We can’t keep doing things the way we’re doing them.
While our systems are based in fear, our systems are full of solutions based in hidden agendas, desires for control and the desire to benefit even if the reward comes at the cost of the system at large.
While our systems are based in fear and the symptoms of fear, we’ll keep manifesting the same failures over and over.
While our solutions are not held accountable to the systemic costs, we’ll keep emerging systems that ultimately will create more problems than the fixes the solution was meant to provide.
While we continue to ignore the consequence of creating solution out of fear, and while we continue not to account for the impacts of our solutions on flows across the system, as a species we are destined to fail.
We’re immersed in scads of examples.
In the housing system, banks took advantage of the system in order to profit. Digital resources were created where actual resources didn’t exist, benefitting the people at the top while the people at the bottom ultimately lose: if someone can’t afford a mortgage and go into foreclosure, they lose their house, they lose their credit rating, they lose the emotional costs, the employers lose the attention of the worried employees, everyone loses.
Look at the economic system – wall street investors and brokers took advantage of the system. Like the housing owners and the dot-commers, value was attributed that was far greater than the actual value of the resources within the system, out of a profit agenda. When the bubbles burst, dot-coms failed, the housing market failed, and now the numbers on wall street are plummeting.
Look at the American political system. Voters deal with the political dance of negative campaigning and empty sound-bites. Instead of system transparency and leaders who act congruently and consistently, we get tap dancing leaders who say one thing but do “Who Knows What” because ultimately they’re interested in control and their own agendas.
Look at global warming. We create solutions based out of profit motives and inattention to the systemic whole and the system starts to fail.
Look at the peak oil crisis. We’re running out of places to drill, we’re running out of oil stores. We tapped a finite resource with a profit motive without attention to the greater system and now the greater system is depleted beyond our capacity to restore it.
Look at the disappearing rain forests. We’re draining the very heart that makes oxygen abundant on our planet, out of profit motives hungry for land and trees. While we tap the resource with a profit motive without attention the impact on the greater system the greater system suffers, and then we all pay the price.
Look at the emerging water crisis. Even in the abundance of America, major populations like southern California and the south western states of Nevada, Arizona and Colorado teeter on the precarious edge of a water crisis. Smaller populations, such as American Indian populations within those areas live daily without running water and sufficient water for sanitation, cooking, or survival. Our water tables are low and without restoration, increasing numbers of wells are running dry, fresh water is increasingly scarce on the planet, and yet Americans per capita consume (and wastes) two to SIX times the water of other countries.
We’re asleep to the pending doom of this vital resource, and we don’t even know we’re sleeping.
Look at corporate America. While the Enrons profit the stockholders at the expense of employees, the Enrons are destined to collapse. While companies lay off thousands to sustain shareholder profit, public trust falters; lack of employment means public resources run dry for investing, resources for purchasing houses run dry, the housing market fails on faulty loans, banks crash and the stock market plummets. Economies worldwide falter.
When will we learn?
When will we choose another way?
Only by revealing our pandemic of fear, and only by improving our system accountability, will we have hope for survival as a species.
The Silent Pandemic of Fear
Our systems, everyone, operate out of a foundation of fear. We are a population living with extreme functional capacity, living psychotically on top of a profound undercurrent of fear. Fear for survival, fear for order, fear for providing for our families, our communities and our countries – these are just a few of the foundational fears we unconsciously live on while choosing our actions.
Look at our survival fear and fears that seek greater profit. From this fear we have created a system of human animals running out the time of life on hamster wheels, exhausting lifetimes of energy for scraps of hope that we’ll have enough to pay rent and feed our families. We smother the fear that something will happen to our health, because we don’t have enough to account for that. we are enslaved to our jobs and our overwork because we fear if we don’t do it, we won’t be able to provide for our needs or the needs of those around us.
This is just one example of how fear-based solutions ultimately and consistently fail.
With fear at our core, we seek profit and control. As human animals living on top of fear, we seek to manipulate circumstances to our advantage. From this root of fear we emerge profit motives, personal agendas, desires for personal gain, desires for control, and solutions that deplete the system at large.
No systems that are emerged out of this foundation of fear will work. It will always come crashing down.
What we have to learn, what we have to practice, what we have to develop as a habit, are both spiritual and practical solutions.
Out of our desires for personal gain, we neglect to practice articulate measures of (and accountability to) how our systems are affected by the solutions we create. We don’t practice proper accounting for the costs of our solutions.
– solutions emerging only from spiritual equanimity and freedom
– proper accounting for how solutions impact flow systems
We can no longer afford our ignorance of the long-term impacts and system costs. We can no longer afford the costs of solutions that attend to a narrow margin of profit motives while neglecting the system at large and the impacts to those systems.
While our systems, everyone, operate out of a foundation of fear, our solutions for survival and social order will ultimately and always fail.
Better Solutions – A Two Part Plan
Spiritually we need to shed light on this mostly-unconscious, mostly buried pandemic of fear. Solutions that emerge out of fear need to be replaced with habits of healing and solutions emerged out of the equanimity and presence of greater knowing.
We need to replace our disconnection from our fear and our disconnection from that which is greater than ourselves with awakening to habits of profound self-connection and habits of continual connection to Source wisdom.
We need to awaken to habits of attending to fear by pairing fear with griefwork and healing, and allowing our knowing of greater truth to emerge – the greater truth that there fundamentally is no such thing as unsafety. Only from this knowing can we create practical systemic solutions that are less likely to unravel under the weight of abuse rooted in a desire for control, personal gain, or fulfilling hidden agendas.
Practically we need to generate structures to provide tangible minimums that account for the system at large. Systems for order and survival, including currency systems, need to be conscious of and account for:
– life alienated or life serving – to what degree is this solution directly in service to universal needs across the system, to what degree does this solution interrupt flows and deplete universal needs across the system
– direct service strategy chains vs/ indirect strategy chains = the larger the number of steps in a system, the more likely the system will contort under the weight of human mistakes. With shorter, more direct strategy chains for serving needs, the more likely the solutions will produce positive outcomes in the long-term and for the system at large.
– flow systems – money (currency) is meant to support flow of products and services across miles, countries, languages, etc. However there are other flows that are affected by the solutions we create. If a nuclear power plant dumps waste into water, not only are flows of electricity and energy impacted by the company, but so are the water flows. What are the various flows we live among, how do we measure them, and how can we hold individuals, organizations, companies, and countries accountable to system-wide flows?
– accounting for upward spirals outside of the main system – solutions can exponentially benefit greater and greater numbers of people and flows, or solutions can benefit one flow while exponentially costing other people and flows. What kinds of solutions create upward spirals of exponential and increasingly wide benefit? What kinds of solutions create downward spirals of cost and depletion across flows while benefitting only a small number?
If you want to:
- talk more about this doctrine
- discuss the four items above
- learn more about alternative currency systems
- learn how to integrate new habits that replace fear with equanimity and transpersonal awareness
- see practical ways to emerge solidly-based solutions rather than solutions based in fear
With love and light,