Mindfulness Meditation by a Stream: Diary/21C Mystic #9

DIARY of a 21 CENTURY MYSTIC #9: The following video is a (10 minute) mindfulness meditation I filmed while I was meditating by a creek not far from where I live, in Greensborough, Melbourne, Australia (the video is right at the bottom of this page). You can watch the video and meditate along with it.

There is plenty of nature around Greensborough. There are many long and beautiful walks that one can take.

 

 

Along one of the walkways, not far from where I now live

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If you have followed some of my previous Diary extracts, you may recall that I was – up until recently – living with my brother in a small town of Morwell, some two hours out of Melbourne. However, about three weeks ago I moved to Greensborough. Greensborough is a leafy suburb, about a 30 minute train ride from the centre of Melbourne. It is a fantastic place to live if you want to be close to nature. I will tell you a little more about how I came to move here soon, in another entry of Diary.

 

The walkway near the creek, perhaps 500 metres from where the video was shot. That’s an old bridge ahead (now fenced off), which used to go across the creek – just out of shot to the left.

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The creek, just up from where the video was shot

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Most notable of the wildlife around my area are the beautiful and very noisy white cockatoos that can be heard screeching loudly, especially in the late evening (you’ll see and hear them in the video). There are also kangaroos nearby. Although I didn’t realise it, when I got up after filming this mindfulness video and doing a long meditation (afterwards), a large kangaroo hopped away from the other side of the creek bank, just up to my left. So it was probably there during the entire filming! I suspect it was this same kangaroo which I filmed at a distance just a few days earlier, near the houses you can see about 300 metres away in the video. Though there are houses nearby, the meditation spot is secluded.

 

This snap video and camera shot were taken with my IPhone – the roo has a joey in its pouch

 

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In the video I guide you to adopt certain perspectives on the things happening nearby. You can adopt similar mindfulness attitudes in any setting, natural or artificial. Nature is a great place to start, as a natural setting is free from human projections and judgments. The key to being present is just that: allowing the mind to be present (without judgment) with the sights, sounds feelings and thoughts that arise in the moment. Mindfulness helps us see how we tend to judge ourselves and the people and things around us. It helps us to realise that there is a beautiful and peaceful part of ourselves that lies beyond the thinking mind. When we are still, when we are present, we are not rejecting anything, not trying to change ourselves; and there is no need to resolve anything from our past or tend to anything to do with the future. We simply bring the mind to relaxed alertness, noting thoughts as they arise, and gently returning our attention to something we can see, hear, smell, or touch. It is very, very simple.

I realise that some of the camerawork is a little shaky, as I am holding the video camera by hand. If at times you find that distracting, just close your eyes and listen to the sounds.

Blessings,

Marcus

 

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Mindfulness meditation video

 

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The Peace in the Eye of the Storm: D21CM#8

My last blog post raised a few questions from people, and in particular Katie on my FaceBook theme page (The Power of Integrated Intelligence) posed one question which deserves a clearer answer than I provided last time. In my last blog entry for Diary of 21st Century Mystic, I wrote that there is currently some instability in the human collective consciousness field. Many people, it seems, are sensing it. I also connected this to the Mayan prophecies of shifting world events, sometimes interpreted as ‘the end of the world’. The world is not going to end, we are just going through a bit of a shift.

On that last blog, I wrote that it was beyond the scope of the post to write about how to deal with the disturbances in individual and collective energies. So in this short post I will offer some more specific information on that theme.

The truth is that sometimes it is very difficult and complicated to work with such energies, and even people like me (who have spent decades working with them) can find it very challenging. Firstly, it has to be acknowledged that everyone’s life journey is different, and most people will not be called upon to deliberately engage with consciousness fields at this time in human history (i.e. consciously). Even so, people who remain unconscious of what is occurring within their consciousness field are still affected and even controlled by such energies; but by definition the effect remains unconscious.

