What do we do when the old ways don't seem to make sense?
Mind bending, intellectual gymnastics. Good for the soul, mind and body. Hatred is a poison that spreads from one person to another. I am not a hater by nature. I tend to be overly empathetic and sometimes need to withdraw so as not to pour myself out too much. I am alarmed at the viciousness with which so many people lash out so easily. I’ve read many explanations for this over the past five years. I came to the conclusion that this toxicity has been a recurring social ill that is predicated on each era of macro societal investment in its beliefs as proscribed by its leadership. To remain autonomous during each episode of human evolution is difficult and occasionally dangerous. There are times when disdain must be concealed for self preservation. We are foolish to think that we are not influenced by the external pressures to think a certain way, and also to think that we can keep captive the notions forged upon us from altering our innermost beliefs.
Everyone honest enough to admit to occasional disbelief in any system must also be aware of times of intense belief in it. Both are normal and a sign of connection, within and as a self proclaimed member of that system. We can be critical without fully rejecting either all our beliefs or our ability to sometimes re-examine them.
Great essay as always Joe. I took a look at some of the references and am inspired to delve into some more deeply. I admit I am having trouble keeping centered and not taking the bait to become overly hostile. This has helped.
The repetition in this article does not address the fact that there are few people who believe the way you do. Evolution Is ruthless and cruel, but I think
It has been
that way because that was needed at the time, and that was not spirituality. I agree that we have come to a time where the course of evolution has to change. Our technology has exceeded the ability of our monkey brains to cope. Some people can go on in their own worlds and beliefs, but I believe it Is not near enough to effect the mindset of the rest of the world before we do ourselves in. Of course, there is something to be said for feeling grounded and comfortable for the time being.
Love love love this Joe. You bring such a beautiful blend of spirituality and grounded reason to life. Our world needs more of this. <3
I came back to this again after reading Tom's latest story on stillness. Just wanted to say I have been following you since about 2011 and seeing your ideas over the years become more relevant with time has been nice to watch. You (and CE) truly are pioneers in this space for your media and how you inspire transformation. I always felt you don't quite get enough credit for what you've achieved (surley enough censorship though :s ). I'm rootin' for ya! You were ahead of your time many years ago, but that time may have come!!
Very nice article Joe. I truly admire your work. Your de-polarising stance is inspiring, and your work promotes spiritual growth and development, that I deeply trust is the way to change for the better.
Within my very cluttered inbox, I always make time for and thoroughly enjoy your articles, Joe. They remind me I'm not alone navigating these times and I appreciate your reminder to apply the same level of questioning to *everything* around us (not just to that which opposes our existing beliefs or hypotheses). Otherwise we, too, will end up creating bias and ultimately attempting to control or create a contrasting narrative. Here's to the end of all narrative and the beginning of neutral observation and individual, ever-flexible interpretation! ☺
Joe.....I love all you do!
https://youtu.be/HkxpMX5UF5A We need to Re-member. Connections seem to be happening. Electrical conduits of connection to each INdiviDUAL cell....that is You, and Me. Yes, a mirror reflection....we don't want to look as we feel it will shatter what we are
As we continue to evolve, we come to realize that we are consciousness, not the projections of our consciousness.
Try Stepstoknowledge.com for the training for accessing the greater intelligence. It's a non secular Course in Miracles from the cosmos to humankind in our time of great need.
I want to add something about the Amish. There's something we should all admire and appreciate (if not envy) about how they handled COVID. They didn't turn on each other choosing instead to rally together as a community. They faced the health crisis with courage driven by faith in God.
They didn't turn on each other shaming people into spooky acts and habits like masks and forcing abhorrent vaccine passports (which unbelievably is becoming an actual health feature with the WHO). We, on the other hand, lost our sense of courage and faith in one another choosing instead to rally around empty jargon and slogans enforced and coerced by the state.
We were, in essence, weak.
Related to some degree, I feel like RFK Jr. is really opening eyes about vaccines. He's finally giving a mainstream voice to what people have been whispering for years. You can see it in the aggression of people who interview him. You sense they somehow know on an esoteric level he's forcing them to see the truth. No one wanted to believe because no one forced them to.
I said when they began mandating and coercing vaccines that it would have a boomerang effect resulting in the erosion of trust in vaccines and the entities that promote (and peddle) them. You can't force something onto people. You can't eliminate their right to choose. It's stunning how our medical establishment was foolish enough to think it was appropriate. Especially since our common codes of ethics had been established regarding informed consent and medical autonomy. It's mind-boggling how they refuse to concede they violated such principles. These do rise to crimes against humanity.
Never mind we ignored established science and protocols, it was the abandonment of ethics ultimately betraying wisdom that troubles me.
The Tucker-Rogan-RFK Jr. axis is gathering momentum and it will be hard to stop. This was a talk that was desperately needed.
“It should get our attention that every person or group of people that have discovered what the Native Americans call wetiko disease unanimously consider it to be the most important topic to understand in our world today. Wetiko psychosis—which can be conceived of as being a mind-virus—is at the very root of every crisis we face. Wetiko is the over-arching umbrella that contains, subsumes, informs and underlies every form of self-and-other destruction that our species is acting out in our world on every scale. If we don’t come to terms with what wetiko is revealing to us, however, nothing else will matter, as there will be no more human species.” – “Totalitarian Psychosis in our World-and Our Minds“ – Paul Levy
This was a deeply moving piece. This part: "As if we are becoming more awake to the part of ourselves that observes we are having an experience. It comes on and off like a flickering light, each time it lights up we feel an incongruency with how we are living."
I feel like this explained the last couple years of my life. Sometimes I see and other times I don't. But the more I see the more I question my behavior and choices. I question what is going on in the world and what we can do about it. But there is a whole other perception I have now as I look at these questions. Maybe this is that awakening consciousness...
Thank you for this piece!