Those who say “it’s going to get worse before it gets better” or something similar seem to be just as wrong as those who say “that’s just the way things are” or “we will always have (war/poverty/death/disease/government/money/physical bodies/etc.)” These types reject idealists, utopians, or just plain optimistic folks who tend to believe it’s all going to work out in the end, which is not an end but another beginning, and so forth, regardless of the petty details. All three of the above assertions commit an act we’ll call perpetuating the script. Put simply, as long as you think/say/act-as-if things are going to get worse, or are convinced they’ll stay exactly as they are, or that we’ll always have the same obstacles to spiritual evolution that we have now, all of these beliefs will be absolutely true as long as humanity (individuals and collective) continue to run through that script.
It’s going to get worse before it gets better. Really? How do you know that? Does it always get worse before it gets better? Wouldn’t it also make sense that things will have to first get better before before they get even better than that? Besides, it’s all a matter of perspective. Some people can’t wait for Armageddon. Others live as if Heaven were a given right here and now, or strive to make it so.
That’s just the way things are. This one reveals a complete and utter lack of imagination. How did we get anywhere in this universe by accepting things as they are, or rather, the way they appear to our senses? The evidence of universal evolution seems to indicate that the whole point of existence is dynamic novelty and flux, not static gloom and doom. Giving in to how things “are” might be the ultimate reality trap. It’s a self-ordained imprisonment. For if you cannot imagine anything different, then it stands to reason that (for you at least) everything will stay the same. How boring.
Finally, “we will always have…” and insert ANY CONCEPT that is just as transient as every other thing in this universe. This seems certain…we will NOT always have x. X may reemerge in different forms, but x is the cosmic variable, and will never be the same x that it was when we started. Or, perhaps certain variables can be eliminated. A future without the things that presently hold back our spiritual evolution seems just as plausible as a future where we annihilate ourselves in C.D.O. (Cosmic Death Orgasm.)
We write the proverbial ego-death-script, imbuing it with all of our unchecked beliefs and assumptions. Like an overzealous author who publishes the first draft, we’re too close to our creation to see the holes in the plot. Being in the moment means authentically writing your script in real time, and not as a finished work that you passively ride out to a banal, premature end.
Speaking of banal, premature ends, that is all a static script offers us. To believe that the reality you perceive is the only reality there “is” or ever can be seems either dumb or dangerous or both. At the very least, the sheer numbers of people who co-sign the destructive script continue to prevent the rest of us from co-manifesting the best of all possible realities. Ignorance builds walls which enclose imagination.
Of course, this struggle occurs on all levels simultaneously. The struggle to break free of limiting beliefs and actions into a world of creative joy happens inside each of us, thus it happens collectively with our entire species. It comes down to a simple choice, but the choice requires full commitment and faith at every single moment of our existence. Self-actualization within leads to self-actualization without, and the two exist in symbiotic harmony, feeding each other until there is no distinction between self/everything else. Although this may sound like a chicken-or-the-egg paradox, it needn’t be perceived so. The One is already whole, separateness an illusion. Sometimes a communal choice to write a new script can raise others to a higher awareness of Heaven-as-this-moment. Other times it takes but one to raise many to that awareness, often long after that one has gone. Either way it is happening, in simultaneous neverending NOW. At best, the entire script is improv.