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Check Your Twitter, Become a God

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This week Deepak Chopra spoke to the Social Good Summit about how online social media is the next phase of human evolution. After listening to his talk, I have to admit I'm on board with that idea.

See, two of my fundamental beliefs about the world are that (1) life exists so that the Universe can experience itself and therefore (2) everything is interconnected and unified. The ONE (God, Brahma, Spirit, whatever-you-call-it) fragmented into "the ten thousand things" in order to experience life relationally... and then proceeded to "forget" its identity as a sort of cosmic game of hide-and-seek. To carry that out further it appears that the "goal" of evolution is a sort of cosmic redemption - the ten-thousand things realizing their identity and becoming one again. Of course I have no empirical proof of that and may be way the fuck off the mark, but it seems to align with both my internal truth as well as countless others who have embraced a Perennial Philosophy.

Energy and stars evolved into cold matter, later evolving into life and consciousness - which over time became the various apertures from which the Universe witnesses itself. You, me, the President, your nanny, your granny - each is a life, a unique bundle of energy that has a job, gets depressed, enjoys orgasms, lays in the grass, gets lung cancer and cries at rainbows. We exist in a playground of dualities so as to taste the sweetest fruits and the bitter depths of despair.

But beneath all that is still the unbroken One.

The internet - which is so ubiquitous now that it's almost impossible to remember a time before it - is one of the first major steps of "the ten thousand things" becoming one again. Through this technology we are no longer fractured, disconnected and individual selves. We are part of something much bigger - and the internet is a sort of nervous system that is connecting us (the various appendages) all over our planet. It really is quite fascinating (and almost mystical) how we have evolved to this point and one can only wonder where we go from here. (Deepak's message had a lot to say about that.)

So you obsess over Facebook and check your Twitter feed every 30 seconds. Some might say you have a problem - that you're anti-social and out of touch with flesh-and-blood reality. Actually, I think something else is up; subconsciously we know we are not alone, that we are not fractured, isolated individuals. Getting outside of our self-centered bubbles to share, to commune and to interact in such a global and powerful way is something nearing the Divine. Even "Liking" your cousin's cat pictures and bullshit political rants helps prove that time and space are dissolving. Something new is emerging. It's an exciting time to be alive indeed.

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I Don't Have Time for this Shit

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You wake up, you go through your morning routine. Commute to work. Sit and do a job. You're working for money; you're dying inside. Days roll into days, into weeks and months. At night is dinner and trash, pay some bills and shower your kids. Then maybe a little TV or wine or weed - whatever you need to unplug from the monotony of what happens between 6am and 7pm. You're surviving but if you're honest you're barely showing up.

When was the last time you did something for yourself? Remember how you used to play guitar and make up recipes? Remember how you wanted to learn how to paint? See all those barely-opened books right over there?

What the fuck are you waiting for? The kids will never be less demanding of your time. Your significant other could always use more of your attention. There are always bills to pay and checklists to do (mine currently has about 23 line items on it).

"I think what we're seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonance within our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive. That's what it's all finally about." [Joseph Campbell]

See, you can drown in a sea of tasks that will get you to tomorrow, but will get you no closer to "the experience of being alive." And you know that you're postponing and making excuses for following your deepest truth - those things that make you glad to be alive. 

Take a moment and think about things that you would love to do, or experience, or be. Maybe it's something expressive or creative; a sport; some form of meditation or yoga; playful sexytime with your significant other; a new business idea. Commit to just ONE WEEK of spending at least 30 minutes a day on one of your passions. Schedule it and just see what you feel at the end of the week. If you feel like going back to merely surviving, then by all means. (Also, don't bother coming back to this website; you'll find nothing of use here.) 

Here I am writing a post to help encourage you on a night where my heart and attention are scattered. I don't have time for this shit. I have a wife and a child and at least 23 things on a to-do list. And I'm tired. But goddamnit, I love to write and to encourage and to connect deeper with a creative force that's bigger than myself. So that's what I'm doing. And for a moment - this moment - it is bliss.

What possible excuse do you have not to do the same thing? Get to it, friends. 

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