Thriving in a Post-Pachakuti World

For many years now, the Q’ero shamans among others have been sharing their wisdom about the times we are in right now. I too, as their student and shaman, have witnessed the unfolding of this great shift for over 10 years now and have advised thousands of clients in the direction that might help them to thrive under the influence of a new worldview relative to that of generations going back over 500 years. I wish to share my observations and advice now more broadly through this article as the wave that is known to the Q’ero as the Pachakuti appears to be cresting. This time of evolution requires our greatest and deepest fortitude not only to survive, but hopefully to thrive as the worldview turns right side up again.

I write this article in the spirit of a shaman who has trained to be completely non-judging and who has dedicated his life and work to empowerment and freedom for all. On that note, as a personal preface, I would like to make clear that I fully support a completely free world and market as an ultimate ideal reality with the caveat that in order to function in a healthy way, it depends on being full of empowered individuals who are free of the wounds and fear of the past. Until people at large have healed to that extent, then laws, regulations, and guidance are a necessity to maintain balance and harmony. As a concrete example, take the recent financial crisis that resulted from the notion that people and corporations would “do the right thing”, self-regulate, and voluntarily “trickle down” their excess profits. Unfortunately, and to the surprise of folks like Alan Greenspan who was shocked to find out that the people running banks were not able to make the “right” choices even though it meant ultimately their own self-preservation, people proved to succumb to one of the aspects of fear we know as greed and hoarding. So as long as the underlying and often unconscious fear that leads to a tendency to hoard instead of to voluntarily distribute opportunities and capital is still dominant, then completely free markets, just like a lawless society, will tend to become acutely dysfunctional and out of healthy balance.

All natural systems, of which humans are a part of regardless of our false sense of transcendence or superiority, seek balance and even distribution. What this means for modern societies, particularly the most recent on the scene, the United States of America, is that the worldview of greater and greater accumulation and concentration of physical and intellectual resources, collectively known as capital, as a measure of success is eminently unsustainable. In nature, which is all there is if you take into account all physical, mental, and quantum phenomena, any unsustainable accumulation, concentration, and resulting imbalance, tends to correct itself in much less time than it took to build up; hence, the analogy of a bursting bubble. This rapid change is all but unbearable for anyone without the ability to adapt rapidly in terms of external lifestyle, and internal belief systems, perceptions, or worldview.

Let us look at one specific example to illustrate the point. Take an upper middle class American family, perhaps second or third generation. Any profession for both the mother and father will do for the example. The predominant worldview that influences them has been building over a couple of generations and is often called the “American Dream.” The worldview suggests that if the family can continually accumulate capital, their quality of life will continue to improve even through generations to come. Some even take it so far as to work towards such a level of capital that their descendents will never have to worry about their capital and therefore their quality of life. In fact, with enough capital, you can even buy yourself out of any adverse physical or mental health events, as well as social upheavals. Accumulation of capital therefore theoretically not only promises happiness, but also safety. Inevitably, however, based on the tendency of nature, a tipping point is reached and exceeded, where the accumulation and belief in it, grows beyond its own sustainability, and eventually collapses back into balance.

In our example, this takes on the symptoms of stressors, which under normal balanced natural systems simply do not exist. So the family becomes obsessed with decisions like where to invest in their next property, how to not lose any capital, and which private school will ensure that their children have the greatest advantage of continuing the accumulation of the limited amount of available capital in competition with other children, even though they already have enough to sustain multiple generations. Living under these unnatural, artificially created stressors, is only temporarily mitigated through the addition of unnatural balancers like medications such as anti-depressants, sleeping pills, amphetamines, and so on. Everything that is necessary to make the unnatural and unsustainable condition seem natural and sustainable, at least until the bubble bursts. The human arrogance factor, both material and spiritual, leads us to believe that the bubble will never have to burst because either technology, or God, will come in and save the day. This entire cycle can actually be sustained for hundreds of years and multiple generations. There are mini-rebalancing effects along the way, but technology and God do seem to come in and get it back on track, thus deepening the worldview and beliefs and increasing the size of the bubble so to speak.

Ultimately there comes a time when the collapse is so devastating, that the whole worldview and related beliefs, systems, and lifestyles collapse with it, and from that a new worldview, beliefs, systems, and lifestyles are adopted. We are in such a time right now. I have seen it coming through direct observation, intuitive vision, and through my work with clients, as they too have sensed the change. You really cannot fool Mother Nature, at least not for very long. This shift, or natural evolution of our species, is known and explained by many different names, prophecies, spiritual, religious, and scientific theories. Evidence of this shift in all circles is now abundant as well. So how do you survive and thrive during and after this natural event, or set of events?

