All great changes are proceeded by chaos.
There is no denying that the world is in crisis. I feel that everyone is feeling the effects that have shifted how we are living our lives.
What are you yearning for? What is it that you feel is missing? What do you believe has been taken away from your life? How can we change? How has our social systems kept us from reaching our full potential? The paradigms that have been controlling every aspect of how we live our lives are crumbling before our eyes. We are being stripped down to the very core of our being, to reexamine what we truly value. It is like being an addict hitting rock bottom. I believe collectively that is what we are going through. Until we face and feel our pain, hurt, fears, insecurities, guilt, and shame, we will continue to suffer and create the delusion of stability. What might you be addicted to? A position, power, fam, money, food, material objects, sex, drugs, alcohol, work, a relationship, your phone, TV, gambling, shopping, stinken thinking or what is referred to as the ism’s. How can we give the world our best when we have become numb to ourselves? In the book The Paradigm Conspiracy the authors write “ The call to name addiction as addictions, pain as pain, system craziness as system craziness, and the control paradigm as soul-violating is according to wisdom teachings, the wake-up call from our souls.”
The First Step is admitting we are in pain.
The Second Step is waking up to your souls calling and
The Third Step is reclaiming your innate creative powers.
Through this process we withdraw our commitment to a paradigm that is not working and start evolving a new one. The word conspire comes from conspirare, which means to “breath together”. A cultural paradigm begins with each person stepping out of the old and breathing something new.
You are more than just your physical body. You are a part of the collective whole. To paraphrase Claude Levi-Strauss, we are the universe coming together in a unique way so that transforming experiences can happen. If we don’t live our souls, what could have happened doesn’t.
A poem from Rumi:
This is how a human being can change:
There’s a worm addicted to eating grape leaves.
Suddenly, he wakes up,
Call it Grace, whatever, something wakes him, and he’s no longer a worm
He’s the entire vineyard,
And the orchard too, the fruit, the trunks, a growing wisdom and joy,
That doesn’t need to devour.”