The New Plastics

In a classic scene in The Graduate, young Ben is at his college graduation party when a friend of his parents takes him aside and earnestly whispers, “Plastics.” That industry will be the next rage, the fellow hints, and if Ben is smart he’ll get in on the ground floor.

Fast forward to 2012. A young acupuncturist phones my Hay House Radio show, Get Real, and confesses her fear that she will not be able to earn enough money to provide for her family, including her little child. I whisper to her, “Transformational services” and leave a pregnant pause for the message to sink in.

I go on to tell the woman that in the years to come we will see increasing change, disorientation, and turmoil as many social systems and institutions will likely disintegrate. They will be replaced by new systems rooted in truth, vision, and service rather than fear, greed, and illusion. As people are pushed out of old comfort zones and lifestyles they will be hungry for answers, relief, and skills to shift into more authentic and rewarding careers, relationships, and living situations. At such a time anyone connected to spiritual principles and tools will be in high demand and of great service.

If you are a teacher, healer, massage therapist, coach, speaker, minister, or counselor offering services to uplift individuals or groups, the universe has a job for you. In the world as we have known it, where many people are clinging to methods and systems based on shallow values and false security, you may not be sought out, acknowledged, or paid well for your work. But in the coming epoch in which people need integrity more than hype, they will be happy to pay you to soothe their journey and accelerate their evolution.

Until the deeper consciousness is established, faith is required. The old has died away, or is dying, and the new has not yet come to replace it. Imagine you are at a party where you have grown tired, bored, or disillusioned with the people and conversations in the room. You step out of the room in search of new friends and peers who match your values and offer stimulating, empowering interactions. In the corridor you can faintly hear people in another room, but you cannot see them. As you transition between rooms you may feel alone, insecure, or frightened. You might be tempted to turn back — but you couldn’t even if you tried. The genie is out of the bottle. So you have to just keep moving ahead, trusting that you are on your way to higher ground. The trail will become wider and you will find your “just right” tribe.

Regardless of apparent chaos, a grand design is unfolding. Upheaval is the turning over of the ground in preparation for planting new seeds. The winter may have been harsh and cold, but the spring will soften the soil. The ego resists change because it has a vested interest in maintaining the status quo, even if the status quo is dysfunctional. Yet the higher mind or inner spirit recognizes that anything taken away is replaced by something greater. As Rabindranath Tagore noted, Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.”

To clarify your role in coming world, ask yourself, “Where does my passion call me? How can I serve others in the highest way possible? What tools can I offer that will bring them greater peace and aliveness? Regardless of what I was told about how the world is supposed to work, what do I know, from inside out, about how life really works?”

During this crucial shift we are taking back the power we have vested in external institutions. The only real authority resides in the wisdom and power within you. As you trust your heart and vision more than dogma and dictates, you will have all the guidance you need and the ability to help others access all the guidance they need.

A Chinese blessing suggests, “May you live during interesting times.” That we do. In many ways our times seem unstable and worrisome, but they are also rife with the possibility of change for the better. A Course in Miracles tells us, “All change is good.”

In another classic film, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Ferris phones his friend Cameron to ask him if he wants to skip school and go out and play. When Cameron complains that he’s too sick to get out of bed, Ferris tells Cameron that he just can’t think of anything worth getting up for.

If the world or your life seems sick or tired, it may be only because we have accepted a world that doesn’t offer us anything to get up for. But if we recognize that something new and wonderful is calling to us, we will find the energy and means to create what we would choose rather than what has been cast upon us.

Transformational services. Tools to awaken. Deeper connection and expanded aliveness. The new plastics. Get in on the ground floor.


Berniesongspirit 23rd March 2012 3:51 am

Yay! I'm in there! Thanks so much for your inspirational reminder for me to keep the FAITH... :smitten:

zorro 23rd March 2012 6:45 am

Excellent point, Alan.

In times of chaos, territory and borders shift, and herein lies the opportunities. We need the healthy expectation and faith that the new is arriving as well as a shift to integrity.

The "May you live in interesting times quote isn't Chinese at all, and comes from a 1950 science fiction story called “U-Turn” by Duncan H. Munro, a pen name of Eric Frank Russell.

Russell was an enigmatic writer and played the role of the "trickster" in his writing style. The phrase was meant to be ironic, and human nature being what it is, the majority of readers interpreted this as a "curse". Russell later clarified this. "“It isn’t a curse any more. It’s a blessing.”

Debra A 23rd March 2012 9:59 am

The days of struggling to live in our truth and the 3D world simultaneously are winding down. We will not be preaching to a relatively small choir any longer. I think I'm going to burst! Debra

amylove 23rd March 2012 4:26 pm

Your post resonates with me, I love it! I feel called to create a more meaningful way of spending my time and to define my own "tool of transformation". Struggling to have a clear vision of how it will manifest yet I feel that simply taking action is the first step! Thank you for the encouragement.

Leigh42 23rd March 2012 4:43 pm

This is an inspiring article. This idea has been hovering around and about, but no one has put words to it quite like this. Excellent directive for those who have been keeping the Faith, developing themselves, ascending --and feeling like the odd man out.

I have noticed a gathering of individuals that once seemed far away, now knocking on my metaphorical door in search of the magic mojo that they used to call me Eccentric and Wacky for... There is indeed a shift. I'll be happy when prosperity of the monetary variety shifts toward us as well.

It is on its way.

Evie 24th March 2012 6:37 am

A great analogy - 'Plastics' am sure this will help me explain things better at times.


Thanks Alan.

(Facebook YorkshireMedium)

ssg 25th March 2012 2:25 am

Your words are so comforting...
Hope revived...

hope in a more just future, hope in honesty, hope in love, hope in compassion, hope in a living rooted in self...hope in togetherness....

hope for an alternative tile that reverberates more with the content...

Peg D. 25th March 2012 5:08 pm

I am sorry I cannot completely agree. We have too many spiritual newbies who have not developed enough but are charging for services they cannot perform. Besides, in 5d there is no more money anyway. Third dimension is ending.

Hannah Tangerine 27th March 2012 4:27 pm

In this moment, this message is for me. It arrived! Thank you for your wisdom and inspiration. ?

Hannah Tangerine 27th March 2012 4:31 pm

Good point.


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