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APOCALYPSE NOW?
    #960183 - 10/14/02 06:08 PM (14 years, 1 month ago)

I came across this and felt I should share it with more people.
Written by Rob Brezsny. From http://www.freewillastrology.com/
~Almesse

APOCALYPSE NOW?

DEAR FELLOW MEMBERS OF THE BEAUTY AND TRUTH TRIBE,

I confess that I suffer from a peculiar variety of chauvinism. I'm
not zealously inflated about the glory of my religion or region or
football team, but rather of the era I live in. I fantasize that our
moment in history is more important than all the others that have
come before. I harbor the secret hope that those of us alive today
are on the cusp of a radical turning point in the evolution of
humanity.

It's a little embarrassing. It associates me with wacky
millennialists of all stripes, from histrionic New Age prophets to
fundamentalist Christians who fanatically await the "end times." And
as much as I would like to imagine my views are subtler and more
rational than those of the superstitious extremists, I must admit
that I sometimes catch myself dreaming of how deliriously interesting
it would be if the sour mass hallucination that is mistakenly
referred to as "reality" really did mutate "in the twinkling of an
eye," as the Bible insinuates.

Did I scoff at the scaremongers who shivered at the approach of Y2K?
Well, yeah, I mostly did. But there was also a Drama King in a dark
corner of my psyche who indulged in perversely thrilling fantasies
about the possibility that the melodramatic doomsayers might be
right. The same is true about my relationship with the Nostradamus
wannabes who forecast "earth changes" and a global economic
depression in the face of the massive conjunction of planets in
Taurus in May, 2000. Ditto the "Cosmic Crucifixion" predicted for
August, 1999, when a solar eclipse coincided with a seemingly
alarming array of planetary configurations.

And yet there is another part of me, a voice that feels older and
wiser, who suspects that even if we ARE on the verge of an
evolutionary turning point, even if those of us who are alive today
*will* experience the End of Life As We Know It, it just won't be
as
simple and obvious and bad as the literalist prophets fantasize. The
transformation will not come via some cataclysmic overnight world-
wide presto-chango like an asteroid plunging into the earth or the
reversal of the Earth's magnetic poles or massive solar flares baking
the planet -- or even the most appalling terrorist attack in history.

It is this same part of me -- the older, wiser voice -- who is deeply
distrustful of how utterly disposed our culture is to seeing the
worst in everything. It amazes me that cynicism is regarded as a
supreme sign of intelligence; that Things Falling Apart are
inherently more interesting than Things in the Throes of Creative
Rebirth. Nineteenth-century poet John Keats once observed that "If
something is not beautiful, it is probably not true." But the
majority of the prophets, like most of the intelligentsia, the media,
and our political leaders, believe the exact opposite: "If something
is not ugly, it is probably not true."

Luckily, the jingoistic part of me that yearns to be alive when
Everything Changes can find a common ground with the cool eternal
part of me that regards the entropy-worshiping, all-or-nothing
mindset as a unique signature of the civilization that's dying.
Together these two aspects of my psyche can collaborate to conclude
the following:

WE ARE INDEED LIVING THROUGH THE APOCALYPSE RIGHT NOW.

But it is nothing like the end of the world visualized by any of the
usual suspects. It's different in four ways.

1. It is a slow, gradual apocalypse.

2. The apocalypse is usually invisible to most of us, popping into
our conscious awareness only on rare occasions.

3. The apocalypse is as much about rebirth as collapse.

4. The primary way most of us experience the apocalypse is through
the intimate events of our personal lives.

I'll explore these four points in more detail.

1. THE APOCALYPSE IS HAPPENING IN SLOW MOTION. It has been going on
for decades and it will continue to unfold for many years. Sudden,
sensational punctuations arise now and then to expedite it, but for
the most part it ferments continuously in the background. Most days
bring no emergency that is beyond our capacity to bear, but the
cumulative effects of the transfigurations that relentlessly weave
themselves into our lives have turned every one of us into towering
heroes whose courageous endurance dwarfs the valor of all humans who
have come before us.

2. THE APOCALYPSE IS FOR THE MOST PART INVISIBLE, and here's the most
extreme evidence: Very few of us have registered the fact that we are
in the midst of the largest mass extinction of life on Earth since
the demise of the dinosaurs. This is the conclusion of a poll of the
American Institute of Biological Sciences, a professional society of
5,000 scientists. Think of it: Animal and plant species are dying off
at a rate unmatched in 65 million years, and almost no one knows --
or grieves.

But the work-in-progress that is the apocalypse is not always
cloaked. Now and then a single riveting event transfixes our
collective emotions, driving millions of us deep into a visceral
realization of just how fragile our hold is on life's sweet
mysteries. For a brief interlude, the covert, slow motion upheaval
explodes into plain view; the hidden truth becomes an open secret.
The Gulf War was one of those events, and 2000's disputed
presidential election can be counted as a minor outbreak. Maybe
nothing exposed the ongoing apocalypse more poignantly, at least for
us Americans, than the mass murder perpetrated by kamikaze hijackers
on September 11.

