Start with an accurate assessment of current reality...
Combine it with a clear vision of what is possible for next culture...
Hold both bits of clarity in you at the same time in the same place...
And you start to notice a tension near your solar plexus.
This tension answers your question "What now?"
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5 Stages of Awareness
by Paul Chefurka
When it comes to our unfolding understanding of the wide range of global crisis, each of us seems to fit somewhere along a continuum of awareness that can be roughly divided into five stages:
At this stage there seem to be no fundamental problems, just some shortcomings in human organization, behaviour and morality that can be fixed with the proper attention to rule-making. People at this stage tend to live their lives happily, with occasional outbursts of annoyance around election times or the quarterly corporate earnings seasons.
AWARENESS OF ONE FUNDAMENTAL PROBLEM
Whether it’s Climate Change, overpopulation, Peak Oil, chemical pollution, oceanic over-fishing, biodiversity loss, corporatism, economic instability or sociopolitical injustice, one problem seems to engage the attention completely. People at this stage tend to become ardent activists for their chosen cause. They tend to be very vocal about their personal issue, and blind to any others.
AWARENESS OF MANY PROBLEMS
As people let in more evidence from different domains, the awareness of complexity begins to grow. At this point a person worries about the prioritization of problems in terms of their immediacy and degree of impact. People at this stage may become reluctant to acknowledge new problems – for example, someone who is committed to fighting for social justice and against climate change may not recognize the problem of resource depletion. They may feel that the problem space is already complex enough, and the addition of any new concerns will only dilute the effort that needs to be focused on solving the “highest priority” problem.
AWARENESS OF THE INTERCONNECTIONS BETWEEN THE MANY PROBLEMS
The realization that a solution in one domain may worsen a problem in another marks the beginning of large-scale system-level thinking. It also marks the transition from thinking of the situation in terms of a set of problems to thinking of it in terms of a predicament. At this point the possibility that there may not be a solution begins to raise its head. People who arrive at this stage tend to withdraw into tight circles of like-minded individuals in order to trade insights and deepen their understanding of what’s going on. These circles are necessarily small, both because personal dialogue is essential for this depth of exploration, and because there just aren’t very many people who have arrived at this level of understanding.
AWARENESS THAT THE PREDICAMENT ENCOMPASSES ALL ASPECTS OF LIFE
This includes everything we do, how we do it, our relationships with each other, as well as our treatment of the rest of the biosphere and the physical planet. With this realization, the floodgates open, and no problem is exempt from consideration or acceptance. The very concept of a 'Solution' is seen through, and cast aside as a waste of effort.
For those who arrive at Stage 5 there is a real risk that depression will set in. After all, we’ve learned throughout our lives that our hope for tomorrow lies in our ability to solve problems today. When no amount of human cleverness appears able to solve our predicament the possibility of hope can vanish like a the light of a candle flame, to be replaced by the suffocating darkness of despair.
How people cope with despair is of course deeply personal, but it seems to me there are two general routes people take to reconcile themselves with the situation. These are not mutually exclusive, and most of us will operate out of some mix of the two. I identify them here as general tendencies, because people seem to be drawn more to one or the other. I call them the outer path and the inner path.
If one is inclined to choose the outer path, concerns about adaptation and local resilience move into the foreground, as exemplified by the Transition Network and Permaculture Movement. To those on the outer path, community-building and local sustainability initiatives will have great appeal. Organized party politics seems to be less attractive to people at this stage, however. Perhaps politics is seen as part of the problem, or perhaps it’s just seen as a waste of effort when the real action will take place at the local level.
If one is disinclined to choose the outer path either because of temperament or circumstance, the inner path offers its own set of attractions.
Choosing the inner path involves re-framing the whole thing in terms of consciousness, self-awareness and/or some form of transcendent perception. For someone on this path it is seen as an attempt to manifest Gandhi’s message, “Become the change you wish to see in the world,” on the most profoundly personal level. This message is similarly expressed in the ancient Hermetic saying, “As above, so below.” Or in plain language, “In order to heal the world, first begin by healing yourself.”
However, the inner path does not imply a “retreat into religion”. Most of the people I’ve met who have chosen an inner path have as little use for traditional religion as their counterparts on the outer path have for traditional politics. Organized religion is usually seen as part of the predicament rather than a valid response to it. Those who have arrived at this point have no interest in hiding from or easing the painful truth, rather they wish to create a coherent personal context for it. Personal spirituality of one sort or another often works for this, but organized religion rarely does.
