Any subtle feeling you experience… It’s not invalid. Treat it as natural and a real part of the world, and you will not go insane.
Shall we discuss apocalypse? It’s a Greek word the same as the word sin, and just like the word sin it’s typically misunderstood in the English speaking world. It means “lifting of the veil.” It’s a reference to having visions.
As we go through our daily lives we tend to get caught up in the minutia of events as we believe them to be happening. When most people review their day they tend to make a grocery list so to speak. I had an argument. I lost money on the stock market. I didn’t find a job. I did find a job. All sorts of little simple things, no?
It can be easy to take any one of those little events and dramatize it to the point we feel we have failed eternally, or that we will never fail ever. Both of which always turn out to be untrue. Each moment as we remember it is like a little drama played out in our heads. Each person involved wearing a mask of the role they supposedly played in that event, and it all seems very clear when we think back on it, doesn’t it?
A bit of trivia here. The word mask comes from the older word masca or mascus meaning ghost, and that’s what tends to run through our minds whenever we try to deal with something even if it only happened a few hours ago. The apocalypse is always happening because the veil is always lifting. But it generally doesn’t happen while we are awake. We more often than not have to have the little death called sleep in order to clearly see all the ghosts from whatever end of the world event we experienced that day.
The apocalypse is when our life is revealed to us? Our life, the lives shared with us through our contact with others, as well as the mythology we absorb when we listen to other peoples descriptions of how their life is going and who they think they are. All of it.
Not everything in those visions is strictly personal. In fact, we live the distresses of our ancestors on a routine basis also. Every time anything triggers your fight of flight response, a portion of your awareness is given over to that more primal state of being we received as our genetic and spiritual heritage. The reason it doesn’t seem so spiritual is we are drunk on our own “understanding”, our empty modern intellectualism.
We often think of an apocalypse as something catastrophic. Upheaval. I guess that just shows how powerful revelation is? Well, what is the ultimate personal catastrophe?
Death. And do we not die on many levels every day? Even on a broad social level people are forever talking about how things just aren’t what they used to be. It’s a popular subject.
Die and become reborn. Die and have the potential to be reborn yes, but how many people actually experience renewal?
Not many. There is usually a small awakening and then snapping back to the comfortable. Rebirth can be kind of stressful, at least at first. Until you get over the fear of death, which is change.
Perhaps the fear is in what you can’t see coming? Fear is what you won’t see coming. I question the idea of can’t. Apocalypse, or lifting of the veil, is always possible.
Your thoughts are welcome. Be well friends.