If you haven’t figured it out yet, there’s a global awakening going on. Those people who are waking up to the true realities of the world are doing so in a large variety of ways; however some of us only get some of it, whilst others are playing with as much of it as they can. The harsh truth though is that most of us don’t get much of it at all.
Thankfully, it is changing. Person by person, group by group, powerful conversations are occurring in the conscious society and we’re inching closer to the tipping point which will send the collective consciousness of humanity into a dawn of illumination and activism. This will be the beginning of building a world where we can truthfully say that we care about each other and our environment. One day, we’ll have become truly educated.
The two overarching areas of the ‘collective awakening’ are captured in the internal realm and the external realm. Moreover, waking up in each of these dimensions is composed of two parts: the first is a greater clarity of the current state of reality, whilst the second is what needs to change.
Continuing with the duality theme, there are two aspects that really portray what’s going on inside of us. Becoming aware of our infinite spiritual nature is the first, where we tap into our experience of consciousness in expanding and interconnecting ways. The other is personal growth, which of course is about healing and balancing out our emotional, psychological, intellectual and other human vitalities.
On the outside, once again there are two areas that reflect where our concentration should rest. The first is the reality of the world around us, including dysfunctional power structures and the social systems in need of change, especially the way that we economise our global society. The second area is how we personally contribute to the societal activism that is collectively required to realise the evolution of our uniting global culture into a more healthy, happy, harmonious, honourable and environmentally-friendly future for our people.
After all, playing our small part in giving back for the benefit of each other is everyone’s responsibility.
Recently, the global economic “correction” has been all over the news. If we follow the right experts, we’d have known this was coming and that it’s nowhere near finished. Nevertheless, there’s no need to fear. This inevitable downturn in our global economy will be a process, with months of swings that may even last a couple of years. Eventually though, it will lead to an economic reset and hopefully even a huge transformation to the system if we capitalise on it appropriately. This just might be the catalyst for change that we’ve been waiting for.
Being the initial phase, we’ve got time to think of the billions of people who suffer from the immoral actions of a corrupt central banking system owned by private banking families. We should also organise our minds and hearts to be aligned with the awakening community and contribute to the tipping point. Simply, this is our opportunity to collectively debate and agree on alternatives to this bullshit story that we’ve been conditioned to believe as the only way to design our lives.
Integral to this process is understanding the need for change to the materialistic, individualistic and consumerist culture which has been born from the capitalist structure. These ideological frameworks have generated highly toxic levels of greed, competition, corruption and vanity, as well as decimated the natural systems of earth. Most humans, however, are loving and giving at their core, so if we redesign the system, we encourage healthier values to manifest for both individuals and the whole.
Make no mistake about it though; we’re living in crazy town. There are a massive tribe of people who already understand this systemic shift loud and clear, including those who made up the Occupy Movement, who are still itching for this change today. There are more grass roots movements that want this too, including Permaculture, The Venus Project, Ubuntu, Zeitgeist, Anonymous and Transition Towns, as well as many others. And even though there are many alternative economists and social commentators that are screaming for change to the models that fuel our social engines, we must also accept that the masses are still locked into the matrix media that has been bought by the power structures as a tool to maintain the status quo.
So, why do we need change? This is summarised in 11 Toxic Realities Society is Finally Waking Up About. To elaborate, 22,000 children die from poverty each day. There is a growing number of people who can’t find work, which will no doubt continue to skyrocket over the coming years. Massive numbers of immigrants are fleeing Africa and the Middle East from their war torn countries. There are millions of people in the US, let alone all over the world, who are on food subsidies. People are in the depths of emotional and physical poverty that is increasing all over the world, including in Australia and other ‘developed’ countries. And we definitely need change for the majority of the people who “believe” they’re disconnected from their unity and who are strongly lacking peace in their humble but majestic existence.
Plus, we need change for ourselves. Every person needs to understand this mess that we’re in, so together we can identify the problems and design solutions. To start, the single most systemic priority we should have right now as a uniting global culture is to redesign our global economy for the benefit of all people, so please click on this link now and sign the petition.
