All I can say is, “It’s about time!”
And to the guy demanding religious freedom who said something like, “This ruling puts us under attack!” I can only say, “The only thing under attack is your rigid, self-righteous prejudice!”
There is a great deal of talk among New Age people about ‘community.’ I have a little experience with this idea of creating a place where like-minded people could come together and live in peace and harmony. I’ve been involved in several attempts to establish community. What I learned from each attempt has been very instructive. I can sum it up in a few sentences.
The people who want community are often people who want to escape from the pressures of everyday reality. They want to drift into a situation where all is beautiful and light. It takes a great deal of money and work to run a community, but these are precisely the things most people are running away from. They want a boss or leader to put the community together – and they will participate. However, they will also resist in the way that they have always resisted authority. Living with other people is stressful and the old saying, “Wherever you go, there YOU are,” is doubly true in community. Squabbles, misunderstandings, and scapegoats are everywhere. I have loved the people who came to be part of our small attempts at community. Even though the community didn’t last, these were important steps on the road to wisdom, and I am very grateful for that.
In a conversation with a friend the other day, he commented that more and more people are living alone. I have noticed the same thing. We talk about community…but in actual practice we are pulling away from one another in many ways. No one wants to be under anyone else’s thumb, or even their roof. We don’t want to be stuck with someone’s mess, their spending habits, their diet, their TV programs, their snoring, or their bad moods.
As this pulling away continues, our need for connection intensifies – which is why the smartphone and social media have been so successful. I’ve heard a number of people decry the direction we are moving in as a culture, and I can’t help but think we are exactly where we need to be. In any healthy healing process it is necessary to back away a bit and get a new perspective. The gurus call it detachment. We have all backed away from one another, but we’re still connected…and that may have to be enough for now as we feel our way along to a new way of seeing and being in the world.
Years ago I was visited by a group of little men in brown Robes. They showed me lots of things about the future. One of the things I saw when with them was the break-up of nations. I found this hard to take in and I expected it would be a rather messy process, but it seemed to proceed in a way that looked like a strange combination of logical, surreptitious, and natural…although there were certainly lots of arguments and court fights, complicated by natural disasters, assassinations, and regional fights.
In reading the few snippets of information coming from those who have been allowed to see the TPP, TiSA, and TTIP agreements, I was reminded of what I saw with the Robes – the rise of corporations to power, which then precipitated the break-up of nations.
The trade agreement that was “fast-tracked” through the U.S. Congress has sealed the power of corporations, up-staging government altogether, usurping the power of nations and making them redundant, almost unnecessary. This will lead eventually to the coalescence of fiercely bio-regional agreements that become corporations in their own right in order to balance the power of the big corporations. The difference between these regional corporations and the big global corporations will be that the regional ones will care deeply about their people and their corner of the Earth.
As of yesterday afternoon, the TPP was approved by the Senate. The whole thing was kept secret because it accomplishes the take-down of the nation and transfers legal power to corporations. The bottom line is that we no longer have a sovereign nation.
The Robes warned against trying to go back to what was. As they predicted, we would not pay attention to what was really happening until it was too late. Suffice it to say, the day of the nation is over. The questions we have to ask ourselves might include:
- What can we envision that might be even better than what we used to have?
- What do we need to be creating that looks beyond the ascendancy of the corporation and compensates for its shortcomings?
- How has our government infantilized us, and what do we need to do to take responsibility for our lives?
- How should we be positioning ourselves to move into the future?
I have a sign hanging in my bathroom that says, “Accept what is, let go of what was, have faith in what will be.” We are going to need this advice.
When people begin a spiritual awakening, they begin to awaken to the true spirit of the self, and the first thing they say is, “I want to be a healer.” They think they should leave the work they are already doing in order to be a healer, but what they are really saying is, “I want to heal.” They think they want to heal others, but what they really want is to heal the self. To heal means “to become whole,” which means that we begin to know, acknowledge, and honor more of the whole self, including the parts that have previously been black-balled or stuffed in the closet. People stall out spiritually when they get stuck on being a healer…and fail to recognize that this is an early stage of awakening. Once healed – physically, mentally, or emotionally – it will be time to move on.
