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The waking up syndrome
« on: April 21, 2010, 06:39:01 AM »
This was on the old boards and I felt it was worth the post again. I saw myself go through these stages and this helped me.

The waking up syndrome
by Sarah Anne Edwards and Linda Buzzell

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Re: The waking up syndrome
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2010, 07:59:51 AM »
Yup thats the way it is with many.  My husband is on the 2nd stage.

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Re: The waking up syndrome
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2010, 10:17:00 AM »
Yup thats the way it is with many.  My husband is on the 2nd stage.

Linda, interesting article!
Lori, I can relate to that...
Here's hoping many of my close connections move on to
further steps.
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Re: The waking up syndrome
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2010, 05:23:59 AM »
I noticed the link was gone on this post, so here's the article for those that like a print out or to just read it.

The Waking Up Syndrome

by Sarah Anne Edwards and Linda Buzzell

“Humankind cannot bear very much reality." — T. S. Eliot


Few of us are eager to contemplate, let alone truly face, these looming changes. Just the threat of losing chunks of the comfortable way of life we’re accustomed to (or aspiring to) is a frightening-enough prospect. But there’s no avoiding the current facts and trends of the human and planetary situation. And as the edges of our familiar reality begin to ravel, more and more people are reacting psychologically. A noticeable pattern of behavior is emerging.

We call this pattern the Waking Up Syndrome, and it unfolds in six stages, though not necessarily in any particular order.


Stage 1 - Denial.
When we first get an inkling of the shifting environmental reality and its potential impact on both the national economy and our daily lives, most people begin by denying it. We slip into one of four common ways to discount things we’d rather not deal with:

“I don’t believe it.”
We simply deny the existence of any such concerns and refuse to consider them. This might include latching eagerly onto any few remaining naysayers for confirmation and comfort. But as the number of reputable naysayers dwindles, more people are forced to face the fact that “something” is happening.

“It’s not a problem.”
We may admit there’s a change taking place, but deny that it’s significant, seeing such things as climate change and economic fluctuations as part of a normal pattern that is nothing to concern ourselves with. Or we may incorporate the changes we see happening into our spiritual and religious beliefs, regarding them not as a problem, but a test of faith, a sign of a global spiritual awakening, or evidence of a long-awaited Apocalypse. Some may believe focusing on such problems makes them worse and that we should instead visualize, meditate, or pray for the world to be as we want it to be.

“Someone will fix it.”
We may admit major problematic changes are underway but conclude that there’s nothing we personally can do about them and we needn’t worry because technology, scientists, the government, or some expert authority will come up with a solution in time to save us.

“It’s useless.”
We may believe there’s nothing anyone can do about macro-problems, so why do anything, except perhaps eat, drink and be merry. What will be, will be.

Stage 2 - Semi-consciousness.
In spite of the various ways we may try to discount what’s happening to our environment (and consequently to our economy and whole way of life), as evidence mounts around us and the news coverage escalates, we may begin to feel a vague sense of eco-anxiety. Some express this as virulent anger at all this discussion about global warming. Others dissociate from their growing concern and misdirect their feelings toward other things in their lives, perhaps blaming family members or jobs for their undefined discomfort.

Stage 3 - The moment of realization.
At some point we may encounter something that breaks through our defenses and brings the inevitability and severity of the implications of our collective problems into full consciousness. We might read a particularly compelling article, learn more about the aftermath of Katrina, hear a news broadcast about polar bear deaths or rampant fires and flooding, see a documentary like “An Inconvenient Truth” or “The End of Suburbia.” Or — most dramatically – we might experience a natural disaster ourselves with all its personal and economic costs.

At such moments, suddenly we realize no matter how we try to explain away the changes that are happening, they are and will be accompanied by huge challenges to life as we know it and cause considerable pain and suffering for many, including ourselves and those we love.

Even if we believe all these disruptions are leading to a global spiritual awakening or a long awaited Apocalypse— even if we think some helpful new technology is going to emerge (hopefully soon)— we nonetheless begin to understand on a visceral level that the changes taking place will have dramatically unpleasant implications beyond anything we’ve faced in our lifetimes. In fact, we realize many of these uncomfortable changes are already underway and will be growing in coming months and years, affecting most of the things we love and cherish.

