Jennifer Wells (2013), author of Complexity and Sustainability writes: "We should consider that we are not just a product of our times, but also, that we coproduce our times through our ideas and actions (p.128)." In our modern day, we tend to blame most of our problems on them-- the externals. And, to a large degree, we are right; we are beholden to those powers that are said to be in authority. Yet, at what point do we realize that giving power over to authority is allowing our lives to be authored by external agents with purposes and values quite different from our own internal ones?
This is the path humanity has taken for the past several centuries. We have allowed ourselves to be ruled by the external influences of government, science, educators, and corporations. We have been enslaved by absentee landowners dressed in business suits, beaten by whip-wielding gents sporting southern drawls, and mesmerized and hypnotized by corporate bosses. Our lower classes have been enslaved in meaningless, repetitive jobs that the masses accepted after they had fought hard and won rights such as sustainable pay, benefits and a sane number of working hours. Even our shrinking middle class lives under the guillotine of "The Man."
Moreover, all of these voices of authority are replayed in our conditioned consciousness. We have to be the best to thrive. We work for long hours for diminishing pay and benefits. We hold on to a life style that just isn't working for us or the planet. How long do we continue?
Do we continue remaining dependent on them? After all, what is given by The Lord is apt to be taken away. Thus, we are losing benefits while migrant work has become rampant. What is migrant work if not a fancy term for slavery? The chains may not be evident, but they sure are there, especially for the "illegal" migrants, but really for all of us. Then, once we cross the boss' threshold of tolerance, what awaits us? A corporatized jail systems in which the inmates get to work for "da man" for nothing other than the room and board of the jail cell.
What a system that is! Free labor! The silly tax payers wind up paying room and board for inmates who serve as corporate workers. Then those same working class workers fuss because, alongside the inmates, the peasant girls in China and migrant workers from Mexico are slaving hours on end to make the coats they wear and the genetically engineered food they eat.
Then there are the television evangelists humping and bumping their righteous way of being while holding their grubby little hands out for you to fork over pieces of worthless paper we call money. How do they get you to buy into this? Why its nothing less than the threat of hell or the promise of loving salvation that hooks us. And, what do the corporations promise? "Oh, take this drug and you'll be able to be erect just by seeing the twinkle in your sweetheart's eye, in spite of the stress we create causing you to misfire, if you fire at all; or to soothe and make that sick heart of yours operate effectively after being broken by years of trying to make the bills we create for thee; or how about that horrid sense of dreaded depression you feel from being enslaved by us, your corporate Masters. The Prozac company has the "cure" for--and, by the way, the profit from--your depression. "Yes! We are the cause and we will intoxicate you via television and mesmerize you via computerized games so the pain you feel in slavery will diminish. Drink it all in! We want YOU mesmerized, hypnotized and intoxicated!"
Why do we tolerate this? Why do we think that by saving this system we're saving it for our children?
It's because we are enslaved to the externals and think our lifestyle is good for us. We externalize our power. We have no sense of our inner potential. We THINK we need THEM.
Well, we don't.
The first step to realizing this is to understand how much we've been duped intellectually and spiritually. We have been taught to surrender our power to the external. Perhaps this is the meaning of Eve, the woman (the internal) succumbing to Adam, the man (the external) to rule over Her. Yes, our inner worlds are ruled by The Man, the Corporate Boss written at large in all of our lives, taking control of our lives, and our children's lives, from cradle to grave. Even our births and our deaths aren't recognized until certified by them. Even our Beloved God is externalized into some Paternal Monster out there in Heaven (a variant of Eve, Heave) that is willing to zap your backside into Hell for breaking any of the corporate rules (e.g., not giving donations to collection plates).
But what if that power resided within us? Even Christ said that the "Kingdom is within." What if He's right in spite of the evangelistic Bible thumpers preaching from atop a cross-decorated pedestal to deliver his externalized message on the "boob tube?" What an insult to a sacred organ designed to nurture us into growth and maturation.
Think about this from an evolutionary point of view. Evolution unfolds from the inside out, from center to periphery. To see how this works, get yourself a good DVD on pregnancy and watch how the egg unfolds from center to periphery into a baby. The egg's taking form was sparked by the sperm. But, the egg's development is all on her own. The makeup of the baby ultimately is from both mom and dad, but it's the egg that takes form. And, she takes form not from orders from the outside in, but from innumerable interactions between the cells occurring within. Each cell knows what to do, and it contains instructions for being any cell in the body that it needs to be. Thus, it takes form as a specific cell in relation to all other cells in relationship to the needs of the body. Yet, in theory, it could become any old cell in the body. And it doesn't fuss! "Well geeze I could have been a brain cell but here I am placed by Fate Herself into the outer lining of the right kidney....O' Fate, what a horrid condition Thou hast given me!" But the cell had the potential all along and became the kidney cell because that was what was needed by the whole of the body!
This is why you are here on Earth. You exist for the well-being and functioning of the whole. And, by the whole I MEAN the whole planet including people, grasses, trees and polar bears. Don't take this lightly.
The microscopic and reductionist view of our lives is a lie. We unfold in relationship to the entire Earth and to the cosmos above. As Christ came for the sake of the world, then so do each one of us. This is the essence of what is called Holographic Theory in science (see Talbot, 1991). Our bodies and Souls dance in relation to the whole. They are not commanded by a singular God out there but by a non-local Intelligence operating from within here and out there. We operate in coordination with the mind of Gaia (Earth) as well as the universal Mind, which we have very little understanding of via our surface level intelligence. But, if we asked the cell in our brain, we might get some answers. The answers are there within us.
Again, this speaks to the difference between Yin and Yang, Female and Male. The Yin folds inward, the Yang is outward. We need to become more Yin and find our power within. Our bodies mirror the greater whole. Our atoms are in the same relationship to each other as planets, galaxies and stars are in relationship to empty space. Yes, you are in essence 99% empty space. Look into the depths of the starry night time sky and you are looking at yourself in a mirror.