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“To be alive at this time means to be caught in the great unraveling that strands us near all the loose threads of creation; but it also means to be close to the revelation of the new design and the next paradigm.” — Michael Meade “Why The World Doesn’t End”

“The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.

Don’t go back to sleep.

You must ask for what you really want.

Don’t go back to sleep.

People are going back and forth across the doorsill

where the two worlds touch.

The door is round and open.

Dont go back to sleep.”

Rumi

“The next theme was that of purification. When an organism is called upon from within to become more conscious, it must first cleanse itself of the psychological by-products of living at its lower level of awareness. It must bring forward the residue of its past and purge that residue from the system in order to lay the foundation for a more refined level of operation. Our species was doing this in a wholesale manner and with greater determination by crystallising within itself generations that embodied this legacy. What I have previously seen simply as individuals reincarnating in order to clear individual Karma, I now experienced as a highly centralised decision to cleanse the human mindfield of its collective karmic legacy in order to prepare humanity for what is to come.” — Christopher Bache, Diamonds from Heaven

What’s being discussed in these mystical quotations? Spiritual history? Our spiritual future? How does our current fraught situation relate to the idea that a new world is in the making? Assuming it’s true, how can we best live it?

My wife and I can live well here in Mexico on social security. We eat well, sleep well, we get exercise by walking and we can still create as we watch the world fall apart day by day.

Everybody’s situation and personal needs are different. We have a life well adapted to who we are. We spend a good bit of time reflecting, contemplating the trajectories of the world as well as our own passage through life. I’m the equivalent of the monk in the cave, trying to meditate and reach a deeper vision of things. There are very few distractions. Even the pulsing music that comes from all sides is pleasant. We have affection for the whole scene. There is nothing to try to filter out.

It almost seems like fate that we are here rather than in our big house in France that we had to sell and abandon so precipitously. I couldn’t help but lament the loss of that life in France, but now I see how this is better. I feel well taken care of by destiny. It knew things I couldn’t begin to imagine.

I’m personally ready for a better world, if that’s what is coming. I’m prepared to grow into a kinder paradigm, though I’m aware that I have a long way to go myself, to be a paragon of virtue. The best that I can do at this point and at my age is to offer ideas that might help someone else. I’ve taken that as my job — find the meaning in this turn of events, find the beauty in it and hold it out to the world through language. There’s the golden thread through my life, finding whatever hope and meaning I can and tell about it.

I enjoy my life and what I’m doing. Is there anything else I should want? I can’t imagine what it would be. In my mind, everyone is forgiven, including me. Now the task is to hold up the best mirror I can fashion to interested people and hope it helps. We all need help. We’re all in this together. The next few years may see the end of the familiar while a new paradigm is being birthed. Nobody knows where this is going with any certainty.

Those who can offer any succor in this transition are like first line nurses. Whatever you can offer, offer it. You never know who needs exactly that.

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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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