Where Are The Answers?
Where Are The Answers?
There is a world of information at our finger tips today- instant information has become the standard as we search the internet for opinions, facts and philosophies. We can access contrasting opinions about everything and nothing in an instant, and we readily absorb other people’s points of view without considering our own.
There was a time when information was passed from father to son, mother to daughter, much as it still is in the animal kingdom. Time was taken to instruct the young generation on how to survive, make tools and clothes, shelter and fire, and raise crops, keep livestock, and hunt. Stories with symbolism at their heart were repeatedly told as a method of strengthening the traditions of the people, and learning from the wisdom of those that had gone before. Ancestors were revered and their memory treasured.
With the relatively recent invention of the printing press, people began slowly to learn about far flung lands and cultures and traditions that were different to their own. With the books, came the ability to imagine life in a different world. Over time, literacy spread through the masses, and reading became available to those that wanted to read.
The next source of information was the newspapers and magazines. By this time, more of the population could read, and the magazines and newspapers provided opinions about wars, and books, and lifestyles and gossip. People learnt most of what they knew about other people from the papers and magazines.
With the advent of cinema, and later television, we could see pictures and films of these far off places, cultures, and creatures that we had only been able to imagine before. As televisions became more popular, there was a transition from the effort of reading to the ease of watching, which required no effort at all.
Television has been turned into a 24 hour a day mega-industry. Instead of the stories being about survival skills, and how to look after your family, it is about murder, pornography, shopping, fashion, violence and pointless reality shows. You can watch the television all day long if you choose to and not interact with your community or family in any way. We use television as an anaesthetic to life- there was a study done of people who had been informed that they had cancer, and the majority of them started watching a lot of television as they did not want to deal with the issue of their health.
When the internet started becoming popular, it was seen as both extremely useful and seriously damaging to our society. In a very short space of time, most houses now have access to a PC in their home. With members of the family in separate rooms looking at different information on the internet, the PC has become a divisive and separating instrument in the breakdown of family communication. Young people have access to information that they are not mature enough to understand, sex, politics, bomb making instructions, drugs and so on. Addiction to the internet, including pornography, social media, and gambling to name a few, is steadily on the increase, and greater numbers of people are seeking help with their issues. To those who work in this field, this means that many more people are in trouble and may come forward in the future in ever growing numbers.
For every negative activity on the internet, there are very positive sites able to promote their products, services and organisations. Good causes can spread the word more easily and to a wider audience about their aims and achievements. Research and knowledge is available at the touch of a button for those studying to improve themselves. And for those trying to make the world a better place, the internet is a great way to spread the word.
Where does this leave us?
We have evolved from a people that pass on our heritage and traditions through word of mouth and story-telling, with a real sense of pride in our ancestry and traditions, and a real respect for the land we live on, to a people that want everything now- bigger, brighter, and instantly, regardless of the impact on the planet, or whether or not we truly need it. We seem to have very little sense of where we come from, who we are, or what our place is in relation to the order of things.
We have become so far removed from ourselves and our intuition, and seem to be perpetually lost. We seek, search and hunt down the answers outside of ourselves. We are thirsty for confirmation of what we are supposed to do, who we are supposed to be and we give our power away to anyone that will tell us what we want to hear.
We no longer know how to listen to ourselves. The self- help industry is booming and extremely profitable because we have no relationship with our own guidance so we buy stacks of books and DVDs in order to find the answer.
We have no sense of the sacred in our present day lives. We are not connected to the land, nor do we revere our heritage. Where are the answers to those fundamental questions- “Why am I here?”, “What is my purpose?”, “What happens after death?” and so on?
The answer to these questions and others that haunt us resides within. As we learn to connect with the universal, and switch off the highly stimulating exterior chaos that is the outside world, our ability to hear our own guidance will improve. You will not find the answers that you are looking for “out there”, for it is inside that the sacred resides, the answers and your truth. Cultivating silence in the noise of your mind is the biggest gift that you can give yourself, for it is here that you will find out who you are.
Written by Caroline Nettle.
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Caroline Nettle is passionate about healing, recovery, and assisting others to grow. Her website Spiritual Growth Tools is the culmination of many years of seeking answers about her own health and well-being, and studying the human condition. She writes articles, is a healer and gives talks about subjects relating to spiritual growth and personal development.
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