by Robert Wilkinson
This grew out of a conversation with a friend a while ago, and it's more relevant today than ever. If you're wondering why things are so weird right now, and there are many people and situations that don't make a lot of sense, well, it's been that way for a while, and will be for some time to come. The trick is to learn how to function effectively within the great weirdness without losing our balance and perspective. There are many I know who because of irrational or compulsive behavior on the part of others have had to radically re-evaluate which relationships are really working right now.
We can chalk a lot of it up to the Grand Irrationality and the current weird zone in time, so if you're feeling stressed or overwhelmed by the constant pressure in more than one area of your life, a good on-going meditation is needed so you can learn to live within the quickened situation. In fact, these are the times to rely on our meditations, Tai Chi, Ji Gong, or whatever practice we have that keeps us on our equilibrium. This is a long-term pressure in the collective atmosphere that will transform us, but it's not going to feel comfortable, since there's a lot that won't make sense for a long time because humanity and the Earth are in dynamic transformation on every conceivable level.
That's part of the pressure, since our global mind-based culture supposedly values rationality above individual experience (except in the case of local religious superstitions), and yet irrationality prevails, and has for a while now. The rational constructs of our reality are being challenged by some very screwed up illogic. It is as though humanity has lost its collective bearings, and is embracing some very extreme and non-rational views. It is easy to see how some of our brothers and sisters have lost their perspective and are living way out of balance.
In just one example, there is the battle in the arena of public education to reintroduce a garbled form of creationism as a viable argument against evolution. While I can easily accept there is a Creative Source beyond our comprehension that participated in the thoughtform bringing forth the Cosmos and our Milky Way galaxy, as well as redwoods, kitty cats and butterflies, to say that the evolutionary timeline of millions of years between the molds, dinosaurs, primates and modern humanity doesn't exist is very irrational. We really should not be rearguing old superstitions.
Another irrational argument posits torture as a viable thing to inflict on each other. We have no business believing torture is acceptable under any circumstances. What would the other intelligences of our galaxy think of our barbaric way of relating to each other? Or for that matter, Christ, Krishna, Buddha or Kwan Yin?
So we confront problems of adapting to and living well within a great long-term pressure changing our world through illogic and violence. That affects all who feel, even if we aren't directly impacted in material ways by what's happening. It can be overwhelming at times, so it helps not to take a fixed view about the changes. Be sensitive to the shifts in the rhythms of what must be done and what isn't getting done, and stay balanced amidst the changes.
This is the time to examine our best way to do our being, and not take responsibility for that which we didn't create and have no ability to influence. Many old ways, things, and people have left our lives and continue to do so, and it is up to us to find new ways to deal with new challenges without losing our cool because of the "traffic jams" and "firestorms" that appear unexpectedly.
In the larger time frame, it doesn't matter if others do not respond as we hoped they would, or what expectations we have or have not lived up to. We are all being taught through the weirdness to live in the NOW, and not be attached to our own or others' perceptions. Freaking out is not of much help in dealing with the present irrationality. Just do what you have to do and stay mindful that others probably cannot provide much stability or comfort either. This period challenges us to separate from the toxic or non-productive behaviors of our lower nature, and attempt to bring forth our Higher Self and a more compassionate view of what is and isn't, was and will be, from an impersonal view.
We're learning to overcome an old form of human separateness based in being too attached to perceptions about material things, including perceptions themselves, and finding ways to experience a deeper connectedness with all of life. We are on an evolutionary path that is leading us to see that we are one part of a much greater Life, and that we have responsibilities to manage our part of the play with less violence and separateness than we have demonstrated up to now.
Collectively, we're breaking free from fear and superstition; maybe that's why the fearmongers have to do their thing. And when this fever of totalitarian thinking passes, we'll eventually see the dawning of a new collective reality and ways of regarding our Earth, the creatures and plants, and each other that won't look anything like the strange illusions we are putting up with during this very weird "Grand Irrationality."
This is for the long haul, folks, so try to lighten up the best you're able, and remember that though there's a lot that we cannot like, there's nothing on this earth that warrants us being in a not loving state. Though some times it's more challenging than others, our ability to live in a state of loving-kindness despite worldly problems is one of the few refuges we humans have.
(This is a radically altered version of an article originally posted 18 February 2005; 9:22:10 AM)