“Chicken Little, the Sky is Falling!” {in English & Spanish}

Via Jeannie Page
on Aug 7, 2011
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EXTRA, EXTRA: The United States has had its credit rating downgraded for the first time in the nation’s 235-year history!!

“Chicken Little, the sky is falling!!”…If I watch the news and listen to the foreboding commentary, I can only see this image of Chicken Little in my head. The news stations are dramatically talking about absolute collapse and utter chaos. People are terrified. Even one of my own family members, in a state of shock and bewilderment, expressed to me that “we are doomed”! It is human nature to be scared of the unknown. But are the current circumstances something of which we ought to be scared? Or could it perhaps be something more positive…a radical and profound Shift…?

If you travel in any esoteric or metaphysical circles, you probably have heard people talking about “The Shift.” For the past few years, I have heard talk of this seemingly nebulous term in yoga circles, in alternative healing communities, in meditation circles and in artists’ groups alike. And as diverse as all of those communities are, I have heard people from all walks of life having a conversation with the same premise: That there is a much needed and long-awaited “Shift” occurring on the planet, a Shift in our ways of thinking, behaving and relating to each other as human beings, a Shift in our ways of viewing our precious Earth and her bountiful and at the same time limited resources…. a Shift in the consciousness of mankind.

I first became aware of this idea of “The Shift” when I went through my own profound personal Shift, between 2007 and 2008 while living in Los Angeles. During that period, I lived through what I can only accurately coin as my “dark night of the soul.” Out of this harrowing time came a desperate need to go within and meditate, and meditate I did, for months on end. As I practiced my meditation, which was further bolstered by my yoga practice, I began feeling a Shift of consciousness occurring within myself. As I went deeper and deeper in my practice, I began to have experiences of a spiritual and somewhat supernatural nature. I had many psychic visions and dreams, I had my first out of body experience, and I began to access levels of my consciousness and internal guidance and insight that I’d never dreamed of before. I knew a Shift was occurring within me, and I began to perceive that a greater Shift was starting to occur outside of and all around me.

Then I met my first Shamanic healer, a wise man by the name of James Hyman. Through my healing sessions with James, I was brought to even deeper places than I had been before. As I continued to study with him, he began to talk to me about “The Shift.” He explained to me that he and his family had moved quite spontaneously to Los Angeles, because he had received an intuitive guidance, a summoning to do so, that he was meant to go there to help prepare people for this Shift of consciousness that was coming to the planet. Intrigued by this first introduction to Shamanism, I began to read everything that I could on the topic and I learned of the similarities of native, Shamanic cultures all over the world, of how they live in a symbiotic harmony with the Earth and all of her inhabitants. The more I read, the more I was convinced that we had gotten something wrong with our “modern,” industrialized society, that although we had made immense technological progress over the centuries, that we had done so at the expense of the delicate balance of the Earth and of humanity.

Then came the fall of 2008—the collapse of the US Stock market and our entry into the deepest recession since the Great Depression. As the world watched in utter shock, day after day, we saw one major corporation after the next going defunct and laying off thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of employees. We watched the recession quickly spread like wildfire across the globe. No country was immune. Any country that was linked to the global reserve currency, our mighty Dollar, was now dragged unwittingly into the turmoil. It seemed as though we were in a free fall, and people everywhere were panicked. This was a crisis the likes of which I’d never seen in my lifetime. People were losing immense amounts of retirement savings with each passing day. The elderly began pointing out parallels to the Great Depression. According to how most people were reacting, one could think nothing other than the sky was falling. Although I was one of the casualties of this recession and was one of hundreds of thousands of people laid off, as I watched the shocking news and saw each additional wave of layoffs, I couldn’t help but feel elated.

“What? Did she just say what I think she said? Did she say she was ELATED?” Yes….Now I know many people will read that and be shocked and think that I am a horrible person. Let me preface this by saying that I was in no way happy about the suffering that any individuals or families were enduring, and bear in mind that I too was now on the unemployment line (as were two other members of my family at the same time). But my elation did not come from my rational mind, it seemed to come from a deeper, intuitive place. After what I had seen and experienced during my own meditation practices and what I had studied with various spiritual teachers, I felt that this “collapse” was actually leading to what would eventually be something for the greater good of mankind. I felt it was the beginning of “The Shift.”