But like the character Neo in the 1999 movie The Matrix, even at this point we still have a choice. We can choose to swallow the metaphorical red pill and find out just how deep this rabbit hole goes and where it leads. Or we can take the soothing metaphorical blue pill and choose to “escape” from the nightmarish Wonderland of the rabbit hole we’ve fallen into by slipping back into the comfort of our favorite form of assuring ourselves that all is well.

But if, like Neo, we take “the red pill,” we wake up to the reality of our individual and collective situation. We get that the triple threat challenge facing us is a real Medusa monster. Once we’re awake, the problem is full-blown in our consciousness. It’s right in our face. It won’t let us turn away, and the force of it makes “waking up” incredibly painful.

The moment we realize — even briefly — that we’re slipping into a dangerously threatening new world that no longer makes sense according what we’ve always believed, our genetic wiring kicks in with predictable physiological and emotional threat responses that can take many forms.

Some of us become obsessive newswatchers, documentary filmgoers, internet compulsives or book readers, wanting to know more and more about what’s really happening. Loved ones may think we’ve gone nuts. Spouses may consider divorce; kids may decide mom and dad are hopeless cranks.

The more fragile or vulnerable among us may get depressed or experience panic attacks. If something about this current eco-trauma retriggers earlier traumas in our lives, we may have a Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) reaction. Even the more resilient may throw themselves obsessively into save-the-planet and other activities, soon to become exhausted and weary from trying to do what no one person can.

Others, once they realize what’s happening, see it as a new business or political opportunity. These green business ventures can sometimes be helpful and productive, but at other times can actively circumvent or sabotage the efforts of those who are trying to solve the problems.

Stage 4 - A Point of No Return.
Once awakened, especially as economic and environmental changes intensify, most of us find there is no turning back. We find ourselves traveling deeper and deeper down the rabbit hole. Whatever methods we’ve used to avoid facing the coming changes is no longer successful to quell our personal concerns. We can no longer help but notice the continuing rapid progress of the bad trends – more expensive energy, higher costs of living, a weaker economy, more species in trouble, rising temperatures, more devastating severe weather events, increasing political, economic and military competition (wars) over remaining resources, etc.  It all starts to make a dreadful sort of sense as we let in the enormity of the situation.

One of the most difficult aspects of this stage is the profound but unavoidable sense of isolation and disconnection we may feel when living in a different world from most of those around us, a world we can no longer escape from, but one few others seem to notice. The result is a bizarre sense of surrealism. Interaction and communication can become a challenge. How do we relate to a world that’s no longer real to us, but is business as usual to most? Do we try to reach out to others about the ugly new reality and endure their defenses? Is it better to indulge those who don’t yet see the reality we’ve stumbled into and act “as if” nothing has changed just to get along? Or might it be easier to withdraw from life as we’ve known it and turn into a hermit?

5. Despair, guilt, hopelessness, powerlessness.
The realization sets in that one person or even one group or community can’t stop the effects of such things as climate change and peak oil and their economic consequences from impacting millions of people around the planet and at home. We see this thing spiraling out of control and realize that our species, and even we individually, are responsible for much of what’s happening!  As the mayor of Memphis said to the Los Angeles Times when a major heat-wave hit his city and most of the Midwest and South last summer, “This is pretty akin to a seismic event in the sense that there is no solution that we here in this room can come up with that will take care of everybody.”

Some have suggested that this stage is similar to the traditional grief process, and indeed, this is a time of grieving. But there is a significant difference between this awakening and the normal experience of grief. Grief that occurs after a loss usually ends with acceptance of what’s been lost and then one adjusts and goes on. But this is more like the process of accepting a degenerative illness.  It’s not a one-time loss one can accommodate and simply move on. It is a chronic, on-going, permanent situation that will not only not improve, but actually continue to worsen and become more uncomfortable in the foreseeable future, probably for the entire lifetime of most people living today.  This is what author James Howard Kunstler calls “The Long Emergency.”

Our grief and sorrow are also amplified by having to bear the pain of upbeat acquaintances who go merrily along in their denial, discounting their own uneasiness about what’s happening and wondering why we’re so “negative.”


Stage 6 - Acceptance, empowerment, action.
As we come to accept the limits of our general powerlessness, we also find the parameters of the power we do have in this strange new situation. We discover we no longer need to resist our current and emerging reality. We don’t need to feel compelled to save the entire world or to hold onto a world that no longer makes sense. We are freed, instead, to pursue what James Kunstler calls “the intelligent response, ” seeking and taking whatever creative, constructive action will best sustain those aspects of life that are truly most important to us in the context of the changes unfolding around us.  At this point our curiosity and creativity kick in and we can begin following our natural instincts to find what is both feasible and rewarding to safeguard ourselves, our families, our communities and the planet.

http://www.hopedance.org/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=413&Itemid=32

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Re: The waking up syndrome
« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2010, 07:22:14 AM »
Very interesting article.

