Crossroads – Will you awaken as the 21st century dawns?

Posted on August 25, 2011

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The world in which we are living is changing faster than it takes to write about it. Although change is a constant of life, something we can reasonably expect to happen, the speed and the extent to which it is happening in the world today raises some fundamental questions about the way we live and the choices we have made as individuals and communities.

  • Apocalypse or Golden age, the choice is ours – Today, the nature of change has changed. What used to be adjustment to progressively changing circumstances has become a shift of such magnitude it requires from us an ‘evolutionary leap.’
  • Tipping points – Earths ecosystems and human systems have reached a point of non return and behave in increasingly unpredictable ways. Although solutions are sought at all levels, the main change we now need to bring about is a change in mentality.
  • The world has changed – will we? – 20th century history has shown the failure of leaders and ideologies to bring about significant and lasting change. As science realizes we are much more powerful than we thought, we are today undergoing a ‘moment of truth’ when we are faced with the fact that change can only be individual.
  • Fear or creativity – where do you live? – Most of today’s problems are a product of the underlying insecurity lying in the human heart. To conquer this anxiety is the most essential step we need to take as individuals and communities. This also means revisiting the definitions we have adopted about ourselves and what it means to live.
  • When Einstein meets the Buddha – The new science confirms the claims of all ancient spiritualities. Matter and living beings are patterns of energy and information which are all connected to each others by a unified field of energy and information; human consciousness plays a key role in shaping world’s event.
  • Homo Benevolencia – New researches increasingly challenge the theory of the survival of the fittest which has justified competition, exploitation and separation for the last 3 centuries. It is also increasingly proving false the theory that the brain is the dominant organ in our body whilst showing that the heart actually plays a more vital and ‘intelligent’ role.
  • The silent power in our hearts – The human heart is the point from which we can have the most genuinely powerful impact on our reality as it holds the key to the relationship we have with each others and our environment, and is the seat of common sense, conscience, empathy, courage, generosity and happiness.

Apocalypse or Golden age, the choice is ours

Those words, prophesied by John Naisbitt in his 1982 best selling book, Megatrends, whoever dramatic they sound, predicted what is taking place in the world today.

For centuries, although there have been periods of brutal changes and unexpected civilization shifts, the pace of events was rather predictable – and therefore manageable. Apart for periods of war and conquest, the focus of societies was to maintain balance and carry forward traditional ways, allowing for a certain amount of creativity within their own boundaries but no major rupture. Today, things are very different. Today, the nature of change itself has changed. In the past, change was incremental: a sequential, step by step process of improvement allowing for a progressive process of adaptation. Today, the story is different and change has been described as ‘transformational’: requiring an ‘evolutionary leap’.

Over the last century, the face of the world has changed more that it had done for millenniums and the speed is such that one generation meets serious difficulties to understand and communicate to the next. Go back ten years ago: would you ever have dreamt of what you see around you today? Probably not. Now, go ten years in the future: what will be the world? Your job? Your community? How will you live? This same world you see today will be very different. It will have changed beyond what you can imagine because we are now right in the middle of what has been described by many as a ‘hurricane of change’, a ‘civilization shift’ of such amplitude that no nation, no economy, no culture will remain unaffected by it.

Says Dee Hock, Founder & CEO of Visa, “We are at the very point in time when a 400-year old age is dying and another is struggling to be born, a shifting of culture, science, society, and institutions enormously greater than the world has ever experienced. Ahead, the possibility of the regeneration of relationships, liberty, community, and ethics such as the world has never known, and a harmony with nature, with one another, and with the divine intelligence such as the world has never dreamed.”

But not everyone shares the same optimism. Although they are essentially times of opportunity, periods of change are periods of great uncertainty. Old systems are crumbling and what is to come hasn’t fully revealed itself yet. The overall feeling can be of loss of control and chaos. But what we see today it is a process, not an end. There are no ends in life because life operates in cyclic patterns within which the end of something is the beginning of something else – all depending on which side of the fence you are standing.

