7a. RESISTANCE IS FERTILE
“The system will collapse if we refuse to buy what they are selling – their ideas, their version of history, their wars, their weapons, their notions of inevitability. Remember this: we be many and they be few. They need us more than we need them. Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.”
Detaching from the System
Maddy Harland is the editor of my favourite magazine, ‘Permaculture, Practical Solutions Beyond Sustainability’. She asked a panel of theologists and farmers how they thought we might grow consciousness, because she believes that a growth in consciousness is the mechanism to begin a paradigm shift to a more resilient, regenerative and kinder world.
“To paraphrase the answers: we are living at a time that resembles 1933 in terms of the rise of the Far Right and the brutality of neoliberalism. Corporations without ethics, industrial agriculture, land grabbing, and the disenfranchisement of the peasantry are rife globally. These are powerful forces. It is essential that we, who represent regenerative, healing, sustainable, enlightened, ethical practices, support each other and speak out in the world. We must not be inert. We are called to be radical. We can create change by engaging our heads with our hearts and then acting from that place. It is of great importance to nurture our love and connection with the Earth, to treat it as sacred in our daily practice, and devise ways of sharing insights and practical actions as widely as possible, whether we are a farmer, horticulturalist, Gardner, policymaker, teacher, parent…
Your belief system is your personal choice. I’m not prescribing or projecting anything onto you. What I am suggesting is that irrespective of belief, let’s help each other to become the people we want to be. Let’s develop our own practices that bring us closer to nature, more capable of listening and reflecting, more supportive of each other, and more able to act with greater wisdom and good effect in the world.”
Despite what we have been told about ‘austerity’, there is enough for everyone. Permaculture show us that the earth can provide an abundance of food, energy, natural medicine, and building supplies that can meet the needs of everyone. If you believe this then it is easy to see how the slogan popularised by Karl Marx might work: ‘From each according to her ability, to each according to her needs’.
Humans are the only beings who have to pay to be on the Earth but in reality the Earth does not charge us money for anything. It is our artificial economic system that creates lack and scarcity in order to run a slave civilization. It hides the nature of absolute abundance that can be, and is a reality for many people already.
“Nature gives us everything for free, nature doesn’t charge us any money, all nature asks of us is that we protect it.”
So we continue to kill ourselves and our world with poison food, toxic water, and polluted air, not to mention depression, anxiety, poverty and a host of other socio-economic issues – all caused or related to the global economic system. Its easy to blame corrupt world leaders, governments, corporations and a host of other problematic sources – but the system continues because we agree to it. We have even started to set up world leaders as pantomime villains like Trump, so we can all point the finger at our own shadow and once again remain ineffective agents of the change in ourselves.
Perhaps, our implicit agreement with this system is complacent, but our agreement with it and operation of it perpetuates the crime. Are you part of the problem, or part of the solution? It is not enough to hand over responsibility and to perform the sham of an imaginary democratic event, voting every few years to change just the faces in a pro-economic system killing our world for money.
We are trapped in this system that operates through our conditioned beliefs in separation, competition, scarcity, unworthiness, fear of loss, victimhood and powerlessness, which are all related to our survival. Anyone or anything that activates these survival based beliefs can easily manipulate us – provoking lower vibration beliefs. Activating these causes fear-based reactions that keep us imprisoned in negative thought and action patterns.
For example, if you have a belief that there is not enough to go around, you become competitive to get ‘your piece of the pie’. If you did not believe in scarcity or competition, you would not make the same choices in your life or teach your children to make those choices.
In order to keep the system running you must also believe that your survival is solely dependent upon the system, including your right to live in your home, your food, health and general well-being. In order to maintain this negative belief, you must completely forget that the source of all things is infinite and abundant – and it does not cost any money.
Corporations, world leaders and governments are the controllers. They take what is given from nature and they monetize it and monopolise it – so that we look toward them as our false-gods, and we give all our power away. If you look to the controllers for the source of your survival, you allow them to manipulate you. They do this by feeding the negative beliefs of our ego-selves, via means of media, education, propaganda and a host of other artificial sources endemic in all of our social systems.
For example, the mass-media news reinforces separation, competition, scarcity powerlessness and victimhood. Forget about the actual stories and simply notice the beliefs that are being fed – over and over again. In fact, almost everywhere you look you get the same message. A fear-based society is an easy society to control so they must do whatever it takes to keep us asleep by activating our already ingrained disempowering beliefs. These unquestioned stories run very deep.
But if we stop allowing these control stories to be fed to us and choose to release these beliefs the fabric of our reality will change. The thought comes first because our beliefs create our reality. In order to heal our world we must release beliefs that create a negative fear-based reality and claim beliefs that support a reality based on love, kindness and abundance.
So the first point of resistance is psychological. We free ourselves by releasing disempowering beliefs, and embracing beliefs that are aligned with our highest good. Our ability to create a different reality through our beliefs is infinitely more powerful than any artificial power that operates in the world.
Try on a few:
- I am not a victim so I will not give my power and freedom to a government to ‘protect me’
- I am worthy so I do not need a social system that asks me to prove my worth. I speak up, stand out, and am true to myself because I do not need to ‘fit in’ to a society
- I enjoy supporting others in their success because I value co-operation over competition
- I am part of you and you are part of me
- We are part of the world and relinquish our separation
- I relinquish any dependence on a system that keeps me enslaved
The controlling stories and their perpetuators need us to believe that we are powerless, unworthy, needy, potential victims in order to keep us compliant, but every single one of those beliefs is a lie.
“When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly proposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic.”
It is your responsibility to heal your own piece of the puzzle. ‘Think global and act local’ is a great slogan – don’t try and take it all on – it will make your shoulders ache! You can start to change our socioeconomic system by healing yourself of false beliefs, such as victimhood, powerless, loss and unworthiness.
You heal false beliefs by turning your attention away from them and turning your attention to a higher truth. All healing is a release of false belief. It requires time, intention and commitment, but it has never been so easy to heal or release dis-empowering beliefs, because now there are so many of us doing it.
When you release the old dysfunctional paradigm and reclaim your worth and your power to consciously create, you naturally make different choices that move toward love and connection, and as a result, reality begins to change in ways that support the thriving of a whole new reality.
‘Detaching from the System’ with thanks to Nanice Ellis, based on ‘Wake Up World’
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