As an empath, shadow worker, Reiki master practitioner and energy healer, I am often called to stop whatever I am doing and send healing energy/intentions and prayers to someone or something in need. This morning was one of those times. I was at the yoga studio intending to do my Monday morning yoga practice when my body became completely immobilized. I found that my body could only sit with my hands held in Reiki position.
As in the times I am sharing Reiki professionally with those who need it, as I was holding the Reiki position, I began to see images and receive feelings of who/what needed this healing. I was not surprised to learn that it was the world. The people of the world are afraid and justifiably so. The global empire is collapsing, and it is the United States which is at the center (perhaps even the cause and the effect) of its demise.
My purpose here is not to provide a political discourse on the global history of conquest or man’s (gender intentional) competition for power. It is to speak to those who are afraid because whether they are aware of it or not, the world around them is dying. I’ve been seeing the symptoms of this collapse and have written about it for years. In a nutshell – that which was established on a model of fear/power/oppression and control is collapsing. And THANK GOD/DESS. We are facing the inevitable end of an unsustainable system. And if the system doesn’t destroy itself, the human race will be facing its own destruction. So yes, this is a necessary (for our survival) death and many, if not most, are ill-equipped to identify, let alone manage, the inherent human response to death.
For those who are familiar with the grieving process, we are witnessing a collective grief response. This explains every over-reaction we are witnessing in American culture:
- Increasing attention to the shadow aspects of our culture (racism, sexism, genderism, nationalism, religionism, etc. etc. etc.)
- (violent ones especially).
- The ongoing argument over mask or no mask.
- Real news vs. fake news vs. conspiracy theories.
- And just the simple increasing division among human beings. When everyone seems to be taking sides, you can bet we are facing the death of something.
All of these proportionate and disproportionate (especially the disproportionate) reactions are quite simply a collective response to death. If there is one thing that death does to us is trigger our need to have control; and if there is one thing we know about death – WE ARE NOT IN CONTROL.
We are not in control of the death of the global empire. We cannot stop it. We cannot hasten it along. We cannot prevent it or assuage it. There is absolutely nothing we can do but stand back and watch it happen. For most humans, this is easier said than done, if not downright impossible. Unless we have sought this knowledge on our own, we have not learned how to deal with grief, let alone the death of an entire global system. Neither have we been trained in how to let go – unless we have been one of the (un)fortunate ones who have had control ripped from our cold, dead, fingers.
So what do human beings do who don’t know how to let go – they seek to manipulate and control. Hence the increasing chaos we see in our nation and therefore in the world. Human beings do not know how to die.
But there are ways that we can help each other in this dying.
- We can begin to speak about the death of the global empire.
- We can begin to acknowledge any fears or anxiety we might have around this death.
- We can begin to transform those fears through meditation, mindfulness, depth and shadow work, healing practices and just the plain act of talking about it with each other.
- We can acknowledge the faces of grief and become attentive to what face of that grief we are currently experiencing: shock, denial, bargaining, depression, anger, sorrow, acceptance.
- In identifying the face of grief, then we can begin to work with that face of grief, bringing ourselves into the acknowledgement of our own sorrow over the dying and weep for what has been and will be lost.
- We can try to hold our brothers and sisters in compassion, refraining from judgment in recognition of the grief they are perhaps not even aware they are facing.
- We can hold each other in love.
- While burying the dying system, we can pray for humanity’s healing.
- We can look forward in hope for the new world that is already making itself known and which will fully emerge after the old world is put to rest.