Cure for the Craziness

As I write this post, it’s a little over a week away from the 2016 USA presidential election. The drama and anxiety that event is producing is off the Richter scale for Americans as well as those of us who view it from other countries via media reports.

Add to that horrific terrorist attacks in different parts of the world, floods, earthquakes, bank meltdowns…you’ve got to wonder what’s going on.

Gregg Braden is a geologist who has studied the wisdom of numerous tribes around the world and now speaks about the connection that exists between science, spirituality and the real world.

He postulates that three cycles are all coming together at the same time – economic, climatic and conflict – bringing their most volatile characteristics into play simultaneously. *

It isn’t difficult to see evidence of all three.  From Brexit to volcanos, from Wells Fargo’s 2 million phony accounts to “the Donald”, from Syrian refugees to Korean aggression, hurricanes, etc.

Gregg believes the end of 2016 and beginning of 2017 is the most critical time for conflict, for economic instability and climatic upheaval as these cycles all reach their apex.

However, there’s good news.  What we do and how we muster and flow our energy has a significant effect on the outcome of these cycles.

Just like the Japanese kanji character is the same for both crisis and opportunity, the duality of this world offers us the same choice.  The Hopi tribe ancestors foresaw this time in our history and two paths we could follow, according to Gregg.  One was a path of comfort, greed and profiting at the expense of another’s suffering; the other was one of love, strength and balance.

The Hopi believed that we would have a say in which path our world follows. We could interrupt a destructive pattern and create a new world that flourishes with cooperation instead of competition and connection instead of separation. It would take only the energy of a tiny percentage of positive people to turn the tide.

Gregg, who has studied the physical elements of our planet in depth, says science has now proven nature is not organized around a structure of competition as believed for centuries, but cooperation and mutual aid. And just like nature organizes itself in this manner, human beings can do the same. We can shift from an old, worn-out paradigm of greed and winning at any cost to a new world that thrives because we accept our connectedness and we value diversity and cooperation more than competition.

I’m hoping this conversation will awaken a curiosity in all of us to look beyond current events, or a despotic history to a future world that is better than the one we know.

Yes, the drama may have to play out to a certain extent – recognize it as the momentum that was stoked by these old energies.  What we’re witnessing is the death rattle of darkness.  It cannot maintain its hold on a world that refuses to fuel the fire of bigotry, greed, fear and dissention.

It’s like turning on a light in a dark room. There is no dark switch.  Dark only exists where there is no light. Light has all the energy.  Dark is like the moon compared to the sun.  It can only reflect; it has no energy of its own.

The light is in all of us.

Choose compassion. Open your heart to connection. Exercise balance.  Let love temper your decisions. Be strong. Release judgment on others, but even more importantly, be kind to yourself and shine brightly.

*If you’d like to know more about these cycles, check out Lilou Mace TV on Youtube – “Solutions to Shift Extreme Conditions” as she interviews Gregg Braden.  Visit Gregg Braden’s website at or look for a Youtube video of one of his lectures or interviews.

Barbara Risto is the publisher of INSPIRED Senior Living, a magazine geared for the 55+ demographic; the Canadian best-selling author of “To Move Or Not to Move?” a helpful guide for seniors considering their residential options; the producer of two annual 55+ Lifestyle Shows; and a champion of the 55+ lifestyle, which she is now embracing.

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