This week, musings have wandered my mind on meandering trails.
So meandering, there is no clear 'where to begin', just an urge to write. The unclear beginnings of humankind have crossed my path of late, and that's a start.
Some say, you need to understand where you came from to know where you're headed.*
Theories abound on the beginnings of Homo sapiens, from the perspectives of archeology, biology, the Akashic Records, and others.
One stimulator of my musings this week was the book, 'Win-Win or Lose' by Bill Bonner. Excerpts are published in my blog posts, but to give a taste, he illuminated my understanding of human history with his condensed version of its unrelenting violence and barbarism. He writes,
"These are among the first records of civilized warfare. Alert readers will be quick to notice that 'civilized warfare' is oxymoronic. That contradiction is at the heart of the present work.
[While civilized can mean organized, I appreciate Bonner's note that warfare contradicts the higher principles of civilization - G.
'Civilized - Showing evidence of moral and intellectual advancement; humane, ethical, and reasonable...' - The Free Dictionary]
"When you set out to write a book, you know where you begin. But you don’t know where you will end up. As you think and study, your ideas evolve. As the philosopher Yogi Berra put it: “You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going, because you might not get there.” Sometimes, you end up somewhere you hadn’t intended to go. But often, it is where you ought to be." - 'Win-Win or Lose' by Bill Bonner
Personally, I prefer to put attention on where I choose to be, without aim. When guided by a more complete perspective in consciousness, where I choose is where I 'ought' to be. Bill Bonner puts it in terms of effectiveness and efficiency, and rightly questions the long history of ineffective human behavior.
There is no value in rehashing human history when nothing is learned and nothing changes, I feel, yet great benefit in reflecting on my personal past, acknowledging ineffective behaviors, releasing guilt and regret to Being, and resolving to chart a new course with clarity.
According to the book description, Bonner ties his perspective on human history to his understanding of current events and his vision for its future. He says the wealthy elite do not need to conspire, at least not in the way theorists imagine. He proposes shifts in human behavior, not for the sake of morality but of efficiency.
I haven't come so far in my reading of his book. After about 60 pages, I was distracted by the YouTube, 'Magicians of Mu (The Lost Civilization of Lemuria)' - a psychic reading of the Akashic Records, on human origins, by Gigi Young. I also give assent to her viewer comment, 'Researching what went wrong... it's all been written... let us start to remember our pristine origins... the 'Anastasia and the Ringing Cedars' book series brings it all to light.'
Balance, to me, is the key 🔑.
The saying has been variously expressed (such as), 'If you don't know where you've come from, you don't know where you're going.' Perhaps I would revise the saying thusly, 'An honest view of where I've been gives a clearer picture of where I choose to be.'
That feels true in my case. For example, I do not want to continue the insensitive (towards others), ignorant, ineffective behavior of my past, and that gives some clarity as to my future direction. In my reflections this week, I realized that the answer to all my Big Questions is Being.
Q: Where did I come from?
Q: Where am I headed?
Q: Who am I, really?
Q: Why am I here?
Q: What is ascension?
Q: What is awakening?
Q: What is consciousness?
Q: Who or what is God/Goddess?
Q: What is enlightenment?
Q: What is high frequency/5D/spirituality?
Q: What is light working?
and so on.
Preferring empowered self-responsibility to disempowered self-victimization, I still see that human society introduces non-being into my experience of life. My challenge is to counter with sufficient Being to override the non-being of the world, bringing balance. I must love Being more than the pleasures of mental masturbation and sensory stimulation, which gets easier and more natural for me in the progression of time.
Being can only be experienced in the Present Moment, I've found.
Distractions from the Now such as thoughts of past or future (or thoughts at all) distance me from the experience of Being, which is my True Self.
The experience of Being, also called oneness consciousness or non-separation, is essential to restoring humankind to a state of grace.
* Comments on the saying:
"According to my research, the full quote is “Know from whence you came. If you know whence you came, there are absolutely no limitations to where you can go.” and it has been attributed to James Baldwin an African-American novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and social critic." - Bernard
"You don’t know where you’re going till you know where you’ve been.... I don’t think it’s a very apt statement in fact though. Sounds profound but it’s not actually very logical or true I’d say. You can know where you’ve been but that won’t tell you where you’re going no matter how much profound clear sighted info and advice you can glean from understanding your past. It’s the sort of advice screen writers’ come up with.... I could be wrong but it's never made any profound sense to me." - Raymond
"I have great respect for the past. If you don't know where you've come from, you don't know where you're going. I have respect for the past, but I'm a person of the moment. I'm here, and I do my best to be completely centered at the place I'm at, then I go forward to the next place." - Maya Angelou
"Awareness of relationship in the present, frees me of my distorted perceptions of the past, which reveals truth - freedom from the perception of relationship (relationship being another word for separation)." - Greg
"Just being in the world programs you from constant stimulation so the past really does make you who you are, what you gravitate towards and what you attract. So understanding helps if you have negative habits that run interference to just being. It helps to understand when to float and when to kick" - Jassie
What comments would you add?
The image is from Wikipedia.