I hope you’re doing OK. I’m still enjoying the quieter pace of life. I am looking forward to having practitioners and classes happening again at Simply Natural Therapies though. I believe we can do that once we hit Step 2 of the restriction easing.
Sadly the Simply Natural Living shop downstairs has closed permanently. Their beautiful products will be available online though at www.simplynaturalliving.com.au, and some of the practitioners, like the lovely Kesang Wangmo, will be working from upstairs. Kesang does the most exquisite Tibetan Peace Massage.
Many of our Practitioners, including myself, are currently available for online appointments so we’re still supporting lots of clients. Our Psychic Readers are more than happy to do a Zoom, or phone consultation and, believe it or not, our Energy Healers can work remotely just as effectively.
Today I want to talk to you about a dilemma I’m having. Let me tell you about it. With more time on my hands (and way too much time on Facebook) I’m finding myself drawn into the conspiracy theories, the political debates about our freedom and our rights and the discussion about the state of the world. I’ve actually shared some controversial videos and for the first time in my Facebook history I’ve had posts blocked for breaching their guidelines. Hmmm.
I’ve found myself being drawn down the rabbit hole and getting caught up in the struggle to bring the truth to light. As I said a couple of weeks ago I truly believe that the upheaval created by this pandemic is part of the process of revealing what’s corrupt and dysfunctional on the planet. All of the corrupt, inhumane and dysfunctional systems need to been seen for what they truly are before they will change.
My dilemma is… How do we explore and expose those corrupt systems and not get drawn into the darkness, negativity, fear and anger? How you we shine a light on things that are corrupt and not be disturbed when we look at them?
And how do we engage in the debate around control and freedom and make our voice heard without being attacked and labelled as conspiracy theorists? The other problem of course is… how do we find the truth and have open, respectful discussions when the information online and in the media is so heavily censored?
The tricky thing is that most of us know there is corruption in high places. We know that many of the people, organisations and corporations that hold the power on the planet do not have the best interests of humanity in mind when they make decisions. Corporations, in fact, have a mandate to make a profit for their shareholders. AND we also know that whistle blowers are usually persecuted and discredited.
So how do we maintain our equilibrium and hold a vision of a better world in the midst of this current reality?
For decades and maybe even centuries much of the world has been running on the paradigm that profits are more important than people or the planet. So how do we shift the paradigm? We can certainly visualise the kind of world we want but what are the inspired, practical, positive and effective actions we can take to move in that direction.
I actually think it’s helpful to take a look at how a paradigm shifts. I’ve borrowed this Innovation Bell Curve because clearly shows how we reach a tipping point when it comes to shifting the collective consciousness and moving into a new paradigm.
This model shows that a shift starts with small percentage of a population taking up a new idea. Think about technology for example. In the past 40 years we’ve moved through this process and from a select few having a home PC or mobile phone, to now where 84% of the adult global population owns a mobile phone and a very small percentage of “laggards” just haven’t caught on.
I remember back in the 80’s an electrician who was working on our house had one of the first mobile phones. It was the size of a briefcase and when it rang his car horn tooted! Not so handy when you’re up in the ceiling space rewiring a house. Oh how the world has changed since then!
Of course some new ideas never get past the early stage of innovation because they have no merit. And many do have merit but they challenge the status quo and are too controversial.
Think about Galileo daring to declare the Earth was not the centre of the Universe. He was charged with heresy and spent the rest of his life under house arrest. Or the doctor who discovered that hand washing reduced the spread of infection. (Imagine his joy seeing us all now!) This man, Dr Ignaz Semmelweis, was ridiculed, lost his job and died in a mental asylum, ironically of sepsis.
Clearly, shifting a paradigm is not always easy. According to Mahatma Gandhi, “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”
What I love about revolutionaries like Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King and even Mother Theresa is that they held the vision of a better world without engaging in hate, anger or violence. They took peaceful actions to create that better world.
So let’s get back to my dilemma. The thing is that you have to see the darkness before you can change it. You have to put on the light on the attic or the basement before you can tidy it up.
Opening our eyes to what currently needs cleaning up in our world is confronting. We see that money is power and that leaders can be corrupted, we see that war is profitable and companies sell weapons to both sides of a conflict, we see that historically oil companies suppressed new sustainable innovations, we see that scientific data can be manipulated to give the results a drug company wants, we see that adverse reactions to prescription drugs and vaccines go unreported and that many safe and effective natural health solutions are ignored or blocked and we see that much of the media is biased.
Bringing these things to light challenges the system and challenges the status quo. But maybe now is the time to shine a big, bright light on what we don’t want. As spiritual teacher, Abraham Hicks, would say, we need to experience the contrast. We need to see clearly what’s not working so we can gain clarity on what we DO want. We need to see the dirty kitchen before we can clean it.
So I guess it’s important to realise that going down the rabbit hole and exploring all the conspiracy theories is a step along the way. As long as you take your torch maybe the rabbit hole is actually a tunnel with lots of lovely light and a bright new world at the other end.
I think I just resolved my own dilemma. I’d love your thoughts.
“The present convergence of crises––in money, energy, education, health, water, soil, climate, politics, the environment, and more––is a birth crisis, expelling us from the old world into a new.”
? Charles Eisenstein
Occupational Therapist and Clinical Hypnotherapist
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Alison Burton is an Occupational Therapist and one of Melbourne’s leading Clinical Hypnotherapists. She’s the owner of Simply Natural Therapies.
Alison is a sought after public speaker and has appeared on ABC National Radio, SBS Radio and is a regular guest on 3WBC Radio. She’s also featured in The Age, Herald Sun, Insight Magazine and local news media. Alison specialises in anxiety management and mind-body healing particularly in relation to Irritable Bowel Syndrome and other gut disorders.
Alison has a keen interest in all aspects of natural health and well-being, energy medicine, human consciousness and bringing more common sense and kindness to the planet.
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