It’s worth mentioning that there is also the possibility of a serious personal difficulty at this point. If someone cannot choose an outer path for whatever reasons, and is also resistant to the idea of inner growth or spirituality as a response the the crisis of an entire planet, then they are truly in a bind. There are few other doorways out of this depth of despair. If one remains stuck here for an extended period of time, life can begin to seem awfully bleak, and violence against either the world or oneself may begin to seem like a reasonable option. Please keep a watchful eye on your own progress, and if you encounter someone else who may be in this state, please offer them a supportive ear.
From my observations, each successive stage contains roughly a tenth of the number people as the one before it. So while perhaps 90% of humanity is in Stage 1, less than one person in ten thousand will be at Stage 5 (and none of them are likely to be politicians). The number of those who have chosen the inner path in Stage 5 also seems to be an order of magnitude smaller than the number who are on the outer path.
I happen to have chosen an inner path as my response to a Stage 5 awareness. It works well for me, but navigating this imminent (transition, shift, metamorphosis – call it what you will), will require all of us – no matter what our chosen paths – to cooperate on making wise decisions in difficult times.
Best wishes for a long, exciting and fulfilling journey.
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Derrick Jensen, from Living Resilience, has little reassuring words: "THE MOST COMMON WORDS I hear spoken by any environmentalists anywhere are, We’re fucked. Most of these environmentalists are fighting desperately, using whatever tools they have — or rather whatever legal tools they have, which means whatever tools those in power grant them the right to use, which means whatever tools will be ultimately ineffective — to try to protect some piece of ground, to try to stop the manufacture or release of poisons, to try to stop civilized humans from tormenting some group of plants or animals. Sometimes they’re reduced to trying to protect just one tree."
Read the article Beyond Hope at Orion Magazine.
Clinton Callahan in Will Any Humans Become Post-Carbon? warns:
"If coordinated international actions are not immediately implemented to end fossil fuel burning, cut greenhouse gas emissions, and sequester present atmospheric carbon and methane, new evidence suggests that even if we could create a post-carbon society, there won’t be humans alive to live in it.
The consensus findings among authoritative scientific institutions (NASA, NOAA, NSIDC, Hadley-Met, Tyndale, Potsdam, CSIRO, BOM, the world’s academies of science, IPCC and so on) indicate beyond reasonable doubt that continuing open-ended emissions of greenhouse gases incontestably leads to the demise of humans as well as most of life on Earth in a frighteningly near term (by ~2050).
Therefore, any governing body that tolerates or promotes further greenhouse gas emissions through burning fossil fuels or burning forests or fracking, etc., contravenes international laws, violates human and animal rights and national sovereignty, and commits a monstrous crime against humanity and nature. (Reference: private communication of a work in progress by Andrew Glikson, The Legal Dimension Of Overwhelming The Atmosphere With CO2 http://cci.anu.edu.au/researchers/view/andrew_glikson).
If the United Nations will do no more than offer suggestions to member states and continues to refrain from enforcing stringent restrictions, then humanity is wasting its time trying to reverse climate change under the auspices of the United Nations. The UN should be immediately dismantled and an action-oriented global survival agency should be activated, more appropriately named United Peoples."
BooK: High Noon: 20 Global Problems and 20 Years To Solve Them
A vision of next cultures, the cultures of archearchy... the cultures that naturally emerge after matriarchy and patriarchy have run their course.
Next cultures values
What is at the center of the gameworld is not money/profit?
Bills of wrongs
What stands in the way of what is possible for you?
How can you get it out of the way?
Thriving in an collapsed ecosystem.
For our western mind, the most common answer to a threat on our ability to have access to food, water and shelter is .... "let's pack up as much food, water, and money that we can".
How much food and water can you store for the years- decades - to come?
When economic system go down, money (USD, Euros and Ruppies), will become as useful as cowry shell today. You might want to put them in a frame in memory of 'the good old days' but it won't show more use than any art piece on your wall when it comes to surviving in a collapsed ecosystem.
And this is if you still have a wall to frame it on... billions of people will be immigrants and not just the poorer countries, the Sahara is already knocking on the door or Southern Spain, Italy and Greece.
Emergence of Next Culture - Start by build your Community
inspired by the work of Margaret Wheatly:
1. Find the network of like minded people: you found ONE: startover.xyz - the massively multi-real-player on and offline personal development game.
We have made list of lists of projects, movements, centers, gameworlds, adults, initiators ... Find them at
Find the one that you have resonance with, one that attracts you, makes your belly become warmer and your skin tingle, and go meet them, talk to them, join them.
