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Feb 21Liked by Sarah Wilson

Sarah, your ability to surface what we're thinking about is so fully-sick, I love. I haven't heard this one...fascinating! I need to digest it, but is it a way to describe a world that is so complex (too complex), that it generates an increasing level of negative outcomes that no one can be held accountable to? So that at any given time, no two of us can even agree on what we’re seeing let alone solve for any problems? Reminds me of your refracting mirrors convo on the last post. It feels so griefy, like hey, my person died, why aren't we all stopping to think about it at root cause. It feels like outdoor air conditioning.

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Feb 22Liked by Sarah Wilson

Thank you Sarah for yet another lovely and insightful letter. Indeed, forgiveness is key. We are all part of the same dna, all connected on a higher level and so, if we forgive, we can shift the human molecules of this life we’re in.

There is a lovely forgiveness Hawaiian prayer, the Ho’onopoono; it is based on the hypothesis that everything that happens around me is on some level “caused” by my limiting beliefs and so, by reciting “I am sorry, please forgive my belief(s) that brought this frame I’m living in, thank you for releasing all this, I love you, it is done”, a quantum shift is instigated. Very powerful.

Love and gratitude from Greece 🙏🏻♥️

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Feb 21·edited Feb 21Liked by Sarah Wilson

I havent heard of M before; Nailed it again sarah

Yes re brother Pete and his getting ahead comment. Forced into systems where we compete for jobs, property, priveleges, our place in this world

And who ACTUALLY TRULY benefits??

Wow, re the spooky Ginsberg poem.

I reflect on a beautiful line from Tuesdays wirh Morrie, I believe non fiction about a guy living w MND and a young guy comes to care for him. He said..

" Life is a series of polar opposites.

You want To go,

but you want to stay "

" which side wins? " the younger guy asks

" LOVE WINS.

LOVE ALWAYS WINS "

I like that line. It moves me.

I wonder where Taylor Swift sits in all this " M "scenario. I am still baffled how 1 human being can single-handedly change the economy.

On the plus side, it's a woman, AND she is DOING WhAT SHE LOVES.

Xo

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Feb 21Liked by Sarah Wilson

Liv would be great for the podcast. In the meantime, if people want to understand Moloch and melt their minds, this will do it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCSsKV5F4xc

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Moloch! Well, that’s a word people are going to get sick of hearing me say. I’d never heard of it and “race to the bottom” just didn’t have the same ring. Thank you for this 🙏

As always, this is written so beautifully and again I feel seen.

It’s so despairing to reflect on all the Moloch - I won’t rant on all the other examples that come to mind - but this piece has provided some hope, though I can’t fully articulate why. Do I feel some momentum for change. Are we all contemplating sitting down first?

Your brother Pete is so right about “getting ahead”! I often have to bite my tongue when this is thrown around - and sometimes I don’t.

And this: “What if we forgave everybody everything?” I remember this but it hit different just now.

Loved the podcast too. I’m going to just sit and process now ❤️

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Feb 21Liked by Sarah Wilson

Diving into the unknown..this hits me hard as I’m finding myself more attached to predictability in an increasingly unpredictable world. I’m interested to have a look at the quantum principles you’ve said supports the ‘flow of life’ state..any recommendations?

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Thank you for your posts, for asking questions and opening discussions. I treasure how your writing (and podcast) prod me to reflect and think. Like turning a marble over and over between your fingers, looking at that swirl of colour at the centre, contemplating it from different angles. Truely grateful.

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Feb 21Liked by Sarah Wilson

Hey Sarah - first of all I am sorry I couldn't make the Substack catch up in Melbourne - I had my name down but couldn't come down from Brisbane after all. Sigh. I love reading your musings. I have been holding off writing this, I guess, until now. Having observed the teachers and leaders and thinkers and philosophers and yogis and all that have existed and do exist I have come back to one - Jesus actually. The person not the religion. Before people roll their eyes... I get it. I would never want to be associated with 'Christianity' myself. I guess it seems clear to me that the human race is not the answer to... the human race faces. We need something more. A different way of being a human. We can't fix ourselves. The only compelling reason I have found with Jesus (again, the person not the religion) is the concept of grace and that there is a person we can follow who can show us and empower us innately how to think/act differently to be that different kind of human being rather than trying so hard outwardly with exhausting behavior modification etc. We don't seem to be the answer to ourselves. It seems to be the only thing that gives me hope in this very complex world. I have found John Mark Comer helpful and his book 'Practising the Way' - you might find it useful. https://www.practicingtheway.org/ and also Alpha https://www.alpha.org.au/. :)

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Feb 22Liked by Sarah Wilson

Unfortunately, stepping off the conveyor belt is far easier for some of us than it is for others. We're not all created equal, despite what we like to believe. I'm thinking about the aged and the infirm. I'm thinking about the physically useless, intellectually challenged and emotionally inept. I don't mean 'disabled' when I write those things. I mean the traits we all have in varying degrees as people. Some of us can not, and will not, survive without support. Most of us can't even survive without a phone, a wifi connection and a caramel oat milk latte (that would be me!!).

