America just went through it's voting process a few days ago. While I am personally glad there has been some shift in power, realistically I know that we've probably just exchanged old problems for new problems. Many Americans, myself included, have come to the conclusion that elections are often a choice between the lesser of two evils. One would think our modern society was capable of making decisions based on the win-win instead of the struggle for power, but this is not the case. The question becomes, "What, if anything, can we do to fix this problem?" The answer lies in a complete paradigm shift. We must learn to base decisions not on what the mind tells us is best but on the leadings of the heart.
Our minds are wonderful things. They contain the wisdom of all our experiences as well as the experiences society deems appropriate to teach to us. This knowledge helps us cope in our world, and when we follow it we are often saved from harm. The flip side of this is, the mind is also the place of fear. There are many occasions where we allow the mind to keep us from taking the actions needed for growth and change. Fear of potential consequences will hold us back and get in the way of accomplishing our goals.
Our hearts are actually our places of power. This is where we connect with Source--the power that flows in and through all things. Ironically, many people are unaware of this connection, but they still have it. Our driving passions and dreams are the results of that connection. Following those dreams can empower us. Intentionally connecting with Source magnifies this power and gives us access to wisdom beyond ourselves and our limited earthly teachings (aka our minds). This is where intuition comes from and why intuition is usually more fruitful than mind-based decisions.
Our society, as well as the individuals in it, typically makes decisions based on the understandings of the mind. We even brainstorm using the minds' constructs. While this is not always a bad thing, faulty decisions can be made because of faulty understandings that have been learned by the mind. Our decisions are only as good as the information we have access to!
When we learn to open our hearts and access the wisdom of the collective (Source), we are made aware of new unlimited understandings. Possibilites that we were not aware of before spring up. Solutions come that benefit the whole.
The Institute of Heartmath (http://www.heartmath.org/) is an organization "dedicated to helping people establish heart-based living and global coherence" through science and educational initiatives. They have some practical ideas for people interested in learning to live from the heart which appeal to a broad range of people. While this is not the only way to this understanding, the website does have some great information and resources.
What it all boils down to is this: the problems which face the world today are the result of society making decisions based on what the mind knows. This knowlege is often corrupted and faulty. In order to solve these problems, we need to learn to connect within to the heart and make decisions based on its wisdom. This is the place of connection, of understanding, of wholeness, of Oneness. Albert Einstein once said, "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." We need a change in thinking--a change to heart.