Amazingly it seems that I went from stage one to stage six overnight, instantly.
As I posted before, it is as if I suddenly woke from a coma, and life around me
is so different and I HAVE to act NOW, to SURVIVE. 

For me there is no turning back.  Life as I knew it has changed.  The stupid things
that were so IMPORTANT before, I look at as rediculous now.  I have this
ABSOLUE URGENCY to not just get ready, but be ready. 

I envy those who are already prepared, and I also feel sorry for those who are
talking about it, but doing nothing, as if they think there is still time, after all
y2k came and went with no problems.  Many people PREPARED for DOOMSDAY
for no reason.  Even the media put y2k as the end of the world as we know it...

Just my thoughts.

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Re: The waking up syndrome
« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2010, 08:19:42 AM »
I just wonder if we will ever be truly prepared for what is coming. I think no matter what it is we'll all be in for some big surprises. The only thing we can do is to prepare as best we can.

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Re: The waking up syndrome
« Reply #6 on: October 01, 2010, 02:57:41 PM »
well said susan

everyone will have their own level of physical preparation .... i think it is as important to be mentally prepared and that is at stage 6 acceptance

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Re: The waking up syndrome
« Reply #7 on: October 01, 2010, 03:15:47 PM »
Yes physical, mental and lets hope spritually as well. And no I'm not preaching and not overly religious either, but whatever this is is way bigger than us....

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Re: The waking up syndrome
« Reply #8 on: October 01, 2010, 04:32:32 PM »
One thing that I found myself is when you reach the level of acceptance the urgency calms down and you begin to realize that all is happening in it's proper time, if you are meant to survive you will be ready and at the place you need to be. Not that I am saying to just sit back and do nothing, but do what you feel you are being led to do.

 We can physically prepare as much as possible and that place that we prepare may not he habitable or you may be away from it when something big happens.  So I feel that our mental and spiritual acceptance will play a major role in these events. Paying attention to how our intuition guides us to prepare or where we need to be. Some people are not even preparing in the physical sense as they believe that they will be in the right place when it is necessary and their needs will be taken care of. Who am I to say they are wrong!

It's really hard to say what is right or wrong to do, but no one knows for certain what area's will be safe, it's only guesses at this point. I for one (not counting my food storage and supplies) did a small thing that Marshall suggested in his book. He said to fold up a coffee filter and put it in your wallet, this may be the thing that saves you if you are out and about and need something to filter the air so you can breathe. So I carry around that filter in my wallet as a just in case. I just think we never know what is going to help us, it just may be that coffee filter. :) Thanks for that Marshall.

JMHO

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Re: The waking up syndrome
« Reply #9 on: October 06, 2010, 12:46:55 PM »
One thing that I found myself is when you reach the level of acceptance the urgency calms down and you begin to realize that all is happening in it's proper time, if you are meant to survive you will be ready and at the place you need to be. Not that I am saying to just sit back and do nothing, but do what you feel you are being led to do.

 We can physically prepare as much as possible and that place that we prepare may not he habitable or you may be away from it when something big happens.  So I feel that our mental and spiritual acceptance will play a major role in these events. Paying attention to how our intuition guides us to prepare or where we need to be.

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Linda, I just want to say I can relate to this what you have said.. these kinds of
thoughts have been going through my mind lately... I don't sit and think about things - ideas it arrive in flashes..(Except
when I am actively postulating and planning that is a different activity.
Sometimes that is rather labored and plodding or OK - that can be in flashes of awareness, too.)
All The Best, and
Keep On Keepin On,
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Re: The waking up syndrome
« Reply #10 on: August 18, 2011, 12:14:10 PM »
Prepping does many things:

Makes you feel better... At least you CAN do something about it
Keeps you busy & focused
Gives you a sense of security
Allows you to get others involved... Icebreaker "hey check out this cool camping gear"...
Weans you off materialism quickly; spending all your "play money" on stored food & fuel

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Re: The waking up syndrome
« Reply #11 on: August 18, 2011, 06:48:36 PM »
Very true Errrv!
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Re: The waking up syndrome
« Reply #12 on: March 13, 2013, 08:15:31 AM »
Even though this topic is an old one, I feel it is worth reviving in light of what is happening in our world now in 2013.  Every where you look, things are changing so rapidly it  makes one's head spin.  This is the perfect time to re-read this topic as Linda has posted a very good analysis of the waking up syndrome.  Our economy is tanked, and anyone who is paying attention at all to what is really going on realizes that we could wake up tomorrow morning and find out the economy has totally collapsed.  Our sun is waking up, we have a huge uptick in earthquake activity, and larger ones much more often than we used to.  And then we have all the sinkholes, the meteorites, the strange noises coming from where?  The ground?  The bible says that the Day of the Lord comes like a thief in the night. 