If we still don’t understand all of this, don’t fret; all of us at some point didn’t either. But personally I am still yet to meet one person that didn’t want substantial change too once they truly understood the depths of the problems. The reality is that we’re told it is the way that it needs to be, that there are no alternative solutions and that we just have to accept things the way they are. Well, that’s utter bullshit. There are legitimate alternatives, both short and long term solutions, and if we actually do awaken like so many grass roots movements and individuals are doing all over our gorgeous earth, we may actually facilitate the change that we desperately need.
Our future communities are relying on us.
The Result? Play Our Small Part in Transforming the Internal and External Realms
An interview with Zen Gardner
Zen is a writer, speaker and activist in helping people disconnect from mainstream programming. He is an expert in living outside of the system whilst still engaging with it to spread love and wonder. His website is full of truth serums on the world at large.
In this interview he discusses the awakening he has gone through, both in his spiritual and systemic understanding. He emphasises the need for individual societal activism that ensures as a collective we design and create a true world of love and peace.
We need to take action, no matter how small. Yet so many in the spiritual or new age community are dormant agents of change because they’ve been sold the lie that they need to “transcend their ego”. Yes, we do exist in a duality, and even though that duality is illusory, it’s still a layer of truth. In this respect, the self is fundamentally faux; however the ‘self’ or ‘ego’ is still an indispensable aspect of the human experience. Without it, we’d simply cease to exist.
That’s why the goal is to expand, evolve and enlighten our finite nature (self-awareness or ego), as well as train it to understand its infinite nature (awareness or God). Simply, both are real, just one is more fundamental than the other. Therefore, to kill the ego is to kill our humanness; instead, we need to enlighten our ‘I-ness’ to understand its ‘all-ness’. Simply, whilst we’re human we have an ego, so the point is to empower it, not disempower it.
In most instances this confusing concept is referring to transcending vanity and the ‘illusion’ of separation, or something to that effect. Obviously that is a valid practice, yet the core definition of the ego is simply “I-ness”. In the spiritual community, this of course is understood as the human snapshot of consciousness which co-creates with many snapshots of consciousness in a reality made of unity consciousness. Now, that’s a mind-full.
We are all the same, yes, but we are all different too. Both layers of truth should be celebrated and respected. Plus, laughing and playing and exploring the depths of the human experience is a bloody awesome way to live and helps to heal and grow our energetic blueprint, or soul. We need to ensure that the core truth is recognised too, which is of course the fundamental priority.
The other disempowering and harmful teaching is to “observe and not judge”. To start with, just observing life with no judgement is inherently impossible because then we wouldn’t know when to eat or talk or what to even say. Yet even if it was possible, it’s passive, inactive and achieves nothing. The simple truth is we need to use the ego to do an assessment and form a conclusion on whether our environment should change or not, including our own behaviours. Anyone who says “observe, do not judge”, did an assessment and formed the conclusion “to not judge”. The inherent contradiction in this ‘belief’ is abundantly clear.
In addition, if we decide our house needs to be cleaned then we’ve made an observation, done an assessment, accessed our memory and formed the conclusion to clean the house. The same goes for the world too; clearly it needs to be transformed, especially our social systems. For example, where would we be without Gandhi, Buddha, King and many others not forming their judgements (observations, assessments and conclusions) on the world around them and then taking action to evolve that which they judged to need evolving? Backwards, that’s where.
Ultimately, we need society to come to agreed judgements on how our world needs to change to move into our next collective stage of evolution. Just observing won’t do that, neither will wasting our time and energy trying to transcend the very thing that enables intentional change in the first place; our I-ness.
P.S. If you’re new to my writing, the majority of the links provided throughout this article are to work I have previously written. There are hours of solid reading material, so save this article and feel free to study them. In addition, please read and sign the petition, as well as watch the previous interviews with an array of brilliant guests which have been uploaded to The Conscious Society YouTube Channel. Peace.
Please note: This article is part of the Redesigning Society series. Over the coming weeks, this series will present a range of expert perspectives on the current state of societal affairs, as well as the collective changes we desperately need both philosophically and practically. Details of upcoming and past guests and topics can be viewed here. You can subscribe to The Conscious Society Youtube Channel to get early access to each interview in the series.
