| 7 Apr 2008 @ 18:32, by David Bartholomew|
[excerpted from DoingIt!, November, 2004]
I pull back from the immediacy of the world and try to sense what is in the wind. I do this a lot, and have sensed it as an especially important task these past days in putting the presidential election (the lead-up and now in the aftermath) and pulse of the country in perspective in these weird times.
“When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.”
-- Hunter S. Thompson
I feel the swing of the pendulum of popular opinion. It is always in motion. It signals the ebb and flow of the tide of the collective consciousness. It foreshadows times of embracing more light and periods more intent on hiding from that light.
These days the pendulum of morality is swinging back, the tide of fear is washing in, attempting to hold us to dry land and ward off increased attempts to test the depths of the waters of our truest (and greatest) nature. Ironically, the moral backlash taking hold in our society… is a direct response, proportionate to equally great fear… of realizing exactly that which would lead us to removal of all such fear. Not so ironically, history repeats itself and the pendulum has returned on its appointed rounds, such as it has as any given civilization or culture arrived at the dawn of a new age, a new paradigm, change seemingly for the better, but change nonetheless.
That which we resist, persists.
It is that next, finer pass at the same old question, and yet another opportunity to get it right. As the Dark Ages preceded the Renaissance, the Victorian Era preceded the Industrial Age, the Fifties preceded the Sixties(!), we now live in the period of resistance preceding the shift to that next larger Truth—that of our quantum nature, our acceptance of co-creator status in the universe, our awakening to unending joy and possibility in seeing ourselves as the wizard behind the curtain, and understanding the sublime nature of the play as we have written it.
Those afraid of the responsibility of maintaining their increasing personal power always use the unwise choices of others in exercising that same power, as the excuse to put the kaibosh on the whole thing for everyone. It’s called transference. You can read about it in any Psych 101 textbook.
We must adjust to changing times
and still hold to unchanging principles.
– Jimmy Carter
Note: This quote could be used by those who either resist or embrace change. The difference comes in espousing “unchanging principles” from different orders of magnitude.
In such times that there has been either a majority, or vocal minority, campaigning against the heresy and blasphemy of those who would step into a larger pair of shoes, the more enlightened—those open to the change at hand—had the same choice we have before us now:
It is the same ole’ dance, and the consequence of either choice is the same to one who would see it all as “just energy”, maya, illusion.
- to take their beliefs underground to be nurtured in secrecy, amidst those seekers who have passed the tests of earnestness and trustworthiness, until such times as new ideas feel safer to come out into the light; or
- to live and speak these truths unfettered, out in the open, targets for the inquisitions of those who would scorn, besmirch, ridicule and perhaps punish.
In these times I default into various bits of wisdom gathered along the way:
* From Mr. Lisy, my high school history teacher: “How do you stop an idea?”— a concept that had to have been embraced by Gandhi, Martin Luther King and the like, that comforts one to know that “truth wins out”, that which is larger cannot be limited or contained by that which is smaller, i.e., “the cat is out of the bag” or “there ain’t no brakeman on this train”!
“Don’t doubt in the dark
what you have seen in the light.”
* a favorite quote by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin—theologian, scientist, mystic, Jesuit priest—(that I had once displayed in my office for years and couldn’t find mention of anywhere today, not even through Google, hmm) to the effect of—“Things sometimes seem darker or worse off once the light has been turned on.” Once we begin to shine the light all those previously unseen creepy-crawlies are seen scurrying for cover. But see them we do, and it is only a matter of time before we rid ourselves of, or correct, such pesky problems. Proof that larger ideas have entered the mainstream with a force needing to be reckoned with… comes in just such resistance as we “light workers” are experiencing to these ideas that cannot be stopped!
On this, the day after election day 2004 (maybe I need to punch it up with some ratings-worthy catchphrase like Decision for Destiny…) Joan and I went into the same space we did after 9/11 or many other incidents or events that try one’s long-view, or attempt to draw one into the drama and out of centeredness: we smudged, drummed, wrote, went to our individual corners to play in our individual areas of creativity… kept focus and attention on that which is greater and, ultimately real-- our power to create a bigger, better world, limited only by our own imagination.
To the degree anyone felt the hitch fall out of their gitalong upon hearing the election results last night or this morning… felt that the white hats had been beaten out by the black, that pure-hearted Miss Lilly had been kidnapped and tied to the train trestle by the evil “Crooked W” gang… we encourage you all to not lose heart. For chrissakes—it’s a movie! And we’ve agreed to suspend disbelief and enjoy the ride.
What dramatic hero or heroine (onscreen or in your own mirror)hasn’t bumped up against seemingly insurmountable odds… before the inevitable payoff and resolution (denoument for those who need to know I was paying attention in theatre arts)?! The worse the odds, the badder the villain… the bigger the payoff! Catharsis.
Our work is making a difference. We shall receive our own catharsis. We, and the world, are that close! The light has been shined upon this world. We are just in that period of working out the last details, rustling up the last fears and vamoosing them out of town on a rail, in the throes of our own denoument (there! worked it in twice). Pick a historic period. Pick a worthy quest. We have been there and surmounted them all, each in their turn. We create villains and obstacles, so that we may overcome. And I sense many of us are getting antsy for our payoff.
“We are the music makers,
and we are the dreamers of dreams.”
–- from the film “Willy Wonka”
Though we may not have all the data, Joan and I have to believe that this part of the script of the world is going to payoff as supremely as every other. We will see, and I am sure of this, that those who put faith only in power outside of themselves… will come to be very disappointed and disillusioned by those powers…
… and those who have held the larger vision will… (no, you will not say, “I told you so”…) still be there to comfort, and continue to lead by example, by standing in your beingness and power from within.
These times entail lessons for all of us—to continue to not be drawn down from that larger vision, to increase our compassion, to continue DoingIt! by living in the “us” that includes no “them”.