The second thing they say is, “I want to help the world or to make the world a better place.” To help make the world a better place is only a reasonable goal if it makes your world a better place, i.e. you have enough money, food, shelter, clothing, warmth/cooling, safety, education, experience, all the physical/mental needs met…and you are doing something you love. It does not make the world a better place if you are doing something you think is helpful but you do not have what you need for yourself. This is the blind leading the blind. People stall out when they get stuck on doing something that benefits others but not them. Once your needs are met and your life is full, you can begin to extend some of that to others.
The third thing people say when awakening is, “I want to be a teacher/healer/speaker/creative/preacher in the world of spirituality.” What they are really saying is they want everything they say and do to embody the great traditions of love, compassion, truth, gentleness, honesty, etc., and for all of their interactions to demonstrate these great ethics. However, people often leave their current work in the world to pursue work in the field of spirituality…and then they struggle. They fail to understand that they can be a teacher/healer/speaker/creative/preacher in the world of construction, politics, medicine, education, farming, manufacturing, etc. People stall out when they leave what they’re doing and go in search of a perfect world elsewhere instead of creating their perfect world right where they’re at. If everyone would see that the world will only be really changed when each of us finds our true niche of passion and contributes to the whole reality from that place while demonstrating the “great qualities.” The real contribution is your own joy and satisfaction with your life. That’s what makes a well-rounded, balanced world of great diversity!
If you are undergoing a spiritual awakening, it is important to understand that spirituality will probably become an aspect of what you will do, but may not be the main focus at all. This isn’t saying you are going to become a heathen, it just says that perhaps you have stalled out in the way so many awakening ones do.
If you have abandoned your former life, love, relationships, and work to pursue a more spiritual life, only to discover that your life is not working very well, consider a change of pace and direction. When something isn’t working, we need to go in new directions without feeling like a failure, without delay, and without trying to apologize or explain to family or friends. The only thing needed is the time and space to explore more of your Self.
Here is a link to my newest interview with Aingeal and Ahonu and their World of Empowerment website. It is the first in a series of interviews about my newest book and they are a couple of wonderful interviewers!
The interview is 1 hour in length.
“Thinking is as biologic as digestion.”
“We are in fact quite as helpless in our dependence on nature’s resources and essentials for life as are the insect, animals, and birds.”
“We human beings of modern civilization are at a great disadvantage in the selection of foods in that we seem to have lost a sixth sense by which we would recognize a specific need for a special food. Many of the primitive races and most animals retain the capacity to satisfy the body needs by choosing the foods that will provide minerals and vitamins.”
“Tooth decay (along with physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual degeneration) is not only unnecessary, but an indication of our divergence from Nature’s fundamental laws of life and health.” (parentheses mine)
“The result of disturbance in the growth of the bones of the head and of the development of general body design is, quite regularly, a narrowing of the entire body, and often there is a definite lengthening.”
(The narrowing & lengthening of lungs and nostrils causes/contributes to asthma, the narrowing of the pelvis causes difficult and painful births that necessitate C-sections, the narrowing of the jaw causes crooked teeth and the need for braces, the narrowing of the eyes interferes with perception, the narrowing of the brain matter results in water on the brain and mental retardation, and on and on…)
“Adult individuals vary in the efficiency with which they absorb minerals and other chemicals essential for mineral utilization. It is possible to starve for minerals that are abundant in the foods eaten because they cannot be utilized without an adequate quantity of the fat-soluble activators (vitamins A, D, E, K).”
(Thus, you must have enough of the right fats in your diet to use the vitamins that allow you to absorb the minerals that build the actual structures of the body.)
from Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, by Weston A. Price