On a more fundamental level of self, of course, we cannot create a new paradigm for ourselves without the breaking apart of the old paradigm bonds which held us at our prior level of conditioning/thinking. Life* is about evolution, after all, and if we are not participating in life and its learning process, we are doing less than living. That doesn’t mean it is easy for us, but it is appropriate if we wish to have our Hero journeys.
I think that since the time Doug was diagnosed, I have witnessed so many old paradigms being smashed into little bits and being replaced with new, crystalline clarity of expanded paradigms, at least for me, at such a fundamental level of awareness, that I can even name some of them:
Concepts arising from fundamental awareness are Universal in nature.
Families are more of spirit than blood. Doug and I called ours Tribe, or Spirit Family. (Same here at this fire, of course.)
Love can transcend all limitations. Really.
I am far less limited than I admit. But there is comfort in the familiar boundaries I created, so I look for positive incentives to change. Jumping out or ruts, we called it.
There are unlimited positive incentives for change. Love, laughter and abiding appreciation of beauty and magnificence are among them.
I can change my boundaries, beliefs, and actions with intentional consciousness, as we called it.
I am no longer sure we have any limits.
I am worthy of far more love than I heretofore knew existed.
In many situations where one might consider death the only option, there remain other options, perhaps an unlimited number of options.
There are bigger Plans and more beautiful Paths than I can at present comprehend.;)
Yes, as people abandon war, and abandon initiating violence, we will begin to see less chaos. Is not war chaos?
I am wonderfully blessed to be a part of the international Agora and Peace communities. I am often asked to speak or write of alternatives for humankind that are based on voluntary cooperation, free markets* (a comment on this in a moment), non-coercive social structures, and peaceful ways to live.
*Someone commented negatively on a ticket (to hear the Dali Lama) that someone had “scalped” to someone. Why is this bad? There was no coercion or fraud: two individuals voluntarily agreed to an exchange of value. Perhaps the seller needed the money to pay for, say, vet fees for a beloved pet. Perhaps the buyer came into funds to go at the last minute and was happy to pay the asking price. This was a peaceful, voluntary exchange between two people. Let them be. Who are we to make a judgement on this? We would all like to see the heart-warming act of someone giving someone a ticket out of love, but there may be reasons of love behind the actions of these people of which we know nothing. To condemn such a transaction because our government-saturated culture condemns free markets and free exchanges does not make this action in any way unethical: no force or fraud was used, and that is the test for ethical human actions, is it not?
The veil of government protection is pervasive in this societal structure, and it is a silly drama without basis among those with an understanding of human nature.
True leaders arise naturally among people (once they are not indoctrinated by mass media conditioning) and are leaders because they LIVE the good and ACT from the good. Thus they are leaders. And some who posture as leaders for a government based on coercion, force, and fraud, will be shunned. Cast out. Peace will prevail, so come join us on this side of the chasm.
There are mighty dragons shifting the scenery of this drama on Mother Earth, and all around us, there is chaos.