Humanity consumed information in earlier times from monolithic sources.The Church or the King controlled what sort of information would be disseminated amongst the people. This process has undergone some revolutionary changes over the eras.
It started with the invention of the printing press which made books cheaply available for the first time and culminated in the newspaper culture. Finally, we arrive at today, the veritable Information Age.
The Internet has revolutionized not just the way we receive and consume information. It has opened the doors to a rate of cultural and personal exchange that has no precedent in human history. The very bounds of our consciousness have expanded dramatically. We are at a precipice and the ‘Awakened Mind’ is here to be a permanent state of the collective human psyche. An awakening has already happened, but now we’re confronted with the great challenge of deciding what to do with it.
Yet we seem to be becoming increasingly lost, lonely and disillusioned with the human condition today than ever before. Because of this, the awakened mind is not necessarily a mind at ease, nor at peace.
These puzzles are the pitfalls in our search for meaning in an ever more intensifying environment. Each of the three dilemmas noted below hinge upon the other two; they are not independent of one another. There exists a natural synergy and symbiosis between them, which must be honoured. The decisions we make in each of these arenas will determine which paths become open to us in the other arenas.
What do we choose to include in our awareness?
We have increasingly bewildering choice to make from the vast spectrum of human experience. We are forced to make a choice in an increasingly intense environment. There is a paradox at play here, though.
In large part, the information which jolted us out of contemporary consciousness is fundamentally of lower vibration. It had to be that way. Total seriousness and gravity were required to brutally force our eyes open, to wake us up.
How much violence, brutality, murder, inhumanity and psychopathy can we look at? How much spiritual pornography can we safely consume? How long can we simmer in the mainline narratives before all progress is lost and we find ourselves stuck in yet another cage? Take a look around at the damage done by this loss of spiritual clarity and you will see that this a truly urgent dilemma.
How will we choose to communicate our awareness?
Just a short time ago, loneliness was the dilemma of the awakening mind. Yet now, so many are awake to some degree. With technology has come such tremendous freedom of communication, but it’s too much to process. To survive we take shelter on islands of comprehension, stranding ourselves with others of identical perspective. We are splintering into tribes rather than uniting as a cohesive human family.
Today our society, especially in America is more divided than ever before. We have seemingly lost the ability to empathize with other people. In such a cacophony of competing voices, opinions and perspectives, all of which lay claim to the high ground of the awakened, we are confronted with the dilemma of how we share our perspectives and how we translate those of others.
Do we get dogmatic, insisting that our truth is the only acceptable truth? Do we bludgeon others with self-righteousness? Will we ever be able to stop speaking and listen?
What action will we take to honour this awareness?
Choosing to remain stuck in an endless spiral of negative information paralyses is a form of self-imposed psychosis. Nothing is gained if the awakened mind maroons itself on the island of perpetual study and looping examination.
This is resistance to the act of doing what is needed to experience the ideals which have motivated and inspired the awakening.
At some point, it becomes imperative to declare ourselves aware enough already, then find ways to take action toward the fulfilment of a purpose grander than the task of waking up.
To honour the progress, we’ve made in exposing our condition it’s now necessary to accept the call to action. It’s time to actually create the world we wish to see manifest. We have to stop the continuing alienation of ourselves from our inner truth.
We find ourselves at the outer limits of the awakening. Can we exploit the momentum we’ve created which has gotten us this far, or will we return to the cave of delusion we came from? Choices.