Our society had become one of corporate and individual greed, lavish and wasteful indulgence, an expression of the selfish desire to have the most wealth and power, no matter at what expense, no matter what other human beings, animals or elements of the natural world were exploited or hurt in the process. If there is one thing of which I am certain, it is that that is not how this life was intended for us. We had built up our society on the premise of this seemingly impenetrable illusion that this material structure was somehow what mattered. In the wise words of Gandhi,

“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.”

I became more and more convinced that the native, Shamanic cultures around the world had it right and that there was an important lesson for us to learn from them. In my readings, I came across the work of Alberto Villoldo, one of the foremost experts on Peruvian Shamanism, and author of the book Shaman, Healer, Sage, among others. While attending a workshop with him in Colorado, in February 0f 2009, he too was talking of “The Shift.” He told us of an experience he had just recently had with the Shamans in the high Andean mountains in Peru. These Shamans, who were very simple men and had had very little interaction with the world outside of their native mountain community, and who certainly had had no contact with western society (with the exception of Alberto and his team), talked to Alberto about the Inkan Prophecy of 2012. Alberto recounted to us that as they threw the tea leaves and quickly analyzed their scattered pattern, they explained to Alberto and his colleagues that it is not that the world is going to end in 2012… yet simply that the world as we know it will change. He then went on to explain that there would be a shift of consciousness on the planet, and that in order to facilitate this shift, there would be all sorts of crises in the world: there would be wars and political and economic strife, there would be natural disasters: tsunamis, earthquakes, wildfires, and that all of these were meant to Shift the planet, and to allow mankind to change on a profound level.

Here is a video excerpt from this encounter:

As I delved deeper into my studies on Shamanism I was intrigued by the similarities of Shamanic cultures all over the world, how they all hold a deep respect and reverence for the Earth and Sky, how they take great care to honor all of the spirits of both realms, and how they believe that we as humans are PART of the earth and that we need to behave as though we are: we need to treat Mother Earth with deep respect and honor and give thanks for her resources. And moreover, in addition to honoring her, that we need to live in a sustainable fashion which does not abuse or exploit her generous bounty. (I just recently witnessed such a society in action, on a trip to Bali. I wrote about the valuable lessons to be learned in my recent piece “Lessons from the ‘Third World‘.”) As I watched Wall Street collapse, I couldn’t help but feel with every bone in my body that this was the beginning of the end of this corporate structure as we knew it; that we were meant to get back to a simpler and more sustainable society, one where we live off the land within locally sustained micro-economies, much as all of these Shamanic societies are doing.

So could it be any surprise that the movie “Avatar” was just about to come out, only a year after this collapse of Wall Street? While some may view it as merely a Hollywood blockbuster, to me this movie could not have been more poignantly, karmically and cosmically timed. James Cameron had been working on this film for close to 15 years, and yet it came out just after the collapse of 2008, in a time when there was so much uncertainty on the planet. I believe this film was just one of many messages that we were meant to receive, the message that we cannot continue to live as we are living…. and survive as a species.

James Cameron’s “Avatar”—Official Trailer

But James Cameron wasn’t the only one with a message to send. Early in 2011 a powerful documentary film called “The Economics of Happiness” was released. The entire theme of this film is about Shifting, away from old structures that are threatening our very own survival, to a more sustainable and happy way of living. In the filmmakers’ own words,”

“‘Going Local’ is a powerful strategy to help repair our fractured worldour ecosystems, our societies and our selves. Far from the old institutions of power, people are starting to forge a very different future…”

Official Trailer for “The Economics of Happiness”

As we watched the banks of Wall Street fall like dominos, I truly felt that this was all happening for a greater karmic reason, that it was the tearing down of industrialized, exploitative and unsustainable structures, that it was the beginning of what would eventually lead to a shift of consciousness on the planet…of course, that is if we had allowed it to happen. Instead, driven by the human instinct of fear, we spent billions of tax-payer dollars to bail out the banks. Before we knew it the executives were back to paying themselves million dollar bonuses and the companies were back to recording immense profits. We had prevented a complete meltdown, yes. But only temporarily…

