Ch-Ch-Changes – Turn and Face the Strain

Posted by on Jun 6, 2013

Ch-Ch-ChangesMandy offers her thoughts on why our current defeatist attitude toward changing our lifestyles and healing our environment will not work for us in the long run.  She offers a series of steps we can take to detach ourselves from current ways we live; ways which we believe are essential to our survival.  

In past blogs I have discussed how trapped many of us feel when it comes to leaving behind certain collective thought patterns and beliefs that keep mankind headed down a destructive path, either individually or collectively.  You might be left thinking, “Okay, I understand that we are headed down a destructive path, but there is nothing I can do about that.  I can only focus on my own life and do what I have to do in order to survive.”

And here, I do not wish for readers to feel guilty if they have been thinking and living in this way.  Many of us, unless we are able to step outside of a collective mind-set (ideas we have taken on from society and various groups see here>>), may not even conceive that an alternative exists. But we can all begin to think about whether it is possible for us to live without feeling defeated by the system; helplessly conforming to set lifestyles that we believe are essential to our survival.  In fact, I predict that events will transpire over the next 20 years where our survival will depend upon adopting a very different mind-set from one based on money, greed, a dependency on toxic energy sources and a dependency on governments.

Using A Topical Approach To Treat Bigger Issues

The subtle ways many of us have become vulnerable to adopting a mind-set of defeatism will reveal themselves if we can begin to look more deeply at how we, within the new-age community, attempt to heal any damage that humans have caused to Nature.  A lot of “world healing” (i.e. the use of various techniques to heal our environment or planet) ends up being based upon our human desire for convenience, quick fixes, superficial treatment of symptoms and/or magical solutions. For, these are the approaches we have used to cope with our everyday lives.  And the more we continue in this way, the more our collective health will decline and our intentions toward peace, love and healing will be contradicted by our intention to serve opposing ideals that encourage competition, convenience, consumerism and greed.

What is lacking in our approach is an ability to address, acknowledge or treat the cause(s) of the predicaments that we have manifested for ourselves. As a result, some topical applications that we (as new-agers) commonly employ to heal ourselves and the earth include:

•  using crystals to work on ourselves or the earth grid

•  “sending energy” (energy healing) to ourselves or Mother Earth and the world

•  using prayers or meditations to heal ourselves or Earth

•  using attunements, merkabahs (sacred geometric shapes) or various other procedures to “increase vibration” or frequency

These types of healing efforts can only go so deep. Some of them even disrupt our energy field and chakras rather than bringing them into balance.  New-agers and healers then label these disruptions “ascension symptoms,” symptoms of detoxification, or claim these disruptions are a result of having cleared the energy field of “negativity.”  Perhaps however, such symptoms are an indication that we are trying to keep up with a world that is growing increasingly toxic, ungrounded, over-stimulating and in a state of rush.

In the end, we will have to concede that we are missing a middle step somewhere; one that allows for us to heal ourselves and our lifestyles and environment.  This middle step requires us to realize that what affects the “one” affects the “whole,” and what affects the “whole” affects the “one.”  What do I mean by this?  The best approach is not one where we simply heal ourselves in order to throw ourselves back into the toxic pond of the collective consciousness in the hope that we can cope with its toxicity better.  Instead, we can begin to heal ourselves by becoming aware of the thoughts, actions and lifestyles that have made the pond toxic in the first place. We can begin to understand how this toxicity affects us all on an individual and collective level.  We can then find ways to bring both ourselves and our experience of the collective (or the “whole”) back into balance.

Thoughts As They Affect a Glass of Water

Clean and dirty water in one glass isolated on white backgroundAs an example of what I am talking about, in 2011 a friend of mine invited me to be part of a group she had created to help heal the Gulf of Mexico following the tragic oil spill of 2010.  The group was going to focus on sending prayers and healing to the affected water and wildlife.  I asked her if there was going to be any focus on shifting our lifestyles in any way.  She explained that this was not necessary; that if I read the work of Masaru Emoto, I would understand that our thoughts were powerful enough to clear the water on their own.

While I believe this is true on one level, I saw things a bit differently than she did. In explaining my feeling that this intention, though an honorable one, was incomplete, I asked her to visualize a glass of oily water which becomes purified through the use of thought and prayer.  Then, I asked her to imagine spilling oil back into that glass.  To me, that would be the logical outcome if we do not address those “thoughts” (conscious and unconscious) that cause us to live lifestyles that cause things like oil spills.

Yes, we might possess good intentions and an ability to produce healing results.  The problem however, lies with the other unconscious thoughts we have which would affect a glass of water (see the blog “Understanding the Levels of Manifestation, Consciousness and Thought”).  If we were to conduct our own experiment in the style of Masaru Emoto (see here>>) on our glass of water (representing the earth’s oceans, streams and lakes), we could tape words like “infinite love” and “gratitude” to the glass, but we would also have to attach words like “defeatism,” “ingratitude” “helplessness,” “convenience,” etc., in order to have accurate test results over the long term.  This is because, if our healing thoughts affect the quality of the water, then so do the other, more damaging thoughts.  It is these other thoughts that have allowed us to accept the continued polluting of our waters.

We can begin to ask ourselves why humans, after such a frightening disaster and “close call” in the Gulf of Mexico, can so easily condition themselves to go back to driving their cars.  Our need for convenience has overridden our other, more benevolent, desires and intentions.

Subtle Thoughts can Be Powerful

The defeatist ways we think and live as spiritual individuals are so subtle that few of us even consider how we could more effectively utilize our thoughts or energy to treat the cause of many of the world’s issues; especially the cause as it exist within ourselves.  In the example of the oil spill, how many of us would think of using prayers, visualization or healing with the aim of encouraging mankind to find an alternative to gasoline use or reliance on motor vehicles?  This type of thinking, praying, visualizing and manifesting feels foreign to us.

