Coda Aria, part 2

Our world is in a chaotic state of unbalanced mental illness due to so many living in low vibrational frequencies. This is mainly because of the false belief that external circumstances determine how we feel. With this thinking, we put ourselves into a state of victimhood—a disempowering cycle, which creates more chaos and anxiety. It’s all about fear, keeping us within a state of not knowing what the future holds. When we lose our sense of control, we panic.

When humans are kept in a constant state of fear, the prefrontal (mammalian) brain, which handles logic, reason, analysis, willpower, and understanding, goes offline. In contrast, the limbic (reptilian) brain becomes activated. It is our system of survival, through fight, flight, or freeze. While in this state, humans are put into a form of submission, becoming susceptible to external influences, such as politicians, authority figures, and mainstream media.

Much of what we perceive as reality, mainly what we learn through the media and educational system, bears little truth. Usually, it is just enough to make sense based on the theories and narratives given to us about modern science and world history. If you’ve kept up my work, it shouldn’t be anything new that the educational system isn’t meant for us to become freethinking individuals, but rather to condition us to obey and respect authority and get used to a routine.

Information about our reality has been hidden from the masses until recent decades. Some fundamental truths have been misused and subverted by greed for power in egocentric exploitation. History, art, science, energy, and particularly psychology have suffered this dark process. But like water, the truth is constantly flowing somewhere and is available to any intelligent person who dares to seek out the water alive in its current form.

Water has often been used as a symbol for the most profound spiritual nourishment of humanity. We don’t want to seek where the main flow of water is, but the leaks within the cracks, usually found within the darkness that many fear to tread. Because of this fear, it will turn up again and be ignored as before if one isn’t prepared for it.

One such place, and arguably the most important, is our self, our shadow self—the dumping ground for all the characteristics of our personality that we disown and keep hidden from public view. It is the part of us we fail to see or know. Yet, these parts of us are precious and cannot be disregarded. The only way to become whole is to recognize the shadow, accept and honor it.

We are all born whole, but somewhere along the way, while running around naked through the Garden of Eden, we partake in eating the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, where things become clear and separated into the dualistic nature of the world. This begins the shadow-making process; when we divide our lives—our selves.
We sort out our born characteristics into those deemed acceptable by our parents and society and those that need to be kept hidden. This marks one civilized, as a functioning member of society. Still, as the refused and unacceptable characteristics sit within the dark corners of the mind for too long, they take on a life of their own, known as the Shadow.

The Shadow is that which has not adequately entered into our consciousness. If it accumulates more energy than our conscious ego, it manifests in an overpowering rage or slips out in erratic, unusual behaviors and can even lead one into severe depression. Once society or culture demands that we live out only part of our nature and refuse other factors, we are no longer whole. Society gives us more convoluted and sophisticated power in exchange for the simple human in us—the innocent child within.

In Creation’s allegorical story, the Garden of Eden alludes to the naive innocence of childhood, where we felt free to run around naked without care. Kids should not be subjected to this division of self so early in life, for it robs them of this beautiful time known as childhood. They should be allowed to remain in the garden until they are strong enough to stand the cultural process without being completely broken by it. This strength comes at different ages for all individuals.

This is a significant problem in the world today. With parents working, or separated, leaving kids in the hands of government-owned institutions or left to their own devices, they enter this process at too young of an age, leaving scars within the subconscious that reveal themselves later as psychological and emotional disorders, such as the prevalent gender-identity disorder plaguing our world today.

Other than this, another unfortunate thing is when some excellent characteristics turn up in the shadow. Some of our most extraordinary talents, the pure gold of our personality, get relegated to the shadow because they can’t find a place within our society or western culture. Drawing the skeletons out of the closet can be reasonably straightforward, but to own the gold in the shadow can be downright terrifying. Ignoring the gold can be as damaging as ignoring the dark side of the psyche, and some may suffer a severe shock or illness before they even learn how to let the gold out—which is linked to our higher purpose in life.

Everyone must engage in this cultural process to redeem themselves from the childlike, animal state—breaking away from the Garden—but must also put our fractured, alienated world back together again to spiritually restore balance and harmony—a return to Paradise.

