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HOW TO ACE THE WAVE OF CHANGE
By DAN FURST
Red Wheel/Weiser, LLCCopyright © 2011 Dan Furst
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What the Water Bearer Brings
As billions of people on our planet know by now, we are about to enter, or we may already be in, something called the Age of Aquarius. Almost everybody who lived through the 1960s, and liked at least some of what we did then, can sing from memory what "everybody knows" about the Age of Aquarius:
When the Moon is in the seventh house,
And Jupiter aligns with Mars,
Then peace will guide the planets
And love will steer the stars.
This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius.
Harmony and understanding,
Sympathy and love abounding ...
The opening lines about the planets, from the "tribal love rock musical" Hair, are better as poetry than they are as star lore. The Moon is in the seventh house every day, and Jupiter and Mars align with each other every few years. Nothing unusual in any of this. But the point of the song, the prophecy and the expectation, is that we look forward to the Age of Aquarius as a time when we no longer clash and struggle with each other, but live together harmoniously in a peaceful order that will naturally express itself in music. It will flow spontaneously from the hearts of people who have chosen to relate to each other and their planet in loving and healthy ways.
We will live in a home key of understanding one another. We will learn and practice the sympathy and true compassion of caring not just for a few loved ones who matter to us, but for all people and all things. Sympathy and love will not be the only things that are "abounding." One of the essential Aquarian ideas that already shapes our new ways of thinking is the belief in abundance, and in our ability to create it in our lives, our communities, and all through our amazingly fertile Earth.
The Age of Aquarius, like all the other Great Ages before it, brings its new social organizations, new political systems, new scientific discoveries and technologies, new religions and art forms and images and symbols. Many relics of the earlier Great Ages show this. Surviving works of art from the ancient Age of Taurus (4500–2300 BC) are filled with images of bulls and cows from Mesopotamia, Egypt, Crete, and India. Ram and sheep icons in the Age of Aries (2300–100 BC) are even more abundant, in everything from Rama in India, to Jason's Golden Fleece, to the rams sacrificed by Abraham and other Israelites, to the ram's horn helmet of Alexander the Great, to the pivotal figure of Jesus, symbolized as the Lamb of God.
Now the Age of Pisces, which has spanned the last 2,000 years and more under the Christian symbol of the fish, is coming to an end. We will either welcome happily or enter unwillingly the next Great Age, of Aquarius the Water Bearer. But like it or not, love it or fear it, Aquarius comes. The next Great Age always does.
For many of us, the Age of Aquarius is closely connected with the year 2012, which some interpreters of the Mayan calendars have described as the "End of Time," and which other prophets see with the usual range of everything from doom to delight as a moment when Earth and her people will suffer unimaginable catastrophe—or will cross through a door of liberation and transformation for human consciousness and all life on Earth. For the most optimistic among us, 2012 may even be the curtain-raiser for the Age of Aquarius, the overture to the grandest and most spectacular opera that human beings will ever stage or dream.
While we undergo now and in the years to come changes in our planet and ourselves that are literally tremendous—causing people to tremble and things to shake—2012 is not the moment of doom. That's not where Spaceship Earth is going. What will happen is that our perceptions of time will change completely as we enter a whole new field of consciousness. That is what the "end of time" means. The coming change is not in the destruction of our planet. Rather, the coming Shift of the Ages is a dramatic clearing and speeding up of our way of perceiving things. To explore this Aquarian theme, that we have the power to change our world and our lives by changing the way we see and think about them, we start with a simple story.
The Hundredth Monkey
If you think this sounds like the title of a Zen Buddhist teaching story, you're close. The original story does come from Japan, and it does have something to say about how a satori, or flash of insight, can light up not just one mind, or a small group of minds that share the same discovery, but the collective mind of an entire species.
The story has been discredited, but lives on as a transformational paradigm that continues to inspire many. Here's what the Hundred Monkeys allegedly did: In 1952, scientists introduced a new food item to the macaca fuscata monkeys living on Koshima Island, near Tokyo Bay, to see how the monkeys might hoard, compete for, or share their new bounty. The scientists dumped a fresh supply of sweet potatoes on a beach at the edge of the island each day. As Ken Keyes, Jr., reported, the monkeys shared the new food about as kindly as monkeys will. The scientists' gift was a hit, except for one thing: the unpleasant grit of dirt and sand that clung to the sweet potatoes. An 18-month-old female whom the scientists named Imo ("potato" in Japanese) started to wash her sweet potato in a stream before eating it. Soon her mother and her young playmates were doing it too. Over the next six years, the scientists watched as all of the young monkeys, and some of the adults too—99 monkeys altogether—began washing their sweet potatoes.
