the times we were made for

these are the times mythology has been preparing us for
as a species

these are the times our ancestors created us for

the soil
the water
the air
all under attack

our brothers and sisters and teachers and friends of the plant and animal kingdoms
are under attack

our neighbors and parents and children
our very bodies
are under attack

and there is no enemy to bomb
for the attacker is within
as we are being attacked
by our own selves
or at least
by own our misperceptions of who we are
and the attack on the external world
is being carried out
by our own hands

the ecological systems of our planet
and the systems within our minds and bodies
which are all inherently and intimately interconnected
are suffering greatly
and preparing for collapse

our planet is ravaged by the consequences and effects of the attack
as are our communities
as are our minds and bodies
the consequences and effects of this attack are the war
poverty
ecological collapse
mental illness
addiction
and suicide
that riddles our world
these are not “the ills of society” as we often say
these are manifestations of the consequences of society’s illness

and society’s illness is the attack
the attack that can be found within our ego mind
both our collective ego mind and our personal ego minds
in which resides our underlying vision and perception of reality
which deludes us into thinking we are separate
and that we are not amply provided for
and that we don’t have enough

the medicine for this attack
is within each human heart
as it awakens to and lives within the reality
that we are intimately interconnected
to one another as humans
to the ecological systems we depend upon and live within
to the other plant and animal creatures with whom we share these ecological systems
and of all of creation
least of which are the stars in the sky
from which we truly come

the medicine for this attack
is within each human heart
as it awakens to and lives within the reality
that we are provided for by this planet
by each other
and by the universe
our species has been given all that it has needed to thrive
for millions of years
and we are still be offered everything that we need in order to live
in harmonic co-creative evolution
together

that does not mean we are given everything we want
and that does not mean we are given everything we think we need
for our desires stem from our ego mind
and are not always aligned with our needs
as our needs stem from the present moment being experienced through our hearts

whatever is not being provided
is not needed
no matter what we think or have to say about it
and if we demand what we do not need
and if we demand that which is not provided for freely by life’s outstretched hands
and we instead rip it out of life’s hands with great labor and force
we are attempting destruction of the balance of the universe
which violates the order of the cosmos
and is not permitted
and not allowed

it creates the need for us to be greatly humbled and “robbed back”
in order to preserve balance

we are suffering at our own hands
not the hands of evil
not the hands of god

“as it acts in the world, the Tao
is like the bending of a bow.
the top is bent downward;
the bottom is bent up.
it adjusts excess and deficiency
so that there is perfect balance.
it takes from what is too much
and gives to what isn’t enough.

those who try to control,
who use force to protect their power,
go against the direction of the Tao.
they take from those who don’t have enough
and give to those who have far too much.

the master can keep giving
because there is no end to her wealth.
he acts without expectations, succeeds without taking credit,
and doesn’t think that she is better that anyone else.”

-Tao te Ching 77

Now is the time the great legends and stories and myths and gospels
have been preparing us for
and instead of just applying them to our own personal journeys
and instead of just applying them to our own immediate communities’ journeys
it is now time to apply it to the journey of humanity
collectively
the journey of earth
collectively
the journey of the awakening of the universe

now is the time to face the darkness
within and without
to face our very Self
together
with courage
strength
trust
surrender
awareness
humility
compassion
and love

we were created for this time
this now
and we have all that we need
to realize it
to be realized in it
as it
to be victorious

WE
ARE
LIBERATION

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