I was once completely unconscious of psychic energy fields too, so I understand what it means to live like that. I should emphasise that where these consciousness fields remain unconscious in any given individuals, that is perfectly fine in the greater scheme of things. However, a lot of people who are quite sensitive will find themselves disturbed at some level by such energy fields, and it may cause suffering at a certain level.

Still, the truth is that it is simply too problematic for anyone who has not done a lot of work in this area to deal directly with consciousness fields. Most likely, doing so would generate great confusion and create more problems than it would solve.

Given this, the best way to you can allow the current energy shifts to unfold ‘comfortably’ is to spend time each day in meditative or relaxed presence. Allow your emotional body (or the inner child) to gently express itself. The key step is to permit that part of you to speak. It will tend to tell you the things that it believes in, its dominant stories – typically about the world not being safe, that ‘I am going to die’ (a big theme at present in these ‘end times’), that ‘there’s nobody here to protect me’, and so on.

The stories and precise beliefs will vary from person to person. Yet it is perfectly possible to sense the collective consciousness that is being bought forward at this time to be integrated, or ‘healed’.  If I give it a voice, it says something like this.

The world is going to end! We can’t trust is this world or universe. There is no God, no hope, no way! Run! This is the end. I can’t let go. I’ve got to hold on tight. I’ll be destroyed! I’ll vanish and be annihilated forever. The darkness will win, and it will all be over. Humanity is evil. We can’t trust anyone or anything. Destroy them before they destroy us! We are alone in this universe. You can’t stop the end. The devil will win. We will be destroyed and annihilated. Where are you God? Please help us. Save us! There’s nobody here. Nothing. All is futile. (a great wave of sadness washing over the world at all that has been lost – knowledge, wisdom, the lives of good people. A tidal wave washing over us, drowning us. There is no escape.)

Human history is long and violent, and both natural and man-made calamities fill the collective soul of our species. This has created a strong level of distrust in ourselves, the universe and ‘God.’ If you ever take the time to allow the emotional body to open to its full depth, you may find yourself touching upon this huge pain. It is not pleasant to experience. I have felt it more than once. But then again, I am a bit of a sucker for pain.

Having said all this, there is no reason to go looking for these stories, or this pain. If they surface in quiet presence, then allow them to speak. Gently ‘re-parent’ them, tell them that it is safe, and that we are now living here in the real world (not an imagined future or painful past). Bring your attention onto your breath or something in the room where you are. Feel yourself fully in your body. I like to gently and lovingly rub my left arm or leg whenever I am feeling some strong emotional pain, as the left side of the body is connected to the inner child. The rubbing also helps keep me grounded in the body, and in the present.  (I outline these kinds of processes in my book “Discover Your Soul Template.”) They can help shift the energy fields in a gentle and loving way).

It’s hard to say whether the disturbed psychic energy around us at this time is actually because of the accuracy of the Mayan predictions, or because the attention this prediction has been given has disturbed the collective/individual consciousness of humanity. Maybe it’s a bit of both. It really doesn’t matter. In the end ‘the coming of the apocalypse’ is a collective story that humanity holds or ‘believes’ in, so there is an integration of that energy required before we can step forward. And that’s why staying in quiet presence, and gently allowing emotional energy to arise – without judgment, without trying to change it, without believing in it in any way – is the best thing you can do. It will help you detach from that energy and return to being here, now. At peace.

The opposite to all this is to identify with the stories, be fearful and begin to ‘detach’ from the body.

In the end, well, it’s not the end. Just relax and enjoy the ride on the big wave, if you can.

Blessings

Marcus

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D21stCM, #5: Watching and Waiting (video)

December 2nd, 2012. “Diary of a 21st Century Mystic” is new project (experiment) I have initiated to test the principles of Integrated Intelligence – spiritual intuition. I am basically beginning with nothing – no home, regular income, and few friends or contacts, after returning to Australia after 15 years overseas. You’ll note I’ve renumbered the Diary entries. I have stopped giving videos and blogs separate numbering, as it was too confusing (even for me!).