If you notice, the approaches we currently take often result in the subconscious or conscious need to blame something external for some of these issues, such as BP oil or our governments (in the case of the Gulf oil spill).  What if our governments and BP oil suddenly decided one day, “This problem is too serious and detrimental to life, so there will be no more supply of oil”?  I imagine that the public would feel quite helpless without being able to use gas powered cars or to put oil in their furnace.  So, it makes sense that this helplessness would need to be addressed first and replaced with an ability to be more self-sufficient and responsible rather than being dependent on what has become corrupted and toxic to all life on this planet.  After all, no one is forcing us to be dependent on oil, except ourselves.

Offering Alternatives

So, what are some of the alternatives we can consider, so that we can start to begin visualizing and thinking in new ways?

Learning to not buy into defeatism

Try to always believe in hope.  Not in a passive way that says “I will just live how I am and trust another outcome will happen” because this is still defeatism and relying on something external to offer an answer or to be our savior.  Be adventurous.  By beginning to challenge the thoughts you live by you can begin to affect your world.

Learning to visualize alternatives

I remember a psychic once telling me: “You cannot manifest what you cannot even visualize for yourself.”  So, the second step would be to allow our mind to visualize what alternatives might look like.  In the book I am the Lotus, Not the Muddy Pond I offer a comparison chart of two different styles of living for readers to begin to visualize something different:

Spirit-Centered Living Material-Centered Living
Lifestyle based on unity consciousness, increased self-sufficiency and freedom. Lifestyle based on separation consciousness, dependency and competition.
Interdependent communities arising based on shared responsibilities, land sharing, co-operation, and use of off-grid power sources and barter systems. Less reliance on corporations and banks. More control over purity of food sources and of necessities. Greater health. Communities which are dependent upon culture, norms, governments, laws, external constructs and institutions (including banks, toxic power sources, corporations). Less control over purity of food sources and necessity. Poorer health and potential sensitivities to chemicals and impurities.
Living maturely. Less need for toys. Less dependency upon parenting via government, external power sources and institutions. Instead there exists interdependency, self-sufficiency and responsibility. There is less blaming of parental structures for problems within the community because the community and its members take responsibility and are motivated toward being part of the solution. Living childlike and helpless. Need for toys and to be externally provided for. Dependent upon external ‘parents’ (governments and institutions) to guide and provide. No responsibility. Blames parental institutions for what it cannot take responsibility for. Is too dependent and helpless to be motivated toward being part of the solution when it comes to societal issues.

Figure 1: Spirit Centered versus Material Centered Living

As an example, when I see our future I begin to visualize people living in sustainable ways. I see groups and tribal-type communities forming.  These tribes live in sustainable buildings and they share in communal responsibilities such as in the maintenance of the land.  Because there is sharing and caring, there is more cooperation and less competition.  Because of this, it becomes less frightening to go without money because there is a fully functional and interdependent support system in place.

Learning to take steps toward action

While we may feel limited concerning what we can do to begin living in new ways, there are different steps we can take depending upon our physical or mental health, whether we rent or own land, our financial resources or technological expertise.  I always recommend that the desire to act come from a natural place within us, rather than from a feeling we “have to” do this or that.  Otherwise any action we take may be associated with suffering.

You don’t need to overly worry if some of these steps are difficult for you.  You can still visualize them. When we use our minds and voices even just to visualize banding together in certain ways, change can manifest.

  • Step 1: Get in touch with nature and learn to grow food even if it is just learning to sprout in your own kitchen.  There is a lot of information on the web, in videos and other places about how to grow food indoors and outdoors, how to sprout and other things.
  • Step 2: Use as little energy as possible.  Every kilowatt we use supports an energy company and its thoughts and intentions, whether ethical toward our planet or not.  Unfortunately, not all of us know how to, or can afford to, go off-grid (only using power you have generated yourself) or join intentional communities.  There are rent-your roof programs for solar power in some areas where you can sell the extra energy you generate, but not everyone qualifies (though it pays to look into it).  If you rent rather than own your home, you also have to have permission from your landlord.
  • Step 3: Use your car as little as possible.  While it may feel impossible to stop driving altogether, it is possible to cut down by walking or biking more.
  • Step 4: Scrutinize and simplify.  Everything we buy supports a company that carries an intention, ethical or not, towards the environment and mankind.  There are a multitude of options available to those of us who want to become more socially and environmentally conscious. We can:
    • buy used instead of new all the time
    • buy less and watch what we buy for how it contributes to the bigger environmental and social picture
    • support family businesses rather than corporations
    • buy eco-friendly, refurbished or recycled
    • support organic and non-GMO farming through our purchasing power
    • use less packaging and purchase fewer packaged products
    • rely less on banks and credit cards, or go without a loan unless we really need one
    • pay less tax through simplifying our income and buying fewer products which are taxed (this forces the government and companies, if they want our tax dollars, to make it more attractive to us)
  • Step 5: Cut down on TV.  TV as well as other forms of media exposes us to advertising and programming that affect our beliefs and encourage conformity.
  • Step 6: Support Peaceful Causes.  Supporting causes that assist the big picture when done in a non-violent and non-blaming way can foster loving change.  Through causes, people can also learn to unify and cooperate toward serving the whole rather than just the self.
  • Step 7: Educate Yourself.  Let go of any beliefs that suggest it is a “negative” thing for you to educate yourself on the realities that are unfolding on Earth.  Let go of any belief that turning your attention to these issues will manifest them or make them worse.  We are manifesting them regardless through maintaining a state of ignorance and denial.

There are communities already arising which foster some of what I have mentioned in this article.  You can learn more about them at http://www.ic.org and http://www.off-grid.net.