This article is wonderful. It profoundly expresses my own understanding of the situation and reflects how my own Shadow work, through both using psychedelics as well as a deep dive into drug addiction in my 20s, has helped me feel some clarity about what is going on now.
That all said, my 2020 mantra is: I don’t know. We’ll see. Adjust accordingly. Everything is OK.
Still, the core of this issue is a culture that has been afraid of death and this experience is asking all of us to look at that, to ponder the Shadow, and as the article suggests, to learn not to equate Light as Good and Shadow as Bad. The two need each other and are two sides of the same coin.
Last, I’ve just posted an article I wrote 20 years ago on the passing of the late, great Terence McKenna. I was having an afternoon snooze while listening to a talk he gave when I realized that it was the 20th anniversary of his unfortunate passing, so I decided to put the article onto my Medium blog.
However, there was a wonderful synchronicity. And that is, the key theme I have been returning to over and over these past few weeks (and also the key theme of my novel) is that Humanity/Nature is at odds with this Culture. And here it was, in the article, Terence saying exactly the same thing.
So folks, hang in there, love yourself and love each other (and I include ALL of life, including things like rivers and mountains). I love you, and I am no longer shy about typing that because it is what I deeply feel.
Meanwhile, reflect on what you can do to re-discover/bring out that inherent Human Spirit that you have, that we ALL have, and how it can be used to create the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible, as the great writer Charles Eisenstein put it so eloquently.
I believe finding the Inner Child, which means that creative instinct we all had, is a key answer here. And yes, if you have fears, don’t hide from them, look into them, see why they are there. Just don’t suppress them, because we’ve been doing that for too long and it no longer works. It just makes them more powerful.