Is the world ending? No. But the World as we know it is ending. It ends every single day. Every day is the beginning of a new world where some things are not the same as before. I personally think that’s a good thing. I wouldn’t want to be in a world where day after day after day everything stayed the same. Is it sometimes hard to keep up with it all? Definitely, but in some ways it keeps us on our toes, allows for new ideas to come in and change creates growth…that is if we don’t just hunker down in fear.
Just how long has the “End” been coming? Did you know the Roman’s predicted the end of the world in 634BC?
How many times are we going to continue to give in to those who are expounding the latest version of the end of the world? Haven’t we learned from the past?
Think about it, how many times in your lifetime have you faced “the end”? Remember Y2K and all that hype? Seems there have been other predictions. I seem to remember some cosmic storm that was going to knock out all emf back in 1991, again in the later 90s and just a couple years ago and maybe a few times in between. What happened? Nothing.
Out of curiosity, I looked up a list of end of the world predictions they start in 634BC with the Romans, and continue about once a century until the 20th century when there seems to be one every other year or so, even more often recently. Along with the end of the world predictions, are also predictions of dire consequences and great harm to come to mankind.
So what’s up with that? Why are we so willing to believe the end is near or that we are about to all die or face some other horrible fate? Some of it seems to me to be self-serving dribble put out there by people who are starved for attention, some are even profiting off it: books, lectures, speaking engagements, television appearances, interviews, movies, even products to help us live through it all.
I was at a number of trade shows in 1998 and 1999 with these obnoxious fear mongers – oh, I’m sorry, “reputable salesmen” – who were selling survival kits with packaged food, water cleansing tools and pellets and other “necessities”. They’d literally run out into the isle pulling people in as they described all the horrors that would happen when Y2K hit. According to them we all needed huge supplies of food, generators even weapons to protect themselves from those who hadn’t bothered to plan ahead.
My biggest fear is that the fear mongers will win. Recently when Tropical Storm Sandy hit the East Coast there were those who predicted looting and mayhem, advising people to be well-armed and prepared to defend themselves against their neighbors. I scolded one such blogger because I feel that the spreading of fear and predictions of violence create exactly the type of fear that creates the violence.
Instead of telling people “Hey, get to know your neighbor. Make plans in your neighborhood. Plan some homes where people can retreat to safety. Share. Help. Cooperate. If we all work together, we can make it through.” What they did was create a sense of “It’s us against them.”
When actual violence did occur that same blogger pointed at back and me and said “See, I told you so.” We’ll never know to what extent that “us against them” fear contributed to events that happened, but can you at least speculate that it did have something to do with it? If people aren’t scared, are they going to resort to violence? Probably not, at least I’d like to think that’s not our essential nature.
It doesn’t hurt to do a little pre-planning for events and changes. Of course that’s not a bad idea and give you a little more peace of mind. But don’t buy into the hype and stockpile an entire grocery store or wall yourself off from the world. Check in with yourself, does it really feel that dire? I sure hope not.
I didn’t start this post off as an advertisement for the Shield, but I do want to simply say that when all these predictions of doom, disaster and harm are hyped everywhere we turn our resistance to them is lowered and we begin to absorb that energy of fear. We wrote an article talking more about this phenomenon a few years ago. Fear is all around us. Is it impacting your life? To date, this article has been viewed nearly 16,000 times. This is the most viewed article we have ever posted. Why? Because fear is impacting our lives and we want that to stop.
How do you stop the fear? Turn off the TV, turn off the radio, don’t read all the reports, articles and blogs that predict doom and danger. Allow your life to fill with some positive things. The same phenomenon that has created this blanket of fear – the power of the collective consciousness – can disperse it. If we choose to focus on the positive, the fear can’t live and grow in our lives.
I was about the end this article when I thought about the timing. It’s the season of the holidays of both Christmas & Hanukkak. Both holidays are about peace, hope and love. Winter Solstice to many also marks the beginning of a new year…the shortest day of the year where each day from here on out will continue to get longer, bringing more light into our lives. Regardless of what you believe, your faith or lack thereof, allow yourself to feel the hope and sense of wonder of all that we have. When you are in a space of hope and love, the world isn’t such a scary place.
What do you choose today?
Note about photo: This was shared on Facebook and I have been unable to find it’s original source.