Signs of the Times, a Guest Post by Michael Brine


Change is coming

Change is coming

By Michael Brine

We live in very demanding and certainly changing times. In my life’s journey – now 78 – I have had the good fortune to travel and live in other countries and cultures outside of Western domination. I have also been especially interested and aware of the indigenous cultures across our world, in particular the Mayan People and the Hopi. They, as with the Australian Aborigines, have indeed pinpointed our time period as one of major change. In our Western, Caucasian, ‘all-knowing’ arrogance, we dismiss the insights of indigenous peoples, who have ancient, yet similar, observations relating to this time period.

How can we ignore them?

I think we can agree that cycles are a fact and are observable in many areas of our lives. Seasons come and go – the moon – the tides of the oceans – women’s menstrual cycles – our own life cycle of 90-years plus/minus – the movement of the stars – Ice Ages – we live within cycles great and small. Is it not possible that our indigenous peoples might have known or know something that we disregard?

Let us look at other factors we are ignoring that indicate major changes could be on the horizon. At the turn of the last century there were around 1.5 billion people on the planet. In just 114 years we have reached eight billion! This exponential increase is now at a crisis level and we are running out of space. Food prices rise as it becomes increasingly difficult to produce enough to feed the world’s growing population – ie: Thailand, a major rice exporter has now stopped exporting rice, I believe because it is concerned about having enough rice to feed its own people.

This may just be the start of a growing protectionist attitude emerging within different countries to protect their own as the situation becomes increasingly critical. In this respect we in Canada are particularly vulnerable as we only produce about twenty percent of our food needs and import eighty percent. The reverse is true in Russia – a geographical area not dissimilar to our own – in which they produce eighty percent of their needs and import twenty percent! Seeing these figures should serve as a wake-up call to Canadians – yes?

Weather anomalies across the globe are another element adding to this growing crisis and that includes earthquakes and volcanic eruptions that are becoming more frequent. Here in Canada we have been, to a large extent, saved from much of this, but that is changing. Nor are lines on a map going to protect any of us from weather catastrophes.

On top of all this, we continue to face a global financial crisis as the existing system outgrows itself and dishonesty great and small is exposed. Indeed, this system has exposed our vulnerabilities as nations threatened with collapse, and as individuals who struggle with temptations which acted upon seriously harm others. Politicians are at a loss as to how to resolve these crises and have engineered ‘solutions’ that are only compounding the fragility of it all. We are now at a tipping point in this bankers’ illusory world. People are aware of the behaviour of the Banking Industry, et al, if only subconsciously, increasing fear with respect to financial survival almost everywhere.

One final observation: Since the time of the ancient pharaohs of Egypt, we have lived in a Patriarchal Age in which women have been largely “dumbed” down and we have been ruled by little boys who behave like bullies in the school yard. We have clear examples of this in today’s world in Iran and North Korea, as well as the sad Afghanistan situation, and of course, Syria, to name a few more obvious instances. This attitude prevails across the world in most countries, albeit more subtly.

However, as we move from the Patriarchal Age to the Aquarian Age we will see the Divine Feminine emerging to take its true place in these coming times, with women recognized as equals, in societies that focus on moving towards a world of Community in which we all work together – men and women – within our personal arenas, be they small or large, and not competing against each other as we do now in societies built around finances. I also feel that those ‘lines on a map’ that separate us will all disappear. Indeed we ARE all one humanity and we need to recognise this as we move forward into the coming age.

Perhaps what our Indigenous peoples, through their Shamans, have known is that with the ending of this 26,000 year cycle we will observe a cleansing of the garbage we have accumulated throughout this passing age. You cannot build a new building on a rotten foundation. I have observed more and more ‘ordinary’ people are waking up to this accumulated ‘garbage’ factor – largely thanks to the internet – that has controlled humanity through this last age, and people are saying, “Enough is Enough!”

I write this not to create fear. I am providing information, at least as I see it. What you do with that information is up to you. I suggest we hang onto our hats and go for the ride!

“Beyond right and wrong there is a field. I will meet you there.”  ~Rumi

My best,
Michael Brine

6 thoughts on “Signs of the Times, a Guest Post by Michael Brine

  1. Great post Michael…thanks for sharing it Pam. I think you have captured the feelings of many of us. I find myself increasingly disturbed by the increasing inequities in the world. In Canada, we have lost good manufacturing and service jobs to countries where there are no regulations and unions to protect workers. Our friends and neighbours have lost their jobs while people on the other side of the world are forced, out of economic necessity, to work in dangerous jobs that deny them well-balanced and healthy lives. In North America, we have bought into a corporate propaganda; bought into free trade deals that promise us cheap goods while stripping our governments of the power to tie working conditions and environmental regulations to products that they and we purchase. I feel like I am constantly trying to get rid of cheap stuff that accumulates in my home while people around the world are dying of starvation. It feels like we have lost the war; that the corporations now run the show with short-sighted goals that are based on profits at any price. It is very dark. But how do we move forward? Kim

    • Hi Kim – I appreciate where you are coming from and appreciate your taking the time to respond. It is one thing to be aware as you are, but it is also important not to give your power to negativity if you get me. What we put out we attract back – Like attracts like – so give your energy to promoting with those you can connect with the concept for instance, of Community, for as we move through these immediate trying times I feel this will be the way of the future. So, if you agree put your energy towards that concept and of course the equality of women! That maybe a hard one but hey – Compassion – right! 🙂 🙂 We are all in this together. Of course now you’ll tell me you ARE a women! Bugger!

      • Ps – Kim, one of the things that I find lifts the energy is to use humour in your day-to-day meetings with people – Even those you don’t know as in a store line up for instance. Michael.

      • Hi Michael…I am a woman…and I spend quite a bit of my life working for change in a positive way, both as a mother and in my work life. But when I think about the bigger things going on in the world, I do find it overwhelming and depressing. I have responded by providing financial support to organizations that do good work in the world; by supporting political parties that are working for change; but it feels small compared to what is needed. But I appreciate your message and your advice. I think community is incredibly important. Kim

        • Hi again Kim. It would seem we are very much on the same page. If you wish to connect with me more directly you have my e-mail address so I’ll leave it with you. My best – Michael.

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