Coping with Covid as a Metaphor for Life©
Shortly after my last newsletter was published, I had an interesting“virtual” conversation with an individual that just couldn’t understand how anyone could not worry about Covid-19 and all of its repercussions. This was followed a couple of weeks later by another conversation along similar lines, but focused more on whether one can be truly prudent or prepared for the unknown. As I reflect on these conversations, I think both perspectives are understandable, but I remain unconvinced that they are valid. Here’s why:
Regarding that first conversation, I believe that the person involved was either unable or unwilling to distinguish between concerned caution and downright fear. I get that. Most of humanity is largely governed by fear and almost all of us have experienced that at least once in our lives. It was the basis of the survival instinct in our ancestral line and we have not yet evolved as a species to the point where its roots are no longer a part of our biological and psychological makeup. Culturally, every despot (and many of our government and religious institutions) know that and use it to maintain “order” (a euphemism for “control”) over the daily life of the “masses.” That’s been the case throughout the history of mankind, not just since the advent of Covid-19 and governmental “stay home” directives.
So, does that mean that “stay home” directives are driven by fear versus reason, caution, prudence? Certainly not. This time around (coronavirus) institutions cite “science” as the basis for “prudent” decisions—even while many of those same officials openly deny the “science” of global warming and the rapidly approaching “tipping point” of climate change when it will be too late to stop it, let alone reverse it. “Prudence” has always been a great selling point for creating and maintaining institutional control. What makes it work, however, is largely the success in selling the reality of fear to those under institutional control. In short, fear is the hallmark of the vast majority of “We the People.” Or as Pogo, the syndicated newspaper comic strip (1948-1975) character often observed, “We have met the enemy and he is us!”
To paraphrase something that Maitreya (channeled by Margaret McElroy) often said, “One man’s prudence is another man’s fear.” What is it for you? Only you know the answer to that question. And that answer is neither right or wrong, only your choice.
Regarding the second conversation around Covid-19 this past month, is it really possible to be prudent regarding the unknown? If you think about this carefully (as I believe my correspondent really had not), the “unknown” is exactly what motivates both fear and prudence in mankind. This is at the heart of the quote I cited from the philosopher Jean Paul Sartre (1905-1980) last month: “What is important is not what happens to us, but how we respond to what happens to us.” What was it that Pogo said? Oh, yes, “We have met the enemy and he is us!”
Rampant fear would have kept prehistoric cave men cowering safely in their caves (the modern equivalent is called the “comfort zone”)—but it did not. Prehistoric humans evolved (learned how) to defend themselves, feed themselves, house themselves, and organize themselves (for example, tribes, modern institutions) as a prudent means of improving the quality of their lives. But this has always come with a degree of risk. If you stay in your cave, you will eventually wither and die. If you come out of your cave you put yourself in danger, so you had better do something about that. In Covid-19 terms, if you “stay home and stay safe” you will eventually run out of groceries and toilet paper in addition to going a little bit “crazy.” If you go out, social distancing may not be enough to keep you safe, especially with all the other “crazy” people running around ignoring social distancing and, … and, ….
Worry is a natural consequence of fear and, as I repeatedly point out in my blogs and books, your thoughts create your reality. What you think about expands in your life and what you take your primary attention away from begins to diminish, but it is always there. That is just the Lower Self making its presence known in your life. It begins and is fed by always looking for the worst-case scenario (sometimes prudent, to be sure). But the worst case is notcertain because we always have a choice, even if that choice is only between seeing the “glass half-full” versus the “glass half-empty.” We always—moment-to-moment—have the choice to use the immutable Law of Attraction to our benefit—or not. And that is not just metaphysics, it’s also quantum physics.
Some people are just natural worriers. It is their comfort zone, their habit for dealing with the unknown. As Jesus reportedly said, “For ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever ye will ye may do them good” (Bible, Mark 14:7 & Matthew 26:11). Esoterically, the meaning goes well beyond institutional dogma, suggesting that not everyone is ready to “face their fears” just yet. That is a life lesson they will have to learn at some point in some lifetime in order to raise their vibration (soul evolution). Another way of saying that is “What is, IS.” You can try to help (teach) them, but the choice is theirs. In other words, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.” But it is also your choice as well whenever faced with the uncertainties of life.
Another reason people worry is that they feel they are not in control. This can certainly be scary because we see ourselves as so small and powerless while an “institution” (for example, government, religion) is much more powerful and certainly knows what is best in any given situation. This is the equivalent of the cave man hunkering down in his dark cave and waiting for someone else to “fix” whatever the problem is. I’m sure that many cavemen died—literally and figuratively—in this fashion. Indeed, no one has ever been in complete control over their environment, but we can choose to stack the odds in our favor by taking prudent action in response to a threat in the environment. We have always done that as a species (at least those who survived to evolve!) and we always will. But the most successful adaptive response begins with the recognition that the only thing we have complete control over is how we respond to life.
It has always been thus. Maitreya’s teachings are focused on becoming the Master of your life, and he repeatedly tells us to “face your fears.” That doesn’t mean that you will not experience fear but that fear does not govern or control your life. As I mentioned last month, “Genuine fearlessness (not the lack of fear, but courage in the face of fear) really means that one is not paralyzed by fear.”
Life is all about growth and change. You have changed throughout your entire life, sometimes willingly and sometimes not so much, but you are no stranger to change. And since life is all about growing into (becoming) a better version of yourself (soul evolution), change is at the heart of all aspects of life. You have been at the business of change for countless lifetimes, so even though it may seem a little scary now, it isn’t anything new. And it is necessary. It is why each of us is here, now, on the earth plane. Covid-19 is in our lives to challenge us to take yet another opportunity to grow into a better version of ourselves, and it is doing so in ways that have always helped us to do just that.
• “Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don’t fight them. Just find a different way to stand [change].” ~ Oprah Winfrey (1954-; American actress, TV talk show host, & philanthropist)
• “Fear, discomfort, and uncertainty are your compass toward growth.” ~ Celestine Chua (1984-; Singaporean Personal Excellence author, teacher, & blogger)
Ultimately nothing has changed with Covid-19 except for how we choose to change in response. Covid-19 isn’t just a metaphor for life, it is as real as life gets. Covid-19 now IS a part of life, and there will be many other challenges to follow in the coming months and years. But the purpose of a metaphor is education, and is often used as a means to enlighten us regarding important life lessons. That can be the case for each of us—if we allow it to be so. But partaking in the fruits of those lessons is our choice.
• “The Universe will lead you to a new adventure, for that is what the experience of change is—a new adventure.” ~ Maitreya (Newsletter #172, December 16, 2005)
I bid you a fruitful month, and Don’t Worry!