The wise guys tell us that most of the phenomena in the world are the results of consensus and moving energy. They are part of the larger dance that includes everything and everybody. How you see it is filtered through your own memories and the patterns of behavior built up by past experiences.
But then, one day you look up and notice that the world-as-you-know-it has changed so much you don’t recognize anything any more. What do you do then?
AS THE WORLD TURNS
Many wise guys say that most of the world’s phenomena often have little noticeable impact on you except as they accumulate all together. It’s like the long-term effects of accretion and erosion — Earth-energy things. It’s a slow-flowing liquid movement, like the movement of glass, for instance, or a glacier, and you are just one particle in all of this.
For decades it all goes along in a way that is understandable and part of a continuum that you are able to embrace because it just is a continuance of what has gone before. And then comes the landslide, the calving iceburg, the new discovery, the game-changing world event…and everything is different and you’re there scratching your head. Huh?
DOING THE ANT
Some people say your view of the whole thing is like that of an ant lugging along a bit of a bread crumb with his buddies. You, the ant, are doing your thing. And the whole rest of it goes on around you. You and the guys get the crumb home. There’s a party. Whoop-de-doo! Life goes on.
Then one day some bozo drops poisoned ant bait on the counter and you and the guys lug it on home and it all changes. Oy!
The best way to navigate in a world of change, according to the wise guys, is to try releasing old stuff — letting go of being an ant locked into ant-ness. If you can do that, then you can stay in touch with the world all around you. You have a better understanding about what is going on and you can respond better as a result.
In the following YouTube video, “Letting Go of the Old World,” the author of the book RESILIENCE FROM THE HEART: The Power to Thrive in Life’s Extremes, Gregg Braden, tells a story about people in a town who are stuck because they are waiting for things to return to their old “normal.”
Braden says the old normal is not going to be coming back. His suggestion for avoiding being overcome by the extreme changes in this post-modern world is the same as the ancient wise guys: Let Go.
What Braden suggests is another way of Un-Seeing and , for real, it is very hard to do.
I do like Braden’s suggestion about properly mourning the world that is gone and then turning around to face the future again. Somehow, that seems likely to make it a little bit easier, maybe.
Here’s a poem….
Okay, new project:
Letting go of all the dreams already blown away on
The whirling blusters that blast through my days,
Unheeding of the time and care I lavished on the silly things.
It’s not like they’re anywhere close by, those dreams.
They’re probably in Kansas by now.
They really were cool.
Everything just so….
The perfect this,
The stellar that.
Wise guys say it should not matter,
That the dreams are all illusion anyhow,
But what do THEY know?
All THEY ever want to look at is the Big Empty –
The same one that’s sucked up
Every one of those rainbow-colored ice cream sherbet dreams
That probably would have melted into sticky goopy puddles anyhow.
I wonder what those wise guys see in that Empty place….
And, don’t go telling me about the Empty that’s Full
‘Cause right now I am THIS close to bopping you!
It does make me wonder…
How come those dreams flew off and I didn’t?
Why am I still standing in this poppy field?
I wonder where they went, those dreams.
I hope it’s a nice place.
They really were some good little dreams….
by Netta Kanoho
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