RSS Feed

Monthly Archives: December 2012

It’s the end of the world

It’s the end of the world…

Sort of.

Just as Lennon once said

AA_WarIsOver_Billboards18

Same goes for the world we are living in.

It’s something I’ve wanted for a long time.  I’ve known since I was a child that things are not what they seem.  I discovered I was being lied to over and over again – by religious leaders and other “authorities”.

I’ve always believed in UFO’s, not because I’ve had any real experience with them, but because I know that this can’t be all there is in this amazing universe.  After seeing Close Encounters of the Third Kind as a kid, I wanted to be one of the ones boarding that ship at the end.  If ever given the opportunity, there is nothing on Earth that could make me think twice. (Sorry, Neil.  You can come with me, though.)

I learned about the Mayan Calendar and its end date prophecies back in college.  I’ve gone through several phases since then.  Starting with fear and ending with fear, but not the same fear.

At first, I was afraid of dying or suffering if our system collapses.  What will I eat?  How will I survive?  I considered all kinds of survival options (shelters, figuring out the safest place to be, etc.) and I read everything I could on the topic.

Years later, I got a little more zen about it all and figured, Que Sera Sera.

But as that date is almost upon us, there is a small fear creeping back in and this is it.  What if nothing changes?  What if nothing ends and it all just keeps going like this, back and forth from better to worse, but essentially the same?  I just don’t know how much longer I can pretend to play this game anymore.

2012

What game, you may ask, am I playing?  The same one you are.  I just know it’s a game and you don’t.  The movie Inception had this one line that summed it all up (not just the movie, but All of It) and it flew by most people unnoticed.

Your world is not real.  Death is the only way out.

We are all sharing a collective dream and it’s time to Wake Up.  That’s why shit is getting so crazy and extreme.  You haven’t gotten it yet so it’s time to violently shake you awake.

This shake may not come in the form of a worldwide cataclysm but it’s already apparent that we will not be allowed to go back to sleep.  More shootings, more diseases and traumas, more financial meltdowns until we get the fucking picture.

This is the old model of doing things and its time is over.

pyramid

We are all ready to be adults and responsible for ourselves and others.  What’s that model look like?

There are no shelters that will save us from ourselves.  It’s time we face ourselves head on.  For some, this will be a traumatic and scary experience.  For others it can be a relief.  But whatever happens, go with it.  Just like a fever and vomiting can help your body rid itself of a virus that’s causing it harm, whatever happens next is clearing you out for the next big thing.

The Guest House
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
 

~ Rumi ~

 

ifas202_thebeginningisnearap_bl_b1

Don’t worry.  Don’t be afraid, Ever.

See you in 2013.

 

Can’t Live With ’em…

Can’t live with ‘em; can’t kill ’em.

“Hell is other people.” –Jean Paul Sartre

No matter how much you like, love, adore or enjoy the company of someone, if you live with them long enough, you will eventually find yourself annoyed by something they do.  This is just one of those crazy things about being human.  I’m sure it’s been this way since we were doing the hunter/gatherer thing.  I can just picture one tribesman saying to another, “Would you stop chewing with your mouth open!”

Don't walk away when I'm talking to you!

Don’t walk away when I’m talking to you!

I was having a conversation with a friend the other day and we got on the topic of what people we’ve lived with would do that would drive us up the wall.  Needless to say, we talked for quite a while.  And most of the stuff was utterly inane.

I’m sure relationships have been put in jeopardy many times over for someone forgetting to pick up their clothes or put the toilet seat down.  It’s funny until it happens to you.

Why do I get so upset if someone doesn’t put things back in the cabinets where I put them?  It’s not like we sat down and discussed it.  Or if the toilet paper roll is going over or under (over, by the way, is correct).  And don’t get me started on wiping off the counter tops if you spill something.  Jeesh!

Bullshit!

Bullshit!

These are jokingly called First World Problems, but that doesn’t mean I don’t still have the same physical reaction as I would have to some gross injustice or cruelty.  I really don’t want to waste any more emotional energy and build up stress in my body over this stuff anymore.

When I take the time to question and examine things, I’ve found that my upsets usually come down to a few mistaken notions that we all have about life.

One of those goes something like, “It shouldn’t be this way!”  Says who?  We were not born with a set of rules and guidelines (even though many religions would argue).  There is no right way to squeeze the toothpaste tube since the only goal is to get it out and onto your toothbrush.

If I don’t like the way someone is doing something and I would like it to be different, I can always ask but it really is ridiculous to assume that people should do things a certain way because I do (it must be common sense to do it that way, right).

Another trigger for upset comes from the feeling that some kind of personal affront or insult has been done to us.  We take way too much shit personally in an impersonal world.  That guy didn’t cut YOU off.  He’s just driving badly where you happen to be.

And I am a master of profanity now.

And I am a master of profanity now.

And if for some reason when we have expressed what we’d like and other people don’t comply, we often think they’re being an asshole.  This is especially true of people we know and love.  They want me to be happy, so why aren’t they doing what I asked?  Grrrrr!

These all become heightened when we are in close proximity to others.  But these are also great opportunities in disguise for us to learn something about ourselves while expanding our capacity for kindness and generosity.

The holidays are coming and something about this time of year makes people’s fuses extra short (like we’ve used them up for the year or something).  Be the change you wish to see in the world and cut people the kind of slack that you yourself think you deserve.  That’s truly the greatest gift you can give.  And the peace you get in return is the best gift you can receive.

xmasposter-peace

Goodwill to All leads to Peace on Earth… and Peace within.

Happy Holidays!