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The 3 cards drawn from the well-shuffled deck made sense on first glance. The transformation indicated by the second and third cards - Phoenix and Psyche - spoke to the transformation of our outmoded but dominant worldview. The reading, therefore, was in harmony with energies one would expect to encounter during a global paradigm shift.
Perhaps no card in the Chrysalis deck better symbolizes the shift in perception required for the challenging transition from a disconnected universe to a connected universe than Celtic Owl.
In a connected universe - as opposed to a disconnected universe, in which people, places and things are separated and differentiated - everything is interconnected and interdependent. When one part of the Human Family contracts an infection, for instance, we all become infected; there is, in this humanist and holistic mindset, no such thing as them and us.
Like Celtic Owl, one must fly high and use night vision to grasp - without judging - what exactly is going on today in the human drama. This is challenging because our disconnected-universe worldview was built on a model of conflict and competition. It's the way we now think, although we are transitioning to a model of compassion and cooperation. Indeed, West Africa received a compassionate response from the International Community. However, the crisis is still rife with us-them detachment and bias.
In many ways, the old model of separateness is a far greater threat to our species than a virus that appears to be exceedingly difficult to contract in the developed world. The longer the West African fire rages, however, the more real and imminent the threat becomes to other parts of the Body Human: viruses mutate and seek to outmaneuver modern medicine. This particular virus is mutating as fast as annual influenza.
When viewing the Ebola crisis through the holistic lens of Chrysalis Tarot, it may be understood as a manifestation of a much deeper problem: unsustainable, egoistic-driven growth. Unsustainable growth destroys the environment, justifies wars over natural resources and creates economic injustice.
But it's not easy to let go of your cherished worldview. However, it is essential for those who comprise the vanguard of the Aquarian Age. Worldviews are like gardens and should be cultivated, lest they become overgrown with strangling weeds. An us-them mindset is a pernicious, strangling weed.
The dominant materialistic, disconnected worldview holds that events happen randomly and embrace no purpose. To materialists, the universe is like a clock, a dead machine made up of disparate chunks of matter that lack coherency. If I thought that way, I too would grow fearful and apathetic.
The connected universe, on the other hand, is living, conscious and coherent. All humanity is connected by a vast energy field that pervades the cosmos. This energy field forms a feedback-feedforward loop that always is learning and increasing in complexity and consciousness, i.e. evolving into more sophisticated states of organization with ever greater coherency. The Collective Unconscious is one of many resonant frequencies that comprise this cosmic energy field. Another is Gaia.
In a previous blog about global transformation and the Aquarian Paradigm, I quoted Sri Aurobindo: "Man may help or man may resist, but the Zeitgeist (new paradigm) works, shapes, overbears, insists." Ebola is a manifestation of Zeitgeist insistence.
The late engineer/philosopher Buckminster Fuller, who referred to himself a "random element," coined the term synergetics, which details the study of systems in transformation. In the introduction to Synergetics he wrote:
It is essential to release humanity from the false fixations of yesterday, which seem now to bind it to a rationale of action leading only to extinction.
We designed Chrysalis to inform consciousness utilizing both the personal (micro) and collective (macro) strata. This simple 3-card reading examines the macro and foretells of an exciting new world. But it's up to us as individual "random elements" to birth this reality.
On the personal level, the driving narrative of Chrysalis engenders an increase in self-awareness that activates higher consciousness and consequently produces a transformative shift in thinking. It is the shift from separateness to wholeness - the shift from callow ego to authentic Selfhood.
|An 'extra card' from the Chrysalis App|
The centaur carries the burdens of an outmoded worldview.