Navigating The Information War with Emotional Intelligence
By Bernhard Guenther
Many of us do our best to speak out about the atrocities, injustices, oppressions, environmental issues, and corruption in our world. That is certainly needed, and shouldn’t be ignored. However, I’ve also seen more and more that many “truth seekers” and activists tend to focus only on these issues and get stuck on “fighting the system” on a 3D level. Many renegades who bring the darkness to light in our world – researchers and people in the alternative media realm – also fight each other over relatively minor points of disagreement, which quickly devolve and shift into personal attacks. Be it on social media, message boards, or YouTube comments, with people hiding behind their screens, they behave in ways they would probably never do when interacting in person. Such is the price of living in the Internet Age.
However, if we recognize that shadow aspect in ourselves, without rationalizing it away by finding fault in others – and thus, take accountability for the way we communicate at all times – we can show more humility and have more compassion for others and ourselves, and focus on the information itself so that we can get at the truth together.
It’s OK to disagree, but personal attacks are just counterproductive. Life is hard as it is in this day and age, especially for the ones who can see through the lies of official culture and the matrix we live in. Frustration and anger are natural responses to the state of the world, and at times we feel helpless in our desire to want to help make this planet a better place, and just want to scream at the state of things-as-they-are, shaking our fists to heaven!
On the other hand, there are many times where people get triggered, not because of our failure to effectively communicate but because of their own cognitive dissonance – that psychological state where people react in a defensive/close-minded/reactive way to information they are presenting which contradicts the beliefs which they identify with. This almost inevitably leads to them to attack us on a personal, ‘ad hominem’ level. At other times, people project meanings and emotions into the words we type that are simply not there, and therefore the observations/opinions presented are taken the wrong way.
In this digital day and age, it’s so easy to get distracted by the world “out there”, and we wind up losing our human connection to each other for long periods of time. This is not to say that we should ignore the outside world and become pre-occupied with ourselves and our “inner journey”. It is, after all, about balance and authenticity – inner and outer work go hand in hand. It surely can be scary to “go inside” the regions of the human psyche, and some people will always judge us or project their shadow onto us instead of receiving us with acceptance and compassion even when we seek to find a mirror of relational understanding.
I feel that the “rulers” of the world – hyperdimensional, political, and otherwise – are actually feeding off of this quiet desperation, and want us to stay silent and withdrawn, to not show our vulnerability but rather to be pre-occupied with the artificially-presented outside world, keeping us in a lower frequency of fear and battling with each other. They feed off of the (unconscious) fear we have of showing ourselves as vulnerable – of expressing ourselves without masks – because behind all of that deception, buried in our vulnerability, is true love and energetic power. This power represents the deeper human connection we all possess towards one another, a heart-based frequency which vibrates at a level they cannot touch.
At the same time, many people have a very hard time accessing their vulnerability and expressing their feelings. If we are not comfortable with our own vulnerability, we cannot fully receive the vulnerability of another person. It takes sincere self-work to access our deeper emotions, which lie hidden behind layers of armor and buffers built up over years of having lost connection with our bodies. Our body is constantly giving us clues. The more we are in touch with our bodies, the more we can receive these messages, which also put us in touch with our vulnerability.
Modern life desensitizes us and keeps us imprisoned in our heads. Many people have cunning intellects and are well versed in articulating their thoughts when it comes to topics of the external world, but when it comes to accessing their deeper feelings and expressing themselves through their “emotional IQ”, things can be very challenging for them. The psyche also has its own healing schedule, and deeper aspects of this process reveal themselves over time. It’s a process of ‘peeling back the layers’ that cannot be forced nor rushed, and it is different for each individual.