3. THE ORIGINAL MEANING OF THE WORD "APOCALYPSE" WAS "REVELATION,"
and in the esoteric spiritual traditions of the West, the apocalypse
is regarded as a Great Awakening -- a marvelous resurrection.

I propose that the apocalypse we're living through applies in both
the degraded modern sense of the word -- the end of the world -- and
in the original sense. In other words, collapse and renewal are
happening side by side; calamity and blooming; rot and splendor;
grievous losses and unpredictable surges of miraculous novelty. Yes,
the end of the old world is proceeding apace; but it is overlapped by
the birth pangs of a fresh, hot civilization that will be beautiful
beyond all imagining.

Often the horrifying mayhem and the gorgeous regeneration have no
link. But in the case of the trauma of last September 11, I propose
that they were meshed. My mailbox was filled with emails from people
writing to testify about how the terrorist assaults on New York and
Washington, D.C. inspired them to live more authentically. Their
dedication to creating peace and love and understanding leaped to a
higher octave; their petty worries dropped away, leaving them
passionately focused on their core spiritual values; they were roused
by an electrifying new clarity of purpose, which incited them to stop
wasting their time on dead-end, low-priority desires and instead
channel all their vital force into accomplishing their most essential
goals; and they had direct perceptions -- gut-level, intuitive, soul-
enriching gnosis -- that We Are All One.

It's as if millions of people had a simultaneous Near Death
Experience and harvested the revivifying fruits that typically come
to those who have peered over to the other side of the veil.

Here's another possible example of mayhem and regeneration arising
from a single set of events, suggested by healer Caroline Myss in her
book *Energy Anatomy:* China's brutal invasion and occupation of
Tibet in the 1950s resulted in the exile of the Dalai Lama, which
ultimately brought that great soul's influence, along with his
beautiful brand of Buddhism, to the entire world with a breadth and
depth that would never have happened otherwise.

Can you think of other breakdowns/breakthroughs that fit this
description?

4. MOST OF THE TIME WE EXPERIENCE APOCALYPSE NOT THROUGH THE BIG, BAD
EVENTS LIKE THE SEPTEMBER 11 MASSACRES, but rather through the
details of our personal lives. The radical but gradual revolution,
the agonizing death of the old order and slow bloom of the new, are
framed in the storylines of your most intimate dramas. Again and
again over the years, you are pushed to a brink that challenges you
to either rise to the occasion or decay. The crises may come in the
form of a divorce or illness or job loss, or even in less dramatic
events like a misunderstanding with a friend or the inexplicable
waning of a once-passionate dream.

And seeded inside each of these personal turning points is the crux
of the ongoing global apocalypse: You get to choose whether you will
adjust by taking a path that keeps you in alignment with the values
of the dying world or else that makes you hum in resonance with the
new civilization that is being born. In effect, you get the chance to
vote, with your entire life, for which aspect of the apocalypse you
want to predominate.

*

If you've been reading my newsletter in recent months, you know that
we've been ruminating on PRONOIA, which is the opposite of paranoia.
Pronoia is the unshakable conviction that life is a conspiracy to
liberate you from suffering, fill you with joy, and make you really
smart.

As sweet and exalted as pronoia feels in our bodies, however, it is
not meant to become a force of repression. Pronoia thrives on an
engagement with difficult emotions and challenging events, not by
ignoring them.

In that spirit, I ask you: How might you respond to the part of the
apocalypse that brings collapse and decay? Will it be with actions
that express rage, revenge, hatred, tribalism, fear, and all the
primitive emotions that have nourished the roots of the dying
civilization? Or will it be with actions that express ingenious
compassion, creative inclusiveness, expansive empathy, and all the
noble emotions that will be at the heart of the new world to come?

A few more questions for you before I conclude:

What will you do to focus your personal experience of the apocalypse
on liberation rather than entropy?

How will you respond to the Goddess's invitation to mercy-kill the
bad habits and rotting attitudes that interfere with your ability to
express your soul's code -- the blueprint you came to Earth to
carry
out?

What if there is even a grain of truth in the notion that what we
expect will happen tends to come to pass? What if it's insane and
stupid to revel in visions of doom to the exclusion of all other
scenarios? What if it's dumb and crazy to be entertained by bad news
and to ignore and dismiss and be bored by good news?

How can you personally starve the bad apocalypse -- the forces that
tend to lead to loss, corruption, and decay? How can you personally
nurture the good apocalypse -- the influences that foster redemption,
renewal, and reinvention? What leaps of the imagination and creative
actions can you take to crush rampant nihilism? What entertaining
tricks can you summon to help shape an environment in which it is
more fun and interesting to play with boom and zoom instead of doom
and gloom?


