Your journey as a warrior through the rough and tumble of the circus. Learning how to handle paradox, survive, flourish and satisfy the need to express the self and feel connected to existence. The call of spirit and learning to dance with the devil that is money.
The Spiritual hypermarket, the ‘new age’ circus is still the leading edge of social-cultural evolution.
There are stages of development for all individuals who inhabit and pass through the seeming madhouse of what is perceived to be the new age market. In actuality I would say that the new age market is a valid stage of culture and personal development. The first stage of awakening is a blissful adventure, of free exploration and the ego is by necessity unleashed so that the feeling body is freed from the constraints of previous stages of culture. The first stage is liberation of the self, not always very pretty, but a liberation none the less.
Today the narcissism of the internet with the explosion of selfies is part of that necessary stage of development. Celebrity culture promoted by the mainstream is not in essence any different, with its highly polished promotional representation of scientists, politicians, business people, actors, sports people and singers. The difference being that, if someone can do it, why can’t everyone do it? Fair point? In a world ruled by image manufacturing, then the natural conclusion is that everyone will take part in the circus. Talent and usefulness are not easily to quantify. There are many highly talented individuals who never receive media attention, so we cannot in all honesty attribute mainstream fame to be a conclusive and balanced arbiter of authentic value. The media is a dubious stamp of approval. Furthermore financial worth is no longer seen as a way of measuring someone’s true value to humanity.
Yes there is sometimes validity by some mainstream critics to alternative lives, we can learn from them, but the world is a madhouse at the moment and there is an urgency for more spiritual awakenings, alternative lifestyles and more spiritual product. The Paradox Warrior can learn from everyone and refine the self, without wavering on the path to become a performer in the New Era Circus.
The world has always been and certainly is now more than ever a circus, a performance. The Circus is a valid description of absolute reality. Yes it’s a school as well, except the lessons get more complex and the element of theatre becomes more apparent as we wake up. Trying to project any kind of uber-rational appraisal be it academic or scientific onto reality will fall short of our experience and the evident nature of absolute reality.
Our everyday space of normal world activity is predominately psychological. The contemporary world of human interaction and monetary exchange is a psychological reality.
Our survival is based on the physical body, but that is dependent upon our psychological health, wanting to live and that most often means a certain amount of money. Adequate and healthy food, warmth and shelter are now expensive. In order to survive physically we also need human connection, to feel part of some kind of social network, all of that requires money.
To live a life that feels like it’s worth living, we need love and meaningfulness and eventually that requires soul awareness as well as personal expression. As we get older we require more depth and everyone is challenged to become more conscious as they age. It is eventually unavoidable that an expanded consciousness becomes increasingly important and the world as a totality is edging towards the encounter with this fact.
Consciousness encompasses spirituality, psychology and materialism.
Material crisis leads to psychological evaluation and eventually, in everyone, a consideration of the soul. The world has not quite got there yet, even though the physical and psychological challenge of living today is extraordinary, but at some point it is inevitable that the nature of spirit and soul will invade the mainstream. Alternatively people will be totally zombied out and absorbed by technology and lose their soul, literally. Many people see the full dystopian matrix manifesting, but I am an optimist even though it does look like it will be a close call, there is just enough awakening I believe to stop that happening, only just, but just about enough.
The fact that money dominates this physical reality is for many an unfortunate one. The importance of money in our world starkly reminds us of the relative low level of human evolution at present. Despite the rapid development of technology, this conceptual value we call money is inhibiting humanity from solving all of its problems. A humanity released from the shackles of the economic system, which literally sucks big time, sucks out human energy, could apply itself whole heartedly to solving all of the most challenging of the world’s problems. We have the greatest resource ever, 7.3 billion people, and this enables extreme specialization. None of the environmental, resource, energy food, water or habitation challenges are beyond humanity at its present level of development. I have spent a long time looking at that and could easily write a book on that point alone.
For now at least, as sucky as it is, money is still a massive factor and that means for everyone including anyone on a spiritual path, exploration of consciousness or creative endeavour. We all have to struggle with it and adapt to it. Those who are not struggling are experiencing a temporary level of comfort I say temporarily because the nature of money is the barrier to the environmental, population, resource, energy problem etc.
People who escape the gravity of money very rarely do anything fundamental to help humanity awaken. Freedom from money is extremely rare and those who have accumulated it, are generally more entrapped by it, they cannot stop thinking in terms of money, this is because of the nature of money itself. To escape the gravity of money is theoretically possible with the equivalent of about five million US dollars. In practice though people spend too much, do not live carefully with 5 Mill and the equivalent amount needed seems to be about 10-20 million dollars, but rarely do people make radical use of time even then. Seriously I have studied this as well and I have seen clients with lots of money worrying more than those have no capital what so ever. The other one I see a lot of is, “I will wait until I have enough money before following my heart”, it will not happen, you will never have enough.
