The Rising of a New Age (Part 2)

The Rising of a New Age (Part 2)

Individual Awakenings Lift Humanity

Part 1, A Golden Opportunity for Humanity! discusses how the ancients of many cultures of mankind foretold the coming of a new age for humanity. And just as the start of the next season lies nestled in the midst of the current one, so too the next civilization of mankind is already beginning in the midst of our current world situation. In Oriental Medicine, this is an example of the “yin within yang” and the “yang within yin,” depicted graphically in the well-known symbol of Yin and Yang. But how does this help us usher in a new civilization? Considering the current state of global affairs, the future is uncertain, at best.

Yin Yang symbol

The question many ask, in the face of a seemingly hopeless and overwhelming situation is,

“What can I possibly do to make a difference?”

This is a great question! But we cannot leave it to dangle, delivering it’s message of incapability! We must continue to reflect and ask ourselves, where inside myself is this question coming from? What is at the root of this disheartenment? Clearly, the tone of the question reveals both the recognition of something needing to be changed, and, a sense of disempowerment. The words imply that, no matter what efforts one may exert, the outcome would be nearly meaningless. Has this ever been your experience? I, for one, certainly have, and of late, every time I watch the news.

When I experience this kind of discouraging thought, I shake my head, and just want to forget the whole situation, and shove it to the back recesses of the mind. This is how people go numb to the situation. The problem with doing so, is that a lingering undercurrent of disharmony continues in the background, as the situation is not resolved. Sometimes, as in our current world pandemic, the situation can NOT be readily resolved. Sweeping cultural forces, built over many, many generations, cannot simply be changed or altered through even the most ardent lifetime of one individual’s passionate efforts. The current culture of mankind is like and enormous wave on the ocean, and one human being is like a drop of water. What can the drop, of itself do, to change the tidal direction?

On the outside, one human being, or even a dedicated small faction, presumably can do little to create sweeping change. However, on the inside, there exists an unlimited potentiality within each individual.

According to modern physics, an actual connection to the entire cosmic landscape of physical existence. We are made of star stuff. We are made from the molecules of earth, sun, star, and elements. We are one with all that exists. Doesn’t this point to a kind of deep, human collective spirit within? Connected at our roots like the aspen trees, their branches so intertwined that a seemingly one organism.

The fact that we are not taught at an early age about our connectedness, to this world and each other, is a disservice to the human experience. In our popular culture (the same one that values sex, sports, and entertainment so much higher than educating the next generation of humanity) we place so much importance to material, external well-being. The focus is on acquisition, external accomplishments, and maintaining status quo.

Surely the deep thinkers, mystics, and devout beings realize a deep inner reservoir of human capacity akin to and cosmic connection. There is also a deeper reservoir of reverence and respect for nature throughout indigenous cultures. Why has popular culture gone so shallow as to create actions that are killing our own natural habitat and resources?

If we take the idea of human connectedness as true, we now have a platform from which to answer the original question. “What can I possibly do to make a difference in this vast human collective?”

blue aura earth in purple cosmos

Inner work. The answer when there is seemingly little we can do to affect a global change, is to work on what we can affect, from inside our own being to within our own lives. In this way, we effect change, one life at time, until such time as the critical mass takes over, and the change becomes a larger reality.

Perhaps we can take comfort in the adage from Oriental Medicine: the microcosm reflects the macrocosm, and visa versa. A simplified example is that the smallest and the largest operate under the same physical laws. The particles of an atom orbit the nucleus just as the planets orbit the sun.

Meanwhile, we also take mindful action as we can. An obvious example in making a difference toward how we are governed, is to vote. If we want to reduce the use of pesticide use across the country, we buy organic, and explain why to others. These may seem small actions, insignificant to huge problems, but en masse, they can be very powerful. The tidal wave of grass roots change is historically slow, yet it is significant and lasting, and broad-reaching. Change comes from within.

Just as the tender seeds of one seasons beginning lies in the height of the previous season, humanity’s future exists in silent presence of the current, collective human mindset.

If we as individuals put forth the effort to understand our own inner workings- our minds, mindset, emotions, patterns, etc, and make our inner landscape peaceful and clear, then eventually our society will inevitably change for the better. As individual drops of rainwater collect to form a lake, so too will human awakenings collect until there is enough shared awareness to change the current tide of corruption, greed, ignorance, and violence against one another.

