I’ve written about steps we can take to help improve our living conditions on a global scale by implementing the plan for the planet schedule – and I will probably be repeating some of the ideas from there here. But in this article I’d like to get a little more practical.
A recent series of conversations has led me to empathize more strongly with the following issues:
a) many people are struggling with their lives even if they seem financially set. A general feeling of dissatisfaction exists and many people long for more connection and naturalness in their lives.
b) People are deeply confused and concerned about media propagated topics used for fear-mongering and in order to push certain, national polices – only to the gain of an industry that is not in any way improving our quality of life. Even if technically we have “better” conditions than previous generations, a large percentage of people feel scared, stressed and depressed for the better part of their lives and many are longing for change.
c) Adults as well as children have nothing to grasp at when looking for a meaningful existence or a direction to set in their lives. A complete lack of morals/ethics and values pervades our 21st century culture. So if we are not already paralyzed by our fears and stress, then the lack of direction and over-flooding with (useless or contradicting) information will do the rest, leaving us incapable of doing anything but walking in circles.
What does it really mean to live an integral life?
The following text is written I-less as a practice of opening up to the non-ownership of thoughts, feelings, awareness and experiences. Instead of pretending and then clinging to ownership of perspectives and all that is linked to those perspectives, this practice aims at perceiving awareness and thus its perspectives as unattached to a physical entity, a self or an ego. It places awareness in an open space, not bound to the interior space behind the eyes. That which creates sounds (or writes) is certainly a physical entity, but the origin of the awareness of this physical entity and its capabilities to develop a self-sense are thought to be arising in a way that is only partially physical. The self, one could say is a partial or fractured view, created by a limited perspective (which all human perspectives are) of a universal Sentience or Self. The sense of ownership of this small, fractured self could thus be thought of as a great fallacy, and can lead to all kinds of pathologies if clung to, too intensely. While this partial view certainly has its merits and is useful for – for example the survival of the physical entity creating this very perspective, thus perpetuating life and with it the prospect of growth into ever bigger and bigger perspectives – but if growth is really to happen this limited perspective must also be transcended, seen for its smallness and fractured-ness. And practicing speaking, thinking, communicating without using self-references (the word I or any other similar work-around) is one way to loosen the habitual ownership-mentality with reference to awareness. A little more about this here.