It’s hard not to focus on what’s taking place now — with climate change turning normal summer storms into lotteries of destruction; with war, threats of terror, and wounded and dead servicemen and women continuing to dominate headlines, as they have since Sept. 11, 2001; with economic inequality growing as jobs are shipped overseas and corporations avoid paying taxes, leaving the general public to fend for itself in a nation with a crumbling infrastructure.
And yet, in esoteric circles, the conversation remains focused on the Great Shift.
In the midst of the intense, external chaos we all are experiencing, teachers of esoteric spirituality inform us that the human species is undergoing an unprecedented change — that our collective DNA is being recalibrated to allow for a multidimensional existence. They also say the planet is undergoing an energetic shift in frequency, moving beyond three dimensions to five or six or more.
From a consciousness perspective, we seem to be trending toward greater presence — existing more fully in the present moment. One of the world’s greatest teachers of presence is author Leonard Jacobson, who spent some time in service at Lake Harriet Spiritual Community in Minneapolis, and his message is this:
“In truth, there is no life outside of the present moment. Sooner or later, we must all come to terms with this simple fact.
“If you are to awaken fully into the present moment, and remain fundamentally grounded in Presence, then you will have to liberate yourself from entanglement in your own past. It’s not the true past. It is the remembered past, which you access through the mind whenever you think. You will also have to free yourself from the imagined future, which is nothing more than the past projected forward. It is simply a fantasy.”
A growing number of people in non-spiritual settings — acting, art, athletics, corporate leadership and teambuilding — are espousing presence as a means to achieve greater self-mastery in whatever you set out to do — though Jacobson and others remind us that presence is not a means to an end, but a way of being.
The combination of more people existing in presence, more people choosing to develop their enhanced senses of telepathy, precognition and clairvoyance, and more people accessing information from multiple dimensions portends a positive future, one that seems directly in contrast to the present chaos of the world.
The question arises as to how the human ego can be tamed in the midst of all this change — and how the evolution of technology will interact with the evolution of human consciousness. Several recent motion pictures, including Her and Transcendence, reveal a not-too-distant future in which artificial intelligence becomes self-aware.
Contrary to what we think, we are living in the most peaceful time in the history of our species. Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker, in his recent book, The Better Angels of Our Nature, concludes that the decline of violence “may be the most significant and least appreciated development in the history of our species.” Professor Joshua Goldstein writes in Winning the War on War that fewer people are dying in war than at any time in the past 100 years.
My personal response to all of this — chaos run amok, suggestions of spiritual and energetic evolution, reports of greater peace — is to not get overwhelmed by distractions from the future, as fun as it may to speculate about them.
We are moving toward a more intuitive and soul-based existence. Personal healing will not be a necessity in the future, and leaving the body (death) will not be a tragedy, but a conscious choice, in the time to come.
Let’s stay focused on now. Let’s love each other like ourselves. Let’s keep learning, and have as much fun as possible!