This article was originally posted in 2011. And now we are in the midst of this profound transitional time. Do you see anything differently? Do you feel differently? Are you afraid? Are you hopeful – confident with what is happening in the world, with you and what is ahead? As you read into this meditation, please take the time to reflect on these questions.
As a civilization we’ve been here before. History is replete with forebodings of the approaching “end of times”. Most recently it was to happen in 1984 and later at the turn of the century. It is as though we want something to happen – a new thing – an epic drama in which we are active participants through our own creation and anticipation. And at a consciousness level, this is true. It is scientific and mystical fact that individual thought creates one’s personal reality, and so does our collective thought create our collective reality. We do not have to be aware of it for this creation to take place. The world is changing because we are changing it. We are in an evolutionary upsurge! This is driven by our collective imperative for evolution. At some level we recognize that the old systems do not serve our evolving needs and consciousness and therefore they need to change. Government, educational, medical even religious systems are changing – the planet too! We are actively and collectively re-setting the stage for a changing story!
There have been other periods of marked human evolution: the religious crusades, the French Revolution, the Renaissance, the fall of the Roman Empire, etc. – all driven by our evolving consciousness. 2012 represents another watershed period of human evolution.
These are indeed amazing times. What may appear as disastrous upheavals are actually the reshaping of the world, human life and consciousness as we know it. Einstein said that “you can’t solve a problem with the same consciousness that created it.” In every life both individually and collectively – there must be change. And as individual and collective consciousness makes the world what it is, the change must begin here. It can be forced upon us by calamity or tragedy or we can partner with it and thus, direct it to meet our will. It is matter of whether we choose to change consciously or be hapless and swept up in the spirals of change letting it take us wherever the wind blows and bring about any kind of outcome or experience . Do we direct our lives or are we like extras in a story who are given any available and a lesser role to play. This is the key question we must ask of ourselves and the key decision we must make. And I do not know of a single person in my world who is not wrestling with this question regardless of their station in life.
Consciousness is the totality of your thoughts, feelings and intentions that direct your actions and thus, shape your life experiences. Consciousness is formed over time from childhood and adult experiences, as well as through socialization and other indoctrinations. And the good news is that your consciousness is something that YOU can and do control.
A shift in consciousness is not a difficult thing to do. If you can think and make decisions, if you can feel things within you, if you can carry on a conversation with yourself in your mind – you can change your consciousness. And in doing so, you become a partner with change, and not a pawn on the field of your own life.
Things are happening quickly accelerating the rate of change. The past, present and future seem to blend and blur. Days, weeks and months go by quickly. This is due to planetary movements, technology and the increased busyness and complexities of our lives. If you stop, pause and take a look at what is happening in your life, you will see this.
The process of consciously shifting your consciousness requires you to pause, get balance and to retool. You can slow things down, become more present and aware of what is happening with you in your life and keep your footing and balance – all of which will enable you to know yourself better, your right path and how to proceed.
The problem with changing consciousness is not that it is a bad thing. But this very primal act is not registered nor valued as a vital part of what it means to be an effective human in our world and societies. We are not educated to appreciate this aspect or quality of learning. We are educated away from and out of ourselves by our social systems. We are trained to regard this quality of our humanness as soft, un-stablelizing, and untrustworthy. And that is not true. Because in this new day and new world, we need ourselves more than anything.
Key things you need to do as you become more conscious are:
1) Self-knowledge and Mastery: In order to master your life and be equipped to thrive in a constantly changing world you must ‘know’ yourself, and master fear. Self-knowledge feeds our collective will.
2) Relational Capacity: Despite our brilliant technologies, we need us. You must develop a fearless capacity to work with and through people to achieve and progress. This means cultivating and sustaining productive relationships, partnerships and collaborations.
3) Living in Objective and Subjective Worlds: You must be able to explore and become intimately acquainted with your “inner-technology”. The subjective world of your thoughts, feelings and intentions are what fuels your objective life. You must increase your understanding and appreciation of the innate relationship between these two worlds and how to consciously navigate them both.
The biggest shift for 2012 is consciousness – the rising realization that we are interconnected and that we are responsible for what we create. And with this awareness we can create more consciously both in our individual lives and as a civilization of evolving beings! No singular ‘event’ may occur at a specific moment or day or month this year. It is the spirit and the energy of the times. 2012 may come and go with little or no episode, but what can be certain is that we are, each and every one of use tested to rise to our own occasion. And I like to think of 2012 as the year when we begin to return to ourselves.
Dr. Elizabeth Taylor