This is the second part in our series on essential values for living a transformed life. My intention in writing this series is to engage in a conversation around the promise and the possibility of the time in which we live, this year of 2012, and whether or not this will be a time of awakening, when the entire paradigm of humanity shifts and we’re elevated to a higher state of consciousness.
A fundamental question we ought to be asking: What is required of us, as individuals and as the human race, if we are to awaken? What are the values and the behaviors that will best support such an awakening and a paradigm shift for the entire planet?
It’s important to understand the scope of what we’re talking about. Waking up is not just for a few people — the privileged ones, the educated ones or the lucky ones. This is about an awakening for all of humanity, with no one left behind.
The conditioned mind would argue this is impossible, it’ll never happen. The conditioned mind points to the whole of human history as evidence for why this will not and cannot ever happen. We don’t have to look very far beyond right now to find such evidence. We all know this. So obviously, the discussion we’re having is not based on what has always happened in the past and therefore, how the future is already limited and defined by what has gone before.
This conversation is about transformation, about the times in which we live. It is no accident that you and I are here, on the planet, at this appointed hour. It is no accident that we have created the means to be connected in real time, via the Internet, so that we are able to see and know what is happening all over the world at the moment it is unfolding. Our job now is to open our eyes and see what’s here, see who’s here, see beyond the veil of our conditioned minds that argue for limitations. If humanity is making the great leap together, we must be willing participants in the co-creation process, guided by the vision and possibility that the time is now to realize our full potential as a species.
As a species, we have evolved to arrive at this moment in time, equipped with the tools and awareness to fully grasp the significance of the opportunity that lies before us. We have the capacity to recognize our true nature as more and more of us have already begun to wake up. We are beginning to understand just who we are and how we are to move forward. Moving forward, separately, yet as one. We are beginning to understand that we are individual expressions of the one creative force, call it what you will. Call it what you believe it to be. Call it God, call it Love, call it Infinite Intelligence, call it Life, call it Nothing, call it No-Thing. This force doesn’t care what it’s called by us. It is infinite, eternal and unchanging.
Our job is to recognize this intelligence and creativity as the very essence of who we are and what we’re made of and learn how to use it for our highest good. But to learn how to use it only for our individual progress is not enough. We must, as the movie illustrated, be willing to pay it forward, and, I would add, backwards and sideways. We don’t cross the line until we all cross the line and that’s the difference between how it’s always been and how it will be in an expanded consciousness.
For we will come to know one another as ourselves. We will come to appreciate the different costumes we wear, languages we speak, food we eat, politics and ideologies we believe and we will know that behind it all is simply the One that is the All, and that we are one with it. In this awareness, we will come to know that there is nothing to fear, that our seeming differences only serve to make the stew of humanity richer and more interesting.
Science tells us that everything is energy; that we’re made of the same energy that constitutes the entire cosmos, or as Carl Sagan said, “we’re made of star stuff.” To put it in its simplest terms, the energy that is what we are is the same as the stars, the rocks and the trees, the ocean and the sky. There’s only one thing going on here, while at the same time it is being expressed in an infinite number of individualized ways, appearing to be separate, wearing different costumes, but fundamentally the same.
If this is true, and I believe that it is, then we are all connected. We see this expression of connectivity manifested in an infinite number of ways.
At age 86, my father was diagnosed with stomach cancer and given only a few weeks to a few months to live. He had always told us that when his time came, he wanted no heroic efforts made on his behalf to prolong his life. So he elected not to have surgery or radiation, but to be allowed to go home and die in peace.
Stomach cancer is a painful way to die and my dad’s condition was no exception. He was in a lot of pain and discomfort as he lay in his hospital bed, waiting for the nurse to bring some pain meds. We repeatedly rang for a nurse, but no one came. His breath was short and shallow and he was becoming very agitated. I couldn’t stand watching him writhe in pain, so I crawled into the bed and laid my head on his chest. I said to him, “Dad, let’s breathe together,” and I began taking long, slow, deep breaths. After a few minutes, his breath synched up with mine and he quieted down and became peaceful.
As I lifted my head up off his chest, he squeezed my hand, looked me in the eyes and softly murmured “thank you.” As odd as this may sound, these two words marked the very first time I ever felt truly seen by my father. He came home from the hospital the very next day and died a couple of weeks later.
On the night he passed away, I was back home, 3,000 miles away. At 2 a.m. I sat straight up in bed, having been awakened by an image of a shooting star. As I bolted upright, I absolutely knew without question that my father had died at that moment. About 20 minutes later, the phone rang. It was my mother calling to say that he had died about 20 minutes before. There is no logical explanation for this.
I believe that many people have stories similar to mine. We are innately connected to one another at levels far beyond what the rational, logical mind can explain. You have your own version, I’m sure. I’d love to hear yours.
Does humanity have a long way to go? I guess it all depends on your perspective. When you consider how much we have advanced in the past 100 years, even though we still have wars and injustice in the world, I believe we are witnessing the death of this old paradigm. We are in the waning days of the divide and conquer, dominate and control systems.
Can I prove this claim? Not empirically. But one only has to look at what happened in Tiananmen Square, what happened in Berlin with the fall of the Berlin Wall, what’s happening in the Middle East with the Arab Spring, and what’s happening all across America as people like you and I hold our own system accountable for being true to its founding principles. This is how it is unfolding, right here and right now, and it’s happening on our watch. Stay tuned.