All I know is that almost everyone I talk to seems inflamed - emotionally, relationally or physically. It is clear, something is up and for most of us, it hurts...big time. Our bodies aren't working the way we want. Our minds are not able to handle the emotional turmoil. Our self-talk is filled with shame and blame. So is our opinion of others. Everything feels out of hand, as we feel overwhelmed, at our wits end and weary. For many, the bridge down the street seems like the only way out, and idle talks of suicide seem commonplace. My sincere hope is that this is merely an escape fantasy and not a real plan made under the crushing weight of whatever is moving through us collectively.
Which begs the question, what is moving through us?
My cynical nature wonders about conspiracies and government plots. Is Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) warfare real? And are the Russians, or our own government, using it against us? Or is the pain we feel something more benign or even beneficial ultimately - a great awakening and shifting of consciousness.
Let's start by exploring the former.
If you don't know ELF was developed by Nicole Tesla in his attempts to create wireless energy. My very basic understanding is that a pulse is generated in the Electromagnetic Field. This pulse creates a VERY low frequency, meaning the wave pattern (which we do not see or hear) is very long and slow -- so slow in fact that they can actually separate the electrical and magnetic forces. The Navy uses ELF to communicate with submarines, and you are exposed to some of these low frequencies near power lines or household appliances.
Many ELF frequencies exist, ranging from 10 Hz to 100 MHz, and sources argue about the effects of different frequencies on the human body. Some say that these frequencies can stimulate bone growth. Others debate whether ELF will affect our DNA, cancer and birth defects. Conspiracy theorists suggest ELF is used for mind control and even cite early incidences of mass gun shootings. Scientists debunk this as complete nonsense.
A report from the International Programme on Chemical Safety seems relatively based in reality. It reviews dozens, if not hundreds of studies looking at ELF's effects on humans and animals, and notes that subjects exposed to different frequencies complained of effects on the nervous system and blood biochemistry. It also states that indeed enough evidence exists regarding incidence of cancer and pregnancies rates to require further study.
The thing I found most interesting is a table showing a whole host of studies on animals. Some of the studies show that exposure to different frequencies of ELF can cause everything from small behavioral changes, to hyperactivity. It can increase excitability of the fight or flight nervous system response, as well as the shut down or "freeze" response. It can create excitatory changes in neuromuscular function and slow recover from fatigue. It can even change brain behavior in some animals.
Now, I know we are not animals, so you can't extrapolate that any of this applies to humans. But I have to admit it does get me wondering. I know dozens of people suffering from vertigo right now, which is associated with a disturbance in the crystals of the ears. ELF is known to affect some animals because it stimulates the small hair of the ears. Coincidence? Who knows? But I find it interesting.
Let's say I'm totally off base and ignorant when it comes to interpreting the data. I can accept that. It still leaves the question, what is going on with everyone? Why is there so much pain?
A more hopeful theory is that we are going through a collective detox.
According to ancient Vedic science, we are in an era known as Kali Yuga - the age of vice. It has many wonderful benefits, for example the ability to transform and transmute karma, but also lots of challenges and pain. It is the era when we feel the most isolated, alone and in conflict with those we see as other.
Scholars estimate that Kali Yuga started around 3102 BCE, which just happens to correspond with the beginning of recorded history. In our collective consciousness, we imagine that not much happened before that. Oh how we forget!
Humans, in our current form, have existed for as many as 80,000 years. Did you hear that?! We are EIGHTY THOUSAND YEARS old as a species! For some reason we have come to imagine that any time before 5000 years ago, we were was simply a bunch of Neanderthals running around grunting and beating each other on the head, totally at the mercy of impulses and nature.
Yet, Archeological evidence shows this to be false. Great civilizations arose and fell. We see times of great peace, in which no town had fortification, implying that no defense was needed because no attacks occurred. We show times of harmony, where the most common tools to be found were not weapons or implements of agriculture and war, but rather devices that measured the moon cycle or a woman's menstrual cycle, or maybe both.
Sages say that those earlier eras were filled with harmony, but because there was no grist for the mill, few changes could happen for the soul or humanity. In contract, in Kali Yuga we are rife with challenges, difficulties, and a sense of separation. In fact, it is the only Yuga where language is needed to communicate - a clunky tool at best where we often misunderstand each other, especially when it comes to love. Previous Yugas employed mental telepathy, because who needs language when there is little sense of an individual self?
It turns out; Kali Yuga may be coming to an end, and the current pain and struggle may simply be the last hurrah!
Think of it like a detox. Often, as you start to clean up your diet, you feel like hell. All of the toxins are coming out of stagnation to be flushed out of the system. But, after of few days of headaches and nausea, you start to feel like a million bucks.
If we are in fact are moving into the next era of time - perhaps one of peace, harmony and a degree of stagnation, than maybe its time to get the toxins out now before they get stuck! Maybe we are being forced to face the pain that lives in our shadows both in our personal lives as well as at the collective, so we can release it?
In one Indian Myths, the beings of peace (devas) are in a tug of ware with the beings of chaos (auras). As the pull back and forth they churn the ocean of milk in which they live. From this churning, at first poison arises from the depths. All of the toxins float to the surface, and Shiva, benevolent soul that he is, swallows it so that it doesn't harm and destroy the whole of the world. Yet the devas and asuras continue to fight. As they churn, something else begins to emerge. It is the god of medicine, and in his hand he holds the sweet nectar of eternal life.
Perhaps we are at the first stage of churning. Perhaps our toxins, in body, mind, and collective are surfacing. The question is, will you be like Shiva? Will you turn to face your own pain? Will you offer your great compassion to the world -- not by turning away, ignoring or spiritually bypassing the pain but by consume it whole, knowing that you have the strength to digest and transform it? Or will you let it spill over into the world and destroy all of life, including your own?
The question is for each one of us to answer, but for none of us to do alone. May we continue to hold each others hands as we climb. As Thich Nhat Hanh says, the next Buddha, or Shiva as the case may be, will not be one individual, but a community of people.