As the Founder of a community where talk about conspiracy theories is rife, I feel I have a responsibility to acknowledge my own, and hence #Emerging Proud’s, stance.
I can’t deny I’ve not been on a personal journey over the last year down numerous rabbit holes myself; there is a sliver truth in everything, and shadow in all places, but I’ve emerged to see the dangers of such extreme views and how they are increasingly being pushed with such forceful energy. And this makes me sad.
I have been observing with sadness the increasing polarities these ‘absolutisms’ are causing in society – amongst friends and within our communities … whatever our views on covid, vaccines, whether there is a higher control agenda … surely the truly spiritual solution is to approach everything from a place of uncertainty and with empathy – people think what they do for a reason and there has to be space for all, as long as it causes no harm to others.
To me this is the crux; If conspiracy theories are pushed onto others with an aggressive energy, then all they do is give true spiritual practice a bad name.
This frustrates me, for all of us who are trying to professionalise spiritual approaches and get them taken seriously, conspiracy theories are, paradoxical to what they believe, having the opposite effect.
Anything coming from a place of anger or absolutism with a ‘push’ energy ultimately comes from a place of fear, pain and unresolved wounds.
Any stance with an absence of critical thinking about Self, personal ideologies or theories heard second- hand is no different from the stance of fundamentalist cults or religions …they create the same polarities that they are fighting against.
But, and here is the real crux of the matter – it’s pointless for those of us who can see this to get angry in return, because all this does it to fan the polarisation flames.
The only resolution is to meet these perspectives with a neutral compassion – allow space for their expression but not to engage; over and out.
I am returning to sitting with uncertainty, which grows stronger by the day.
Integral theory has the most emotionally and logically intelligent, compassionate explanations about why conspiracy theories can be so appealing, and these people explain it so much better than I ever could, well worth a listen, in my humble opinion:
Buddha at the Gas Pump Podcast https://batgap.com/conspirituality
Thanks also to Peter Merry and his article, for the wisdom and image: https://petermerry.org/blog/2020/conspireality/
Whatever your beliefs, trauma’s, desires to rescue and protect others, please remember that we’re all on our own journey and we will discover what we need to in our own sweet time. No need to push or fight, Aho ❤