Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?” Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. Marrianne Williamson
For some time I have reflected upon the book Nueromancer by William Gibson. The story is of the internet and those that create this global network. Within the internet are two being, so to speak, that are becoming self-aware. On one side is the entire databanks with all the information about every human story and drama. This includes but is not limited to the machinations of governments, secrets and the banking reality but it goes into everyone’s private lives too. On the other hand there is a self-aware program which, like a virus, is the shadow side of all things within the internet. Between these two entities there is all of human life. Things happen, the story moves and is interesting, but ultimately it is when the shadow entity and the data entity of internet merge that this being assists the planet and all of humanity to communicate beyond the limits of our solar system. There are other planets out there. Humans as a whole create this entity to stretch to where they cannot go physically.
What is interesting about such a story of hope is that we are fundamentally scared right now. This does not mean that everyone is in a panic. What it means is that running under the entire energetic matrix of all human awareness is a root level of fear. The fear can be summed up in this way:
There are no further places to explore. We have reached the limits of our globe and pretty much know every corner of the world. While there may be more to explore in detail, we have come to the limits. We are running out of power, food, energy, sanity, political sense etc. We are fundamentally in a crisis and we are attempting to do our best with what is occurring. And on top of that, we can no longer spend our way into a future which will be better than the one we have right now. So we are collapsing without actually changing anything. We are not buying as much; we are shrinking back in fear.
This is a whole lot of shadow stuff in the human psyche. And this energy is building. The energy of fear is forcing many into retreat. Retreat away from development, risk, willingness to create a new way. Retreat into our default emotions and organizations or cultures of context. Retreat into protectionism over cooperation with those around us. Retreat into isolated groups who justify their existence with the self-centered logic of we will survive. The shadow is running amuck!
Concurrent with this is the global linkage that is occurring. We are more aware of what is happening to the globe. We are sharing information and ideas and solutions worldwide. Many are choosing differently within their local reality to be better than they were. We are dumping tons of information and stories into this thing we have attached to ourselves, the computer. We are creating in ways never thought of before. And we are getting a lot of things right. There is a deep and abiding sense of doing what is necessary and thus doing what is right. The light side is changing many cultures and governments, forcing them to face their own cultural demise in the face of this rapid democratization of knowledge and information. Cool huh!
Thus we sit between to polar opposites. The shadow side of fear and all the dark choices that come with that and the light side of interconnection and adaptation which humans are famous for doing over time. We are in a shamanic phase of unknowns that are calling to us from deep within our lineal beings as aware creatures on this planet. We are becoming responsible and taking that responsibility to a new level of consciousness. We are fully aware that we are impacting our reality greater than any other time or another animal on our globe. We are beginning to bridge to something we cannot even at this time see.
May you live in interesting times! We do… and we constantly need to dance between the devil and the deep blue sea, the ocean of awareness that is truly possible for us as a species. This is not written to blow sunshine and claim that we will make it… nor is it to rain on the parade of potential solutions, it’s to awaken us to the neuromantic place that we are right now, that we are all being forced to envision something truly new and connected. And maybe, just maybe we will reach beyond the borders of our limited solar flares to discover that we are not alone in this universe… maybe just maybe we will answer the most profound question of all, “Is the universe a friendly place or not?” Albert Einstein.