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Sunday, May 3, 2020

Is “5G” a “5D-Technology” Created in “4D-Consciousness?”

As readers of this blog know, I dedicated much of my working life to creating and expanding public media technologies (such as public radio and television, cable television, fiberoptics networks, and then the research internet) for the delivery of distance education. At the same time, hidden from my employers and clients, I was developing my “mystic’s eye.” 

It is with this dual understanding that I welcome the emergence of a new “fifth-dimensional consciousness” (5D), and watch (somewhat bemusedly) my New Age friends’ panic over fifth-generation (5G) mobile data technology and the attempts to link it to Covid-19. From my perspective, we are witnessing, a crisis of over-connection without the preparation of spiritual transformation. 5G is a “smart cloud” grid-technology being introduced within the old paradigm of separation. Our fears about it reflect a distrust, not only that it will be put to “lower-frequency” uses, but on a deeper level, that humanity is still choosing to operate on fourth-dimension (4D) principles, using our emerging technical and spiritual powers for profit, personal gain, magic and control. 

In my 2007 book Digital Dharma, I posited that all of our media technology (starting with the telegraph, “when electricity hit the nervous system”) is an externalization of the inner networks of our energy body: each medium both stimulating and, at the same time mirroring, the psycho-spiritual work of a specific chakra. I wrote about the telephone externalizing the second chakra’s hunger for intimacy, releasing the seductive power of the lover, and unleashing from Victorian constraints, the feminine voice; I wrote of the third chakra power of radio’s “tribal drum” to pull together or tear about communities; and fifth chakra-driven over-connection, and the resulting social media addiction, spread of viruses and the counter reaction of mistrust and alienation.

Today, many us of believe that a new, higher frequency of spiritual energy is pushing our consciousness forward into the domain of the upper chakras. Here, the third-eye is free to see beyond the “false news” and conceptual habits of a limited view of reality, and the Crown is opened to receiving new signals, connecting with spirits, connecting with all the beings of the natural world, and in the “we space” connecting us all. Many seers have called this 5D Consciousness.

Well, it sounds pretty good! But as every chakra holds both light and shadow, each chakra’s communications modality is also fraught with pitfalls. The most dangerous is the ego’s need to be “special.” In the realm of the sixth chakra, this means tapping into the energetic domains, not to serve others, but for one’s own needs. In doing so, it is easy to get caught in the (4D) astral planes, unable to discern good from evil, connecting unfiltered to all the ginns and tricksters ready to seduce us; getting lost in a psychic hall of mirrors, caught in a never-ending spiritual attention deficit disorder. This is the dark side of violent video games, virtual reality pornography, and social media terrorism.

In terms of 5G, we have projected these legitimate “4D misuse” fears on to a technology whose very structure reflects the work of the seventh chakra. 5G, or fifth-generation mobile wireless, continues a move from centralized “big towers” (hierarchically-communicating top-down with dumb devices), to a topology of smaller, intelligent nodes, communicating over shorter distances, at higher frequencies and lower power levels, allowing for faster data rates, lower latencies, and real-time peer-to-peer information exchanges. At its best, the 5G-enabled cloud-based “internet of things,” could be more than a way to deliver self-driving cars, instant movie downloads and smarter talking personal assistants. It could enable a world where we are drawn closer to other beings, both human and animal. A world where we can actually see in real-time the health of the environment, hear the singing of whales, and the cries of endangered species. Managed from a place of 5D consciousness, it could be the physical representation of an intelligent self-aware universe, where each “node of awareness” does its specific evolutionary task, monitors its surroundings and shares its experience within the we-space of the communal grid. 

Given the sad history of humanity’s attraction to filling its longing heart with the substitute drugs of power and control, its no wonder we are terrified! In the service of our lower selves these technologies can lead not to greater unity, but to a beehive-like, always “jacked in,” world devoid of quiet personal time; where global corporations use 5G wireless to extend their control to the most remote corners of the planet and our most private spaces; where the smallest personal action is tracked in giant marketing databases; a world where physical nature and even human love are replaced by commercially-driven computer simulations. But this nightmare is not a consequence of the silicon chips, fiber-optics connections and wireless radio frequencies that make 5G possible. It is a consequence of our own shadow! 

