How not to go crazy in a mad world

How not to go crazy in a mad world

“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted
to a profoundly sick society.”

~Jiddu Krishnamurthi (1895-1986)

It’s pretty hard to observe what’s going on in the world these days without – at the very least – shaking your head in wonder. The Internet and social media make it feel all the more urgent, and it’s a challenge to avoid getting drawn into agonising over the madness. But how real is any of this?

I often remember what a delightfully calm Ayurvedic doctor told me when I sat down with him to ponder the insanity of the Kundalini Yoga Festival I was attending in Rishikesh a few years ago: “Be like the river Ganges”, he said. “Let everything flow over you and through you, and you will feel free. Don’t be attached to any of it!” Best. Advice. Ever.

IMG_1107Rivers are used a lot in spiritual metaphor and for good reason. They are constantly changing and flowing onward – over, through and around any obstacle in their midst. River water follows the path of least resistance, and if there were ever a time to go with the flow and surrender to the process of transformation, this would be it!

We can take some solace from trying to realise what enlightened beings – and quantum physicists – know from direct experience: we create this universe in every moment from our inner experience or “consciousness”.  The idea that consciousness creates reality explains how two individuals can have radically differing worldviews and experiences of the (apparently) same thing – it’s not about opinion, but a perceived sense of what is real. We know that time doesn’t exist, yet we still function as if it were absolute and continue to base our notion of “reality” on similarly flimsy grounds.

Remembering that, in the eye of the storm, we are the consciousness witnessing the debris flying all around us. There is a part of you who has always been aware of “you”, and that hasn’t changed although “you” no longer wear diapers (probably!) and have had numerous haircuts and wardrobe as well as cellular changes throughout the years of the apparent consistency of being.

Importantly, we must also remain aware of our interconnectedness, which can be hard to grasp in these individualistic times where social media is often the only connection many people experience for hours and days on end. Recently, there was an excellent opinion piece in the Guardian examining how the neo-liberal socio-economic model has fragmented society and left so many people feeling isolated. You can read it here – it’s worthy of reflection!

Like a giant puzzle, consciousness connects us to a larger, shared experience. Yet each of us contributes a unique piece of the puzzle, which connects us to it when we live as a full and natural expression of who we have come here to be. Most of the time, this is the path of least resistance, yet it is rarely the path we choose spontaneously!

“The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can’t be any large-scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on an individual level. It’s got to happen inside first.” ~ Jim Morrison

This weekend’s full moon in Aries falls on revolutionary and unpredictable Uranus and a small but influential planet called Eris – named after the Goddess of Discord, which is an intense recipe for big surprises, upheavals and transformations further complicated by being in a difficult angle to impulsive, action-oriented Mars conjunct transformational Pluto, adding to the irritation, provocation and reactivity that is likely to inspire – or incite – people to action triggered by deep-seated frustrations at what’s going on in the larger world as well as their little corner of it. The next two weeks will bring even more unexpected and surprising events, as this full moon culmination triggers a desire for major change. Uranus and Eris have been conjunct before – at the time of Guy Fawkes’ attempt to overthrow England’s monarch, King James in 1605, for example. It also has a lot to do with the transformation of gender identity and roles and any related issues.

(These current influences affect the natal charts of countries, too, and the US is particularly influenced as it is approaching its end-of-empire Pluto return in the few years ahead. If this interests you, I can highly recommend reading this article by the brilliant, prescient and funny Michael Lutin, written ten years ago. The Uranus-Eris conjunction also sits on the US natal Chiron, stimulating a revisiting of deep, mainly psychological wounds and triggering the evident reactions of an entire segment of society which considers itself marginalised and hard-done-by.)

So, while things seem to be chaotic and crazy all around us, we can still remember to breathe in and breathe out. It’s a time when staying focused on our breathing can feel like an act of rebellion, as we deliberately pay attention to what matters most in our experience of life and let the debris of all the rest fall where it may.

Wishing you much love and light as always,