For many of us, the world we have known for our lifetimes is changing rapidly and shifting into something very daunting. The new paradigm seems to be dominated by conflict, chaos, and catastrophe. Especially if the news and social media are the mediums through which they are getting their information.
This kind of nihilism is the symptom of a civilization that does not have a clear vision of its future. Or a clear understanding of its past. We are in very critical need for a new story that can inform the beliefs that form the basis of our understanding of reality and the behaviors that follow from them.
For the past couple of years I have been fortunate to work in a team focused singularly on the challenge of climate change and in helping to frame a new narrative for that massive threat to our societies.
It is the most profound irony that many devoted environmentalists vehemently reject the idea that the Earth is alive and conscious and ensouled – aka Gaia theory – because it’s not provable and thus not scientific. Which in their eyes threatens their position in the face of the current conflict against climate deniers who are waging a ‘war against science’.
I get it.
But the idea that people who are authentically and earnestly fighting for the Earth would deny her of a status that could actually, finally activate the hundreds of millions of others who are otherwise asleep and entranced in the face of her destruction is… one of the great paradoxes of our time.
Not for much longer.
We live in an age where empirical ‘science’ no longer works. Quantum physicists now openly admit the tool of their enquiry is woefully insufficient for determining the nature of reality. And the reductionists fall over themselves to deny that their school is one of the single most culpable for the ethos of non-holism that made the earth into a plane ripe for unyielding ecological exploitation and devastation.
But as the historical philosopher Arnold Toynbee taught us, the growth and decline of civilizations is a spiritual process.
Humankind, he wrote, “achieves civilization, not as a result of superior biological endowment or geographical environment, but as a response to a challenge in a situation of special difficulty which rouses [them] to make a hitherto unprecedented effort.”
That is why climate change, as my dearest Gayatri Roshan teaches, is not problem. It is the solution. It is the challenge Toynbee offered us in his prophetic writings.
This is why I know that despite the very frightening and paralyzing warnings we have now been given (that our civilization has little over a decade to radically transform our way of living on the Earth or my children will not have a livable planet to pass in to theirs), I am feeling very confident about our chances.
We are are the dawning of a new Age. One which will be marked by the rediscovery of a kind of ‘science’ which is sometimes called ‘mystical’.
Mysticism requires the belief in truth without proof.
This is the hardest thing for many humans to accept. But also the most transformative because in this scientific enquiry, ‘evidence’ can only be found in the intuition and sentiment that arises from the human heart and its companion, the immortal soul.
As this year closes I see, hear, taste, smell, and, most importantly, feel the grip of ‘science’ loosening and the rise of intuition and soul-driven connection to ‘truth’ arising in the yearning of our people to birth a new vision of ‘reality’.
Yes the last few centuries have given us much in the way of ‘progress’.
2+2 indeed is 4.
And, as my friend Christopher Hitchens, the penultimate materialist, was fond of telling me, “there was time when people used to die of their teeth.” Indeed, we have come a long way. But we will have to return to our most primal roots to remember what we have forgotten.
That 1+1 is only ONE.
And in this truth we find the most potent of all visions for the future of our civilization.
Bless you all my sisters and brothers.
I’m not sure when it first began. It was always a voice within my psyche from my earliest days, and it has grown louder over the years: The sensation deep within me that something transformative is going to happen in my lifetime. Not just in my own personal story, but in the long narrative of our human species.
Of course, it’s become cliché to talk about the millennial angst of imminent apocalypse. The prophecies and predictions are natural curiosities for this time of uncertainty. But I’m talking about something much more hopeful. A metamorphosis, a civilization-wide transition, that intrinsically alters the world and my place within it.
I know that I am not alone in this awareness. People of all cultures have been experiencing the same anticipation. For some, it is the feeling of dread and loss. For, others, a sense of optimism and relief. It all depends on what kind of story they believe in. And in what way it will shape our future.
But this process cannot be engineered by people who are not committed to undergoing a process of transmutation and evolution. It cannot be driven by those who still work within the confines of an old paradigm that is dualistic and adversarial to the very force of nature that will be the guiding impulse of the new earth.
This will require a kind of willful forgetting of everything we think to be true about our reality and the nature of our beings. Coupled with a remembering of something so ancient and futuristic, so terrestrial and cosmic, that we suddenly begin to surface an awareness of something within us that exists beyond time and space.
I have embarked on this journey. And I say very carefully: embarked. I am so aware that I am at the beginning of something that I may never finish in this lifetime, that I know I have been inoculated from the inclination to preach about what I am finding here, in this deeply magical and mystical space. The only thing I want to say is that it is a process of healing.
And that is all it is. That is all it will ever be.
Because once I had begun this process of self-healing, I rediscovered that same unwavering sense that a new world is being born. Only this time, it was no longer a quiet signal emitting from some distant part of my self. Now, it came as a powerful beacon with the offer of a journey. One that steered me to a new understanding of myself and, ultimately, of the innate power that we all have to create the new world that is our inheritance.
This blog is about that journey. It is about the mystics and their philosophies who helped me to find my way from terrestrial blindness to high-altitude perspective. More than anything, it is about a set of laws which have been in existence for thousands of years, but which no more than a handful of us were able to accept as canons.
And which we all now must.
It is my firmest conviction that unless a critical mass of our human civilization undergo a fundamental shift in the way we understand ourselves, and the spiritual dimension in which we operate, then we will go the way of the apocalyptic prophecies. But if we can steer our way toward adopting a new consciousness, as our species has done at so many critical moments in its evolution, then there is a chance that we will manifest that very future that has been living inside of me, and so many others, for so long.
In its broadest sense, this (r)evolution implies the acceptance of a responsibility as divine beings with infinite creative power. One that begins with self-knowledge and evolves into the transmission of clean thoughts, words, and actions which impact and transform the physical plane.
It requires that we each embark on a vigilant and sustained process of self repair, thereby changing the vibration of the world one person at a time, until we have reached a critical mass and initiated an energetic paradigm shift in the consciousness of our human civilization.
We begin by learning who we are, and what we are not. Our goal is very simple:
Materialize the spiritual.
Are you with me?