Currently, we are witnessing an uprising of rage in many areas of society, as people try to reclaim power from those who have led them to feel like victims. And herein lies the problem. You cannot feel empowered if you are playing the victim. You cannot feel empowered if you are blaming someone else for your suffering. You cannot feel empowered if you are full of rage or hatred, even though you may feel powerful when expressing those emotions. You become empowered through forgiveness and ultimately detachment.
“Buji” is a Zen word meaning no affectation or nothing special and is assigned to those who are masters in Zen. For the western mind this makes no sense, as surely someone who has mastered anything should be described as “special” and be worth of praise. Yet this Buji consciousness is something that we can all aspire to in order to break out of the need to constantly prove ourselves worthy of being alive.
Our perception of reality is changing. It makes us feel unsettled, fearful, confused, disillusioned and disempowered. What is true? Who do we believe? Is the world going to end tomorrow? Will we kill each other through endless wars? Will environmental disasters become the norm? What will become of us? It depends on which reality you focus on, the manufactured one we see when we look at the screen, or the real one that comes alive when we switch off and get back to nature. Which one will you choose?
In this podcast I talk about how we can bring back our sense of empowerment by learning how to shift our consciousness in the moment. It is a skill that many people never develop and so positive change never comes. Yet it is the only real power we have; to choose what we focus on, what we think, how we feel and most importantly how we live our lives. When you step into that power you change your reality.
When our only aim is to satisfy our desires, we become consumers rather than creators. Inanimate objects and images on a screen distract us from the true essence of life. If you are living in the moment there are no plans or desires. There is no time, no past, no future; just now. This place gives us time to rest, so we have the energy to take inspired action when necessary.
Are you an introvert or extrovert? Do you favour logical thought or make decisions based on how you feel? Are you intuitive or do you focus mainly on what is happening around you? Understanding your own personality type helps you to understand why you have conflict with certain people in your life, whereas others seem to understand you perfectly. By understanding the differences in the way we each perceive the world we can move away from judgement and towards being more tolerant, so we can improve our relationship with others.
In shamanic cultures, transformative psychological change is viewed through spiritual eyes. It is a necessary rite of passage to die and be reborn many times during one lifetime. These breakdowns are supported by other members of the tribe and altered states of consciousness are encouraged, not medicated, as they often are in our culture. It is this lack of trust in our own ability to heal our psyches and heed the call of our inner guidance that leads to much mental anguish. If we cling to a life, or way of being, that is outworn we run the risk of silencing our true voice and living a facsimile of someone else’s life.
Progress is measured by our technological achievements and yet we still live in a world where many are starving or homeless. Before we launch ourselves into the future by merging with machines, we need to understand why we are so afraid of confronting the darkness within ourselves and society otherwise our evolution will only be skin deep. Viewing the full spectrum of life gives us the power to make the radical changes necessary to turn this world around.
There’s a place where most people never venture, yet we all know it exists. We may climb up to the precipice and peer over the edge, we may feel the seductive force of gravity pulling us down, but we don’t allow ourselves to fall into the void.
To help us avoid the pain that comes along with a paradigm shift, our minds set traps to protect the construct that we each call ‘life’ from deviating from the familiar. These traps are the Seven Deadly D’s and must be avoided if we are to move through the tumultuous times that are upon us. Our aim is not blending into a global rainbow of uniformity; we are too varied and unique for that. Our unity will come through accepting our diversity so we become proud of our messy, ancient, human tapestry. Knowing that every part, no matter how ugly or threadbare, is there for a reason.