THE GOLDEN AGE

Today’s Prayer to Passage will be drawn from the book ‘A New Earth’ by Eckart Tolle. I became attuned to this book in 2008, as did many viewers of Oprah Winfrey’s live webcasts, which took Tolle’s exemplary extension of wisdom to a whole new level.

Today I pray, “Dear God, I have cultivated a diversion from drama within the past three years. Ego is really nothing more than a shallow intrusion, a blasé clamor, a perfunctory pastime. What is truly worthy of time and energy?”

“Every complaint is a little story the mind makes up that you completely believe in… Nothing is going to make us free because only the present moment can make us free.”
—ECKART TOLLE

Heartbreaker, money maker, time taker. Ego. Is there less ego in 2015 than there was twenty years ago? In many ways, children growing up in the twenty first century are our new teachers. So many of them seem to have an inherent level of integrity that we have had to labor to find through trial and error. History shows us the mistakes. And we are fighting the good fight toward revolutionary benevolence.

We see this in our growing causes for human rights, animal rights, eco-consciousness… All in an effort to evolve like the cool kids. I love that integrity is the new black; there is a noticeably higher vibration of this being felt worldwide. Drama to adults has been as craved and coveted as sugar to kids. But the sweetness is beginning to foster a distasteful side effect. The antidote? Enter good vibrations (not The Beach Boys circa 1966–although that was a nifty tune).

I credit social media. Yes, you read that correctly. This is unity communication on a global scale. Social media have their weak moments. And there have certainly been some repercussions likened to Sisyphus on the hill. Yet let’s look at a baker’s dozen of good things to have sprouted from this little mustard seed of media marvel…

This list of best things to have happened on social media is credited to a June 30, 2015 metro.co.uk article written by Deborah Cicurel: Calling out everyday sexism; raising shedloads of money for charity; helping people be proud of who they are; helping kids feel more confident; helping track down criminals; reuniting families; enabling shows of solidarity; helping people find important things they’ve lost; helping everyone from celebrities to regular Joes like us campaign for what’s important; giving women a platform to be proud of their bodies, in all shapes and sizes; helping people feel loved on their birthdays; finding lost pets and reuniting them with their owners; and helping people dance like no one’s watching.

How fascinating a time to be alive! That totally just made me think of the Woody Allen film “Midnight in Paris,” in which the protagonist, an aspiring author, becomes entangled in a writer’s dream of remarkable time-travel experiences, drawing him to desire life in a “golden age.” The moral of the story, as he faithfully accepts, is that we are now–in this very moment–living in the golden age. In this very moment. And this one. And this one….

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