Dispelling Our Fear Through Clarity and Experience

Drone view of Bear Fire – September 2020

Note: I first published this post on January 7th, 2021, the day after the US insurrection at the Capitol building in Washington, DC. It is also in my book, ‘BRAHMAN – Learning to Thrive in Paradise’.

As our world speeds up, we can encounter circumstances that are sudden, unexpected and unsettling. As we move towards a Sat Yuga (an enlightened age), the operative word is move, for it is this singular difference, between dynamic activity and sluggishness, that allows our global family to evolve more quickly, in all respects.

Now that this is happening in more and more noticeable ways, we must adjust or be forever anxious. These challenging times are not an anomaly. However, since we as a human family have caused them, chiefly through the ubiquity of microprocessors, we must also have the innate ability to calmly and comfortably deal with this broader and faster way of life we now find ourselves in.

Consider the simple example of a baby laying in a crib, and mom leaves the room, just a short distance away. The baby having no experience that mom is close by, gets upset, even panicky. But mom does not similarly panic, because through experience she knows her child is close by, and easily tended to.

Similarly, when we expand our consciousness by aligning it more closely with cosmic law, we too gain the ability to broaden our view, deepen our intuition and even develop divine relationships to protect and guide us.

There has been much tumult in the US lately, especially on January 6th when the US Capitol building, the seat of our Congress, was breached by insurrectionists. I watched it happen live on TV. Although unsettling and undesirable, I saw it very much as an isolated incident with no chance of success. Such has been my reaction to this constant and escalating stress testing of our democracy – nothing to worry about.

This is not a ‘head in the sand’ approach, or magical thinking. It is a careful assessment of the situation from a cosmic perspective. Samyama (knowledge of any object) greatly improves with full cosmic alignment, living Brahman, so there is a sense that our world extends easily beyond current time and space.

Like seeing in the dark, we gain the ability to view the world beyond its common boundaries of space, time, and depth. This removes fear because we have both a larger perspective, and foreknowledge of events so that no matter what the speed of change, the context is familiar.

We can see a little further ahead, and examine any past experience in great detail. Living Brahman, this happens automatically because Totality will always be itself, never lacking for possibilities. Solutions are easy to find.

For example, despite the chaos and madness on January 6th in Washington I know that the USA is still moving in a very positive direction. This is because of foreknowledge I received through samyama that the transition to another political party would be successful, including the recent runoff election in the state of Georgia. This is a cosmic perspective – a lot less worry simply because of an expanded view, and competence in managing such a vast expanse of time and space.

It is sometimes disconcerting to have such a view of safety and progress for the world when many would strongly disagree, though an expression of Maharishi’s always comes to mind: “Knowledge is different, in different states of consciousness”. When seen in waking state our global family can appear to be locked into insurmountable problems, but if we first ground ourselves in the compassion and intelligence of the cosmos, we bring the earth along, and introduce this planet more and more completely to our divine agenda. Everybody wins.

~ Jai Guru Dev ~

Published by Jim Flanegin

it shows up in the pictures...I am a US citizen (born in California), though spent my childhood through high school living primarily in SE Asia, giving me a deep view of both East and West.

10 thoughts on “Dispelling Our Fear Through Clarity and Experience

  1. Very interesting column, Jim.

    I had an intuition in the mid 60s of a new Force (Shakti) emerging. I “saw” that attempts to resolve the world’s problems through movements like feminism and environmentalism and civil rights (and much more) were positive but inevitably doomed to failure if pursued only in external terms.

    Where many saw the “turning inward” of the 70s as the beginning of the “Me Decade,” it was clear that a global Renaissance – one incorporating Asian contemplative wisdom with modern science – was beginning, though by the 80s it was clear the counter-reaction was going to be enormous.

    In the early 90s, attending a lucid dream workshop taught by a Tibetan Buddhist teacher in New York City, I struck up a conversation with a sleep physiologist sitting next to me. I said to him, “You know, if it was 1970, and you described to me what was happening in 1992 without telling me what year it was, I would guess you’re talking about 2020; the openness to world contemplative traditions and their integration into daily life have occurred so fast.

    He turned to his wife (a resident at Yale Medical School) and repeated to her what I said, and they both laughed, as she added, “That’s exactly what you said to me last night.”

