Carl Gustav Jung, the famous Swiss psychiatrist, was quoted as saying: “Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol, morphine or idealism.”
We certainly live in interesting times. No matter our place, position or status in society, we are now globally more directly affected by world events than ever before. Many world crises are currently reaching their tipping points or have already done so. Events are hitting close to home, even when they seem remote or far away and we are realising just how fundamentally interconnected we are on this planet.
Many widely-held concepts, such as autonomy, sovereignty, independence and individualism, are being challenged by events and processes which know no borders.
Common knowledge, group think, popular culture and even the results of higher education are increasingly failing to provide concrete answers or solutions to the current fast-developing events which often don’t seem to fit our known or old paradigms any more.
Until the recent past, it had conveniently been common practice to consciously or subconsciously consider non-mainstream information to be irrelevant, unimportant, un-verifiable or even threatening. Increasingly though, our ability to selectively deny and ignore is not only becoming severely impaired, but we are in fact becoming less inclined to want to do so.
Non-mainstream is fast becoming the new mainstream. Much of the information and knowledge available to us from traditional sources are increasingly being revealed as lacking quality or substance and in some cases being little more than “white noise” which has to be sifted through to find gems of truth.
For a long time, we have been suffering from self-imposed and/or conditioned, wilful ignorance, and have been neglecting our responsibilities as individuals, communities or societies to the whole. However, our new awareness is starting to supersede old models and thought patterns, adopted ideologies and accepted dogmas.
The reality of our responsibilities are being brought home to us via a much higher level of access to information than before due to technology and the internet and a very high level of global information sharing, in addition to real-time global events such as the recent tsunami in Japan.
As our planet reaches crises points, we are coming to realise that in terms of self-preservation we may have no choice but to become very idealistic very fast and to purposefully act upon our global ideals for a better world, in order to rescue the human race and Mother Earth from very negative outcomes indeed. Dr. Jung’s exact interpretation is open for debate, but the seeds of change definitely lie in our idealism, as long as idealism is not simply a form of utopian escapism and therefore a narcotic.
It’s worth keeping in mind that in the context of parental, societal, cultural and social programming, social engineering and mass culture, we are susceptible to a vast array of influences and types of conditioning which will eventually make up the sum total of our thought processes. Many of these thought patterns are nothing more than mental or emotional narcotics, with constraining or debilitating effects.
Importantly, addictions and their symptoms do not constitute the core of a person. So whether your narcotic of choice is, for example, materialism, classism, consumerism, atheism, elitism, scepticism, utopianism, or something else, it can be transcended by universal consciousness. You are not your addictions.
Consciousness does not consist of any one particular aspect of being aware or becoming aware; it encompasses all. All aspects of being aware are equal parts of consciousness. The more that more of us become more aware, the more universally conscious we become. As we shift our focus towards the direction of becoming more aware, our awareness grows organically and leads to other people becoming more aware as well, as we share. Expanded awareness does not constrain like a narcotic, it de-constrains.
As our consciousness grows, situations and things around us remain similar, but our elevated, more holistic perception leads us to a different disposition in relation to the world. We arrive at being much more inclined to consider the whole and to act for the whole, rather than only for the self. Global positive change then starts happening naturally through global collective positive intent. Large-scale natural disasters, which are becoming more common, such as the one in Japan and others, give rise to global empathy and a new collective intuition in terms of understanding our universal interconnectedness on this planet.
It makes no sense that humanity would choose to self-destruct if we were fully aware of our definite collision course, but that’s the problem. We are not fully aware, mainly due to a plethora of distractions. On the other hand, maybe we are after all quite a primitive species, unable to wake up, unable to evolve consciously and to step over our own addictions and restrictions. But it is much more likely that our collective consciousness will divert the course of humanity collectively.
Holding onto old paradigms and set mindsets will then only slow things down on an individual level. As change speeds up, the new stream of consciousness will eventually sweep us along, whether we are “on-board” or not. We may as well let go of the fear of letting go of old negative patterns and addictions and be the change, because we are the change anyway.
An analogy worth considering at this point should be the famous Frog in Boiling Water anecdote with the premise that when a frog is placed in cold water and the water is slowly heated up to boiling point, the frog will not be able to sense danger and will in fact quite comfortably fail to save itself before it’s too late. It has apparently been proven through some experimentation in the 19th century that this is true, as long as the heating process remains slow enough.
Heraclitus famously said: “The Only Thing That Is Constant Is Change.”
If we look around us and pay attention, there can be no doubt that change is indeed speeding up.
We are all (the) One. Wake up Neo!
“Our duty, as men and women, is to proceed as if limits to our ability did not exist. We are collaborators in creation.”
– Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
“Where love rules, there is no will to power; and where power predominates, there love is lacking. The one is the shadow of the other.” – Carl Jung
“Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” – Carl Jung
Article and photograph by Jean-Jacques Montagnier
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