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Watching the World Like Never Before

Europe and the rest of the world is moving quickly towards a widespread ‘lockdown’. An unprecedented set of restrictions in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The transition from pre- to post-coronavirus communities is unfolding in ways which illustrate something of the human condition at this time. It is a condition that is dominated by an illusion of certainty, an illusion that we can manage our way out of this situation.

That certainty is a modern disease of human creation, just as prevalent and destructive as the natural pandemic.

We can witness this illusion of certainty in the UK in the daily changes of plan, as declared policy is changed almost from day to day while we are told the ‘science has shifted'.

It is nobody's fault, this rolling news approach to the ‘management’ of the virus, but it does serve to illuminate the way we collectively think about things which happen in and to our lives.

As such, it defines our reality.

Perhaps it might be valuable to stop for a moment amidst all of the panic and noise and ask ourselves if there are other ways of making sense of this situation? Instead of focusing on what are 'they' doing or, indeed, what are we doing, what if we were to ask ‘What is nature doing?’?

Natural systems function around emergence. Emergence is a normal unfolding in timeframes beyond human consciousness, functioning in multiple dimensions. There are patterns which can be observed in our current global crisis which are playing out on a scale beyond the artificiality of national borders. This systemic virus is evidence of a power of a magnitude far greater than that which we humans possess. We reel in the wake of this power, and delude ourselves as we attempt to manage and control it.

We exist within a much bigger cycle of nature, where emergence - and its natural counterbalance, dissipation - point to some interesting connections between people and nature.

First to note is that we have constructed a perfect global transportation system for human contagion, of any kind. Indeed, this particular virus may be the first of many pandemics to come and our distribution system of transport worldwide - and our reliance on it - may need to be reconceptualised.

Secondly, we have constructed a consciousness — a way of thinking about the pandemic - which mixes together the social with the economic. The consequence of this is that the making of difficult choices which might alleviate the death toll are impeded because of their perceived economic impact. This fusion of social and economic cost illustrates the failure of our collective consciousness to imagine an alternative, a way of being and of doing society, where money doesn’t talk.

Thirdly, with our attention so closely focused upon stopping the contagion, we might be missing a bigger picture. As we are already learning from friends in China, emission levels have plummeted there, the result being an estimated 50,000 lives have been saved from deaths arising as a result of poor air quality. With 'just' 3249 dead in China from the virus (as of today, 19th March 2020), it may sound ruthless to suggest, but it can be argued that it's a win-win both for nature and for humanity.

This brings me to conclude that this is no freak accident. Nature is intelligent. Intelligent in a different way from our concept of human intelligence, but intelligent nevertheless. Nature is working at a different magnitude of activity. Nature has intervened.

My view is that a realignment is underway, a reframing of planetary awareness, which is connecting us into this natural intelligence. Yet, for many such an understanding will be completely opaque, dealing as they do with minutiae, scrambling for profit and personal gain, playing out the same tired responses, guided by the illusion of certainty and of control. However, for others it is an awakening to a different reality, one in which those who hold the universal and transcendent character of love can help us move beyond the momentary crisis. Now, the essential workers are the carers, the cleaners, the nurses, the delivery services, the growers. It is not the stockbrokers, the bankers, the corporations and their markets upon whose actions we have built a world that is so out of step with nature.

So, schools close, so what? I can’t see how a few months out of an institution will have any long term effects other than positive ones. We might find many children become a lot less stressed out, where they have time perhaps in the coming days to pursue imaginary or natural worlds with or without adult intervention.

And when we all return to our schooled society will we ask if what we were teaching our children, and telling ourselves, has any bearing upon how we want our society to reemerge? Probably not if past missed opportunities are anything to go by, but perhaps our collective consciousness may have aligned just a little differently to acknowledge, finally, that we don’t know everything.

And in that not knowing, we can begin to touch the immensity of nature.

It is when we begin touching that awareness that we might have a chance of finding harmony. It is a moment of profound opportunity for life, for humanity. It has been offered to us by nature in response to our calamitous human condition.

If we have any collective wisdom we will heed the message - and make the shift of consciousness which arises from the experience - humanity may never be the same again.[ITL]

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