Building a New Earth and Connecting with Others

eckhart_tolle.jpgThere is getting to be more and more support available recently for finding one’s place in the building of a new earth. Initially the process is internal, but there seems to come a time in each individual process where we may begin to look for what our outer contribution might be. Each individual’s inner transformation brings a way of living that naturally leads the individual into a flow we act in resonance with life as a whole and we follow that flow kind of like just letting ourselves be taken by the current of a river.

On the planetary scale, what is being seen is that the dilemmas presented by our world situation and by modern living in general are a part of a transition. We are transitioning from the old ego-driven way of living into the next evolutionary step for humanity. We are moving forward into whole new ways of being and interacting in order to survive the critical issues of the day and leave a more promising world for our children and grandchildren.

One organizing focus point that is forming is called the Shift Network. This new network seems to be growing out of the Institute of Noetic Sciences amongst other organizations and numerous public figures. They are starting to offer online courses that are aimed at “bringing us into alignment with an intention to accelerate a shift to a peaceful, sustainable, healthy and prosperous world”. Click the link below to find out more about them. At this time the offer an online course, which I will talk about in a minute, but also they offer an affiliate program for those who wish to help them spread the word about their work.

The current course they are offering is a summation of the life work of Barbara Marx Hubbard. It is called The Sacred Way of Conscious Evolution: Evolutionary Spirituality For Our Times and it is an eight week long online course beginning on April 28th.

Here is the link for The Sacred Way of Conscious Evolution Course.

Eckhart Tolle has also launched a new initiative called Eckhart Tolle TV where you pay a monthly fee for access to ongoing video support from him for building a new earth. It looks great! I haven’t joined myself but I can wholeheartedly recommend most anything Eckhart might do. 🙂 Check it out below.

Eckhart Tolle TV: Creating a New Earth Together

There is also a lot of free video on Eckhart’s site. I thought this was an especially good one (below). He’s answering someone’s question about what it means to be of service to life, and he’s telling his own story about how The Power of Now got written, which I never tire of.

Eckhart Tolle Video

Eckhart’s popularity in the 90s started something that seems to be getting rolling now with many people coming together and forming support networks, including the Wide Awake Living network. I would like to encourage everyone to find what resonates most fully with you, and put no expectations on it, that this flow be something different than what you are already doing. Just give appropriate focus and awareness to this inner movement of awakening that can be called The Shift or called so many other things depending on the background of the speaker, and then go where life takes you.

It can take you right back into your previous life functions, or it can take you off in entirely new directions. There is no way to know. The trick is not trying to know. Just let the river move you. Then start to connect with others online or in your own local communities who are working in their own ways. There are as many ways to be a part of this evolutionary movement as there are people.



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Using the Mind for What It is Good At

tulipstanford-2.jpgIt can be a great revelation when we discover that our minds have been running amok and being our own greatest enemy.

This is often seen when we also see that we are not our minds. We are something else even more wonderful!

We then can begin to see exactly how it is that our minds can cause us to lose touch with reality and go off on all sorts of tangents and suffer needlessly. This is a great turning point! When this is seen, then we are no longer simply at the mercy of whatever happens to us, but begin to accept the role of creator of our own experience.

The word has been out for decades that we create our own (mental) reality, but we can’t begin to be creative in this way until we see exactly how mind has habitually been ruling us.

We have fallen into a trap of believing the stories that mind has told us, believed the mentally mediated version of reality it fed us with for years. But we weren’t fooled. We weren’t satisfied. And now its rule is ending.

Many of us have been seeing through mind’s antics for years. And for many of us there remains a suspicion against mind, probably because of our 5000(?) year foray into egoic consciousness where we were so thoroughly led astray into suffering. There is a natural hesitancy about picking up mind now as a useful tool to be employed in the service of whatever life wants of us.

Yet these amazing tools we call our minds are the most wonderful instruments, able to calculate far beyond the capabilities of the smartest computer. Our minds are able to construct mental reality by using two (almost separate) hemispheres which perceive in very different ways to compile the information collected through the senses and then put them together and know what to do next!! How extraordinary!! What computer is capable of such sophisticated processing? None.

Without the guidance of something beyond itself however, mind seems to have hit a wall. We experience so much suffering from our having detached ourselves from our true nature while developing these minds. Yet now the world seems unable to proceed much further in the same direction without self-destructing. Out of necessity and the natural preference for survival, mind is being forced to abdicate its throne (to stop pretending to be in charge). Yet, with guidance from that which we are beyond thought, and with an attunement to the well-being of the whole, rather than the preservation of the ego, suddenly the possibilities for the future open wide.

A partnership between the two (inner guidance from what we truly are (call it God by any name) and the incredible usefulness of our amazing mental toolbox) is what will move this planet from the current critical status towards the kind of a future that we want for our children and grandchildren. And this movement is being driven by an evolutionary impulse to survive that we feel in both our archaic nature and our most modern facets. All that stands in the way are the vestiges of egoic identification which have to show themselves in order to be seen through. The way is open.

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