Dylan Charles, Editor
It’s a recurring theme in our world. A crisis comes at us from the media. It’s usually something far away from home, and far beyond the reach of your control.
The story is picked up by all the big time outlets. It’s shoved into your consciousness by the TV screen, the radio, the papers, and the internet. It’s blasted on screens at the airport and at your favorite restaurant, burrowing its way into the public psyche.
John and Jane Do-Gooder down at the office internalize it as their own concern and form reliably predictable opinions about it. Steve and Lucy Know-It-All get loaded and loose lipped at your favorite pub and won’t shut up about it.
Social media goes wild. Memes are made. The story becomes part of the zeitgeist, and mixes itself in with our collective history. Another brick in the wall.
And though you may try to stay focused on the things which matter in your own life, on the things which push your adventure in this meat suit forward, you get sucked into the morass along with everyone else. You make up your mind about how you feel about it. You parrot your favorite pundits. You become an expert.
But it is distressing, concerning, and disheartening. Your mood takes a dive.
The already dense energy of the times becomes even heavier. Though you may battle against it, you’re taken captive and the gloom of the moment exacerbates.
Your emotional body screams at you to numb the discomfort. Your physical body feels the compounding stress. You engage your coping mechanisms, and your health, wellness and immunity sag.
Your resistance to the madness weakens.
With it all, your spirit is drawn down down into the pit. You slip ever so subtly into chronic worry, concern, fear, overwhelm, and anxiety.
And just like the story disappears from public consciousness, tossed in the memory hole, having already done its damage, leaving its mark on you.
Then another, even greater crisis comes flying at you from out of the ether. The pundits and shills in corporate media begin to foaming at the mouth, delighted to feed once again at the trough of negativism.
The cycle repeats, over and over again, with each new wave intensifying and amplifying.
And here we are. A hot mess, as my friend likes to say.
Everyone doing their dead level best to ‘stay positive,’ or at least to appear to be doing so.
But with each passing wave your spirit takes another beating, before even recovering from the last, and the effects accumulative.
This is the 3D reality of the spiritual war for most people.
Most people are not shamans. They are not sages or gurus or ascetics. They are not masters or spiritual leaders or even thought leaders. They are firmly entrenched in the 3D world. Paying bills, raising children, holding onto relationships, and working like hell to make it all work.
While also and forever holding onto the dream of success.
The dream of living a life of purpose and meaning. The dream of experiencing the freedom they see paraded and dangled before their hungry eyes in advertisements, glamour mags, and Netflix. They’re holding onto what they know to be possible yet cannot seem to reach.
This really is the condition we’re in. It’s the very practical and everyday side of the spiritual war. It’s not happening in the ether, it’s happening in the living room.
And what’s a good person to do? What is a spiritually-minded, highly conscious person to do? What are you to do, so that your spirit isn’t colonized and blown sideways by the never ending tidal waves of bullshit?
There is a clear and present need for you to develop the tools and skills to push back and set spiritual boundaries for yourself. This means you need to become adept at mitigating the affects of the surging insanity, keeping your spirit strong and your attention focused on whatever really matters to you. On the things you can reach out and touch with your own six senses.
You must fortify yourself so that all the stupidity, ignorance and destruction just rolls off your back as though you were some kind of magical jade duck. You must have all of your spiritual shields online and running with full power, so that the imperial assault on your senses leaves you unphased.
Over the last 20 years I’ve engaged in a lot of transformational practices, and have studied many different methods of personal development, but as African shaman Moughenda Mikala said in a recent interview on Battered Souls, if all of the books on personal development worked, everyone would be happy, at peace, and in the flow.
What I see today is a need for something different. Something practical, grounded, and effective.
In this climate of chaos and comedic tragedy, it is essential that you have the tools for governing your mood and elevating your consciousness in any moment. You need to be able to instantly recognize when you’re being pulled down by the gravity and density of the messaging and energy in the collective, and the skills to shift out of it, almost instantly, to avoid the despondency, despair, and confusion, maintaining yourself in higher states of consciousness.
Courage, acceptance, willingness and peace.
You need to move about with personal authority and levity, countering the obedience, group-think, and bitterness gnawing at your clarity and sanity.
You need to master your mind and your emotional reality, as a natural vaccination to the spiritual decay happening everywhere around you.
You need to be able to complete your purpose here, while you’re still here.
But what does this really mean? Is is something you can actually touch without spending decades in an ashram? Can it be learned today, and implemented now? Is it possible to develop lasting relief from the anxiety, fear and doubt inherent in our modern world?
Of course it is, and of course you can. The work I’ve been doing on this website has completely transformed over the last year, and my area of expertise has shifted onto assisting people like you navigate the emotional turbulence of the times with clarity, purpose and inspiration. If you’d like to know what this is about and what it can do for you, book a free 15-minute call with me and we’ll take a deep look at some of the most pressing challenges you’re facing.
About the Author
Dylan Charles is a self-mastery and self-sabotage coach, the editor of Waking Times, and host of the Battered Souls podcast. His personal journey is deeply inspired by shamanic plant medicines and the arts of Kung Fu, Qi Gong and Yoga. After seven years of living in Costa Rica, he now lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains, where he enjoys serving, training, and spending time with family. He has written hundreds of articles, reaching and inspiring millions of people around the world. Follow Dylan on telegram here, and sign up for his weekly newsletter here. On Facebook.
Dylan is available for interviews and podcasts. Contact him at WakingTimes@gmail.com.
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