Carl Jung stated that “there is no generally effective technique for assimilating the shadow… it is always an individual matter. First, one has to accept and take the existence of the shadow seriously. Second, one has to become aware of its qualities and intentions. This happens through conscientious attention to moods, fantasies, and impulses. Third, a long process of negotiation is unavoidable.”
In other words, our Shadow is unique to each of us; thus, we must adopt our unique approach when it comes to integrating it with our conscious self properly. It may seem counterproductive, but it is necessary to behave in ways that run in contrast to society’s customs and even our moral compass. It makes sense when you think about it since most of our shadow qualities were repressed into our subconscious because we believed or were taught that they were unacceptable, either socially or according to our family and peers.

Despite it being an individual matter, standard techniques tend to work, such as finding a healthy, productive, or controlled outlet for either repressed aggression or sexual urges. Another is to ignore customs one had previously thought to be superficial or pointless yet had still conformed to fit in. One I highly recommend, which can tie into the first example, is pursuing a passion despite others around you pressuring you otherwise.

These tactics will help separate oneself from the expectations and watchful eyes of others, allowing us to honestly look within, without judgment or condemnation, to discover who and what we are as living beings. In doing this, we are negotiating with the shadow by allowing it to live in our conscious personality without shame or fear instead of repressing it. After this, one will attain not only a more secure sense of selfhood but also more knowledge about oneself and what it is one wants in life.

The thoughts and opinions of others will have far less of an impact, if any, on what we do with our lives. Ignoring what others think we should be doing better prepares us to commence on a path to fulfill our destiny.
In all honesty, the integration process is much easier said than done. By no means does it happen overnight. It’s a daily practice one must constantly be aware of until it becomes natural, where you suddenly realize how content you are with yourself and life. The opinions of others will always come up. Still, their words enter your head and immediately leave without bringing up any emotion because it genuinely doesn’t matter what they think, as long as you are in harmony with your sense of self.

Even if anxiety has gotten the best of you due to a fear of being judged, keeping you stuck in a shell of isolation in social situations, terrified of speaking your mind, the truth of the matter is… nobody is sitting there, thinking, judging you. We are so much alike as humans, and all share the same internal issues. Others are too busy thinking under the same fears to be thinking about you. And if they are negatively judging you, realize that they have not begun to integrate their own repressed shadow and are suffering inside. Have empathy and show sympathy when appropriate.

In her book, Meeting the Shadow, Connie Zwerg claims, “When there is an impasse, and sterile time in our lives—despite an adequate ego development—we must look to the dark, the hitherto unacceptable side which has been at our conscious disposal…
“Only when we realize that part of ourselves which we have not hitherto seen or preferred not to see can we proceed to question and find the sources from which it feeds and the basis in which it rests. Hence, no progress or growth is possible until the shadow is adequately confronted, and confronting means more than merely knowing about it. It is not until we have truly been shocked into seeing ourselves as we are, instead of as we wish or hopefully assume we are, that we take the first step toward individual reality.”

If you spent a lot of time determining your value based on outside circumstances (job, looks, success, money, friends, etc.) and what others think of you, rewiring of your experience is necessary to enjoy the gift of a more profound sense of fulfillment only possible when your unique value truly comes from within.

The social fabric into which we are born relies on intense levels of inequality and separation to exist for all of our social, economic, and political systems to function. This structure is also built upon a mass cultural agreement that worthiness, love, and power are accumulated through external actions and appearances. This can be countered, though. Young author, Nikki Rowe, lays it down by explaining, “you learn who you are by unlearning who they taught you to be.”

This is done through true self-reflection, which leads to a reinterpretation of the meaning and significance of past events, thus, a rewriting of our personal history. This, however, can be a terrifying thing for many people due to traumatic events during childhood that they’d instead leave alone. The thing is, they don’t just go away on their own; rather, they are responsible for faulty behavioral patterns and an avoidance of responsibility or facing up to fears and taking on challenges that would lead to personal growth. Such people remain stagnant, stuck in negative emotional states that result from the fear of facing their fears.

