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“If I am the result of upbringing, class, race, gender, social prejudices, and economics. I am a victim again. A result. Each life is formed by its unique image, an image that is the essence of that life and calls it to a destiny. As the force of fate, this image acts as a personal daimon, an accompanying guide who remembers your calling.” — James Hillman

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Questioner: I have definite spiritual ambitions. Must I not work for their fulfillment?

Nisargadatta: No ambition is spiritual. All ambitions are for the sake of the ‘I am.’ If you want to make real progress you must give up all ideas of personal attainment. The ambitions of the so-called Yogis are preposterous. A man’s desire for a woman is innocence itself compared to the lusting for an everlasting personal bliss. The mind is a cheat. The more pious it seems, the worse the betrayal.

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The transition will test the limits of human creativity, social intelligence, and commitment to collaborate in the face of relentless establishment opposition. We now equate money to wealth and see making money as the key to well-being and happiness. In doing so, we ignore the reality that we are living beings born of and nurtured by a living Earth. Money is merely a number that has no intrinsic value. To destroy life only so that the financial assets of billionaires can grow is a monumental act of collective stupidity…

Forward-looking communities around the world are engaged in advancing these (good) transformations on both micro and macro scales. Their activities must become the norm everywhere, with all peoples and governments freely sharing the lessons of their efforts to develop proven, deeply democratic approaches to local self-reliance and liberation from corporate rule. — David Korten

We live inside an invisible ego-construct that is killing us and the planet we live on. Normal life is the mortal danger we take for granted and aspire to. The thoughtless, vestigial human being is multiplied by millions, is organized into armies of individuals focussed on survival at the expense of nature. We threaten Planet Earth itself.

Disconnected from our inner guides, we wander in the wilderness of soulless societies, living out our cliched lives.

We need a revelation, even if it comes dressed as a catastrophe. A catastrophe for our ersatz culture may be a deliverance for our souls and for the soul of the Earth. The lost souls who are driving this bus are heading for the abyss. If enough of us can awaken to our situation and take control and change course, we have a chance to save a beautiful planet.

All of us have a role to play in this drama, especially if we have vision and communication skills. Anyone alive at this juncture in the annals of life on earth has signed on for this. It’s a time of transformation, a fraught time of awakening.

Each of us has a task of finding our path given at birth, the unique “soul’s code”, as Hillman terms it, and then fitting that discovery to the larger mission of life on Mother Earth. Finding your essential nature is easier said than done because our way of life is inimical to it. There is a snake infested swamp to wade through, a thousand enticements to see through and reject before you can affirm what you basically are and what you must do.

Most of us get lost in this process. We become distracted by shiny objects and unworthy ambitions. Those who come through with insight and focus will find their place in the natural order and serve us all.

Our beautiful world can still be revived if we love it enough.

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