Crisis 4 - What Should We Do?

Written by Master Charles Cannon, Will Wilkinson


Faced with a long list of crises here in the 21st century, millions of people are asking the same question: what should we do?

Before we can know how to travel somewhere, we need to know our starting point. The question, “What should I do?” becomes “Where am I?”

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Where are you in your evolutionary experience, based on your experience of life? How much experience of truthful reality is peeking through your virtual reality illusion and how can you increase wakefulness and maximize the expansion of your consciousness?

If these questions seem narcissistic, which they could be, let’s remind ourselves that individual change influences collective consciousness. Likewise, changes in universal consciousness affect individuals. Transformation is both a trend—it’s what consciousness does—and it’s a choice; its something we can or will not embrace.


As for the future, we can’t really know what’s going to happen in the next moment, let alone the next month or year.

Consciousness is innately creative and is constantly creating itself newly in each nanosecond of its happening. To predict where it’s going in twenty years takes you into fantasyland.

Of course, that’s the real question behind “What should I do?” It’s more like, “What should I do to prepare for what’s coming?” Whether that’s translated as “after our kids leave,” or “when I retire,” or “when I die,” it’s impossible to predict the future and then prepare for what we think will happen.

You can only recognize what has already happened and, based on that, see possible progressions, chief of which is that consciousness is evolving at a snail’s pace. As my Sufi dentist likes to say, “God is slow.”


“Anything in its extreme manifests its opposite. That’s just the way life works and this explains why there can be so much good and so much evil at the same time. These are two sides of the same coin. ”

The pace of evolving consciousness is slow, it grinds out its evolution at its own measured pace. We can safely assume that consciousness will not likely be that much different 20 years hence than it is now.

That may seem discouraging. We tend to be impatient creatures. But it could also bring us comfort. We might even relax and enjoy the show! What we are seeing is a shift towards increasingly extreme polarization. Anything in its extreme manifests its opposite. That’s just the way life works and this explains why there can be so much good and so much evil at the same time. These are two sides of the same coin.

As Aleksandr Solzhenitsn wrote, “The line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being.”

We can give up expecting there to ever be only trans-egocentric experience within the human population. There always has to be both the egoic and trans-egoic. One can dominate—and the egoic has certainly dominated—but neither can eliminate its opposite. We can witness trans-egoic experience increasing now and do whatever we can to increase our experience of it, but to imagine we will eliminate egoic illusion completely is delusional.


We are progressing into a 50-50 polarization now, with increasing emphasis on more wakeful, truthful values based on unity and harmony. We are witnessing the increasing dominance of truth over illusion. This is an evolutionary progression. We aren’t controlling it but we can choose to participate or not.

I do notice many people choosing to evolve. Regardless of the horror stories mainstream media parades in front of us 24/7, most people are nice to each other. They have different experiences and beliefs but are not obstructively egocentric in relationship to each other. They share and support each other. That’s the beginnings of trans-egoic behavior.

As the egoic state continues to diminish in dominance, it flails away with everything it’s got, desperately trying to survive. But the truth is increasingly dominant and that’s good news for any of us wondering what to do.

Simply put, go with the flow! Of course, that makes it sound easier than it is. The day-to-day reality of everyday life here in the 21st century calls us to respond to challenges with the conscious intention to evolve, to make the most of every opportunity that presents itself, and to demonstrate that, as an individual, we are choosing the “road less traveled,” as Robert Frost wrote.

That is a spiritual path and it is not separate from the material world. Spirituality is a word for living awake. As author C. Tomaino wrote, “Spirituality is the deepest and most enduring dimension of the Self; a type of human consciousness where the heart and soul are the guide and source of fulfillment.”

Grow your spiritual experience. Take the road less traveled. That makes all the difference in life.

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About the Author

Master Charles Cannon

Master Charles Cannon

Master Charles Cannon is a modern spiritual teacher, founder of Synchronicity Foundation for Modern Spirituality, and developer of the High-Tech Meditation and Holistic Lifestyle experience. His work over the past 40 years has helped transform the lives of millions worldwide who respect him as one of the truly innovative spiritual teachers of our time.

Will Wilkinson

Will Wilkinson

Will Wilkinson has been a professional collaborative writer for decades. He has two of his own non-fiction books In print, a novel on the verge and two more non-fiction books in final edit stages. Meanwhile, he collaborates with contemporary wisdom keepers, helping them discover and refine their voice.