I’m Starting with the Man in the Mirror!

BY Paul C Pritchard
I’m Starting with the Man in the Mirror!
Who Will Bring Forth the New World?

Sometimes the hardest part isn’t letting go but rather learning to start over. – Nicole Sobon

I wish I had a dollar lately for every time I hear the words, “The world has gone crazy!” But is it really any crazier than before? Before the COVID-Crazy took hold there was still all sorts of crazy. As Pompeii was buried under molten lava someone said this. When Julius Nepos and Romulus Augustulus were arguing who was the last Roman Emperor someone said this. When the Qing Dynasty fell many Chinese farmers said this. In 1914 as soldiers marched from many countries into bloody fatal battle many people said this. In 1939 more soldiers, more gays, more Jews, more gypsies said this. In 1989 in Tiananmen Square many people said this.

Yes, every nation in the world seems to be for the first time ever in history watching and experiencing the same ‘drama’. This is for sure unprecedented (I’d also like a dollar for every time I hear that word). And I don’t want to negate the severity of what’s happening. I don’t want to minimise the pain and the loss and the suffering that this monumental world event is creating. But I do want to emphasise that there have always been planetary micro dramas of varying severities and consequences within each relationship, home, town, city, state, country, continent … we just haven’t had a macro one for a very long time.

History reports global catalytic changes in glossy textbooks with immaculate illustrations and mind-blowing timelines. We learn of the rise and the fall of this or that Empire or Dynasty. And isn’t it always this way? We hear of the Earth in ice-age or flood. We stand in meteorite craters and look up at the stars saying a little grief prayer for all the dinosaurs now gone. We use DNA to date and time-stamp and verify theories – some we win and some we lose.

This is the first time in the Earth’s history that we have global science, accurate data, physics predictions etc. We can see further than we have ever seen … backwards and into the future. We know more. We have satellite perspectives and instant communications. We have live video feeds … every human is a recording machine. In effect, we are watching and recording this transition in real-time … joining the dots, mapping the data, illustrating in the now. Never before have we had the ability to literally self-reflect and self-analyse the demise of a particular global era. That’s what is exceptional — that’s what is paramount. It feels so staggeringly huge because we are having the direct experience and we are aware of it. We have the tools to weather this storm and then full throttle thrive and be truly alive.

 alt=Never before have humans been so aware and equipped for the challenges we’re experiencing. Image: George Gvasalia

The world is recalibrating – the birth of the New, the endless New, the always New Earth …

Reforging Our Identity

I too feel that the world is indeed reforging its identity. I know in the core of my being that something new is being born. It’s palpable. Underneath every thread of conversation at home, at the store, on the News, there’s a double-edged sword of anxiety and exhilaration. There’s a recognition, one we all feel, that something has to give, we need a shift. There’s the slog of our current reality and there’s this rampant hope. This hope, that will bring forth a new day, a new light, a kinder world.

No matter what side of the fence we sit on: climate change or no climate change, pesticides and fertilisers versus organic farming, 5G and radio wave damage or is it safe? God or atheism … There is so much debate; so much noise. But one thing again and again that everyone agrees is that a change is needed, a change has come and we’d better be ready for it.

Man is suffering. Man is awakening. Man is caught in endless egoic dramas, the Samsara – the cycle of death and rebirth to which life in the material world is bound. The cycle of suffering is relentless. Same script, different theatre, backdrop and cast. But as a species … we are repeating the same mistakes over and over again.

So who or what brings this glorious new age … who heralds the arrival?

In all the static and complexity, there is a very simple answer:

It’s YOU. Yes, YOU. It’s me and we and us and them. It’s everyone with their unique and miraculous human hearts. It’s time to collaborate for Unity, Peace and Love. It’s time to give up the old ways. It’s time to settle into the astounding quality of emergence. It’s time to get wide-eyed and curious as we participate in this emergence.

You can only lose what you cling to. – Buddha

But how do we do this with all the noise and fear-mongering and anxiety-driven machinery of social-media and news? Again, that’s a simple answer. We start with where we are at. With honest self-reflection. We look in the mirror. We stop pretending that the dirt is on the mirrors and realise it is on our faces. We dig deep and ask how we clear up our celebration of difference, our integrity, our hearts, our compassion, our generosity, our acceptance, our tolerance, our boundless capacity to nurture, nourish and support. Then our reflection will be truly authentic. We will see in the mirrors who we truly are. We will rest after all that deep cleaning is over with a sense of collective pride and self-worth.

Alt text hereThe change starts with you, me, with each and every one of us. Image: Laurenz Kleinheider

When we finally make contact with our true nature, our true ground … then we truly have the potential to aim for the stars. Or perhaps we won’t need to as we may be satisfied, even blissfully happy, with this Heaven on Earth.

Trust the Darkness by Jeff Foster

If you are lost
If nothing makes sense anymore
If all your reference points…
have collapsed

The old life is crumbling now
If the mind is foggy, tired, busy.
If the organism is exhausted
and longs to rest.

Celebrate
Trust.
This is a rite of passage
not an error.

You are healing
in your own original way.

Contact the ground now
Breathe in, out
Make room for the visitors:
The sorrow, doubt, fear, anger.
An ancient emptiness –
That just wants to be felt
They just want to pass through.

You are a vessel, not the separate self.
You are the sky, not the passing weather.

The old life is falling away.
A new life is being born.

Others may not understand

But trust anyway
Celebrate
Contact the ground.

~

We’d love to hear how you are taking baby steps or even great strides in working towards a beautiful reflection. What works for you in shedding your tired and old ways? How do you feel stepping more and more into the essence of who you truly are: a spark of the one Light, a paradoxically significant and insignificant part of this wondrous whole – this glorious Oneness? Please leave your resonance and inspiring comments below.

Much Love

Paul for Team UPLIFT

BY Paul C Pritchard
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