How does a person reflect upon the coming of another year? Is it with promises of change – those so-called ‘New Year Resolutions’? Or with new plans, ideas, hopes, and dreams? Or do we repeat ourselves, saying the same old things; believing the same ideas that make us feel secure? We all know that everything moves on, that life flows; yet we often deny the real flow – of letting go.
For my own reflection I’ve come to realize that despite everything I ‘know’ – I still know very little. Yet this is not a bad thing. In fact, I find it kind of liberating. For a start, it stops me trying to place everything in its place (let it go!). This may sound somewhat ironic considering that I make a career out of writing books about this changing world we live in. Yet I never tell people what is – I only write about my own speculations. The rest is up to everybody else to make up their own mind. In the end, I don’t know – and neither do you. So let’s start from there. Actually, this is quite a secure place to be, contrary to what it may appear. That’s because there are more and more people in the world trying to tell us what is going on – from astrological cycles; galactic waves; ancient calendars; higher intelligence channeling; etc. More and more people are jumping on the bandwagon of being our advisors, our ‘guides’. By realizing that at the end of the day no one else knows exactly what is going on either, it helps us to keep a balanced perspective. Really, future forecasting is the worst business to be in – you’re inevitably always going to get it wrong! As if perfectly on cue, I came across this quote today:
‘Theory is when you know everything but nothing works. Practice is when everything works but no one knows why. In our lab, theory and practice are combined: nothing works and no one knows why’.
Are you getting it now?
Another example is a recent news item published by the BBC with the title ‘Has the Sun gone to sleep?’ in which scientists are now baffled by the sun’s extraordinary silence. Several years ago the experts (and non-experts) were announcing a new maximum in sun-peak activity with potentially disastrous sun-flares and eruptions that would knock-out our global energy grid. Even I myself commented upon this possibility in one of my earlier books. Now, it seems, the experts that study the sun say they have not seen anything like this in their lifetime. The lack of sun activity is similar, say the experts, to the mini ice age that occurred in the 17th Century (known as the Maunder Minimum; or as the prolonged sunspot minimum)