What a difference a hyphen makes! It refocuses our attention and can revolutionize our thinking. It can allow us to focus on what is hidden in plain sight, obscured only by our dualistic either/or mindset that doesn't allow for both-and. We tend to focus on and believe what the media/schools/pulpits/corporations print, speak, or picture out for us, the underlying memes of the dominant corporate culture. Yet science tells us that reality is both a particle when you attend to it and a wave when you don't. This enigmatic phenomenon makes our attention, including what we are habituated to attend to, an integral part of the "reality" we perceive. What on the surface appears to be "nowhere" is revealed to be "now here" when we make space for alternative interpretations.
On a recent episode of "Envision This" (link below), my wife and I had a conversation about the future of humanity. We titled it "A Future That's Here and Now: Grandmerry Speaks." This talk came on the heels of the Boston Bombing, which made me think more so on what I have often written before. What we deem as evil, i.e., the kids that did the bombing, mirrors what is inside of us. Violence begets violence. Violence is generated from the mindset of competition in which the stronger overtake the less powerful. This ethos is in our conditioning and is highly evident in our corporate behaviors as well as government. It is, further, ingrained in our minds as the mode of operandi. Unfortunately, this ethos creates a dichotomy of power and powerlessness. When one becomes powerless, i.e., trapped, it leads to violent acts such as that seen in most acts of terror.
We tend to forget that violence also begets compassion, new insights, and heroic acts of loving-kindness. Most of our deepest, most treasured insights come from healing ourselves and others from horrendous abuse. Would the media ever have found and focused on the picture of Martin Richard, the little boy who was killed at the Boston Marathon bombing, holding his handmade sign for "peace" and an end to hurting others, had not this atrocity occurred? How many thousands of "random acts of kindness" were generated in response to the Connecticut school bombing? That doesn't excuse the intentional violence of perpetrators; it does remind us that the underlying nature of the huge majority of humans is compassionate and cooperative. It does remind us that death and destruction make way and fertilize rebirth. Look at Mount St. Helens just three years after she erupted.
Merry says to empower ourselves, we need to open to sharing, which subsumes both giving and taking. Sharing--symbiosis--is, after all, the most fundamental principle of nature. Focusing our attention on the symbiotic nature of all life and manifesting it is our most promising contribution to a livable future. We simply must realize that we are not independent beings operating for the sake of ourselves. We are here for everything. In all our acts, we affect the whole, present and future....perhaps even the past for our perceptions of the past change on a regular basis. There simply is no such thing as objective history. History is a function of the historian. A "fact" is merely a function of how we see and respond to the evidence at hand. Remember Edgar Allen Poe's " The Purloined Letter " from your school days? The best "hidden" secrets are in plain sight once the detective adjusts his perspective.
Merry interestingly says that we are the center of the universe. Many would say that this sounds arrogant. However, it has been said by science, as well as various teachers of spirituality, that "the center of the universe is everywhere and its periphery nowhere." Mm, interesting how hyphenating the term no-where to now-here changes our perceptions of where we are at in relation to the whole.
This is not human centric for every tree, every animal, every blade of grass, every droplet of water is at the center of the universe whose "periphery is nowhere." For each and every being, the pathway laid down across the water by the sun or moon leads directly to the viewer's heart. We are all that which we are open to receiving from the universe.
Mirroring this truth, Merry states that " We belong here !" Thus we can transcend our current alienated state of being and return to embracing our Nature in relation to all of Nature. It is interesting that Nature means Essence. Thus when we gaze into the sky, the moon, the forests, we see reflections of ourselves and no one else. Going deep into the fabric of Nature, we ultimately come to the limitless essence of Reality in all creatures. That same essence is within us.
Yes, we belong here!
Merry states that it is important to realize that we are creating and unfolding a future that we are co-creating together. We need not place the power of the future into the hands of the corporations and government. We have the power to change in spite of the actions based on greed that these entities are drowning themselves in. We need not strive, against all odds, to wrest a resilient future from an impossibly destructive present and past. We have the power to see the Life, Truth, and Love that energizes the Universe. It is all around us.
Magnesphere 2012 by NASA
Now look at it sideways with the sun on top. Do you see the "angel" that is here, now, and always protecting our tiny, vulnerable planet? This is a scientific rendition out of NASA, folks, not some new-age envisionment. And if you consider it through the deeper lens of metaphor and mysticism, you see that WE are right at the voice-box, right at the fifth chakra of this entity. What we say, what we believe, what we spread as memes throughout our culture is empowering (or dis-empowering) the future right here, right now.
Our world manifests in accordance to all of us. As such, Merry and Burl have been enabled, through ENVISION THIS, to meet many of the visionaries of a future that moves beyond corporate domination. For example, Meryl Ann Butler's envisioning art as a means of achieving a state of well being. Indeed, her work envisions allowing creativity in a person to flourish and in so doing a new world can manifest.