We live in a dualistic Universe, hot and cold, night and day, masculine and feminine, good and bad, etc.
In the 1960s, a stalwart group of people labeled as Hippies, broke out of post-war conservatism to explore more creative ways of living. Avant-garde music, psychedelic clothing, long hair, sexuality, altered states of consciousness and communal living, were all part of this creative movement, which took hold in California and spread around the world.
In essence, an awakening was taking place among many of these vanguards of humanity, leading up to what we now know as the Age of Aquarius. For some in that era, the idea of materialism, capitalism and living on Earth was unappealing and their pursuit centred on escaping this realm, to reside in a more conducive place, perhaps another dimension, or more specifically, the 5th Dimension. Now there is nothing “right” or “wrong” about this idea, it was merely part of the experience and experiment.
This idea of escapism has to some degree, been carried forward to this day, whereby some people cannot, or do not want to acknowledge the reality that the coin has two sides, but we become totally focused on one side only.
“The reality that life's coin has two sides, but we become totally focused on one side only.”
Popular books like Napoleon Hill’s – “The Power of Positive Thinking” helped to encourage some of this thinking towards only the positive, and avoid at all costs, our “shadow side”, the other side of the same coin. There is a huge difference between acceptance and denial. Our pursuit of wholeness and unity must embrace both sides of our personalities, the good, the bad and the ugly – whoops, that’s three!!
Focusing on the good side will definitely provide some slight,temporary relief, but will eventually lead us down a path of destructive and often addictive behaviours; in pursuit of more “goodness” to mask and deny the “badness”. It is rather like a drug, the drug of avoidance. The more we avoid the reality of our “darkness”, the more antidote we will require the antidote referred to here is – distraction! You know, like American Idol, Candy Crush, selfies, over-eating, blah, blah, blah!
Much of our modern media, TV reality shows, news bytes and movies, are designed to distract us from the real and important issues occurring in our outer world, within our inner world. It is the easy route out of our woes, to get hooked on this type of “entertainment” and it directly opposes the key principle of becoming more conscious - The Way Out, is the Way Through.
“Hiding our head in the sand may give you some temporary respite, but no long-term gains. Rise above your fears, but firstly, acknowledge that they exist.”
In my estimation, it is almost impossible to become whole and awakened without embracing our shadow side, or put another way, the dark wolf that resides within. For it is within this dark side, that I believe the route to our true power and identity, lies. The latter is well hidden amongst our pain and suffering, our darkest thoughts and emotions, and only by turning with bravery, courage and facing these demons, can we truly find joy and the lasting relief we seek.
Hiding our head in the sand may give us some temporary respite, but no long-term gains. Rise above your fears, but firstly, acknowledge that they exist.
Towards a new humanity, authentic in every way.