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While no one is certain what actual events will occur in 2012 (if any) there is a general consensus that it will involve a shift in consciousness. So what do we mean when we say this? Essentially, it’s about a change in the way we see the world, the way we perceive reality. So let’s forget about the possible physical effects of 2012, which could be argued to be revealing themselves in global warming and increased levels of natural disasters, and look at the psychic impacts that have begun to take hold.
Is 2012 happening now?
Let’s look at the evidence. Consider how our outlook in life, our consciousness, has changed over the last twenty or so years:
- The rise of the Internet: With the internet, you can now find the news you want, listen to the music you want, watch the movies you want and read the books you want. This in turn has caused…
- The development of niches: Consider the popularity of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones or Elvis Presley. Can you imagine a group or musician having that kind of success today? It’s impossible to get that many people to like one thing. Now if you like rock music, you might like metal or hardcore or punk. If you just like metal, you might only like thrash metal or speed metal, and on and on.
- Increased polarization of communities: Thanks to the media, we’re finding more and more reasons why we’re different from other people. The rich hate the poor, the whites hate the blacks, the Jews hate the Muslims and neighbours hate each other. The idea of something like a town hall meeting, or an idea of a coherent community in a local area seems quaint and almost laughable. The closest idea of community comes only from the internet, and even then it’s a pale mimic of what actual cultural interaction should be.
There are a number of commonly discussed advantages of lucid dreaming. Some of these are the ability to rehearse real-life scenarios, to practice mental tasks we’re working on in life, and in the case of Tibetan Buddhists, to get ourselves ready and able for when we cross over to the spirit world.
There’s another big advantage to lucid dreaming, one that makes it incredibly important for today’s world: The ability to question what is happening around us.
It’s no secret that in today’s society, we live with a great deal of control from others over our lives. We’re forced to work long hours, pay for things we don’t really need, and keep our thoughts and actions in line with what is generally acceptable. After September 11, many were afraid to go against the media and Government-driven campaign of patriotism and fear, and those that did were often unwilling to take real action to stop two unnecessary wars.
This same acceptance of what is happening can be seen in our dreams. We could be sailing on the Titanic, being stalked by zombies or at a news conference with our pants down, and still not question the reality of what is happening around us. If we’re able to accept these fanciful situations as reality, what kind of mutations of the real world could we be willing to accept as “the way things are”? More >