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Painting by George Frederic Watts

We tend to think of technology as a means of connecting.

Ironically, we’ve lost our sense of connectedness as a result of technology. We’ve dumbed down the intelligence of connection by disconnecting from our natural environment.

On top of that, we’ve adopted this idea that Indigenous wisdom is outdated because it predates technology. However, I believe that there is evidence that many of these ancient civilizations and long running cultures have produced the most connected wisdoms, and paradigm shifting technologies.

For hundreds of thousands of years, Indigenous people sat and observed nature. These intuitive people understood that the light energy coming out of a fire, coming from the milky way, or coming from the midday sun enabled a vibration of light to enter their bodies. They then used that light to inspire their spiritual chant, song and dance rituals, and connected to the intelligence of life beyond our small planet to bring forth civilizations that predated our written and remembered histories of the last four thousand years.

Interestingly, one of the breakthroughs in recent science has revealed that traditional spiritual chant, song, and dance are among the very few things that activate telomerase — an enzyme in the human cell nucleus that regenerates the ends of our genes to support regeneration and longevity. We have not discovered any drug or technology more efficient than these pinnacle products of ancient and collective culture and consciousness. — LLewllyn Vaughn-Lee

We who live in the contemporary mindset imagine that we’re very advanced. After all, our technology is impressive, stupendous even. Yet, the more powerful our machines the more we seem to have lost our way. Our technology seems to disconnect us from each other and from nature itself. The internet threatens to dispense with childhood altogether.

Our life has somehow become virtual. You can even see that where we live here in Mexico, which is a third world country. Everyone has a handheld device of some kind. Every third pedestrian is talking on a cell phone, usually with a face mask pulled down.

I prefer living in a country where imagination has more do do with beautiful stories than material advancement. Horatio Alger’s fable is lost in transition here where people talk to the dead and live by a very different mythology. What is life without mystery, without embellishment?

All Western cultures are probably drifting into a paradigm of disconnection, in spite of some cultures being more resistant to it than others. America, being so young and dynamic, disconnection is almost invisible unless you’ve lived in more settled parts of the world. Americans hardly notice how uprooted they are. We grow up not knowing where our food comes from, we live separated from flora and fauna for the most part, we accept the world view we are given without question.

It’s hard to see a blind spot you were trained not to see. Studying ancient and native cultures you begin to get the idea that our vaunted civilization has missed a few crucial insights. Our treatment of nature and indigenous cultures betrays a serious blindness that could choke off the planet if we don’t learn to see more clearly.

First, we need to recognize we have an induced blindness and resolve to heal it. We can decide to look and listen more closely to both the life going on out in the world as well as the life inside our own body/minds.

America is in trouble right now, but this trouble has been a long time preparing itself. The power our country has on the world stage greatly exceeds its wisdom. It behooves us all to put ourselves into the mix to vote and to speak up. The situation in Georgia just proved there is untapped energy in the populace that can bring about a sea change in how we see and act.

We’re at a turning point. It’s encouraging to see that brilliant people are showing up, because there really are some monsters.

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I occasionally write fiction and also about creativity, loving, language learning and travel. I’m a longtime painter and reader.

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