And sacrificing security and comfort will probably lead to lower life expectancy. It's hard living without mod-cons. And modern medicine. Any acutely ill person will attest to that.

Of course, all this depends on what point of the conveyor belt we decide to get off. Is it at 'grow your own food and weave your own clothes'? Or is it at 'don't buy hair colour, deodorant, soap and toothpaste'?

The flow of life isn't always benevolent. In fact, for billions of people it's often cruel as fuck and unimaginably unjust. Even with all the luxuries that surround them.

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"There are enormous benefits to stepping off the Lemming conveyor-belt first. It’s a dive into the unknown, but as some of you know, I firmly believe that those who dive into the unknown are rewarded by the benevolent flow of life" I often long to live diffently. As expressed by your comments. It's just knowing 'how' that's difficult.

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Feb 21Liked by Sarah Wilson

Wow! Moloch ... I knew of the Biblical dude, but had no idea it was a thing. Thank you for sharing such a provocative post.

I read a George MacDonald quote today which came back to me - "With every morn my life afresh must break." Dying each day to whatever, not standing up at a concert, is hard for us all. But, increasingly it dawns on me that that's a key to living well. By dying.

As always you've left us with much to contemplate ... Big love xx

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While I appreciate your approach, I think it overlooks a fundamental problem: Moloch is a part of us. The goddess of cancer is as much a part of us as the goddess of everything else, and the concept of yin and yang describes the opposing but interrelated, mutually perpetuating forces within us, as does Iain McGilchrist's hemisphere hypothesis. What appears to be 'out there' is an internal struggle that McGilchrist found supported by numerous literary sources in which legends and myths address this dichotomy. When enough people adopt one side, this influence becomes externalised, but it is our habits that drive the crisis, and just as the story of the Goddess of Everything Else depicts a back and forth with the optimistic victory over the Goddess of Cancer, humanity goes back and forth in history with its adherence to McGilchrist's Emissary or to the Master. Unfortunately, we seem to be under the influence of the Emissary at present.

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Feb 21Liked by Sarah Wilson

Wow. You have hit the nail on the head.

Looking forward to seeing your grey hair!

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Golly. This is an interesting post. I think about this alot as well: if so many of us think we're all headed down a not-so-great path then why aren't we making more of an effort to stop? As you say, it would require a big, bold, courageous step from the powers at be, when so many of our leaders don't want to rock the boat too much and just get re-elected. On an individual level, so many of us say we don't like social media and then don't go off it entirely, myself included, even when we lived without it for most of our lives.

My version of the concert thing is the airport carousels. If everyone stood back, everyone would be able to see all the luggage coming well in advance, and have time to shuffle forward, grab their bag and then shuffle back. Yet there's always that one person, or a few, who goes and plonks themselves right up against the carousel so that no one behind them can see the bags coming properly. So then the next person moves forward and so on. Now, in these moments, I find it very hard not to get irritated at 'those people', to 'other' those around me, to blame. Sure, I can stay standing back and not move forward like everyone else, but I feel like it makes no difference to the way the baggage carousel momentum, which is for everyone to go as far forward as they can. It's moments like this that I think, gee, everyone really just is out for themselves and it makes me sad. Is it 'the system' in instances such as this? Or is it just humans being selfish/ inconsiderate? We could all stop doing this and then everyone wins, but not enough of us do stop. Anyways, this is a small thing in the grand scheme of life, and I do just shrug it off sometimes, but other times, watching the airport carousel business gets me thinking...

PS - love the topic of the latest podcast and have started listening. I find myself actively picking the more uncertain and / or less convenient option to reacquaint myself with how it feels!

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Feb 21Liked by Sarah Wilson

Sarah, thanks for always identifying and putting these things into words! brings to mind the ouroboros, hopefully there is rebirth at some point... hope!

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Hi Sarah, it’s an important and fundamental issue to surface, and I don’t mean to be flip, but I wondered out loud what would happen if Moloch went into therapy? https://jonathanrowson.substack.com/p/moloch-in-therapy

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