The internet is a manifestation, a reflection of our state of being. I believe this is an important thing to keep in mind as the evolution of technology continues to speed up. Unless we become more conscious of our demons, and begin to mature at the same rate as our creations, those creations will manifest all that has not been worked through in us, before any of the truly brilliant potential can ever begin to transform the world.
This is important in all facets of civilization. The world is converging, and we are constantly invited to live lucidly, mindfully, more consciously than ever before. Without this mindful living, without heeding the call to come of age in a planetary civilization, our unconscious behavior will get the best of us. We must bring the unconscious into conscious light.
The Worst and the Deepest, Dancing Demons in the Dark
These past few weeks I have been studying Carl Jung’s Red Book. It’s been a fascinating journey into the depths of the psyche. If one thing stands out above all others for our period in history, it is where Jung writes, “If you want to create yourself, then you do not begin with the best and the highest, but with the worst and the deepest.“
I believe what we see online, and moreover what we see evident in modern civilization, is the manifestation of the worst and the deepest. We have yet to incorporate these demons of our collective unconscious, and so they run amuck. Our technologies provide the first world with a comforted lifestyle, while the majority of human societies are in poverty. We use masterful inventions and wealth to fund war and destruction, and the Earth as a whole is experiencing tumultuous mass-extinction. Our demons have come to the surface.
In these cautious times, perhaps the best thing we can do is start with our “worst and deepest,” aspects, transmuting them into mindfulness, compassion and consciousness. The unconscious has raised to the surface, and our challenge is to re-incorporate it into our conscious awareness. Literally, allowing our awareness to be present with it, to sink into our depths with equanimity.
“our newly highly advanced electronic media if used by evolutionarily unadvanced mortals will lead to cultural annihilation. These new media that work at the speed of light require a new spiritual consciousness of Light. They are so fantastically efficient that they cannot work to the good unless we are good; they only can be safely used if we tell the truth and live in the Truth. If we try to check and control them for lesser purposes, such as power, gain, misrepresentation, and the accumulation of wealth for private property in cyber space…
We end up with caricatures of religion in the form of demonic states of possession… Only now, thanks to cyber space, these states of possession are not simply psychic states, they have become virtual states that are not restricted to virtual reality.
Nothing less than truth, goodness, and a Buddhist universal compassion are going to get us through this transition from industrialization to planetization. Our level of consciousness has now become the biggest obstruction to the continuity of human existence. We have made normalcy nonviable, so we have opted for an “up or out” scenario in cultural evolution. We either shift upward to a new culture of a higher spirituality to turn our electronic technologies into cathedrals of light, or we slide downwards into entropy in a war against all.”
Spinning Threads of Light
We can’t assume to be guided on auto-pilot anymore. Our unconscious behavior must be transmuted in conscious light and love. Or in other words, our very being must heal, re-integrate and transcend its limitations if, as a species, we wish to inherit the Earth of tomorrow.
It’s my personal belief that we are being called to come of age as a species. As a civilization, we are being asked, demanded even, to become conscious of our unconscious collective activities, our impact on our environment and each other. That begins today, with ourselves.
Be sure to weave the sacred into your tweets, blogs, emails, v-blogs, or be sure to find the sacred already within each thread of the web! Many places in the web have the potential to become sacred virtual spaces we can share with others.
The Larger Web and its Depths
Here online, it may be easier to become conscious of a holistic web, a global commons. Let it be a metaphor and a manifestation of what already has existed on Earth for billions of years. We live in a web of life, a web if consciousness. Be mindful of its depths. Here’s to mindful being and mindful blogging!