What is a Leader
By Susan deCaussin
When you consciously connect to Source energy, through the many practices of mindfulness, clarity enters in and you are able to understand the countless facets of life at a profoundly deep level. This connection illuminates the path before you and makes your journey much easier to embrace and accept. It also clearly shows you the places of darkness in the world, where those who are disconnected from Source have been led astray by false promises of goodness and reward.
Having the ability to clearly identify the paths that lead into darkness can sometimes spark a desire within us to reveal these to the world. However, caution is needed in these situations. Even with the purest of intent, wanting to shield others from traversing down those dark paths can oftentimes inadvertently contribute energy to negative sources.
We see this all of the time — especially on social media — when someone shares their opinion about a tragedy that occurred and everyone else jumps on board with angry comments that simply compound the negativity. When you focus your attention on what’s “wrong” in the world, you are making a decision (whether consciously or unconsciously) to surrender your power to it. At the time, you may think that by exposing what’s wrong in the situation, you’re opening the eyes of others and, therefore, providing positive leadership, when you’re actually fanning the flames of negativity.
A true leader leads by example, not by pointing out faults in people and situations, but by remaining focused on the light in the world, and demonstrating how to find that light in the darkest of moments, by shifting their energy to a higher vibration.
I’m reminded of a favorite quote from Mother Teresa that goes like this: “I was once asked why I don’t participate in anti-war demonstrations. I said that I will never do that, but as soon as you have a pro-peace rally, I’ll be there.”
You see, Mother Teresa clearly knew the importance of contributing her energy to the light. Her desire to only engage in activities that promoted peace, love, and kindness provided us with the most powerful example of what it means to be a true leader.
Dr. Wayne Dyer was quoted as saying, “You Can’t Feel Bad Enough to Make Anybody Else’s Life Better.” Feeling bad about what’s going on in the world isn’t going to contribute anything towards the healing process. By jumping on the bandwagon of negativity, you are simply throwing fuel on the fire and, in the meantime, choosing to reduce your overall vibration.
When you shield yourself from negativity, engage in uplifting thoughts, conversations, and actions, and live as an example to others by purposely shedding light on the goodness that exists in every situation, you are exhibiting the characteristics of a true leader. Let’s follow in the footsteps of those great Spiritual leaders who came before us by positively shifting the energy of every situation. Be the change you want to see by injecting peace, love, and kindness, always.