"It’s all falling apart right now as we face energy crises, banking crises, climate-change crises, energy crises, food crises, ecological crises and more, and we don’t have the slightest idea what to do about it".
So reads the opening line from Lynne McTaggarts' recent blog (posted in full below).
It is clear our world is in crisis.
Crisis happens when change is needed and overdue.
Crisis happens individually if we ignore the signs for change - usually these crises turn up in the guise of health issues, relationship difficulties, work challenges, financial strains...
The good news is, as long as we make the necessary adjustments to get back on course, our body, mind and life will re-harmonize, restoring balance, integrity (wholeness) and harmony.
Now the crisis is happening collectively, and the turning point to it becoming glaringly obvious was the onset of the 'Covid' crisis.
The universe is clearly telling the human race that it can no...
Now, more than ever, we all need to do what is necessary to bring positive change to our world, in order to QUITE LITERALLY save ourselves from self-destruction.
What most people are still unaware of is that REAL (true lasting) progress comes from changing OURSELVES from the inside out, one person at a time. It's an individual AND group endeavour.
Without this fundamental change, we will keep re-creating 'the SAME OLD SAME OLD' (groundhog day) mistakes, no matter how well-intentioned we are, because unless and until we make fundamental INTERNAL change, we are still operating from unconsciousness and IGNORANCE, rather than WISDOM.
Global Awakening Day was created a few years ago as an annual event to bring awareness to this change.
Ren Xue founder Yuan Tze says:
"The world we are living in is facing grave challenges.
Crises of all sorts are threatening the survival of many species, including our own.
Problems are rampant, causing pain, suffering and...
"Often it is only by being completely broken that we are ready to do things differently… see things differently… act and behave differently".
Here is my simplistic birds-eye view of what is happening in the world today, and why it's happening.
It's a short-cut to all the theories and waffle:
Mankind has lost its way on the path of the 'Tao' (the natural way).
We have been pillaging the earth, abusing nature... animals... each other... causing havoc and harm, through greed… selfishness… ignorance.
When we lose balance, and cause harm, there are consequences, because we live in a universe of cause and effect ruled by universal laws.
We have been ‘breaking the laws of life’. The laws of life include the laws of health.
One of the consequences of breaking the laws of life and health is that the human ‘system’ loses balance and gets sick.
This happens individually when we lose balance personally… and then collectively once too...
"According to the Hindu scriptures, everyone and everything living and non-living, are journeying towards ultimate emancipation – ‘moksha’ - or self-realization. None of us can escape from that… some day there will come a time when the pendulum of the mind will come to a standstill and the mind, along with all its thoughts and emotions, will disappear – it has to happen". Swami Amritaswarupananda*
What does 'work' mean to you?
What does 'productivity' mean to you?
What does contributing to society mean to you?
Recently at the 'Better Way' conference for the World Council of Health, I spoke on 'turning the tanker of our consciousness inwards', and why this individual and collective act could be the 'missing piece' to solving humanity's problems.
For years... my whole life... I've been conditioned to think, and believe, that 'putting in a good day's work'... day after day after day... year after year... is the epitomy of living a worthy...
Most of us can see the world is overrun with problems, and has been for some time.
Poverty, crime, sickness, unhappiness, cruelty, distress, economic strife... and the ongoing seemingly insane 'pandemic' crisis which has disrupted everyone's lives beyond our wildest expectations.
The list of human troubles and strife is long.
Many well-meaning people are working hard to make things better...
Activists, health professionals, lawyers, the average person on the street - we are all endeavouring to resolve these issues and make our own lives and the world a better place.
But there is one small problem which may actually be a big problem, because it could be the one missing piece preventing us making better and faster progress:
A fundamental understanding of the root cause of the problem, and how to change it at a fundamental level.
In my work as a root cause analysis coach I learned the hard way through many years of trial and...
"Only when I grew older did I realize that it was wrong to use violence to stop violence and that I did it to soothe the extreme pain I was feeling in myself".
The following is a very interesting discussion on harmony, conflict, and anger towards injustice, written by Yuan Tze, founder of the Ren Xue system of life cultivation:
"Harmony is a state of peace and balance, a state free of conflict. Harmony nurtures growth. When harmony is present, no harm is done.
I would like focus on one thing that often disrupts harmony – *anger*, in particular *anger in reaction to injustice*.
When facing injustice, is anger necessary for the change we wish to instigate? Many people believe that without anger, there will not be enough momentum to raise the awareness of the issue and drive the change. They believe that anger is, therefore, the necessary first step for change. Some people also believe that anger is necessary for self-protection when we are under attack. It turns fear into the...
"It is through the development of Jingshen (wisdom) civilization that we can get out of this mire: by recognizing the importance of our heart, and letting realization and wisdom guide our lives. A true civilization is a Jingshen civilization at the core, leading the material civilization. The material civilization serves the Jingshen civilization".
Recently at our annual Ren Xue training, Yuan Tze (founder of the Ren Xue system) shared on a topic which is undoubtedly one of the most pressing concerns of our time, if we are to not only make it through our current 'Covid' crisis, but beyond this to survive as a civilization:
The choice between humanity evolving as a 'material' vs 'wisdom' civilization.
"The pandemic is an opportunity for humans to slow down and look inwards, and discover what needs to be changed, individually and collectively, for us to move forward. We urgently need this opportunity".
Whilst many of the developments of humanity over...
"In the past, if I was triggered into anger, my heart would (energetically) close, causing pressure physiologically in the liver, leading to Qi blockages in the liver and gallbladder. Now, by using Openness in Tong Yuan, I can keep my heart energetically 'open' which prevents the liver energy blocking up"...
For me personally, one of my 'negative' knee-jerk emotional habits throughout my life has been frustration and anger.
For example, in the past, if someone cut me off on the road while I was driving, I would get angry.,,
Or if I didn't get what I wanted, I'd get annoyed...
Or if I wasn't living up to my own high standards and expectations I'd get impatient and frustrated...
This was the end-result of much unconscious built-up frustration in childhood (where most of our problems generally start), as a result of what is termed 'emotional neglect': even if all our...
As one develops greater self-realization (realization of the 'True Self' as opposed to the 'false self') and wisdom, one of the the first major milestones of this ongoing growth is reaching the state of consciousness often referred to as 'enlightenment'.
So what is the purpose of reaching of enlightenment?
Well, it's not the end-goal itself: As with many goals, it's the 'precessional effect' of the goal which is of real value*.
The precessional effect of self-realization is a state of understanding and wisdom which is to be found far beyond normal human cognitive function. It's a giant leap beyond, in fact so far beyond that it is incomprehensible to describe or experience until one has reached this state.
As self-realized master Eckhardt Tolle says "the finger pointing at the moon is not the same as the moon". The reality is we will not have a full comprehension of this state until we reach it, but that doesn't mean we cannot and should not strive...