Several weeks ago, I read an article written by Jon Mooallem about the Camp Fire that destroyed the town of Paradise, California last fall. Embedded videos alongside the text graphically demonstrated how people were trapped by the fire, while the author described the context in which fires will increasingly threaten us as ‘trapped in the 21st century.’ The phrase stayed with me, and the following essay is my realization of the truth of it.
It is also my motivation for the SANE project I envision and anchor at www.in-sane.net. I’m looking for individuals similarly called to help develop a website-based outreach of clearing and sanity. If you’re interested in volunteering to work with me, please contact me at DrJeffreyEisen@gmail.com, and I will get back to you.
Trapped in the 21st-century
There’s no doubt about it; we human beings are emotional creatures first and rational creature last – if at all. This includes all of us, you, me, everybody. Primate evolution makes no exceptions. As an emotional species, we tend to make the wrong decisions for both the wrong and right reasons. The sum total of these decisions has finally brought us to a global crisis, one that is threatening our very survival.
It’s not just one country which is in crisis; it’s the entire world. And the crisis is not just climate change and its effects, causes and deniers – nor is it over-population, or immigration or ISIS or corporate greed or too much governmental regulation or not enough, or democracy, socialism, communism or totalitarianism or too many taxes, or too little freedom, or corporate greed or the top 1% or even the scarcity economy. It’s all of these things and more – much more. It is the entire system. It is the culture we live and believe in.
We need to back away from this developing crisis, but in order to do that we need to change the decisions we make, and in order to do that we have to change ourselves. We have to change our consciousness. We have to change from being emotional creatures making emotional decisions to being emotional creatures making rational decisions, but then carrying them out emotionally, with passion and commitment. In order to do that, we have to develop the capacity to witness our emotions, take them into account, then consider the big picture – while taking into account that other people are emotional creatures too, and tend to let themselves be ruled by their emotions.
We need help; we need to help ourselves change. And for that, we need to learn to do something, and then actually do it.
There are two things we can learn which will do that. One is meditation. Meditation has been around a long time and it works – but it is tedious. Its effects are not permanent, it takes a long time to do, and you have to do it repeatedly. In fact, its practice becomes a way of life.
The other is something that I have been developing for a long time, which has none of these drawbacks. It is a form of mental hygiene I have named PsychoNoetics or PsychoNoetic clearing. I have condensed it into a short form that I call the SANE process. It is quick to do and not only permanent, but additive in its effects, although practicing it also becomes a way of life.