Our response to the changes taking place all around is as important as the changes themselves. Many individuals today have surrendered to fear and closed themselves, adopting attitudes of resistance, denial or aggression. They have become part of the problem. Others have jumped into the new and opted for openness and creativity. They have decided to be part of the solution knowing that new means better if you can recognize the opportunity of the time. They are not crying on what is lost but they look at what is getting born. Change always brings unimagined possibilities and today is filled with threats and potentialities that it is in our power to manifest. If we want to manifest the potentialities, we must face the future with understanding, with confidence, and with the awareness that we are co-creators of our worlds. In today’s context, everything has become possible – the best and the worst – and the choice is ours to make.

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Tipping points

The tipping point of a system is the moment when the systems looses its original structure, shifts and start re-organizing itself into a new order therefore displaying new characteristics and behavior. The systems of human interactions, the global economy, the Earth ecosystem and our world view, are passing – or have just passed – over this tipping point.

Recent events everywhere in the world, from the Middle East to London, Japan, Washington or Africa show that people, the economy, the ecosystems, the climate, and everything we were taking for granted is now behaving in unpredictable and uncontrollable ways, spreading chaos, destruction and pain. Although it does look like a bad news, it is not one. The changes that are on their way are big and they will shake just about everything we thought we knew, but they are for good if we want them to be.

Since the early years of the 21st century, experts from all fields of research, from scientists and engineers to philosophers, religious and spiritual leaders from all over the world have been asking the question, “What’s going on here? Is this just millennium paranoia, or is there really something happening that we have never seen before and that is completely changing the rules of the game?” –and the amount of research currently going on is huge.

In September 1992, 2,500 scientists on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded that there is a “discernible human influence on global climate likely to cause widespread economic, social and environmental dislocation over the next century.” Since then, the data has continued to accumulate, most often turning up to be worst than forecasted.

In 2005, the Scientific American dedicated their September issue to a major conference, “Crossroads for Planet Earth,” that took place on this subject. They identified six different scenarios (climate change, the threat of nuclear war, virulent and untreatable strains of viruses, accelerating resource depletion and environmental degradation through the combined effects of increasing human population and unsustainable and escalating human industrial activity., etc), which, if they were to go full-scale, could forever end civilization and possibly life on Earth.

Most major scientific publications of the time wrote on the same subject, The United Nations convened the World Summit which committed to spend billions more on achieving the Millennium Development Goals and a host of NGO’s flourished to address the issue. In July 2005 in Gleneagles, Scotland, the joint science academies of the G8 countries released a statement just before the start of the G8 meeting of that year stressing that ‘the scientific understanding of climate change is now sufficiently clear to justify … prompt action.’

The specific trait of today’s crisis, why it is different from anything we had seen so far, is its unprecedented size and the subsequent stress it puts on our resource. Humanity has already gone through great challenges and, not only did we survive, but we grew through those periods of radical changes. But what is taking place now is that we are experiencing all the worst scenarios at the same time. This implies that if we are going to survive this time, we have to come up with answers and solutions within the next eight to fifteen years.

But what is most interesting is the conclusion of all those researches. All point out to the same thing: that the only way we are going to get through the current crisis is by “thinking of ourselves and our relationship to the world in completely differently ways than we have in the past.” This means redefining our notions of progress, of economy, wealth, success and how we measure it, of happiness and what we think about ourselves, about our world and about what we are doing in it because it seems this is where things have gone really wrong. So, although there is obviously a role for the new technologies, what we need to do is essentially changing our minds, changing our mentalities. This is a personal change we are talking about here, one that will lead us to redefine what it means to be human.

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The world has changed – will we?

Although most people on the planet today are not consciously aware of it, everybody realizes, at the level of their feelings or of their physical circumstances, that we are undergoing a very intense period of transition which affects the individual and collective. Everybody is now aware that something is happening, but they cannot quite put their finger on what it is. People everywhere feel that something has changed and that they have to do something about it because there is also a growing disillusion and distrust with governments, with ideologies or ‘saviors’ ability to solve our problems and people feel a sense of personal responsibility.

It is now clear that we, humans, are responsible for a lot of what is happening today, not only to our societies and families, but to our planet. All fields of scientific research now converge on that point. We need a new paradigm and reason d’etre for living; we need to redefine our life styles because the consumerist mindset is unsustainable and within the next ten years we will all have to make drastic changes to the way we live our lives because this crisis is not going to get solved by making some cosmetic re-arrangements – it requires bold and radical choices on our side..