3 Reasons Why Introverts Are Undervalued in Today’s Society
It’s undeniable that our society favors assertive extroverted personalities with strong communication skills and underestimates the quiet ones. If you are an introvert, you have probably learned it the hard way.
It could be that you felt unseen in the classroom as a child or teen. Or you may have watched your less competent co-workers get a promotion thanks to their social skills.
It feels unfair, but if you think about our society, it makes perfect sense. The consumerist mindset that has become our second nature inevitably affects the way we treat other people. It seems that everything, including our personal qualities and worth as human beings, is translated into some kind of market value.
In other words, to make other people see your worth in personal or professional life, you need to be able to ‘sell yourself’. Yes, this expression alone tells it all.
You need to know how to make a good first impression, say the right things, and be assertive. If you can’t do it, you are perceived as incapable and uninteresting – whether we are talking about a job interview or an informal social gathering.
But it’s not the only reason why introverts are undervalued in our society. Here are a few more:
1. They are less efficient in teamwork
Communication and teamwork skills are required for all kinds of jobs. It seems that without being able to work in a team, it’s impossible to do your job even if your duties don’t involve interaction with clients.
Introverts are much more efficient when they work on their own and are given a certain extent of independence. They thrive in quiet environments with few distractions and interactions. This is when a quiet person gets the chance to unleash their creative self and make good use of their analytical skills.
Most office jobs don’t give employees this opportunity. Office meetings, group projects, phone calls and all the other attributes of a 9-to-5 job make it almost impossible for an introvert to be productive.
2. They don’t like to be in the spotlight
Sometimes it feels like we are living in a society of attention seekers. Today, you are expected to go public about the most personal matters, such as your relationship and family life.
People share their most intimate thoughts and feelings on social media, post updates about the most trivial events, such as what they had for dinner, and upload countless selfies.
Introverts are among those who still value privacy. They are less likely to showcase their lives online or share the details of their personal affairs with the whole world.
At the same time, the quiet ones don’t like to be in the spotlight at social events. An introvert will never interrupt you. They will listen to you and talk only when they have something important to say. This tendency to avoid attention can be mistaken for insecurity and even a lack of intelligence.
3. They prefer to be real than to be ‘nice’
If you want to make a good impression on others, you are expected to be nice. But what does it mean to be ‘nice’ anyway?
In an introvert’s mind, it equals saying things you don’t mean. Quiet personalities will never bombard you with compliments or say meaningless social pleasantries just to win your fondness. But if an introvert said something nice to you, then be sure that they truly meant it.
Small talk is another component of social relationships most introverts struggle with. To them, it embodies utterly dull, uncomfortable, and pointless conversations they can perfectly do without. For this reason, introverts are often mistakenly believed to hate people.
The truth is that they don’t – they just crave stimulating, meaningful conversations and choose their social circle more carefully than extroverts.
In my book, The Power of Misfits: How to Find Your Place in a World You Don’t Fit In, I write about the reasons why so many introverts feel inadequate and alienated from other people in today’s society. It all goes down to social expectations this personality type has to deal with from a very early age.
But the good news is that every introvert can overcome the negative effects of these expectations and find the right path in this loud, extroverted world.
The Esoteric Meaning Behind Neo’s Interrogation Scene in The Matrix
More than 20 years old now, The Matrix is recognized by fans across the world as being one of the most brilliant films in history, most notably for its deeper meaning and esoteric philosophy.
One scene that is particularly intriguing, considering the social climate of today, is Neo’s interrogation by the Agents of the Matrix.
Now, before we dig into the potential hidden meaning here, as I perceive it, and how Neo found himself in this uncomfortable position to begin with, let’s first establish some key points in relation to the overall story line that will help us to appreciate the implications behind this scene a little bit more.
What Does The Character Neo Represent in the Matrix?
Neo in ancient Greek (νέος) means new/young one. This is an important piece of the puzzle to help us understand what the directors of the film are trying to communicate to us. With that said, when we assess Neo’s character in the first film, we find that he is a solitary individual that keeps to himself and is struggling to find deeper meaning in this world by constantly searching the internet.