Often people blame their inability to take productive action on their anxiety, depression, or lack of confidence in their abilities. Before they take the steps necessary to pursue their aims, such people reason that perhaps they must first get rid of their negative emotions, but this is a misconception that inevitably leads to failure.

Here we have yet again another huge problem within western society. We are constantly looking for an easy way out. If we experience pain, depression, anxiety, any form of discomfort, we see a doctor who prescribes medications that temporarily mask symptoms of a disease (dis-ease) by numbing the mind and body, rather than dealing with the source of the problem. We then become dependent on these temporary, instant fixes, making matters worse.

Rather than listening to the opinions of anyone other than yourself, such discomfort should be seen as a cry for things to change yelled by both your mind and body. Looking to others or external things to aid our pain and discomfort has become our self-created conditioning due to not working on ourselves. Even if we are constantly searching to help others, it’s still a distraction from seeing ourselves. How could you honestly assist another if you can’t even help yourself?

The idea of solitude terrifies these people. In The Immoralist, Andre Gide explains, “the fear of finding oneself alone—that is what they suffer from—and so they don’t find themselves at all.”
In other words, a fear of being alone is grounded in fear of one’s self, making solitude a prison sentence in isolation or solitary confinement. Clinging to others to avoid ourselves only results in a slave-like dependence with them in exchange for a false sense of love, self-worth, and identity. In this situation, a profound change is needed, something to disrupt this paradigm of unhealthy patterns that will ultimately lead to the succession of something better.

A traumatic event, such as the death of a loved one or hitting rock-bottom, can instigate such a change. But sometimes it doesn’t even take that. Time voluntarily spent in solitude—without others’ judgment—where one reflects on self and focuses their energy on creative outlets can lead to self-discovery.
Here, we become more sure of ourselves and less in need of validation from others. Self-reliance, in turn, ushers in satisfying interpersonal relationships; for, to truly love someone, you must first truly love yourself. As above, so below; as within, so without.

Friedrich Nietzsche had claimed, “without music, life would be meaningless.” In other words, music is life. There is nothing that could relate more to life than music. I find this to be extraordinarily accurate. There are, it seems, an infinite amount of ways in which the two relate; however, I will only be focusing on one angle here to explain the title of this series of posts. First, though, some context is needed…

There are three distinct ways we can perceive time, which determines the way things occur through our collective unconscious. In chaotic time, everything happens at random, and any effort to place meaning to their succession is hopeless. This was the perspective of a primitive man and seems to be the perspective we are being forced into, with younger generations yelling “YOLO!”—You Only Live Once!—as well as corporations telling us to “Just Do It.”
It’s no different from how a child views the world. It is reckless and means there is no connectivity, which in turn dissolves a society. Without cause and effect and/or karma, being linked with time, people couldn’t be held responsible for their actions. The obligations of parents to children lose all legitimacy, as well as obligations to our neighbors and community.

Linear time is the unilateral perspective of “progress,” which took some time to catch on, due to only a small clerical elite in Medieval Europe understanding it. Centuries later, the Age of Enlightenment had transmuted Christian linearism into a secular faith. By the late 19th century with the Industrial Revolution, the western dogma of “history-as-progress” had split into religious dogma, positivist dogma, and evolutionary science, and none were to be questioned.

Modern-day thinking falls under this linear time perception, where we are constantly evolving, along with the naive notion that this also means we are progressing. If we look back at the last several decades, with technology as the exception, this is not the case. And there is a strong argument that technology could be a major contributor to this naive belief. So, what else is there?

Before linear thinking, the collective thinking of time was of constant change and cycles, much like the seasons of the year. Cyclical time was the natural and dominant perspective during the time of the Ancient Greeks and of Renaissance humanism (not to be confused with humanitarianism or humanism in its modern sense). This was when there was a revival of cultural legacy, literary legacy, and moral philosophy of classical antiquity had taken place. It was a time that consisted of a healthy balance of both non-Christian and Christian morals, without the religious dogma that drove us into linear thinking.