Yes, we do need more peer-reviewed studies of RF energy on our bodies. There is some evidence that while 5G’s higher frequencies are less absorbed through the skin than our favorite FM channels and our in-home Wi-Fi routers, like too much sun, too much 5G exposure (especially to the sweat glands) may increase some skin cancers for some people. So, I am not offering a blanket defense of 5G, but I am asking that you consider our 5G fears as a metaphor for a deeper distress. 

Let us be wary of disowning our dark impulses, every conspiracy fear, every loss-of-control dread, on to some external “other” – whether it be a nation, religious or ethnic group, an inanimate virus, or radio-frequency device. Its not about “banning the towers,” but seeing them as ourselves. Not about staying up at night worrying that our electric meters are spying on us, but about enacting laws that protect our data privacy, and breaking up the media monopolies that kidnap our attention and traffic in our very awareness.

It is about seeing ourselves as part of a smart grid, not of commerce or control, but of global compassion and co-creation. 5D thinking requires us to look at 5G as a physical representation of a deeper call to engage with each other as “learning nodes” on a great grid of awareness, forming a true cloud consciousness around the entire planet, moving from listening to our smart refrigerators and thermostats, to the Tweets of All Beings, hearing the cries of the ocean’s creatures, the spreading deserts, and burning rain-forests.

Moving into seventh-chakra communication means confronting all the parts that we hide from others and ourselves, living in radical honesty and transparency; confronting the fear of ego-death that draws us into separation and the hoarding of power and control. Finally, it means having the courage to move past the distractions of the astral (magical powers, ego-boosting spirit guides) into the true plane of Divine Love, Creativity, and Joy. Living in Cloud Consciousness we are challenged to see that our intelligence has always been connected in every action – past, present and future, and that we and all the other individual processors are sharing the same memory and power source. In the 5D-connected cloud we hold all experiences in common, consciously downloading those wisdom programs that use our individual consciousness for a higher purpose. Our bodies and our life experiences become vessels of divine curiosity; and our prayers of gratitude become the uploading technology that refreshes and heals the great web of Being.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Social Media Yoga for These Time

Social Media Yoga:
  Five “Digital Dharma” Practices for These Physically Separated, Yet Over-Connected, Times

In the space of a just a few short weeks, most of our contact with work, friends and family, as well as our cultural, social and spiritual support, has moved online. Our offices, schools, stores, streets and skies are quiet, while we spend hours looking at faces on two-dimensional screens, relying on social media, video conferencing, and the internet for needed connection and information. Many of us are exhausted, feeling the impact of all this screen time on our physical, psychological, and spiritual well-being.

A decade ago, I wrote Digital Dharma, a book that looked looked at the then-emerging web of global communications networks and technologies as externalizations of our inner energy transponders – the seven chakras. Looking at our immersion in the Infosphere, I have drawn upon and updated the book’s digital dharma practices, and offer them as a media yoga for our challenging times.

1. Ground Before Connecting

Stepping into the planetary electronic grid, we are engulfed in a world of instant connection and ceaseless alarms, a chorus of attention-demanding babble that is nearly overwhelming. Spiritual practice teaches us that we can handle our “signal over-sensitivity,” not by abandoning ourselves to every message calling out for immediate response or by building thicker ego-protecting walls, but by calming the mind and strengthening our grounding to the earth. The current crisis has brought forth an outpouring of free online classes on breath-work, movement and meditation. Set time aside to participate in these programs before sitting down to hours in front of the screen. Use apps such as Here and Now, and Stop, Breath and Think, or Insight Timer to program your smartphone to remind you to stop and take a deep breath. And when it’s safe, get out of the house, find a patch of ground and stand bare-footed, taking breaths that connect your Crown to the earth below. Find a tree to hug, and if it’s safe, extend your outside time to include a device-free walk, experiencing your own mini “Digital Sabbath.”
2. Tune to the Tweets of All Beings

Our interconnected global networks of remote sensors and environmental monitoring stations offer a chance to expand our receptivity beyond the noise and chatter of humanity’s monkey-mind messages. From deep undersea observatories, to atmospheric carbon and ozone stations on the tops of mountains, from tectonic stress-sensors embedded deep in the earth, it is now possible to “listen” to the voices of Gaia herself. Instead of following some celebrity’s every text, consider subscribing to the many services that allow one to “adopt” a distant wolf, whale or dolphin, receiving ongoing status reports as to their location and health. On a more personal level, one can practice “heart math,” learning to listen to and align one’s breath and heart rhythms. Find time during the day to turn off your messaging apps and sit quietly under a tree and listen to its sap rise, or tune in to the incredibly slow rhythms of that unassuming rock at your feet. Finally, try to practice the art of mentally sending kind thoughts with every text or tweet, setting the intention as you hit the send button that it deliver the highest good and well-being to all that receive it. And, if you want to be more engaged in sending digital kindness, consider one of the apps such as Kruzo or Text for Humanity that allow you to compose and send a positive text message to a random recipient.

