- 00:00 Introduction: Armageddon as an inner-geddon
- 7:55 Getting past the troubling outer world
- 17:00 How do we conquer inner space?
- 34:20 It’s time to reimagine everything
- 50:45 Our whole planet is an experiment in evolution
- 59:20 What is the action of grace in our lives?
- 1:22:00 A self-compassionate, self-caring universe
We no longer need Hollywood to create ever-bigger fictional disasters to scare us into believing our world just may be on the threshold of Armageddon or other apocalyptic scenarios that threaten the future of humanity and the planet. Real-time, real-world environmental collapse, war, and cultural chaos are brought into our awareness on any media platform we may use.
Do the true origins and causing forces of the dramatic and powerful struggles we see around the globe really lie in the physical world, where they manifest and shape our communities and cultures? Or is the outer world, even the chaos and destruction, a physical reflection of the perceptions and sense of self that form our deeper collective inner life?
In other words, is it more accurate to think of Armageddon as an inner-geddon, the real location of the prophesized final battle between darkness and light, the past and the future? In many narratives this “end of days” also brings the realization that as one world culminates, another emerges, with the long-awaited evolutionary next step for humanity.
To help us explore such a deep and profound mystery, we brought together a group of Portals friends, some of whom have been with us in previous conversations — all accomplished teachers, writers, thinkers and doers. Among their ponders and perceptions:
One challenge facing humanity is acceleration: everything is speeding up, accelerating and breaking down at the same time
You may think you need 30 years to heal or develop through a trauma. No. What used to take 30 years can now happen in three months, three weeks, three hours, or three seconds
We weren’t brought up in ways that showed us how to process difficult emotions. But it's actually a natural thing for humans to process emotions, including trauma
People talk about the US as an experiment in democracy; in some ways, this whole planet is a big experiment in evolution. What will happen to us as a species?
We've lived in a laissez-faire culture that says anything goes if you find your tribe. I don't think that's the way of the universe: it has criteria and supports the things that support it
What brings differences together is a spiritual connection; it's the purpose of life. What is the purpose of us being here as a species? What is the purpose of the unfolding universe?
This conversation is part of the continuing Portals discovery into what is emerging on the frontiers of human experience in this time of profound change. Information about upcoming special events can be found on the Events page. Also visit and subscribe to our YouTube channel.
I'm very troubled by the outer world. But that's only half the world. There's the outer world and there's the inner world, and I think what we need to do, and I hope what we'll do here today, is to bring forth that inner beauty, that inner love, that inner pull to union that can manifest in a greater ‘we.’