Enlightenment or oblivion

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by Gwen Randall-Young

It seems lately that things are spinning out of control in our world, and particularly with our friends to the south. Bright minds everywhere shake their heads with disbelief. It seems astonishing that a leader with such a lack of integrity can continue to govern. In our country too, politicians fight against each other, rather than for the good of the country. International politics looks like kids who just cannot get along on the playground. Yes, I know there is more to it than that, but it is always us against them, whoever “them” might be.

Like tectonic plates pushing against one another, it seems a major shift in consciousness is overdue. Imagine two geological plates straining against one another. When the pressure becomes too much, one will slide over the other.

One plate represents wisdom and enlightenment, the other, polarity and ego consciousness. It seems now that the latter may be overcoming the former, and it is frightening. Devolution seems just as likely as evolution.

There is endless debate about the problems and all that is wrong with the system or the world. There is much to be critical about. However we must move beyond the criticisms and advocate for a more evolved way of being in the world.

The collective consciousness cannot seem to get outside of the mindset of polarity and the seemingly dire need to ‘fight against’ something. We do need to fight against injustice, but where are the voices clamouring for a complete quantum shift that would take us out of the futile but dangerous playground and into a more global consciousness?

The wise, quiet ones talk among themselves but, being peaceful, do not speak out in enough numbers to cause governments to question how they are leading, and what they are leading us into. Look how long it has taken for women to speak out against ongoing injustice, and for their voices to be heard.

Maybe the meek will inherit the earth but what kind of earth will it be? It is time for the wise ones, the rational ones, the ones who abhor what is happening in the world to make their voices heard. It does not have to be on a podium. It can be in the family, in the workplace or the community.

Do not let racist remarks, or negative gossip about another person go unchallenged. Have the courage to call out people, groups or organizations who are not holding themselves to a high and honourable standard.

It cannot be right to let hostile, judgmental words come out of our mouths while we criticize the US president for doing the same. I don’t mention his name just like CNN refuses to name terrorists and therefore give them the attention they are seeking.

However, getting rid of him will not solve all of what is wrong in our world. It is the grassroots we have to influence. We have all been granted time on this earth, and we are being tested more than ever to see how we will handle ourselves while we are here.

Gwen Randall-Young is an author and psychotherapist in private practice. For articles and information about her books, “Deep Powerful Change” hypnosis CDs and “Creating Effective Relationships” series, visit www.gwen.ca ‘Like’ Gwen on Facebook for daily inspiration.

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