This is what I have been sharing with my clients over the last 10 years, and with others for over 40 years. This advice comes from a place without personal agenda or even conscious recognition at that time of what I have written presently. In other words, I didn’t know why I was advising in this direction, other than it seemed to help my client most in the moment, which is all I have ever been interested in. In fact, the outer part of my consciousness has also been under the influence of what I will call now the old worldview, so to a certain extent I have needed some two-by-fours across the head to “wake up” to it.

1) Create the level of complexity in your life that you can handle physically, emotionally, and psychologically. Some would advise you to just simplify. However, I know that to over simplify would be wholly unsatisfying. So instead, find that tipping point where one more property, investment, or project would throw your life out of natural balance and become overly stressful, and keep your level of complexity just below that.

2) Live within your means financially, physically, energetically, and psychologically. This means recognizing that it is just not about what you can afford to buy or consume, but what is also sustainable from a local and global resource perspective over the long term. Think about “what if everyone did this?”

3) Think about the overall implications of increasing your complexity, and what is required to maintain it. Reduce clutter and distractions in and around your life. Lower maintenance means lower stress.

4) Find the core experience underneath the mechanisms and manifestations that you think you desire. For example, you may think that you want to become financially independent so that you can enjoy your favorite hobbies or work anytime you want. You may then embark on a series of complex plans, work, investment strategies, and prayers to try to become financially free. Instead, ask yourself what is the core experience that you get from your desired hobby or work, such as “I love contributing my wisdom or healing to a variety of interesting people who benefit most from them.” You may be surprised by the opportunities that come to you regardless of your financial position, that give you that core experience.

5) I believe that the fundamental reason for Creation is relationships. It is through our relationships that we experience the contrast and joy of Creation. Our most complex and satisfying relationships are with other humans, but relationship to all aspects of nature including our own bodies is equally important. If all other forms and experience of complexity are taken away, what we will always have left is our relationships. Therefore, the advice here is to always tend to your relationships as a priority. Create and be in the relationships that are most deeply fulfilling and joyful. Some would just say, “Love is the answer,” and this is what I am saying. Love is appreciation for that which you are relating to in the moment. Through our naturally loving and compassionate relationships, we are able to fulfill our basic needs that bring joy to our lives. I like to refer to the basic needs that Tony Robbins presents with my own slight modifications and commentary as follows:

Tony Robbins has identified six basic human needs and believes everyone is or can be motivated by their desire to fulfill these needs.

1. Certainty/Comfort. We all want comfort. And much of this comfort comes from certainty. Of course, there is no ABSOLUTE certainty, but we want certainty the car will start, the water will flow from the tap when we turn it on and the currency we use will hold its value.

Jon would add that great pleasure is also included here.

2. Variety. At the same time we want certainty, we also crave variety. Paradoxically, there needs to be enough UNcertainty to provide spice and adventure in our lives.

Jon refers to this often times as the contrast that is necessary to experience the joy of the drama this Creation offers. This includes painful experiences.

3. Significance. Deep down, we all want to be important. We want our life to have meaning and significance. I can imagine no worse a death than to think my life didn’t matter.

Jon would say that this need might be strictly driven by the frontal lobe and its little ego’s need to justify its evolutionary existence. And that ultimately our only importance is that we are here in the theater creating and playing with each other, and that is the extent of our importance, simply to provide someone to play with and help fulfill the other needs and joy, some contrast for the drama. As the shamans say, to be ultimately free is to call off the search for meaning and just bring it to whatever you do.

4. Connection/Love. It would be hard to argue against the need for love. We want to feel part of a community. We want to be cared for and cared about.

Jon again emphasizes the opportunity for appreciation and allowing as we play together in the theater, or sandbox, like children.

5. Growth. There could be some people who say they don’t want to grow, but I think they’re simply fearful of doing so or perhaps NOT doing so. To become better, to improve our skills, to stretch and excel may be more evident in some than others, but it’s there.

Jon would call this the natural tendency of Creation to expand and seek greater complexity, possibilities, and beauty. This is not to be confused with the real purpose of life, which is joy. Growth is just a natural byproduct and not the motivation or purpose.

6. Contribution. The desire to contribute something of value to help others, to make the world a better place than we found it is in all of us.

Jon would say that it can be as simple as recognizing our contribution as Creators coming into our power and freedom and inspiring others to do so by example. Any additional contribution is then a bonus.

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