Who are we, Human Beings? A need for change

By Jaap van Etten, PhD

Most people on their spiritual journey have the same question: who am I? This question may be at the back of the minds of many people during their whole life. Being on a spiritual journey is a time of observing yourself, being honest with yourself, and listening to others when they interact with you. It is a time in which we learn to see what serves us and what no longer serve us.

In the process of searching for who they are, many people look for guidance from others. They prefer others to tell them what and how they need to change. They doubt themselves and their inner wisdom, so they need to go to the outside world. The number of people that are willing to give advice and make money from it is continuously increasing. Many new “gurus” stand up to tell you what is best for you. You will receive advice from people in every aspect of your life. A good example is a current need for good and healthy food to get the most optimal nutrients. The advice is as abundant as there are people who give it. In each advice, there is a truth. But the question arises how complete is this truth and is this truth in alignment with who you are. When you search the Internet, it turns out that there are many different opinions on the same subject.

I like to give an example. Because it is not about pointing fingers, I am not citing the article. It was an article about sugar. Many people wage war against sugar. Initially, it was mainly about refined sugar. However, increasingly, people begin to say that every form of sugar is not good for us and include sugars from fruit. According to some food gurus, we should skip fruit.

I can wholeheartedly agree that all processed food has the risk of being no longer optimal or even harmful for our body. In almost all cases, refined food is bad and even dangerous for our bodies in the long run. It is, however, difficult for me to believe that natural products that have been part of our diet for as long as we can remember should suddenly have the label of “bad.” The only bad aspects of fruits could be that they contain pesticides or are GMO fruits.

That does not mean that we can eat all natural food without limitations. That brings us back to the same question. How do we know what is good for us and what not? Before going into that, I would like to mention another point of view that I read in the same magazine.

Every human sees the world from their unique perspective. Nonetheless, there seem to be two main approaches. The first one is that of people who approach the world in a realistic, rational and logical way. They use arguments, facts, and causes. That is the basis from which they approach the world and make their choices. The article then mentions the second approach as coming from a feeling. People who use this approach need to feel good and base their decision on whether or not something feels good. People with these opposing ways of looking at the world can drive each other nuts when they need to come to a decision on which they both agree. The article states that people with such opposing approaches to situations can never come together.

What the author of the article describes is the difference between the left hemisphere of the brain (logical, realistic, arguments) versus the right hemisphere of the brain (emotional, coming from feeling, illogical, intuitive). It is the masculine approach to life versus the feminine. The author is right that if you keep hanging in one of the two approaches, you will never reach the other because you look at the world from opposite points of view.

Both articles bring up an important question. Who are we as a species? Even more important is the question, how did we get into a situation in which we are so lost, are increasingly creating differences, and are even willing to go to war over differences? Is it a difference in brain function? Are we so powerless that we need to hear from others what to do? Is that the reason that we cannot make decisions or come to agreements?

If we look at the current situation, the question “Who are we Humans?” should be answered with “We are a messed up species that without any doubt has lost its way.” That brings us to the second part of the title: it means that we need to change. Unfortunately, that brings us back to the beginning. Humans tend to let others give answers, instead of finding their own. What makes us so “stuck,” and what makes it so difficult to change?

In Birth of a New Consciousness (for more information on this book, click here [http://www.lemurantis.com/books.html]), it became clear that both we, humans, and the Sidhe, a for us invisible humanoid race (see the article “Subtle Worlds: the Sidhe), are each stuck in their collective system. The location of our collective system (consciousness) is in what we call morphogenetic grids. A morphogenetic grid is a system of energy lines that holds both the information needed for a species to exist and what you can call the collective consciousness of that species. The collective consciousness is the active and expressive part of the consciousness of a species. It is only a part of the full potential of a species. The location of the full potential is in a field around the Earth. There is a connection between grids and field. That connection is called a vortex (If you would like to have more information on grids, fields, and vortexes, please check out Gifts of Mother Earth. For more information on this book, click here [http://www.lemurantis.com/books.html]). It is interesting that our consciousness, at least at this moment, locks us into morphogenetic grids. We do not yet have access (with some rare exceptions) into the field of all possibilities. That is why we need to change.

The fact that change is needed is increasingly recognized. People are upset about politicians, about the economy, are worrying about pollution and climate change, are afraid to lose their job, are afraid that they do not have enough money, and many more reasons. It is easy for a person to say “we need to change” but to make changes yourself is not so easy for most people. We talk about change, but the change itself is something that often is a bridge too far. I already mentioned that we are stuck in the morphogenetic grids. Having difficulties to change is a sign that we are stuck in these grids. So, what do we do?

