: one that acts or exerts power
: a means or instrument by which a guiding intelligence achieves a result
: one who is authorized to act for or in the place of another
: the capacity, condition, or state of acting or exerting power
: a person or thing through which power is exerted or an end is achieved : INSTRUMENTALITY
Agent (n.): late 15th century, “one who acts,” from Latin agentem “effective, powerful,” present participle of agere “to set in motion, drive, lead, conduct,” (related to Act).
Meaning “any natural force or substance which produces a phenomenon” is from 1550s. Meaning “deputy, representative” is from the 1590s. Sense of “spy, secret agent” is attested by 1916.
Agency (n.): 1650s, “active operation,” from Medieval Latin agentia. Meaning “establishment where business is done for another” first recorded in 1861.
“Love is the affinity which links and draws together the elements of the world… Love, in fact, is the agent of universal synthesis.”
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1995, French philosopher and Jesuit priest who trained as a paleontologist and geologist and took part in the discovery of Peking Man)
“By means of microscopic observation and astronomical projection the lotus flower can become the foundation for an entire theory of the universe and an agent whereby we may perceive Truth.”
Yukio Mishima (1925-1970, pen name of Kimitake Hiraoka, a Japanese author, poet, playwright, actor, and film director)
“A man is truly free, even here in this embodied state, if he knows that God is the true agent and he by himself is powerless to do anything.”
Ramakrishna (1836-1886, born Gadadhar Chatterji or Gadadhar Chattapadhyay, Indian mystic and yogi during the 19th century; co-founded his religious school of thought, Ramakrishna Mission, with chief disciple, Swami Vivekanand.)
“Let every eye negotiate for itself and trust no agent.”
William Shakespeare (1564-1616, English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer of the English language)
“Each time we make a choice we are either moving toward freedom and prosperity or bondage and misery.”
Cameron C. Taylor (best-selling author, speaker, and entrepreneur, known for such books as “8 Attributes of Great Achievers,” and “Financial Peace of Mind Through Asset Protection”)
“You can't have all the answers now or you could never grow from making a choice. If you want to grow, you must face adversity and make decisions without having all the answers.”
Eric Buffington (Canadian author who now lives in the U.S.)
“A citizen is a political and moral agent who in fact has a shared sense of hope and responsibility to others and not just to him or herself.”
Henry Giroux (b. 1943, age 72, American and Canadian scholar, cultural critic, and one of the founding theorists of critical pedagogy in the U.S.)
“We become full human agents, capable of understanding ourselves, and hence of defining our identity, through our acquisition of rich human languages of expression.”
Charles Taylor (b. 1931, age 83, Canadian philosopher and professor emeritus at McGill University best known for his contribution to political philosophy)
“I am called a Islamic fundamentalist by Rushdie. My critics in Pakistan say I am a Zionist agent. I must be doing something right.
Imran Khan (b. 1952, age 62, Pakistani politician, cricketer, philanthropist, cricket commentator and former chancellor of the University of Bradford)
“Of all those in the army close to the commander none is more intimate than the secret agent; of all rewards none more liberal than those given to secret agents; of all matters none is more confidential than those relating to secret operations.”
Sun Tzu (544 BC – 496 BC, Chinese military general, strategist, philosopher and reputed author of “The Art of War” who lived in the turbulent late Chou dynasty.)
Who are we as change agents?
There are three abilities I have that scared me: to be creative, a writer, and to be empathic.
From trials and tribulations, I now accept I am an artist soul who loves to write. In addition, I am foremost a highly sensitive empathic being.
I want to focus on my psychic abilities specifically, because it’s taken me decades to embrace these God-given abilities as gifts and not as a curse.
We all are born with psychic abilities and unique super powers.
As a child it was very difficult to verbalize the physical and emotional assaults I sometimes haphazardly endured. I could not only feel the charged emotions of other people, but I also suffered with their physical ailments as well. It was also very challenging to distinguish between my own emotions and fears from those of others.
So for the longest time, by sheer will, I worked to numb myself.
It wasn’t until I traveled abroad to Taiwan at the age of 20 when I had to start coming to terms with my gifts and abilities. It was there that I met Mildred, a free-spirited African-American woman in her forties who had lived in Germany for four years working as belly dancer. A native Californian, she was also very spiritual and extremely intuitive and had a portfolio of worldly mystical experiences. She lived also with an American family from the Bahai faith, a spiritual perspective that was very new to me at the time.
Mildred took me under her wings as her daughter, and shared a lot of her wisdom with me. I spoke fluent Mandarin at the time, and Mildred was very street-wise. So, we looked out for each other, listening in on each other’s conversations, and nudging one another when we needed to pay attention to an issue.
One day while walking down the city streets of Taipei, Mildred turned to me and said, “In addition to being empathic you are also clairvoyant, clairaudient, and precognitive.” I told her that I knew. But I didn’t want to talk about it, as if by not talking about I was magically wishing it away. Mildred told me that I wouldn’t be able to ignore my abilities for long, and of course, she was right.
After graduating from college, having practical jobs, and getting married I thought I succeeded. But once I had children (by the way who were also very sensitive too) it was a matter of life or death that I feel again. So, bit-by-bit I honed my intuitive gifts by delving into an intensive spiritual practice, and accepted my commitment as a change agent and sovereign soul.
My life magical and I am able to feel and intuit on so many levels and without fear. I am also beginning to understand the suffering without taking it on and to be able to help in appropriate ways.
I hope you too are able to accept your divine gifts, because they are huge indicators to your unique missions as change agents in our world.
Always, be all that you are. Be forever fearless!
Written With Love, Tonya