence, and it's easier to continue playing small and to deny it. Also, the findings about how everything in the universe is interconnected, sometimes referred to as "oneness," can be misinterpreted to imply that then everyone is exactly the same and we should love everyone and everything. With that incorrect conclusion, our egos jump in with not wanting to be "one" with people, or events or phenomena we don't know, don't understand or don't like. It can be both belief shattering and ego threatening to fully embrace and act on these metaphysical truths now verified by science.

Oneness 101

The fact is that out of oneness there is incredible diversity. This is a paradox that describes the entire universe. There is one source yielding an infinite diversity of galaxies, star systems, planets, moons and more. Each of these also has life forms in, on and around them, that fit their unique environments. Some we have discovered, and others we have not yet been informed of, experienced personally or perceived with our wonderful but limited physical senses.

Our bodies, our example

The human body is a perfect example of the paradox of oneness combined with diversity. We have trillions of cells, which differentiate to form blood, skin, bones, muscles, tendons, joints, nerves, organs and organ systems. All our cells and all organ systems have their own unique specialties and functions. They even look different from one another. They are in constant communication with each other and combine together as one cohesive unit working collaboratively for the greater good of the one body. If and when something in the body is out of balance, other body systems automatically come in to help. Together all the cells combine to create something greater than the sum of the individual parts. The body works miraculously as one entity made up of incredible diversity. Not only are all physical bodies made of the same elements (we are all one), but at the same time, each body is totally different from the next.

Soul pairings

This incredible body then is the perfect vehicle for the soul to pair with in order to experience the physical world reality we all share. Here's the paradox again. We have the soul factor in common and yet each soul brings in its own unique history, natural talents, and learning lessons. This is the richness of the sameness and the infinite variety in creation. The center of any paradox, like the eye of a storm, is where it is all true and therefore there is no conflict. Think about it.

Let me know

For the next couple of weeks, if you are willing, practice choosing love, compassion, patience and kindness over fear. Let go of long held and outdated beliefs about yourself and anyone else that automatically pop in, and be open to new possibilities. When you are seduced by fear, or catch yourself in old negative thought patterns, get back to the high road without self-criticism and with grace and ease. Keep moving forward sourcing your own human kindness.

If you are willing to join me in this experiment, would you please email me about your experience; the address is below. What is it like to purposefully direct your thoughts, feelings, attitudes, beliefs and actions in a more inclusive and kind direction? What rewards and what challenges are you experiencing? With your permission, I will put your anonymous "reports" together in a future article as inspiration to others.

Manifest what you imagine

To conclude, I have changed one word in the chorus from my favorite song, John Lennon's "Imagine":

"You may say I'm a dreamer,

But I'm not the only one,

I hope today you'll join us,

And the world will be as one." PJH