Dear fellow travelers,
I've been scratching my head lately by the high strangeness of seeing Lightworker friends I know and love posting material on Facebook that create more heat than light from my perspective. As I have puzzled over this several articles have come my way that I find insightful. In
July Stephen Dinan, founder and CEO of the Shift Network, wrote:
At the deepest level, we are each participating in an upgrade to the human cultural operating system to a worldview that is holistic, sacred, inclusive, global, and expresses in a more peaceful and sustainable lifestyle. But this collective [Covid-19] crisis has revealed serious design
flaws that are corrupting that code and need to be addressed with patches or fixes in some fashion so that the new worldview actually is a sustainable and healthy upgrade.
Stephen identifies five "weaknesses that this pandemic has exposed in our emergent 'new paradigm' worldview," all of which resonate with me. The comments to the article, as many negative as positive, illustrate how hard it is to write about this subject without triggering strong
Stephen's article led me to an article on Conspirituality written in April by Jules Evans that also gave me cause for
self-examination. Jules wonders:
[W]hy should there be an overlap between my community — western spirituality — and conspiracy theories?
My first thought was, there are certain personality traits that make one prone to being ‘spiritual but not religious’ — free thinking, distrust of authority and institutions, a tendency to unusual beliefs or experiences, a tendency to detect ‘hidden’ patterns and correspondences, and an attraction to alternative paradigms, particularly in alternative health — which would all make one more prone to conspiracy theories.
At this point I must interject that the phrase "conspiracy theory" is so energetically loaded that it also creates more heat than light. I find it more helpful to view the underlying dynamic as campaigns of manipulation that create a murky mix of information, misinformation, and
disinformation to which the antidote is: discernment, discernment, discernment.
I liked a lot the concluding suggestions Jules made for maintaining mental hygiene when considering material we encounter in social, mainstream and alternative media:
We can do a basic test, equivalent to washing our hands.
1) What’s the source? Is it a reliable media organisation? Is it backed up by other reliable sources?
2) How likely is the fact? The less likely, the greater the burden of evidence.
3) Is there anything out there suggesting it’s fake? Rather than looking for evidence to support our beliefs, can we search for evidence against our beliefs?
4) Can we emotionally accept our belief might be wrong?
Jules Evans's discussion of globalist Millennarians led me to re-examine my own work on the Great Shift. I found it sobering that in searching for the terms racism and Teilhard de Chardin, I found that, yes, he and other visionary thinkers of his generation had a blind spot, an
unquestioning acceptance of the superiority of the white race. Does that invalidate his/their magnificent vision of humanity becoming something greater than we are now? Not to my mind. I am grateful that my own Quaker upbringing did not foster elitist tendencies. The timing of my own spiritual awakening in 2002 inevitably introduced a millennarian flavor to my Great Shift work. In June, 2009 I replaced references to Great Shift with Pretty Good Shift with this
My own journey of late has involved recognizing, bringing to the surface and releasing a virus of the mind that is aptly named The Chosen One virus. This virus runs deep in my ancestral lineages which are European as far back as I can trace them, and foments the feeling that
one has a "special" mission/abilities, one's work is "significant." My spiritual awakening in late 2002 activated this virus, and the very title of this website reflects it to a certain extent, though I trust not so seriously as prevent it from offering information that others may find useful.
In December, 2010 I returned to saying Great Shift, noting: Time will tell whether I have been premature in changing the Pretty Good Shift to Great Shift name for the Newsletter. From my current vantage point, it does feel like the change was premature. This is now the