 

I’m on the move! This video was recorded two days ago, the day before I left the little town of Morwell, near Melbourne, Australia (just after I got back from Western Australia). Well, not entirely “moved”. I am now somewhere else looking for a new place to live. I only mention this because I forgot to relate it in the video, and it is a significant point.

In Diary entry #5, I show you around the humble little place where I have been living these past few months. Most importantly, I talk about the importance of waiting, listening and scanning during big transition phases in life. I also reveal which city I have now decided to live in, and how I made that decision.

Thanks too, to the people who have given me some feedback about this project. The D21CM project is quite simple and humble at this point. However the information is not only meant to assist people trying to use Integrated Intelligence in their lives at the time the posts and videos are made. I trust that at a later point when things become clearer in my own journey, I will be able to redirect people back to specific posts and videos to demonstrate specific points using (what will then be) my past experience.

The reason there are no titles or credits in the video is because my Windows Movie Maker is playing up. Hopefully I’ll fix the problem soon.

Go well, wherever you are.

Marcus

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D21stCM, #4 The wisdom of water (video)

“Diary of a 21st Century Mystic” is new project (experiment) I have initiated to test the principles of Integrated Intelligence – spiritual intuition. I am basically beginning with nothing – no home, regular income, and few friends or contacts, after returning to Australia after 15 years overseas.

This is a short video about about a subject close to my heart. Part of the Diary of a 21st Century Mystic project, it was shot today high on a coastal rockface in Esperance, Western Australia, a very beautiful part of the world. It’s just a few minutes long. You’ll notice that I get some unexpected and wonderful visitors half way through filming! Perhaps they were trying to tell us something! Please forgive the shaky camerawork. I’ll make a point to improve distance shots in future!

Blessings, Marcus

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Diary of a 21st C Mystic, #1: Beginnings

DIARY OF A 21st CENTURY MYSTIC (#1)

* Most of this post was written more than a week ago. Thankfully, I now have time to post it here!

 

If you walk into any bookstore these days you can find New Age and self-help books telling you how you can achieve your dreams, heal your pain, find peace and find enlightenment. Goodness knows I have a written a few such books myself. Discover Your Soul Template encapsulates the essence of what I have discovered about using spiritual intuition – what I call Integrated Intelligence – to find and live a life aligned with your highest calling.

Perhaps the most popular of all such books in recent times are those about the law of attraction – creating the life you want through inner visioning. The essence of “the law of attraction” is that if you just believe something enough on the inside, the outside world will reflect that reality back to you. Conversely, if you cannot manifest your desires, there must be some kind of negative belief or blockage that is getting in the way. By implication, if you can get rid of the negative belief or blockage, the manifestation of your dream in the real world will be simple and spontaneous.

As I have often written elsewhere, I am not an advocate of the law of attraction, at least not the way that it is commonly depicted in popular books and media. Nor am I against it. However, I do believe that life does, in a general sense, reflect back to you what you believe. Yet I do not believe that we can will reality into existence. What we can do is allow ourselves to joyfully go about living our lives with a positive attitude, taking actions towards goals we feel attracted to. And I do believe that we have an inner guidance system that will aid us in that quest. I call that Integrated Intelligence (INI).

But how much of this kind of stuff actually works? How practicable are such spiritual self-help philosophies? Is it possible to live in this fast-paced modern world as a mystic, a person who takes positive actions and leads an active life in alignment with spiritual intelligence? Can a ‘normal’, fallible, vulnerable person really benefit?

The simplest way to determine this is to put things to the test, in an open an honest way. Such an approach is not the preferred means of working in this type of industry! But I plan to stick my neck out here a little, and do precisely this. For now is the perfect time.  Let me explain why, and then tell you precisely how I’m going to put this ‘test’ into place.

