Each time I sit to write with my guides on a ‘big’ topic, I have to lay aside my nervousness and trust that Spirit are always ready to offer us insight.
The state of the world – Jy, 13 July 2014
First, we must consider what we mean by ‘the world’. Do we mean what is the ‘state’ of the world upon which you are all living i.e. what is the state of Mother Earth? Or do we mean what is the ‘state’ of the society in which humankind is living, upon that world? I suspect we mean both. An even bigger question!
Let us consider the first part, first. What is the ‘state’ of Mother Earth? Hmmm. On first observation, she would seem to be quite sickly, suffering from the effects of millennia of human occupation by a race whose self-serving ‘progress’ has been at the expense of the planet that gives them life and is their only home.
To begin with, man lived in harmony with nature, respecting its rhythms and its periods of rest. But man’s insatiable curiosity and cleverness has led to his capability to control the environment around him. To plunder the Earth for fuel which affects the atmosphere. To grow crops until the soil is exhausted, then create chemicals to grow more without thought for the harm they might do you and the soil into which you salt them. To farm the Earth’s creatures in increasingly cruel ways without regard for their wellbeing, where animal feeds upon animal in ways Mother Nature never intended.
When you examine, from a larger perspective, the ways in which humankind has manipulated nature and then accept that you did so without knowledge of the possible long-term consequences but thinking only of short-term gain, it is no wonder that Mother Earth is at last rebelling. She heaves and curses, she storms and floods, she freezes and burns, she erupts and trembles. Seasons change and the icy landscapes melt. The canopy of atmosphere unravels. Her raiments are coming undone.
And yet she is strong. She loves her unruly children and if only a few learn to behave, she will prevail for them all. Mother Earth is generous and bountiful. She is forgiving. She knows humankind acts out of ignorance – the wilfulness of ignorant children. She is fighting back but she needs the help of those children who are sensitive to her rhythms. She does not expect a return to the old days. Man must instead use his newly acquired knowledge for her good as well as his own. Science can build in harmony with her as well as destroy. The knowledge already exists for the most part but what holds it back from being deployed is greed. For often, the most harmonious way is not the cheapest. Greed prevents many eco-friendly scientific discoveries from seeing the light of day. This is what must change. This is what the collective minds and hearts and will of the responsible few must achieve for the many and for Mother Earth. Choose wisely, choose responsibly, refuse the easy, cheap choices that destroy the world that gives you life. You have a responsibility not only to yourselves but also to those who come after you.
The air you breathe, the soil that supports you, the fire that warms you, the water that quenches your thirst – these are more valuable than any wealth you might accumulate, more essential than any false sense of security you acquire through status or possessions. They are to be cherished as closely and dearly as those people you love best.
Treat Mother Earth with respect and she will be calm and bountiful in return. Never consider that your efforts alone cannot change society’s behaviour, for you can only be responsible for yourself. You can only set an example for others to follow if they so choose. Have faith in yourself and in others, as Mother Earth has faith in you.
Now, to consider “the state of the world” as in the society that humankind has created and in which you live.
At first sight, again, an apparently depressing prospect. Wars are rife, inequality even more so. Half the world starves while the other grows unhealthily obese. The haves and have nots are as evident now as at any time in humankind’s history.
Why have not all your discoveries, all your cleverness, all your knowledge of science, all your crop rotations and transport capabilities led to equality across the globe? There are no medieval fiefdoms any more and yet with them died the responsibility of the rich to look after the poor. Better still the society in which there is no such divide – but to do away with feudalism without introducing equality can hardly be regarded as progress, can it?
A bleak picture then – a world spiralling towards chaos rather than away from it? No. Nothing so dreadful.
It is true that the world – that society – is as yet far from ideal. But it is also true that society is now occupied by many more individuals for whom autonomy is the reality and by countless others for whom autonomy is the goal. They do no wish to be looked after; they wish to be self-sufficient. They do not seek charity – though they may need it in the short term to prevent extinction – they seek instead the means to help themselves.
This could never have happened in a totally tribal or feudal society. It is possible now. What is missing is the global recognition of the need for personal responsibility alongside independence and self-sufficiency. If ‘I’ have too much, take too much, more than I need to be self-sufficient, then I am responsible for my neighbour’s inability to thrive. It is not enough to keep yourself to yourself – you cannot harm no-one by ignoring everyone. If you examine the state of the world in which you live – the state of society – its ills are all, every one of them, the consequences of ignoring the needs of others to serve one’s own needs, or of trying to control others by manipulating their needs.
You, as a reincarnated soul, cannot change the world. But you can change yourself – your behaviour – and that will have an energetic effect on the world, on the people and the society around you. One ripple is not the ocean, but it is an essential part of that ocean. The ripples join, flowing together to make the wave, and the waves together become the currents and the currents of the oceans help shape the world.
Be the world you want to live in. Be the life you best can be. There is much truth in the old adage ‘do as you would be done by’. Take responsibility for your actions, always. Be kind but do not seek to control others by smothering them with kindness. Share but do not regard it as charity. There is no such thing as charity. A gift is a joy when it is given with purity of spirit; it is merely the sharing of resources to create equality and harmony in the world. Give and expect nothing in return. And when it is your turn to receive, do so with humility and thankfulness. Accept that it is your right and natural state to be equal.
The world has enough for all – only the distribution is at fault and that is something entirely in the hands of humankind and a situation entirely of your own making. Learn to give and to receive in a state of grace and a state of balance will result. Be the graceful ripple that becomes part of the graceful wave, the current that shapes the world.
To change the world you must change yourself. And in so doing you will learn more than you ever thought possible. You will know more joy than you ever believed could be yours to experience. The state of the world is not something to fear – for it is yours to embrace. You are the world. Do not fear yourself. You are capable of great change, great learning, and great joy. It is never too late – even the last day of a life, lived well, is a ripple the world needs. Every day you live is an opportunity to embrace.
Begin, my friends – seize the moment, quell your fears.