I think most folks are confused about apocalyptic thinking. It means ‘unveiling’ so we needn’t fear it. What is the ‘new normal’ going to be? This year for me is about expressing my truth, becoming more eloquent and inviting others to explore the possibilities in the opportunities we face in 2021 and beyond. We’re recovering from a devastating year in our global history. I have a tremendous faith in our ability to rise above any challenges and love one another; as naïve as that may sound.
I’m sure as the truth rolls out about the real statistics on the pandemic that we’ll find the numbers aren’t that significantly different than previous flu seasons. We have had a test of a global management system we’d heard about for decades as a possible ‘new world order’ emerges under the guise of a ‘reset.’ Too many feel helpless in its wake, afraid of the future and with few tools to make any impact. What’s really going on inside you?
I’ve been a highly sensitive individual since childhood. Most people don’t have a clue as to what that really means. Consider the deep questions adoption brings to a young child when he finds out. Consider what those questions evolve into over time and with a deepening experience, an insatiable curiosity about truth. Also consider what kinds of experiences the curiosity may draw. Consider a highly-developed sensory system that many would call empathic.
For me, on the spiritual side of apocalyptic thinking, it became a way to understand what Jesus’ teachings were truly, what the trinity actually is and how living by the principles embedded in our souls might look like in the real world; perhaps even a way to express why it might be like that. Jesus taught that there is no separation from Father, that we are all connected, right?
And, I believe, the Nag Hamadi (Dead Sea Scrolls) offered that Jesus told Thomas an even deeper truth that got eliminated at the Council of Nicaea. However, we did get that ‘I and the Father are one and all these things I do ye can do and more.’ Do we do them? No.
We fight in fear of losing our safety. In spite of the convictions of faith, love and trust and the fearlessness it brings, those who demonstrate fearlessness in the current times are cast out. The obfuscation of truth and manipulation of the masses is testing that deep dive to the ultimate.
Reset or New Paradigm?
What has been revealed over the centuries is the first bridging of church and state that took place at Nicaea, a means for which to rule the masses with an iron fist. Most believers are not scholars and are bereft of understanding how the Bible was created, opting for the ‘Word of God’ which is ridiculous in any real sense of understanding. Jesus spoke of The Word being in our hearts, not a book.
There is a lot of talk about the variances in beliefs and actions of ‘trinitized’ folks; those that actually live by the dictates of an awareness of their spirit and soul’s connection to cosmic consciousness. This might appear as apocalyptic thinking. The latter is rarely, if ever, addressed in assemblies of believers, period. It’s the key to the kingdom, imho, having had an NDE and experience of what it is like to leave this plane of existence and return with some serious questions.
I’ve spent my life developing a deeper and deeper relationship with God, only to find the ineffable experience of how attention, intention and actions are reflected truths in our direct experience of life on a daily basis. It isn’t just a ‘belief system’ it is an ‘experience system’ that permeates every aspect of our being and lives. It’s how we feel and think in every moment, which is far more disciplined than most can muster.
I had a moment at a place called Woods Canyon Lake in northern Arizona a few decades ago. It certainly isn’t the only ‘moment’ I’ve had, yet it speaks to the nature of your query, “What is truth?” I was with a small group of spiritual seekers on a retreat. We had just finished an exercise of acting as if Jesus was standing in front of us and interacting with him. Not one out of ten, except me, could even do it. I was really baffled and a bit confused.
I held back for a while, then blurted out a greeting that prompted the facilitator (30 years my senior) to move us into a guided meditation, asking us to close our eyes and take a few deep breaths in a sense of unconditional love. On my second breath a light appeared above me. My eyes were closed, still, but as I looked up the light I saw was Jesus. His face was somewhat obscured by the light but His Presence was undeniable.
There was a ray of light from his forehead and from his heart that merged about 18 inches above me and bathed me with an effervescent and iridescent sensation like you cannot imagine. Moments later I was crying like a baby.
He’d asked to speak through me and I felt completely unworthy; so far from what I knew to be my Divine calling. After a few more moments I decided I was not going to pass this opportunity up and defied all the nonsense my mind wanted to offer in disbelief. I let go of all the fears I had toward worthiness, an apocalyptic thinking moment for sure.
I took one more deep breath, still eyes closed, and opened my mouth as if to speak yet held no words in my head. I was mystified when I heard, “Know that I Am with you always,” come out of my mouth. I thought that was pretty standard and I could have made it up and spoke the words.
The next sentence, ‘This one’s fear is great,’ caught me off guard and my mind kicked in with questions, sufficient enough to disconnect my rational mind from my body, which continued to speak. I found myself in a conversation with Jesus at this point, though I was still speaking to the group simultaneous yet I do not recall any of the words after that.
Fearlessness for the Future
What I do recall further humbled me and is definitely an unveiling aligned with the notion of apocalyptic thinking. He told me that my fears were the same as his were, of not fulfilling our Divine mission on Earth. I saw a series of scenes, like video clips, he used to illustrate the point and to remove any doubt. It certainly didn’t place me anywhere close to His stature, but it did give me solace in my own.
Now I have to say I was given my ‘marching orders’ as a teenager during a near-death experience (on steroids) prompted by an answer to a prayer I’d offered a few days before of wanting to know truth and being willing to die for it if necessary. Believe what you want; just consider the possibility of its truth. Do we each have a Divine mission, so to speak?
As different as snowflakes that create a beautiful display when coagulated on the ground in Nature, and even in the city, we each fit together perfectly from that inner truth looking place. Free will allows us to choose differently and our egos do the rest. What if we were close to the same understanding and chose to further that cause instead of angrily divergent and willing to go to war over our differences?
I don’t consider myself a Christian, though I truly see the universality in Jesus’ teachings, along with long line of others. Universal truth has to bring all paths together and converge on the top of the mountain. From there, we have a better view of how they all fit together in harmony; eudaimonia, human flourishing, prosperity and blessedness.
Apocalyptic Thinking Leads Us Forward
Many hold the belief and/or knowing that we’re all ONE and that the ‘universe’ functions in Oneness – everything is connected. It is my opinion that this in itself is a moment of apocalyptic thinking that will emerge in the coming years. Science is proving that subtle changes in atmospheric conditions changes everything. We already know that holistic remedies and vaccines are minute amounts of the substance we want to guard ourselves against.
The thing is that in this place of considering subtle effects on ourselves and our environment, we blow past the notion that our own feelings and thoughts have a huge influence on the kind of reality we experience and/or co-create. The ‘unveiling’ of our personal power is disrupting the old standards, the organized religions and even the political climate.
Trying to come up with a reasonable offering that encapsulates nearly 50 years of deep diving into worlds most don’t even know exist, I came up with the following to illustrate what I know about attention, intention and action at its best…