 

Perfect timing

Some time ago on my old blog, I wrote that I was leaving a comfortable teaching job in Hong Kong. All the work I’d done as futurist, researcher mystic up till that time had been done in conjunction with holding down a safe job as a high school teacher, the last eight years as a NET teacher in Hong Kong. If you get a good school, being a NET is probably the best public teaching job in the world. Towards the end of my time there I had developed the skills and aptitudes to be able to cruise through my job, get treated exceptionally well by my administrators and colleagues and, to top it off, earn a six figure annual income ($US) at a very low tax threshold.

Now I’ve left all that safety and comfort behind. As I previously wrote, a piece of spiritual guidance – a vision I had one night – was a prime motivator in my decision to leave. In case you didn’t rad it, this is what I wrote about it on my old blog.

 

About two months ago I awoke in the early hours of the morning, in the pitch black of night, and a clear image came into my mind’s eye. It was a map of Australia. The map was dark, but the coastal outline of Australia was clear. On the map there were four bright red dots. One was in far north Queensland, around the location of the city of Cairns. The other three were all situated very close to Melbourne in the far south-east corner of the continent. Then a song began playing in my head. It was part of the song ‘Funky Town’, originally sung in the late 70s by a band called Lips Inc (if I recall correctly). Specifically, the line that played in my head was the following:
“Gotta make a move to a town that’s right for me
Gotta keep me movin’ keep me groovin’ with some energy”

There was no need for me to analyse what I had seen and heard. After years of working with my spiritual intuition (what I call Integrated Intelligence), I have learned to allow certain knowings to settle immediately in my mind without needing to process the information in linear, sequential fashion. It’s actually a clairvoyant process, quite literally. ‘Clairvoyant’ means ‘clear seeing.’

I was being told that it was time for me to move on. Hong Kong was no longer the right town for me. Australia, my home country, was beckoning. The red dots referred to places that were suitable for me to visit or live.

 

Well, now I have made the jump, purely on faith, and now I am back living in Australia.

After a wonderful month-long holiday in Thailand, I have been taking it easy for a couple of months, living with my brother in Morwell, near Melbourne. To be honest, I haven’t done much in these past few months. Nor has it been an easy time. Everything that I once had had is basically, gone, and I am now in a ‘new’ country, with no job, no fixed income, and almost no connections. I literally only have one long-term friend left here! My Chinese wife Emma cannot join me for a year, as that is how long her visa will take to come through. It is as if all the old parts of me have died. To be honest, it has been scary.

To put it simply, I have nothing left: no job, no family, no home, no regular income. OK, I do have a few thousand in savings, but not that much. Interestingly as I write this in the Morwell shopping mall, there is a country music singer strumming a guitar and singing that old song; “There goes my only possession, there goes my reason for living, there goes my everything”. LOL, as they say!

I also have no genuine idea what I am going to do with my life from this point on. I have no leads. Nothing.

Today, somebody asked me what I am doing now that I am “back”. I said “I don’t know”. I was simply telling the truth.

So I am starting over in a “new” land with nothing.  Nothing tangible, that is. But what I do have is the knowledge and wisdom which has been gleaned from twenty years of time and work in exploring the developing Integrated Intelligence. INI is a natural mental capacity which we all have. It allows us to tap into spiritual wisdom and to align with a power and intelligence greater than our individual minds.

But being washed up on a (now) foreign shore isn’t so bad. In fact it is great! Perfect! What better opportunity will I ever have to put into practice my own spiritual philosophy to create a meaningful life? What better chance to test my Integrated Intelligence?

The death of my old life has created a clean slate.

 

The project

What I am going to do with this clean slate is to apply the principles of Integrated Intelligence to create a meaningful life here in Australia, to expand my own awareness and understanding, and to make a meaningful contribution to the future of Australia. I will do this by directly applying all the principles outlined in Discover Your Soul Template.