If I can coin the title used by Leonardo DiCaprio for his film, I believe we have reached “The 11th Hour” on this planet. It is not the United States’ credit rating, whether or not the USD is the world reserve currency, or the United States’ position of wealth and power in the world about which we should be concerned. In the larger scheme of humanity, that is frankly irrelevant. What we should be concerned about right now is the survival of our species. If we want to avert a true global crisis, it is imperative that we change the ways we think and behave as a species, it is of consequential importance that we begin to treat the Earth as the living, breathing organism that she is, and it is critical that we shift the consciousness of mankind.

As I have watched the breaking news all weekend long, of our credit rating being lowered, I find myself once again feeling jubilation. There are forces larger than us at play, forces spoken about by the Inkan Shamans, forces that will counteract our meager “bailouts,” forces that are trying to give us a message of Universal importance. It may not be tomorrow, and it may not be in the next ten years, but I do believe that the unsustainable societal structures that we have built will begin to erode and fall away….in order that we might begin anew. Whether we like it or not, I believe “The Shift” is coming. The question is, “will you be ready?”



About Jeannie Page

Jeannie Page is a reformed .com management professional who has made a dramatic shift in her life, a shift to follow her bliss and to get into alignment in order to be a force for good in the world. Martha Stewart’s Blogger of the Month in Whole Living Magazine, Jeannie is also the founder of The Yoga Diaries and also maintains her own blog The Awakened Life. Jeannie, and details about her current book project, can be found on Facebook here and on Twitter at @jeannienpage. Jeannie's Spanish Facebook page can be found here. Jeannie also previously served as the Spanish Language Editor for Elephant Journal. Click here for the Elephant Journal en Español Facebook page. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Jeannie Page es una profesional de gestión reformada quien ha hecho un gran cambio en su vida, un cambio para seguir a su felicidad, para entrar en la alineación y ser una fuerza del bien en el mundo. Ella mantiene un Blog a Despertando a la Vida. Jeannie, y detalles sobre su proyecto de libro actual, se pueden encontrar en Facebook aquí y en Twitter a @JeanniePageES. Jeannie también fue la Editora del Idioma Española para Elephant Journal. Haga clic aquí para la página de Facebook de Elephant Journal en Español.


39 Responses to ““Chicken Little, the Sky is Falling!” {in English & Spanish}”

  1. Rebecca Apone says:

    Thank you – I felt guilty because I felt jubilation the new green economy was going to be at hand when the old corparte greed breathes demise with the dollar and that I might really be selfish in thinking and feeling this. I remember the harmonic conversion of the Aztec/Mayan calendar saying a similar shift was coming to alter mankind. The Light Workers said this as well. Yes, many metaphysical circles. Blessings. BE

  2. boulderwind says:

    Guessing that you are young and poor and have no empathy for those who are losing what they have worked so hard for so they can raise their kids, etc. Easy to be unconcerned with that when you do not have kids or a mortgage. Spare me!

  3. Actually not young and poor. I'm 36 years old and have had a successful career in management in the .com world. I have had school loans to pay for years, as well as extremely high rent where I live in San Francisco. I have been a regular, tax-paying member of society, always striving to climb the corporate ladder. But I believe that the current model is unsustainable and that it's not the material things that matter…

    And I do have empathy. If you read, you saw that I too was out of work as well as 2 siblings. My parents were also losing their retirement and they were panicked. But I just knew on a deeper level, that on a grander scale that all of this was leading to the greater good of humanity. No good things come easily. There will be hard times and there will be lots of tumult on the planet, and that will be hard, but I think it will be the reality and it's up to us as human beings to NOT live in fear and to learn to adapt to the New World.

  4. This is one of the most honest in your face posts on this topic I've read yet! If we study astronomy (and yes the alignment of the planets and starts do have an undeniable effect on us) this upheaval is to continue into 2026 when we can begin to create new systems of governing, new economic structures, and new ways of being.

