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Humanity IncorporatedPosted: June 30, 2012
By Niels Kunze
It seems that every day now I encounter someone new who utters words to the effect: “What can I do to help?” Help with what, you might ask… with creating a sane and prosperous future. The dialogue has been opened and many are volunteering to speak. The internet abounds with endless opinions on… well, everything. A few remote outposts foster productive solution-oriented conversation while the majority still engage in fruitless bickering and ad hominem attacks. When even the very best conversations wind down, the participants are still often left asking “Now what?”
Many light-workers and star-seeds are quite content to meditate and pray, beaming love and light to every misguided creature according to the channeled dictates of Aunt Martha’s dead cat. Hey, don’t knock it; Aunt Martha was a bit of a nut, granted, but her cat was a true genius. I myself usually join in on the planned global meditations on the auspicious dates dictated by astrophysical and astrological occurrences of reputed import. I can’t vouch with certainty for their global effectiveness, but I do find that group meditations tend to be more interesting in that they are usually accompanied by strange moods, sensations, thoughts and visions. And one thing I know for sure is that they certainly cause no harm.
Now, I understand that such group meditations aren’t for everybody. “So what can I do?” you ask. Well, how about a few minutes of daydreaming? Yeah, that’s a start. Just begin to think about the future you’d like… for yourself… for your children… for your country… for the world. And do try to be somewhat realistic. I mean, imagining a pink unicorn named Jesus for every household might not be productive. I, for one, would much prefer the standard white unicorn with a more secular name like Steve or Larry. (For some reason I have difficulty imagining lady unicorns… something to do with that single phallic antler prominently displayed on their foreheads.)
Anyhoo, I really do think that imagining the futures we want is a crucial first step to arriving at… well, the futures we want. It makes sense, doesn’t it? If our days are completely filled with merely reacting to the status quo, the future is very likely to be either tediously similar to today’s routine, or if it changes, it will seem rather arbitrary and random. We need to put in a bit of… input if we expect to affect the future according to our desires.
I am not attempting to invoke magic here. That’s more the purview of said unicorns. I’m just suggesting how we might get the ball rolling, so to speak. When we begin to figure out what’s truly important in our lives-when we prioritize-we start to figure out exactly what it is we want. Next thing you know we’ve established some goals. Holy crap! Goals are awesome things to daydream about. And when we envision ourselves actually achieving our cherished goals, it makes us feel good. And right there, friends, is the basis for motivation… and action.
When we start to feel good about the possible/probable future, we suddenly find ourselves on the lookout for opportunities which might bear it out. We start to think of crazy notions like “How do I get to there from here?” Suddenly, the daily disruptions to our routines, the unexpected and uninvited guests or the misplaced monkey wrenches are seen in a totally new light of offering unique opportunities. We start by daydreaming, and suddenly we’re confronted with possibilities that make us scratch our heads and remark “Hmm, I never would have thought of that!”
That’s right, the universe is smarter than you are. It’s even marginally smarter than I am! Seriously though, you just have to engage the process of daydreaming outside the box for a bit, and for the first time all of creation will conspire to lead you outside of that proverbial box… beyond the cardboard view! Conversely, if you refuse to daydream, if you fail to project your aspirations into the future creatively, you will likely deny that the box even exists. “Box? What box? You mean the one we used to bury Aunt Martha’s dead cat?” Yes, the one that Larry used for a hat… so that his mind wouldn’t slip away in frequent moments of unmitigated tedium.
Daydream dammit! Yeah sure, by itself, daydreaming is merely a dangling carrot just out of reach… But as the first step in crafting a sane future, it is essential for recognizing that we’ve been running through an endless field of friggin’ carrots! Scarcity is familiar and so it occupies our thoughts quite easily, but if we truly want abundance, we need to play around with ideas of abundance in our minds, just so we’ll be equipped to recognize their reality. This ain’t magic; it’s logic!
If we refuse to imagine something better for ourselves, for our world, and for our children, how can we rationally expect to ever have it? We are not here to live out the goals and aspirations of others; that’s called slavery. Haven’t we had enough of that? Use your imagination. Daydream! I want to catch you with that faraway look on your face, in that momentary displacement from reality, so that when I call you back with your name, you will turn… perplexed for a moment… and then you will smile. I promise I will smile back, for we know… we know that it is glorious… We might not have a clue how we’ll ever get there, but because we can see it, and it makes our hearts rejoice… we can’t help but to eventually find it… the beautiful future.
Niels Kunze is a writer of spiritual fiction, philosophy, metaphysics, poetry and cognitive sciences. His first published works comprise The Muse Trilogy, including The Thousand-Petalled Lotus: The Flower of Human Consciousness (1996), Butterfly Dreams: The Nectar of Transformation (2005), and Liquid Immortal: The seed of God (currently in production). Humanity Incorporated: A SAFE Solution to the Enslavement of Earth’s Biosphere (2012) is a sobering departure from the fictional abstractions explored in The Muse Trilogy. It is a serious invitation to collaboratively participate in a glorious future. In addition to writing, Niels is an avid song-writer and rhythm guitarist for the original rock band Missing Peace. Their debut album Tense Moments (1996) is a classic among revolutionaries. Currently, two more albums are in production after a ten-year hiatus. Niels also relishes the role of producer and sound engineer on such musical endeavours. He lives in British Columbia, Canada. blog.nielskunze.com
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