To conclude the technology chapter in my recent book, we posed this question for readers to ponder: “What might the merging of biology and technology produce in my lifetime?” This question came on the heels of our reproduction of an edited transcript from an interview we conducted with a young techy who voiced some fascinating observations on how the future of technology could impact humans. I’ll be exploring and expanding on the implications during my next series of blogs.
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To begin, I’d like to quote Socrates who warned, “Beware the barrenness of a busy life.” So, who isn’t busy these days? Contrary to predictions decades old now, technology has not eased our workload. We’re busier than ever and much of that busyness involves the very technology that was predicted would free us. No, we live bound to our computers and mobile devices, receiving and transmitting updates, staying “connected,” while the barrenness inside grows. Connected we may be - to the busy human world - but disconnection rules when it comes to the landscape of our inner worlds.
Not for everyone, surely, because there are many who are learning how to incorporate technology in ways that enhance inner life, rather than distract from it. Visitors to our Synchronicity site will be familiar with our audio programs, for instance, offering what we have branded as “High Tech Meditation.” These provide gentle but powerful balancing frequencies for the two hemispheres of the brain and demonstrate one positive use of technology for accelerated personal evolution. Any sense of “barrenness” within begins to fill with a tactile experience of the invisible, inherent abundance of consciousness.
This opportunity is ever available, as long as awareness exists. But, let’s be realistic, there’s more background “noise” than ever in the history of our species. We can’t – in any moment - consciously know even a fraction of what’s competing for our attention. We hear and see, smell, feel, and touch, but what about the broad range of frequencies beyond the perception of our five senses? What about microwaves, EMF radiation, and odorless toxins? What about the thoughts and feelings of 7 billion people? We live in a thrashing sea of environmental influences that can easily overwhelm our experience of self and marginalize our awareness of the authentic heartbeat of life. Beware the barrenness of a busy life, indeed! It can render the “still, small voice” of spirit to an inaccessible whisper.
Escape from busyness is offered, ironically, through technology. Movies, video-games, television, etc. But that doesn’t aim us deeper into our inner life. It’s more of the same, replacing “work” with “entertainment,” but still conducted in the prison of distraction. But here’s a novel challenge: Rather than “unplugging,” how might we remain plugged in but use what’s offered in more constructive ways? For starters, we can exercise our democratic rights and vote, with our remotes! Sometimes it’s as simple as changing channels. One moment you may be in a high-speed chase from thugs intent on murder, the next moment you’re relaxing in a Japanese garden, taking a remote yoga class.
So, how many people do you know who have a cave? Do you? How many people do you know who have time to meditate for hours every day? Do you? Twenty first century life is busy for all of us… and that’s not going to change, except to get more so. Withdrawing from the busyness of life was once a workable strategy for mystics of old. Today? Today it’s not “retreat” that’s called for as much as “advance.” That is the realistic strategy for modern mystics.
What does this involve? It begins with acknowledging technology for what it is, a valid aspect of consciousness. Surely it's the pinnacle of pseudo-spiritual delusion to claim that all is One, yet simultaneously reject technology! Consciousness is not stupid. It doesn’t make mistakes. Technology itself is not a mistake, but we must choose how to use it. Dropping atom bombs on Japan in World War II demonstrated a destructive use of technology… for a constructive purpose, many would say. The end justified the means. Rather than debating that, why not consider more obviously constructive applications, where the end demonstrates the means?
High Tech Meditation is one of almost countless ways to experience both journey and destination in the same moment. I call such programs the Technology of Now and I encourage you to research the options. You’ll use technology to do that! Google “technologies that enhance consciousness” to open a smorgasbord of possibilities. And tune in next blog as we begin to explore what our techy friend predicted. In the meantime, you might enjoy pondering the question I raised earlier: “What might the merging of biology and technology produce in my lifetime?”
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