During these harsh times where the entire world is struggling from one problem to another, it seems like we have entered into a psychic epidemic where so many of us are crying for help but there is no one except ourselves to rescue us from this self-imposed tyranny.

The recent break out of the war between Russia and Ukraine is yet another example of how we have deviated from peace and truth. We should talk more about love and happiness.

The major reason behind this modern individual tyranny that leads to social tyranny is the lack of meaning. We do not have a clear structure to lean on as a society and civilization. We do not walk with God anymore.

This “Meaning Crisis” that we are facing can only be resolved when we would look back to our cultural heritage and start connecting the dots. Only that could give us a clear picture of the future.

We underestimate our past and overestimate the future while we should live in the present because we are a constantly evolving species and our mind is always deriving insights from our history. To betray history and our past is to betray ourselves and our meaning.

Our culture has been evolving for millennia and it is not for no reason. The two major components of any culture are philosophy and stories.

Philosophy originates when the scholars of a particular culture ask questions about their place in this universe and to make sense of their understandings, they craft stories.

These stories are divine because they are a bridge between their daily mundane work which seems nihilistic in a way and something that lies beyond these mundanities. Therefore, our ancestors used to create rituals around these stories to mimic the greatness of these stories.

Every profound question had its roots in the struggle of everyday life and so, every answer got translated into a divine story and every story got imitated into rituals.

Some served a practical purpose and some served divine purpose but they all were meaningful. 

I recently stumbled upon a book by the name, “The Four Agreements” in which the author Miguel Ruiz writes about fours agreements to live by in our life to live a fulfilling and happy life.

These four agreements that he talks about are:

  1. Be impeccable with your word
  2. Do not take anything personally
  3. Do not make assumptions
  4. Always do your best

Although this book helps you to have an insight about yourself and become a better human being, it is more than a self-help book and it also helps you understand the Toltec wisdom.

Ruiz explains about Toltecs were artists in a way that they considered how you lived your life as your art. The Toltec believed that life is a dream and that we are always dreaming, even when awake.

You can read more about the Mesoamerican belief system here in our blog on cosmovision.

It is an interesting way of looking towards your life as it lets you understand different kinds of nuances that life comes with and how to deal with them.

When you look towards the west, the closest parallel that you find to this Toltec idea of reality as a dream is Plato’s theory of forms and appearances.

Plato believed that reality is not one and singular but rather, multiple. He viewed it as broken down into two parts: an unchanging, perfect ideal version of things, and their imperfect physical manifestations which came from the former (it’s a bit of a stretch, but bear with us just for now).

Plato called these ‘Forms’ because he believed they were fixed and unchanging just like objects in a mirror – which also appear to be static and whole even though they are divided into multiple parts when looked at from another angle.

It may seem difficult to wrap your head around at first but trust us this truly was his belief about existence.

Similarly, Hinduism in the east carries a similar idea when it comes to the reincarnation theory. Hinduism has three gods as part of its holy trinity. Brahma The Creator, Vishnu the Preserver, and Shiva the Destroyer.

To maintain balance and peace, Vishnu takes birth as a human being whenever there is a necessity and it happens mostly when a Yuga is in its descent and dark forces have taken over.

This idea of God coming to earth in human form can also be interpreted as humans imitating gods to preserve humanity.

Thus, every aspect of our life becomes a reflection of the ideal world of gods and divine wisdom.

Our consciousness starts revolving around this idea of truth and truth comes with many responsibilities, one of them being in sync with your habits.

Truth is powerful and it is the common theme among all civilizations and ancient cultures. Therefore, there is a similarity between the mythological figures across the culture despite having different names and existing thousands of miles apart from each other.

The reason behind these similarities is purely psychological. Mythological stories originate from philosophical introspection and discussions and we human beings have been dealing with existential questions for millennia and so the common theme of these questions appear somewhat similar in all cultures.

Therefore, if you have to bridge the gap between different cultures and unite them to promote peace around the world, you will have to talk about truth and daily rituals such as meditation, breathing exercises, and different kinds of prayers that could help us experience what lies beyond our consciousness, in a metaphorical world. 

Sometimes, truth is more than what we could see. Sometimes it is metaphorical and we need that too.


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