the planetary split, and life on planet bob
Remember the movie Titan AE? It’s an animated post-apocalyptic flick with aliens who view humanity as such a threat to all life … that they destroy Earth.
Apparently the movie bombed when it came out in the year 2000 - but I’ve always thought it was a clever storyline with lots to think about, even if the movie may be creatively limited by the tech of that time and its PG rating.
AE stands for “After Earth”.
In the year 2000, I had a 1 year old child and iPhones didn’t exist yet.
The internet still played a very minor part in people’s daily lives - even tho I was an early adopter of eBay selling as an income stream.
We had no idea just how much things would change in 20 short years.
While we haven’t had aliens blow up the Earth yet, I do want to discuss the planetary split we’re all experiencing.
Lately I’ve been saying we live on Planet Bob now.
It’s a ‘shorthand’ way of referring to being caught between separate realities, simultanously.
You may have experienced this phenomenon as well - in conversation with friends and family who have made choices that diverge greatly from your own, it feels as if maybe you’ve taken up residence on different planets.
Maybe your conversations are starting to feel like you’re traversing the universe, across time and space, to understand each other’s motivations and choices.
The desire to lovingly connect is still there, on both sides … but it’s like the cellular signal’s growing weak, and full of static.
We’re starting to have trouble understanding their choices, assumptions, and decisions … and they’re likewise having trouble understanding ours … because the tapestries we’ve each been weaving for the last two years are no longer even using the same threads.
We may have been able to skip over the cracks in the sidewalk for years, not noticing or minding much, just how much the equilibrium shifted from one side to the other…
However, the last two years have been the catalyst for many inner earthquakes - and we’ve each been recalibrating in isolation from each other, in fear of each other.
We’ve been shamed away from (or in some nations, actively punished for) gathering in community - so we haven’t been able to create coherant anchors to re-sync our realities in unison…
For many, 2021 was a challenging year. For me, it was a year of clarity, discernment, and the deepening of amazing community and friendships; vacations, abundance, new connections and opportunities; and yes - even new layers of freedom.
I have a lot to be grateful for - not least of all, my awareness of holistic health.
It’s now 2022 - and we're still being incited into fear, hate, and most of all, confusion ... all from an 'impersonal' distance.
There’s still so many who are caught up in varying states of fear, anger, and righteousness, largely cut off from the in-person support of others.
Isolated. Separated. Othered.
But then, nobody can /make/ you feel anything without your agreement.
Last year, I still felt like I wanted to reach out and explain, to find understanding and meaning, to try and save people from (what I perceived as) their self-imposed prisons of fear.
It’s been a hard pill for me to swallow, to realize that there’s nothing I can do to remedy this split - and in fact, the best thing is to let it crumble..
We’re all living within our respective choices and decisions.
We’ve all chosen our planet, consiously or subconsciously.
According to Inelia, the life we’re living now is the culmintion of choices made way back in 2011.
(So if last year was shitty … well, what were you up to a decade ago?)
Are you still fighting invisible battles, trapped in the sands of time? Is there anything you’re being invited to let go of, now, that you’ve been resisting for many years?
In the new paradigm, we recognize that our culture’s obsession with and emphasis on independence is part of an elaborate lie to keep us separate - and isolated.
More and more of us recognize that interdependence is where it’s at.
So do you have a REAL community that you can rely on?
Online or off - leverage technology to co-create IRL connections (use the former to create the latter).
We all need some combination of extended family; friends; people you can ask to borrow their lawnmower, or a cup of sugar…
People who wouldn't hesitate to watch your children if you needed to work.
People whom you can ask to make medicine from their garden.
People who know they can come over and wash a load of laundry at your house, or share a meal with you when they’re feeling lonely.
Can we really ask for these things from others - from our friends - without feeling guilty, like we're a burden?
Will we choose to trust in our neighbors and reach out, regardless?
Or are we so thoroughly conditioned that we feel like failures if we're not paying retail for every tiny bit of a pre-packaged life?
If we're angry at all (or just feeling apathetic)...are we even angry at the right things?
Regardless of which planet we find ourselves inhabiting - let's not lose each other over our fear of losing each other...yea?
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