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Ruth L Miller is an eclectic scholar with degrees in many fields of science and the social sciences and is ordained as a New Thought minister - because she keeps on seeking answers to the fundamental questions that make it possible for the spiritual beings we call humanity to live well and in harmony on this planet for generations to come.


What is the emerging culture?

History has shown that great nations start out dedicated to high principles, and that, as they grow, those principles get lost in the ongoing process of providing resources for and protecting an increasing population at ever higher levels of consumption. As this process unfolds, the people become lazy and unhealthy, while the government becomes more and more autocratic and inept, until economic and population pressures cause the nation to fall apart. This has happened over and over again throughout the history of Western, Asian, and other civilizations. And as a culture watcher, I’ve been fascinated to watch the US move through this process, step by step, over my lifetime.

At the same time, as a student of cultures around the world, I’ve discovered that most other cultures see nation-states or empires as a temporary form of insanity that is so out of balance that they must dissolve. Many other cultures have prophetic myths or carefully worked out calendars that predict or prophesy the end of the way of life you, if you are reading this, think is normal. It’s part of what the Mayan 2012 ruckus was about. (For more about that, check out my book Make the World Go Away).

Studying previous cycles of history, it’s clear that the next stage – after collapse of the mega-government – is usually a wide mix of community styles and local governance, with more or less allegiance to the remnants of the nation that once held them together, and wandering gangs raiding them. (Robert Heinlein’s novel Friday provides one interesting image of what that might look like for us.)

Studying the prophecies and predictions of other cultures, it’s likely that the main operating principles of many new communities and local governments will tend to focus, not so much on material needs and growth, but on spiritual abilities and potentials, and that those who do so will thrive, while those who strive to live “life as usual” will suffer greatly.

Looking at the current levels and kinds of destruction being implemented across the planet, and projecting them even a short time into the future, we can see that the way of life we know cannot be sustained very much longer – it must either evolve into a high-quality, low-resource consumption pattern of living, or devolve into something like subsistence gathering and farming, in a very short (15-25 year) period.

So, with all that as the context, I’ve come to define the “Emerging Culture” in the most positive terms possible: as a way of life that is intentionally harmonious with the planet, other beings, and our inner spirit. There are elements of this culture emerging all over the world, and people by the thousands are discovering this way of thinking and acting every day. Continue reading What is the emerging culture?


What’s the difference between “unconscious” and “subconscious” mind?

You have every reason to be confused! Most of the writers talking about consciousness and metaphysics over the past hundred + years have been vague at best, and often confused themselves about the differences.

I’ve chosen Carl Jung’s model as being the clearest description. He said that only part of the mind is actually conscious, that is, aware of itself and its current environment. That part is our “personal awareness” or “conscious mind.” The rest of the mind is the “unconscious mind.” It has 2 aspects: the “subconscious mind”. which deals with fears, distressing emotions, and the body functions; and the “superconscious mind” which deals with ideals, values, and our experience of divinity. Jung went beyond that to say that both the “subconscious” and the “superconscious” were in touch with a larger mind, which he called the “collective consciousness.” This collective mind is filled with what he called “archetypes” – images and behavior patterns that apparently all people experience, regardless of where or how they grew up. These “archetypes” include the stuff of myths and fairy tales: the handsome prince, the endangered maiden, the earth mother, the wise old wizard, the shining being of light, etc.

Napoleon Hill, Charles Haanel, and others often referred to the “subconscious mind” when they really meant what Jung called the “superconscious.” They were trying to say that there’s a very powerful part of our mind that is hidden from our normal awareness and has access to an even larger mind – and we are “unconscious” of it.

All of them are trying to get us to stop trying to make things work with our normal thought processes, our “conscious mind”, and allow the part of our mind that has access to the infinite intelligence of the “collective consciousness’ (called the “Divine Mind” by some) to take care of things.


What is Intuition & How Can I tap into it?

One of the major shifts we’re experiencing in our culture is an acceptance of intuitive awareness as valid. We see it in the media, with all the shows about mediums and channeling; we see it in the scientific research – just this week, an article was published about how computers may be used to mimic telepathic communication; we see it in the growing numbers of people learning to rely on angels and spirit guides for help and wisdom.

The meaning of the word Intuition is “teaching from within” and most spiritual teachers across the ages have suggested that much of what we really need to know we can find by “going within” or “entering the Silence.”

For developing our intuition, I teach a class on expanding intuitive awareness based on a few simple principles, Continue reading What is Intuition & How Can I tap into it?