‘Each age is a dream that is dying, or one that is coming to birth …’
We’ve arrived at a crossroads where we have a choice. We can continue headlong into the collapse of civilisation as we know it and life on earth itself, or we can try to create a different kind world. On many fronts we are facing crises, but they are all pointing us in one direction - that of fundamental change.
Since we’re living with ever increasing challenges and issues, the need for change is becoming all too clear. Crises tend to make people pull together and co-operate. There is no need for the angry and venomous protest and criticism that seems so prevalent today. We’re all too aware of the dangers, so much so that many people are despairing and depressed.
The situation isn’t hopeless however. Whether we like it or not, we are all in this together and each one of us can play our part in helping to bring about change. We have to assume responsibility for our world and all that happens in it, as well as ourselves. We are all interconnected - what we do as individuals has an effect on the whole of humanity. There is so much talk about rights and not enough about responsibilities as citizens of the world.
To be responsible means looking beyond our own narrow self-interest and thinking of others. The Golden Rule of treating others as we ourselves wish to be treated is what we need to aspire to. Our civilisation can be transformed - for the benefit of all living things. When we treat others with respect, whatever their religion, race, gender or background, when we live with less greed and selfishness, and nurture love and compassion, then we are participating in transformational change and helping to create a fairer, society that works for all. And when we treat the planet and all life on it as worthy of the same respect and care, we will see how everything around us will flourish.
We have before us a great opportunity. We can overcome the fear and anxiety we feel as the tectonic plates of consciousness shift worldwide - echoed in the physical realm by the extreme earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, floods, fires and plagues we are experiencing. As our consciousness shifts, we can create a different world. We can begin a new cycle of realignment and balance. What is happening is so much bigger than us, as Arthur O’Shaughnessy reminds us in his great poem quoted below. We can hope and trust that through consciousness, connection and co-operation our new world will be born, a world where love prevails.
We are the music makers,
And we are the dreamer of dreams,
Wandering by lone seabreakers,
And sitting by desolate streams;
World-losers and world-forsakers,
On whom the pale moon gleams:
Yet we are the movers and shakers
Of the world forever it seems…
We, in the ages lying
In the buried past of the earth,
Built Ninevah with our sighing.
And Babel itself in our mirth:
And overthrew them with prophesying
To the old of the new world’s worth;
For each age is a dream that is dying,
Or one that is coming to birth.