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.
Like so many of my friends, I have spent a lot of time focused on the world outside of my self and how to use my resources and, frankly, white male privilege, to contribute.
This started in the form of directing and writing around social justice issues that led me to eventually direct several feature films and write some books. The apex of that ‘life’ was a deep dive into the binary world of fundamentalism (through a journey into the millennial religious HolyWar with two hardcore believers), with a pretty mind-blowing outcome, which really made me question the dualist paradigm manifested through the political / religious / financial systems (left/right, right/wrong etc) that I had become so good at self- (and, other-) identifying with.
I left film and writing to start a tech company based on signaling complex data in a multi-dimensional, dynamic way that could create a new kind of identity. This (somewhat ahead-of-the-curve) tech is currently being applied to medical data and possibly a new platform our team has been developing around climate change.
But to be perfectly honest, I am long past believing these kinds of citizen-engagement initiatives are going to successfully and integrally solve the challenges we face. My core passion, and the thing that my life consistently seems to bring me back to, are the revelations contained in the mystical traditions.
Meaning the exposition of hidden truths about our world in the context which Plato put it so well over 2000 years ago:
“In consequence of this divine initiation we became spectators of single and blessed visions, resident in a pure light; and were ourselves made immaculate and liberated from this surrounding garment which we call the body and to which we are now bound like an oyster to its shell.”
I believe we are on the cusp of a Copernican moment, in which humans discover that the ‘reality’ we inhabit is nothing like we understand it to be. That we are atomic beings, not biological ones… and the 3D realm we inhabit is not a deterministic fixed space, but in fact one that is generative and responsive to us, based on our level of awareness of this truth.
This belief has very real applications and implications. It’s not philosophy to me, and I am actively working on new creations that might help others to pierce the veil in the way that I have. But it makes it very hard to engage with my great and beloved cadre of friends who really believe that we just need to get more people to vote in order to create the world we want to live in.
For me, this is absurd.
What we need is a vibrational shift at the genetic level of the species. Which is practical and achievable under the conditions of a global counter-cultural movement that inducts people into rituals that help them unearth the deep wound caused by the experience of being spiritual entities trapped in materialist shells on a 3D Earth.
I am sure this sounds (at best) escapist and (at worst) cray to most of you, but in my defense, I’ll just say that it’s coming from a guy who’s traveled or worked in over 80 countries, put most of my life and money into very concrete activistic pursuits… and is deeply invested (as a father of two young children)… in us actually evolving out of this situation instead of simply delaying it long enough to make our selves feel better about how much we did.
Let’s be very clear: this is a big, counter-intuitive shift that needs to happen. Especially for people who have spent their lives dedicated to changing their reality through the systems created from its misconception.
Again, think birth of the Axial Age or the Copernican revolution. It’s not about fucking voting. It’s about pausing for a moment, pulling our heads out of the spectacular distraction of the news cycle and actually having the self-discipline and intellectual and spiritual rigor to question the foundations that materialize our conception of reality.
Otherwise known as the paradigm. (Yes, they shift.)
To that end, I’ll leave you with a quote I sent to friends and posted on social media that really sums up where I am at in terms of getting to fundamental solutions and evolutionary movements.
It comes from Manly P. Hall, one of the greatest civilizational resources in the field of esoteric and mystical traditions, and says everything any one needs to understand about the true nature of SECURITY and how we are actually going to achieve it as an intra-causal and inter-connected species.
“If we dwell forever in the sphere of effects, content to endure without question the vicissitudes of outrageous fortune, we must suffer the consequences inevitable to this state… Nature has bestowed upon us the means by which we can rescue our lives from the delusion of materialism. If we use these means according to the laws governing them, we fulfill the purpose of our living.
There are eternal and unchangeable principles in the world of causes. We must learn to know them, love them, and obey them, for herein lies our hope of security.”