View message #2 from the George Collective
Karen's note: The Georges have much to say. They are trying to offer the messages in digestible bits because there is so much here to think about. There is much we have learned as humans that we need to unlearn, so I suspect I may be sharing these messages for a while. If they resonate, The Georges ask me to urge you to share them with as many people as you can.
I asked The George Collective yesterday why they had me choose butterflies for their posts. They answer that question towards the end of today's channeling, but essentially it is this: The COVID-19 virus has allowed humanity to enter our cocoons as caterpillars. Now we are inside of them, and we have the opportunity and the hope we can emerge as butterflies. I personally have great hope for humanity, and I honor all who have the courage to lead the way with compassion, harmony, and love.
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Today we want to talk to you about institutions versus individuals. In this case, “versus” means “as compared to,” and not “in opposition to,” although often it does become oppositional when an individual clashes with an institution. The needs and desires of individuals and the directives of institutions are often at odds.
Individuals are thinking, feeling, breathing souls that must connect to interact. And when connecting to a fellow soul, individuals frequently act with kindness, understanding, and compassion because your humanity recognizes the humanity in another.
Institutions are made up of individuals. Many institutions—such as hospitals or schools—may have a stated mission to serve the common good. However, in a society in which money and power are its most important values, those publicly stated missions become secondary to the true purpose of the institution, which is nearly always the financial well-being, survival, power, and influence of the organization.
Your planet is run by institutions. Governments, churches, corporations, prisons, schools, charities, and more – all of these are the institutions that humans have put in place to serve individuals and groups. Unfortunately, somewhere along the way, your institutions stopped serving you, and you started serving them. What were once tools for humanity have now become your masters.
As these institutions have grown in importance over generations of humanity, the true goal of virtually every institution has become to enrich and preserve the organization itself, whether through financial gain, power and influence peddling, or both. Institutions primarily exist to protect, grow, and enrich the organization, not the people who work within the institutional structures or those who are the supposed recipients of the goods, services, and support the institutions provide.
And what this leads to is this: the institutions become far more important and powerful than the individuals they serve or those who serve within their organizations. This power imbalance and humanity’s current reliance on the institutions that serve them lead people to compromise or subjugate those things that are the soul’s most important mission during its period of embodiment as a human being: compassionate and loving connection with other souls and serving the highest and greatest good of the universe.
An example may be the best way to understand how this power structure undermines your true purpose as embodied souls.
Suppose a teen infected with the virus you are calling COVID-19 suddenly begins to experience breathing difficulty. His parents rush him to the nearest medical facility for care – a privately owned urgent care clinic. When he arrives, struggling for breath, the soul operating the reception desk asks the questions the institution has mandated she ask of everyone coming in for care. Chief among the questions are these: “How do you plan to pay for your services today? Do you have insurance or the financial wherewithal to cover any services we provide you?”
The soul at reception does the job the institution has mandated by asking these questions, even though she can clearly see that the young man is struggling to breathe.
The parents, even in their desperation, answer honestly. “No. We do not have insurance, and we do not have the financial wherewithal to pay for these services today, but our son is in distress and may be dying. Won’t you help?”
Please pause for a moment here and put yourself in the place of the receptionist soul. The institution that soul works for has a clearly defined rule that, if she chooses to ignore it, would likely mean the termination of the position that supports that soul’s family and puts food on her table. The institution has clearly designated that the receptionist soul must turn away the young man struggling to breathe and his desperate parents due to their inability to pay for lifesaving care.
It is likely that had the receptionist soul encountered the young man struggling to breathe on the street, she would have compassionately helped the teen in any way she could, because when souls connect, each sees the humanity in the other and often acts in the most compassionate way possible. However, in this case, the receptionist soul is just one small part of an organization that exists to protect the institution and not the individual. Therefore, while the receptionist soul’s likely humanitarian response is to help in any way possible, the protocols and rules of the organization the receptionist soul relies on for her own family’s wellbeing force her to override this humanitarian response and instead act in the interests of the institution.
The young man who is struggling to breathe and his desperate and frightened parents are turned away not because the receptionist soul isn’t compassionate or caring, but because the organization that provides the money she needs to keep her own family well requires her to override her humanitarian response lest the institution lose a few dollars.
You all know how this story ends, as it occurred in the place you call California this past week. The parents leave the clinic to take their son to the hospital instead, and their son dies on the way. Their son has lost his life because of institutional policies that prevented him from getting the care he needed in the exact moment he needed it.