    I agree that it is scary but in a sublime way. And since we can't fight it (fighting anything only makes is stronger) we need to accept it and go with the flow. This is not going to be easy, but it is necessary and unavoidable. Thanks for sharing Jeannie!

  5. boulderwind says:

    It just smacks a bit of "The Rapture". So…. when you all are floating up to the sky and I am left behind…. can I have your car? How about your yoga mat, then?

  6. Haha, that's actually pretty funny. ; ) I'm not remotely religious, so the idea of "The Rapture" sounds just as ridiculous to me as it does to you. I think you're misinterpreting my meaning. I'm not at all saying the world is going to end or that there will be fire and brimstone. What I'm saying is something MUCH more positive. I simply think that the planet will be forced to shift to a simpler way of life, a time more similar to my grandparents', when people were not concerned with having the biggest house or the fanciest car, or with keeping up with the Jones'; but rather they lived a simple life, they had what they needed, but no more, they picked vegetables from their gardens and they helped out their neighbors. My grandparents lived during the Depression and they had to ration and they had to really appreciate everything they had and earned, which I do not think our society remotely does today. All I am suggesting is that I believe that the world will shift to a more sustainable society, where we support local farmers who produce locally produced vegetables, and where we subsist in and contribute to a local economy; a society in which we respect the planet and her resources, rather than exploit them.

  7. P.S. Oh, and I don't plan to go anywhere, because like I said, I don't believe that either the sky is falling or that the world is going to end. I think better times are ahead, so I fully intend to be still needing my yoga mat, thank you very much. ; )

  8. Bondi says:

    RT @thebillwalton: S&P is run by McGraw-Hill. Harold McGraw III is CEO. He supports Romney. This is easier than a Scooby Doo mystery, folks.

  9. Zali Nash says:

    I am in my mid thirties, with a morgage and three year old. Of course it is downright bone shaking when you have people reliant on you. But, I agree, a well needed change is coming and it is necessary. I am happy about it. I got made redundant from a six figure job, during the last crisis after my son was born. Rather than harbouring in fear, I chose to start teaching yoga I downsized everything. I recycled, got rid of all my stuff and lived from a place of truth. Best thing I did. I reckon we have a choice now to decide how we can step into the new opportunities that present themselves. How can you live simpler now, how can you save some extra money and help the environment. Sorry to sound trite, but you can focus on the shit and wade around in fear or you can pop your gumboots on and stomp through the economic fallout with some practical measures in place to protect your family, help the environment and live your best life.

  10. Hi Zali, that is incredibly brave of you! Good for you. I applaud your brave choices. I also lost my corporate job in January (for the 2nd time in this recession). I too decided it was time to make a shift, and I am trying to make a go at becoming a writer. My gut was screaming at me that it was time to change things in a major way. Best wishes to you on your bold journey! What kind of yoga are you teaching?

  11. Thanks so much for your comments and your perspective. I do believe, however, I am being misinterpreted. Please do not think I am feeling elation at OTHERS' misery. Not at all. But it is our choice whether or not we want to live in fear. We can look at our losses and be terrified and bitter, which is what many people are feeling right now. Or we can view it as Zali did above, and view it as an OPPORTUNITY, an opportunity to make huge shifts in our lives… shifts that are for the greater good. I am talking about a shift that is on a much larger scale than any individual, that is much more important than a mortgage or any amount of material wealth. And I too am a believer in abundance. But there is a BIG difference between living abundantly and practicing the art of manifesting and living a greedy lifestyle and taking advantage of others in the process. Our current systems have largely taken advantage of the Earth and her inhabitants, and it is not sustainable. Wall Street is not an example of living abundantly. Those banks have taken advantage of people and of the tax payers' dollars. Something has to change. I am talking about a Shift that will force us to live simpler, more sustainable lives, that are in harmony with the Earth and ALL of her inhabitants (not just the privileged ones!) We can try to fight it all we want, we can be angry and bitter in the process, but it won't matter. There is a change coming either way. We can either be prepared for it and navigate through it bravely or we can be run over by it. It's your choice.

