We find ourselves born – as the Chinese say – into ‘interesting’ times . . .
Some say we are going through changes in the structure of reality itself . . .
Could this be?
Could the ancients have been right when they described the world as maya . . . as a dream . . . more like a kaleidoscopic mind-realm than a solid ‘something’ . . ?
Some people prefer not to be disturbed by these kinds of thoughts . . . But can there be any doubt that we are experiencing changes in the structures of consciousness . . ?
Everything is changing . . .
The way we think about everything is changing . . .
And if anything can be said with a degree of certainty it is that the world we are in is not the world we think we are in . . .
As Carl Jung’s depth psychology teaches, it is in circumstances such as these – times of cognitive dissonance and psychic stress – that the deeper psyche gets involved . . . and begins to inject its mysterious intelligence . . .
Even so, intimations of the numinous are disturbing to the ego.
The ego prefers its comfort zone . . . it clings to ‘business as usual’ . . . it prefers the familiar over the unknown . . . prefers its vanities and its delusions over reality . . . this is how it keeps itself feeling safe. . .
But this is also the logic of neurosis . . .
In its narcissism the ego attempts to maintain itself in a bubble . . . it inhabits, not reality, not even the world that it is experiencing, but a world it tells itself it is experiencing.
This is literally crazy-making . . . telling oneself that what is happening is not . . . or that what is not happening actually is . . .
It is crazy-making when it is done to us as a child . . . How much more when we are thirty or forty years old and we are doing it to ourselves . . .
And while it sounds crazy, this is actually the ‘normal’ condition . . .
The ‘normal’ ego lives in a self-induced trance, enveloped in a bubble of perpetual self-talk based on what has happened to it in the past . . .
Not only does it inhabit ‘its own little world’, it is interacting with a society of egos each of which is also ‘in its own little world’.
Thus what most people think of as the ‘world’ is actually a consensus trance . . . a sleep walk . . .
And suddenly, mysteriously, in the midst of this there is a moment . . . an ‘emperor has no clothes’ moment . . . when something pops the bubble . . . something pierces the trance . . . and we see reality for a moment . . . the sun breaks through . . .
This is a ‘perennial’ moment . . . an epiphany . . . a life-changing moment for those individuals who can find it in themselves to respond . . .
And this is what we are about. This is our work.
From the moment of response there is set in motion a process that is cosmic in scope, a process that seeks to draw an individual out of delusion and alienation and ultimately into a free and heartfelt recognition of our own nature and of existence itself.
This is the ancient Way . . . a Way that countless individuals have walked . . .
But there may be something particularly significant about this period of time . . . We may have come to a seminal moment – a moment of cosmic call-and-response.
As the wisdom traditions have always affirmed, our true nature is one with the source – with satchitananda – even as our false self is generating suffering . . .
And while it may always be the right time to awaken, there may be a particular opportunity available at this time . . .
And if this is the time that the flower of self-understanding is ready to blossom in us . . . then this would be the moment to get with the program . . .
At any rate, this is our work.
This is the program.