By Grant Lawrence
Unfortunately there is little conjecture about the cause(s) of the world's present state of crisis. Sure there is a lot of talk about the economy, the wars, the environment, and societal dysfunction but there is little talk of of how all of these problems are interrelated.
So how does the war in Afghanistan or the brutalization that occurs in Burma relate to the world's economy and eco-disasters? How are all of humanity's dysfunctional choices and behaviors interconnected?
Humans operate from a certain level of consciousness. It is from a certain level of being that we perceive our reality, make our choices, and act accordingly.
Currently human consciousness is being ruled by our reptilian brain. But that is nothing new. For much of human history, humanity has chosen to let the reptilian part of their brain rule their consciousness. That is the most primitive part of our brains that has a central focus--survival.
According to progressive writer and commentator Thom Hartman, the reptilian brain "doesn't think in abstract terms, and doesn't feel complex emotions. Instead, it's responsible for fight-or-flight, hunger and fear, attack or run. It's also non-verbal - you can stimulate it with the right words, but it operates purely at the level of visceral stimulus-response."
In fact it is the reptilian brain that propagandists, advertisers, politicians, militarists, and the rest of societal mind manipulators speak to when they want to motivate the masses of people.
The fear response is powerful manipulator and as Nazi General Herman Goering noted:
“Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.”
In nearly every place and time in recorded history, humanity has been motivated by danger to do the bidding of their leaders. Danger activates the reptilian brain and fear is the motivator. The fight or flight response is what has driven human consciousness for ages.
We are in our present fix because of human consciousness.
Humanity has allowed itself to become prisoners of its primitive brain. The passion and the automatic responses of emotions have been fueled by a consciousness of danger and fear. The Reptilian brain of humanity responds to what it is being fed. It produces powerful emotions that color our consciousness and create a certain vibrational state of being or a certain level of consciousness.
We are all being manipulated like puppets and that manipulation is destroying us and our world.
That manipulation is creating a certain consciousness ruled by reptilian passions that has created so much harm to life. We wonder why the economy has collapsed. We wonder why there are wars. We wonder why cancer is growing and the environment is dangerously polluted. We wonder why the climate is changing.
Western science has taught humanity to look at problems and specialize in their understanding. The world is too big and complex and we need to specialize in this or that discipline, or so we are told. But all of this specialization has made us lose track of the big picture. We have trained our minds not to see the connections that exist and to make conclusions from them. We have blinded ourselves to what is right in front of us. The truth that we exist in relationships and all of these relationships have their foundations in consciousness.
Humanity has to understand that we cannot tackle our present problems from the same consciousness that created them.
If we continue to operate from our Reptilian brain then we will continue to follow the same path of brutality, death, and destruction. We will continue to see a world based on greed and the lust for power fueled by fear arising from ignorance. We will continue to see a world that is in the midst of catastrophic collapse.
Many believe that 2012 will magically usher in a new consciousness for humanity. But I see 2012 as a turning point for humanity. A time when the mass of humanity could decide to take that that next step in evolutionary consciousness toward a more reality based existence. Or humanity could continue to operate from its primitive reptilian brain, manipulated by the mind benders that presently run the world's military industrial complex.
In the future, humans can continue to feed social and environmental degradation by continuing to react from the conditioning that they have been exposed to from birth. Or we can choose to break out of the chains of a limited reptilian consciousness and into a world of life. A world in which we recognize how important all of life is to our own life and we recognize that we cannot separate ourselves from the suffering we inflict on others.
So the world we are seeing is the world we have all created from our own consciousness. Our rapid advance in technology can mean a better world for humanity or a living hell nightmare for all. Our future, like our present and past, is arising from our own level of being which has arisen from an eternity of relationships.
Just what type of world will arise is only as certain as what type of people we are. Unless we reconnect with the world and the rest of life from an understanding of our relationship with it, there will be some very difficult times for all of the world's life. If we open our hearts and minds to another level of reality we can support a better world in which future generations will someday thank us. Or we can continue in our reptilian consciousness and future generations will curse us and despise us. That is if there will be any future generations left.
We are choosing our future from our present level of consciousness.
What consciousness are you choosing?