When the global economy crashed nearly ten years ago, the first response of the people in charge was to act, hastily, to create the illusion that it hadn’t happened.
From a situation where there was no money left in the ATM’s (it was pretty close), impossibly large amounts of money were manifested, out of nowhere, so that everything could go on as before. Yes, huge job losses, yes greater suffering, yes fewer opportunities. But all that must have been deemed a price worth paying (by whom…) if it meant things would carry on as normally as they possibly could.
The problem was that it was not true, and this year the cracks have really started to show.
When an illusion is in power in a human dynamic, everyone trying to function within that dynamic is forced into a weird, contorted position in order to operate. Ignoring reality and engaging with the illusion is painful, draining and ultimately sickening. It leads to wasted, misspent time, wasted misspent energy and wasted misspent lives. How long that situation can endure varies, but, in the end the illusion cannot prevail and reality breaks through. Always, sooner or later.
How does that break happen? One tiny act can precipitate it; the magnitude of the action required is in inverse proportion to the degree of tension accompanying the illusion. The greater the tension, the smaller the catalyst required to fracture the structure.
This year, we’ve seen some notable events – some people feel the world has been turned on its head. To my mind, the world turned on its head pretty exactly eight years ago, when private wealth was nationalized through state bailouts and central banks tore up the rule book on basic economics. The global economy was put on life-support and is still there, wired up to the breathing machine of quantatitive easing (AKA printing money). Meanwhile, we’ve been living in an ersatz socioeconomic limbo, where the illusion of normality covers everything like a strange, pervasive dust. The notable events of this year are visible signs of the cracking of the illusion and to be frank I’m surprised they took this long to happen – testament maybe to the power of the illusion.
Who knows what it was that broke the tension? Brexit and Trump are causes in themselves – of what we are yet to see – but they are also results. In any complex system it is difficult to pinpoint accurately the precise genesis of change, but in an illusion-heavy complex system the narrative is even harder to trace. The Syrian war might have started with one spring drying up in one village and the crops failing in one area, leading to local protest, leading to arrests, leading to more and bigger protests, leading to street battles and on to civil war. The Brexit and Trump phenomena might have started with one discussion in one restaurant, one idle thought, one email, one idea sparked in one mind. Who knows? But what is clear is that something has broken open and rapid change is upon us.
When things move quickly, even if it’s something you want, it is not easy to keep up. Meditation, mantra and pranayama breathing exercises help create a higher degree of calm and keep the operating ‘temperature’ of the mind from rising unhelpfully in response to rapid change.
Treading lightly on the broken glass – it’s either that or stand still…
Om Tare Tuttare Ture Soha