Home' Nova National : November 2010 Contents several dollars per download! I counted
my emails, just as well, in single digits.
When I moved to NOVA in mid 2001, one
server handled all incoming emails. Now
as we individually groan under the daily
arrivals in our inboxes in two offices, it
seems ridiculous, quaintly old fashioned.
Perhaps we were!
Such high tech advances are just part
of the evolving landscape of our lives (much
of it good, much more of it confronting
and, if we're truthful, frightening. Global
warming, species extinction, the spectre
of systematic terrorism, shaky financial
markets, epidemics of lifestyle disease, the
rampant greed of big business reaching
into our daily lives, dysfunctional families,
even the momentum shift in the world
order from West to East......
We could collapse into a state of
overwhelm, and it's likely that's a factor
in the current epidemic of depression
and spiritual distress that's manifesting in
our Western world. Or we could centre
ourselves and allow the realisation to sink
deep within that we are blessed to be living
at a time of change so momentous that
it becomes transformative.
One influential thinker and healer
who's addressed this evolving landscape,
the deep seated awareness I think we all
must have that our lives are poised on the
edge of an orbit we can barely grasp, is
the American medical intuitive and mystic
In Australia recently for the I Can Do
It workshops in Perth and Sydney, she
both thrilled us with her vision and, with
searing honesty, challenged us to embrace
it with her.
It's only when
we shed our love
affair with the
mind and let the
soul come in that
we can hope to
and our world, says
Caroline Myss. Here
she speaks with
"Change is the only constant."
Since the Greek philosopher
Heraclitus shared his
insight around 500 BC, it's
tempting to say that nothing's changed.
But that would be to deny the extra-
ordinary rapidity of change that, if
anything, seems to be gaining even more
momentum as we mark the end of the first
decade of the 21st century.
Just pause for a moment and think
how much your life has changed in the
last 10 to 15 years. How what you do now
would have been beyond your wildest
imaginings. In 1995, I began my first
business and was one of the few people I
knew with email. I paid Microsoft Network
The speed of change, she told us "is
now incomprehensible". "All change is
now immediate where once we had time
to reflect." The phenomenon is magnified
further, as she explains in her latest book
Defy Gravity, because all change is now
global in its impact with a profound
capacity to affect individuals, communities,
nations, and the environment.
"These are the conditions of a new
era," writes Myss, "an age of inter-
connectedness with threads so tightly
woven that each of us must now truly
consider our role in this life as significant
to the whole of life." In that one phrase
she gives meaning, and at the same time,
extends responsibility, to each one of us.
A key point in both her talk and our
later discussion after her Sydney
appearance, was her conviction that
this new era marks the end of the Age of
Reason and the dawn of a new age of
spirituality. The mind, says Myss, has
reached its use-by-date and now it's time for
the soul to take over. "It's interesting," says
this modern day mystic, "that the Age of
Reason came at the end, the denouement
of the age of great mystics, people like
Teresa of Avila, Clare of Assisi and St John
of the Cross, at the end of the 1500s. It's
then that the soul shuts down and takes
a back seat to the mind.
"We begin then to think we can reason
our way through everything. And now
we've reached this age where we can no
longer reason our way and the soul has to
take over. We've come exactly 180 degrees
and in order for us to resolve the crises
the world is in, we have to move from the
Age of Reason. And we've never been so
One major limitation, she suggests,
is that our 21st century model of reason
doesn't allow for any variation on the
right/wrong duality. "We don't have a
posture that people can possibly grasp
that two sides can be right and have
opposite positions, an antinomial position
which means 'against the known' position.
"Opposite does not mean right or
wrong. There is a higher plane where
truth means both sides can be right and
opposite. It's a transcendent posture
where two opposing truths that seem
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have to move from the Age
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