Okay, okay... I've referred to it a couple of times, now, so I'll explain. Why? Because we asked for it. Not just for an explanation, but for "The Wave" itself.

There are times in our linear history, as we think of it, when major changes in consciousness are afoot, times when our state of being evolves at a very accelerated rate. Often these times are heralded in our mass consciousness in advance. Thirty, forty and even fifty years ago, many of the shifts we are experiencing in this new century were predicted.

In the Sixties, the "Dawning of the Age of Aquarius" was proclaimed in the Broadway play, "HAIR," not coincidentally revived on Broadway in the 00's. In the early Seventies, many were captured by a book that became a pop culture phenomenon, "Future Shock," by Alvin Toffler. Toffler maintained that society was undergoing an enormous structural change that would overwhelm people, causing a shock-like effect in those who weren't prepared. In the late Eighties, there was the "Harmonic Convergence," which began the modern New Age movement, with its focus on expanding consciousness and non-religious spirituality, reviving the prognostications of famous psychics like Nostradamus and Edgar Casey and even the Mayans about the era that we are now in.

In what Carl Jung once called the "collective unconscious," more aptly understood now as a collective consciousness, we not only hold archetypes of past events and symbols, but we collectively agree to accelerate ourselves forward at certain times in the future.

This is one of those times.

The current surge of volcanoes, tornados, hurricanes, tsunamis, and earthquakes, the horrific oil spill currently engulfing the Gulf of Mexico, the collapses in our banking and housing markets, the exposure of nefarious behavior and corruption in government institutions and the Catholic Church, right on up to the Pope himself, these are all negative manifestations of The Wave. (On the positive side, the sudden sweep into the White House of a relatively unknown man of color in 2008, the passage of health care reform recently, etc., moreso in their symbolic meaning than legislative impact, these events are also part of the Wave.)

Toffler's shortest definition of future shock was: "a personal perception of too much change in too short a period of time". Indeed. In a recent edition of the NY Times, there was an excellent essay by Charles M. Blow, entitled "WHOSE COUNTRY IS IT?" in which Blow discusses the shock that staunch conservatives are in right now.

Here's Blow:

"You may want 'your country back,' but you can’t have it. That sound you hear is the relentless, irrepressible march of change. Welcome to America: The Remix. The problem is that the country romanticized by the far right hasn’t existed for some time, and its ability to deny that fact grows more dim every day. President Obama and what he represents has jolted extremists into the present and forced them to confront the future. And it scares them. A woman (Nancy Pelosi) pushed the health care bill through the House. The bill’s most visible and vocal proponents included a gay man (Barney Frank) and a Jew (Anthony Weiner). And the black man in the White House signed the bill into law. It’s enough to make a good old boy go crazy. The Tea Party, my friends, is not the future."

But what about individuals and The Wave? What about you?

In the last three months alone, I have witnessed movement in the lives of my patients, friends and family, the likes of which I have never seen before at such an accelerated rate. And I get it. At times like this, times of increased energy becoming available for change, one of two things happens to people: to those who are open, or working sincerely to become open, the Wave sweeps them forward on their paths, supporting them in their growth, and to those who are closed and resist change, the Wave slams them into crisis, in their finances, in their relationships, health, in some cases, even resulting in death.

It's pretty amazing to witness. On the one hand, I have seen people accomplish measures of growth in a matter of months that used to take years; on the other hand, I have seen people, well, dropping like flies.

So, folks, if you're finding yourself in a state of turmoil, or you feel like something is changing in your life or needs to change, my suggestion is - Don't resist!

Get out your surf board and ride the Wave!!

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