If we applied this maxim to the world we can see that the world is waiting for enough money before it deals with reality, but the money we have today sucks, literally sucks! Political and business pundits speak of being practical when comes to world problems, what they always mean is we have to consider money first. No doggam it, you have to consider money, yes, but it comes second in consideration. Money is second to all that is good in life, all that is worthwhile and all problem solving and especially to anyone on spiritual path. But you still have to consider it.
The first stage of the new age awakening.
I will use the term new age awakening in an all encompassing manner to include the positive meaning of; humanity moving into a new awakened epoch where it recognizes its spiritual existence.
The first stage is a calling, an absolute imperative to follow the heart and to explore. This first stage is exhilarating and blissful as you move into a vast landscape of energy and potential that has always been there, just waiting for you to carrive. The early stage is joyful, yes with uncomfortable feelings and emotions, self worth issues are all part of the roller coaster ride, but the essential experience is liberation.
For those with money, the adventure includes full immersion into exploring the many products, courses and services in the spiritual hypermarket. For those without money there is often a horrible feeling of being left out. In either case the essential factor is developing habitual discipline and the autonomy to practice on a day to day basis, to do the work and enjoy the work, for it is incredibly satisfying. The danger for those who have the money for the spiritual hypermarket is that they will hop around from product to product as continual consumers of introductory level weekends.
If you do not have any money to spend its okay, what you need is actually available to you and it starts with developing your own investigatory practices.
Now with all that I have said so far I hope this next statement will make sense.
It is ridiculous to criticize someone who charges a professional freelance fee for a spiritual service.
Professional fees are by necessity quite expensive, in most cases there are many unseen hours that go into each hour with a client. We are not living in India in 500 BCE, you cannot choose to fully opt out, the financial system disavows it.
|You still have to 'find the Zen' in the circus Photo credit: thegardenofzen.com|
When I started, seriously on the path of exploration, 25 years ago, I had zilch, I did whinge a bit occasionally but essentially I got up very early and went out and did my shamanic and energy practices. I cannot tell you enough how much of a gift that has been to myself.
If you are limited by cash and cannot afford to do hardly any courses, do not whinge and accuse teachers and those who have set themselves up in the hypermarket of being profiteers. It will do you no good at all and you are most probably wrong.
The world is a fucking circus and the spirit loves it! Play the game and shake that shit off, what shit? The total purist, super-ego, self righteous boring holy muthrfckg politically correct regressive. I speak with compassion, as I have this a little of this voice within myself as well.
The spiritual Hypermarket or shall we expand it to all that is not legit in the mainstream the new epoch circus, the New Era Circus.
The New Era Circus , is fully ET’d up, it is conspiracy’d, it is atlantis’d, its astrologized, it is yeti’d its everything fringe and unless you have studied it with real depth I would suggest you hold back from calling any of it out as BS. Why?
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Because once you leave the mainstream, you are a weirdo, fringe dwelling, delusional, psuedo-scientific, psuedo-intellectual, nut job that needs to be humoured, someone somewhere thinks you are full of shit. I say this because I see a lot of fringe dwellers calling out specific areas of study as being fake. Virtually all if not all of the traditions have now been infected with Circus mentality as well, you will not find that pure space of perfection that you think exists, embrace the paradox, it is humanity.
If you have expanded your awareness beyond the mainstream, then you can see what madness is being packaged as rationalism, pragmatism and mature behaviour, so do not be so quick to judge elsewhere.
The adventure in the New Era Circus requires you to be strong, to be adaptable to handle the paradoxes that are the natural result of the structure of the psyche. You are living in an environment that requires constant adjustment and adaptability, cognitive fluidity and a sense of humour, especially when it comes to yourself.
All I have written above expresses the process I have gone through over the years and some of machinations that have led me to creating my new course. I have been looking to create a course that is efficient, yet professional. What I mean by this is that I charge a proper fee and yet teach, facilitate and provide tools that enable self practice and most of all encourage sovereignty.
A course that is not cheap and yet does not enslave you in a cultish manner or leave you dependent upon me. A course that empowers you to navigate the circus and encourage you to create your own financial autonomy. Eventually and fairly often people who embark upon the consciousness exploration feel the need to move from the corporate environment and then create their own professional service.
It is my intention to encourage this, as we need new performers in the circus.
I will unveil my new course structure at some point after the October new moon.