DO WE CREATE OUR WORLD?
If not us, then, who? There is a collective sadness that I have been sensing now, for many years. I have tried denying it. I told myself that I am projecting my own deep sadness onto a world that is “ok”. There used to be a popular song in the late 60’s, early 70’s, that went, “I think it’s so groovy now, that people are finally gettin’ together”. Good vibes, positive thinking and expressions of love were given freely by people on the streets. Although I was much too young to be running around the streets, there I was, soaking up as much love as I could get. Janis Joplin was singing, “Get It While You Can” and for those of us who grew up love deprived, we did just that. We were naively, blissfully…happy. Those were hard, painful, crazy times but there was a genuine feeling of love in the air. We sang “Give Peace A Chance” and we hungered for truth, or something resembling truth. We didn’t crave food or material things. We were commited to a lifestyle…The New World. And then, the world started getting cold and dark and dirty. Love turned to lust. Trust turned to fear. We had created a world that mainly consisted in our minds. Noone warned us about the hungry ghosts that had now taken to the streets destroying everything beautiful in their site.
It was a bad dream. And yet, there was an underground of people who held to their beliefs for a better world. They were focused and prepared to do what they could to make sure that the original truth was not lost. Their spirit and insight moved a generation to demand changes in our government, our society, our consciousness.
People are sleep walking. They think they’ve heard it all and know it all. And what they don’t know, they’ll find it in a book. We have been brain-washed into thinking that an educated society will correct all that is wrong. Intuitive, dedicated teachers are no longer needed. The mystery is gone. Technology has put an end to long- suffering.
We think we are getting closer to the truth but we are doing everything to avoid it. We have made a very lucrative business of teaching “enlightenment, happiness, joy and love.” We have become very good at intellectual spirituality. What starts off as pure and true becomes a source of income. This is not to say that there are not truly sincere teachers and students out there. It’s just hard to tell who is who? Do you really care about my salvation or are you trying to make your car payment? Do you even practice what you preach?
The world is moving so fast. We cook our spiritual practice in a pressure cooker. We don’t take the time to let things really simmer to perfection. We have become spiritual fast food junkies. Unless we slow down and start paying attention to every thought, every person, everything, we will create a “plastic” people, no matter how much we recycle. We aren’t empowering ourselves. We’ve grown tired of the effort it takes to reach Nirvana. Nirvana would remove our selfish nature, it would create a world of real peace, genuine love and an awareness of our oneness with all creation. And, heck, we don’t even like our neighbor…how are we going to love the world?
“The only way to gain power in a world that is moving too fast is to learn to slow down. And the only way to spread one’s influence wide is to learn to go deep. The world we want for ourselves and our children will not emerge from electronic speed but rather from a spiritual stillness that takes root in our souls. Then, and only then, will we create a world that reflects the heart instead of shattering it.” –from The Gift of Change by Marianne Williamson