Crisis occurs when circumstances change but behaviour doesn’t. Problems occur when we do not recognize that we have to learn something because we are too entrenched in our own habits, certainties or simply not humble enough to admit we are ignorant. What a crisis basically says is, ‘You need to make some adjustments to your thinking, to your attitude and behaviour’.

If we do, the crisis can be solved because we do have the potential, the intelligence and the resource to solve our problems. But if we are not prepared to listen to the messenger and make that necessary changes, then the situation will just carry on growing and becoming more pressing, uncomfortable and painful until we finally get it and make the leap to the new level of evolution. We believe that what happens today is an opportunity. It is an evolutionary step we need to take as individuals and as a species.

Since Isaac Newton formalized the laws of physics some 300 years ago, we believe that the world is a gigantic machine somehow similar to a Swiss clock in which we are small parts. From this point of view, unless we conceive greater, more powerful machines, we can only see ourselves as powerless beings, victims of a world where everything is predetermined, separate from everything else, a world over which we have very little influence of any kind. This is not necessarily something people are consciously aware of but this is the unconscious conditioning we all have been programmed with and that we now have to deal with.

We know today that, although it accurately describes a vast number of phenomenon we are dealing with on a daily basis, this world view is flawed or, at best, incomplete. The world in which we live, our environments, our bodies, our communities are not machines: they are living, dynamic self organizing systems which exist and develop in a complex and multidimensional network of relationships. And the whole thing is of an extraordinary beauty. It works with a perfection that is far beyond everything the human mind could imagine or conceive. Yet, we also know that we, i.e. human consciousness, play a very crucial role in harmonizing, sustaining or disrupting the working of this extraordinary and magnificent world.

The other thing is that we have lived for centuries on the basis of our brains and have developed a tremendous capability for memory, computation, reason and ‘intelligence.’ Those instruments are now revealing their limit and time tells us we need to start drawing new abilities from our inner selves, develop new skills and grow into new dimensions of being.

If man is an evolved ape as Darwin suggests, if the appearance of the neo cortex and the crystallization of the ‘I’ consciousness, the thinking individual separated from the whole, is the current pinnacle of evolution and if we ‘are because we think’, then the stage of the brain has been realized and we need to start looking into the new possibilities for growth, new dimensions of intelligence.

Since the work of Jung and the advances in psychology, quantum physic and neurosciences, we now know that some parts of our consciousness exist and operate beyond the usual frame of space and time that we have defined as ‘reality’; we know that time is a creation of our brains and that there are other dimensions of being available for us to experience. This is meeting the ancient Eastern spiritualities which knew that. If we are really going through an evolutionary step, then it is time to look at those and to integrate those dimensions.

Most Eastern schools of thought say that man has not evolved from an ape but is a spark of divinity contained in a costume of flesh. Most ancient traditions proclaimed this and this belief has remained alive throughout history until the recent advent of the scientific mind 3 to 400 hundreds ago which, in many ways, has reduced our world view because it truncates whole chunks of reality, some of which are vital to our well being and growth.

The scientific community today is very divided and polarized on those issues and many choose to ignore the new data because they are too entrenched in the old paradigm and they cannot step ‘out of the box’. But those who are more open have done it because the data is compelling and also, it completely correlates the concepts you find in the Indian Scriptures, in Chinese philosophy, in Buddhism, in Mayan astrology or in Aboriginal or North American legends. When we bring all those things together, we cannot miss to recognize a unity which, for the old paradigm scientist, is unthinkable.

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Fear or creativity – where do you live?

With the level of expertise science has reached, we know a lot about what needs to be done. We have the technologies, the knowledge as well as the understanding of what needs to be done for resolving the current crisis but what is still lacking is the good will. It seems we wait to be forced before taking the risk to be sensible. There is tremendous resistance, the greatest one coming from lobbies and central banks who control the capital and pressure governments to keep the status quo.

