you remember a year ago when we faced the threat of Y2K
computer breakdowns and terrorist attacks? Remember all
the prophecies of doom and destruction? Our thoughts were
bursting with speculations about what the turn of the century
could mean. One short year ago individuals and nations held
so many queries and uncertainties. And now, here we are
again, at the threshold of another New Year, a millennium
shift (the "official" one they say), and what
questions rumble within this time around?
rather than focus on unknowns, an enlightening stance could
be to bring to our minds and hearts the truths we discovered
from that time to now. If we were to start with how the
world felt last New Years Eve, we would remember the
awe of seeing how the entire planet connected in peace and
celebration. There were, in fact, no terrorist attacks.
No failed securities or systems. What did unfold was a spectacle
of colors, languages, rituals, music and peoples circling
the globe to acknowledge a reality of true kinship. The
planet seemed to dance. And many spoke of feeling a deep
in the earth pulse that pumped out a shared appreciation
of humanitys magnificence. For days afterward a gentle
hopefulness settled in. The winter cold felt more energizing
than chilling. The world appeared awake to conscious potential
and heartfelt harmony. It was a wondrous example of what
the American philosopher, Ken Wilbur calls "transcend
and include". Last New Years planetary gala showed
us the depths of our collective soul could transcend the
casualties of our times.
needed it all to occur exactly as it did. And we need it
once again. Yet perhaps this Millennium vision can unfold
not only between nations, but also within us. Having absorbed
the image of a united planet, we can use that same template
to illumine our own being. Its as if our internal
world has distinct continents with varied elements, landscapes
and dialects. And though the kingdoms of our bodies, minds,
hearts and souls function in quite unique ways they also
strive for a balanced state of wholeness and cooperation.
is the paradigm of holistic health and soul-fullness. As
the visionaries Denise Breton and Chris Largent write in
The Paradigm Conspiracy we are witnessing a shift from rules
of division, control, and exclusion. On every level we are
becoming aware of the glue that holds us together, both
within and without. This is the millennium of interrelatedness
where we cross over shores of difference to bridge separate
parts to each other. Its a time for re-membering.
Not in terms of what was but rather of what can be. In other
words, to come to know how the whole is truly greater than
the sum of the parts.
this moment, sit still and reflect on the dimensions of
your inner self. Notice your heartbeat. Listen to your breathing.
Feel the touch of cloth upon your skin. The smell of the
air. The buzz in your mind. All the subtle feelings moving
through you. Note how wherever you are sitting or lying
you are held and supported. All these elements may feel
separate and distinct, yet they perform quite purposely
and in perfect unison. Now turn your attention to your imagination
and sense yourself standing on a mountain peak high enough
to view the entire planet. Take a few moments to imagine
the world as you would most wish it to bea world where
you and all other beings would truly thrive. Say to yourself,
"I see a world where . . . " and fill in the blank,
over and over, with your hopes, desires and dreams. And
notice how you so very naturally "transcend and include".
shift your awareness to the mountaintop within. Look over
the intriguing expanse of your inner world and again fill
in the blanks, "I see a self where . . . ". Allow
your responses to float up from the quiet, still space in
the center of your being. Dont censor or judge. Refrain
from conditions or best answers. Just listen and receive.
Let the landscape within, even those shadowed shrubs or
craggy cliffs be welcomed by a kind and open heart. Invite
them all into the New Year. Then, whether you fly off the
pinnacle or climb down the slope, when you reach the ground
be sure to re-member and revel in the magnificence you glimpsed.