Insanity, it has been said, is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. This is what appears to be happening globally as the evolution of humanity is at a turning point: Old paradigms and a challenging new awareness are straining to coexist.
Our world is primarily anchored in linearity and duality, black or white thinking, and we keep doing the same things over and over again, despite the fact that they might not work for us. Dualistic conditioned thinking negates experiencing holism and a true richness in our lives.
It is a deadly addiction that threatens not only our serenity, but the very survival of our species; consider the enormity of current environmental and economic challenges facing our planet.
Yet, I remain an optimist! Logic dictates that if I can achieve spontaneous remissions, which I have on more than one occasion, we all have the potential for similar possibility. My first, in the mid 1980’s, was from two particularly deadly cancers that I was diagnosed with. My belief is that a remission from cancer, AIDS, or heart disease is possible, and the same can be true for our negative habitual thinking and preconceived notions.
The eminent cellular biologist, Bruce H. Lipton, and internationally-known humorist, Steve Bhaerman, have collaborated on the highly-touted book, Spontaneous Evolution: Our Positive Future (and a way to get there from here). In it they ask, “Could the vision of a coherent civilization whose collective consciousness is focused on love, health, harmony, and happiness truly create a field strong enough to manifest Heaven on earth?”
There was great resonance with this book for me because of my own healing techniques I teach: Authentic Process Therapy, Stage-Two-Recovery, Dynamic Linking, and Focalizing. Authentic Process simply means being real, a difficult task in our world. Focalizing works to help remove blind spots. Dynamic Linking is a way of networking, relating to people, and accessing inner and outer resources. These methods foster a graceful release of outdated thinking, addictions and all; a newly anchored foundation with principles for stepping out into the unknown and allowing for a future wanting to emerge through us to manifest.
I see transformation in the challenging lives of my clients, colleagues, friends and family on a daily basis. And for myself, I try to focus moment-by-moment on recovering from the addiction of “how it should be.” All of us are being gradually met by a new world of promise and possibility—perhaps even a spontaneous remission of collective insanity. The disease of conditioned thinking may be even easier to resolve once we redirect our will and intention and empower ourselves, individually and collectively, by changing some of the stories that we cling to.
A historic example of empowerment through changing stories was President John F. Kennedy’s 1962 speech about putting a man on the moon before the end of that decade—and we did in 1969. That was a significant paradigm-shifting moment that still impacts much of our lives today; from technology, global awareness and even to heightened consciousness. One of the early astronauts, Edgar Mitchell, was so awestruck by the view of the earth as a throbbing living entity, that he experienced a profound sense of universal connectedness on his return trip from the moon. He later founded the Institute for Noetic Sciences (ions.org), whose mission is to “Advance the science of consciousness and human experience to serve individual and collective transformation.” IONS remains one of the most grounded and respected organizations studying human consciousness.
Prior to his death, cultural anthropologist Joseph Campbell shared a view of mythology that is important as we move forward. He explained that mythology is what provides a society with reflection of its plight, grounding in the present, and a sense of security, or stability in its common journey. He also suggests that things have changed so quickly in the past 60 years we have been unable to create new mythologies to mirror our existence to give us a sense of stability in the present. Our old mythologies and rituals, cultural or religious, simply fail to meet our current needs. Until we center ourselves in ourselves, we will remain adrift, without the gift of our own inner-wisdom. Campbell suggests the next logical, evolutionary mythology will be “self mirroring,” or learning how to comprehend one’s inner-self as their primary referent.
Coming full circle, engaging ancient and indigenous wisdoms with our modern psychologies and recovery models, has the potential of being a glorious evolution. And there is no shortage of support available to guide the transformation of our thinking from our fractured, limited perceptions, to healthier, holistic perspectives. We simply need to welcome it.
Michael Picucci, PhD, MAC, SEP, is a practicing psychologist, psychotherapist, and consultant in NYC and the architect of Focalizing. His professional expertise and health advocacy spans a wide-range of psychology, counseling, somatic, and neuroscience disciplines. He has 30 years experience researching addictions, trauma healing, sexuality, and interpersonal and group dynamics. He has authored Organic Solutions to Real-Time Challenges: An Introduction to Focalizing, Ritual as Resource: Energy for Vibrant Living, and The Journey Toward Complete Recovery: Reclaiming Your Emotional, Spiritual & Sexual Wholeness.