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The True Nature of Infection and Viral Contagion

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Over the last several years I have written a number of articles that referenced infection and viral activity in relation to the pandemic that has been so impactful on our lives. In this article we will look past the pandemic in order to understand the immense choices that are available to us through viral activity. Even though we use words like viral, contagious, and infectious interchangeably to address anything that seems to multiply quickly, the words still tend to hold a negative impact, a quality of fear. For example, we use the word viral to describe dangerous virus activity that can kill people or damaging parasitical programs that can destroy computer systems but we also use the word to describe YouTube videos, podcasts, tweets, and other media that go viral on the internet. These we usually think of more favorably because they can be fun, entertaining, or noteworthy in some way.  We say a person has a horrible infection but we also say someone has an infectious smile or way of being. Although it is essentially neutral, if you look at the title of this article it carries an ominous quality, a sense of foreboding that may cause fear to arise in us but actually the title refers to simply the tendency for something to become so catching that it expands exponentially.

The truth is that what goes viral and what is infectious is always a choice even though it may seem at times that we are helpless victims of it. Contagion actually has to do with what we are in resonance with. The COVID pandemic and past pandemics come at times that offer other choices about what we are impacted by. When a pandemic arises, we tend to respond mechanically with fear that we may get sick and die. And yet, we need to ask the question, “Why does a pandemic arise?” A pandemic like COVID is an opportunity that offers great changes even though we find these opportunities inconvenient, deeply disturbing, and frightening. You might think that you have nothing to do with bringing such a pandemic on and that you are not resonant with it at all but that would be untrue. Certainly, your personality has no awareness of being resonant with it and simply wants to flee from it, deny it, or whatever else it wants to do with it. However, the essence choice to be alive during a pandemic is obvious after a little observation. There are no accidents and you would definitely not choose to incarnate in an era of a pandemic if you did not want to. There are one hundred billion beings who are incarnating on this planet and only a small percentage of them are present on the planet at any given time. You have to really want to be here to incarnate at such a time. There are plenty of souls waiting this one out, but not you. You have bought tickets for this Broadway play, for this thriller movie. Now maybe you regret it after you get here and wish you hadn’t come just as some people find the movie more scary or dreary than they had anticipated. That’s just the ego complaining.

Why did we sign up for such a thing? Again, because the opportunities are tremendous. Astrologers know that when planets align in certain ways certain events and situations are more likely. Certain configurations are more inclined to promote peace, renaissance, and technological breakthroughs while others are more promotive of conflict, polarization, pandemics, or stagnation. These are predictable to a degree, although what we do with these influences and tendencies remains up to us to choose.

The same influence that might promote a pandemic may also promote a radical awakening in the population at large. The same influence that might promote an explosive breakout of war might also be an opportunity to suddenly break free of oppressive cultural and social influences, government oppression, or the control of a dictator. These are all choices that we often forget we have due to nauseating waves of fear from our programming and conditioning. We tend to fixate on what we are afraid of and this is an incredibly damaging habit that wreaks havoc on our lives and the opportunities that we squander with regularity lifetime after lifetime.

The year 2022 is volatile with these types of opportunities. In times past when similar configurations of planets have shown up, we have often seen explosive events often associated with war and devastation such as volcanic activity and the like. We need to remember that we are at a prophetic turning point for humanity and that this volatility is here again for a reason by our choice. We need the explosiveness to make the leap. We took the gamble that it could go badly if we persist in making the wrong choices that we have in the past. Yes, we humans are frustratingly stupid at times and as we look around it is easy to go, “Oh shit, here we go again. Back into oppression, loss of freedom, violence, chaos and destruction.” Or not.

Yes, we can have a bout with painful suffering and still make the leap or we can keep the suffering to the minimum and make the leap. This is entirely up to us as mini-me’s of Spirit. Spirit does not interfere or correct us in our fumblings. We are entirely free to choose our course and of course choosing wisely depends upon our being veterans of past debacles where we have learned our lessons. Right now, the planet is about equally divided between those who are waking up or who already are awake and those who are still deeply asleep and don’t have the experience to choose wisely (this has nothing to do with cultural notions of wokeness.) Fortunately, the choice has already been made by humanity at the deepest levels to forge ahead and evolve. The only question is, at what cost?

Not only is this an explosive time on the planet but it is obviously a highly infectious time. This is easy to observe in not only the pandemic but in the tendency for conspiracy theories to go viral, gun violence to explode, delusions and illusions to become infectious, addictions, suicides, and mindless crimes to explode, wildfires to explode and so on. This is all quite obvious. What is not so obvious is the potential and possibility of rapid transformation in some people’s awareness and understanding about what our actual purpose here on the planet is, and what our relationship with Spirit is all about. These movements make no news because they do not bleed, cause death and destruction, or draw attention to themselves at all. In a way we could call it a silent revolution, a revolution in consciousness. Let’s shine a light on this.

