In this time of chaos occurring around the world, now more than ever we need leaders who can inspire and move us forward into a whole new paradigm that must include saving our planet. I have just returned from Ecuador where I attended the Andes Summit with 10 Shaman masters. It was humbling and enlightening to receive the teachings from the indigenous shamans who are committed to honoring Pachamama (Mother Earth) for all the gifts that she continuously bestows upon us. The Shamans reminded everyone how precious pachamama is and how important it is for us to respect and care for her.
I have never experienced such love for Mother Earth as I witnessed at this summit. People came from all over the world including Estonia, Bali, Australia, USA, Argentina, Canada and the United Kingdom. There were also environmental activists in attendance that came from their villages in the Ecuadorian jungle. They shared their stories with us, making a passionately plea for us to join them in preserving our environment. Many of the activists were young: between 21 – 34 years old. They have been born into a world that is being destroyed, and they will not tolerate this anymore. Thankfully, the new generations are coming into this world with greater awareness and a commitment to living consciously for the greater good.
Consciousness takes on a whole new meaning now that AI (Artificial Intelligence) is rapidly being developed and utilized by millions of people. An example of AI is ‘Apple’s Siri’ which can answer most of your questions, find information on the World Wide Web and even tell you jokes. Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking famously worried that advanced AI will take over the world and end the human race. If robots become smarter than humans, his logic goes, the machines would be able to create unimaginable weapons and manipulate human leaders with ease. “It would take off on its own, and redesign itself at an ever-increasing rate,” he told the BBC in 2014. “Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete, and would be superseded.” Other predictions are less optimistic. Seth Shostak, the senior astronomer at SETI believes that AI will succeed humans as the most intelligent entities on the planet. “The first generation [of AI] is just going to do what you tell them; however, by the third generation, then they will have their own agenda,” Shostak said in an interview with Futurism.
However, Shostak doesn’t believe sophisticated AI will end up enslaving the human race — instead, he predicts, humans will simply become immaterial to these hyper-intelligent machines. Shostak thinks that these machines will exist on an intellectual plane so far above humans that, at worst, we will be nothing more than a tolerable nuisance.
So how can we really be of service to our planet in the face of such controversial advancements such as AI? First we need to break free of the trance that most of us are in which has been initiated by the false constructs imposed by our societies. Instead of continuing to buy into the illusion that the material world is what matters, we need to recognize that living consciously is the key to saving our world. This includes how we relate to other people, animals, and our environment and ourselves. We can start by setting our intentions and moving our egos out of the way. This allows us to shift our consciousness and drop deeper into our hearts. As I mentioned in my previous column, the heart is the ‘Wise Mind’ which supersedes our logical brain. If AI does succeed in becoming the primary leader of consciousness, this will be quite dangerous and destructive for humanity.
We have become so distracted by our technological gadgets that we are getting further and further away from our humanness. We have to return to our original natural state which is still, quiet, intuitive and in tune with our environment. In this state, we no longer see ourselves as separate from others, and know that we are connected and part of the collective consciousness. While technology has improved our way of life in many ways, it has played a big part in the destruction and de-evolution of our consciousness. The new young leaders who are emerging understand that for the world to change we must remember and return to our natural state. I have hope that this is still possible, because of the amazing youth that I’ve met in Ecuador, Bali and other countries. But it doesn’t matter whether we are young or old, we can all choose to be a contribution to changing our world. It’s never too late to start.
Michele Cempaka is a Consciousness Facilitator, spiritual teacher & retreat leader in the international arena. Her highly empathic nature and inherent gifts as a healer, together with her extensive training in a wide variety of healing methods enables her to assist people with numerous issues spanning from anxiety, low self esteem, emotional traumas and much more. She is a catalyst for transformation who loves facilitating a different possibility for everyone she encounters.
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