The project I am starting is called “Diary of a 21st Century Mystic”. (D21CM)The project will feature the following:

1)      Regular, numbered blog posts on the project. These will focus upon the way that Integrated Intelligence has featured in whatever I have been doing or pursuing. So I will not only tell you what I am doing or planning, but why I am doing it. This will include any “clairvoyant” dreams, visions and feelings, spiritual guidance that are relevant.

2)      Regular video posts on the project (with the same purpose as the blog posts).

3)      The above will include detailed reports on dreams, visions, precognitions and intuitions as I experience them.

4)      Comments and insights on popular, political and global affairs which I feel are relevant to the Diary, and to my audience.

5)      Related interviews with people I meet or connect with in real life or on the net. Again, the people interviewed will be those whose interests have an overlap with the nature of D21CM. These will probably be done using Google+.

This project will carry on for a period of one year. I will be as open and honest as possible about what is happening. It is my hope that the project will benefit all those attempting to live a meaningful and spiritual life in the modern age. I hope that you, the reader, can learn from my successes and failures during the coming year.

It should be fun. And when it isn’t, I trust it will be deeply meaningful. I hope you can join me on this new adventure.

 

Blessings,

Marcus

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The spiritual trap

BLOG: I am a little unusual amongst the Futures Studies community in that I am one of the few futurists who is very open about the importance of allowing a space in our futures for the spiritual dimensions of experience to unfold. If we initiate policies and organisational practices which focus too much on economic development, productivity and efficiency, we are planning for a very bland life experience, one stripped of life’s very essence. I have long pointed out the limits of scientific and empirical research – and the culture of modern science and unbalanced capitalism – in being able to understand these issues. You just can’t measure the subtlety of spiritual experience; and there isn’t a lot of money to be made from any research into it. So it is poorly funded and poorly understood.

You might think I am suggesting that we should all become more “spiritual”. But you would be wrong. Setting yourself up as a “spiritual” person ironically has the likely consequence of making Spirit less available to you.

Take a look at most spiritual groups and organisations. It doesn’t take too long to realise – after walking in the door – that there is either explicitly or implicitly an attitude that “we are morally and spiritually superior to the others”. It doesn’t matter whether we are talking about mainstream religion, or alternative spiritual groups. The current Muslim protests and riots across many countries are a good example. Even as they condemn others for oppressing them, the protesters believe that they are culturally superior. The other is always more racist, more prejudiced, more “evil’ than “we”. Yet to all outsiders looking in, the vengeful mob exhibits all of those qualities in abundance!

But are “we” really that different from the rioters? The answer is a definite “no”. Many Christians believe that they have found the way to God through Jesus, and that it is the only way. Buddhists believe that they are superior because they do not adhere to dogma. Practitioners of the Tanta believe that they know the true secret, that “nothingness’ lies at the heart of all things. New Agers feel that only they have seen through the conspiracy of silence, and that they know “the secret” of the law of attraction.

You might be getting a bit pissed off as you read this, especially if you identify with any of those groups. You might even say “I already know all this.” It’s beginner’s stuff.”

And you’d be right, too. This is an obvious awareness that is not difficult to see. Yet what I have come to realise is that this is a truth which needs to be revisited over and over again by anyone who sets out on a “spiritual” path. This is because the mind – or ego – by its very nature sees itself as separate and superior. I catch myself doing this all the time.

“I know best.”

“I already know this stuff.”

“Yeah, yeah. What else is new?’

“Let me tell you the truth!”

It is impossible to transcend this problem at the level of mind, no matter how many times the mind has come to “know” it. You can’t “think” your way out of it. Whenever we are in the world of thought, judgment arises and we are in the world of separation.

So how does one rise above the issue, if one cannot defeat it? The answer is that you don’t “beat” it. You just come into right relationship with it. You develop a gentle and loving attitude towards your own projections as they arise within you. This is how you become a “parent” unto yourself. Just as parent firmly and lovingly disciplines a child, you learn to lovingly witness your mind and “correct” its misunderstandings. Just notice the judgment as it arises, and gently return your attention to something that is “real” – say your breath or the pen on your desk. You might even like to have a little chuckle and “confess” your humanness to “God”, as I do. “Oh, I noticed that I feel morally superior to Jim. That’s good to see.”