Generally, most people are unaware of some of the most basic laws of nature. It is obvious to us that scandal and lies can spread like wildfire. What is not obvious is that the truth is even more infectious and the reason for this is that it is for the most part silent. When someone wakes up to the fact that Spirit is in everyone and they begin to walk around in wonder noticing Spirit in everything and everyone, this truth spreads like wildfire, totally silently. Their ability to rise in vibration and see everything through that new higher amplitude, communicates instantly to their environment and to anything they are attending to in the everlasting moment of their realization. You might want to read this last sentence again to get the implications. There is an instant echo effect because like reinforces like. Those that you might bless with a recognition of their divinity not only wake up but bless you back automatically and this creates an exponential feedback system that is virtually unstoppable. You might ask why this has not already happened or why it has not become more obvious and the answer is very simple.  We have not been ready until now.

Even so the Buddha, Jesus, Mary Magdalene, Lao tzu, Gandhi, Ramana Maharshi, Krishna and others have made significant headway to prepare the way. Their ideas, teachings, and blessings were infectious and went viral. However, since the planet was not yet ready, they dealt with enormous resistance and obstacles that distorted and twisted their teachings into, in many cases, the opposite of what they meant. Their basic message was, Spirit is in everything. The message became distorted into, spirit is only concentrated in our religion, our race, our gender, our culture and the rest is not included. The results in most cases were disastrous. When speaking of Spirit there can be no exceptions. Introducing exceptions created an idea that the denial of Spirit or God was legitimate. The effect of this distortion became infectious and viral in the human race thousands of years ago and is present today. Everyone began judging and making exceptions to the rule and this denied the truth of Spirit. The illusion of darkness became viral. Now we get an opportunity to set this distortion straight. Is anything outside of Spirit? There are still many on the planet that find the belief in exceptions to be opportunistic. This belief allows there to be have’s and have not’s, those that are saved and those that are damned and other nonsense.

The correction we are looking for at this time is to return to the original and always true teaching that Spirit is in everything, no exceptions, and all are deserving equally. No, this does not equate with Communism or Socialism or the like. In fact, it does not correlate with any ism whatsoever. We just have to invent a new way of living from the unknown. Of course, there will be resistance on many levels, politically, economically, socially, psychologically and so on. The cost of this change in perspective will be almost all our institutions and organizations. A complete revamping of culture and society is required. Scary? Yes, for some. There will be some loss of status, position, and power for some. Not an easy thing to give up for the ego.

So let us return to the subject of contagion, infection, and viral activity for a summary. We depend upon viral activity, infection, and contagion to transform the world. Without these forces new ideas would never take hold. These ideas need to be so compelling, so welcome to a great number of people, that they go viral. Once they go viral there is no stopping them. This has already begun. These viral ideas are so impactful that they raise enormous resistance in those who find them threatening. Those in resistance double down on their efforts to preserve authoritarian rule, warfare, death, and destruction. Witness what is happening in Ukraine for the latest example. They are willing to go nuclear just to preserve the lie and they may well try. If we are unwise, we will take this as proof that the old beliefs are prevailing. If we are wise, we will see the desperation of a last gasp to hold onto lies. There are always efforts to stamp out liberating ideas but if the time is right, the new ideas sweep away all resistance, sweep away the old. They clear the slate for a new experiment. No matter what, it will be different from what we have known yet it will also be similar to what we always imagined would be wonderful.

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José Stevens

José Luis Stevens, PhD is the president and co-founder (with wife Lena) of Power Path Seminars, an international school and consulting firm dedicated to the study and application of shamanism and indigenous wisdom to business and everyday life. José completed a ten-year apprenticeship with a Huichol (Wixarika) Maracame (Huichol shaman) in the Sierras of Central Mexico. In addition, he is studying with Shipibo shamans in the Peruvian Amazon and with Paqos (shamans) in the Andes in Peru. In 1983 he completed his doctoral dissertation at the California Institute of Integral Studies focusing on the interface between shamanism and western psychological counseling. Since then, he has studied cross-cultural shamanism around the world to distill the core elements of shamanic healing and practice. He is the author of twenty books and numerous articles including Encounters With Power, Awaken The Inner Shaman, The Power Path, Secrets of Shamanism, Transforming Your Dragons and How To Pray The Shaman's Way.