Thank you for your responses to the question about “the end of the world as we know it” – and, in particular, how the “end of the world” feeling can be transformed into “the end of the world as we know it,” and then into “a new world that actually has a chance of being great.”
One reader, a dear friend, wrote:
“Finding out in September of 1987 that I was HIV positive. It changed my whole perspective, re-woke me up to my spiritual side. This is when I began to walk again that path. Living this lesson has been crucial in forming me as I am now… one vital facet of this rainbow soul. Though I was unaware of it at this time, this is how I was affected by the harmonic convergence.”
And this forward from the angelic Deborah Davis, written by D.K. Brainard ( http://www.wordsforthepeople.com/ )
“It is our lack of creativity that causes us to become passive consumers. Rather than reacting to this catastrophe (the ‘end of the oceans’ BP oil spill) from a place of guilt, shame, resentment or grim determination, maybe we should align ourselves with the nature of the Universe and choose to respond with love and joy. Where in your life do you long to create? Where do you long to reach out from your heart and play, joyfully, with Nature, with the children of the Earth, with other creators?”
“Use this incredible energy to recommit to living creatively. Because we won’t heal the planet by projecting our own Shadows onto the ‘evildoers’ or the ‘oil-guzzlers’ or the other ‘bad people.’ We will only heal the planet by healing ourselves — consciously releasing the guilt, shame, fear and other negative emotions, and intentionally reclaiming our creative birthright.”
Food for thought. Let’s create the world we’d like to know – regardless of the world as we once knew it!
“The end of the world as we know it” doesn’t necessarily mean the end of the world. How possible is it to have a new, improved, better world take the place of the world as you knew it?
Mail this week from our readers suggests that redemption through learning from change – including difficulty – allows for a potentially better world. One person mentioned his father’s heart attack and how it inspired him to take better care of himself. Others mentioned seeing what seems and feels like an unusually high amount of turmoil in the world and believing that it is growing pains for a move into a higher state of being for humankind. Many wrote with hope that things were changing – albeit painfully – for the better.
What “ends of the world as you knew it” have rocked your world by ending the way things have been, but changed for the better? If it were within your power, what changes in the world as you know it would you engineer? Are you ever influenced by “end of the world” thinking? What kinds of protections, if any, do you deploy when “end of the world” is mentioned?
The internet is creating transparency in unprecedented ways – and with it, unprecedented change is occurring. Witness the heretofore private lives of celebrities and supposed thought leaders, the furor over the Catholic Church’s handling of priestly misdeeds, the pending audit of the Federal Reserve . . . and on and on.
The old way – the world as we know it of being able to hide secrets – is rapidly coming to a close. In its place is the 24-7 World Wide Web where information is increasingly available about everything and everyone. The founder of Facebook says that privacy is old-fashioned. Each week brings a new scandal.
How is transparency affecting you, your business, the institutions to which you belong? Your political party, religious organization, favorite athletes? How do you feel about the death of privacy? Will it impact you, or is it limited to well-known individuals?
This “end of the world as we know it” is completely predictable given Alvin Toffler’s assertion that the rate of change doubles every ten years. How are you coping with rapid change? Are you able to be resilient and move with it? What parts of rapid change have given you problems?