The Consciousness Revolution
By John Perkins
May 22 2014 " ICH "
Participating in the consciousness revolution can no
longer be ignored as simply a nice, feel-good choice
for those who might care enough or find it
convenient. It is now imperative for all of us who
share this tiny, fragile space station as our only
home. Our present and our children’s futures depend
on our ability to change the dream of our society.
All of us will be impacted catastrophically if we
continue in the current reality. But if we listen to
the ancient prophesies of indigenous cultures all
over the world and join together in the revolution,
we can change that reality for the better.
we must pay attention to the clarion call that grows
louder each day and is voiced by people all over the
world: work together for peace and justice.
We must transform the current “Death Economy” that
is based on militarization and depleting the earth’s
resources into a “Life Economy” based on alleviating
hunger, reducing pollution, and developing new forms
of energy, transportation, and responsible
live in the most revolutionary time in human
history. It is bigger than the Agricultural
Revolution or the Industrial Revolution, the
American Revolution or any other revolution. This is
a revolution in consciousness, a time for us to wake
up to our true potential as human beings. It's a
revolution that will free us from our unconscious
stories of lack and limitation and release us from
the false values, hopes and expectations that have
kept us stuck in dysfunctional patterns – both as
individuals and as global societies.
happy to say that this uprising of passionate and
committed people is a cross-cultural awakening that
will impact all species. In the past year I’ve
traveled to Southeast Asia, Europe, the Middle East,
Latin America and around the United States.
Everywhere I’ve felt the power of this historical
global awakening. People are becoming conscious of
the fact that the old traditions and the status quo
of the corporatocracy are no longer serving their –
our – interests or those of life upon our planet.
the People are coming radically alive, and we are
recognizing that the current world economy has
failed terribly. The geopolitical structure created
by big governments that are under the control of
even bigger businesses has turned what seemed like a
dream into a nightmare. Though for a time it
appeared that this system was accelerating our
civilized development, it has now become obvious
that despite the amazing advancements in
communications, medicine, the arts, and so many
other areas, there is also an ominous dark side to
the kind of progress we have been pursuing. The
world is plagued by threats to peace and human
survival; these stem to a large degree from the
abuses of corporate monopolies. Not only have the
monopolies destroyed huge swathes of the earth and
polluted its air and water, they have also fostered
the growth of devastatingly poor and starving
dark side has reached a critical mass. The
implications for the future of our species ought to
unite us across racial, cultural, social, and
religious lines – all the ways in which we divide
ourselves from others who, we have been told, are
different from us. Unless we come together to
challenge the very people who abuse their power and
promote destructive systems, there will be no
sustainable future for any of us. It is time for the
less than 1%, the big businesses and the governments
they control, to stop serving themselves and start
serving the more than 99%.
Indigenous shamans from cultures around the world
offer us a blue print for moving forward. They’ve
seen this coming for millennia. Each culture has a
storied history of prophecies of the death of one
age and the birth of another.
1968 I've lived, studied and worked with indigenous
cultures on every continent (except Antarctica where
there aren’t any.) All of them have a prophecy which
says that we've entered a time with the potential
for major transformation.
Maya of Central America, Quechua of the Andes,
Buddhists of the Himalayas, Bedouins of the deserts,
and many others foretell a shifting of our world and
our reality into a sustainable, just, spiritually
fulfilling, and thriving future. These prophecies
tell us that we're moving out of the period of
deprivation, of lack and limitation and
dysfunctional patterns, into a time for
understanding that there's great abundance in the
world if we will only pursue it together.
example, we know that oil and fossil fuels are very
limited and that burning these fuels is destroying
the atmosphere. On the side of abundance, though,
we've got plenty of sunshine and wind and other
forms of pure, natural energy that we’re learning to
use. These prophecies tell us that we can find more
and more ways to tap into the abundance that is
right in front of us instead of perpetuating the
cycle of destruction. Modern science is catching up
with this message.
1990, when I first started writing books and
teaching workshops on shamanism, my work received
attention from a very limited category of people.
For lack of a better term, they were mostly what we
might call former hippies and New Agers; there were
few businessmen, doctors or lawyers interested in
this message. But now that has changed. I meet
people from all walks of life, all socio-economic
groups, and all kinds of backgrounds who embrace
these ideas and are passionate about changing their
Indigenous people from many cultures tell us that
“the world is as we dream it” and that the dream is
realized by the actions we take. The dream of our
parents and those before them – along with the
decisions they and we have made – has now brought us
to the brink of self-destruction. However, across
the planet we are shaking ourselves awake; now it is
time to dream a new dream. And to act and change
accordingly. The revolution is underway.
all join it.