Welcome to Kala’s Quick Five, where I chat with fascinating authors, artists, teachers, and researchers and ask them five questions about their work. My guest today is Suzanne Meier, author of Becoming Human Again. Born in Switzerland, Suzanne has since lived in the US, Canada, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, England, and Cuzco, Peru. She writes from a ‘four corners of the world’ perspective. Her locally derived knowledge contributes to a unique cultural insight on how each solitary individual affects the collective whole. After having been caught in an act of war and experiencing a near death experience, Suzanne’s in-depth search for truth, healing and spiritual awakening accelerated greatly. Through discernment, intuition and research, Suzanne learned to connect the dots between perceived human reality and what really is.
Kala: Suzanne, your book is entitled “Becoming Human Again.” How do you define the concept that we have in a sense, lost our humanity?
Suzanne: Over the past decades, the grip big corporations and an ever-growing government, have on us increased ridiculously. Humans turned into mere robots, driven by the machine, reacting to the infotainment fed to us via the numerous channels. We have allowed the given scripts to infiltrate and rule our minds. Unconsciously, we react to stimuli, instead of acting and listening to our own voice. This own voice, this god within, is neglected or virtually unknown. Yet, it holds the key to happiness and fulfillment.
Who are we? What defines us? It shouldn’t be the political party, the religious organization, or the local quail egg interest group that imprints the label of who we are on the forehead. Who we are should come from the human inside, the self, the consciousness. Why have we given up? Like the geese, stuffed for fois gras, we are saturated with info and entertainment. In essence, it is the apathy, the complacency that keeps us from stillness, nature, love and being human.
Kala: You speak about “humanness” being attacked and corrupted at every level, discussing our food sources, toxic chemicals, longer work hours and a degraded school system. How do you think we created this predicament?
Suzanne: This predicament is profit-driven. Large companies greedy for ever-increasing bottom lines and not much else have degraded ‘the healthy life.’ Go to a food expo and you will find chemicals and processing companies, pitching the latest food additives to increase shelf life, or yet another, even tighter, battery hen cage. Large corporations, backed by the government (they love each other), have eroded free time, increased stress levels, dumbed us down, poisoned us and taken our money, see the latest subprime disaster. At every level, we are stripped to bare bones. When we’re busy, in debt, on medication, or pleasantly stuffed with an abundance of infotainment, we can’t or don’t act. We are reduced to a sitting duck, full of stuff, buzz and fluff, playing the game, instead of switching from ‘screens to greens.’
Kala: You say that “…Sheeple will need to transform to people.” Can you elaborate on this thought?
Suzanne: To get rid of the ‘sheeple’ badge, humans may direct increased focus on the within, and in the process, become mindful, aware, responsible and sustainable. Mindless reacting is ‘sheeplish’. Acting from the core is ‘peoplish’.
I call this strategy – conscability – consciousness & sustainability. Such traits are needed in the coming Aquarian age. Conscability means people consume mindfully, know their inner being, potential and care about the world beyond the own backyard. They consult the within before they act. They are informed, but not inundated. They are aware and in touch with their human consciousness.
This is a change from today’s world in which we are solely concerned withego, owning things, amassing money or not looking our age. Away from needing affirmations about how good or how beautiful we are, but knowing and loving ourselves sufficiently to not have to rely on others for ego strokes. Loving ourselves enables loving others.
Kala: What tips can you offer to our readers about how to move as you describe, “from a robot like state, to a conscious, mindful human?”
Suzanne: Tap into the last unexplored frontier – human consciousness. It is the esoteric (within) experience we lack, and not the exoteric (without) obsessions. Of those, we’ve had plenty. Turn off the TV. Unplug your Xbox. Get inside of you. Spend the money for Blahnik shoes on a Vipassana meditation instead. Think about the suffering that went into the hamburger you just devoured. Act as from Earth, not against Earth. We should be with nature, not against nature. Learn to listen to your within. Learn to be, instead of do.
As within, so without. The world within reflects the world out there. By fixing the world inside of us, we change the world out there. It is the ultimate power accessible to humans. Numerous practices are available that help accessing deeper states, to name a few – meditation, Hemi-sync, Ho’onoponopono, Tantra, Buddhism, yoga or Qi Gong. It is said to take 21 days to establish a new routine. Hence, with a bit of dedication and perseverance we can make an impact in our and other’s Earthly experience. But to motivate you for this change, you need to know what’s wrong. Once you know, you may be motivated to make changes in your life and recover from the manipulation step-by-step.
Kala: What personal experiences led you to write this book?
Suzanne: An act of war stopped me in my tracks. I was in the heart of an attack in Sri Lanka, which had many people killed. The explosion of a claymore mine and ensuing gun fire locked me in world of gushing adrenaline, terror, death, but also miracle, for two hours. During the incident, I felt I was hovering above, hearing a voice say ‘This is not your cause, you will not die.’ Over and over, the voice repeated this phrase. Then, the powers above guided me out of the battlefield, through a rain of flying bullets, to a shelter, in form of a nearby house. I knew that I was safe and being saved.
After this incident, I suffered from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), which I was determined to heal the natural way, not with traditional mind-numbing drugs, such as Prozac. My dad passed over the same year. The two tragedies nearly pushed me over the edge. I was a wreck. It took a year to heal be free of grief, anxiety and panic attacks. Nevertheless, there is always a silver lining. A serious spiritual journey started to unfold. I knew I had been saved by the light. I had proof the other side existed. I grew more sensitive, more in tune with myself and the world. Slowly, a new me developed. I finally lived and applied the wisdom I learned in the many spiritual classes I attended prior to Sri Lanka. This is when I decided to write Becoming Human Again, to share my global observations and help Earth and humans in the process.
Kala: Suzanne, thanks for your time and joining me here on Kala’s Quick Five.
More about Kala Ambrose: Kala Ambrose is an award winning author, intuitive and host of the Explore Your Spirit with Kala Show. Her thought-provoking interviews entice listeners to tune in around the globe! Described by her guests and listeners as discerning, empowering and inspiring, she speaks with world renowned authors, artists, teachers and researchers delving into metaphysical, holistic and paranormal topics. Kala lectures on Wisdom Teachings, Developing Business Intuition, Working with Auras, Chakras and Energy Fields, and Wise Woman Wisdom (also known as the Divine Feminine). Her new book, The Awakened Aura: Experiencing the Evolution of Your Energy Body will be available in November 2011 through Llewellyn Publishing.