Increasing our Cosciousness

Consciousness is my theme at the moment. Well, actually, It has been for many years. That’s how it ended up in the title of my book, Conscious Spending, Conscious Life, which grew out of my teaching college students to be conscious consumers.

In the time that has passed, I’ve become ever-more aware of the urgent need for increasing our consciousness on all fronts. We must, if we are to resolve the world-scale chaos around us.

That phrase—the more beautiful world our hearts know as possible—is borrowed from author and essayist, Charles Eisenstein. It’s the title of one of his books, and is completely relevant to this time where we must find ways to increase our consciousness.

Seeing the bigger picture…

One of the hallmarks of increased consciousness is the ability to see a bigger picture. And one of the best ways I’ve found is to pay attention to people who are speaking and writing from that greater perspective. It gives me the sense of a perspective I might take and the questions to ask. It helps me shift to another paradigm.

I’m not saying that when I hear a good speaker I immediately take on their views and start parroting them. What I mean is that it gives me other things to consider that may not have been on my radar when I was coming from a more limited viewpoint.

Charles Eisenstein  thinks deeply, writes thoughtfully, and is highly readable. I find him one of the most useful voices in the cacophony of the current chaos.

For consideration…

Click image to hear Charles Eisenstein reading his essay “Reinventing Progress”

So in that spirit, today I’m bringing you Charles Eisenstein reading one of his essays. In it, he describes the paradigm we are currently living under and presents a more expanded one for our consideration.

A paradigm is a framework that contains the basic assumptions, ways of thinking, and methodology that are commonly accepted by members of any discipline or group. This framework determines what people in that group believe is true, and discounts other beliefs as impossible.

We can change paradigms by shifting our perspectives. And this is where the viewpoints of deep thinkers such as Charles Eisenstein can be of value.

Essay summary…

i was going to list key points, but changed my mind.

Content of this nature needs to be taken in as a whole. It wouldn’t do it justice for me to fragment it into bullet points.

The way we perceive things changes what’s possible.

For more of Charles Eisenstein’s perspectives…

This week’s energy activation…

Energy activations are designed to enliven (activate) an aspect of your energy field. The words communicate directly with the field, guiding it to a new formation as needed. For more free activations, go to Sarah McCrum’s YouTube channel. For courses and activations to purchase, visit Sarah McCrum’s website.

Hold Peace

When war is going on, it’s even more important to practise peace. Does that sound counter-intuitive—or maybe even downright ridiculous—to you? It would to many, because we aren’t used to thinking in terms of energy fields.

The field of peace…

So let’s consider the dynamics of peace in the context of energy. In a recent zoom session with his on-line community, Charles Eisenstein spoke about this:

In those moments when you choose not to demonize somebody and instead hold them in the fullness of their humanity, you generate a field of peace. As more of us do this at every chance that comes up, it will change the climate [of the field].

Peace is the capacity to hold the parts that we are uncomfortable with. It is not the same as capitulating. It is how you choose to see [others or the situation]. When you choose well, you are making a statement about what is possible for human beings to do.

I’ve experienced this shift in an energy field…

As I’ve mentioned before, an energy field forms when a group comes together. And each member of the group contributes to the field.

Recently I was participating in a small-group zoom session. There were four of us from various parts of the world—Britain, US, Germany and Canada. When conversation turned to the war in Ukraine, we started down the isn’t-this-awful path.

Then the woman from Germany, who is geographically closest to the chaos, began talking about how she’d witnessed people offering help to a degree that had never occurred before.

That prompted me to add two examples that were reported on the radio during the week before our meeting. One was Village Ice Cream, which dedicated 100% of Sunday sales to Ukraine relief. Calgarians lined up outside despite the cold weather, and staff stayed until the last person was served. This one-day blitz raised $100,000—five times as much as sales on their previous best-day-ever.

The other example was a woman who had come up with a simplified method to send supplies for refugees arriving in Poland. Because she has a cousin in Poland, she ordered emergency items to be delivered by amazon to her cousin who then distributed them at a refugee reception centre. The amount she has been able to send increased significantly as word got out and family, friends and neighbours contributed money to fund more orders.

The other two group members had similar stories to share. By shifting to this path, our group energy became peaceful rather than agitated. The difference was palpable, all because someone chose to redirect the conversation by speaking a story about a different aspect of the war.

For me it, it was a graphic reminder that what each of us puts into the field is crucial…and powerful.

And therefore, we each have the power to change things.

Learning more…

From my perspective, Charles Eisentein’s talent lies in helping us find the best in ourselves when he writes and speaks about civilization, money, crisis, and transition. He thinks deeply and expresses himself beautifully. You can find more on his website and YouTube channel.

This week’s activation…

This activation is designed to help you ground in the power and strength of your own energy, instead of being pushed around by what’s going on in the world. It helps you be at choice rather than responding with a knee-jerk reaction.

 Sit quietly and let energy work for you. Energy activations are designed to enliven (activate) an aspect of your energy field. The words communicate directly with the field, guiding it to a new formation as needed. For more free activations, go to Sarah McCrum’s YouTube channel. For courses and activations for purchase, visit Sarah’s website.