The last year has taken all of us by surprise, perhaps. Conjecture and conspiracy theorists would probably disagree. Regardless, here we are. Plandemic or pandemic doesn’t matter now. What are we going to do to shift the behavior that caused a global buttpucker? I’d just published ZERO to ONE as though something inside me knew something was up. The book was the result of an inquiry into the ‘contact modalities’ and how a new reality might emerge as we explore the realms of consciousness that quantum physics seems to acknowledge.
I’m so fortunate to have a loving and insatiably curious partner in life now, just as curious about reality as I’ve been; learning how to work better with it. Having been on the family route early in life with the wrong partner, it took 30 years of patience and exploration for the universe to answer appropriately. Russian born and schooled as a music teacher and piano accompanist, her education and intellect challenges me daily; something I’ve missed and require to truly feel fulfilled and happy. I can handle people, places, and things fine.
We had a few years to get solid and prepare before the event. I retitled my big book in honor of our mutual interest in Tom Campbell’s work at the time. As the response evolved into an obsession with self-hygiene and sequestration, we agreed it was fertile ground for self-exploration as the behavior modification process turns inward. The latter is a natural side effect, no doubt unintended. That’s if there was a planned social experiment from a command and control perspective.
On the other hand, the inner exploration hindered by the ‘rat race’ and the increased speed of which we do business now was ignited. Previously, we didn’t give much time for reflection and consideration of the future of our relationships, let alone learning how to work together better to achieve a sustainable planetary civilization. It was all about acquisition; an agenda described as ‘Profit over People and Planet.’
As intelligent folk, we decided to find out what Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Director of the World Economic Forum, had to say in his book COVID-19 – The GREAT RESET. He leveled the playing field from the perspective of sequestration, palatial mansion, or apartment dweller – we were alone. His assertion and question toward how we respond individually was this:
A variety of such observations have prompted not only social commentators but also the general public itself to ponder whether the pandemic succeeded in bringing the best out of us and in so doing triggering a search for higher meaning. Many question came to mind, like: Might the pandemic give birth to better selves and to a better world? Will it be followed by a shift in values? Will we become more willing to nurture our human bonds and more intentional about maintaining our social connections? Simply put: will we become more caring and compassionate?
If there is a deep dive into learning how to express ourselves in a new living awareness it would be proof that we can answer the question better. That leads us to better questions. It’s an experience system contrary to a belief system. Awareness begins just by paying attention to what is going on around you, without engaging the mind’s analysis and just ask poignant and powerful questions. There’s no competition, just an invitation. Reality becomes a journey of self. Would you agree?
Schwab also notes that in order for businesses to be sustainable, they must be agile and sensitive to the strategies of the future sustainability. Doing business via the old models won’t work and they will fail. So, there seems to be natural attrition to non-essential or sustainable practices. Perhaps the acknowledgment and engagement of the ISO 26000 Social Responsibility Standards as a working document for global development might help.
And Now for Something Completely Different
Told a ‘new world order’ would happen in my lifetime as a teenager, I had no perception of process and time. In my mid-50s I became disappointed and reticent to continue, vying to stop unless my perfected partner arrived. I’d not really engaged the 5 Ps… Patience, Perseverance, Persistence, Passion, and Purpose for a decade.
I forgot the 6th P – Practice. Although I practiced the inner work, the outer certainly had me scrutinizing the activity of others and their lack of authenticity and integrity in actions. Words never seemed to match. I got depressed and further disappointed. I turned to writing for a decade or so, and you can see the results from above. I mean the top of the page.
I wasn’t going to go it alone anymore let ‘the guys’ know I was just going to enjoy my solitary life and play a lot of golf. If it was that important the cosmic conspiracy activity would have to bring her. Although I knew myself to be whole, or reasonably so by my mid-50s, there was still the partnership dynamic that was missing. Luba arrived shortly thereafter (Oct 2016), accompanied by the dreams and visions appropriate to such an arrival. Some may relate from their own experience, right?
Fast forward to 2020.. the pandemic… and the realization that the ‘great reset’ was in process. The ‘new world order’ might indeed emerge in my lifetime as they had stated it would. It felt overwhelmingly spooky cool. It brings a whole new set of questions, starting with, ‘Who is showing up and how can I be of better service?’ I detest masquerading for all the right reasons, though I honor the defensive posture necessary for progress through an unknown.
Now, just to clarify, here’s a conversation about the process of the ‘new world order,’ a true one based on natural order and harmony among people and planet, from a few years ago with still limited understanding as to how to observe and participate simultaneously. It shifts the agenda and mindset stated above to People and Planet over Profit.