For most people, a change brings a degree of uncertainty. People know what they have. But if they change what will they then have? An example is a job. Many people are unhappy about the job they have. Nonetheless, they stay in the job. The job gives a false sense of security. Leaving a job means that you have no income, and therefore you have to find another one. Then doubt creeps in. Can I find one; do they pay as well, and many other questions make people hesitate. To be able to change you need to have the trust that the change will be an improvement and that you can create a better situation.

When we grow up, we are trained to follow the lead of others. First, we follow that of our parents, then of the school systems, and later of the bosses at our jobs. It means that we are trained to let others tell us what we need to do, and what is best for us. Therefore, it is no surprise that when we want to change our diet, we go to people who “know.” When we are sick, we go to people who “know.” There is nothing wrong to get advice. However, we always need to make the decisions ourselves. We are the ones in charge and are responsible for any choice, any feeling, and any thought. Therefore, besides trust, we need courage.

I thought that I became quite good at making changes. In my life, I have made many changes that had big impacts on my life. However, I was not aware that even though I make changes more easily than many others, there still were many areas where I did not want to change. The reason is the same for me as for everyone else. I have developed many functional survival strategies. The fact that I could change reasonably well made me comfortable in a routine that I experienced as very pleasant.

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My comfort changed the day in 2011 that I got bitten by a baby rattlesnake (Image 1). A snake stands for transmutation, shedding the old. A poisonous snake stands for the message that the old is poisoning you, restricting you from expressing your true self. I knew that I needed to relook at my life. The bite of the rattlesnake was such a strong signal for me that even years later I still am looking for aspects of my life that needs change. Interestingly, after that encounter, I continued to meet rattlesnakes (image 2) who kept me in a state of alertness to make sure that I kept taking the message seriously.

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Some time ago, my friend and hiking buddy Daniel told me that he had found a small ruin with a petroglyph of snakes. One day we went to see this petroglyph. The small petroglyph turned out to be of three rattlesnakes (image 3)

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Holding my hand above it set a lot of reactions into motion. Sitting in the cave with the little wall (image 4) intensified my reactions even more. A couple of weeks later I went again to the little cave to sit and meditate. I could feel that there was still rattlesnake energy locked up in my system. The message of the rattlesnake was still valuable, and I needed to take it to heart.

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Looking again at what needed to change I found that I held on to many aspects of my life. It was wonderful that I could see some of these aspects so that I could make changes. I thought that was enough. It was not. I was very aware of a comment that is believed to have come from Einstein. “You cannot change a situation with the same way of thinking that caused it.” To the best of my ability, I changed my way of thinking. That has helped a lot. But there was another aspect that I had never realized.

Recently, Daniel and I hiked into an area we had never been before. The energies took us by surprise. They were very intense and had a strong effect on both of us. We were dizzy and tired. Such feelings are not very pleasant when you are high on a ledge of a wall in a canyon (image 5). When I came home, I went through a very intense and painful process. I knew that it was again about change. Once the situation had calmed down, I felt into the energies we experienced. Suddenly, it was as if an energetic door opened. I saw a completely different world. I saw a world in harmony. I saw a world in which nobody was eating anybody. No predators, no victims. I could feel this world as something real. Suddenly I heard a voice in my head. “You need to look at the world differently. You need to see that there exist many worlds. Only when you can see another world can you truly think differently and consequently act differently. That will induce true change”. I am still processing this intense moment. However, I can feel the importance of this message.

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Who are we? We are spiritual beings having a human, physical experience. We have taken on the responsibility to be stewards of this Earth whose purpose it is to raise the energies of the whole system that we call Gaia. To do that, we need to raise our vibrations. We can only do that when we become independent sovereign beings who take full responsibility for every thought, every feeling, and every action in our lives. Only then can we become who we are. Then we do not need somebody to tell us what to eat. We can feel what our body needs. Nobody other than us knows best what our body needs. We need to learn to trust what we feel. In this process we can learn again to think differently and, even more importantly, to see a different world that once we can see it, we will be able to create it.

It is the goal of UCME to support a new way of looking at the world in which we live by creating many instances that give us the opportunity to get a different view of reality. These views, even when they only are glimpses are nonetheless the start of something new. Supporting each other may speed up the process of change. Change is inevitable, but how we experience this change and how long it takes depends on us.


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