Since the election, many people are afraid. I’m bringing back this article from last summer to assure people that visions of the future usually look scarier than they will turn out to be. – JM
Many of the visions we see when we meditate on the future are dark and scary. But dark and scary is not how the future usually turns out.
If you look back at our more negative visions over the past six years, and then track how they unfolded over time, you may notice that the future is rarely as bad as it portends.
Why is that?
I have noticed from tracking our visions that they often later manifest in the media, sometimes word for word.
So, are we seeing actual future events, or are we seeing future public perception of events that is formed in the media? Is there a difference?
The media brings stories into our living rooms and make us feel like they are happening to us directly. The result is that we end up experiencing world events more in our imaginations than in our everyday lives.
So are our visions of the future really just media coverage?
Not exactly. The majority of the visions we have do happen in the future, but they often fit the media’s negative spin on those events rather than most people’s personal experiences. The media likes to make events seem extreme so they can sell readership. Then the public starts seeing the world that way, and our visions pick up on how people are perceiving the world in the future.
So be careful about overreacting to the media and to these visions with fear.
On the other hand, most of these frightening events do happen directly to some people, and those people’s suffering bear witnessing.
We are all connected to each other, so when some people suffer, we can feel it, and, for the good of all, we send care and compassion to them and, when we can, we work to alleviate their suffering.
So it is good that we witness others’ suffering. After all, they are part of us. But if you are going to become terrified about our predictions, remember the stories of the future may not affect you individually and directly.
I sat through Hurricane Sandy and the 10 feet of New England snowfall in 2015, as well as the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing. My personal experience of these events was not what was described to the world through the media, although I felt very bad for the victims.
Regarding the Marathon bombings, our experience was surprise that it happened, sorrow for the victims, followed by bafflement that the authorities would shut down the greater metropolitan area roads in order to catch the perpetrators. Never ever did I feel afraid for myself or my family.
People did suffer, lost loved ones, and were afraid, and we feel for those people, but the media distorted what life was really like here for 99.9 percent of the population.
Throughout all of these events, friends contacted us asking us if we were all right. “Of course, we are all right!” we told them, surprised that they asked.
The media had everyone thinking that the pain from these events was ubiquitous.
Regarding the storms– we felt bad for those who suffered direct losses and tragedy, but all that snow, wind, and rain was actually fun for us personally.
My point is that when we are reading the future, we do pick up the media’s interpretation of events and the majority of the population’s media-based distorted perception rather than how most people will actually experience those events. Thus it looks like the world will be much more painful than it actually will be.
Just how close to the media reports are our visions of the future?
Answer: Often word for word.
For example, in April 2012, some of us had these visions for December 2012: “Tears,” and “Children in a line.” That turned out to be the killing of twenty young children and six adults in Newtown, Connecticut. The event prompted tears all over the world, not just in neighboring states, but I heard from a friend in Spain that her friends who don’t speak English and have never been to the U.S., were sobbing.
The “children in a line” image that we’d seen had become the poster image for this tragic event – an image of two school teachers leading frightened children out of the school. Like so many other visions we’ve had, we were clearly envisioning the media coverage and the public’s response to it.
You can check for more examples by comparing the visions with the media reports here.
Media reports, aside, many of the events we are seeing do end out happening, and people do experience them. So what exactly are we seeing when we have visions of the future?
I believe we are reading the collective nervous system of our culture, similar to what Carl Jung termed the collective conscience.
We “see” images that appear in the public conscience, and feel the emotions that people share In aggregate.
However we can fail to be aware of events that happen far away from us or too far into the future because we have no internal reference system for what those visions can mean.
No one saw the Internet coming, for example, except possibly Ray Bradbury in his 1950 short story Fahrenheit 451 where everyone in America was addicted to watching large screen interactive televisions on their living room walls. Very prescient. In fact Bradbury’s whole story is remarkably prophetic about today’s society. But no psychics saw this coming probably because they had no point of reference to recognize it.
To pick up collective feelings and images, there probably has to be enough people feeling them, so events that don’t spark a large public response don’t send out a loud enough signal for us to detect them.
This phenomenon brings us to the question of what is reality?
Is reality merely consciousness or is there an objective reality?
That question goes to the heart of all our readings and visions. It is one of the ultimate life mysteries. Let’s just say for now, that reality is not what we think it is and that it’s tangled with human perception, which is affected by the media. Here’s one article if you want to explore this further.
Nevertheless, we often see visions of events that don’t make a big splash in the popular media, like the discovery of a queen’s tomb next to King Tut or an astrophysicists’ discovery about the origin of the universe — important public events but not events that dominate the general public’s mind.
So why did those more remote events fall under our radar?
I propose that we are seeing events that are pertinent to the direction our world is headed, even if the public doesn’t realize it.
Also I believe that other beings are feeding us visions to help guide us and protect us.
So if we start to consider all of our visions as a group we might be able to get a message about the direction of our world.
Perhaps we envisioned the King Tut discovery of his queen, for example, because our world is becoming more matriarchal so it’s time for his queen to make an appearance to us!
My hope is that by continuing to post our visions, we will begin to see a pattern of the future that will guide us to a better world in the same way that self awareness enables a person to see their inner selves more clearly and avoid pitfalls and evolve.
This process is a kind of cognitive behavioral therapy of our entire culture. First we need to see cognitively what is going on, and then we alter our behavior.
Back to the question of whether the world will be as awful as our visions indicate.
Aside from the fact that we are often seeing future media headlines and that the media makes our world seem worse than it really is, there is another reason why the future won’t be as bad as it seems from our visions.
The fact is that we get accustomed to change, even when it’s unpleasant.
Changes don’t usually come all at once in an Armageddon way.
This brings up images of the proverbial frog sitting in hot water who doesn’t get out even though the water gets hotter and hotter until poor little froggy is boiling.
If we were to have read back in 1970 that in 2016 13,000 Americans would be murdered from shootings, that there would be 372 mass shootings, 73,000 would be injured from guns, random terrorist attacks would be occurring all over the world, and that civil strife in America would be highest since the American Civil War, I think we’d all expect to be living in a dystopian world in 2016.
It is stressful today, but we are, for the most part okay, and many are thriving.
We’ve also seen some equally positive changes in our world since 1970 which the media doesn’t generally acknowledge.
Studies show that people as a whole are living longer, and we are experiencing a higher standard of living worldwide. There is, for example, a greater consciousness today about the plight of the poor, a respect for the dignity and rights of animals, and a rising peace movement. I believe that the changes we are seeing up ahead involve the falling away of an old way of life that we’ve outgrown, followed by a new more evolved level of existence.
I am concerned about rapid climate change, however, and I hope and pray we take enough steps towards sustainability to prevent the earth from heating up faster than we can adapt to it. With the latest American election, however, we’ve now got another hurtle to prevent the worst case scenario.
How you can best react to our visions of the future
- Understand that we are often seeing the media’s take on the world and that the media makes you think it is worse than it will be.
- Know that we adjust to changes over time.
- As for some of the possibly extreme changes that might come (such as climate change), there is little to be gained from worry and much to be gained from becoming more aware of ourselves and our precious and exquisite natural world.
- Live the most authentic life you can and you will be guided at the right time.
- Learn to live more intuitively, meditate, breathe, slow down, appreciate nature, have gratitude every day, and you will find yourself following a right path at the right time.
- Finally, I do not believe the future is cast in concrete. We are seeing an image of the future as it will be if current consciousness continues on the path it is on now. Seeing what lies ahead gives us a chance to change our direction.
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