    Fast forward another 30 years, and if you told me in 1970 what is going on today, I would have said that probably won’t happen until 2070, at least.

    It seems as if the Divine Mother is sweeping up, purifying the world in order to manifest more fully. From this perspective, one can almost (almost) celebrate the “dirt” that is swept up, as the darker it is, the more it is a sign that the Mother’s sweeping is going along quite well.


  2. Hi Don, Yes, a lot of startling things are coming to light, but as you say it is the light that is important. If such things stay in the dark they continue to exist and influence but cannot be confronted and changed. It seems you have been meditating for a long time. Do you find yourself getting younger? My experience is we become less physical and more vigorous after a long time of meditating. Best, Jim

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  3. Interesting question. I’m not sure I would say “less” physical, though perhaps we’re using words differently and are pointing to something similar. I have found what it means to be physical has radically changed; and yes, more vigorous.

    This could be seen merely as involving “external” causes – I’m more physically active and generally have healthier habits at age 68 than I ever have in my life. I have routinely challenged teenage athletes to push up contests and almost always win:>)) But it’s something far more radical than that. Living in an unbounded sphere of energy, where is there room for more or less energy?

    I’ve also come more and more to feel that – if language truly were to make a difference – we need to find other words than matter, which is bad enough, and “physical” – which is almost entirely meaningless (to materialists or “physicalists,” the only meaning that makes any sense to me is, “What is ‘real’ is non-sentient, non-living, non-conscious and non-intelligent.”)

    sorry to overcomplicate the answer. Yes, quite a radical shift, not just for this person, but the sense of what the so-called physical world is altogether. And an ever increasing pulsation of energy.


  4. Hi Robert, Yes, certainly, though size does matter. The US is 10x the population of Canada so we have an additional exponential layer of social coherence to establish, in order to run more smoothly. Also our temperaments are different – I find that the US is probably unique as a country in our support of individual initiatives, often at the expense of family or community. So this is a very messy place. Maharishi called the USA ‘the most creative country in the world’, which sounded good, until I realized he didn’t add ‘intelligent’ too – lol. We’re working on that… Thanks, Jim

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  5. Most Canadians have very close ties to the “states”, as we call it. My maternal grandfather grew up in a sod house in rural North Dakota. My father spent most of his childhood and teen years in Seattle. My paternal grandfather is buried in Seattle. I could go on about great grandparents etc. I have great appreciation of many wonderful Americans and institutions.


  6. Hi, very interesting – Were your relatives Canadian citizens when they lived in the states, or immigrated later? I have been to Victoria which was beautiful, and Ottawa which was really impressive – it felt much more like Europe than anyplace here does. My *paternal grandmother* grew up in a sod house near Pierre, *South Dakota* – small world! Oddly, the first Canadians I got to know well were two brothers, fellow students in high school, in Hong Kong. I am glad to have Canada as a neighbor – Your calm and reserve serves as an excellent counter-balance to our occasional crazy.


  7. They were all Canadians or European immigrants. I believe that borders were open until some time in the mid 20th century.
    As soon as Canadian politicians start to think they own the place they are shown the door. It is amazing how well it works. We also have 4 main parties: NDP (left), Conservatives (right), Liberals(center left) and Green.
    We don’t have the checks and balances that the US has, so our only recourse is to vote.
    Finally, we don’t have voter suppression here. It seems to be widespread in the US.
    Nice chatting with you. I trust your readers don’t mind.😎


  8. No complaints, so far. 🙂 Thank you for a primer on the Canadian system and the level-headed approach there to politics. My first real exposure to politics was a violent rebellion in Indonesia (2M dead), and a couple of others in SE Asia. Oligarchies and colonialists vs. communists and populist rebels, overlaid with US/Soviet/Chinese Cold War alliances. So I have a strong respect for any country that can establish a true democracy, and also recognize how fragile they are.

    Thankfully ours here remains pretty resilient, though as said, it is going through a stress test now, ensuring it can handle anything. Yes, the voter suppression is an ugly reminder of the systemic racism that stubbornly continues here. Some notable cracks in the old facade are occurring though, and more to come!
    Jai Guru Dev,


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