Yes, we have taken our role as humans quite seriously. We believe that we are the most advanced beings around here, and therefore are responsible for making sure ‘things are safe’ for everyone. But can we really ensure such a thing? In the bigger picture, do we really have control over anything we think we do? Let’s look at the idea of safety verses the cosmic order.
Safety, according to the Wikipedia definition, is: “the state of being “safe” (from French sauf), the condition of being protected against physical, social, spiritual, financial, political, emotional, occupational, psychological, educational or other types or consequences of failure, damage, error, accidents, harm or any other event which could be considered non-desirable.“
We have a great need, it seems, in this world to make sure everyone is ‘safe’, but is this really possible? Is safety an illusion? One that we are spending valuable energy on while ignoring the true and deeper principle wishing to be recognized – that of cosmic order? “What is this cosmic order”, you ask,” that it would not require me to seek safety?” I am speaking of a more intelligent order in charge of this whole thing. I am pointing to the fabric behind the so-called ‘illusion’ that asks us to go beyond fearful notions creating the belief that we can really protect ourselves at all.
On an immediate and small scale, it seems that we can create rules, enforce laws, construct borders, lock doors and produce products, foods and medicines to bless and protect our world. It appears that we have been doing this for some time. However, if we expand our vision, we must admit that there is some greater force beyond our ability to comprehend that has the upper hand. In a split second, mother nature can step in and strip all of our human safety precautions to shreds, wipe out cities and destroy crops. By the same measure, unexpected changes in climate can bless farmers with an abundance of food through plentiful rain and bountiful sun. Entire communities, previously strangers to one another, can suddenly be forced into intimate living conditions where sharing, compassion and mutual needs step to the forefront of their worlds and bring these people together as family. Continents can be transformed by the atmosphere or removed from the surface by planetary shifts. So what is really considered ‘safe’ and what can we trust in?
Is it God or something else?
Not everyone believes in a God, meaning some supernatural being that sits in a holy throne watching over us. I am not suggesting that you do. But everyone believes in nature and everyone can recognize that some force, more intelligent than us, is holding this whole story together. Something is orchestrating the ‘plan’ so to speak, and it is way beyond the intervention of ‘secret factions’ and conspiracy theories, greater than governments, law enforcement and even religion. No law, organization or human opinion has any control over this force, only to surrender to it and trust that the cosmic order is somehow really an order – with nothing to fear.
What is safe anyway?
When we go back to the subject of safety, and look through the news, we see word of ‘safety lapses’ in medicine, factories and nuclear plants. People want to hear that those working to produce our foreign goods are somehow ‘safe.’ We want to know that the medicines we take have been cleared by some organization that is responsible for checking its ‘safety’ and we certainly don’t want to worry that nuclear plants are leaking and causing environmental toxins. Is it really possible that these ‘check points’ ensure the safety we so deeply feel we need?
According to the Center for Disease Control, deaths from prescription drugs happen every 19 minutes in this country accounting for over 27,000 deaths per year, in this country alone. One study performed between the years 2000-2002 noted that 1.14 million patient/doctor safety incidents were brought up and it is estimated that over 195,000 deaths per year are caused by malpractice. 19,000 deaths per year are a result of staph infections received during a hospital visit. These statistics don’t make the medical world sound too safe.
We need look no further than Japan to wonder how well our nuclear power plant safety plans are working out. Perhaps it would be ‘safer’ to not develop potentially life demolishing technologies which has to be so strictly safeguarded.
In factories across the world, the real question is not the safety of those industries, but rather if are they ethically sound and supporting the health and well-being of all involved in their operation? Or are they lacking in integrity, acknowledgment of individual self-worth and awareness. Safety seems to be an issue which, when tried to be accomplished through our human understanding, leads more to confinement of the individual spirit and less to actual experience of a ‘safer’ world. The more we believe that we are in charge of making things safe verses trusting the cosmic order in regards to ‘a bigger picture’, the further we get from actually experiencing that order and the more we, instead, participate in the limitations granted to us by our made up world of rules.
