Topic: For better or worse
It seems to me that I am surrounded by people who are becoming disheartened with the state of humanity. I must admit that I struggle with always seeing the good. I have had my times where I thought the fate of the world is doomed and that all is lost. For the past few months this theme has been coming up in conversations. I have had my moments where it seems I can only see what is wrong as well these past few months. I had an experience just last weekend. I went to see a movie. Lets say I was less than impressed. Even the previews seemed to be screaming one thing at me. The world is getting more and more stupid. The movie themes were all the same. The previews oscillated back and forth between action movies with large explosions and people saving the world in a frantic state to empty comedies that lacked wit and were more about brainless blunders or shallow sex and drug humor. By the time the endless previews stopped I was again in that state of hopelessness for the human race. I am all for temporary escapes. Times to just take a break from the world and from our bigger purpose, time to let ourselves rest. But this large batch of movies about to come out seemed to be dumbed down. This experience couple with conversations I have had with a few friends had me wondering if we are evolving or devolving.
It occurred to me that there seems to be two powers at play right now. There is this push on a soul level to evolve. To come back to the state we once originated from. To see the oneness of all humanity. To be able to see far below the superficial and to uncover the truth of our interconnectedness. I have seen evidence of this. I have seen people that I did not believe could think on this level show that indeed they do. That although they may seem like they do not give deep thought to anything other than the superficial, that indeed they do understand that deep truth on some level. I have seen small children grasp this truth, I have seem old people who I thought were set in their ways see the world from this new perspective, I have seen people who I believed only cared about the material reach out from this truth inside them. During these moments I get this sense like ” we truly are doing it, we are right on track”.
Then other times, like this weekend, I see the other side. I see the media, the news, the school system, the government, etc etc seem to do things that go in the wrong direction. Its like there is a force that is scared and trying to throw us off track. Like if we realize the truth of our own personal power, the truth of our interconnectedness that it will somehow threaten these large systems. Actually it will. So as we all grow and begin to uncover the truth these organizations try their last ditch efforts to keep the changes from happening. They make a valiant effort at it too. We are surrounded by shows , by evidence on our computers, our TVs, our radios that lead us to believe humanity is going downhill. The Jersey revolution, the scandals of our politicians and our role models, people video taping themselves doing absolutely foolish things and posting it for the world to see on the web. I feel like this force is a subconscious one, that these are not conscious efforts being plotted out.
Most of us have known people who have had issues they had to overcome. It could be drug or alcohol problems, gambling issues, anger problems etc etc. The list goes on and on. When we have tried to over come things, or have watched others trying to overcome bad habits or personal issues one thing is always true. As we begin to make gains in changing the behavior often some form of self sabotage happens. As we experience success suddenly we are compelled to do something to undermine the gains we have made. I feel like this is where we are at in our evolution as humans. We are beginning to recognize somethings that are maladaptive. Things that are not working. We have begun to see the illusion around us and we are striving towards the truth that we have felt inside ourselves. But, as we make those changes and reach for that truth we are met with resistance that arises from deep inner fears. Fears of individuals as well as fears from the collective. Those fears make us put up unconscious blocks that stand in the way of reaching our goals.
We do this as individuals. In my practice I see it over and over. Clients say they want some goal and then they begin actually working towards achieving what they want- only to stop at some point and say ” I can’t have that because…” And because they believe it can not happen suddenly the block they fear appears. We are doing this on a macro scale. We believe that humanity is getting worse and worse. We believe subsequent generations are less capable. We see our fellow humans as unable to do the things we ourselves have done and so that is what happens, that is what we create.
I am equally guilty of this. I view the general population as not very smart- I choose to see the evidence that people do not notice and do not understand what is going on around them. The truth is we see what we choose to see. How would things change if we chose to believe that people are very capable, that we are getting more and more intelligent. What if we began pointing out evidence to eachother about the way humanity is becoming better, the ways that we are seeing ourselves as our whole truth, the ways we are understanding deeper truths that we previously did not understand.
I have had two friends tell me that they are tired of giving people divinely inspired messages because people just do not listen. My thoughts have been ” what if people are listening, what if they are getting it but we just do not think they are because the changes we inspire are not happening in the way we think they should”. What if the changes caused by these messages are profound but so deep inside the person receiving the message that we can not detect the change.
Our mission during this time is two fold. First we must not lose heart. We need to stay open to giving and receiving guidance and messages to eachother. We need to let go of needing proof that these messages change people and just learn to give and receive them. This journey we are on not only involves deep individual work but also collective work. When we reach certain parts of our journey we are guided to help eachother. Secondly, we need to renew our faith in humanity and strengthen our resolve that humanity is indeed evolving. True faith means believing something even when there is no evidence. This past year and a half my faith has been tested to a level where I have had to believe things not only when there was no evidence but also when there was evidence to the contrary of my beliefs. I have believed in love when people said hateful things, I have believed in possibility when everything looked hopeless, I have believed I was supported when it appeared I was alone. This is the kind of faith we are being called to have in eachother. As the media bombards us with messages that things are getting worse we have to hold strongly to our faith that we (all of us! not just a few who seem to be further along) are evolving and continuing to improve.
The challenge is to catch yourself having those thought, catch yourself noticing all the things that are wrong and shift those thoughts to what is right. What are the people around you doing to show that they are growing, that they are moving towards truth. Focus on that and that will become the reality that we all experience.
Until next time
With Love and Truth