“The ability to be tough-minded remains useful; but by now, the fact that we are all in trouble in terms of both nature and culture can only be denied by those who become overly conservative and blindly reactionary. The more tender-hearted imagination that suggests we are all in this together and that there must be an underlying unity in life may be the only way to survive.” — Michael Meade
“The single biggest thing I learned was from an indigenous elder of Cherokee descent, Stan Rushworth, who reminded me of the difference between a Western settler of “I have rights” and an indigenous mindset of “I have obligations.” Instead of thinking that I am born with rights, I choose to think that I am born to serve past, present and future generations, and the planet itself.” Author unknown
“So, what we will be slowly going toward is the capacity to inwardly feel the presence of viruses within. For, actually, the human body, and thus the human being, is composed of something like 90% viruses. I would say that they are the most spiritual element of the body, and function as the primary elements of spiritual-body evolution. It is because of viruses that the body, which we, from our strictly outer mode of consciousness, see as only biological and just “is what it is”. Standard medicine has captured the presences of viruses as being the primary ‘enemy of biological life’. If that were so, humans would have disappeared long ago.” — Robert Sardello
The enemy we imagine in the world “out there” is really lodged in our vision of things, referred to by Christ as the mote in our eye that keeps us blind to how we see things, or rather how we don’t see things. We have 20–20 vision when it comes to anything external to us but we’re practically blind to our interior universe.
It’s a cultural thing, evidently, because we can’t help but notice how other cultures promote the inner vision. Their concept of a good life is very different from ours. Outwardly they are very simple cultures, with none of the tools we have developed to control nature and make things quick and easy. Strangely enough, though, we spend more time working because our system requires a lot more upkeep and we can’t live without something called money.
We come now to a time, after a relatively short time in the annals of natural history, when the flaws in our system force us to reexamine things, starting with our thinking, our refusal to look inward. We fear the inner world. We consider it unhealthy and even morbid to spend time reflecting and attending to what’s in our minds and how they actually function.
That ingrained habit is a danger to life on our planet. We love power, power over things. Having to confront inner forces can be frightening. Our culture has created a split between inner and outer. It’s a bit schizophrenic. It doesn’t encourage a friendship with our essential selves, with the result that we hardly know who we are, what kind of being we are.
We are challenged now to look at who we are and what kind of world we are creating. It’s a shock to realize how ignorant and hard hearted we are and how lethal that is for the planet we live on. There are those who say we better start colonizing other planets because we’re obviously going to kill this one.
Changing ourselves is out of the question? Maybe it’s difficult on a grand scale, but it looks like the Universe is demanding it now. I’m not sure we have a choice any longer.
We will stumble. There will be charlatans and false gurus. We will be led down the wrong path more than once, no doubt. After all, we’re starting out from zero. We’re spiritual kindergarteners.
But time’s a-wastin’. Nature is gasping for breath. We can still pull back from the precipice if enough of us take our situation seriously.