There was nothing there now except a single Commandment. It ran:
“All Animals Are Created Equal, but Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others.*”
In these Orwellian times, the support of assumed standards feels as if it’s crumbling in the light of each dawn. We seek the integrity of true voice, and we are met with the noise of untempered, self-indulgent, and grossly provocative arrogance. Such is the state of our headlines. What is the state of our world? It depends on who answers that question.
Perspective is a creative process, and it’s necessary to realize that everything hitting our brains is fodder for creative response. Whether through internal simmering or outward action, we respond to stimulus. There was a time when the word fact meant unwavering truth. As with many constants, the weather changes, and structures fall. Climate change is real – either through nature or lack of nurture, and climate change is a metaphor for the ever threatening shift of facades in our image – as individuals, as a nation, as a planet.
As a teacher of meditation, I begin by identifying some basics that we inherently ignore. At the top of my list is linear thinking. We assume that life and all of its miraculous facets work in a straight line – something akin to birthing, growing, creating, & dying. Lines connect things and concepts; lines get us places, yet they are rarely straight. Straight lines are a convention of time and space; they help us measure, and we employ them in practices of practice math and science.
Yoga reminds us that everything exists in paradox. Mortality may employ lines to function, yet life is holographic. Infinite measures of vibration occur in all directions simultaneously. We consciously grasp a tiny portion of this abundance in any given moment. We sense life through what we palpate, hear, see, smell, and taste. None of that process is linear. We are bathing in vibrational magic, yet we limit our awareness to the headers of assigned thought – be it in print, conversations, legal battles, or entertainment. Linear thinking minimizes our awareness of the world and, more insidiously, our creative potential.
Of course, we need to limit the vast possibilities of free will in order to function. That’s why thinking is important. We’d be lost without the ability to select ideas and set ships to effectively sail. That said, once a ship has sailed, we must remember that we no longer need to limit our attention to a completed task. We’re free to immerse in the multidimensional essence of infinite possibility. Too many tasks to let that happen, you say? Consider the state of your own world.
We often argue that we have no time to sit and “not do”. That’s a dangerous perspective and it’s one that’s required to create the noise of current headlines – not just in speakers, but in listeners as well. By not immersing in the essence of Infinity, we are vulnerable to the volume and scope of narrow statements.
Sit. Be. Make quiet.
Meditation is a creative process. By practicing one invents the opportunity to stop the cycle of noise, to remember an unshakable structure of Self, and to touch the inherent truth of choice. If we unconsciously respond to the provocation of rage rather than the stability of understanding, we are manipulated by the scant possibilities of sentences. Becoming conscious demands that we eliminate brain clutter. I gently urge you to separate from the intruding noise, put up clear antennae for honest reception, and remember your power.
If we consciously challenge any pigs walking on two legs, we’re likely to see them fall.
*From Animal Farm by George Orwell