The idea is seasonality, which permeates all life, including American history. The cyclical generational attitudes are the prime factors in analyzing history and politics. Race, gender, economic class, religion, and political beliefs are all influential in determining the course of history. This is why it is imperative that we “unlearn” the linear orthodoxy of understanding history.

Linear time has a beginning and an end, which explains why each generation seems to believe they are living during the end times. With everyone putting so much focus and energy into the end of the world, we are developing our own destruction. We must dispose of these thoughts, as well as the belief that positive change is incremental and human-made only.

Now, with that in mind, to better understand this, let’s think about music. In written sheet music for any piece of music, there can be a D.S. al Coda. This is used to indicate repetition in the piece but is primarily used to designate a passage that brings a piece (or a movement within a piece) to an end, or to a part that is relatively different from the previous.

In a story, it could be the dramatic rising action before and during the climax. Of my past addiction to heroin, which I like to call a “Coda with a curse,” it’s the ritual of habit that brings you closer to death. You know the end is coming, but the deeper into addiction, the more death becomes welcomed. This is where we are with our new chaotic thinking, which has again evolved from a linear way of thinking.

There is also D.C. al Coda, which is a repeat, going back to the beginning onto a particular place (Coda). In larger works, this might occur after one or more repeats of small sections, indicating a return to the very beginning. This is our return to cyclical time thinking, but there’s more to it than that. There is a musical piece written with a repeat to the beginning that consists of two contrasting sections, where the first is in a continuous binary form, starting in a key then changing into another. This is the Da Capo Aria.

Da Capo Aria is a return to the original key from the beginning and is usually adorned with more expression, emotion, and reflection, using harmonious notes that are usually improvised. In opera, it is used to stop the action and reflect on a character’s feelings or a theme, notion, or idea, before returning to the beginning or action.

We are in a societal crisis today, so with the second principle of the Kybalion, “as above, so below,” there exists a crisis on a micro level—that of identity within an individual. We have become so distracted and bombarded with external forces trying to influence us, we don’t even know who we are anymore.

Does anyone truly have the time anymore to ponder what their or our purpose is here? We are here to flourish and prosper, living a life that meets all of our needs, right? Perhaps, but it wouldn’t be the whole story for human beings.

It could be that our purpose is to just simply be alive, but that would place us within the same natural hierarchy as plants and animals. Although these are conscious beings, we are much more than that. We cannot only do things but can understand, or are conscious of what we are doing.

Every part of the human body has a purpose or function that benefits the whole. Since our hands, feet, eyes, etc., all have their tasks or purpose, we can safely say that, in the same way, each human has his task beyond all of those.

We are each born with specific skills and talents that we must uncover, understand, and master. They are then used to create new things or ways of doing things that are beneficial to one’s self. And if they are of good morals, they become beneficial to the whole when we share them with the world.

“It’s the activity of the soul,” as Aristotle claimed, “that expresses our virtues.”

Life consists of recurring sections or life lessons that are repeated until we see the situation from a different perspective, thus allowing an understanding of the lesson gained for us to grow and move on. Today, we have entered into the contradicting second section of the Da Capo Aria, where things are different, distorted, or completely inverted. With the need for a return to our foundations of a cyclical perspective of time, the Aria will result in bringing us back to the beginning, along with the knowledge and wisdom of experience learned, which makes it easier for us and better able to express ourselves in more creative and innovative ways—our true purpose in life.

Just as one finger doesn’t work the same as the whole hand, everyone must make this change, and continue to create throughout our lives. One sunny day doesn’t make a summer; therefore, it isn’t enough to make one flourish and prosper, unless we all participate as the natural human collective.

In our world of duality, everything exists and evolves in a continuing pattern or cycle, forever flowing like the building of a wave’s crest before it falls and crashes back into its blue collective. The nature of duality exists within everything and everyone, with one never being able to exist without the other—good and bad, right and wrong, light and dark, etc.. The ultimate goal is to find the perfect balance within ourselves, forming harmony with nature. This is the perspective of time we have forgotten and must return to, to break us out of our linear mindset of time. It is within this flawed way of thinking that psychologists and scientists keep us held within, especially when it comes to our own individual growth.