  12. Anna Fidz says:

    Great post, Jeannie! Well-done! Intelligent, articulate, and honest. Thank you! 🙂

  13. Thanks so much for reading Anna!

  14. Jorge Montana says:

    Now that I have read your article, I understand why you say about the controversy it has brought, of course that people with the same old mentality will see it as a crazy article because they do not make sense since it requires an open mind, just remember when the idea of the earth being not flat but round made some people go nuts at the time but I agree with what you are saying.

    Let me share a story, casually at the same time that you did I went through my (dark night of the soul period) and in order to survive, because I was literally going to kill myself, I had to change my belief system, making the long story short I also started to meditate adapting the Zen Buddhist point of view to my daily life, I stopped judging things as right or wrong and started to live in the moment, suddenly I became aware of the larger picture of life, it turns out (in my humble opinion) that life mirrors back what you really are, so since I have let go of my grief, wrath, greed that were living in my heart I have experienced A SHIFT !!! I see more understating around me, more love and compassion, I see people really caring for others instead of caring just for their own, in another words I see more happiness!!!

    Going back to your article, the shift we are all experiencing is about reflection, since consciousness is just mirroring back who we really are and what we really keep in our hearts, all this so called “disasters” are just reflections of what we “should” change and as soon as we start thinking and feeling more about collaboration instead of completion, love instead of hatred, understating instead of judging and so on,, we will see the proper reflection.

    So to conclude I would like to quote Neale Donald Walsh


  15. Jorge, your comment gave me goosebumps! You've hit so many nails on the head, and done so in such an eloquent manner. Good for you for overcoming the darkness as well. It is amazing that if we empower ourselves to do so, how much light we can see instead of darkness… in all facets of life. : )

  16. Frank de la Cruz says:

    Hi Jeannie, I just love this article. I, too, have followed the events of the past three years with keen interest. I majored in Finance in college and spent much of my graduate work studying the credit markets. I call this part of my past life. I have also experienced a personal "shift"; physically, mentally and spiritually. Although I would LOVE to see people open their hearts and their minds as a result of the crumbling of this materialistic and greedy exoskeleton, I fear the true ramifications. When peoples' security is threatened they lash out, we see it now with cuts promised to the old, sick and poor, all the while fattening the pockets of the top earners. We see it in the undercurrent of racial, anti-gay and misogynistic policies and attitudes. People are scared and as we know from Yoda, “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” It may have been said by a fictional character, but as history has shown, is so true. I reject the statement that "The "have's and have nots" more often than not are REALLY the do-ers and do-nothings." It is this kind of mentality, void of empathy, chock-full of judgment, that seeks out the least among us to blame for that which ails society. It is exactly that mentality that I fear. I pray I am wrong. ~ Peace, love, and happiness 🙂

  17. Louise King says:

    As a person who worked for 43 years and retired with very little, the thought of losing even a penny from what retirement money I do have is very, very scary. I understand the fear that people with families and those already in retirement or about to be retired are feeling. That being said, I discovered during the first two years of retirement that I had to and could be very inventive with what money I did have and could and did reinvent my ideas about how I could live better or at least fine with less…much less. We can all reinvent our thoughts about success; we can all redesign our lives.
    Thank you Jeannie for a thought provoking article and for the time and effort you put into writing it.

  18. Louise Brooks says:

    "I simply think that the planet will be forced to shift to a simpler way of life,"

    Aren't you universalizing your first world experience?? A huge portion of this planet is of the third world level. Living any "simpler" is not possible. Millions spend their day looking for a bit of food and water to feed their children, are on the run from warfare, other violence, etc. I think you mean first world countries need to shift their consciousness, not the whole planet.

  19. Very valid point. I agree with you. When I speak of "our society", I am referring to 1st world societies, and specifically to the society of the United States. I believe it is in part the exploitation of 3rd world, native societies by 1st world consumerism, that has led to the current imbalance in the world. Perhaps I should be saying "bringing the world into greater balance", less division of rich and poor, less resource exploitation of only the poorest regions and populations. I definitely agree with you that first world countries need to shift their consciousness most of all. Absolutely. Thanks for the insight!

