Seeing The World Anew
“You cannot solve a problem from the same consciousness that created it. You must learn to see the world anew.” (Albert Einstein)
Seeing the world anew. This is how I can best describe my experience as part of the Ākāśa Young Pioneers Programme. I applied to this programme because I was intrigued by the vision and the values of Ākāśa Innovation. Here I am, a few months later, in the middle of my journey into self-discovery together with the other eleven creative, driven and inspired young pioneers.
Over the past few weeks, Greta, Mark and Mike have guided me and the other young pioneers through a transformational, challenging and enlightening experience. It is comforting to know that I am not alone on this journey. We twelve young pioneers are no longer strangers; we are now fellow travellers on our quest for positive change. The natural elements of earth, water, air and fire have been leading our understanding of the essential mindsets and skillsets we need to flourish, to inspire change and to take collective action. The fifth element, ākāśa, represents the safe space where we young pioneers can connect with each other and share our experiences and ideas.
Fire is the element that has had the greatest impact on my journey so far. Fire represents authenticity and creative storytelling; it reinforces the importance of telling authentic stories about who we are and who we might become if we hope to inspire others to join our journey. I have always fought to ensure that my life path be authentic to my values and beliefs. However, I have often struggled to be true to myself when faced with criticism, rejection and loneliness. Sometimes it seems easier to succumb to corruption and inequity. I finally appreciate the importance of my deep-seated desire to be authentic, to let my voice be heard and to connect with people. I realised that this authenticity is what will allow me to engage and lead that change that I desired.
The one-on-one coaching sessions throughout the Ākāśa Young Pioneers Programme have been very useful in assisting me in my quest for authenticity. They have helped me explore how change starts from within and how I must address aspects of myself that I have long denied or repressed before I can truly inspire change in others. Ākāśa Innovation has taught me the beauty of self-acceptance and the power of balance to help me flourish and become a changemaker and a leader in sustainability. I learnt to see the world anew through seeing myself anew for the first time.
Ākāśa has given me a space to explore. In Hindu philosophy, ākāśa represents that infinitesimal space which binds together all the other four natural elements of earth, water, air and fire. In this space I have found balance and harmony within myself first and foremost. I have also created meaningful connections with people as we share a common goal to create a world of flourishing. The Ākāśa Young Pioneers Programme has equipped us with new mindsets and skillsets to open ourselves up to the world and unfurl a new vision for the future. We have learned to see the world anew and have the duty to manifest the future we wish to see. We are able to create a world of flourishing.
Sasha Jattansingh, Guest Blogger