A New Dawn is Rising

by John Dennison

Circumstances are ripening for major changes in our world, but they're bringing with them chaos and conflict over the direction for our future.

The world ahead can be a more peaceful and harmonious place, with far less struggle and sacrifice. But it will not come by resisting the energies of change bombarding our world, for resistance brings distortion and manifests greater struggle between the extremes.

To create this new reality, first we must begin to act in ways conducive to its manifestation. It is therefore crucial to not put energy into the escalating battles between those who cling to an outdated status quo and others who push to change it -- and that means avoiding the urge to take sides and jump into the fray.

For when we do, our participation intensifies the polarity and creates even more reasons to fight -- and obstacles to overcome on our way to the new world.

This doesn't mean rolling over and playing dead to the abuses and oppression, nor to stop adding our contributions to a better tomorrow. But it does require us to develop a sensitivity to the tug of the energies within us, and how our own inner conditions are distorting the unfoldment of the changes they bring.

The unseen currents of these conditions interrupt the process of our own inner evolution, causing them to manifest situations that will force us to confront those aspects of us that are not conducive to the next stages on our path of advancement. So instead of moving smoothly into the new levels of self-knowing and self-expression (and that of the collective consciousness), we are forced to confront old patterns of thought, emotion and activity that keep bringing us more of the same.

The longer we remain within the conflict without addressing its causes within us, the more intense become the circumstances that demand our response. And similarly, the more intense the opposition when we do.

Such situations offer us a choice -- either we continue on within the same patterns, or evolve beyond them to higher expressions of our being.

If we allow the conflict responses to be triggered in us (or in our society), they are almost immediately opposed by equal and opposite responses from others. When we get carried away by the dramas, inevitably the conflict grows. And regardless who wins and loses, another situation will be created again down the road, each more intense than the last, to give us another chance. And if we are able, perhaps then to break the response pattern and try another way.

Ironically, both sides on almost every issue sense the need for change. But these inner conditions cause them to seize upon positions and courses of action that move them farther toward their respective extremes and play into self-interests and agendas that are generally not conducive to serving the needs of all.

If the new world is to manifest as we hope it will, we first must begin to see the abuses at both ends of the spectrum are simply reflections of the polarity that exists within us and keeps us in conflict.

This recognition is a key step in integrating these extremes within us and within our society, for it will empower us to let go of aspects of our personalities that are not compatible with our newly awakening selves or the unfolding new world and the new foundations, systems and infrastructure needed to support them.

At its core, this means disentangling ourselves from duality and beginning to see ourselves and our world more as contributing expressions of a whole rather than competing entities that stand or fall on their own.

But this cannot happen simply by remaining the way we are. We must seek a new balance between individual and group consciousness that fosters the expansion of all while honoring the individual variations and emphasis needed by each soul on its evolutionary path.

Such consciousness comes at a price, however. For with it comes greater responsibility, not only for how we conduct our lives, but also for how we construct our relationships with others and take our place in the world.

The opportunity for this is increasingly being thrust into our awareness.

Witness international affairs. The world is shrinking, and the poorer areas of the world are awakening to ask, "What about us?" It's giving rise to an increasing struggle between industrialized and developing nations on a whole host of issues -- not to mention those who would use this conflict for their own ends or exacerbate it to make their case.

Whether manifesting through genocide in Darfur, crackdowns on dissidents in Iran, or fights over control and transfer of wealth based on claims of global warming, the challenge is clear -- these energies of change are demanding our attention, and our attention they will get.

But grabbing our attention is only one form of their impact upon us. Because those same changes are happening in us as well.

No longer are we comfortable ignoring the struggles of others, or pursuing our own desires to others' detriment or that of our world, forcing us to consider whether to continue on paths that serve only us, or find ways they can serve others as well.

Those same energies are affecting our internal politics as well, manifesting through highly-charged situations that encourage us to question whether more of the same will take us where we want to go. Governmental responses to the recent financial crisis, economic downturn, and health care debate shine a harsh light on our willingness to allow money, influence and power to set the course of our common affairs -- providing us incentive to reach for something more if we dare.

But it isn't enough to stand in opposition to these perceived abuses simply to seize the reigns of power for our own ends, for that risks setting in motion a new set of circumstances over which to fight. And we must resist the urge to succumb to appeals playing to our pent-up frustration lest others do it for us. For even those who profess to help us by opposing the powers that be can fall prey to the allure of the extremes, too often asserting altruistic stances that mask a desire for power, furtherance of agendas, or manipulation by others behind the scenes.

As always, these situations bring the opportunity to choose the direction of our evolvement. When we take sides in their fights over money or who benefits from controlling the reigns of power, we show we're still caught up in the same beliefs and practices that allowed them to take hold in the first place -- and reality responds by bringing us even more such situations to experience.

But when we instead refuse to play their games and apply our energies in new directions, our commitment to evolve beyond duality sets in motion a new reality to serve our shifting intentions.

However, when it comes down to it even such a choice is illusory, for we really don't have the option to remain behind in our comfort zone of conflict. This is the Ascension, the time of changes, and we will be forced to evolve whether we like it or not. Such chances will continue to arise at every turn until we take the next step in our evolution -- at least, for those who remain here on earth. The question is, how will we take it?

Will we use these evolutionary undercurrents to move beyond polarity, or will we wait for our differences to lead us to the brink of our own destruction when we will have no choice but to do so or perish?

These are the challenges facing us all. How we meet them will determine the ease with which the new world unfolds.

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(c) 2009 John Dennison