3. Create Safe Distance on Your Social Apps

As we struggle with the loneliness of forced physical distancing and self-quarantine, a healthy relationship with our social media platforms becomes more and more important. Too often we discover that our time on social media has left us feeling less connected, more stressed, a bit vulnerable and more fearful. In a communications environment where everyone has a voice, and multiple “truths” run free, being connected to everyone all the time can easily overwhelm our mental body’s defense systems. Clearly, we need to “curate our connections,” establishing appropriate boundaries for each of our personal online networks.

Putting boundaries on who you friend and follow means creating multiple relationship circles – different accounts for different folks. Some will be more intimate: a place where you can drop your masks and cry, a place of recovery and joy, solace and support, a place where only your close friends can invite their close friends to request membership. Your others groups can face outwards, held together by shared political and social values, creative expression, hobbies or work interests. They must however, be separated from your more intimate-sharing space, which in turn (by government regulation or hopefully, mass social pressure), must be insulated from the commercial forces that have so distorted our common meeting grounds.

4. Bless the Face of the Other, Bless Yourself

Instagram, YouTube and Facebook have put so many faces on our screens – happy or sad, angry, wounded or injured, cute or ugly – they all show up. The Other is no longer someone “out there,” but in our personal space. Faced with this onslaught of images, instead of backing away, lean in to them all. Send silent blessings of goodwill to all the random faces you see on your screen. See their inner Light. Send loving kindness to all those “exposed” on social media, neutralizing the waves of judgment and anonymous cruelty that these channels seem to encourage. This is the core Buddhist teaching of metta: first sending kind thoughts and wishes of well-being to your friends and contacts, then to random faces that you do not know, then moving on to those whose faces bring you discomfort or judgment.i Take a few minutes to do this practice every day, interrupting your me-focused screen time to make it a time of spiritual gifting to the “we.”

Also, extend this practice to yourself. Take a moment as you log onto a videoconference to bless your own image. And before sending out a selfie, stop for a moment. Look at it with deep eyes; take a breath and savor the moment – the colors, smell, sounds and body experience you want to share online. Then before you hit the send or upload button, blink and inhale, sending the memory of that experience to your own energetic in-box and out to the universe as a snapshot of gratitude for being alive.

5. Zoom Out, Zoom In, to Deeper Connection

Even though you may have become isolated spatially, you can use your real-time video connections to zoom-in and forge deeper levels of heart contact. Agree to “compassionate conferencing” practices: allowing for uninterrupted “I-statement” check-ins about feelings, not just thoughts or opinions. Make direct eye contact and share the moment-to-moment experience of being present in creative union with another soul. “What are you experiencing now? What is emerging for us together in this breath? And the next one?” In group meetings, take a few minutes to gaze on all participants in “gallery view,” sending appreciation and goodwill to everyone – all the little tiles of humanity looking out at you from the quilt of the collective we.

You can also use your computer or phone screen to zoom-out of your constricted surroundings, seeing the world with “eyes of wonder.” The internet has blessed us with easy access to millions of positive videos that can take you to the outer reaches of the universe and into the workings of the smallest cell, and time-lapse and slow-motion movies of the once-ignored natural or human-created processes all around us. Instead of spending hours binging on old movies and silly pet videos, visit Mars or the San Diego Zoo. Better yet, find a nature cam of nesting baby eagles on a city skyscraper ledges or remote forest branch. Watch resting sea lions, or the march of tiny insects in the canopy of the rain forest. Zoom out far enough and you will see life as one great tapestry, and recognize that you are called in our post-pandemic job to tikkun olam, to use social media to reweave the tattered threads of community and the natural world we all share.

i A few years ago I developed My BlessingCircle, a service that would present you with a photo of a stranger and a kindness blessing to read out loud as you looked at their face. When you hit the send button, the recipient got the blessing and your photo. No names or contact information was shared in either direction. It didn’t gain much traction, so I mothballed it. Perhaps it’s time to reboot it! Please contact me if you’d like to help.