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Coping with Calamity

We are coming to the point in human evolution when humankind must either learn to do things in a different way, or continue it’s headlong rush towards calamity. Humans will survive the coming calamities, but it is highly likely that what we know as the Western Way of life will come to an end.

It is an important question then, how do we prepare ourselves to face the coming upheavals in our agricultural, transport, economic and political systems? Certainly the position of the adept is to resist the temptation to give way to fear, hopelessness and despair, and to to remain steadfast in the higher consciousness through the focussed practice of love, compassion, gratitude and generosity, combined with whatever practices of prayer, visualization or meditation provided by their tradition to remain centered in the higher self.

Life will move much more towards a survival level, and people will begin to be motivated by a sense of desperation, fear, and anger. While some governments are attempting to deal with the transition to a less materially “wealthy” future, with alternative energy and social transition policies, many are not.

We are already seeing the signs of this around the world with the rise of Fascist ideologies in the European countries and their colonies of North America, Australia, Canada and such places.

These angry xenophobic movements which by and large blame foreigners for all the perceived ills of the modern world, and see climate change as a communist conspiracy, are unknowing tools of the ruling class in their last ditch attempt to extract as much as possible from a terminally ill system.

Make no mistake, the champions of climate change denialism, and the fomentors of right wing extremism, are engaged in a cynical exercise of manipulating a class of aggrieved people in order to line their own pockets, whilst knowing full well that calamity approaches. This callous, selfish attitude, which would hasten destruction for the masses, in order to safeguard one’s own self and family, is the height of short-sightedness.

But there is very little that anyone can do to directly confront these titanic forces at play in our world. The board has been set, and the pieces placed in motion, and now we must observe, hope and pray, and each make our small contributions. But shall we think only of ourselves, or of everyone? One way forward for the person of Spirit is to grasp the opportunity to create community, and to explore the possibilities of cooperation.

It is by cooperation that the ordinary person, will be able to survive the times that are coming. The industrialized society has made us too distant from nature, from gardens, from the source of wealth all around us. It has kept us busy with projects of desecration and despoilation. It has made us so busy, we don’t even properly know the people in our own families, let alone neighbors and community members. In fact, we don’t want to know them, because they might have different views, or be dangerous somehow.

So join a community garden, start learning how to supplement food from the industrial supply chain with your own efforts in the garden. Find out what survival skills you have around you. Develop practices of love, and generosity, which build interdependence and strengthen community, as opposed to fear and selfishness which ultimately isolate people from one another.

There is a growing movement involved in taking back community control of our food supply – be a part of it! To do so, you may have to free up some time by working less, and having less income. Don’t be afraid of earning less money, because you will replace that lost money with the real wealth of nourishing relationships with other people and the natural environment. Nourishment is not just physical nourishment, but nourishment of the heart and soul as well. We need all these nourishments to be healthy and enjoy life. If and when calamity strikes, we will be in a position to survive together. We won’t be in any great position on our own, no matter how much money we have in the bank, as that money will ultimately prove worthless.

The Spiritual person of any description would do well to prepare for hard times ahead. Not just materially, but they should prepare spiritually as well, by practices which nourish generosity and community. There will be a great pull towards selfishness in the coming years, in fact we have seen it on the gradual rise for decades, as a political viewpoint, and a personal orientation. One task of the awakened person in the coming years is to show the power of generosity and community, and to resist the pull of fear and despair which are even now isolating so many in their false cocoons of selfishness.

Blessed Be