“Society is a reflection of how far we are from ourselves.”
Social Stimulus Experiment:
The current virus spoke volumes about us and our relatedness with society. One thing most evident is our social reaction when the world was turned upside down and inside out over an influenza strain. Liberals turned conservative and vice versa. Society ground to a halt. Businesses dried up, many lost their jobs or companies. Billions of people retreated to the confines of their homes to tune into the mounting numbers flashing across their computer and television screens. Lockdowns were enforced as if war was eminent. In many ways it was and still is.
The optimistic angle to all of this? The natural world was primarily relieved of humanity. Pollution was down. Traffic was nonexistent. The animal kingdom was thriving. The world was almost peaceful. Personally, I felt it was an extraordinary opportunity for humanity to remove itself from the vicious cycles and rampant triggers of society and go within. It was a chance for us to become related with ourselves and the universe, transcend and transform our social conditioning and programming, and empower and express our unique destiny.
Perhaps this occurred or was happening for some. Yet, like a computer program that encounters a virus, (be with this!) our social system was shut down and rebooted into a default mode. Once again, we are essentially where we were in our collective evolution prior to the pandemic madness. Society hit the ground running, rushing back to the way things were, armed with arrogance, consumerism, delusion, egocentricity, entitlement, greed, superiority, self-righteousness and violence. The ideal cocktail for social distraction, disruption and destruction.
As mentioned in several of the articles I have published over the last few years, a universal energetic shift is occurring, giving us the opportunity to transcend the dualistic lunacy we have identified with as society. Our ability to align with the universe by balancing our body and mind with our heart, intuition and soul is ever present. However, this experience does not exist in the simulation of social reality. Nor is it observed in a world enslaved by the institutions of its own amusement, education, media, politics and religion.
Surviving society is a self-centered endeavor. This is how it is designed, so this is how it exists. Thriving in society is a transcendent lifestyle, empowering us to experience evolution, fulfillment, transformation and understanding. Unfortunately, our social conditioning is so all-encompassing and extreme, we opt to merely survive in the presence of all possibility. In our teens and into our twenties, most of us face scarcity. This is far more influential than we choose to acknowledge. All of us encounter a social shift that forces us into the oblivion of adulthood.
Recently, I was shopping in my home village and noticed a woman I would see frequently at the fitness center years ago. She had been attractive and trim with a cheery attitude. When I saw her recently, it was evident she had undergone her social shift into career, marriage and motherhood. It suddenly occurred to me at that time, she had been primping herself into good health to attract a husband, which would lead to having children and arriving to where she is now. When I saw her, she wore a scowl reflecting the watermark of her unfulfilled experience.
“Our lives are only as fulfilled as we live them.”
Settle for Self
For most, personal and social life is all about compromise. I observe and feel this in many people, family, friends, associates and strangers alike. It is hard to witness, and even more difficult to feel. In my youth, I recall the empowerment and inspiration many people I had known experienced. In their unique time, these passions were wagered for social conformity, familial and peer pressure and personal survival. Though these are seemingly justifiable reasons for social compliance, it is the “white flag” we raise every day we engage in the matrix of society.
Nightmares are not what we encounter when we sleep. They exist for us within the comfortable codependence of familial, professional and social obligation and responsibility. Every day we live against the flow of our destiny, experience and purpose. Our investment in life becomes a practice of negotiating and settling on a life of least resistance. We emulate our forebears as they eventually did theirs. Regardless of whatever fantasized self we choose to proliferate into society, it is as much of an illusion as reality. Our settlement in life is our death sentence.
A Soul to See
Most of society does not want to see the clarity nor hear the symphony of the truth. Most have been conditioned and programmed for decades and more into the narrow paradigms of sensual and intellectual insanity, set on a mission to draw meaning and reason from the mass chaos of society. Billions of lifetimes cast in the mold of the “known” reality, in a vain attempt to glean the slightest glimmer of wisdom from the smoke and mirrors of the day to day. Fortifying their defenses and reassuring their self-righteousness, while they sacrifice their soul.
We don the spectacles of reality’s kaleidoscope, believing what we encounter is “real.” Creation and destruction, above and below, good and evil, life and death, the entirety of duality imposes its influence and inhibits our universal experience. All these elements, however grandiose they seem, are only two-dimensional. Transcending the prison of our inherent social perceptions frees us from the dominance of our mind and body. Our heart is the gateway, our intuition is the path, and our soul is the origin of our empowerment, vision, expression and being.
All About Us
From the moment we are born, our existence is only about us. For many, this is personal identity, purpose and stability. Yet, it is also egotism, sociopathy and vanity. Every day, billions of people con themselves, justifying their social atrocities and crimes against humanity to preserve the status quo of their beliefs, bank accounts, defenses, opinions and self-righteousness. To many, this supersedes acceptance, authenticity, equality, honesty, justice, kindness, love and wellbeing. Eventually, the virtues of humanity become as degrative as its sins.
Continuing to do what we have always done ensures we will only encounter more of what we already have. We are rigid programs in the digital matrix of society, tethered to a formulaic mainframe of reactivity to constant social stimuli. The engagement of our reaction defines our enslavement. Therefore, our being, destiny and experience will remain forever unfulfilled. Shifting the focus away from ourselves is a remarkable opportunity to transcend the incessant inclinations of the body and mind. And also, be present in our heart, intuition and soul.
“To become one with our soul is to become one with the universe.”