  20. Hi Frank, It is so funny that you just quoted Yoda. I just saw that exact same quote a few days ago and I was thinking how much wisdom he (i.e. George Lucas!) had! It is so true that our society is ruled by fear. Some of the comments here are evidence of that, along with the melodramatic reaction on the news channels. Those who are living in fear and are resisting the Shift, will have an even harder time coping with it. The more we can shift our perspective and our consciousness as not only a society, but also as humanity, the more smoothly we will move through the inevitable changes that are to come. Thanks so much for reading and commenting.

  21. Wise words Louise. Thank you so much for sharing your story, your fears, and also the idea that we can shift our perspective out of fear and into creativity.

  22. Thanks for your comment, P.R. I find the astrological outlook very interesting indeed. I know that many historical upheavals match the current celestial climate, so it shall be interesting to see how everything unfolds. Thanks for reading!

  23. Hmm, intriguing thought Laura! Thanks for sharing!

  24. Amy M says:

    Jeannie, thank you for posting an article that seems to be as courageous as it is controversial. I was laid off when my daughter was 10 months old. I wanted nothing more in life than to be a stay at home mother, but was wrapped in the life I had created and forced myself to return to work after 13 weeks of leave. I was miserable every day when I left for work. I was wracked with guilt when I left her with a sitter so I could work my corporate, retail, management job. I hated my life and I hate myself. When that lay off came, I cried for 24 hours. I screamed in fear and went crazy in the terror of what would my life become?? Let me say, my life has never been better. I am fulfilled as a mother, proud of what I do every day and honored to earn the respect from others for what I have dedicated my life to. I have never been more committed to the community, devoted to the success of others or inspired to do better than I have been since I was given my walking papers. I would love it if society could pull their heads out of their respective asses and see that there is more to life than commercial lusts. I feel sorry for those that are trapped into careers and held bound by debts, just to be 'regular'. I wish everyone had the chance to live their best life. Sometimes, it takes getting horrifically off the track to realize there is a new path.

  25. Anssi says:

    Jeannie, a very thought provoking and well written article. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and the growth you have experienced in the past 3 years. Both my wife, Suzanne, and I, truly enjoyed reading your work and the discussion it provoked. I personally would love to hear more of your thoughts on the 'Shift' and where you think we are headed as a human species.

  26. Hi Amy, I couldn't have said it better. I especially loved this line "I would love it if society could pull their heads out of their respective asses and see that there is more to life than commercial lusts. I feel sorry for those that are trapped into careers and held bound by debts just to be 'regular'." Brilliant! Thank you so much for reading and taking the time to comment! Best wishes to you on your new journey. May it be filled with beauty and joy. : )

  27. Hi Anssi, thanks so much for reading and for your comment. A dinner and several bottles of wine are in order.. : )

  28. Jason, thank you so much for sharing those links. Those are awesome! I've got to read "A New Earth", it's been on my list forever! Everyone raves about it. Thanks for the resources and thanks for reading! : )

  29. Carla Peterson says:

    The Shift IS happening now and will continue. In some ways it is globally a "dark night" which, as many spiritual traditions hold, also shot through with insight and illumination – briefly, but there. In addition, there develops an ability to access other deeper/higher levels of awareness – depending on what metaphor we tend to use. Another aspect of the Shift is that globally humanity is getting feedback about what our cultures have been doing and what the consequences are. Perhaps it's a kind of cosmic carrot and stick kind of deal…

  30. Hi Carla, thanks so much for reading and for sharing your thoughts!

  31. writeonfilms says:

    Jorge I love that you said exactly what I've recently come to realize that the mirrors are part of us and that "We are here to face ourselves"!

  32. barbara says:

    Hi Jeannie,
    Great article. I am also a big fan of James Hyman, who teaches that regardless of what is going on around us in the world, we all have the ability in every moment to enter fully into ourselves and become one with the peace, love and bliss inside us in every moment. http://emotionalrelease.com

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  34. SisterShamu says:

    Great article. Whether we process change from an esoteric or more practical position, choosing to focus on where we want to end up is usually more productive than clinging desperately to the things and ideas we have become attached to, especially if those things no longer serve. Letting go of the place we are is sometimes painful and frightening, but clinging to a sinking ship is usually more so. Thank you for sharing!

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