As our perception of time stretches, our perception of events is also expanding
So often now we hear people speak of time moving more quickly, that it seems to be accelerating. Some notice that it seems more elastic – they might experience yesterday as though it were a month ago, while long-past events feel as though they have only just occurred. As our perception of time stretches, our perception of events is also expanding and we apprehend things unfolding over larger time-spans – in larger wholes – bringing a more holistic perspective of cause and effect, action and reaction. And as this happens, a growing number are tiring of the continual round of a way of life that keeps depleting the earth’s resources to create wealth for a few while the planet and most of its inhabitants are increasingly struggling to survive.
…the situation is helping us lift our aspirations into a higher turning spiral
The pressure of the situation is helping us lift our aspirations into a higher turning spiral, cycling into new patterns of response to world concerns. While many, who control the existing structures that organise the world, are trying to contain this lifting up which threatens the status quo they guard, many others are joining a growing “grass roots” demand for a new way of living in and caring for our world. They are seeking a way of living together based on truth, justice, integrity, freedom and a realisation of the One in Whom we live and move and have our being. The trajectory through these two conflicting forces is carrying us inexorably into a new harmony of life on our beautiful Earth.
In these times of accelerated change many are nostalgically looking for stability by reinforcing the old order of things. But the newer generations are arriving in the world with a vastly different view and they have no memories to anchor them to the passing era. These young ones see their future world deteriorating and are creating new memories out of the sharp realisation of the need to transform old patterns, to turn the tide of extinction and redeem the planet. They clearly see the urgent need to change how we live and care for the planet that supports us.
Our imagination can help make sense of things
The world is as we perceive it to be, and there is much that can influence our perception. Attachments to familiar things pulls us like anchor lines into a narrower pattern of how we see the world and respond to it. What can release us from those anchors, pulled by the outgoing tide, is the power of the creative imagination – if we choose to exercise it. Our imagination can help make sense of things, to resolve and solve issues through its creative power. The Tibetan Master explains that:
“… the creative imagination… is one of the great building attributes of deity. It is brought about by the evocation of the love nature and… brings in soul power in full tide. In the world of phenomenal appearance, the soul is the creating agent, the major building factor, the constructor of forms, and, through the Technique of Fusion, the power to imagine or to use imaginative thought power (in conjunction with the faculty to visualise, to wish, to dream into being) is definitely and scientifically developed.” Esoteric Psychology, vol. II, page 388
Imagination can carry us through the surface appearance of things
Imagination can carry us through the surface appearance of things to the great underlying life principles operating through the many outer forms and events. And once we penetrate to the laws that direct energy into patterns of expression, we realise how universal their effect and discover the common essence shared by all things.
All human beings share their humanness and their inbuilt drive to create, refine and redeem, and to express it in a myriad of ways. When this drive is prevented from expressing, it builds up pressure until it bursts through the hindering constraints and breaks all barriers to its progress. Behind this creative drive is the urge to freedom. It is inherent in every aspect of our nature – human nature. It is Life and purpose dynamically radiating through every atom of our being. And life experience expands our understanding out through layers of perceived limitation until we learn that:
“Behind all forms is found the one Life; within every atom (solar, planetary, human and elemental) is found the one sentient existence; back of objective nature, the sum total of all forms in all the kingdoms of nature is found the subjective reality which is essentially a unified whole or unity, producing the diversified many. The homogeneous is the cause of the heterogeneous, unity produces diversity, the One is responsible for the many. This the student can appreciate more intelligently if he follows the golden rule which reveals the mystery of creation and studies himself. The microcosm reveals the nature of the macrocosm.” The Light of the Soul, Page 386-7
Around our world we can see this vibrant Life expressing
Around our world we can see this vibrant Life expressing through the urge to freedom, as people protest against the constraints that have held them in check through millennia. A newer expression of freedom is being sought and a sense of our interrelationship with the world is growing. The time seems fast approaching when the “checks and balances” of the passing era will no longer stay the flood of creative power as it surges to manifest new ways of living in and serving our world. We are moving beyond potential and possibility – we are beginning to actively create a new era.
It is the way of the heart which is the gateway to the Soul
The new world grows organically, as a living expression of Life. Just as the deep DNA of plants responds to sunlight the heart of the new era responds to Light. This is vastly different to organisation which is designed to control and impose conformity. Organic growth and living arises from the intuitive response to the life we all share. It draws forth all that we are and can offer in service to the life of our world. It nurtures rather than exploits; it understands and counsels rather than punishes; it evokes and develops the creative potential in all. It is the way of the heart which is the gateway to the Soul.
…we are part of the one soul of humanity
As we learn to share the wonderful life of our planet, we realise we are part of the one soul of humanity and can identify with the soul in all things expressing under divine impulse and intention. We become aware of a Hierarchy of enlightened Souls who are guiding the way into a glorious future – almost beyond imagining. This poet describes the shift through which we are living:
Dear friends, now is the time.
We shall be benevolent in our thinking
with a unified heart and mind.
We shall raise our spirit to understanding.
We shall see how the plan for humanity unfolds.
We shall see how passages of collapse,
Of sad destruction and sorrow, must be subsumed
Under cycles of evolution, the noble path of return.
We shall see how experience brings growth of wisdom.
We shall rejoice, for now is the time.
~ From www.nwol.us