It's a messy time. It's a messy chaotic time and we are all walking around trying to hold it together as a collective culture. How? In many ways it's through religions I would say. Re·li·gion noun: religion
the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods. A particular system of faith and worship.plural noun: religions. A pursuit or interest to which someone ascribes supreme importance.
We have people who say they have thrown of the shackles of religion. They don't believe in a God or Gods or Goddess or Goddesses. They believe in humanity perhaps, they believe in idealism, they believe in something, everyone does, whether they claim it or not. We as humans have to create a way of reasoning with how unreasonable life often is, and the only way we hold it together is our beliefs.
But we are truly in strange times, some would say exciting, messy times, where there is a big gab left by the governing principals that once held culture together. We use to have dominate religions in different parts of the world. And right or wrong there was an established way of living, and being that was considered the norm. Slowly, slowly, or quickly quickly (if you think how long these structures were in place compared to how quickly they are eroding) we find ourselves in a world with very little cohesive structure. And while this presents massive opportunity for change and transformation, it also feels sometimes like we are just free falling and spinning out as a collective.
A gap, a pause, is a powerful thing. It's in the gap and the pause, and the space of uncreation that anything is possible. We as a collective culture are in a time that is almost this. The pause before the inhale. So much is unraveling right now and we would be wise to honour the messiness of it and become students of mystery.
You can tear down a structure quickly and easily but it takes time to build something of value. We can be in the middle of the chaos right now and find immense power in simply watching the storm and knowing that we are welcome to wait. We can learn to wait on something deeper that calls us. We can work on being aware of our own thoughts and emotions, and understanding who and what we are. We don't need to fix the problems all around. We don't need to do anything, not from a place of trying to save the sinking ship. The ship needs to sink. It needs to be messy. But we might find more of what we need in the pause than in rushing to fill it.
What I see is a lot of people unconsciously filling the gap of the times with ideologies and new religions of all kinds with out even allowing the old structures to full dismantle or get a fond farewell. In doing so it's amazing how the new ideologies look far too much like the old ones with a new title slapped on.