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How many people do you know who seem to actively seek out information about the world coming to an end? (How does this information benefit anyone anyway?) Sometimes this type is often a loner or isolated in other ways (whether psychologically, socially, emotionally, etc). But when we come across this personality type, what goes through our mind? Can we have compassion for them? Do we wonder what the hell is wrong with them? Are we faced with an internal reality check – is it me or them?
As for me, when I speak with one friend in particular, I need to be a little wary because I’m very sensitive to what I put into my mind. And if I read an innocent seeming article which ends with predictions of the upcoming “vast earth changes, UFO activity, harmful chemicals being spewed into our environment, speculations about why Atlantis fell, financial collapse and hundreds of upcoming nuclear disasters…” Sure, some of this information may be true, (and some of this info might be research-able) and there may be (many) organizations in the world which do not mind or care about the risks associated with their business practices… But to speculate that there are people out there trying to kill off humanity, or that there are entire organizations with this agenda (or that reptilians are doing it – dear god! really?)… Well that is where I draw the line. That sounds certifiably crazy to me!
At the same time however, we must keep in mind that people who actively seek out this info are doing the best they can. There must be some reason that they are so consumed with fearful theories and philosophies which cause their body / mind to contract and tighten up beyond typical self-regulating health. What are these reasons? What provokes someone to spend time combing through material which could inspire fear or dread? I’d like to speculate that one of the primary reasons is due to birth (or early) trauma.
Often times, we hear about trauma, neglect and potential abuse everyday, but it seems so innocent that we might not recognize it. What I’m saying is that birth trauma is much more prevalent than we often know. But what do I mean by innocent-seeming trauma? Ever heard someone say, “Oh yeah… My mom was too busy to hold the bottle for me, so from an early age I had to hold it myself.” Does that sound like trauma or abuse to you? Probably not. But in reality that babies needs are DEFINITELY not being met, and probably more than just one need. And if there is potential neglect happening around feeding (nurturing, feeling un/loved), we can pretty much guess there will be issues elsewhere.
Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not trying to point fingers and say, “Hey you! Mother! Get it right!” Nope. That is not what I am trying to do here. But I’m just saying that if you were born with one of many birth difficulties: the umbilical cord around your neck, or if they used interventions like forceps, or if there is something wrong or unusual about the baby – they might yank it away from the mother for a few hours / days to be alone in an ICU (premature babies obviously but there are other cases too), then there is definite birth trauma. However, unless there are gross problems later in life (depression, significant structural alignment issues, etc), it is often times not treated or even recognized!
And a reprieve from that long-windedness, what I am trying to wrap together here is that birth trauma can also lead to hypervigilance, fearful assumptions (glass is half empty would be putting it very lightly!), reactive parts and an overall perception that A) the world is out to get someone (because they have had a hard time from the moment they started their descent down the birth canal) or similarly B) the world is justifiably a frightful, terrifying place. It does not take much to get a young person to adopt a negative belief. And then that negative belief stays buried somewhere deep within their cellular structure, gnawing away at them occasionally.
Luckily there is a way to treat such conditions of birth trauma and buried trauma, but the person has to want to change – they must see that something does not add up and desire to shift. I would recommend birth processing workshops, body-psychotherapy and / or biodynamic craniosacral therapy as good places to start if someone does desire to transform. There is much to be hopeful for – as a practicing Buddhist, I believe we all are blessed with Buddha-nature (an innate goodness which is, was and always will be pure) for one.
In conclusion, if you hear someone talking about the catastrophes coming next year (2012) or about the nasty changes coming after 2012, maybe now you can react with compassion and kindness. Give them some attention, ask critical yet clear and kind questions. Try to get them to explain their theories. Maybe you can plant some seeds – empirical evidence tends to break apart some if not most of their radical ideas. And most importantly, see them as beings who want the best for the world, but who have just had a difficult background getting to this point.
Yay! Then pat yourself on the back and say, “Sadu, sadu, sadu!!!” which means, well done, well done, well done.