The 4 Keys to Personal and Planetary Activation
Each and every one of us must consciously choose to separate ourselves from the old ways. We must live and breathe the New Ways in our daily existences. We must use our thoughts, words, and actions to weave new patterns into the quilt of planetary consciousness. We must carve new habit-grooves in the societal psyche and form positive neural networks in the planetary brain.
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You’ve probably already realized that there are big changes happening in the world today.
Our technology, means of communication, societal institutions, and modes of interaction are progressively beginning to reflect a higher-order understanding of the world and our place within it.
Many have called this time the dawning of the Age of Aquarius, or the Age of Awareness. It’s a time of boundary dissolution, awakening, and movement towards immersion in noospheric consciousness.
If we play our cards right, we just might learn to live and think like a single, planetary organism.
But let’s step back for a moment.
Although this story ends with the unification of the Whole, it begins with the part. This (r)evolutionary shift in consciousness (and thus in our physical planetary civilization) will not be hierarchically designed or planned. It will not be orchestrated, overseen, packaged, or handed out by any centralized structure.
This great shift will be for us to co-create. It will be an open-source, decentralized, self-organizing convergence of individual inspiration and action.
This is why each and every one of us must consciously choose to separate ourselves from the old ways. We must live and breathe the New Ways in our daily existences. We must use our thoughts, words, and actions to weave new patterns into the quilt of planetary consciousness. We must carve new habit-grooves in the societal psyche and form positive neural networks in the planetary brain.
Every fire begins with the interaction of carbon and a single oxygen molecule. When a critical number of oxygen molecules interact with carbon material, a rapidly escalating cascade of molecular activity causes the carbon to ignite.
The recalibration of our planetary culture will function in the same way…but only we can determine how quickly we arrive at our culture’s flash point.
If enough of us can co-create the resonance pattern of a new way of being, it will ripple throughout the ethnosphere, entraining global culture to its sustainable rhythm.
So never forget: every one of your actions count. Living an activated life is the most direct and fundamental way in which you can contribute to the evolution of our species and culture. You are an essential part of the unfolding Whole, because you are the Whole.
This truism has been said in many ways throughout the ages. Atman=Brahman (“the individual self equals the omnipresent, all-comprehending eternal self”). The microcosm reflects the macrocosm. As above, so below.
But all these lofty formulations can be boiled down to a simple but mystical principle: personal activation is planetary activation.
This is not a dress rehearsal. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for, and now is the time towards which the greater part of history has tended.
How do we begin?
It shouldn’t come as a shock that birthing a new planetary culture is an overwhelming prospect.
We can all envision the world that we want to create; we can feel its lightness, its coherent majesty, and its calm iridescence…and yet it’s hard to know how we should start taking action.
Here’s a good place to begin: understand that it’s all a game of right relation. There’s certainly a lot of spiritually connotative history behind that phrase, but let’s focus on its simplest explication: a transformed world is one in which all the pieces fit together coherently.
So, I like to map out our path as planetary culture creators by referencing four activation keys, all of which are different levels of right relation that extend from microcosm to macrocosm.
Personal right relation relates to the microcosm, the expression of individuality, and most practically, the body. It represents our connection with the physical plane. By establishing right relationship with ourselves, we affirm the sacredness of our bodies as the vehicles of our life force. Through this deep reverence, we are able to find grounded wholeness and develop radical self-reliance. This level of right relation may be practiced through an exploration of natural health modalities, enlightened nutrition, and holistic self-care. Simply put: treat your body like a temple.
Interpersonal right relation relates to the interaction between self and other, as well as a deep understanding of and respect for community. It represents our connection with the emotional plane. By establishing right relationship with others, we allow our notion of self to include the loving and supportive structures offered by conscious community. By surrendering the individual ego to the service of others, we learn to trust that all will be provided; we exalt and protect our lives with the deep steadiness of co-creative force. This level of right relation may be practiced through conscious communication techniques, intentional community building, and the creation of temporary autonomous zones for exploring new ways of being. Simply put: live, love, work, and play in conscious community.
Extrapersonal right relation relates to the interaction of the biosphere and the ethnosphere: the recognition of the Earth as a single, conscious organism, and the stewardship that this knowledge should inspire us to carry out. It represents our connection with the mental plane. It is from this level of right relation that noospheric consciousness can emerge, as we begin to see that the mental life of all sentient beings on the planet also function collectively as a single Mind. This emergent synchronization can only happen through deep love, awe, and stewardship of the Earth. This level of right relation may be practiced through an exploration of permaculture, sustainability, homesteading, and eco-activism, as well as simple admiration of nature’s wonders. Stand in awe of Her beauty, and she will reward your humility with the revelation of even higher wonders. Simply put: live in harmony with Mother Earth.
Transpersonal right relation relates to the macrocosm, the expression of transpersonal identity and experience, and Spirit. It represents our connection with the spiritual plane. Establishing right relation with Spirit means opening yourself to that which is greater than your individual ego, and greater even than the communal or planetary mind. It is the basis of all cosmogony and epistemology, and thus a container and anchor for our daily existences. We can leverage psycho-spiritual potential by finding our path, developing a daily practice, and drawing inspiration and purpose from the knowledge of our Divine Nature. Only through personal experience of this level of right relation can noospheric consciousness be practically applied (more on that later). Transpersonal right relation may be practiced through an exploration of spiritual modalities, practices, technologies, and doctrines. Simply put: connect with Spirit through daily practice.
Keep in mind that these four pillars of an activated life do not represent a linear or hierarchical process (i.e. none of the four keys can claim primacy or superiority over the others).
In Vedantic philosophy, it is said that Parabrahm (the Absolute or the One Reality) is simultaneously “Anagraniyam and Mahatorvavat” (“smaller than the smallest atom, and greater than the greatest sphere or universe”). Simply put: the microcosm and the macrocosm are equally important reflections of Highest Reality.
Thus, the four keys are better thought of as different portals or entrances into the ceaseless, self-impelled cycle that generates all Life and Awareness.
And most importantly, keep in mind that there’s no single correct way to start living in right relation. Pick which key resonates with you most deeply, and start there.
These levels of right relation are all doorways, and it’s impossible to choose the wrong one. They are ontologically and practically intertwined, so regardless of where you start, you’ll inevitably move into an embodiment of all four of them.
It’s pretty hard to maintain a disciplined spiritual practice without realizing the importance of properly nourishing the body, loving others, and caring for the Earth. Likewise, if you take meticulous care of your body for long enough, sooner or later you’ll start to realize that your local and planetary communities require the same care. So on and so forth, for each level of right relation.
So which key resonates with you? Which door first led you into your personal process of awakening? How are you contributing to our planetary unfolding…and living an activated life in the process?
 Erwin Schrödinger, What is Life? (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1944), p. 87.
 H.P. Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine, vol. 1 (London: Theosophical University Press, 1999), p. 357.