by Gary Z McGee
“Make no mistake about it – enlightenment is a destructive process. It has nothing to do with becoming better or being happier. Enlightenment is the crumbling away of untruth. It’s seeing through the facade of pretense. It’s the complete eradication of everything we imagined to be true.” – Adyashanti
Imagine the current cultural paradigm is the Matrix. Imagine you are Neo on the brink of a paradigm shift, and I am Morpheus. “The Matrix is a system, Neo. That system is our enemy. But when you’re inside, you look around, what do you see? Businessmen, teachers, lawyers, and carpenters; the very minds of the people we are trying to save. You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inured, so hopelessly dependent upon the system, they will fight to protect it.”
It’s probably not too difficult to imagine. Like most people I’m sure you’ve had that little voice in the back of your head whispering, “Something isn’t healthy about our culture’s way of living.” Some of us may not even have to imagine it at all, because it is all too apparent what the problem is. But we can’t do anything about it because we’re stuck in between. We’re in a double-bind, or a catch-22, of living for money on the Matrix-side and living for Truth on the Desert-of-the-Real-side.
Harley Swift Deer, a Native American teacher, says that each of us has a Survival Dance and a Sacred Dance, but the survival dance must come first. Choosing to be The One is no easy process. It requires a foundation of self-reliance: a survival dance. Once we’ve established a healthy platform for survival we can begin the risk-taking element of discovering our own authentic vocation: our sacred dance.