Like how each day is followed by night, the pendulum swings towards one side then falls toward its opposite. Another concept that correlates with that of polarity is the principle of rhythm, where everything has its tides, flowing in and out, rising and falling. Rhythm manifests between two poles, but doesn’t necessarily mean that the pendulum swings to the extreme of each pole, which is a rare occurrence. Like the Buddhist law of karma and Newton’s third law of motion, there is a reaction for every action, a cause and an effect, an advance and a retreat.

Even in the worst of times, the best of humanity is revealed. Through letters and eyewitness accounts, displays of kindness, compassion, and generosity were seen and talked about among those who had experienced the horrors of the Holocaust. Such human characteristics can very well be seen through acts of cruelty. Although there are many known and unknown reasons for the attacks on September 11, 2001, one could argue the primary reason was to cause fear and panic throughout the country. But amidst the chaos, we saw a nation band together in support of one another. Leave it to politicians and the media to take that support and turn it into angered patriotism aimed at foreign countries.

In dealing with such traumatic events and post-traumatic stress, therapists, counselors, psychologists, and the like, constantly urge one of the need to talk about it, which seldom works. Verbalizing events of the past only reinforces the trauma in your mind, which can further traumatize an individual. Talking has become such an automated response that it takes less activity in the brain. Writing, however, shifts the emotionally incomprehensible over to the logic and reasoning side of the brain (prefrontal lobe), making it comprehensible. There, the reality of the past can be dealt with in a logical manner.

Thinking and talking about past traumatic events are like going to a movie and watching your past in a dissociative manner. Writing allows you to view the past through the eyes of the part of you that endured it. We’ve all heard about how “the pen is mightier than the sword,” usually pertaining to war. When dealing with emotional trauma, it is nothing short of an all-out war with your greatest enemy: yourself.

If only doctors and psychiatrists prescribed a notebook and a pen rather than a multitude of colored pills to temporarily mask the painful symptoms, and thus never healing the actual source of our pain. I can only assume that many in the field of psychology either haven’t figured this out or live by the motto “wealth over health,” keeping you talking about your past, in order to keep you coming back.

Not to mention, many psychiatrists couldn’t help fix the problem mainly because most of them are in need of help from their own profession.
The simplest way to go about gaining self-knowledge is to get a small book, one that will fit into a pocket or handbag so that you can carry it about all the time. Start with your earliest memories; begin to recall your likes and dislikes. You can have a separate page for each, and enter foods, music, situations, relationships— as many categories of items as you can. As it is secret, no one will give you crap if you write how you dislike hippies or have read every Twilight book. Yes, I have, by the way, and enjoyed them. I’m also not afraid to admit that I didn’t feel the same way about the Harry Potter series.

Once you begin to see how you were as a child, in what way you developed, and what sort of a person you have become, you will be able to judge how subsequent changes have affected you. If you have been frightened and made uncertain by what seems to be happening around you, this basic understanding of yourself may give you a solid basis on which to build. You will learn to become calm; to cope with situations that once seemed beyond you; to flex and bend rather than stiffly resisting until you are forced into a different pattern. You will learn to control the changes, decide upon them and carry them out to suit your own purposes; but you will need to understand both yourself and the causes of change.

If you ask ‘Where am I going?,’ the answer can depend a lot on where you want to go. If you have no clear plan for yourself, then you can easily be carried along by every passing current. If there is a new religion, political party, or any other mass movement, and you have no definite plans, then you may be swept along with it, perhaps against your choice.

You will need to list in your secret book the directions in which you would most like to travel on the road of life. In the fields of home, job, partnerships, friendships, and achievement, you may already realize where you would like to go. In each category, it is best to look closely at the next step (preferably a small one) you need to take towards your personal goal.

The surprises this practice can bring into your life are unimaginable until you step onto the hidden path that now lies at your feet. In a year, if you can look back at this moment recorded in your journal, you will know what this can be like.

