I’m at the point where feeling like I’m on information overload. This last year particularly has had so much of it coming in so fast that it’s truly unprecedented in my life.
Much of this is my own doing. As the lead moderator in the Golden Age of Gaia discussion forum, I’ve made it a habit to try to get an overview each day on the information that may of interest to the community.
Skimming and speed reading are helpful here, as is being signed up for multiple feeds from various places, even those that are known sources for disinformation. It’s been good practice in building my discernment and communication skills, and it makes me feel like I’m more prepared for what may be posted in the forum.
This feeling of drowning in too much information is likely an extreme version of what others are feeling too. The exposé on what I’ve taken to calling the ‘uglies’ just goes on and on, and way too much of it is negative, some of it extremely so, and disturbing too.
A good part of this information is not really new news to me, though it may be to others. Nevertheless, at this point I’m tired of hearing it. I won’t even go into the specifics and list them. I know we all have a list like this one.
I’ve really gotten good at sorting information offerings out very quickly, it’s true. My levels of discernment are finely tuned now, at least in terms of what is valid and meaningful to me. I don’t pretend to know what that is for others, but I’m always encouraging others to know for themselves.
Even so, the crush of information coming out of the woodwork is wearing at me, threatening to rob me of my vitality. I don’t know what I’d do if I didn’t have some rules to follow for myself to manage it.
I’d like to share some of those tools here and would also be interested in what skills others may have to manage the stress that many of us are certainly feeling over their own information overload strains. Please send those to the “Contact Us” and I will receive them.
My rules for coping with the daily stress concerning situations and attempting to take in entirely too much information consist of a couple of questions designed to weed out what either isn’t true or doesn’t concern me, conserving my energies for being in the now and living life.
1.) Asking this question: ‘Is it here and is it now?’
If not, then high stress and fear isn’t allowed as I see this as squandering my energy. It’s is a form of negative fantasizing, in my view, and is the same as having a hole in my proverbial boat. If I wish to stop scooping water out of the bottom of the boat and get to rowing – anywhere, then the energy drain this represents has to end.
When it’s here and now, then maybe it will be time to do the stressing or fearing about it. In the meantime, I use the energy I would be using for that in some more productive way about what is here and now.
If it is true, but not here and now, then at least the worst of the fear and loathing can be seen to be not the most intelligent way for me to deal with it.
2.) Asking the question: ‘Does the information resonate with me? Is it consistent with my personal experience and observations?’
If so, then fine. If not, I may still consider it and even begin to look for evidence along the way, simply to practice having an open mind to what I may not already know and/or have experience with. (The long, long list of what I don’t know is another subject.)
If it doesn’t resonate or align with my experience and observations in life, then I also look to see if it aligns with what I understand about Divine principles. The simplest form of this is just noticing whether the issue aligns with fear or with love. This often is enough to tell me what I wish to do, and whether or not I wish to spend my energy there.
The prayers we send are powerful and real. When I was dying from cancer in my twenties, I could actually hear and feel the prayers for me directly, no doubt a feature of how ill I was, but it’s made me a great believer in this power.
4.) Another great way to deal with info avalanche is to get off the computer and hang out in nature.
All of a sudden, the change of venue puts everything back in perspective for me. It’s a great reminder of how life truly is good, and how life goes on beyond any petty concerns we may have. As I’ve shared here before, the Sun still shines, the Moon still glows and all the fretting and stewing I do hasn’t changed this beautiful and consistent love that happens everyday and night in support for me and all life on this planet.