While reading a board book about Boats with my toddler, I discovered that he learned the word "people." he was delighted.
Everywhere he saw them, he'd exclaim, "people!" Pointing with his tiny little finger. "People, I see, I see. People!" And he would point to himself, understanding that he, too...was a "people." He'd point at me, Mommy is also a "people." What a concept. He does the same thing when we walk outside. He gazes up in amazement..."sky!" "Birbies!" (Birdies.) Such joy and wonder; innocence.
Being around small children is a constant reminder to us to slow down. Stop looking for answers. Stop judging. Stop fearing. Stop worrying and overthinking. We live in a beautiful, magical world. It should be common sense to most of us, in this age, that fear of the unknown is taught to us. We are indoctrinated with it, from young. Don't get me wrong, I know that fear has its place. It helps to keep us alive. But the issues within us arise when we go to that place of fear, when we aren't in any real danger. We perceive a threat of danger based on either: past experience, worst case scenarios, or gut instincts.
Absolutely, honor your gut feelings. If you know they are real and not created by societal confusion. Societal confusion? This is my term (although I'm sure it's used elsewhere, in some other context. I don't claim to "coin" the term) for the constant assault on our senses and psyches with mountains of information.
We live in the age of information now. If you look for it, you will find it. Whatever it is. If you think Paleo is the best diet in the world, you'll find something to confirm it. If you search for praise of the vegan lifestyle, you'll find that too. Coffee is great, coffee is bad. If you believe a celebrity is wonderful, you'll find wonderful things about the person. If you believe they are a fraud or a selfish jerk, you'll find that too. If you seek proof of aliens, you'll find it somewhere. If you seek proof that we are alone in the universe, you'll find that too. For every bit of truth you think you know, you will find its opposite. Why bring this up? Why at such a time in our human experience? Because it's happening everywhere, and it's all connected. It's all information. From coffee, to diet, to God, to extraterrestrials, to spirituality, to news coverage, to war and guns and violence and terror attacks.
We are saturated with too much information, all the time. On the news, the TV, the radio, the Internet (desktop, laptop, tablet, phone...), the constant chatter of voices around us. So much so, that as human beings, our senses can become dulled. And when we are desensitized and don't feel...we don't connect. We don't interpret and explore information, we accept it blindly without asking questions. We shut down a little, inside. We throw our hands up, and go with the flow. The majority says this, so they must be right. We think, who am I to question it? This is what they say. Go with the flow. Status quo.
Well, I don't feel it's worked for us.
I don't delve into aliens coming to save us, flying saucers underground, government coverups, secret weather experiements, hidden civilizations, and all the rest. These are just neutral ideas that don't really dig into me. The just bounce off. I don't believe or disbelieve these things, they aren't good or bad to me, they just aren't on my radar of thought. (Well...NOW they are...) But I won't feel one way or the other about them.
Because deep down, I think it's so simple. As a species, we've created a mess. Our home, our planet is hurting. Our resources are being depleted. We are cruel and violent toward each other all the time. Yet, so much so, we love and support and inspire each other. We do both. We have the capacity as a species to do amazing, beautiful, and creative things, and also to do heinous and unthinkable things.
I think the painful truth, and what we all need to understand, is that we've created the world we live in. There may not be a race of extraterrestrials hovering above us to save us, although they may exist. There may not be a God or savior waiting in the wings to lift us up and call do-over. Although, the energy of God, of Creator exists. We got here, and we need to unite as a species and get ourselves out. Not pushing that power, that we have, to outside and unseen forces...but to each other.
Seeing the creative and magnificent forces that are already inherent within us. Not looking outside, waiting for rescue. It's us. It's now. We, as a species, can choose to move forward and change the equilibrium of our home, of our peace/war paradigm, just as we can choose how to design our small and individual lives and relationships.
When many active voices and focused thoughts come together, change occurs.
What do we say, what do we choose? This is the message behind all the things you see flying around talking about love or fear. It doesn't mean quit your job and move to Costa Rica and live on green juice. Not for everyone, anyway, although some folks have done that and they are blissfully content and making great waves in the world. If that is what makes you happy, then yes. DO that. So that your joy will be infectious. But don't think that is the only way. There are many, many paths. Maybe your joy is in making gadgets or software that helps people. Crowdsource and market them, with integrity and joy and change the world in YOUR way. We are all different, although we are connected. Preach, make music, teach, heal, create art, write, or simply be the best at what it is that you love doing. There's no recipe that applies to all of us. But learn to know how YOU tick. Know yourself; find a skill, a passion, a group of supportive like-minded people, and develop it. Find your joy in it. Grow it and share it. A thriving world is built upon these ideas, that we all contribute to it. We are our world. Participate. You matter. If you're not living here, making your own choices, you're living someone else's ideas about who you are. There is no right or wrong. Find you and be you. And honor the goodness and light you see in others.
But many in the world are so lost, so disconnected, that the only way they see is destructive and violent. Because the way out of the hell the live in, is destruction. For all of us. So how, if we are loving, open, giving people, who sincerely want to move forward...how do we reconcile this? How do we face a facet of our humanity that is to us, seemingly so atrocious and hateful of our vision of peace and harmony? Struggles erupt, to be sure. Protect your own? Protect humanity? Keep them out, let them in? Be Hospitable and generous and trusting? Be cautious and solvent and strong? What is the answer?
How do we do it? I don't know. But if enough "people!" as my toddler says... if enough of us, sincerely come from a place of patience, love, growth, and peace...perhaps we can figure it out without destroying each other. Rather than acting on the fear, hatred, greed, paranoia, righteous rage, and negative thoughts that have been taught to us through this societal confusion that we've created.
I am an allegorical and visionary thinker, I love big ideas. The ones that connect deep inside, the ones that lead me to philosophize. The ones that remind me that we are all in this together. And friends...we are. Make no mistake. But I also live my days with my feet planted firmly in the soil. I expound and dream and imagine and wonder and explore my curiousities, to be sure. A common struggle these days, is the battle between the spiritual/creative self and the everyday, get-up-and-work self. It's all you. All of it. All the time. This duality is imagined. Sometimes we feel so separate, so disconnected. But it is all within us, all the time. Reconnect to yourself...and you might discover that you have everything that you need. It's already within you. I know it is, because I feel it in myself. So it has to be in you, as well. It just is. And we are the same, we are "people." Just people. Under one big sky.
Living in bliss and creating and wishing peace and love to others is nice. It makes us feel good, it makes others feel good. Absolutely. But it's not going to affect great change on its own. What it will do, over time, as we live in a higher state of being...is raise the climate of our own beingness. Raise our vibrations, our energy source. There are sources out there, of course, in the world of information...to show you what this means. How everything is made of energy and light and particles. And that our consciousness can have a measurable effect on how we resonate with our world. But sitting in a room, vibrating with yourself, so to speak...thinking good thoughts, might not be enough. If we all can reach a place of inner-peace, strength, positive ideaology, forward thinking, letting go of fear and anxiety and negative outcomes, and what if black holes...maybe a dialogue, a true idea on how to clean up our mess, can begin.