“Were the chances ever better to get things right?”

A conjectural essay

By Roland Böhringer, Template Network Germany

We are witnessing changes that may have the greatest impact of any in recorded history. Much has been written and many forecasts speak of how these changes will affect our lives in the areas of economy, work life balance, society, genetic engineering and so many others areas that it would more than fill this magazine with a bullet point list.

This article addresses the question: How sound are our current explanations for the worldwide changes we are witnessing? Topaz would like to offer an adjacent view towards understanding these revolutionary changes; or would it be more appropriate to call them ‘evolutionary changes’? Some of what is written here is obvious and perhaps known to you. Some of it is hypothetical so that one can place events in a larger context from which one can then find a different inner location and get prepared.

What is happening around us? Here are four conjectures:

1. All of Life is being powered by new energies:

Just as our life goes through development stages, from conception to puberty to adulthood to death, could it be that other bodies of life, such as our planet and it’s organic life also go through development stages? Could they be connected with changes in our solar system and possibly in the universe? Is it possible, as an example, that the development of the earth’s magnetic field from dipolar to multipolar is a sign of a field change, leading to a higher `base level energy´ on earth? Could it not follow that the earth will get warmer?

The previous US Vice-president Al Gore states in his film ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ that all research about global warming confirms that it is a fact, not a theory. If planet earth is becoming more powered, it might make some of these changes more understandable, such as global warming, the melting of the poles, the instability and changes in the earth’s magnetic field, the change of weather patterns. If this way of thinking is true, it would somehow lead to an increase of ‘base level energy’ which would affect us all. The effects could be subtle and hard to measure, as we became more energised and powered personally. Would the effect depend on one’s state of wellbeing and would any increase of energy promote the existing status quo, be it healthy, not so healthy, or even destructive? A positive example of this is in the extremely powerful worldwide empathy and compassion that was demonstrated in response to the Indonesian Tsunami in 2004, or in the other extreme there have been many powerful reactions of a destructive kind in the news in recent years. If this is true, where can we see it in our own lives? If I allow myself to get angry today, is it more powerful or destructive than it used to be 50 years ago? When I get depressed, is it more difficult for me to come out of depression? If things generally get more powered, then positive things would also get more powered, a good word, a compliment, an encouragement. Have you, dear reader, noticed that such things offer more conscious strength these days? Has it more meaning? Is it somehow reaching you in a different place? Does it come closer to home, than, say 10, 20 or 30 years ago? If this is so, then life will become gradually more transparent, the good and not so good will be more easily seen. It will somehow shine through more clearly from behind the façade, not only in our own lives, but also everywhere else.

Where can we see other examples of things becoming more transparent? Consider the integration debate in Europe that has brought underlying problems to the surface recently. What of the wars across the world and the reasons given for them? What of the fact that world religions are coming under public scrutiny in the light of reason? What of the harmful effects of fast food on children’s health? Can it also be seen in the increased divorce rate that follows problems and personal requirements and needs getting more powered? Is it expressed in the huge increase in the numbers of people suffering from hyperactivity or psychological problems in the West?

2. We are witnessing the beginning of a new epoch in world history, globalisation being just one of many changes involved.

The effect of globalisation of the economy is the aspect that we are most aware of as it concerns our personal income and the financial well-being and status of whole nations. Globalisation of the economy is only one expression, maybe the quickest one to recognise, as, for the past 200 years, the western world has trained itself to be sensitive to economics and finance. Where else can we see a change of epoch? Perhaps in there being less separation between work and privacy, in the empowerment and recognition of women in leadership, in the weakening of historic features of manliness, in the change from hierarchical structures toward more team-intelligence, in the power of public opinion and the media on governments, in choosing social contacts less by geographic proximity but “online” by specific interests, or by the fact of the world’s knowledge becoming accessible for everyone with a computer, something experts in the last century could not have dreamed of .

3. The longing for spirituality deepens.

We humans, or at least those of us that try to live an opening life, seem to find that we experience moments of unknown depth in ourselves, moments of new feelings, moments of vacancy compared with how we usually feel, increased intuition (‘knowing’ who is on the other end of the phone when it rings), or a heightened sensitivity to atmospheres or to the ‘vibrations’ of people. This could be a result of a natural spiritual calling that will increasingly urge us on to look for meaning in what we do; why we work, why have a family, why to live responsibly or not. This might partly explain the new spiritual arising and religious patchworks that have appeared in the West from the 70’s onwards, or the many attempts to renew classical religions, such as Christianity. It shows in the way we are, in talks over the garden fence or with work colleagues, or in the lives of prominent celebrities like Tom Cruise, Madonna or Cat Stevens, who have turned to something that works for them spiritually, be it Scientology, Kabala or Islam. One big question remains in all this – How to separate fantasy from reality? Or in different words - How encompassing, and tuned to the permanent laws and truths of the universe that we live in are our spiritual tendencies and applications?

