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Puerto Vallarta News NetworkEditorials | Opinions | May 2009 

Shift Happens
email this pageprint this pageemail usMarla Hoover - PVNN

Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.
- Buddha
There is a song by Buffalo Springfield called "For What It's Worth" that goes like this:

There's something happening here,
What it is ain't exactly clear...
...It's time we stop, hey, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down.

Obviously there is something happening here. And by here I do not mean just Puerto Vallarta, Mexico or the U.S. I mean globally. You would have to be unconscious not to see it. Perhaps therein lays the problem and the answer.

Most of us, myself included, need to have a Mack truck hit them in order to wake up and change something that is not working. You know what they say about the definition of insanity; doing the same thing over and over and expecting the same results. That shoe, sandal or boot might actually fit right about now.

So what is happening and why?

I recently heard an interview with Dr. Deepak Chopra and Marianne Williamson during which Dr. Chopra said something that may shed a little light on that question.

"The time we are living in now we are seeing the death of the old way of thinking, an old reality, I think. We have seen people try to resuscitate this patient but this patient will not be resuscitated because the patient is dying. That's good because now we will have the opportunity to reincarnate ourselves to a new way of thinking, new relationships, new insights and new aspirations. There will be a quantum leap in consciousness."

The past decade the world has lived through one crisis event to another. Some man-made catastrophes while others were brought on by Mother Nature. How they all occurred at some point hardly matters, what matters is that we have to survive them and decide if there is a lesson in them - which of course there always is. It is not necessary to rehash the twin towers, Katrina, the Asian Tsunami, ungodly earth quakes or the fall of the great casino; Wall Street. What is at hand now has its own lessons that we must contemplate.

There have been many interesting theories out there on why this last slap from the Universe has happened. Here are excerpts from two online posts from Mexican Nationals writing about the flu in their/our great city.

Harumi Puertos of Mexico City speculated that colds or the flu happens to people who are worn out, who have reached their limit of responsibilities, who have become so stressed that their bodies get ill. She feels that this is exactly what happened to the entirety of Mexico City, because its people lived with an extraordinary burden of stress, tension and fear.

She writes: "Where most people have been trapped in a suicidal way of life where they spend most of their time working. Where it takes two or three hours to get anywhere and while doing so they travel in fear of being assaulted or kidnapped. It is not so strange then that this virus hit a city where there is no way to clean itself because the connection to the universe is covered in dense fog which also traps the energies of fear and stress within the city. The inhabitants of Mexico City are enslaved to a system that does not seem to work and where only half seem capable of seeing it."

She went on to say, "If you believe you among those who live a fast paced life based on sacrifice, slavery which generates great stress, then stop and become conscious of it. The awareness is the only viable preventive medicine at the moment. The flu is just a process of generating light where there is darkness, when we understand that awareness is what is needed the crisis will end."

Another citizen of D.F., Gabriel Molnar writes: ... I was there, (in Mexico City) and I realized that it was worse than you think, feel or believe - that Mexico City is under a cloud because of its traffic, pollution, dangerousness, corruption, kidnappings, killings, the economic crisis and now this flu virus. We are all responsible for the shadow over this wonderful city; we are all responsible for having turned it into "City of Fear."

And today we realize that it was not God who created the virus or the dark. It was the fear of man, your fears and mine that have fueled a collective unconsciousness full of shadows, ghosts and threats. We have said throughout the ages that "...and think in your heart, you are well," but we refuse to listen, we prefer the nightmare of unconsciousness and irresponsibility of acknowledging that we are doing this to ourselves.

Ask, where is my true power, do I remember, can I change... and especially, Who am I, where do I come from and what is my heritage: When you know and feel these things in your heart, see Mexico again filled with light, healthy, prosperous and saying yes to life.

These two regional views are echoed globally. They are not isolated in their understanding that the world needs, or rather is being forced into, a new consciousness and awareness. Crisis always precipitates change. Many see the oncoming change as worldwide shift of principles from one steeped in materialism to one of honest values, born of infinite possibilities and based in spirituality.

Perhaps the sound that we are hearing is the collective consciousness exhaling, the shifting of perception, of sanity regaining hold of the masses. In Mexico we have all been required to take some time off. Let us hope that collectively we have used it to reflect, to gain insight and wisdom... Deepak Chopra says, "It is no longer the survival of the fittest, it is now the survival of the wisest."

We now live in a global community, which has been made crystal clear these past few weeks. There are global ramifications to everything; economy, health, spirituality. There are no regional solutions anymore. There is a new internationalism; we are in this together.

As Williamson said, "God did not create the lines between the countries, we did." She also went on to say that we will have to be gentle with each other and to help one another through this change, this rebirth as she called it. That could not be truer of Puerto Vallarta. We will indeed have to pull together as a community and help one another through this.

Compassion is required for our survival. Thich Nhat Hanh, an expatriate Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist, said, "Understanding and compassion are very powerful sources of energy. They are the opposite of stupidity and passivity. If you think that compassion is passive, weak, or cowardly, then you don't know what real understanding or compassion is."

Compassion is one of the foundations of Buddhism. "Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity." Buddha. The Dalai Lama says compassion is the basis for human happiness.

Most compassionate is the Universe, God, Higher Power, The Observer, The Source, or who or whatever you want to call it. Ms. Williamson says there is a "law of divine compensation" - think of Job from the Bible. This compensation, this divine compassion will find its way to us when we shift our consciousness from one of selfish egotism to that of service and enlightenment. When we stop and see what's going down, when we realize that we are all part of a divine matrix and what happens to one happens to all.


Marla Hoover is a practicing yogini, a registered RN, a Puerto Vallarta Real Estate professional and an accomplished journalist with over 300 published articles in both international and local print and online publications.

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