What Does The Character Morpheus Represent in the Matrix?
Morpheus in Greek mythology is a messenger of the gods. He appears to humans through dreams with the intention of delivering divine Knowledge and Truth. In the Greek mythos, he can appear in almost any form in people’s dreams, which could be because anyone, regardless of race, gender, or outward appearance, can be a messenger of enlightenment and Truth.
The First Matrix Film is About The Beginning of the Journey to Awakening
With the understanding of the deeper meaning behind what Neo and Morpheus’ characters represent in the film, we can now appreciate the intro scene of Neo sleeping (whilst searching for Morpheus) through a different lens of perception and awareness.
You see, Neo sleeping whilst searching online for Morpheus represents the early stages of the Truth seekers journey — “asleep” but still searching for deeper meaning in life — and hoping to find that meaning by seeking out a “messenger” of higher Knowledge and Truth.
Truth is Terrorism in the Empire of Lies
Through his incessant efforts, Neo begins to get closer and closer to finding the elusive Morpheus. This, however, also attracts the unwanted attention of the Agents in the Matrix, which represent the enforcers of the shadow government of this system. Their job is to ensure that no one exposes what the Matrix really is, and how it turns unsuspecting every day human beings into useful resources that it can use and exploit.
The Agents proceed to apprehend Neo and interrogate him, where they make it very clear that they’ve been spying on him and keeping meticulous records of his activities, both online and offline, for quite some time now. As we all know very well today, all around the world intelligence agencies are doing exactly that — tracking what we view online and keeping meticulous records on many of our movements.
The agents, however, do not see Neo as being a major threat to the Matrix system, as he is still in the early stages of his awakening and does not know enough to be a major threat. Instead, they offer him a deal where they will be willing to “wipe the slate clean” on his illegal activities online, if Neo will simply help them track down the man they call Morpheus, who they claim is “a known terrorist” that is “considered by many authorities to be the most dangerous man alive”.
This represents that the single greatest threat to this manipulative system — which is overwhelmingly ruled by deception and exploitation — is any messenger of higher Knowledge and Truth that can potentially awaken those who are still “asleep” to what the proverbial Matrix really is. In fact, one could argue this sort of power struggle has been going on for thousands of years, and is possibly why Socrates was accused of “corrupting the youth” by the ruling class more than 2,000 years ago and subsequently sentenced to death; or why Fred Hampton was assassinated by government authorities in 1969; or, in more recent history, why civilians that were peacefully protesting against Wall Street and the bankers for their part in destroying the world economy in 2008, were targeted by the FBI and even labelled as potential “domestic terrorists“.
Simply put, Truth is terrorism in the empire of lies.
Neo, still being somewhat naïve and unbegun in his journey, rejects the Agent’s offer and demands he get a phone call because “I know my rights!”
To this, Agent Smith retorts, “tell me Mr. Anderson, what good is a phone call if you’re unable to speak?”, which results in Neo’s mouth warping in the most eerie of ways.
This scene represents a lesson that all genuine Truth seekers eventually come to learn — this system is not concerned with human rights nor is it concerned with upholding authentic justice. Instead, it inculcates these beliefs and misperceptions into our minds from a very young age, because it serves to help legitimize its unnecessary existence in the eyes of the unsuspecting public and indoctrinate us as to why we think we need it. But in reality, our government guaranteed “rights” can be taken away from us in the blink of an eye.
In relation to current events, for example, many thousands of people worldwide have been arrested for violating curfew orders; In one Indian state, civilians were told they must take selfies every hour and send it to the authorities to prove that they are staying indoors; in South Africa, some have been fined for not wearing masks while driving their cars; In Boston in the United States, people have even been told that they will be fined if they walk “the wrong direction” down the street; Homeless people in France have reportedly been fined for not staying indoors; Some people have been arrested for attending funerals of loved ones because it violated lockdown orders; Others (including doctors and scientists) have had their right to freedom of speech censored online; In Australia, a pregnant woman was actually arrested in her home for facebook posts that encouraged protesting against the lockdown; According to the International Labor Organization, tens of millions are being pushed into unemployment; and travel all around the world has been severely restricted by these authorities who have taken it upon themselves to be the rulers of this planet by dictating what the rest of us can and cannot do. Whether you agree with these policies or not, these things cannot logically be called “rights” since they are so very easily violated and taken away from us.