It is incredibly simple. Just imagine what the world would be like if all “spiritual” and religious organisations taught people this! We certainly wouldn’t see people screaming hatred at the other on the streets. Much of our anger – though not necessarily all – would be understood to be the mind’s way of justifying its own sense of separation. And superiority.

Of course that would all be a little embarrassing. We would lose face. There would be an “ego fall” as the mind sees itself for the truth of what it is. Not separate. Not superior. Merely the same.

So stop being so spiritual. It’s a trap. Just be here. Just like them. Spiritual “practice” can cut you off from people and the world, and leave you feeling decidedly disconnected. Fragmented, even.

And don’t forget to thank “them” when you see yourself. They just taught you a great lesson.

 

Blessings,

 

Marcus

 

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Enough Already

BLOG POST: After living thirteen years in East Asia I now find myself living back in the old country, Australia. In fact it has been sixteen years since I left The Lucky Country; and just three weeks since I got back. So what do I notice that is different?

The first thing I appreciated is just how quiet it is here. To be fair, I am living with my brother in a small country town of Morwell (two hours drive from Melbourne), so it’s a huge contrast to the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong. In Hong Kong it’s a fight just to find a seat at a coffee shop or at the shopping mall. The streets are teeming with people, and quite often you have to literally shoulder people as they push and shove their way around you. When I walk down the street here, I am lucky to see any other human beings at all! The quiet is both nice… and a little disconcerting. One is often left to deal with one’s own sense of life and experience.

It is beautiful here. There is green grass, there are trees. The sky is vast and blue, with crisp white and grey clouds moving slowly overhead. There are birds too, something that one almost never sees in China. Indeed I have been attacked by several magpie mothers; a common hazard in the spring, as mothers attempt to protect the nests which contain their young.

At night the heavens here open up to the vastness of space, a million stars greeting the observer from scores, hundreds and thousands of light-years away. I can’t ever remember seeing a star in China or Hong Kong. It was often hard enough to see the moon or sun. In Beijing the sky is almost always grey, even when there are no clouds.

My brother and I drove to a house just fifteen minutes away from here a few days ago. There was abundant scenery to be seen; in the yard there was a horse, a goat and three dogs. I sent my wife a few photos. She is in Beijing at present. She said she was very jealous of the natural world she saw, and the “endless rolling fields”.

But it’s damn expensive here. When I arrived at Melbourne airport, I caught a fifteen-minute airport bus to a downtown train station. It cost me AUS$17. By contrast, the fast train to Hong Kong airport from downtown only costs about AUS$11. It travels ten times further than the airport bus in Melbourne. In China I can travel on a fast train from Beijing to the coastal city of Qingdao – a six hour journey – for about AUS$30. Everything else is really expensive, too. The cost of living here is extreme – with some exceptions. I was in a department store today and saw men’s shoes for as little as $12 – made in China, of course! Rent is much cheaper than Hong Kong, and that even holds true closer to Melbourne than I am. In Hong Kong an extremely unfortunate situation has developed whereby the government and property developers have taken a stranglehold on the city. With each passing year people are forced into smaller and smaller apartments at higher and higher rents. Most are 400-500 square feet, and that accommodates entire families. The latest trend is for the young in Hong Kong to live in subdivided flats. Landlords can make more money by dividing their already tiny flats into several rooms. There university graduates living in “flats” as small as 16 square feet. That’s about twice the size of your average coffin.

In Hong Kong and China I ate at restaurants every day, often two times daily. My wage was high, and the food cheap. In my three weeks back in Australia I have not eaten once at a restaurant. I am making my own lunch and cooking dinner again for the first time in over a decade. That is not an exaggeration. I cannot remember the last time I cooked a meal before my return!