Then, in 1958, the unexpected happened. The scientists were startled to see that one morning, when the hundredth monkey washed his sweet potato, suddenly almost all the monkeys, except for a few old adult holdouts, started doing it. A new idea that had been tried over the last six years by only one or two monkeys a month had exploded overnight, and now, all at once, all the monkeys were catching on. Soon there was even more stunning news: Monkeys on other small islands nearby, and on Japan's main island of Honshu, were now washing their sweet potatoes too. All of a sudden, a new way of doing an essential task had flown across ocean and rice fields, and was now a common instinct shared by all the monkeys.
Amazing!, thought many excited people once the word got out. There must be a collective monkey mind, a telepathic field that holds all the monkeys together in a single web of consciousness. And if monkeys can do it with potatoes, human beings, who are much more intelligent and evolved, should be able to do the same thing for ending war and hunger, beating cancer, losing weight, helping our children be happier, putting the zip back in our marriages, and getting love to unpack and stick around for good. And it shouldn't take us any six years, right?
But ... after all this excitement, the original story turned out to be a fabrication. The research team had cooked their data by moving monkeys from one site to another. Nonetheless, the story's implications for freeing the human mind, for reversing old habits and healing our planet, are enormous. If the Hundredth Monkey paradigm worked with human beings, we could in fact be infinitely more powerful and creative than we ever imagined. We could even find that we won't just be lucky to be here when the Age of Aquarius arrives. We will be the ones who create and bring it.
Morphic Resonance and Counting Eggs
Even though the Hundredth Monkey story proved to be a fake, other stories show how quickly new habits can spread through an animal species. In 1921, Rupert Sheldrake reports, blue tits in England learned to anticipate when the milkman would deliver the milk in the morning, and used their beaks to open the paper tops of the bottles. By 1947, blue tits in Holland, Sweden, and Denmark were doing the same thing. More than word of beak was going on. These English milk tricksters—tiny non-migratory birds who normally never venture more than a few miles from their breeding place—could only have started this new habit independently in various places, as new knowledge spread through an entire field of shared consciousness.
The ability of these birds and other species to learn and adapt at once, as one, is the core of Sheldrake's elegant idea of morphic resonance—the premise that the behavior of an entire species may "morph" in some way, when enough individuals begin to resonate with a new image, trick, or perception so strongly that their discovery moves outward, like waves of sound, until the new pulse is felt and understood by every single animal in the "morphogenetic field."
The implications, as they say, are staggering. If it's possible for human beings to do by intention what birds can do by instinct, then it's possible that our whole impact on the field of collective human consciousness doesn't have to be unconscious or a matter of waiting, for either Godot or Aquarius. We can create it. The challenge that we are offered in the window of opportunity in and after 2012 is to make a conscious, concerted effort to hit the critical mass that helps us understand who we are, and what we can do now to help and cherish one another, and save our home on Earth.
Will we do it? Can we join in communities of loving intention and send each other and our planet the energies of love and courage, compassion and joy that bring a new era of peace and planetary healing? Not only can we do it, we have a technology that lets us check our progress. Since the late 1990s, Princeton's Global Consciousness Project (GCP) has been using a network of Random Number Generators (RNGs) called "eggs"— because they work like electroencephalogram (EEG) sensors—to gather evidence of a global consciousness that may be affected by events of global import, and may respond to events by holding specific emotional frequencies.
"The underlying motivation for this work," the GCP explains, "is to discover whether there is evidence for an anomalous interaction driving the eggs to non-random behavior. In a metaphoric sense, we are looking for evidence of a developing global consciousness that might perceive and react to events with deep meaning." Put more simply, the GCP created a way of monitoring the emotional pulse of the whole global field of human consciousness. We can see how a single event can register instantly throughout the grid as it impacts the hearts of people everywhere. You get one guess as to which shocking, violent event of a decade ago made all the needles jump. In December 2001, a GCP report recounted how, on September 11, 2001, "[t]he whole world reeled in disbelief and horror as the news of the terrorist attack and the unspeakable tragedy unfolded. The egg network registered an unmistakable and profound response."
If we can all react at once in grief and fear to a terrifying event, is it also possible that we can work actively with each other to create the opposite effect? Can we intentionally produce a harmonic surge of love and joy that can be felt everywhere, even by those who didn't know others were working together to help them feel better? This, too, has already happened. The template for synchronizing millions of people in the intention and frequency of love has already been tested successfully.
