You have only to glance at the headlines or turn on the TV to be inundated with incivility on BOTH sides of the political aisle. I don’t know about you, but I increasingly find it frightening and anxiety producing.

So many of us who lean toward an intuitive, spiritual approach to life are the empathetic types who pick up on the negative energy swirling around our world. It drains our psychic batteries and tends to make us feel hopeless and helpless. I’ve been asking my own Divine guidance “What can I do to help?”

Here’s what I’ve received as answers over the past several weeks. My hope is that these ideas will resonate with you, too.

Be Kind

Kindness is a powerful tool for change. Have you ever had a really bad day, and someone provided an unexpected act of kindness? It could have been a simple smile from a stranger, a text from a loved one, a person who allowed you to go ahead of them in line at the grocery store, or a fellow rider who offered a seat on the bus when you were tired. Those small moments of compassion are the most underrated instruments of positive change. Be someone who scatters kindness throughout your day.

Watch the Stories You Make Up

That $%*# who cut you off in traffic! Who does he think he is?!! You imagine he’s an arrogant jerk who thinks he owns the road and you ascribe all sorts of negative things to him. He deserves your middle finger salute. But what if instead you were to find out that he’s racing to the hospital for an ill loved one. Or he’s fearful of missing a job interview that may allow him to support his family? Author, Ian MacLaren wrote, “Let us be kind to one another, for most of us are fighting a hard battle.” How would that change your reaction?

Ask Your Own Intuition “What Can I Do?”

We ALL have a powerful inner wisdom. It guides us with feelings, thoughts, nudges, synchronicity, and dreams. What are your skills and talents? What can YOU do? Trust what you get as an answer and take action. You may be guided to organize or be part of a group, to volunteer for an event or project, to listen to someone of the opposite political party and try to see things from their point of view.

The World Needs You and Your Gifts

The world needs more of us intuitive, kind, spiritual, generous, heart-centered types. It needs peacemakers, healers, meditators, singers, story-tellers, gardeners, bakers, lovers of every kind. Don’t let “I have nothing to offer” take hold in your mind. You DO have a role in making this planet habitable, caring and humane. Be generous with your gifts. The smallest thing can be helpful. You DO have the power to create a world where kindness, compassion, happiness, love and prosperity reign supreme. What is your role in creating this new world? Close your eyes, ask the question and listen within. The answers are there. Spirit is speaking. The world needs you, me and us. We can all make a difference.