The truth behind the question
This is a potentially volatile argument, I admit. I am asking the human mind to open up to the possibility that what we deem as ‘safe’ may in fact, not be the best thing for us on a cosmic scale. In order to process this and not dismiss it as ridiculous one would have to begin to see life as much larger than this human experience, and expand to a place where infinite possibilities exist – including the continuation of life beyond these physical borders.
Why do we want safety?
The obvious answers are to protect our families and ourselves from death and disease, potential harm and seeming disaster in all its many manifestations. Though I am sure we can all agree, though they may not be pleasant, difficulties are often the best ways to stretch our spirits and bring us a greater experience of connectivity with our selves and others. Who said death is bad anyway? Yes, sure, it means we will no longer physically ‘see’ the one we loved, and so we assume that we have ‘lost’ them and our lives are somehow damaged through that loss. From a more expanded perspective, death opens up doorways for those left behind to retrieve a depth of self not previously known. If one has the fortitude to embrace the experience as one of life’s gifts, the blessings are untold. For the one who has passed on, who knows what is in store for them? We have only glimpses into what the space beyond this currently mortality might be like from those who have lifted it’s veil for a brief moment.
Attachment verses Peace
What is challenging for us here, is that we all have attachments. Attachments to people, relationships, objects, jobs, experiences, money, places and beliefs. Whenever we are forced to relinquish those attachments without our consent, we tend to become a bit resentful and put up a fight. Ancient teachings from various spiritual traditions teach us that attachments are the ‘stuff’ which creates suffering. If we allow ourselves to enjoy our relationships, enjoy our things, enjoy and love the people and beliefs in our lives without being attached to them, in other words, being equally as happy without them, we would know a new kind of peace this world could greatly use. But how do we do that? Why would we want to? Be happy without them?
Ancient sages suggest that inner happiness, inner joy is the only true and sustainable thing in the universe. If we have this inner peace, then nothing can shake us. Sure, we might prefer to have a certain person in our lives, prefer a lifestyle, prefer a belief, but if we know this inner-unshakable peace, we cannot falter, even if we lose all external comforts and relations. In this way, the feeling of ‘safety’ merges with cosmic order and they become one. We become safe in the knowing that a higher order is at work, no matter what is occurring in the outside world.
What about safety?
Does this mean we stop taking precautions? Not necessarily, no. There is no need to switch to becoming completely reckless, leaving all up to this ‘cosmic order.’ We must instead begin to look at why we perform certain so-called safety measures. Is it out of fear or love? Is it out of trust in the innate wisdom of life, or out of a lack of trust in the individual? Have we become a people that no longer trusts? Over-all, unfortunately it seems so. It does not feel as though we can regain this trust over night, but we must start somewhere.
Perhaps we cannot expect governmental and social organizations to halt their ‘safety procedures’ right away, but we as individuals can certainly stop perpetuating fear day by day in our own lives. We have begun to fear our own world. We have fear of dirt and bugs and germs and other people. We fear accidents and illnesses and broken hearts. We fear all of these things so much that we build walls, both physical and emotional, around our own persons and around our children -disallowing them to experience the world fresh and new without the mental baggage we have ourselves acquired.
What will happen if your child walks barefoot on the sidewalk down town? What will happen if your toddler eats a cheerio off the supermarket floor? What will happen if you engage in conversation with the guy next to you pumping gas? What will unfold from the deprogramming of life’s boxes?
Safety verses the cosmic order is a deep and far reaching question, whose answer will dictate the quality of ones experience and the depth of ones trust in life. We may not be predisposed in this culture to rely on the cosmic order, as we have seen so much ‘tragedy’ and ‘loss.’ However, we do have the opportunity today to begin to walk a new path, to make new decisions and to release the habits that have perpetuated fear and the driving need for ‘safety’ ever increasing. This choice can only be made moment by moment by each man and each woman.
May we know that we are safe, and by so knowing, experience the benefits of that trust. There is a greater intelligence guiding this unfolding reality. Let us tap into that force and know that we are not separate from it, but part of it – as a unique expression of it. Quantum physics confirms that within every particle affects every other part of life. We are not insignificant, nor are our thoughts. We are not helpless and our thoughts have more influence over this cosmos than we have been led to believe. Know you are safe. Know it, and this will become your experience.
Written by: Stasia Bliss