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Awakening

It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society

Jiddu Krishnamurti.

After weeks of wondering what to write now that I wasn’t traveling, I was finally hit with a spark of inspiration.

With my life purpose now more clear than ever, I was finally doing what I had set out to do two years ago, I was teaching yoga and I knew I was on the right path.

All I wanted to do was spread as much love and light out into the world as possible and perhaps through teaching yoga, giving Reiki healings and writing articles and blogs, I would be able to make a small difference in someone’s life and help raise the consciousness of the planet.

One thing that I have learnt since simplifying my life, is that all the striving for, all the future goals and projections, all of the things that I used to own or have or want no longer hold any substance.

You see, society tells us that we must get a good education in order to get a good job so that we can afford to buy a nice house, get married and raise a family. We then spend the rest of our lives working hard to pay for the things that we think will bring us happiness.

We are shaped and molded from the moment we are old enough to attend public school, to be good working class citizens because our state education system wasn’t designed to foster creative, independent, free thinking individuals, it was designed to create dependence within the system.

After getting ourselves into debt at university, we spend the majority of our waking hours working like slaves to pay off our debt and to buy stuff that we don’t really need in order to feel better than others. Life becomes competitive within a culture that is largely based on capitalism and consumerism, we forget the childlike innocence and happiness that we were all born with and our lives become shallow.

People consume animal products without taking a moments thought about the animals life, how it was killed or if it suffered. People buy products without taking a moments thought about if the product was ethically made. People watch the news on television without taking a moments thought about if what they are watching is true or just propaganda. People get vaccinations and take prescription drugs, blindly believing in allopathic doctors, without taking a moments thought about the education behind mainstream medicine or the funding behind pharmaceutical companies.

We have psychopaths as world leaders and bombs are being dropped on innocent men, woman and children while we run around catching Pokémon. 21,000 people die each day of hunger and malnutrition, while we are glued to our screens, cheering on Olympic athletes as if winning a gold medal will somehow bring pride to an otherwise emotionally bankrupt and detached culture that is in a deep trance like sleep.

We have suicide bombers killing innocent people and then we post a photo of a flag on our Facebook accounts to show solidarity, fooling ourselves into believing that we are making a difference, before watching the Kardashians and forgetting that anything happened.

We know right from wrong and are taught to not kill others yet we have a justice system that carries out murder, a monetary system that is designed to cause the death of many people through lack of access to the basic necessities that are needed for survival such as food, clean drinking water and shelter and we have military systems that are based on certain political, religious and racial ideologies, which carry out mass murder for economic reasons, such as the acquisition of resources in order to gain more power and control.

Those that are lucky enough to be born into countries with adequate resources, wealth and privilege create borders and deny access to those who were born into less fortunate circumstances, that seek a better life.

People born into poverty become desperate and will resort to all sorts of measures to survive, which creates problems elsewhere in society. Money is then spent trying to deal with these problems and the less fortunate become scapegoats for a deeply dysfunctional social system, without actually having to admit to the root problem, which is the hoarding of wealth and resources that creates scarcity and an unequal society.

The people who resort to desperate measures and unlawful activities are victims of a profoundly dysfunctional society. Even worse, they are often jailed, killed, tortured and given all sorts of demeaning labels, which forces them to become forgotten members of society, a society that has created the problem in the first place.

While global inequality climbs at an extraordinary rate, 3 billion people, that’s nearly half of the world’s population, live in extreme poverty, while half of the world’s wealth is in the hands of only one percent of the population.

One third of the food produced worldwide each year, that’s approximately 1.3 billion tonnes with a net worth of US $1 trillion, gets wasted yet one person dies every four seconds from hunger.

The world spends 1.7 trillion each year on armed forces; the USA being responsible for 39 percent ($737 billion) of the total expenditure, yet the United Nations estimates $30 billion a year would eradicate world hunger.

Bill Gates, the world’s richest man with a net worth of $75 billion, could end world hunger yet he gives $36 million to American corporations, many of which the Gates Foundation holds shares in and that are responsible for many of the same health issues that the Gates Foundation ‘seeks to cure.’

Despite what we are being told, there are more than enough resources to go around. The problem is, the accumulation of the majority of the world’s money supply is in the hands of a few greedy men who consequently have enough power to control the world.

Knowledge is the key to freedom. Once I realized this, I could no longer justify living amongst the craziness of such a society and that is largely why I gave away all of my possessions and ended up living in a third world country.

Many people have asked me why I chose to leave my old life behind. The truth is I wanted to experience all of life. I wanted to feel what it was like to be hungry and dirty and cold and tired and by having these experiences I felt that I was more able to have an impact on the world around me. I was more able to relate to people from all different backgrounds. I was more able to make a difference.

The thing is, all the problems you think you have are tiny in comparison to what many people who live in developing countries have to endure. Half of the world’s population struggles to survive, struggles to eat, struggles to thrive, yet we continue to flock to the latest sales to purchase goods that we don’t really need in order to impress people that we don’t really like so that we can feel good about who we are.

Have we forgotten who we are?

The truth is, we are powerful beyond measure, each one of us is capable of manifesting whatsoever one truly desires for the good of all, yet we are being blindsided from the truth and dumbed down through mind numbing TV shows, mindless entertainment and advertising that is filled with subliminal messages to consume more and more.

We are being drugged and poisoned with cocktails of government approved chemicals and genetically modified organisms, which are planted in our drinking water, food and the air we breathe.

Mother earth is being raped of her natural resources and we turn a blind eye, preferring to stay ignorant rather than acknowledging the truth.

Our political systems are full of corruption, yet we blindly believe that our governments have our best interests at heart.

If our governments have our best interests at heart why is social inequality rising worldwide?

We are essentially all the same race, the human race and what harms one ripples out like a domino effect and harms another. We are all a part of something much bigger than what our minds can comprehend. We are interconnected fragments of universal consciousness, yet we live our lives in the confinement of safe little boxes and we follow what everybody else does in fear of being outcasts because we deeply desire to feel whole again, which stems from not knowing oneself because we have forgotten who we really are.

As more and more people begin to awaken, it gives me hope that their light will overcome the darkness that exists in the world. As more and more people begin to question the system it gives me hope that the knowledge and wisdom they find will bring forth messages of truth. With more and more people awakening to their life’s purpose it gives me hope that their work will bring change to a world that is in desperate need of love, compassion and authenticity.

With the planetary shifts happening already, people are being forced into change whether they like it or not. Relationships are ending, violence is breaking out around the world, people are beginning to speak up and old systems are breaking down.

It’s time to wake up.

We are at the cusp of a new paradigm and whatever we choose to bring forth from here on in will determine the outcome of our experience.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
― Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles”

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