There are many other examples that demonstrate how our government given “rights” are more of a comforting illusion than an actual reality, such as the CIA’s secretive Black Site torture programs, which have been done in cooperation with other intelligence agencies and authorities throughout the world. In these programs, people have been kidnapped — without any legal criminal charge or trial — and then taken to undisclosed secret locations where many of them are tortured for many months on end, in ways that are considered to be in violation of international law and basic human rights. The CIA, of course, simply claims they are suspected terrorists. In 2014, however, a Senate Intelligence Committee Report found that at least 26 of the people that were kidnapped and tortured were actually “wrongfully detained”.
Wake Up Neo — You Are the One
Fortunately, Neo manages to escape this unthinkable situation without any serious injury or harm. Soon after, he is contacted by Morpheus, where he is told that he was very lucky that the Agents underestimated his great potential and spared him, because if the Agents had known the great secret that Morpheus knows, then Neo would probably be dead.
Confused by the obvious strangeness of everything taking place, Neo asks Morpheus what the hell is going on, and what exactly is he talking about?? Without hesitation, Morpheus replies to him, “You are the one Neo — You see, you may have spent the last few years looking for me, but I have spent my entire life looking for you.”
This is perhaps the most important lesson the new Truth seeker must eventually come to learn — We are the ones we have been waiting for to change this corrupt world my friends; and we must stop looking for heroes and human leaders to absolve us of this very serious responsibility. Instead, we must all take on the role of Morpheus — which is to awaken as many Neo’s (new minds) as we possibly can, whilst also taking on the role that represents the journey of Neo, by challenging ourselves to become the best version of who we authentically are.
By doing this, we will help to awaken and unleash the unique creative forces of each individual’s problem solving imagination; and we will also find unity in our shared struggle against the injustices, and corruption, of this inhumane system which invariably exploits us all.
If not us, then who? And if not now, then when?
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This Clever & Controversial Artwork Will Help You Think Deeper About Society
True artists are what I view as the antithesis of entertainers…
You see, an entertainer is concerned with popular opinion and giving the public what it wants to see. They intoxicate us with mindless amusements to help us escape reality and the everyday stresses of life. But artists, on the other hand, they give us what we need to see; by challenging us to to think deeper about the nature of reality, and the society in which we live, and they do this through the transcendent language of art.
With that said, I decided to collect some of the most thought provoking artwork from around the internet and offered my own little commentary on them…
Some people are hungry for food — Some people are just hungry for attention/Artist credit: Sergio Ingravalle
We are all so blinded by our ignorance and rage, that while we blame each other for our mutual struggles like fools, we’re ultimately getting screwed by the same elitists/Artist Credit: Lubomir Arsov
Despite what they might say, most people don’t actually want to see a reflection of reality — and therefore the Truth — Most people just want to see a narrow minded illusion that comforts their sensitive ego and impulsive feelings/Artist credit: Angel Boligán Corbo
“Just because you do not take an interest in politics does not mean politics won’t take an interest in you.” — Attributed to Pericles/Artist credit: Mana Neyestani
Is Facebook really fighting fake news or are they engaging in authoritarianism and censorship?/Artist credit: Luis Quiles
In a society as toxic as ours — where a climate of hatred, ignorance and fear insidiously infects the bulk of the population — In order to safeguard our health and wellbeing, we must stay connected to whatever it is that gives us an authentic sense of peace/Artist credit: Paweł Kuczyński (Online Store)
In spite of overwhelming historical evidence proving powerful people have engaged in child sex abuse, and it occurs in the shadows of every element and class of society, many of us pretend not to see, which is a shameful betrayal of our children/Artist credit: Lubomir Arsov
“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible make violent revolution inevitable.” — Attributed to John F. Kennedy/Artist credit: Mana Neyestani
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