It would be easy in hearing this story to lay blame. Some might blame the parents for not having insurance or money enough to save their child’s life. Some might blame the teen for not staying home and coming in contact with a deadly virus. Others might blame the parents or the young man who died for not being wise enough to head straight to the hospital. Others might suggest it is their own fault for being financially unstable, not going to college, or a dozen other excuses that allow them to feel safe and smug knowing that what resulted is someone else’s problem and not theirs.
Some might blame the receptionist soul, since she is the person within the institution who turned the young man and his family away. Others may blame the nameless, faceless institution itself, the greedy fat cats who run the organization, the institution’s shareholders who put profits above people, or dozens of other people all within the chain of culpability for the death of the young man.
But, blame doesn’t matter in the slightest, and this is what humans need to understand. Everyone is to blame, and no one is to blame. This is what happens when institutions are given such power over individuals. Individuals make decisions that are counter to what their soul is crying out for them to choose when under the influence of institutions.
Individuals are wired for compassion and connection. However, because of the importance of institutions in your current world structure and the primary purpose for which those institutions operate (enrichment, survival, power, and control), individuals often feel forced to act against their own nature in order to support the policies of the institution over their desires for compassion, love, and connection.
This plays out every single day in small and large ways. For example, a health-care worker with a kind and compassionate heart is forced to turn away a struggling patient due to lack of funds. An educator is compelled to teach untruths about history to his students because that is what the curriculum mandates. A police officer following the law is required to arrest a woman who steals food because it is the only way her children can eat. An employee for company that makes products for children is forced to cut corners in ways that may lessen the safety of their products in order to come in on budget. A petrochemical worker is forced to pump toxic sludge secretly into public waterways because his company has a fiduciary responsibility to its shareholders to maximize profits in any way it can.
Would any of these souls perform these acts, which are so clearly against their own individual values, if they weren’t trying to protect their place within the institutions that put food on their tables and roofs over their heads? Or would they act humanely and not participate in such actions if they did not have the threat of loss of job, social capital, power, income, or security hanging over their heads?
Individuals have become institutionalized over generations as organizations have grown in power. That is, souls have learned to ignore their own personal ethics and values when they serve institutions. They have learned to suppress that deep discomfort they feel when they act out of the interests of the highest good of all and instead support inhumane institutional policies that don’t align with their own personal values.
It has happened gradually among humanity, this process of institutionalization of the human personality. And to some extent at some point in your life, each and every soul currently alive on planet Earth has participated in some way in his or her own institutionalization. You have collectively and individually allowed yourselves to become institutionalized, and in the course of your institutionalization, you have allowed your own values, desires, and reactions to take a back seat to organizational interests.
There are glaring examples of this in your modern history as well as subtle examples of it that each one of you can recall from your own personal lives. You have all allowed your institutional mindset to dampen the urges of your souls. Institutionalization has become the collective hallucination of humanity.
And now we return, once again, to the COVID-19 opportunity with which you are being presented. Every day, your news media (make no mistake…your media is an institution itself, and that is also part of the problem) reports all of the ways your institutions are failing you as they attempt to respond to this viral outbreak. Daily, your institutions and those deeply embedded within them scramble, point fingers, obfuscate, lie, crunch numbers, and claim that lives are expendable to protect the bottom line and support the power base of those organizations. Meanwhile, individuals, when faced with other struggling souls, react with compassion and love; acts of heroism; and the sharing within one another of money, talents, supplies, creativity, and inspiration.
Which is the world you want to live in? Do you want to live in the callous world of faceless institutions, or do you wish to live in the connected world of individuals? How many of you during your current perceived captivity have thought, Man, I really miss my bank? On the other hand, how many of you have thought, I really miss my friends/family/loved ones? What is it you have truly yearned for during your time in your cocoons? Is it the connection to other humans, or is it the collection of material goods?
The COVID-19 opportunity has given you the time and space to ponder these things. It is an unprecedented opportunity in the recent history of humanity for you to change the way you think about things and, in changing those thoughts, reconsider the social structure you’ve collectively created under which you live. You have collectively created the fabric of your societies, and you can collectively unravel those societal constructs that no longer serve you to create something in their place with much more alignment to your souls’ values.
Many joke that humanity has been sent to its collective room to think about what you did. In reality, you have created this opportunity for yourselves not as much to think about what you’ve done in the past (except in terms of how it no longer serves you), but instead to come up with new, more empowering and empowered ways of being in the future. Take this opportunity of time alone to listen to the true yearning of your souls, for it is there that you will find your true purpose.
As always, we walk beside you. We are cheering for you. Close your eyes and pay attention. You will feel us here, supporting and loving you. You have entered your cocoons as caterpillars. We pray that you will emerge as butterflies ready to claim the full glory of your Divine inheritance of kindness, compassion, joy, harmony, and peace.
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