Times of Radical Change
Here is a picture of a Peruvian Shaman doing a ceremony to
support Barack Obama on his inauguration day. Thousands of shamans around the
world have been performing such ceremonies. Why? Shamans are tuned into the
dramatic changes on this planet and they know that Barack Obama is an icon for
the dawning age of relationships so they want to make sure he has all the
support necessary to carry the change through. This shamanic activity is an
The 2008 election of Barack Obama and his subsequent
inauguration as the 44th president of the United States is both an
international event and a historical event that goes way beyond his becoming
the first president of mixed race. The world has been in the third stage of
development, the Success Oriented Stage for thousands of years. Prior to that
it went through the first stage, the Survival Oriented stage and then the
second stage, the Rule Oriented Stage. Now with the change of millennium and
the approach of 2012, the time has come for the world to shift into the fourth
stage, the Relationship Oriented stage or in other words, adolescence. This
shift into puberty happened with the elections. So it is not an accident that
everything related to the former Success Oriented Stage is crumbling just as
the Relationship Oriented stage is getting started. For example the stock
market dropped 300 points on the day of the inaugeration and George W. Bush and
his team was flown away in a helicopter. Change is nigh.
Typically at the shifting of stages the world changes
dramatically and this time is no exception. The
usual pattern is this: 1. Crumbling and rapid disintegration of the old
paradigm and everything that represents it. 2. Chaos and troubled times as no
one knows quite how to replace the old with the new. 3. Confusion as elements
of the old co-exist with some very new ideas and structures. 4. Gradual
implementation of a new paradigm. 5. Integration and stabilization of the new.
The first four steps will take place mostly prior to 2024 but the final stage
will take 100 years or more. In historical terms this is a twinkling of an eye
but in the modern worlds expectations it may appear to be a long time. Be
prepared for a tough transition.
Every element of the world will change, economics, cultural
norms, societal norms, national boundaries, international relations, the nature
of politics, the power structure, the arts, science, technology, philosophy,
religion, and consciousness itself.
There is no turning back at this point. Much will go by the
wayside but the most important thing, human relationships is arriving at its
place in the sun. To navigate these times you will have to be most flexible.
Like the Ravens, learn to enjoy the most turbulent conditions. Be as present as
possible and do not be attached to the outcome. Take nothing personally and
make no assumptions. Learn to share and be kind to others. Have a strong
spiritual practice, whatever you choose it to be. Above all, be prepared to let
go of much that you thought you needed to be happy, and most of all be willing
to let go of the retaining walls in your mind. Change will happen regardless of
whether you are willing to change or not. Being willing will make the process
much more exciting, much less miserable.
Be prepared to be surprised by many things, some of it
unpleasant, but much in a wonderful way. Remember that when one door closes,
other doors open. Be looking for opening doors.
The good old days are ahead.