If we take the road towards fear and recrimination, we shift our point of attraction and the new energies cannot connect with us. If we hold hope in our hearts for only a moment, hope connects with love and thus creates a potential for new energy flow. Since all energy seeks resolution, the flow may be dramatic, as it was for me or it may be so subtle as to make you doubt its existence. If we allow doubt to enter our thoughts, we force another energy decision-point. In that flux of continual change, conscious life becomes a series of decision points. As each decision approaches, one can easily ignore hope and return to a default state of fear. In that plane, fighting and "pushing against", which are prime characteristics of old energy, may rise again. Because manifestation always trails intent, old energy ways may still be a a "grounding point" for many of us, throughout this lifetime.
Go there. Wallow in self pity that you must “use less energy”, as Chevron Corporation now shouts to us from almost every television station, national magazine and bus shelter in the country. Chevron’s non-committal, scruffy-bearded spokes-model has his stigmata plastered across his face in white marking pen. “Guilty, as charged”, we immediately agree. Have we not all “wasted some energy” in our time? Is it not now time to repent of our energy sins and to cleanse ourselves at the profit-pump? Should we take as our new energy guide, an old energy company? Should we trust an old energy company that recently recorded the most profitable quarter in its one hundred twenty-nine year history?
If we personally were to use old energy to earn $7.9 billion during one quarter of a year, the guilt we might feel could imbalance us enough to run a series of thinly veiled “mia culpa” ads, as Chevron has unintentionally done. Chevron's ad model looks like a high-class bum. With the look of a Wall Street insider, should we identify with him? In judging his questionable conversion to a supposed new energy ethic, might we heap further derision on his guilty soul?
Regardless of whether we share his guilt or dispise him for his apparent former excesses, we have bought into the “fear of shortage” syndrome that keeps group consciousness panicked and ready to bolt. All of this happens in a bumbled, yet powerful attempt at manipulation. Chevron Man's disingenuous declaration, “I will use less energy” sounds like what we might hear right after he has admitted to being an “energy-aholic”. The ads attempt to tell us that we are all complicit in wasting energy and thus we are all as guilty as their partially defaced spokesmodel appears to be.
As the Wizard of Oz once said, “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain”. In Chevron’s advertising campaign, they put the man in front of the curtain, scribble all over his face, and then dare us to figure out where all of our money went. On that day in the future when Chevron pledges ten percent of its bloated, windfall profits to new and sustainable energies, I will gladly support them in their quest to “save the world”. Until that time, I entreat them to keep their sanctimonious, self-serving advertising campaign to themselves. Hey there, Chevron Man, is that your self-mutilated, graffiti-scarred face staring out at me from my copy of The New Yorker? Yes, I thought so.
Although old energy will attempt to manipulate both old and new energies, that is a corporate strategy that will no longer work. Each attempt, as exemplified in the dippy Chevron ad series will only make the perpetrators look as manipulative as they really are. The irony is that their, “You should feel bad so that we can feel good behind your back” advertising campaign shall have an effect exactly opposite of its nefarious intention. Chevron’s copyrighted tag line is “Human Energy”, yet their ad campaign seeks to drain us of any such energy we may have retained. Thank you, Chevron, for caring so deeply about “us”.
The lines of communications between love and fear are no longer open. Now we must choose one or the other. As Earth’s population approaches its carrying capacity of around ten billion physical souls, the price of entry here has gone up. Because of our collective prayers and wishes, from this time on, only those who have something to contribute shall enter the Earth-realm as human beings.
Does this mean that life will soon be perfect for all of Earth’s residents or that war will cease immediately? I am sorry to say, “No, that is not true”. If we combine statistics on the current "human recycling" rate with the low average age on Earth, it will take a while for the ner-do-wells and energy suckers to cycle out and be gone. Meanwhile, each of us has a choice to make. We can (here comes the cliché) remake ourselves as part of the solution or remain as part of the problem.
The epic struggle on Earth right now is not about gay marriage, animal rights, global warming, genocide or even the rise of stupidity in mass culture. It is
about fear and hope. Move towards fear and you will contribute to chaos on Earth. Hope for a better day, or surpassing that, experience a better day and you will contribute more to the common good than you may know.
The world is a beautiful place and experiencing its beauty first hand is the only way to go. Get outside and feel the sunshine, or for that matter, the rain, wind or snow on your face. Allow the power of nature to cleanse your soul, if only for a moment, for in that moment, you shall discover the power of universal love and new energies with which to enjoy it.