4. Is it time for us to take on responsibility and to grow up on a larger scale?

We are being caused to face reality today in a way that emphasises consequences more than ever before. We can no longer avoid things. The German philosopher Sloterdijk recently said about values, “... in the last 50 years we have weakened the reality of the real, now the real is coming back, and it is putting its requirements upon us in a more strident way than ever before ...” Will we have to live up to the consequences of what we have avoided so far? We speak about the increase in energy prices. What if we also have to pay a ‘higher price’ for the energy that keeps us alive and well, which gives the body self-healing and recovery every day? Will a different internal setting be required, harmonised and sensitised to the reality of one’s whole life, its energy resources and potentials? Will this be essential if we want to stay fit and energised whilst addressing increasing demands and stresses? Is this the reason why many people are unwell, especially psychologically, despite modern medicine advancements? Would collective health increase if we would live up to perceiving ourselves as evolutionary beings and look more closely at what we need in that context? Will the load on the public health sector further increase, unless we take more responsibility, not only for our body, but also the mind, soul and spiritual needs, which are all essential to healthy living? For “the human is inseparably related to the whole of reality, the known and the unknown.” (John Steinbeck)

Why might this be happening?

Are we witnessing in our lifetime an evolutionary change comparable to the move from the so called dark middle age times into modern times? Are we possibly involved in a development surge from Homo sapiens to Homo emancipatus, as Leo Armin, pioneer in template philosophy conjectured? Is humanity due to come out of its puberty to face the more complex demands of its adulthood, as world citizens? Will this new epoch force us all to grow up, as people, as nations, to become what we could be, one human team, mankind united? Will nothing less do in the future? Will the time of tyranny finally run out, sooner or later? Many of the challenges are not really new, but it was also more comfortable to put them away for as long as possible. History shows however that often we only really get going when things get tough, and then the best comes to the front, such as personal courage, the ability to step back, to adapt and adjust, the spirit of creativity, the recalling of humanity….. We humans alive today will probably not see the end of these changes. Whilst our insistence may often still be part of the problem today, we could as well become pioneers of the new way forward, ready to accept changes, prepared to think afresh, tailor one’s expectations, take initiative and engage oneself positively in one’s own fields of influence. The question is, which part is most prominent in us, the want to hide under our bed sheets or the willingness to face the winds of change?

A teenager grows up

Let’s take the analogy of a teenager just becoming an adult. There are three types of behaviour that we can see:

1. ‘Teenager A’ (as an individual or as a family or nation) is confused by the mix of feelings and changes, but looks forward curiously and a bit anxiously to the next stage of life, the new freedoms and responsibilities. He becomes creative and starts to mobilise his resources, talents, and the necessary cares and disciplines involved. He says goodbye to certain habits and comforts that were provided by his parents, and starts understanding that it’s not just about himself. This will also mean that important decisions cannot be made simply from moods and feelings, but by thorough reasoning, good guidance from more experienced mentors, and by the development of will.

2. ‘Teenager B’ is also confused, but looks mainly for personal advantages to his own life. He enjoys continuing the freedom he still has, such as living mainly on his parent’s money, does what seems needed to ensure this lifestyle but no more. He makes himself comfortable for as long as it’s possible. The after-effects of the economic success of the Western world in the last 200 years have printed and partly spoilt us all in such a way, and it now not so easy to accept that we may have to become more active ourselves again, become more creative again, and learn to be content with simple essential things. But – maybe, in the light of the bigger picture, that’s the best thing that can happen to us today? In the long run, economic globalisation, as “touchy” as it may seem personally, could serve towards a worldwide more balanced economical situation, and maybe it’s a withdrawal treatment for the “Fun-culture addiction”.

3. ‘Teenager C’ is equally confused, but responds differently: He can’t find any orientation in his new life, is unreliable or incalculable, dangerous, denies responsibility, becomes rebellious, with childlike angriness to self and others. He blames others for what is happening, he is not open to reason, has little tolerance, spends more than he earns, and wants the pleasant side of life to continue, even at the cost of others. He has little understanding for society and culture and basically doesn’t know himself.

Some practical ideas to move towards the future fit and ready

1. Develop a more fluid identity.

Instead of thinking out of a fixed identity, we might be better off by developing a more fluid identity (see Topaz 14 about identity), consisting of many smaller lives or ‘identities’ in ourselves, that can more easily deal with what is facing us, whether this is the family person in oneself, the earning money person in oneself, the gardener, the ethical person, the standard keeper, the loving partner, the friend of the environment, the spiritual person... Thinking about oneself in this way has many advantages: It prevents the development of a large ego, for the different lives balance each other and it allows for a better equation between the successes and disappointments in our lives. If ‘the work person’ has lost their job, there are many other ‘persons’ inside that can have success, which is important for self esteem in a life.

2. Update yourself regularly.

Personal growth and inner development will become increasingly important as a consequence of how we live. This is particularly important for partnerships. If these are not based in encouraging each other’s personal growth they will tend to lead to one-sided changes and therefore conflicts will ensue. A change of evaluation is already starting in the west, concerning status and prestige. Money is not everything anymore. A person that is poor, but lives an interesting and purposefully engaging life, will receive more recognition or acceptance in the future than he or she perhaps used to have in the past. This is because, in western society, we will have learnt collectively that it is not only material success that makes a life successful.

