“Turn and face the strange.. Ch ch ch changes”
~ David Bowie
Well, revolutionaries and orderly folk alike. It has finally arrived. Complete and unstoppable, unrelenting and irreversible: change. Not that this is a new phenomena, it is in fact the only constant we can count on. More recently however, it has been knocking upon our doors, barging through our lives, kicking off its shoes and chipping away at the fragile foundations of our comfortable relationships and routines. It is hammering in the tent poles and raising the ring… let the circus begin!
Whatever game we are playing whether pseudo world leader cluedo, sexual assault spotlight, political musical chairs or planetary poker (all or nothing); we are at the epitome of usurping, unhinging, raving chaos. The domino effect is in motion. The unanimous demand for disclosure is inevitable. The full and unrelenting truth. Vatican files are being pried open, financial systems are fracturing, governments are unhinged and somewhere in the mix, we seem to be having a total eclipse of our human nature. We will have to figure out a way to share this planet and all of its resources. In truth, aren't we all a little displaced?
Yes mum, it’s more than shady governments, crazy weather and rising temperatures. The 100th monkey is running rampant in our collective consciousness and the jungle is fierce with deranged creatures and rotting smells of lies and deceits that have been hiding in the shadows for far too long. As much as our empathetic, comfort seeking little selves are unnerved by the constant stream of death, destruction and upheaval in our world; it is time to see.
I loved what Rupert Reed said recently in response to an invitation to a ‘balanced’ debate on BBC news on climate change. He declared that he would give no more time or energy to the entertainment of ignorance that fills the media’s fat pockets (albeit, in slightly different words).
“ BBC should be ashamed of its nonsensical idea of 'balance', when the scientific debate is as settled as the “debate” about whether smoking causes cancer.”
I would like to make a similar move upon the chess board of conversation. No longer should we give any time or energy, to the idea that, the debate on ‘climate change’, and the throne of science, is unequaled and unrelated to the ‘consciousness change’. Both are, equally undeniable and significant. We cannot hope to move forward without merging science and feeling; bringing the blood back to our intellect and moving synonymously, with empathetic actions upon scientific facts.
Whilst consciousness is in nature, the embodied mystery, a ‘spiritual phenomena’, we need not place it inside this marginalised frame of perception, where religion, atheism and ‘other’ simply butt heads. We can however, ground this concept as an integral factor in our prospects of solutions, problems and new ideas. In this way; we can instead begin to see it as the VIP to the world stage discussion upon all matters of leadership, environmental & social change, war and peace. It doesn’t matter where we individually stand on why we exist; but how we exist. This is the conceptual bridge that connects all borders. Presently, our (collective) way of living is hyper charged, highly strung, very distant and a type of 'fend for yourself', our desired way of life is peacefully, freely, harmoniously and connected. Supportive.
This is the framework in which the world can recalibrate the human condition as a unified voice.
Crisis always occurs at pivotal moments of our history.
Chaos is the cauldron of change.
I don’t know about you but i am aching to unfurl and fly, drop everything, start a revolutionary group, infiltrate the media and run naked in the street. But perhaps this time it calls for a different approach. Not anarchy. But em-pa-thy. An allegiance to Truth. In our own lives and upon the societal stage.
If we want truth we have to be truthful and demand truth in all of our relationships. If we want peace, we have to take the task upon ourselves to make peace with our emotions, our vulnerability, our unworthiness and ultimately with the ‘other’. If we want freedom, we have to free our hearts from the tyranny of unforgiving bitterness and judgement and from the expectations of anything and anyone but our own compass.
“The revolution will not be televised”.
That is the curious catch 22 of all the chaos. It has to be thorough, it has to be integrated and it has to be embodied. The problems aren't just ‘out there’, they are ‘in here’. We will recognise the change within ourselves and our immediate surrounds far before we recognise the level of change happening in the wider world.
So what do we do amongst it all? We surrender.
Like the zen proverb, "Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water."
We ground ourselves in the simple, the slow and the small.
“If we surrendered
to earth’s intelligence
we could rise up rooted, like trees.
Instead we entangle ourselves
in knots of our own making
and struggle, lonely and confused.
So like children, we begin again...
patiently to trust our heaviness.
Even a bird has to do that
before he can fly.”
Rainer Maria Rilke.