Each one of us has the ultimate opportunity, perhaps even the responsibility, to understand the depths of our own inner being, forming ourselves into that which we would wish for our entire species and world. Let us hold a vision of deep respect for all things, animate and inanimate, and create an unshakable, common human morality which has compassion and awareness at it’s roots. In this way, we can begin to create our world anew, sustainable, secure, and sacred.

Each individual, human awakening adds to the collective upliftment of humanity as a whole, and in this way, we do have a powerful strategy to answer the question, “What can I possibly do?”

Wake up. Become aware. Make decisions from the highest view point that includes our sustained, global humanity.. Continue to develop the greatest capacity of being human, manifesting real love, in the greatest sense of the word. From the place of real love, divine love, we cannot harm one another or our world. In this way, we access our inner understanding and true power of discernment to bring about a new, and most wonderful age, for human kind.

The Rising of a New Age (Part 1)

The Rising of a New Age (Part 1)

A Golden Opportunity for Humanity!

The ancients of many cultures foretold of the rising of a new age for humanity. Are we seeing the beginnings now?

During this extended, world-wide pandemic, we have all been forced to pivot on many levels. Entire industries, education, families, and friends have transformed the way we interact, turning to the worldwide web, the outdoors, social distancing, and curbside or delivery, we are pivoting our way of life like never before. Children now face an entirely different world that the one we grew up in.

We find ourselves needing to define what this new way of interaction means to us, and how we can connect as human beings, as we move forward together during uncertain times. .

This is a golden opportunity for humanity, to become aware of where we are now, and to wake up. In the face of the extensive suffering and disruption, as we look to what is most important, to what we value in our lives, we begin to see what is actually of most value. Indeed, as our focus sharpens to see what is crucial for our own lives, and that of our loved ones, we cannot help but also perceive what is crucial to our global existence and humankind.

Borders do not protect us from a pandemic, shortage of medicine, or economic impact. Politics running amok, and valueless leadership, does nothing to help us. Competition and bigotry cannot continue to be the norm. We find there is no longer a “leg up” in the ways of separatism, nationalism, or individualism. Even religions and existential belief systems must pivot to find a common ground based in human compassion if we are to work together to survive and thrive as a human species into the future.

The ancients of many cultures foretold of the rising of a new age for humanity, and I believe that opportunity is now upon us. Many have likened the current world situation as coming to a precipice, or to the edge. However, the choice to see and act must be ours. How can we, as individuals, make a difference in the seemingly raging and unstoppable current of modern civilization? This is the same, modern culture which was developed based on separatism, getting ahead, achieving our goals and desires, regardless of the cost. And the cost has been dear. Our very own planet- air, soil, water, atmosphere, etc, is threatened. Unnatural climate changes wreaking havoc, entire species endangered or extinct, biological threats and the ensuing pandemic, all unprecedented in our modern age, we now find to be a reality.

What can we do as conscious, caring human beings, to ensure the survival of our human race in the face of, not only the current pandemic, but the extremely unstable political culture we have allowed to come to pass?

What is our own responsibility in this? What can a single individual do to turn the tides of a faltering civilization?

We each must turn inside and cultivate the awareness of our highest, innermost self. The source of our being. That awareness and capacity which can realize the deepest, common truth of our human existence. When we finally realize that we are not simply the external, physical body, but connected in a way that links all of creation, our perception will change. Our decisions will come from a much higher capacity, a deeper divinity, a collective morality which will act in a way to protect all of life, all of humanity, all of this precious planet which we call home.

From that place of awakened consciousness, we will no longer act only as separate individuals, just looking out for our own good. From a pure human depth of compassion and insight, we will naturally account for the great interconnectedness of all humanity, all of life. We will respect the relationship of ourselves to this beautiful, blue world which harbors us all.

As each human heart adds to the collective mass of evolving human consciousness, we begin to create a more enlightened and sustainable civilization grounded in the highest of human values for the benefit of all.

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Part 2: Individual Awakenings Lift Humanity

For further reading about ancient world history, and the current way of human civilization, see The Source of the Present Civilization, written by, Mikoto Masahilo Nakazono, O Sensei.