Some of the problems of today’s world are of a cosmic order and there is not much we can do about them. They are about cosmic cycles and planets coming together in specific ways and influencing life on Earth. Others are caused by changes in the ecosystems that we do not understand and cannot predict. But many are man made. They are a result of our beliefs, our attitudes, emotions and habits.

The most obvious are the self centeredness, the greed and the competition we carry on promoting from school to university, from organisations to governmental policies in the name of economic growth because economic growth is perceived as ‘the’ answer – which is a dangerous and ridiculous illusion. Yet, although we know it is not making us happy and it is killing us, we carry on. One of the biggest problems we need to face today is that because it is dominated by selfishness, greed, fear or arrogance, the human mind has stopped caring; it doesn’t realise the consequences of its actions; it cannot ‘see’, listen or consider what does not match its demands. In the current situation, despite the warnings, the compelling figures, the evidences, nothing substantial can be done because all operate within the framework of ‘me first’ and within the paradigm of the survival of the fittest which justifies fear, competition, greed and conflict. This is the first thing we need to address – the shift from ‘me’ to ‘we.’

Behind greed is yet another factor: the fact that we identify to what we own, achieve or do instead of to what we are. We are encouraged and trained to define ourselves as our nationality, our job, our social status, our bank account or as the brand of jeans we wear or the people we are going out with. We are not all those things and this basic delusion is the single cause behind our anxieties which has disfigured our lives.

If you believe that you are what you own, that you are good when you have a good job and bad when your bank balance is low, you have a problem because those things will happen. You cannot control the world. You can only control yourself and the only thing you should really identify to is your character and whether you are a sensible, benevolent, compassionate, well intentioned, peaceful, sincere, courageous and effective individual. All the rest, the job, the look, the position, the achievements, the bank balance, possessions or even the popularity you have managed to gather on the way will pass. You will loose them and if you are identified to them, you live in anxiety because you know you are going to suffer.

Anxiety is one of the main causes behind the race toward experiences, achievements, greed, aggressiveness and the build up of means of control that we see everywhere. Those things are an escape from the fact that people are insecure and dissatisfied inside. And why are they insecure and dissatisfied? Because they do not know who they are and define and evaluate themselves on the basis of eternal factors which exist beyond their control.

Today’s world is riddled with fear and there are a lot of emotions, pains and challenges everywhere. When they are afraid, people either throw themselves into all kind of sensual, emotional or intellectual experiences to forget or they get paralyzed and shrink in to close on themselves like oysters do or they find someone to blame for their own discomfort and blast out in anger.

The media have participated to create an atmosphere of negativity and fear which has progressively soaked the human mind which works like a sponge an absorb negativity and fear. All of this is the result of a wrong paradigm of thinking. We have not understood life and what it means to live properly and we need to go back to the learning board.

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When Einstein meets the Buddha

Until recently, most people used to believe that science and spirituality were mutually exclusive and that we had to choose between the path of science or the path of spirituality, we couldn’t do both together. Nothing is as far from reality as this belief.

As complex as our world seems and as much as we try to separate business, politics and technology from life, from nature, from emotions, all these areas are based on the same simple holographic principles which is illustrated in fractals. Those principles operate from the infinitesimal to the cosmic through the human dimension and you find the same pattern on different scales of magnitude like in the case of the atom, the pulse of time, the biological rhythms in our body, the seasons and the solar system for example which all display the same cyclic pattern;. You find that with the spiral also which shapes living forms from the DNA helix to galaxies through flowers, shells and our finger prints. All life seems to work that way, including the human body and this implies that what is good for one cell in the human body is good for the whole body. It is the same for society: what is truly good for the individual is also good for the whole. When we help ourselves, we are helping others. When we help others, we are helping ourselves because we are all connected.

More and more people realize today, from researchers to business leaders to lay people, that there are a number of assumptions we had accepted as true simply because we believed those who told us and because we thought they were the way everyone else was thinking, and we now realize that those assumptions are false, that the world doesn’t really work like this..

The first one is that we believe that reality is made of ‘things’ and that the space between them is empty. We say that objects are solid, that they are separated from each others. We say that what happens to an object doesn’t affect the others and that ninety-nine percent of an atom is empty space which means that ninety-nine percent of the universe is empty space.

