As a Naturopathic Doctor, my goal in working with people is to help remove the physical and emotional obstacles that occlude awareness. Hopefully this helps them wake up to all the possibilities that come with understanding the true nature of this world that we live in. Yet even this freedom to awaken, like so many other wonderful aspects of this world, may be in peril.
Without a doubt, we live in troubled times, environmentally, socially and economically. If one wants to identify an enemy that is responsible for our global ailments, that would be ignorance or lack of awareness. Lack of awareness at the corporate level results in decisions motivated by the acquisition of money, and damn anyone or anything that gets in the way. They know well that we are addictive in nature, that sex and violence sells. Actually what sells is whatever sufficiently stimulates those neurotransmitters in our brains that give a sense of pleasure coupled with a lack of awareness as to healthy vs. unhealthy neurotransmitter stimulation. Thus the biggest threat to ignorant corporate interest is awareness; organized consumer awareness. And they know this.
A majority of Americans lack awareness. This is no coincidence, and it is not necessarily their fault. They are distracted by toxic water, air and food. Government and the conventional health care system peddle fear, and when confronted by the nearly insurmountable global issues we all face, distraction is a coping technique worth consideration. Add this all up and the perfect consumer is born. Almost.
The problem with ignorance or lack of awareness, is that it causes suffering; that very thing that uncontrolled consumption is supposed to resolve. Nobody wants to suffer. With awareness one can see what changes need to occur that will benefit all, yet this is where things get really spooky. I think we have now entered an era where the logical next corporate arena to exploit is our mind, in very specific ways. I suspect the capability may already have been pioneered, perhaps using nanotechnology to influence our choices and decisions, and that the refinement process is underway.
How exactly this will play out I’m not sure, but as I say, it makes sense that this will at least be attempted. If awareness is the biggest threat to the status quo, then awareness being the enemy must be eliminated. While many Americans remain asleep, efforts to wake up must at some point be addressed, managed and prevented to assure corporate viability in its present form. Hopefully I’m just being paranoid about the diabolical nature and extent of where ignorant greed may take us, however I have no doubt that there is a very real and present concern regarding our present global course with corporate interests at the helm. And that is why I applaud you.
If I am correct, that awareness is the solution to help guide us in this time of transition, then you, the reader, are the most important antidote to address these difficult times. You ‘are the change’ in your display of awareness, in making good decisions, in carrying them out, in your motivation and just simply how you move through the day. Other people will notice, and if they are beginning to wake up, they will want to know what it is that you are doing. This could be your brother or sister, or a community member or the CEO of a large misguided institution. That is when you can explain just what it is that you are doing to cultivate and maintain your awareness and your path to end suffering. Maybe this is what is needed for those who will be waking up this New Year.
“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 are all meant to shine, as children do. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone... As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same, and as we're liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
--Marianne Williamson, author of Return to Love
I hope you have enjoyed this month’s newsletter. As always, comments and feedback are welcome. Happy New Year!
Jon Dunn, ND