In a previous article I wrote, The Health of a Nation, I talked about the collective health of the U.S. and how poor it was. I said how the U.S. spends twice as much on health care per capita than any other country, yet people are twice as sick due to the high rates of chronic disease. I further mentioned that our health care system in this country is not a health care system at all but a sick care system, because the money is in sickness, not health.
What is it that makes us such an unhealthy nation? The answer is simple: 1) poor dietary habits 2) stress. And actually, with stress, stress has two components: the stressor, and more importantly, how we react to the stressor. Some people can have their world falling apart and stay cool as a cucumber, while others can walk down the street and see that their shoelaces are untied and fall apart.
A few years ago I coined a term, The Low Density Lifestyle, and then wrote a book by the same name, entitled The Low Density Lifestyle: The Secret to Becoming FREE. I used the term The Low Density Lifestyle to capture this concept, that we as a culture are stressed to the max and that most people would be better served learning to slow down, decompress, stop burning their candle at both ends, and find their center of being. It is as Will Rogers once said, “Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save.”
What do I mean by a Low Density Lifestyle? It is experiencing and living in a more relaxed, less stressed, and calm, clear and focused manner on an everyday basis. It is also a way that can lead you to better health and happiness, along with living a more fulfilled life.
Achieving this state is not hard, although for so many people there are countless roadblocks, most of which are self-inflicted. A Low Density Lifestyle is the antidote for our increasingly fast-paced lifestyle. With each passing day our hectic existence is becoming more and more unbalanced and out of control. The pace of our society is leading us to the complete opposite of a Low Density Lifestyle — a High Density Lifestyle. Collectively, all of us have been afflicted by this and are literally crying for a pause, a virtual time-out from this torrid pace.
When you are living a Low Density Lifestyle, you have less tangible densities (by tangible densities I mean plaque buildup in the arteries, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, fluid accumulation in various parts of the body, and other static masses) and rigidities in the body — this means there are fewer blockages that can obstruct the dynamic flow of energy that circulates throughout the body and mind.
All of us have caught a peek, even if it’s glimpsing, of what a Low Density Lifestyle is like. We all have been there. Perhaps it was when you were on vacation, or when you did something you felt passionate about. Maybe it’s been when you were absorbed in nature; it could even have been when you were in the middle of a crowded city street. Time and place aren’t necessarily the key factors in achieving a Low Density Lifestyle, because ultimately it’s a state of mind.
When you live a Low Density Lifestyle, you are more fluid and flexible of body and mind, and less inflexible, rigid and uncompromising. Fluidity of body and mind doesn’t just mean that you can twist yourself into a pretzel, as some yoga practitioners are able to do (and if you can’t do that, it doesn’t mean you aren’t capable of living a Low Density Lifestyle). Instead, being fluid of body and mind means having a certain flexibility of the body, within the limitations you may have, and an equally important flexibility of the mind — your thinking is flexible, and you don’t hold onto your belief patterns if they are not viable.
Thoughts are energy, and if your thought patterns are unyielding and inflexible, it brings a certain degree of density into your body and mind, making it harder to live a Low Density Lifestyle.
Paulo Coelho, author of The Alchemist, said, “Be like the fountain that overflows, not like the cistern that merely contains.” In essence, this is the formula for living a Low Density Lifestyle. If you let go of your densities and rigidities, and overcome your blockages, you will be like a fountain. You then become a circuit of energy, flowing infinitely, much like an unimpeded electrical circuit in which the electricity freely courses throughout.
But if you become a slave to your blockages, you become more like a cistern, and things begin to boil up on the inside, like a pent-up pressure cooker. If this continues on a regular basis, the obstructions in the body become denser and more impenetrable, and more serious health problems can then occur.
There is a Spanish proverb that says “How beautiful it is to do nothing, and then to rest afterward.” It is our inability to practice the fine art of doing nothing, and to know how to embody and integrate that feeling all throughout the body and mind, that is a major factor in illness. And because we as a culture do not have this as part of our routine or ethos, it goes a long way in explaining why the health of the U.S. is so poor.
The couple spent five years sleeping in tents and living off the land while they constructed a one bedroom eco-cabin from wooden crates and lorry tires and were going to have to tear it down but in a landmark ruling planners have praised their “passion” and “commitment” to sustainable living and said the building could remain.
