Thanks to Tom Valovic for submitting this Buddhist-leaning piece to the WwW blog for your consideration. – W
We are now deep in the midst of a transformation with no known outcome, often described in spiritual shorthand as simply “the shift”. In today’s stranger than strange world, it seems clear that many of the things that have been talked about in Mayan and other spiritual traditions have proven to be true in a broad sense. The world as we know it is being radically changed and re-shaped, and one can only hope that it is a “creative destruction” taking place and not something else. The operant phrasing is “Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.”
What we are now experiencing this year has moved beyond the seemingly vague gestures of prophecy and towards harder evidence from the scientific community wherein scientists are now talking openly about the possibility of a “Sixth Extinction”. Sad to say, this one doesn’t involve meteorites and dinosaurs: it appears to be one of our own making. Climate change is the media shorthand for one set of changes; people can argue how much of this is man-made or not. The term even seems fairly tame in comparison to the other ecological disasters that we do know are caused by our own lack of mindful stewardship of earth’s finite resources. Oceans teeming with plastic is just one of the stark realities that spring to mind.
Of equal concern is the “viral” wave of negativity and fear sweeping across our new unified global awareness, constantly fed and stoked by electronic media. It seems impossible to get away from this unless one “lives off the grid” either figuratively or otherwise. This represents a truly disturbing downward spiral and race to the bottom as we are seeing played out in the political realm. Continue reading