The more this is practiced, the more control over memory and the mind is ultimately gained. A sense of true self-actualization develops and continues to grow once a whole new perspective of yourself and the world is gained.

Why is this practice not being used within psychiatry?

Psychiatry, or psychology I should say, is a suppressed science of the mind, with a one-sided mindset centered around behaviorism, with no consideration of consciousness or the soul. It possesses a built-in capacity for abuse greater than any other area of medicine. A simple diagnosis of mental illness permits the state to detain an individual against their will, where they insist on treatment based on “his” or “society’s” best interest. However, this is no longer needed anymore with the vast amount of versions of basically the same chemicals that merely mask unwanted symptoms instead of discovering and dealing with the source of the matter.

Yet, we are invariably told to see these people whenever an inner crisis occurs.
We do it because we are held within either a conscious or unconscious state of submission, where we will do whatever others want us to do in order to fit in and to not cause conflict. If someone deems something politically-incorrect, the traumatized mind knows never to do or say whatever it was to not cause trouble.

We need conflict, though. We need to speak our minds. The more we suppress our thoughts and feelings, the more we feed our shadow self.

With a conscious dismissal of the so-called “progressive” views of today’s oversensitized western world, we can, without ridicule, comfortably say that nature is divided into two classes: male and female. Man of antiquity (yes, this includes women) knew this and still does. However, corporatists in control of the media, entertainment, and anything aimed else at the youth or feeble-minded, have many stopping to question this truth, while those with a slim sense of self, lacking the capacity to pause and reflect, agree with whatever they are told to believe.

I can only assume that such subservient people understand that the union between these two, male and female, organisms is still needed to procreate. They know this deep down but refuse to see the truth since it destroys their delusional fantasy they selfishly perceive as reality. They also thrive in the dim limelight of attention they’re receiving—finally feeling unique and/or a love they were likely deprived of during development. This keeps them from seeing the reality of the situation, where they are merely being used as pawns in a strategized political agenda.

There exists within every individual a dual self—one of masculine wisdom and one of feminine love. The self cannot know happiness when it is ignorant of the opposite. There can be no real love for the self when it has never expressed the various contrary conditions by which love is known and distinguished.

The same goes for wisdom, where the self has no actual knowledge of its surroundings. Such is the state of infancy, which correlates with Creation’s allegorical story in the Book of Genesis, featuring Adam and Eve as the male and female aspects of self.

The ultimate goal is to find an inner balance and harmony between these two attributes. This isn’t attained by a man dressing or pretending to be a woman, nor vice versa. Such confusions are clear signs of a discordant union of these polar aspects. This discordant, unbalanced union of self brings about sorrow, crime, suffering, disease, and untold misery for an individual.

A man and woman should harmonize both in physical temperament and in magnetic polarity. There is a massive lack of understanding in this realm, causing a lack of self-awareness within the individual. It is absurd to believe a materialized form bears no correspondence to the forces which created it. The state cannot exist without an internal cause, which is powerless in producing any external form except the reflected image of itself and its functions.

Under these circumstances, it must be evident that every male organism is the absolute outcome of masculine forces, and every female, the product of the feminine qualities. Therefore, masculine energy cannot be born into the world under the cover of a female form. Neither can feminine energy be ushered upon the planes of humanity within the male body. These are facts of nature, which had once been self-evident.

The sexual organism exists as a procreation factor, making sexual organs vital—when properly used; otherwise, they wouldn’t be present. To wholly and suddenly suppress their natural functions would do a great deal of physical and spiritual harm, causing one to react in violent discord within the material and ethereal worlds.

The big objective of the self is to realize, in the evolution of the human soul, the complete differentiation of its latent or suppressed attributes. Thus, the soul must become the expression of both its qualities and must express the true nature of the spirit. Each rounds out and completes its section of the self, and in doing so, it becomes individualized as a complete expression—the perfect identity of its source.

Both males and females complete the whole and are related to each other as Adam and Eve, Osiris and Isis, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, John and Jackie Kennedy, or for you millennials, Jay-Z and Beyonce (however, there may be some argument to their humanity). As for Osiris and Isis, both are united, and their separate consciousness becomes an attribute of their glorious immortality.