Everything else costs more too. The internet, mobile phone bills, cinema tickets, coffee shops, you name it.

I have been complaining about the cost of living here, but then yesterday I listened in to a webcast by my favourite spiritual teacher, Leonard Jacobson. He was talking about abundance. He said that abundance does not always come in the form you think it does. Later that day I went to the gym not far from my brother’s house. As usual, after entering the gym I brought myself into presence by focusing on my breath, and my body. To do this I bring my energy out of “the head”, and get really grounded. When I did this yesterday it hit me. I already have access to abundance beyond imagining. All my immediate needs have been met since I arrived here. My judgment at the cost of living was just getting in the way of my experiencing how “rich” I already am.

 

After my workout, I went into the changing room, and ran the water in the washbasin. I cupped the water in my hand, and brought it to my mouth. I drank. It was cool and refreshing. “Wow!” I said to myself. For thirteen years in Asia I was unable to drink from a tap. Pure, fresh running water is available to everyone in Australia. What a gift! Then I looked in the mirror, and saw a very healthy 46 year old man staring back at me. How wonderful it is that I have my health, and can even engage in the vanity of going to a gym to shape my middle-aged physique. That was unimaginable in my parents’ day. I then walked out into the parking lot and jumped in my recently purchased car. Before my return to Australia I had not driven for thirteen years. Now  I find myself driving in a wonderful vehicle; second-hand but in great condition.

When I got back to my brother’s place, he had cooked dinner for me. It was a cool winter’s evening, but the gas heater was already on, warming the simple house.

Yes, that was when I really got it. The present is already rich in meaning and wonder. Why then do we always want for so much more? Many modern “spiritual” philosophies also encourage people to want more, and even that it is “spiritual” to do so. The New Age movement is full of such thinking. The best-selling The Secret (video and books) is perhaps the classic case. It has sold countless millions of copies. Yet as far as I am aware, nowhere in any of its teachings does it tell us the greatest secret of all. That there are riches beyond imagining right here and now, if only we stop, breathe deeply and still ourselves long enough to see and feel the magic.

In presence the mind stops longing and returns to a state of grace, where goodness is seen in everything; love in everyone. Gratitude becomes spontaneous. That is because in the silence of the present moment, we become love itself. And what a priceless gift that is.

Blessings,

Marcus

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Crisis, Deep Meaning & the Opportunity for Change

The world has been in a state of economic uncertainty since the 2008 financial crisis. Despite efforts by governments worldwide to stabilise the system and return to business as usual, the future remains uncertain. Times of crisis are opportunities to introspect and to question deeply the foundations of society, culture and education. In this paper it is argued that we can no longer found futures and develop educational curricula centred upon immediate economic considerations. This paper begins with an ethnographic perspective, then introduces the concepts of Deep Futures and “money and machines” futures. The discussion centres upon their possible relevance to the current world economic situation. It is argued that the foundations of the current dilemma are, in their essence, psycho-spiritual.

ACADEMIC ARTICLE: The world has been in a state of economic uncertainty since the 2008 financial crisis. Despite efforts by governments worldwide to stabilise the system and return to business as usual, the future remains uncertain. Times of crisis are opportunities to introspect and to question deeply the foundations of society, culture and education. In this paper it is argued that we can no longer found futures and develop educational curricula centred upon immediate economic considerations. This paper begins with an ethnographic perspective, then introduces the concepts of Deep Futures and “money and machines” futures. The discussion centres upon their possible relevance to the current world economic situation. It is argued that the foundations of the current dilemma are, in their essence, psycho-spiritual.

Title: Crisis, Deep Meaning & the Opportunity for Change

Author: Marcus T Anthony

Publication details: December 2011, 16(2): 47 – 64

Journal: Journal of Futures Studies

Paper type: conceptual

 


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Crisis Deep Meaning & the Opportunity for Change

 

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