With rowdy blessings,

Rob



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Re: APOCALYPSE NOW? [Re: almesse]
    #960232 - 10/14/02 06:27 PM (14 years, 1 month ago)

In sum: "live more authentically"

I agree.

Welcome to S&P&S. Feel free to post your thoughts without fear of reprisal.

Cheers,


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Re: APOCALYPSE NOW? [Re: almesse]
    #960260 - 10/14/02 06:42 PM (14 years, 1 month ago)

Live life more authentically... yeah, I dig that.

But that article fucking blows.  The end is not the only goal... the means count just as much.  I'm not going to bother cutting and pasting on this one... it's just not worth it.  The author is obviously an aspiring journalist (or IS a journalist)... the typical "liberal" slant is blatant and a shame.  The only thing that makes it slightly unique is the inclusion of NDEs and the "we are all one" catch phrase.

Welcome to the forum. :laugh: 


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Re: APOCALYPSE NOW? [Re: Sclorch]
    #960323 - 10/14/02 06:57 PM (14 years, 1 month ago)

well the means are just as important as the beginning and end ... i thought hit in class today maybe there is no end really just rebirth ... what scared me though there is no real purpose in life, just progression!

what then when we all become one and elightened?


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Re: APOCALYPSE NOW? [Re: Kemist]
    #960356 - 10/14/02 07:11 PM (14 years, 1 month ago)

Meaning is the stumbling rock that WE bury in the path.
Purpose is only relevant to the meanings we choose.

Some say that the unenlightened are necessary.
Some say suffering gets our mental gears turning.
Some say diversity is a law of nature.


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Re: APOCALYPSE NOW? [Re: almesse]
    #961416 - 10/15/02 12:47 AM (14 years, 1 month ago)

Personally, I thought it was an inspiring, positive, and interesting article. His view on the world is much like mine. Thanks for posting it.


Edited by Metasyn (10/15/02 12:59 AM)


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Re: APOCALYPSE NOW? [Re: Metasyn]
    #961488 - 10/15/02 01:06 AM (14 years, 1 month ago)

Would you find the article just as inspiring if his view was diamaterically opposed to yours? Or is outlook similarity a prerequisite to a great post or article?


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Re: APOCALYPSE NOW? [Re: Swami]
    #962588 - 10/15/02 11:34 AM (14 years, 1 month ago)

It was inspiring to me because it resonated with my own worldview. If something contradicted my opinions, but made me rethink them, then I would also think it was a great article. People like to cling on to their views, so its harder to agree with something that contradicts it than agrees with it. So I guess you're right, the standards of "good" are lower if you agree with the author. It not something that's particularly desirable, but its hard to divorce yourself from your opinions as you read.


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Re: APOCALYPSE NOW? [Re: Metasyn]
    #963120 - 10/15/02 03:26 PM (14 years, 1 month ago)

i'm sorry. i took one look at the freewillastrology.com link and the length of the article and decided to move on to another thread....


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Re: APOCALYPSE NOW? [Re: almesse]
    #20675806 - 10/08/14 05:10 PM (2 years, 1 month ago)

[Mod edit: spam] Have you guys heard about the blood moon yet? I think its today:thumbup:


Edited by Rev. Morton (10/09/14 02:44 AM)


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Re: APOCALYPSE NOW? [Re: MoonAstrology]
    #20675935 - 10/08/14 05:42 PM (2 years, 1 month ago)

Here is some planetary information: only the weak-minded and ignorant put any credence in astrology.


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Re: APOCALYPSE NOW? [Re: OrgoneConclusion]
    #20676091 - 10/08/14 06:21 PM (2 years, 1 month ago)

Charlie don't surf!


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Re: APOCALYPSE NOW? [Re: Sun King]
    #20676146 - 10/08/14 06:30 PM (2 years, 1 month ago)

:lol:


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Re: APOCALYPSE NOW? [Re: Sun King]
    #20676851 - 10/08/14 08:52 PM (2 years, 1 month ago)

"I love the smell of napalm in the morning."


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Re: APOCALYPSE NOW? [Re: OrgoneConclusion]
    #20677037 - 10/08/14 09:31 PM (2 years, 1 month ago)

I like the smell of coffee in the morning.


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Re: APOCALYPSE NOW? [Re: Sun King]
    #20677280 - 10/08/14 10:22 PM (2 years, 1 month ago)

Coffee-flavored napalm or napalm-flavored coffee?

Two great tastes that taste great together! :cookiemonster:


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Re: APOCALYPSE NOW? [Re: almesse]
    #20678115 - 10/08/14 10:22 PM (2 years, 1 month ago)

This thread has been closed.

Reason:
Spam bump. Praise Rob Brezsny. :bobdobbs:


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