“If you do not see the warning, you will not value the blessing, and you will not see the need for the preparation.”What Will Save Humanity (March 30, 2008)
Is This an Apocalyptic Event?
An apocalypse reveals.
An apocapolypse unveils.
An apocaplypse brings a revelation.
In a time of Apocalypse, a time of Revelation, the truth comes out.
We are experiencing a pandemic, throughout the entire world with impacts depending on what we do, where we are and who we are with, redefining “normal” henceforth.
An apocalypse is not a single event but an accumulation of devastation and stress. In the early stages of apocalypse, there is the sense that you are being tested, the worldwide threat a stress test of our collective and individual resiliency. At the time of apocalypse, urgency adds weight to awareness of known areas of weakness and non-sustainability.
A global pandemic is such a time, a worldwide heightening of awareness of the fragility of all we took for granted, the many entitlements claimed as rights.
Everything will be revealed in an apocalypse, every assumption tested to find if or how valid–most especially the expectation of unlimited expansion and consumption.
How likely are we to heed the warning? Examine yourself for bonds of attachment to quid pro quo, the preservation of the status quo and the merchandizing of everything, consumerism the false god.
If we want to know how attached we are to old tribalism and provincialism, we can study a figure from the time of the French Revolution, the “child of terror” of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI, Marie Therese: she did not escape to a nunnery but instead made a suitable marriage and defended the aristocracy from that perch, because any of us would have done the same, if that opportunity presented itself.
The consuming classes in the developed world, as jealous of their entitlement and privilege as French royalty, demand freedom and equal treatment, and bailouts when the winds of change shift. What it will take for the ruling class to lose their hubris will be more than a revolution; an apocalypse could be the thing. The very economic engine feeding off excess consumption in the face of diminishing resources and habitable lands has suffered a Jubilee season, a Sabbath from the de-sacralized life.
The contemplation of the “shadow side” is the part of ourselves that we ourselves are blocked from seeing. It’s not necessarily all dark! It includes the higher self, the greater self that we do not recognize, our view so obscured by the personality we now have cultivated and inhabit. This greater self has been with us all along, possibly suppressed or denigrated but revealed in the glaring light of an apocalyptic-level event.
In the Sabbath that was spring 2020, perhaps you reviewed your life to ask how you have faced adversity in the past.
Then you see how you survived at times of stress in your life and what it cost you. How much were you able to rise to the occasion of the moment, what held you back. Where you took responsibility, where you were unable to respond.
When I reflect on how to maintain an even keel during times of change on an apocalyptic level, I contemplate the questions:
- What is happening here?
- When have I seen something like this before?
- How did I respond in the past, and what have I learned?
- Is there any story or song from the culture of my upbringing that speaks to this?
The theme of the inexorable turn of the wheel as expressed in this ancient verse has been persistent in my view in the past and still does persist.
For he hath regarded the lowliness of his handmaiden: For behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. For he that is mighty hath magnified me and holy is his Name. And his mercy is on them that fear him throughout all generations. He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He hath put down the mighty from their seat: and hath exalted the humble and meek. He hath filled the hungry with good things: and the rich he hath sent empty away.The Magnificat