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Recently as I was sitting out under the stars contemplating the “Bethlehem star” or the alignment of Jupiter and Venus, I was stilled by the thought that our perception depends on where we are. From everywhere else in the solar system the planets are just making their relative orbits around the sun, as they always have and as they always will. From Earth, they appear to be in a line, but that’s only because we are where we are.
When we shift our perception, our internal paradigm shifts and we see everything in a different light. When Nicholas Copernicus explained to the world that the Earth wasn’t the centre of the universe in 1543, many struggled with the concept. To the people of the time, the world was still flat and at the centre of all things. It shook the foundation of religious and theological belief and many responded by burning more and more people at the stake. It took over 200 years before the hysteria of the Inquisitional witch trials died down and there came increasing acceptance of the science of the day and people who questioned it weren’t heretic, just offering a different perspective from the church.
We see the same thing happening today, particularly in Australia, where many leaders are struggling to accept science because it disagrees with their worldview and fundamental beliefs. What I’ve discovered is that when people are struggling to accept science, even when it makes sense, it is their inner world and beliefs collapsing. People don’t let go of beliefs easily and why would we want to force them into something they are not ready for? Many times, belief is generational and for all of us is a deeply held foundation of our perceived identity.
Ultimately, we are all living a paradigm of our own making. Unless we critically analyse and take chances and ask questions of our beliefs, why we have them, why we are attached to them and where they came from, we will continue to live in the same world. Fundamental beliefs that permeate our society such as the inevitable apocalypse or end of days forces us to live in a world where we view it as finite, but what if the world was infinite? What if the expected apocalypse never happens? As previously discussed, up until the narrative of Gilgamesh was written down sometime in 2000BC, based on a Sumerian King who ruled in 2700BC, there is no evidence of good and evil. This belief in evil was perpetuated for centuries and coming to a head in the Medieval Period with the rise of diabolism as a belief system – that is, that there grew a belief in the devil. But what if, just what if, the belief in good versus evil is just a belief system that has been handed down over time. What if it is a false belief that no-one has ever thought to question because of the fear of a devil that doesn’t exist?
Have you ever seen those photos of famous landmarks taken from a different perspective, like the Taj Mahal looking over a sea of pollution, or the Pyramids of Giza from above taking in the 74 Million people who live in Cairo. In more recent years there have been increasing photographs and videos from space and the movies Gravity and Interstellar made us all sit back and wonder. In the Middle Ages, the world was small, most people stayed in their own communities and may have heard of distant lands, then the period of sea exploration and European expansion changed not only perception, but food and a European place in the world. But still, people spent time in their own communities. Today, we can travel to distant lands within hours and be transported to a new “world” within our world and there are talks about human populations on the Moon and Mars within our lifetimes.
Our world is changing, as it always has and how it always will, but what is concerning is how people respond to these changes and the affect that they have on the rest of us. What I see happening in the world now is that we are undergoing a paradigm shift. Fundamental beliefs about how the world operates are being challenged by exciting findings and developments in science and technology and this is shaking people to the core. As a response, they join other religious extremists (all religion – none is exempt) and extreme groups to defend their core beliefs, even if it means that they take down others in the process. Religion as an institution is dying as more and more people see the God within and without.
Yet, how do we get through this time? Firstly, by questioning everything, even this blog. My beliefs are built on 40 years of life experience from my perspective and influences that I’ve chosen to adopt. I do not criticise anyone else’s belief system, yet, it is important to recognise that human beings are both social and evolving. Imagine the world if we still saw the Earth as flat, how would your cosmology be different? What if there were no limits on what humans could achieve? What if the Earth and all life continued to change for an indefinite period and there was no return of any King or religious leader or apocalypse or evil? I suppose essentially is what I’m saying is to be compassionate with others who do not share our beliefs but also turn the mirror on ourselves and to question our own beliefs as an individual and as a human society.
For me, I am grateful that my parents didn’t Christen me or impose any belief onto me or my siblings, instead I discovered it for myself. I have experienced many amazing and transcendental moments and then read about them from other authors days and weeks later. My first experience with astral travel happened as a 17-year-old in a Sports Psychology class. Our teacher taught us meditation as a means of helping elite athletes. I remember vividly describing my experience back to the class; of being outside my body and looking down on everyone and feeling a sense of lightness and everyone, including the teacher laughed at my description. I didn’t meditate again for years, but I did find a book that described my experience, so for me it was real and subsequent experiences with astral travel have solidified my belief in that. Currently, I’m experiencing a sort of telepathy with GSM and I can’t find any other literature that describes it in the way I experience it, so maybe next week, I’ll write about it!
My beliefs are built upon authentic experiences that are real to me, it just turns out that when I look into them, I discover that many other people are experienced the same or similar things. So for now, I continue to build and question my knowledge and beliefs on what feels good not what other people tell me to believe and I also express deep compassion for those who are struggling to accept our shifting global paradigm. The Earth will continue to turn and face the sun, that every living thing will be and I will reflect on history and my inner knowing to get clear on my perspective.
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