The second false assumption is that, although it has become common knowledge since the last decade that our inner experiences—our thoughts, feelings, emotions, imagination and beliefs — have a determining effect on our bodies, we still believe they have no effect on the world beyond our own bodies.

Both these assumptions have been proven absolutely false although they are still being taught in schools and colleges all around the world and we know, without the shadow of a doubt, that things are not working in this way. It is not theory, but it is documented scientific fact. Objects are not ‘solid’ but they are patterns of energy and those patterns are in relationship with each other; they influence each others. The space between them is not ‘empty’ but it is a unified field of energy and information which underlies everything. Our inner experiences generate electromagnetic fields that spread three to four meters into the atmosphere and connect to the energy fields of every living thing and of the planet.

There is a lot of research going on on how gravity, electromagnetism, the nuclear force, space and consciousness are part of the same unified field and we know that, at the very heart of life, there is a dimension where consciousness literally interacts with geometry at the quantum scale to create everything that we define as reality. This is something so extraordinary and so different from the old paradigm that most people find it hard to accept. They understand the concept but they do not use it to take control of the creation of their lives and of their world because to do so requires a ‘quantum leap’ of consciousness, almost a leap of ‘faith’.

The question that has occupied the minds of the twentieth century scientists is: “Are we passive observers with very little influence on the world? Or are we powerful creators that play a significant role in the way reality unfolds?” Interestingly, the answer to both questions is “Yes.” It is determined by what we choose to believe. Those laboratory experiments in the realm of quantum subparticles have puzzled the greatest minds yet it seems to be a fact that our consciousness seems to determine the way events unfold, including the healing of our bodies, the success of our careers, and the peace between communities.

There is a well documented phenomenon called the Placebo Effect that shows that the mind can actually dissolve a cancer tumor if the patient believes she has swallowed a pill with a drug in it although there is nothing in the pill. Estimates say that 50% of all healing is due to the Placebo effect whilst only 25% is a direct result of medicine and the remaining 25% a consequence of your own health personal history and immune responses.

Quantum physics has made it clear that your consciousness participates in the creation of reality. Einstein and the quantum physicists showed us how matter becomes energy and energy becomes matter and they also hinted at something that Eastern Yogis or Chi Kung masters know since centuries: that consciousness directs energy. This means that because energy shapes, matter, there is a direct link between consciousness, energy and matter

In scientific terms, the phenomenon known as the collapse of the Quantum Wave Function is what brings reality into existence from a field of possibilities to electrons, atoms and molecules and it is the observer who makes the choice. Scientists have yet to understand it but it has been recognized and the concept is accepted. In simpler words, all matter, all forms of life, emerge from a unified field of energy and information where things are ‘waves’, ‘possibilities’ and it is one’s conscious observation of those unseen waves which actually causes them to collapse into matter.

At the quantum level, conscious observation literally materializes particles into existence and consequently organizes or determines the events taking place in the physical world.

Does this mean that if we believe we will experience a cataclysm it is increasing the probability of this event to happen? And can a change in consciousness heal our planet in the same manner as it heals our body? Could a ‘mass’ of people visualize a world of peace into existence by collectively focusing their consciousness? The best guess from quantum physics today is, “Yes, probably”

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Homo Benevolencia

There is another false assumption we have been holding since Darwin and Freud, one that has caused tremendous damage to our lives and the lives of our families, of our organisations and communities: it is the belief that man is intrinsically a selfish pleasure seeking and competitive creature chiefly concerned by the satisfaction of his own desire for security, comfort and power.

Gregg Braden, author of the book, The God Code, mentions more than 400 separate scientific studies, published in peer-reviewed journals, seeking to determine whether or not we are a violent and competitive species by nature. “The results of all these 400 studies were unanimous: we are not. However, those studies found that we will betray our true benevolent, cooperative nature and become violently competitive in the presence of any one of three conditions: 1) when we feel threatened personally; 2) when we feel our families are threatened; or 3) when we feel our way of life is threatened. You can see this, for example, in places like Iraq or the Palestinian Territories, where people are typically experiencing all three of these conditions. Is that kind of violent conflict inevitable? Not at all: it is not our natural state, it is a behavior produced by external conditions.”