We must wake up, and not become complacent just because 12-21-12 has come and gone.  Don't believe for one second that the Pole Shift is not going to happen.  One day soon, we will all know without a doubt that the time has arrived, and it is happening.  It will be too late then to think about preparing.  Even if you do not have much income right now, there are things you can do to prepare the best you can.  Make a plan, and make an alternate plan in case plan one is not feasible.  And quit worrying about the loved ones who refuse to listen to your pleas, they have their own path to walk and that may not include waking up and preparing.  Each person must walk their own path.

The time is now, while the electrical grid is still up and running, and the grocery stores still have food.  And while the economy is still limping along.  Once it collapses, no one will be purchasing anything without huge expenditures......If at all.
Do not fool yourself that you have plenty of time.  You do not!

I believe we all must look at the bigger picture.  By that statement I mean that anyone with any faith in a Creator and a meaning to life needs to realize that there are reasons these kinds of things happen.  The coming economic collapse, the weather changes, the Earth changes, the Pole Shift, these things are all connected in the grand scheme of things, and happen for a reason.  Does anyone really know why?  I sure don't but since I have a strong faith in God, I know that they  are going to affect me for a purpose.  So lets learn what we can from this experience and not panic and become afraid. 

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« Reply #13 on: March 13, 2013, 08:08:24 PM »
WOW.  I remember reading that when I was a newbie.  That sure brings back memories.  I was a miserable sack of wine out on recruiting duty in Kansas City back then...
 
Anyway, I have been through so many ups and downs with all of this over the years, yet, something's got to give...  It just has to.  I thought I was a nut bag in 2009 and now, we have a Doomsday Prepper TV show. 
 
So many people are waking up and those who have been here for awhile have a responsibility to help.
You have to let it all go Neo.  Fear, doubt, and disbelief...  Free your mind.

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« Reply #14 on: March 16, 2013, 11:14:10 AM »
Even though this topic is an old one, I feel it is worth reviving in light of what is happening in our world now in 2013.  Every where you look, things are changing so rapidly it  makes one's head spin.  This is the perfect time to re-read this topic as Linda has posted a very good analysis of the waking up syndrome.  Our economy is tanked, and anyone who is paying attention at all to what is really going on realizes that we could wake up tomorrow morning and find out the economy has totally collapsed.  Our sun is waking up, we have a huge uptick in earthquake activity, and larger ones much more often than we used to.  And then we have all the sinkholes, the meteorites, the strange noises coming from where?  The ground?  The bible says that the Day of the Lord comes like a thief in the night. 

We must wake up, and not become complacent just because 12-21-12 has come and gone.  Don't believe for one second that the Pole Shift is not going to happen.  One day soon, we will all know without a doubt that the time has arrived, and it is happening.  It will be too late then to think about preparing.  Even if you do not have much income right now, there are things you can do to prepare the best you can.  Make a plan, and make an alternate plan in case plan one is not feasible.  And quit worrying about the loved ones who refuse to listen to your pleas, they have their own path to walk and that may not include waking up and preparing.  Each person must walk their own path.

The time is now, while the electrical grid is still up and running, and the grocery stores still have food.  And while the economy is still limping along.  Once it collapses, no one will be purchasing anything without huge expenditures......If at all.
Do not fool yourself that you have plenty of time.  You do not!

I believe we all must look at the bigger picture.  By that statement I mean that anyone with any faith in a Creator and a meaning to life needs to realize that there are reasons these kinds of things happen.  The coming economic collapse, the weather changes, the Earth changes, the Pole Shift, these things are all connected in the grand scheme of things, and happen for a reason.  Does anyone really know why?  I sure don't but since I have a strong faith in God, I know that they  are going to affect me for a purpose.  So lets learn what we can from this experience and not panic and become afraid.

Wise words...