Let’s Have A Chat

Hello everyone! This space has been on pause for a while. The chakra series will be completed, I promise, but today I just wanted to pop in for a little chat with all of you. We are living in interesting times, on both a collective and personal level. Our world, and our way of life has changed drastically, leaving many in a space of figuring out how to move forward. While it’s easy to fall into a state of anxiety, negativity, and even anger, I’ve been thinking a lot over the past year of what to do with all of it, as I’m sure many of you are.

There is so much opportunity in this moment for humanity to shift into a way of being which benefits all of us. The division we’re all seeing may feel like something which has happened overnight, but it has been simmering for a very long time. In the Western world, we have become conditioned to think of things mainly in terms of just ourselves. I am well aware that this is something which we have become trained to do. It’s just time for us to begin saying that enough is enough. Since the beginning of human “civilization”, there has always been a ruling class and then the rest of us. However, until not that long ago in our history, the main part of society was very much centered in a collective mindset.

In antiquity, humans lived in harmony with the planet. Sure, that’s just the way things were then due to lack of technology, but things were organized in such a way that everyone was considered in daily life. Some were the hunters and gatherers, others performed tasks such as making clothing or other times, and then there were the elders, who were revered for their wisdom and teachings. Groups of different societies would trade with one another, meaning that the things a collective did not have available to themselves, they could barter with one another, making life better for everyone. Yes, I know that wars over territory and property go back to time eternal and that it wasn’t a utopia. I’m just saying that there was a more collective mindset, which we are sorely lacking today.

In more modern life, there was still more of a collective mentality in which farmers were able to produce more food due to new technology coming into the picture. Yet, there was still a lot of trade going on. The farmers had the food, others became able to make more clothing and other items which made food preservation and creature comforts available, faster. People traded valuable, life sustaining goods and services. The doctors would heal the sick for eggs, meats, produce, or other goods. This was in a time in which “money” was becoming more widely used, but many people in general society simply had very little money, yet they had goods or knowledge which was every bit as treasured as cash.

The industrial era, kicked things off in the direction in which we’ve found ourselves today. It isn’t that modern conveniences are bad. They are very far from it (depending on how they are produced and used, with the planet and sustaining life in mind), however our society began drifting more and more to the mindset of consuming, and using technology mainly to benefit those who could afford to purchase it. The rest of us became more and more conditioned to live a life of production and needing to individually seek resources in order to survive. New technologies have every potential to benefit everyone, yet they have been used to create a society in which concern for the collective has been switched off in many parts of the world.

In saying all of this, I am not pointing fingers or trying to induce guilt. Far from it. I just wished to discuss what has been crossing my spiritual radar. The time in which we are currently living is presenting a valuable opportunity to regroup as a collective, and begin to recreate our existence here on Earth. We can once again realize how much we need one another, working with the whole in mind as we meet our own needs. This is the good part.

We have the ability to do this right now, but after all of our years of conditioning, it isn’t something which is going to happen overnight (no matter how much I wish it would). The ruling class (the handful with the most control over resources) has trained the collective to turn a blind eye to the future survival of the planet, and to become a cash and consumer based society. Right now, we have many who have been so ingrained with the “looking out for yourself” mentality that it is going to take a lot of work. What can we do about it?

I truly believe that the more of us who start to shift our personal lives back in the other direction, the better. This means turning away from sources of division, conducting our lives with service to the whole as much as possible. It can be as small as using as many planet friendly products as we can afford, and recycling. It can be giving of our time to things such as food banks or community gardens if physically able. It can be standing up as a collective to the things we know are destroying us, by refusing to partake in those things or going further to form collectives which work to make change. The only way we can do this is together. Whatever we are able to do which benefits the well being of humanity, no matter how big or small has always mattered, but it matters now more than ever.

Of course, we aren’t going to be able to get everyone to jump on board at once, but I fully believe that there are enough of us out there who are ready for this change to begin turning the tide. The first step is to reopen our hearts to a more gentle, centered way of being. Yes, we are in a fight, but there are more ways than one to do so. We’ve been fighting each other, to the detriment of the all. Getting into the best mindset individually is the first step, before coming together. It’s time to shed what we’ve been taught to think and believe about how to live. We all have the collective mindset living deep within, and it’s time to reclaim it. Some of us are already doing a great deal in this respect. We simply need more people to step forward. This is getting much longer than I intended. There is just so much more that I could say! This is a good start.

I wish to end this by posing a question to all who read this. I’d love to hear what you think, or even what you’re already doing. As for me, I’ve been retraining myself to approach life from a love perspective for the whole, while seeking things which really matter to “fight” for. That’s simplified, but the briefest way to state it.

What do you see that you could do in your own life which would be a step in this direction?

As always, I’m sending lots of love and light your way.

Today, I Said Goodbye To Social Media

I’ve had a weird relationship with social media for a long time. While I love connecting with people from all over the world, I have found that social media feels to me like it has morphed into this thing which rarely creates relationships or interests which feel organic and lasting. It seems like a lot of scrolling and clicking without really connecting with what’s being clicked on or scrolled past. Without revealing my age, I’ll say that I’ve been around on the online world for ages, and I’ve noted these changes for many years.

This isn’t about getting the most people to see my stuff, or I’d be staying on it. It’s just that social media, as it is right now, is flooded with people and information to the point of overwhelm. At least, it’s overwhelming for me. My intention is to find and create communities of a depth which go deeper and move slower than what is available when interacting on the big online social giants.

This is not a critique of individual people at all. It’s a me thing. I know that there are people who absolutely love social media and that’s cool, really. For myself, it just feels as though the way that the online world has shaped itself over the last several years has created information overload, shortened attention spans (I’ve noticed this in myself too), and a sea of information (and memes) which moves at hurricane speeds. These days, I’m all about settling into gentler rhythms.

Before social media was such a thing, the internet was a different world. I’m not sure if that world still exists. It might take me a while to figure out how to connect with the amazing stuff people are doing without it, but I’m going to give it a real effort. Depending on how this goes, I may end up back on it, and finding ways to utilize it differently. This should be interesting!

As always, I’m sending lots of love your way.