People always ask me, “OK, so we know what you are against, but what are you for? I know what they mean by this. They want me to say what my beliefs are or what denomination I belong to so they can give me their preprogrammed objections to those beliefs or my organization.
This type of discussion will never be a real conversation. It will only be an us versus them argument that never ends. Those who agree with me will encourage me, and those who disagree will often start to gaslight or make fun of my ideas, beliefs, or affiliation.
It is often the same way in politics. Once we identify the party affiliation or some basic tenets of the other person’s platforms, we can nicely put them in a box and dismiss that approach as irrelevant.
We fail to understand that the universe doesn’t work like that. The things in nature that survive are focused on growth, evolution, and necessary change. Humans aren’t exactly the same, so let’s talk about thriving when we’re talking about the people who make the right decisions.
People who thrive in life must evolve, change, adapt, and learn to trust their intuition. The massive change that is underway in humanity right now is different from when we were following a set of rules or modeling our behavior upon some past era. The massive change that is taking place on the planet right now is one that we are coming to intuitively, not dogmatically.
That doesn’t mean that there are groups, especially characterized by religion, that hold on to the past and their novel ideas about how the right belief will change the world. But dogmas, creeds, and belief systems were always meant to control through fear. They always kept us in chains. They never liberated us.
Speaking of trees. Did you know that trees communicate with each other and share resources and information? Near where I live, oak trees have lived to be 400 years old. I can’t begin to explain to you how a tree lives that long instead of becoming food for other things in the forest. I can only tell you what the tree didn’t do. The tree did not try to force other trees to be exactly like it. It trusted its instincts and cooperated with its neighbor; and, to some degree, got lucky.
Of course, I know that the people I want to hear this message have already stopped reading because it had connections to the environment, and they called me a “tree hugger” or something like that and stopped listening.
The way we are going to survive, thrive, and evolve is to trust our intuition, just like the trees and animals trust their instincts. It won’t be like following a road map because we are going somewhere we have never been before. There is no road map. There are only fellow travelers and our intuitive nature about what is most loving, most productive, and mutually beneficial for everyone.
Experience is one of our teachers, but it almost always teaches us what not to do.
The road ahead is a mystery—an adventure—an experience!
It is not an assembly line, a duplicating machine, or a sports metaphor.
It’s way more mysterious, nuanced, and amazing than any of that!
My simple advice is to go inside and trust yourself!
Be where you are, be who you are, be at peace!