The most difficult ideas to share are those that open the author to ridicule and criticism, which is one of the reasons I so admire the courage of our higher consciousness leaders and one reason I feel such gratitude to them. They share their truths, which can be painful to them and to their careers.
Here, from Schopenhauer, is what we know about all newly revealed truths:
All truth passes through three stages.
First, it is ridiculed.
Second, it is violently opposed.
Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
Most of the writers I’ve been reading left the mainstream, where they found, or could have found, huge success in their fields. But they gave up the sure thing and leapt into a career void—the dream of marrying modern science with what, in general, we all call metaphysics, which often seems to me to indicate anything having to do with spirituality, higher consciousness, and those dimensions we suspect exist but which we have not yet seen with our own eyes and therefore, we don’t accept them as real or proven. We suspect they may be figments of our imagination.
These leading scientists and writers come to us with a common thread, and that is that their theories, hypotheses, and their professional deductions drove them to question our conventional scientific wisdom and its strict separation of science and spirit. Their insights grew to passions, and those passions drove them to seek further, deeper, and to reach outside the mainstream, I’ve stumbled across the most famous—Eckhart Tolle, Gregg Braden, Bruce Lipton, Joe Dispenza, Caroline Myss, Peter Russell. This is the short list. I (like you, I’m betting) have read many others and continue to find exciting new thinkers every week.
These groundbreaking writers thrill me to the core.
Like poets, they challenge me to expand my world view. Like artists, they show me new ways of seeing the universe. Like scientists, they connect the dots—stringing one fact to the next fact— until a new pattern emerges. New truths are revealed.
These leaders endure deep scrutiny of their every statement; they answer interrogators, face public ridicule and, even so, do their utmost to explain their theories and findings to the rest of us, who follow hungrily along, devouring every crumb of information that comes our way.
I may be the hungriest of them all.
I send my New Year’s gratitude to these many pioneers who endure in the face of a ridicule that sends so many others scurrying for cover.
Thank you, dear leaders.
P.S. I find myself now usually occupying Schopenhauer’s third stage, though I admit, I’ve previously spent a great deal of time in stage one, and some time, as well, in stage two.