On November 8, 2003, the day of the "Harmonic Concordance," an international team led by sound therapy master Jonathan Goldman did a global sound meditation in which people all over the world simultaneously chanted the sacred syllable Om while holding the intention of lifting and transforming the planet through the practice of love. The GCP reported weeks later that it had heard the worldwide Om. "Analysis of the data around the time of the lunar eclipse on November 8, 2003," Goldman wrote, "shows a major harmonically related increase in the energetic measurements. The results are quite impressive—you can definitely see the peak at the time of our most coherent sonic resonance! We can make a difference!" A similar result was achieved on May 20, 2007, when over a million people in 65 countries aligned on Global Peace Meditation and Prayer Day—and, as we'll see at the end of this book in Aquarian Planet, such experiments multiplied, and continue to yield encouraging results.
Do We Really Have the Power to Change Everything? Instantly?
One premise of this book is that we can. We will, and we'll have to, if we're going to find each other bearable and our planet livable. The first experiments toward lifting the human morphogenetic field started years ago, and are still going on today. Intentional communities have formed and are proliferating. They will gain momentum as more and more people wake up, recognize the opportunity, pick up the tune, and join the global meditations and ceremonies in sounds that lift and transform.
Why don't more people know about this already? The easiest answer is another question: Is it likely that mainstream media outlets, which have now deteriorated almost everywhere into advertising agencies for dominator elites who control their people by keeping them in ignorance and fear, will spread word about anything that offers us a way to take back our lives and communities, free ourselves from fear, helplessness and boredom, and lift us all through the practice of love? Not likely. The talking class is hard-wired for debate, not concord; stuck in conflict stories and unlikely to see a clear path for themselves out of the old battles and bruises, much less mark the trail for anyone else. Even "reporters" who are honest and courageous tend to squint hard at anything that claims it's going to enlighten all of humanity at once, especially if the recipe for change lists "spirituality" as the main protein. They "know" that until now, it's been inconceivable that most people, much less everybody, everywhere, will ever agree on anything. No matter how a new thing might help solve our misery and confusion, we simply can't expect that everyone would want to give it a try.
The Big Showdown? No. Only in the Movies.
Not only that, but some people think there'll be a showdown fight to decide our future.
They're already checking to see how they look in black leather and metal spikes, and they're getting ready for their Armageddon, even though they don't know for sure who they're going to fight. All they know so far is that they're going to fight somebody, they'll be disappointed if they don't, and when it all comes down, a lot of the good guys and all of the bad guys will die. The problem with this whole Dustup of Doom is that it will, as people in Hawaii say, nevah happen. The change that transforms humankind and our planet won't come through a Last Battle. It will come instead when all the lights go on.
Does this mean we will miraculously get through the years ahead without turmoil and conflict? Of course not. There will be violence, especially among fanatics for faith and those who want a bigger slice, even any slice, of what they see as a shrinking pie. And the living body of Mother Earth is cleansing itself in a fight for life, just as the human body purges itself of toxins by vomiting and sweating, by coughing up phlegm from the lungs and discharging fluids through eruptions in the skin.
The Earth changes that will continue and may well get more severe in the years to come are by no means mere payback for what human beings have done to their planet. The Earth is but one player within a scenario of transformation that now manifests throughout the solar system in solar flares of unprecedented sweep and number, in huge storms on the supposedly dead planet Mars and a surge of X-rays from the equator of Saturn, increased global cloud activity on Uranus and weather anomalies on all the planets. Some of these changes—such as a 300 percent increase in atmospheric pressure on Pluto even as the planet moves away from the Sun—are theoretically impossible. But they are happening.
The question is not whether there will be cataclysms on Earth. There will be. The key question is whether we'll respond to them every time with fear and rage, or whether we can respond sometimes, then more often, with courage and resourceful love that help us stay afloat together rather than drown one by one. The Aquarian gamble, in essence, is that we're betting on human beings to learn the language of compassion and service, and transcend old conflict paradigms that have so often been our first response to trouble.
One new perception that's about to drive up and honk is that by 2012, we will begin to see conflict itself for what it is: not some "reality" or rule of "human nature," but only a habit and illusion that human beings have bought into for several thousand years simply because we didn't know we could choose and create something better.
Is it possible that we can actually change "reality" itself? To answer this, we have to define some terms—new ones, and old ones that are now picking up new meanings. We'll look at some of them now, all grouped in pairs, or in one trio. You'll see that the sets of ideas in the next few pages are all ways of looking at the transition from Pisces to Aquarius through two lenses: some old assumptions that most of us have carried unexamined through our lives, and some new ideas that are about to enter the stream of our awareness, or are already here.
Excerpted from SURFING AQUARIUS by DAN FURST. Copyright © 2011 Dan Furst. Excerpted by permission of Red Wheel/Weiser, LLC.
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