On Staying Sane in a Suicidal Culture (Joanna Macy)

“All you can know is you’re allegiance to life and your intention to serve it in this moment that we are given.”

I shared this article on social media yesterday. I really want to call attention to it to a broader audience and so I’m excerpting a bit here. I highly recommend reading the whole thing — especially if you’re not familiar with Joanna Macy’s work — or, if like me, you are familiar and can’t get enough of it. The entire article is worth quoting numerous times.

I love Joanna Macy. She is one of my favorite human beings on the planet.

So the excerpt from Truth Out

Macy believes nothing short of a radical shift in consciousness is mandatory.

“What I’m witnessing is that this uncertainty is a great liberating gift to the psyche and the spirit,” she said. “It’s walking the razor’s edge of the sacred moment where you don’t know, you can’t count on, and comfort yourself with any sure hope. All you can know is your allegiance to life and your intention to serve it in this moment that we are given. In that sense, this radical uncertainty liberates your creativity and courage.”

Given that the planet has never been in such a state of chronic crisis, nor that humans have so starkly faced our own extinction, each of us must today find a way to cope, continue to function, and are called to evolve our ways of thinking and being.

Carl Jung warned that if humans didn’t evolve into a new planetary consciousness, we would, as a species, go extinct.

My experience showed me that if I had not evolved beyond my own war trauma, I, too, could well have become a statistic of some negative type. If for me it was indeed evolve or die, how can it not be thus as a species when we fathom the true gravity of crisis we call modern life?  (read the rest here)

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