When joining a project, do not ask what they can do for you, figure out what you can do for them: it can be tp reinforce a project they have already started or create a new project within their organisation. Talk to them and ask: 'what can I do for you?'. You are already in service. The Universe is hearing your commitment to serve a conscious game. Going through the first door might be the most difficult one to cross, if you keep paying attention, the Universe keep opening doors for you. All you have to do is: say 'Yes'.
Caution! This does not mean to be naive. Saying 'Yes' is an responsible adult to a universal door. You can only say 'Yes' responsibly if you can first say 'No' and 'Stop' responsibly.
2. Create your own community of practice (CoP): create your own home-made Possibility Team. Your Possibility Team - or however you want to call it - is your community. The simple act of meeting every week and experimenting on what is possible makes you a bridge builder to next culture gameworlds.
3. Be part of the system of influences:
Pioneering efforts that hovered at the periphery suddenly become the norm. The practices developed by courageous communities become the accepted standard. People no longer hesitate about adopting these approaches and methods and they learn them easily. Policy and funding debates now include the perspectives and experiences of these pioneers. They become leaders in the field and are acknowledged as the wisdom keepers for their particular issue.
The war by the United People
"A war is required now if there is to be a human presence on planet Earth in the next century: an urgent war against the status quo and all its institutions and laws, a war that causes immediately changed political and corporate behaviors, a war of action-oriented responsibility for consequences, a war of instantaneously enforceable restrictions, a war of internationally-coordinated engineering efforts to pull down atmospheric CO2 and methane (CH4) concentrations.
"The United Nations will either convert scientifically founded imperatives into immediate and enforceable actions, or become guilty by complicity of ending human civilization on Earth. Those individuals, special interests and organizations spouting adolescent non-negotiable stances need to be sent to their room without dinner by a United Peoples authority with more 'guns' than the teenagers have."
Who are the United People?
The United People are the delegates from 100 millions nanonations, each nanonations being its own sovereign.
Adulthood initiatory processes
Being a bridge builder to next culture gameworlds
Get out of the 6 prisons.
Quit sugar. Quit alcohol. Quit smoking.
Quit shoe shopping. (1millionwomen.org)
Quit being adaptive.
Quit fossil fuel.
1 month without plastic.
Build a gameworld.
Inform yourself. Infinite Resources. Possibility Team.
The inner work
Tim Bennet, in Bambi vs. the Collapse of Civilization, wraps up in a few sentences the reason (if you need one) to start the work now: "Some of us need to do this work, because most will not. Refusing to feel their fear now, they will be forced to feel it upon impact, when the trauma is greatest, the losses so hard to bear. They will need our help."
What is the work?
What can I do?
One, start where you are. Two, start with yourself. This means: grow up, get initiated into adulthood, change the game by changing the games you play.
Your journey is hindered before you even begin because modern culture does not contain the thoughtware for understanding the necessity of being initiated. Therefore part of your edgework is to gain that clarity by studying reports from other edgeworkers.
For starters try reading: Robert Wolff’s Original Wisdom, William Glasser’s Choice Theory, Robert Fritz’ Creating, Joseph Chilton Pearce’s From Magical Child to Magical Teen, Malidoma Patrice Some’’s Of Water and the Spirit, Martin Prechtel’s Secrets of the Talking Jaguar and Long Life Honey In The Heart, James P. Carse’s Finite and Infinite Games, Lyall Watson’s Gifts of Unknown Things and Lightening Bird, Clinton Callahan’s Radiant Joy Brilliant Love and Directing The Power Of Conscious Feelings, Brad Blanton’s Radical Honesty, and Red Hawk’s Self Observation. Put these books on your bedside table and watch the universe change before your eyes.
- Commit to listen to all the podcast on Next Culture Radio
- Commit to read all the books in Go Explore
- Commit to watch all the movies in Go Explore
- Commit to start walking the path to adulthood by involving yourself in the list of initiatory processes at Go Explore
What can I do?
Gather Inner and Outer Tools
Expand your Consciousness
in Possibility Management terms
Expand Your Box
Go on a 2 years of initiation and meeting the people you want to meet: adult makers, similar gameworlds, be an apprentice, help make their gameworld work.
Create next cultures job: list of examples, center manager, find ways to support next culture gameworld builders,
Create a meeting about Gaia is Hiring: what are the job Gaia needs? When do you start service Gaia?
Join a permaculture project, ecosystem restoration project, ...
Create a online conference: meet people, learn stuff, and then something happens to you.
What should I do now?
...at the time of the end of ice
Derrick Jensen interviews Dahr Jamail (podcast)