3. Check how you think.

Do I live a throughout life inclined to humanity? Of course the quality of food and enough physical movement are important. But what about the foods and movements for the mind, soul and spirit? How much time do I spend with questions around the purposes of living? Why do so many people suffer psychological problems? We are seeing millions of people in the West becoming ill, both physically and psychologically, according to recent research 127 million people in Europe suffer psychological problems. Could it be that certain self-healing and regenerative forces that operate at soul level have weakened, cannot cope with the regenerative work they need to do because of the unbalanced way we are living – and thinking? There are researches that show that thankfulness as an attitude in life can increase one’s health and well being, and that praying can assist healing processes, no matter what religious belief a person has. These are new scientific facts that can cause us to think deeper. Our stability in the future will depend on our sound and artful composition of what we think about and how we live our lives. Our thinking sets a new course.

4. We are not the centre of the universe.

Sure, we know that we aren’t! But do we really know it? Maybe it is a good time to bring home to ourselves the understanding that we are kept alive by the engineering of many conditions which we have little or no influence upon, that we mostly take for granted, until we face a multitude of factors that are the platform for organic life in the universe, such as natural permanent laws. Maybe a small regular ‘homage’ or meditative thoughts of gratitude towards the originating sources of our existence, each in their own way and belief, might work wonders and be a good detox against assumptions.

5. Finding new ways to celebrate what we value.

Why not express and celebrate more of what we value? If we have value for our life, let’s also extend it to others. This could be done by a card or letter of appreciation to friends instead of an e-mail. Something like this can make the day for a person. Why not give routine things that we do anyway a special meaning? Such as cleaning up dishes, taking the recycling out, watching TV, having a meal, going shopping, etc... The idea is to put value into anything decent, for example, it may be that whilst brushing your teeth or having a shower you give thanks to the regenerative forces that keep us healthy and alive. Maybe to begin with, a little memo can be put on the bathroom mirror, or in other places in the house, to be updated as one focuses on different values or qualities. In this way it only takes a little extra time to review to give oneself space for the private inner life and to nudge one’s personal development. From my own experience, values grow by regular training, and exercises and conscious small rituals like these have a subtle but sustaining effect on one’s life. If you take this up, you are most welcome to send us stories of your experiences.

What can we expect?

1. Life will become more interesting.

But also more challenging. New rules of the game will probably lead sooner or later to a renewal of attitudes. Our foundations will need to be checked and possibly strengthened. We will find stability and security less in the outward world but more in our inner world. Therefore it will pay to invest into values such as decency, honesty, friendship, to consider questions about the meaning of life, about getting to know oneself and towards finding new inner locations.

2. Latent talents will come to the surface.

The still very high standard of living in the western world can serve as a springboard to discover more of our creational evolutionary potential as humans. More of new and unknown aspects of our existence can be perceived, beyond mental bird cages. The opportunities are there for an upsurge of humanity, despite and perhaps even because of the serious situation. An article about the super rich people in America (Focus Nr. 38/2006) says that the grant of millions from Warren Buffet to the Gates-foundation has caused many to rethink, and that the search for spirituality is immense. In the meantime the donation from Richard Branson towards sustainable energy sources has made a further stir. Maybe we can all discover possibilities and initiatives in our own lives.

3. Wrong decisions will become evident more quickly than before.

Therefore it will be necessary to consider more carefully what may work in the long run. We are faced with a new complexity and responsibility of our decisions. And this makes right decisions increasingly easier. Creativity, generation power, character development will be strengthened and stimulated.

4. Whatever works, and is not destructive will have right of way.

Dogma or ideologies of the past will in the long run be left behind as history. What will count will not be idle opinions but rather what is sound in the light of the whole of reality. We will have to learn how to leave false identity behind, in order to move on into the future. True leadership in the future will have to demonstrate humaneness, if they want to be taken seriously.

5. Context and meaning become equally as important as the facts themselves.

Life-long learning is only one part of the equation. Openness, natural curiosity and dealing in regenerative subjects are as important, not just having vast fields of knowledge. It will become more important to understand the meaning and long term context of a subject or decision, and to accept the consequences in a holistic way about what one knows.

6. New feelings, new confusion, new perceptions will arise.

Should the conjectures laid out in the beginning of this article prove to be right, then the increase of ‘base level energy’ can have two kinds of effects: On the one hand it can activate our bodies, senses and higher systems. New research shows that ESP is a more common ability in all humans than was believed up to now and that it is probably a natural inbuilt feature. Finer feelings and intuition become easier. There is also likely to be a heightened awareness of the higher life of a person, their radiation, appearance, behaviour and charisma. Or, on the other hand, it might slowly shut us down, like when having too much sleep. When too much energy is loading in which cannot be used, tiredness, exhaustion or lethargy ensues. A further reason, maybe, to take the position of opening oneself for the new.

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