Erving Goffman called his type of study “dramaturgical analysis.” He looked at our lives as if they were theatrical performances. Since in large measure we lead our lives that way, it was a fruitful approach.
What’s the problem for us lightworkers in leading life that way? As long as our performances are undertaken outside awareness, then life becomes more a game of chess than a lived adventure. Two players calculate their moves to capture power. They take advantage of what comes to be regarded as their opponent’s weaknesses. Life becomes dog-eat-dog. Everyone becomes a shark out to steal another’s lunch.
And we’ve seen that perspective in our society, nowhere more glaringly than in the business world of the past fifty years. In life according to the Harvard Business School, as one wag put it, western countries competed against anyone who challenged them for supremacy. They took advantage of many of the world’s weaker economies, raided them, outsmarted them, and used various ploys and unscrupulous moves to take control of trade in goods and services.
They printed money as they pleased, used bonds as trading platforms to enrich the rich, and denied the poor any social services they could. But in the end, so much war ensued that value was sucked out of the economy and the economy itself became junk, like its bonds, going from one Ponzi scheme and bubble to another until it hit a bubble so big (derivatives) that its bursting tore apart the foundation of all once-sound economies.
Hiding and duplicity were rampant. Politics were manipulated. The military came to see themselves as “masters of the universe.”
Women and children were exploited. Compassion was a weakness. Plutocracy was the aim.
Finally, everyone who was anybody competed with each other to win tickets for the deep underground bunkers where they would reside until the dust settled on a world that they sought to bring to war to finally decide the issue of who would control the human race.
The divine qualities went out the window. And Gaia herself nearly died, beset with radiation, oil, and every other form of pollution and negativity.
All of that is what shakes out when, from a point of unawareness, we lead our lives as performances to be manipulated for our gain and their loss.
So now we’re marching away from that and lightworkers are leading the way. The very first step for all of us is to become aware of life as we’re leading it, to become fluent in what we’re doing at this moment and the next and the next. And, once we see how life actually is for us, then to rechoose ways of living it that are more consistent with the divine qualities.
Much of the way of doing this is unfamiliar to us and I shiver and shake at thinking of how our awareness of life lived as a performance can be achieved and achieved in so short a time The shortcut that we often take is to say just love. But the problem lies in whenever just loving does not work in the situation at hand, we have no other ways of meeting the situation and chaos ensues. We become hooked; the others cease to co-operate; and our efforts, even when we are all on the same page and the same team, can fail.
Our aim is to see that as many ascend as possible. To do that we need to reach a point of being at peace with the Third Dimension and then of withdrawing from it and leaving it behind. But the Third Dimension resides within us, just as the Kingdom of Heaven does. So we need to reach a point of being at peace with the very programmed and performance-driven ways we have of being.
But, as lightworkers, we have the added task of finding ways of dealing with people who are not at peace with these ways of being, but who are very much mired in them and determined to use them to fend off what they don’t understand and don’t believe in.
Regardless, the starting point for us remains to become aware of the programmed and performance-driven ways we resort to whenever life will not yield to simply loving.