Real change starts from within

This article was originally published by Rudy de Waele on on the Human Works website.

Real change starts from within

People who know me well and have been following me throughout my journey know I have always been interested in the new and fascinated by what’s coming. I am grateful I have been able to develop my talent to predict the changes coming to society and business and been able to map what really matters.

I started off as a saxophone player in Belgium exploring new waves of musical expression in the eighties. I anticipated the changes into electronic music and the coming of the internet in the nineties, I was at the crossroads of the mobile era in the early days of this century, I took part in a Singularity University program at the start of this decade and have been talking and writing on the impact of exponential technologies on business and society since then.

And now… We’re on the verge of another new influential era in the evolution of humanity.

Anyone with healthy human sensors left in their body can already feel and see this emerging. It’s happening all around us. People who sense this turn of a new era are already taking responsibility for building a different and better future, for ourselves, our children and our communities.

We just cannot keep doing things the way we used to do. Real change starts from within.

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela

For me, it started when I hit a professional wall two years ago. I realised that the way I was doing things was no longer working for me. Since then I’ve been searching for a way out, towards a new purpose in life and towards creating more meaning and value for myself and those around me. I’ve been trying out different transformation methods as I moved forward in my journey.

I quit alcohol and sugar, I started exercising again, and I became vegan over the summer. Becoming vegan provokes a radical change, not only in your body but in your whole being. Everything becomes so pure. You start seeing and experimenting with everything with more clarity and focus. Going vegan is also one of the best lifestyle choices one can make in contributing to a greener planet.

“The second most important lifestyle change is to eat less meat, with particular emphasis on meals containing beef and lamb. Cows and sheep emit large quantities of methane, a powerful global warming gas. A vegan diet might make as much as a 20% difference to your overall carbon impact but simply cutting out beef will deliver a significant benefit on its own.”

My transformation started by learning to face and release my deepest fears, forgive those who have hurt me most and forgive myself, turning negative thought streams into positive ones, clearing decade-old assumptions and addictions, neutralising old beliefs that have been keeping me down or blocked for a very long time.

Looking around, it’s easy to see how many people are struggling with themselves and their environments. Most people prefer to stay focused on work in a task-driven and fact-based world without examining whether the things they do make them truly happy. Going through one’s own fears is not an easy thing to do, it takes a lot of courage: the good news is that bliss awaits on the other side.

We live in a world based on fear, so we need to break through old assumptions, addictions and negative thoughts to build a new world we believe is full of love and focused on creating happiness and prosperity, not creating or contributing to generate more fear every day on the news or in our social media feeds. The more we watch, hear and indulge ourselves with bad and negative news, the more it influences our own system with bad and negative thoughts. The first thing to do is to break that paradigm.

I took my decision and decided to act by creating positive flows for myself, the people around me and my community.

Rudy de Waele.

Istanbul, October 2017.




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