Transformational   topic / challenge / strength / conversation   Number 12
in the
Spiral Journey Resilience Map


Living the vision:
Expanding my practice/embodiment/living of the new life I hope for

Introducing Theme:


“You must be the change you want to see in the world.” 

REFERENCE: Interview with Arun Gandhi, grandson of M.K. Gandhi

AMY ELDON: One of Gandhiji’s most famous sayings is, “We must be the change we wish to see.” In what context did he say that and what does it really mean?

ARUN GANDHI: Well he said this when he was speaking after prayer service and he mentioned this because people kept saying to him that the world has to change for us to change. He said, “No, the world will not change if we don’t change.” So we have to make the beginning ourselves. It has always been our human nature to blame someone else for everything that is happening. It’s never us. We are never at fault. And he tried to make us realize that we are just as much in the fault as anybody else. Unless we change ourselves and help people around us change, nobody will change because then everybody will be waiting for the other person to change.

“For me whatever is in the atoms and molecules is in the universe. I believe in the saying that what is in the microcosm of one’s self is reflected in the macrocosm.”  

REFERENCE: 4 April 1947,  The Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi  (CWMG) , vol. 87, p. 207. 

“My life is my message.” 

REFERENCE:  Douglas Allen (2008).  The Philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi for the Twenty-First Century . Lexington Books. p. 34.

How might this dimension be related to the other dimensions in the Spiral Journey?

You could think of this step as a summing up and weaving together of the first eleven steps (or dimensions) of the Spiral Journey.  The first half of the spiral could be thought of as gathering strength and clarity inside of oneself.  The second half of the spiral represents reaching out and joining with others in mindful, compassionate, transformative action.

Links to resources for conversations about “BEING THE CHANGE”:

A: Quotes, Poems, Songs, Images

B: Personal Stories

C: Articles, Talks, Videos

D: Book and Movie Reviews

E: Lesson Plans and Course Materials

F: Individual & Group Exercises/Explorations

G: Study Groups, Courses and Conferences