I’ve been thinking… If I could go back in time and communicate with my younger selves, i’d have a lot to say… And for that matter, I believe you can actually do that in a way… not in a literal physical going back in time (at least not yet), but revisiting all of the events in your memories and recognizing a greater truth about what happened, and growing from it? Definitely!
So anyways, I was thinking about who I was when I was younger, in contrast to who I Am now, there’s a pretty remarkable difference, at least it feels that way to me. I wasn’t spiritual, I was rather mad at everything, and I almost always had my head in a computer or a video game.
I didn’t have many friends, and I pushed away on getting close to anyone pretty much all the time… If I was to be able to re-live high school with the level of awareness I have right now… Well I gotta say, it would be interesting for sure. I’m not even sure if I would be able to go. It’s all so boxy and yichk…
I’m writing this so that perhaps my other younger selves, those of you who are out there who are reading this, can take some of these ideas and information and use it to make grade school just a little bit better… This applies to everyone I suppose, but i’m specifically writing to younger kids too.. because I know what it feels like. It’s not easy.
1. Pay Attention to what’s happening all around you.
It’s super easy to just tune everything out, put on the headphones, slip away and not worry about the mess of energy that’s happening constantly on a daily basis. And yet, it doesn’t lead to any growth or change in awareness.
As you’re beginning to pay attention, begin to recognize patterns of behavior. Ask questions like “Why do people do the things they do?” “What must they be feeling in order to act like that?” “What am I feeling that I acted like that?”.
As you start to recognize the patterns, both in yourself and others, you begin to recognize what certain things mean. What you once thought meant someone was mad at you, really means that someone likes you and they’re really frightened to show it. All sorts of things like that begin to pop up… it’s kind of crazy.
When you start to recognize the patterns happening all around you, and realizing what things actually mean – you begin to naturally adjust and change your attitude to match a higher level of awareness about things. Instead of getting angry and tuning out, you might try something different instead.
2. The Labels aren’t real.
We’ve collectively put labels onto everything, the nerds, the jocks, the smart kids… I don’t know if it’s REALLY that defined in schools in America. In Canada it was a little more blurred… more like a slushy liquid that all blended in a weird oozy colour, rather than a collection of different segregated solids in isolated containers…
But recognize that those bubbles and cliques exist only in your head, well, everyones head… and they’re projecting it and creating it every day. And yet, they’re not real. By that, I mean you can change them. You can actively change the rules by doing something different, thinking different and doing differently than you’ve done before.
There’s a great video about this which was a part of Ray’s blog yesterday. I highly recommend checking it out here.
It takes a lot of courage, sometimes it’s hard to believe you really can… But trust me on this one. You can. I know you can. Sometimes you just need a nudge… and a friend.
3. It doesn’t last forever.
No matter how bad it gets, no matter how horrible it is, it doesn’t last forever. Maybe it’s important to recognize that this system is entirely broken and we need to fix it, but in the mean time, it’s stuck like glue and it’s going to take some serious energy to uproot what we have planted.
Perhaps uproot is not the right word, what we need to do is plant a new seed that just takes over the old one and transforms it from the inside.
But as it goes, the School System is one of many trials that we are facing as a human race, and if there’s one thing I know, all things can be transmuted, and you can be a seed for that change to happen.
I know, you don’t have all that much power in this system, because the ones who are putting on the show are the teachers (Or really the computers now) and we don’t let the students do very much except sit and be bored – but with your awareness of what is real, your awareness of what is important, you can have an impact on the lives of everyone around you by talking about it and sharing what you know, and listening to what they know.
Likewise, if you’re a teacher (and you’re reading this? awesome!), I know that it’s not your fault things are wonko. It just happened that way, and it’s likely that you’re doing the best you can with what you’ve got.
And when everyone around you begins to change, begins to see what you see, and you all begin learning and growing together, it may just create a ripple effect… who knows what could happen.
Remember, the real paradigm shift is the one that happens when we create a positive, powerful and true transformation from within, and share it with each other. This means a change in how we act, how we respond to the problems we’re having, how we deal with things in general, how we communicate with each other.
Pushing away on it, rioting, having “Marches against anything bad” is old paradigm. It’s a pushing, a fighting, a kicking-and-screaming mentality, which is what we’ve been doing for the past thousand years…
Be the change of Ghandi, of Christ Consciousness, Be the change of new ideas, new ways of thinking, coming together with friends and family to make something new happen that everyone else told you that it was impossible.
As I finished writing this… I thought of a few more things i’d tell my kid self. Popularity is a tool, and something that totally needs to be discussed… like, what even is popularity? It drives people insane, and maybe that’s a blog for another time.
Oh, likewise, finding friends in school that you resonate and bring you to a space of connection and comfort, rather than pushing and bullying… Okay, that’s on my list too! I’ll get to it, promise!
For now, this is me signing off!