There are many ways to live in our rapidly changing and turbulent times, and I am asked in The Great Waves of Change to prepare for what is coming in the not-too-distant future.
Of the many ways to live, a life in the wilderness has always held great appeal for me.
I am very drawn to the story of Agafia Lykova, a Russian Old Believer who was born and has lived all of her life in the Siberian wilderness. I first heard of her several years ago, but she surfaced in my mind again a few days ago (I was wondering if she was still alive) and the very next day I saw her mentioned in a talk show I happened to catch on TV. I did some research and found this video.
Published on Apr 9, 2013 (I noticed the synchronicity of dates)
In 1936, a family of Russian Old Believers journeyed deep into Siberia’s vast taiga to escape persecution and protect their way of life. The Lykovs eventually settled in the Sayan Mountains, 160 miles from any other sign of civilization. In 1944, Agafia Lykova was born into this wilderness. Today, she is the last surviving Lykov, remaining steadfast in her seclusion. In this episode of Far Out, the VICE crew travels to Agafia to learn about her taiga lifestyle and the encroaching influence of the outside world.
There are many ways to live, which will I choose?
There is a New Message teaching called Living The Way of Knowledge, which says:
“The wilderness is the place between thinking and Knowledge. It is the area between a life of assumption and a life of experience. Here everything you thought you knew becomes questioned. Here your assumptions are recognized as assumptions rather than facts or realities. Here you begin to experience new dimensions in life, and your sensitivity develops. Here you are able to hear thoughts and become exposed to the mental environment. Here you taste life’s reality much more clearly and much more sharply. Here your ambitions are tempered. Here your approach becomes humble.”
I realize, of course, that the wilderness referred to here is not the wilderness of Agafia Lykova, not in the literal sense, but still, the environment in which she lives seems to be conducive to living the way of knowledge.
However, The Great Waves of Change cautions against living in isolation.
In Chapter 8. The Danger of Isolation, I read:
In the face of the Great Waves of change, it is important that you are not isolated and that other people know who you are and where you are—people who can assist you, people whose wisdom you can rely upon, people who can support you in times of need. This network of relationships, to whatever extent it can be established or is established already, is vitally important.
At the end of the same chapter it says:
There are very few people who will be able to survive in isolation, but they will have to have immense skills and will have to live a life of continued hardship. This would only work for a very, very unique set of individuals.
I do not consider myself a person with the unique abilities needed to live the kind of life Agafia Lykova lives, but I have absolutely no doubt that she has the capacity to meet the Great Waves of change (when the Lykov family was found in 1978 by geologists, they had no idea there had been a second world war) and that she is living the way of Knowledge.
There are many ways to live, which will I choose? In the coming turbulent times, I still do not know.
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