Despondent angel: Look Up! So often the small abrasions of every day life cause our gaze to gravitate downward, but there are so many things in our lives that are helping to raise up our spirits, but that we do not acknowledge. Look up, and see all the amazing possibilities that being alive is presenting you. The journey of your life would be very boring if darkness were not interwoven into it. The downward gaze is self-referential and internally considering. Raise your gaze through external considering, empathically connecting to what other people are experiencing and feeling. Great horizons open when you will yourself to raise the downward gaze.
See: A Guide to the Perplexed Interdimensional Traveler for ways to raise the lowered gaze See also: Awakening from Depression Antidote to Worry Dealing with Zones of Inner Jeopardy and For those with time to read more, consider the card "Water of Life Available in the Babylon Matrix:" "Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them." -- Tolstoy Accessing the water of life while in the Babylon Matrix. From one vantage, it can seem like we live in an arid, toxic world of asphalt and metal with nothing to nourish our weary spirits. But look beneath the surface of our world and you can find the same primal nourishment that all humans have found. There are still people and other mammals capable of caring, and there have never been so many available in need of care. The primal nourishment we need is love. It is the resource to allows our souls to develop. The other necessary side of that primal nourishment is the opportunity to love others and provide resources for their development. According to some, there are more human beings alive today than all the human beings that have ever died. Most of them have some capacity for caring, and even more have some receptivity to be cared for. And if you don't care for people, there are other life forms here capable of giving and receiving love. And when we consider the availability of resources for self-development, our age seems to be rapidly metamorphosing into a golden age, which already has far more to offer than any other age we know. The internet, for example, is like a vast well of zeros and ones -- you can send your bucket anywhere and, depending on your intentions, come back with muddy, toxic residue or sparkling, clear water. The closely guarded secrets of any esoteric tradition, once available only to the most advanced initiates who had reached the inner courtyard, are now only a three-second Google search away. According to historians, during the Dark Ages, the most educated people on the planet were monks with the extraordinary good fortune to live in one of a few monasteries that had libraries which, in the rarest cases, contained as many as one hundred books. Anyone reading this, by contrast, has access to more books, and other cultural resources, than they could process in tens of thousands of lifetimes. People walk around in our age with gadgets a quarter the size of a cigarette case that can hold vast libraries of music available to them twenty-four hours a day, and yet just a few generations ago a Czar or King could only access music through a live performance. And when it comes to the ability to express ourselves culturally, to nourish others with our inner resources, the last fifteen years have been an upgrade that seems like replacing a four-cylinder engine with a warp core. Suppose in the Dark Age of 1990 I proposed that, as a person with a very limited income, I would make an oracle which contained close to six hundred cards, and which would be continually upgraded and expanded,and that, furthermore, I would make it available for free to several billion people. For most of human history I could propagate such an artifact at the speed of handwriting, while now it propagates at something closer to light speed. In the town that I live in I can walk into a dozen stores where I can buy fruits, vegetables and other food products from all over the world. And if a bond of love exists between me and another person, no geographical distance keeps me from instantaneous communication with him. I can be out walking in the sunshine, or doing chores while having an engaging hands-free conversation with someone thousands of miles away. These are just a few of the commonplace miracles of the present era we usually take for granted. We can all too easily poison ourselves by gazing anxiously at the darkness and deficiencies of our world. Look again and see that you have all the opportunities and then some that any human being has ever had to access the water of life. My friend Rob Brezsny has written an amazing book, Pronoia Is the Antidote for Paranoia: How the Whole World Is Conspiring to Shower You With Blessings, and begun a movement, that reverses the dark, paranoid view of life that has become the norm in our culture. For a brief introduction read: Catch the Cosmos Doing Something Right Pronoia -- How the Universe is Conspiring to Shower you with Blessings by Rob Brezny Read my review of Pronoia: Is the World Spiraling Toward Eucatastrophe or is that just my Pronoia?