How To Stay Sane In An Insane World
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How To Stay Sane In An Insane Worldour reality is an illusion held in place by our beliefs.
The key to maintaining sanity in an insane world is to understand and maintain our relationship with reality. The reality we are talking about is not the diversionary reality of Reality TV but the real reality that connects everyone with everything. As humans, we are not all-powerful, but we are all powerful. Understanding both the vastness and the limitations of that power, then acting accordingly, is the key to having our individual sanity contribute to the manifestation of a saner world.
We are neither subjects of a vengeful God nor victims of a random Universe. Just as every cell in our body holds all our genetic information, each of us holds a key to collective humanity. The program for a loving future is here; it only needs to be engaged through our awareness and our conscious actions. Those so-called sins we lamented about are nothing but mistakes—mutations if you will. Like bacteria facing the life-or-death issue of mutate or die, we humans can no longer sustain ourselves with the current form of insanity.
We have the power to choose new responses. While some of those responses could be viewed as mistakes or dead ends, eventually they will all collectively lead us in the direction of our emergent selves.
As adults of God, we now understand that healing the world comes from the inside out. Everything we do individually to become more coherent and compassionate will reverberate in the field like ripples on a pond. Like begets like. As you sow, so shall you reap.
Coherent and compassionate people have no need to dominate others, rather, they seek to empower cooperation rather than competition in everyone. Why? Because a coherent, harmonious world would be in everyone’s best self-interest. Perhaps this is what Jesus meant by “The meek shall inherit the earth.”
For those already involved with personal and spiritual growth, holistic health, and new thought, it is now time to apply that knowledge and wisdom to the world at large. It’s time to move past the limitations of seeking our personal good fortune in isolation. It makes no sense to have a congruent life but not a congruent world. In fact, it’s time for the self-empowerment movement to take an emergent leap front and center to test spiritual principles in collective reality.
Choosing Science Over Suicide
Some 80 years ago, a 32-year-old would-be businessman stood ready to end his life. He had gone bankrupt, had failed at every venture, and had come to believe that his wife and family—and the world—would be better off without him. As he contemplated throwing himself into Lake Michigan, a wild thought crossed his mind. It seemed like a waste to throw away his life. Because he was about to discard it anyway, why not donate his life to science? Why not give his life to the world and live it as a scientific experiment?
That young man was Buckminster Fuller, and he lived another 55 years after that epiphany. He became a noted inventor and philosopher who gave the world the geodesic dome and the concept of Spaceship Earth. Perhaps in his life there is a cue for the rest of us. Maybe we are given our lives not just to live them, but to donate them to the world in a grand experiment to see if, together, we can achieve thrival (much better than survival). Like the bacteria’s race against time, the human race is racing, too. The question is, “Will we achieve critical mass before we reach critical massacre?”
If the physicists are right, the only thing we can be certain of is uncertainty. Reality doesn’t happen until we decide to make it happen through our collective beliefs. But we can be certain of our own loving intention. Our grand experiment involves applying that loving intention in our lives and our world. Put another way, the best way to accept the uncertainty in the world is with certainty in our hearts. We cannot be certain about the results, but we can be certain about our intentions, which in turn will affect the results. As Descartes didn’t say, “I love, therefore I am.”
As ancient spiritual traditions, from the Vedas to the cabala, reveal, the everyday world we think we see is an illusion. And as quantum physicists are coming to realize, there is, indeed, a field that projects what we call reality onto matter. The separation between us and them or between us and Nature that we so vividly experience in our reality is an illusion held in place by our beliefs.
Going sane means withdrawing our participation from this collectively created illusion. Going sane means that we stop enabling insanity with rationalizations, denials, wishful thinking, and misplaced hopes in someone or something outside ourselves.
Going sane is a choice. The good news is: there is a way to get there. All we need to provide is the will.