Benevolent and co-operative … those words almost seem out of context in a world so dominated by information, by numbers, reason, cost/price analysis and promises for cheap sensual gratification. But what would be the world if we had defined ourselves as homo benevolencia – the benevolent man – instead of homo sapiens – the mental man or the new homo consumerist which has now emerged globally as the dominant specie?

With the domination of ‘reason’, the heart, feelings and sensitivity have been greatly underestimated and almost discriminated against. It is now time to give them back the place they deserve because they compassion and empathy are key to our survival. Why is this? There are three main reasons for this.

The first one is that it is in the heart that we find the life affirming qualities of character: things like appreciation, kindness, empathy, benevolence, compassion, generosity, gratitude, joy, enthusiasm, courage, co-operation and faith – not faith as in blind belief in a religious or scientific doctrine, but faith as Walt Disney’s defined it when he said, “If you can dream it, you can do it” – whatever that dream may be.

Our hearts are the source of life that animates us. You can keep an individual ‘alive’ with serious brain damage but when the heart is gone, everything is finished. Our hearts are also the instruments of our connection with what is around us, with others and with the whole. Their ‘psychology’ is different from that of our brain in that they are not separating things in categories but are genuinely seeking connection. They genuinely aspire to togetherness. They are largely selfless in nature and if we can listen to their language, it becomes possible, and even enjoyable, to soften our personal demands, drop the barriers of fear and renounce exploiting, blaming or being abusive toward others.

We realize today that everything is connected to everything else, and that we can no longer think of ourselves only when we make decisions, whether in the context of our family, our community or the world. There is more to the world than just the United States for the Americans, India for the Indians or Malawi for the Malawians and all the challenges we face will be solved when we bring down the barriers we have erected between each others and recognize that we are part of a greater community which is the human family and that we need one another. Our hearts had never forgotten that simple truth.

The second reason is they are the seat of conscience – not the ‘moral’ conscience we have learned but a spontaneous knowing of right and wrong based on empathy. Conscience has been wrongly associated with morality and it is often associated with shame, regret and guilt. It is perceived as the antidote to dishonesty and a kind of unpleasant, heady, austere and authoritarian figure watching over the mischievous cunningness of our so called animal nature. But it is not so. Conscience is a force that originates in the heart and brings healing to whatever it touches. What we call conscience is actually plain common sense and the clear awareness, because you feel it and because it is logically obvious, that you do not like to do to someone what would be painful or harmful if it was done to you. It is the intelligence of our soul that expresses itself through sensitivity, benevolence and innate wisdom.

The third reason why it is vital to bring back the qualities of the heart right at the centre of our equation of life is because feelings and emotions need to be involved in order to translate well intentioned thoughts into actions. People understand reason and they can be convinced by it, but they often start ‘moving’ when their emotions are touched.

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The silent power in our hearts

For decades, science has associated consciousness with thought processes and therefore we were ‘thinking’ that the brain was the main instrument through which we interact with reality and shape our realities. But what we are starting to discover – what we are not only ‘feeling’ but seeing – is that it is not so. Consciousness is not limited to purely mental activity. It also involves feelings, subconscious intentional movements of energy and the awareness contained in our cells. This has led us to realize two things.

The first one states the obvious: it is actually with our feelings that we create well being and make an impact on the world around us. We will probably discover other, more subtle and potent energies, but as for research today, this is where we are.

The second one which is not so obvious is that it is with the non verbal, non mental, part of our consciousness that we create an authentic connection with the world around us. Although the brain is the control room where images of reality are formed and decision made, it is not our brain which truly perceives and communicates with the wider reality, which ‘touches’ and is touched, but it is our heart, and behind our heart, our soul or spirit.

All living organism or physical objects are patterns of energy and information which generate electromagnetic fields. Those fields underlie the life of every living being and the magnetic fields which emanate from our bodies for example, are in direct contact with those of other living beings as well as of the planet. Fluctuations in those fields affect the functioning of our body, brain and heart. They influence our states of consciousness and therefore our attitude and behaviour.