The building was in line with the new National Planning Policy Framework which introduced a new bias in favor of “sustainable development” when it was unveiled in March 2012.
What do you think?
Today is an exclusive live video interview with John Perkins, for the interview series “Interviews with the Leading Edge.”
In this series of interviews, I engage with people who are on the leading edge of transformational change, doing work to further the consciousness revolution and how it is manifesting in culture, politics and spirituality, in order to help bring along a more enlightened society.
John Perkins is one such person.
John Perkins is truly on the forefront of a Quantum Revolution. He is an author, activist and economist, and has had a career that has taken him into the depths of the Amazon jungle to live with the indigenous people of the Amazon basin, and into the hallowed walls of the World Bank and major corporate executive suites, along with the offices of top political leaders of developing countries around the world.
He has written numerous books, with his best-known book being the best-selling “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man,” published in 2004, in which he details the life he once led when he worked as a Chief Economist for a major international consulting firm and advised the World Bank, United Nations, IMF, U.S. Treasury Department, Fortune 500 corporations, and countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. As an economic hit man, his aim was economic colonization of Third World countries on behalf of multinational corporations, banks and the U.S. government.
When he worked as an economic hit man, he saw firsthand the devastation it caused to the citizens of lesser developed countries by nature of the fact that they became economically enslaved to the global corporate empire. The natural resources of developing countries were used and abused by multinational corporations so that these companies could get what they desired to enrich themselves, and it left the citizens of these countries stuck in a cycle of poverty. While major corporations rolled in excess profits, developing countries were saddled with debt they could not pay.
John points out in the book that if the leaders of developing nations would not accept the loans that were being offered them by the economic hit men, then the jackals and assassins would come in to remove them, as occurred in Iran in 1953, Chile in 1973, and Panama and Ecuador in 1981. And if the jackals couldn’t succeed, then the U.S. military would invade the country, as occurred in Iraq in 2003.
In “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man,” John also tells the chilling story of what was called The Saudi Arabian Money-laundering Affair. This occurred in the 1970′s, when the U.S. government, multinational corporations, banks, and the rulers of Saudi Arabia conspired together to pour massive amounts of money into Saudi Arabia to build its infrastructure, in order to assure that the rulers of Saudi Arabia could stay in power and the U.S. had easy access to oil. This situation caused much political unrest in Saudi Arabia over the next few decades and is one of the factors that led to the terrorist attacks in the U.S. on Sept. 11, 2001 and the rise of radical Islam.
John has been on the frontlines as a keen observer in the rise of the geopolitical corporate empire. Yet at the same time, John has also walked in the world of traditional and indigenous wisdom, and is a shaman himself. That part of his life began when he was fresh out of college and served in the Peace Corps, and spent time in the Peace Corps with native people in the Amazon. While there, John almost died of a food-borne illness and was saved by a shaman’s healing powers; this led him to appreciate native wisdom and took him on a lifelong quest to understand what indigenous wisdom could tell the West.
John has written numerous books on shamanism and is a founder and board member of Dream Change and The Pachamama Alliance, nonprofit organizations devoted to establishing a world our children will want to inherit. Yet for the longest time he traveled two separate and disparate worlds, that of economist and that of shaman. It wasn’t until publication of “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man” that he came clean about his past and began speaking out about the dangers of the global corporate empire.
With that varied background, John has cultivated a distinct outlook on the world and what is happening in it. He sees that we are in the midst of a consciousness revolution and on the cusp of a major paradigm shift. He understands that we are living in an era of tremendous change and upheaval and that times of crisis are times of great opportunity. He also understands that we are waking up to our evolutionary potential and are coming together to transform the world into a sustainable, just and peaceful home where all beings can thrive.
I met with John at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY, where he had just finished teaching a workshop entitled Evolutionary Shamanism. John and I had a far-ranging conversation about the themes that are near and dear to his heart, and about the prophecies of native cultures and their wisdom and insight that speak of the times we live in. The prophecies portend a great and significant transformation into a new paradigm of enlightened thinking, behavior and action, yet the catch is that we can’t just sit back and expect it to happen – it is up to each of us to see that this new way does indeed shine.