Without sex, the physical and spiritual connection between male and female, there can be no eternal life. To absorb or destroy these principles in the human organism brings about a divorce between man and his divinity, thus robbing the human collective of its immortal and eternal soul.

With the wealthy banking families and corporate elitists taking over the educational system, particularly that of sexual education, kids are being told a very different, inverted version of the truth.

We are kept from returning to our previous perspective of cyclical time; kept in a trap to keep repeating the same mistakes over and over without healing and learning, thus never growing from them. Awareness and self-actualization pose a threat to their New World police state. This may be a contributing factor to all the natural disasters occurring today (that go unreported in mainstream news). Nature continues in its cyclical, or seasonal, time, yet the human collective mindset is stuck within a false sense of progressive linear time, which will eventually have to end.

If we change the human collective perspective to coincide back with nature, learning from the past (rather than erasing it), we very likely may continue in the reemergence of another Golden Age—Heaven on Earth, paradise. Yet, the idea of paradise is only an indication of what may never be; for, the soul is constantly evolving, growing from much-needed conflict. Without conflict, life becomes stagnant and dull, eventually leading down a path towards despair. When God told Adam and Eve that they will know death, it wasn’t a punishment, but a way to truly live and enjoy our lives.

Everything exists within a sea of energy. Energy can neither be created nor destroyed, it only changes form. So when our bodies die, our energy will still live on in another form. Death is not something to be feared. Yet, we are afraid of it because we have been given misleading information in order to control us.

Human beings are constantly worried about something—something not getting what they want, losing what they have or love, what others think of them, etc… This is the real pandemic we have been suffering from for millennia, but in the past few decades, it has grown on a massive scale and rapid pace.

While humans have the potential to ascend to higher capacity, we can also descend to a level of consciousness lower than that of mere animals. People can literally worry themselves to death. Worrying is the act that gives way to unease, or “dis-ease.” With it, we can lead ourselves to ulcers, mental illness, and other forms of disease that will ultimately lead to death.

We tend to be afraid of what is hiding, waiting for us, amongst the shadows in the dark. As a result, we choose to deal with aspects we know we can control. When we cannot see what is out there in the dark, we don’t know whether we can handle it or not. Since we have been conditioned to fix the unbroken constantly, we continue to control things by making them more manageable, convenient, and less painful for ourselves. We used fire to control the darkness around us yet found it too feral to tame. Thus, we developed light bulbs and diodes to do away with the dark dismay. But this darkness we try so hard to keep away is a critical part of our nature that’s more powerful and more primal than we comprehend.

With eyes tightly shut against the light, we are born in darkness. Like plants that only begin to bloom while shrouded in the shadow of gloom, the life of a conscious and wise human emerges from the dark as well. We don’t choose to enter this life, but it is in our hands to become reborn. When darkness eventually takes hold of our lives, that decision is given to us.

Sometimes we need to sit and wait within it and remember the darkness in which we were born. We close our eyes, feel the fear, listen to our beating breath, and begin to bloom.

Darkness is crucial to living consciously. There are things only discerned in the dark that reveal to us that which the light is limited. Whether closing our eyes under the darkness of night or living in dark times, it shows us what we need to know. It may be a struggle to find the lessons hiding in the dark, to recognize the gifts darkness has for us, so we sit within it, working on completing the battle. If not consciously, we then close our eyes and receive the gifts of darkness as we sleep.

Familiar spaces become unfamiliar in the dark. We also lose our sense of where we are, so it’s crucial to learn to see in new ways. We need to know to let go; to get out of our way; to close our eyes. Darkness shows us what has been there all along.

It’s imperative to change your perception in every aspect of your life, to truly see, understand, and accept that life is always in a constant rhythm of ups and downs; good times and bad times, that are all out of our control. If things are bad, the pendulum will always have to swing back the other way, in a perpetual ebb and flow.

Realize this and lift yourself up and out of any negative state by changing your perception using these foundational principles, which are becoming more and more apparent within every awakened individual throughout today’s world.