This means that we are constantly communicating, at a non verbal and often unconscious level, vibrational level, with each others as well as with inanimate objects, with plants, with animals, with every cell in our body as well as with the planet as a whole. This communication can be harmonious or conflicted. It can be a disturbing interference like when a radio received is crackling, or it can be a ‘resonance’  or ‘coherence’ : a harmonic and synergistic relationship which unifies and enhances the functioning of each part.

What we call ‘coherence’ is first of all happening inside ourselves. It is establishing the right relationship between the brain and heart. When we do, we begin to produce life affirming chemistry in our bodies, we enhance life giving energies which nourish, heal and empower our immune system,; we raise our consciousness, generate personal and collective well being and we feel more inclined to display positive and creative behaviour. The intensity, the quality and the potentiality of those fields are directly dependent on the quality, intensity and potentiality of our beliefs and of the feelings they generate.

The point it is essential to grasp clearly is that it is not with our thoughts that we interact or act but it is with our feelings. The energy field generated by the heart is infinitely more sensitive and 5000 times more powerful than the one generated by the brain. It means that our feelings have a 5000 times greater impact on reality than our brain – on both the inner and external reality. This is a new perspective in terms of what is really important.

In terms of our personal life, if we create the vision of the future we want to see in the area of our relationships, partnerships or career and emerge the feeling that goes with it, this sets into motion a mechanism in those fields that supports the manifestation of those things. Once we understand this mechanism, it becomes a technology, we can use consistently and repeatedly both at an individual and collective level.

At a collective level, if we bring together a sufficient number of individuals and get them to raise their energy levels and focus on a specific feeling, we can produce a measurable effect on surrounding fields as well as on the global energy field of the Earth. This sounds extraordinary but it is the data two Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites hovering some 36.000 kilometers above he Earth appeared to have revealed when they recorded a sudden increase of significant amplitude in the Earth’s global magnetic field about 15 minutes after the first plane crashed in the world trade centre on September 11, 2001. If human emotions can be detected 36.000 kilometers from their point of origin, imagine what they do to our immediate environments and relationships! And if fear can produce such effect on our world, imagine what the enthusiasm generated by a genuine vision of a world of peace, freedom and creativity could not do …

If this data is true, as it appears to be, it indicates we are collectively much more powerful than we thought. It also indicates that one of the most crucial issues of the 21st century is to keep our minds free from worry and anxiety so that our feelings can express the peace, the benevolence and the happiness which are our original nature so it can reflect on the external environment.

Because of the holographic nature of life and the universe, any genuine change occurring in one individual immediately affects the whole of humanity. It has also been stated by a number of groups of individuals working at the frontier of science and spirituality that a critical mass of a million individuals focusing and harmonising their consciousness on peace, benevolence, compassion and change would be enough to produce a significant shift in the field and therefore positively impact all life forms on Earth and giving birth to a new reality, a new world order. This has recently given birth to a number of interesting initiative on the internet.

Practically, what it also means is that the best and most effective way to influence anything for the better – a situation at work or in the family, a project or the world – is to generate feelings of peace, confidence, benevolence and faith. This is a subtle process but one of utter importance. Turning within, seeing your own light, staying connected with it, changing your own weaknesses and giving the best of yourself is your most effective and potent strategy for change. It doesn’t generate resistance because it doesn’t fight against anyone; it cannot be imprisoned because it doesn’t break any law; it cannot be prevented because it is a personal choice you make which doesn’t involve or expect anything outside of itself; you cannot corrupt it because it has no commercial value; you cannot block it or prevent it because it is silent, incognito and subtle.

Is it that simple? To a great extent, yes. If we could start with that, everything else would soon fall into place. This is an experience we can make in our own personal lives.

A growing part of humanity is becoming ready for this kind of realization. Everywhere you go, you find people who understand and implement this. Despite the media frenzy about terror, scandal and catastrophes, there is a tremendous amount of good will at work and that people are ready for something more than the competition, the suffering, the conflict and the fear that we have experienced in the twentieth century. Now, the question that remains is how we can empower ourselves to get enough energy, motivation and persistence to hold the vision and effectively challenge and transform deeply held dysfunctional habits. But this is another story which will be told another time.

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