• Harriet Kelly-Gibbe

Beauty Leads

“To call woman the weaker sex is a libel; it is man’s injustice to woman. If by strength is meant brute strength, then, indeed, is woman less brute than man. If by strength is meant moral power, then woman is immeasurably man’s superior. Has she not greater intuition, is she not more self-sacrificing, has she not greater powers of endurance, has she not greater courage? Without her, man could not be. If nonviolence is the law of our being, the future is with woman. Who can make a more effective appeal to the heart than woman?” — Mahatma Gandhi


I dream of being a world leader in the transformation of human consciousness but I might not make it because I enjoy being attractive, even "beautiful" sometimes. In my youth, I would look at Mother Theresa and Gandhi and wonder why they chose to be so unattractive. I wanted to make an impact on the world with all my love and goodness but wondered, "Do I have to look like that to do the job?" Are his missing teeth (I learned later his starvations helped successfully end the British persecution of India but caused the loss of his teeth) and her skin (apparently Mother Theresa wasn't interested in the latest science of skincare as she held dying children, I get that) a necessity for being effective in the business of saving the world? Okay, call me superficial, I've earned that moniker more than once in a life-long career in the fashion and beauty business but hear me out.


Television has become increasingly reliant on violence as entertainment. The longer I live, the more I meditate, and the more I meditate, the less willing I am to turn my mind over to news and entertainment that hovers in the land of violence and the blatant exploitation of children to keep me engaged. I can't say I've been a Kardashian fan all these years but when I lost access to premium cable for a few months, I watched the Kardashians almost exclusively because they weren't killing anyone and seeing them work so hard at staying attractive and in relationship with one another was entertainment to me.


But here was my conundrum, how do I transform consciousness if I'm not aware of the violence going on in the world?


I now know that consciousness is quite a different thing from thinking. Through my meditation practice, I've been able to observe my mind. My mind's job is to think...all...the...time. It never stops. It does the job it was designed to do. Not getting carried away with its thinking, especially when the thoughts are neither kind or helpful to my personal transformation is the job of my consciousness. Transformation is the awareness I have a choice about whether to follow my thinking or reach for something more beautiful. We are all in the process of transforming human consciousness and right now, it looks like America is living in a land of dominated by mental illness. Who, in their right mind, would allow weapons of mass destruction to be easily accessible and desired? Who, in their right mind, would allow little boys and girls to not feel safe and fed in the most advanced and prosperous country in the world? Who, in their right mind, would allow 24/7 media that engenders violence, anger, hatred, killing and pedophilia?


One thing I know for sure, when something is ready to be healed, it makes a big show so you can't miss it's calling. It wants your attention and it will shout at you in pain until it gets the attention it needs too heal. That's how life works. To transform human consciousness, we must transform the world between our ears and we're all in this together.


Now I'm going to make myself feel pretty.


It helps my heart heal.

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