Turning Point: Creating Resilience in a Time of Extremes
Everyone Is on the JourneyA big difference between trips that we may have taken in the past and the big journey that we're on now is that today we don't get to pick our traveling companions. The reason is simple: Everyone on Earth is on our journey. No one can be left behind. Our world today is so deeply interconnected on so many levels that it's impossible for the transformation that's emerging in one part not to show up in other places as well. I've seen this firsthand in my travels to some of the most remote and isolated places remaining in the world - like Tibet, for example.
In 2005, following a number of previous pilgrimages to the monasteries of the Tibetan Plateau, I saw for the first time the eerie glow of cell phones illuminating the dark recesses of centuries-old buildings as the pockets under the robes of monks and nuns lit up. For the people living in these secluded monasteries, their former world of isolation is now on a path of connectivity. The change that this path carries is a promise that their traditions will never be same.
A Crisis in ThinkingWe don't need to go to Tibet, however, to see the evidence of how dramatically the world is shifting. Change is reflected everywhere, both in the ways in which the world works, as well as in the ways things no longer work. The era of an oil-based economy, for example, is giving way to a new economy based upon forms of energy that are cleaner and more sustainable.
The centralized production of our food from corporate farms half a world away is giving way to the healthy and sustainable production from small farms that invigorate local economies. The practice of creating wealth from industries that destroy our planet is giving way to socially responsible models of investing.
And as the world of the past slips away and the new one emerges, the clash of new against old highlights another, even greater crisis, one that we all face, yet which we'll probably never read about or hear discussed in the popular media. It's a silent crisis that's like the proverbial elephant in the room - something that everyone sees yet no one acknowledges.
Arguably the greatest crisis that we face in our time of extremes is a crisis in thinking. And our thinking is the very key to the way we deal with the needs of the emerging world.
You and I are being tasked with something that's never been done. We're being challenged to radically shift the way in which we think of ourselves and our relationship to the world, and to do so faster than any generation in history has ever done before.
Our willingness to think differently about ourselves, and the world will be the key to the success of our journey. And while it's definitely a big journey that we're on, it's also a short trip, because the world we're traveling to is already here. It's with us right now.
We Have the SolutionsFortunately for us, the technology to solve the biggest challenges we face has already been discovered.
The biggest problems we could ever imagine are already solved. The advanced principles are already understood. They all exist in this moment, right here, right now, and are at our fingertips. All that stands between us and the new world - where energy comes from clean, abundant sources and is accessible to every member of our global family; where clean, healthy food is plentiful and accessible to every mouth on the planet; where every human is able to obtain the basic necessities to live a comfortable, meaningful life - is the thinking that makes room in our lives for what already exists in the world.
Are we willing to embrace the thinking that makes such possibilities a priority? Will we allow the science that reveals the deepest truths about our relationship to ourselves, to one another, and the earth to become the passport for our journey?
Gregg Braden is internationally renowned as a pioneer in bridging science, ancient wisdom and the real world. Inspiring author of: The God Code, The Divine Matrix, Fractal Time, Deep Truth, and his latest The Turning Point. Website: www.greggbraden.com.