by Robert Wilkinson
As you all know, everyone in the world is experiencing what I've termed "The Grand Irrationality." Today's article offers some things to keep in mind that may help you navigate these weird, obsessive-compulsive, non-rational times.
If you're wondering why things have been and continue to be very weird, hard-edged, and strange, and noticed that many people and situations are not making sense, you are seeing the manifestations of the the Grand Irrationality. In that article I explain what's driving the energy from an astrological approach, and offer some insights about how long this has been and will be happening across the entire world. You can also find more in the on-going Spiritual Astrology articles published every few weeks on specific times this energy is set into motion.
Today we'll revisit some possible ways to navigate this energy field, so that we can make progress without getting our gears jammed. This atmosphere cannot be avoided, and sometimes is very strong indeed! Some are being more influenced than others due to natal and progressed positions, while on the other hand there are time spans when we're ALL feeling the pressure.
When we confront obsessive-compulsive, irrational, or authoritarian impulses in ourselves or others, the trick is to learn how to function effectively within the great weirdness without losing our balance and perspective. Especially when we confront irrational, compulsive, absolutist, or crazy behavior on the part of others, it's a clear signal to remember our inner equilibrium and to whatever degree re-evaluate whether that relationship is working as it should, and if not, what needs to be shifted, transmuted, or left behind in the dynamic.
This is where our spiritual practices can be of great help when we're feeling stressed or overwhelmed by the constant pressure. We are definitely living in times when a good on-going meditation is needed so we can learn to live with more peace and awareness within the quickened situation. In fact, these are times when our meditations, Tai Chi, Ji Gong, or whatever practice we have are extraordinarily important in keeping our equilibrium.
This is a long-term pressure in the collective atmosphere that is transforming all of us, but it's not going to feel comfortable. Many things will not make sense for a number of years because humanity and the Earth are in dynamic transformation on every conceivable level, and we are in the heart of the change.
That's part of what's creating the pressure. 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 one example, there is the battle in the arena of public education in the US 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 this configuration symbolizes our need to 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 better and 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 based in the lower mind.
When viewing the sorts of extreme irrationality and compulsive behaviors now pervading the world, it is natural for the logical, rational mind to freak out from time to time. However, freaking out is not of much help in dealing with the present irrationality!
Just do what you have to do to live your Higher Self, 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 ancient form of human separateness based in being too attached to perceptions about material things, including perceptions themselves. This is so we can find ways to experience a deeper connectedness with all of life. We are collectively on an evolutionary path 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 and authoritarian 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.
© Copyright 2005, 2006, 2010 Robert Wilkinson