When an Old Culture is Dying

May 1, 2008: "When an old culture is dying, the new culture is created by those people who are not afraid to be insecure." Rudolph Bahro (German political thinker) I just read this quote in a delightful little book from Pema Chodron, Practicing Peace in Times of War. Pema Chodron is a Buddhist nun who knows how to speak directly to our hearts in a grounded and compassionate way. I encourage you to consider her books. I do believe our old culture is dying, and I see the new culture emerging at the same time. Many of you are hearing about and asking me about the prophecies for the "end of the world" in 2012. To me this is not the actual end of the world, but rather this is the end of the world as we know it, and to me that seems like a good thing--there's a lot that needs to end--asap! However, there's also many wonderful beautiful people and places here and we must not lose sight of the beauty and compassion we can experience already. As we move towards 2012, this is our time to create a different paradigm on the earth. The infrastructure of grass roots organizations, individuals, communities and conscious small businesses working together can evolve into a world culture that respects all people, plants, animals, birds and the earth. It is a challenge to live in such rapidly changing times, to not be afraid to be insecure, to stay open hearted and present. We are challenged to be brave in the face of changes that look like loss and destruction, and to find ways to help and serve in whatever capacity we feel drawn to. Remember to breathe and slow down. We have the old expression about "stop and smell the roses". This is the time we can surely benefit from that scent so deeply connected with the idea of Love.

Create miracles! Support each other! Refine the Vision! (October 23, 2006)

In the middle of August we experienced a major planetary shift of consciousness. Many have noticed an increased ability to manifest their thoughts and desires more rapidly. This ability will become more apparent as the next few years unfold. While the shortening of the time delay between thought and physical manifestation can be a miraculous advantage, it can also create misery, suffering and drama for those prone to fearful dark thoughts. Since a great deal of the mainstream media continues to promote the culture of fear, it is important to remember to stay grounded, clear and focused on the Light and the positive--to remember the group vision of peace and harmony on this planet. It is also important to support each other to remember the Truth during this radical shift phase. There are new voices, new media, transcendent creative ideas, healing modalities, and new structures being born every minute.