by Robert Wilkinson
Today we’ll take a new look at tools we can use to move and groove with the larger atmosphere I have termed "the Grand Irrationality." These are very strange, irrational times we live in. Besides being literally on the edge between Great Ages, we also are learning how to live life without losing our equilibrium while navigating a non-rational atmosphere. So what are some tools we can use to deal with the obsessive, compulsive, hard-edged elements that occasionally pop up?
I last gave you parts of this article about 2 years ago, and have rewritten and updated it for what’s going on in 2013. This weird collective atmosphere I named “the Grand Irrationality” back in 2004 began to creep into collective consciousness in the early 90s, as outlined in the article What is the Grand Irrationality and Why is Everything So Weird?
If you haven’t read it the past 2 weeks, please take a look, since it explains what this period is all about, what energies are there for us to master, and when these energies are most likely to get triggered by generic conditions. I gave you the hot zones, past, present, and future, so you can know if one or more of your planets (inner Lights) is being affected by larger transformational energies.
Besides being somewhat of a constant in the field, times when these energies are triggered for us personally require a concentration and focus on attuning with the Higher Self so that as “destiny comes forth” induced by the choices we make, we are consciously shaping what we want to do and say so that we become part of “the corrective force of Nature Herself.” We all have an inner harmony we can bring to outer circumstances, but we have to know what that is before we can consciously express it.
The Grand Irrationality has given us all a long strange trip, and it will continue for a few more years. Right now Uranus square Pluto is adding to the edge of electric transformation, and disrupting more than a few lives in unexpected ways. The disruption and hard edge of choice and change may be a joyous thing when it liberates us from old chains, but for many it’s unsettling to have to navigate a weird and irrational field all the time.
I believe the task is to find a deeper understanding of how reframe the view of what’s experienced so we can better deal with the irrationalities of life without losing our equilibrium while maintaining as much productivity as we can. While things often won’t “make sense” they don’t have to. It’s us who have to find our way of integrated expression so that we are moving with the energies being who we’re there to be.
This constant strangeness, pressure, and edginess have led countless people to re-evaluate which relationships and old life trajectories are really working. Some of it stemmed from irrational or compulsive behavior on the part of others during years past, while in other cases it became clear we needed a new life direction and experience. The global challenge for all of us has been (and still is!) to learn how to function effectively within the great weirdness without losing our balance and perspective.
Here’s a little backstory on the astrological drivers behind The Grand Irrationality that I offered a while back. There’s more at the link above, but for now, The Grand Irrationality is a septile-driven configuration that gets triggered frequently by the transits, throwing individuals and nations into "forks in the road of destiny." At these turning points in the lives of nations and people, our choices very much matter, since by the decisions we make we create our future "destiny."
Obviously, this constant sense of needing to make critical choices, or being confronted by irrational or compulsive people, can create stress. This is why our spiritual tools are all-important in keeping us on track with our Higher Self.
If you're feeling stressed or overwhelmed by the constant pressure in one or more areas 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, breathing exercises, prayers, or whatever practice we have that keeps us on our equilibrium.
This is a long-term pressure in the collective atmosphere that is keeping everyone dancing on the razor's edge of recurring important life decisions. Many times this will not feel comfortable, since the usual perceptual frames of reference are not adequate to the on-going strange choices and changes precipitated by irrationality.
The configuration is triggered at least 21 times a year by the inner planets, and 7 times a month by the Moon. That has culminated in tremendous perpetual pressure of choices that never seem to end. 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 belief systems and group 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 has been embracing some very extreme and non-rational views. If we examine what life was like 40 years ago and see the trajectory to the present time, it is easy to see how some of our Brothers and Sisters, individually and collectively, have lost their perspective and are living way out of balance.
We have seen this irrationality play out in many forums. Since this configuration began in the 1990s, we've seen the reintroduction of genocide in many nations, and strange justifications for wars started and perpetuated for no rational reason. We've seen political dramas unfold that are showcases for obsessive compulsive behavior by politicians who don’t seem to care about the short or long term collective good.
We’ve been visited by the irrationality of the overarching “rights” in defense of corporate "personhood," including the perpetuation of a global financial system that works against the well-being of all. It is inherently irrational not to regulate that which could plunge the world into a great depression almost overnight. It is irrational to believe that the current "law of the jungle" mentality around trade and commerce can yield anything but more pain and suffering. Though many politicians insist otherwise, there is no way that depriving millions of a living wage, health care, shelter, and other life necessities can lead us to prosperity.
It certainly makes no sense that some things are still being debated in public forums at this point in the 21st century. The machine is both pervasive AND broken beyond repair, while the powers-that-be insist that we should "pay no attention to the man behind the curtain."
It's really irrational for so many to insist that the technological minds of people can contain and render harmless something as globally destructive as nuclear energy. To ignore the long term implications of Fukushima does not make them go away. To argue against renewable and clean power sources is irrational when seen through the lens of human evolution and our relationship to the planet and its resources.
That sort of hubris leads to widespread destruction, as does willful ignorance, both of which are irrational. So is thinking that somehow we can make war to make peace, or that spending trillions on global armaments is more productive than spending it on education and health care.
It’s certainly irrational to believe that “the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” Einstein’s dictum about not being able to solve the problem using the means that created the problem comes to mind. There has never been a nation in history that has successfully policed its own violent people that didn’t collapse of its own totalitarianism. To believe otherwise is to ignore human history.
Again, this is not a new phenomenon. A major demonstration of the Grand Irrationality at work was how the US Supreme Court in 2000 came to its decision to make Al Gore the first elected President of the US who never got to take office. Another involved the bizarre assertions and irrational justifications around why the US went to war in Iraq, and then how we handled the mess, making it worse. These are all clear examples of irrational thinking driving obsessive-compulsive behavior.
Another example of the Grand Irrationality was the major battle in the US in the arena of public education involving the reintroduction of a garbled form of creationism as a viable argument against evolution. As an aside, 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 we've all endured 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 it should be clear that we all confront problems of adapting to, and living as well as we can, 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. We’re on the bleeding edge of human evolution, where we’re all learning to pay attention to what we feel, since truly we’re all in this together.
Anyone trying to become more aware will feel more than they did before. It can be overwhelming at times, so it helps not to take a fixed or hardened 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" in the collective consciousness 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 humans, individually and collectively, 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, absolutist, and polarized 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 are 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 2011, 2013 Robert Wilkinson