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Amidst Global Turmoil: Navigating the Maze of Modern Chaos to Find Peace

Updated: Jan 16

Turn on the television or radio or surf the internet, and you will quickly find many reasons to feel scared, angry, sad, or hopeless. The information age is, as the name implies. And we are on information overload from when we awaken to when we go to sleep, if we can even sleep!

However, the media outlets would not barrage us with information without demand. As introductory economics teaches, there must be a demand for money to flow toward the provider. The truth is that most of us crave the insanity we see in the world. We crave disaster stories. We crave murder-suicides. We crave the drama. We crave seeing the fall of the political icons we hate. Horrible as events may be, they are good for ratings, and outlets like CNN and Fox News know this best.

So, let's take a peek into our brains to understand this. I see humankind as a duality—a primitive nature controlled by what I call the automatic brain or AB and a Divine nature accessed via our higher mind. To tap into the latter, one must dissect the sanity in an insane world. Yet the AB stands in the way. This brain has evolved over more than 250 thousand years. Its purpose is to help us detect danger, threat, or vulnerability. This happens by storing information and referencing current events or circumstances against the stored data. When an event represents danger, this brain causes us to react by fight or flight. Though the data may differ among us, the reaction is, for the most part, universal.

The AB stores the data in three main folders—the one-up folder, the unknown/unfamiliar folder, and the loss of love (essential security) folder. It is always on the lookout for events in our life where someone may appear superior to us (one-up), circumstances that may seem unfamiliar, or the threat of losing the love (security) of someone.

That's the framework. When tragedy strikes someone else or somewhere else, our brain processes this as making us feel one-up, superior, and hence safer. However, it also has us seeking out such information to store data about what may be in store for us in the form of danger. Besides, our AB has us seeking out the drama for the fall of someone successful. Such stories draw much attention. The media knows this without fully understanding the AB but can see the ratings.

The irony is that as hard as this brain works to protect us, it actually puts us in a much more vulnerable place. It causes us to feel all those negative feelings I listed in the opening sentence. We seek out so much information that we become numb to it. Blocking access to our mind, thus Divine nature strips us of our true power. Although the concept of a Divine nature may sound fluffy to some and even wild to others, I propose that letting the AB drive us is the primary reason for the world's insanity, not just because of the media but because of the masses constantly fighting and fleeing.

To stay sane in an insane world means living more in concert with our higher mind in control. Here are 12 ways to do that:

1. Avoid the news

For the reasons stated above, this is key. I suggest carefully picking which articles and stories you listen to or read. Resist the curiosity to learn how many people were killed by a tornado or hurricane. The media is an unreliable source, especially currently. They have an agenda, and one of their primary goals is influencing you to believe theirs. Such an agenda usually will not make you a better person or more prepared.

2. Don't believe everything you read

Most people, because of their AB, are biased. Therefore, often, what we see or hear reflects a personal bias.

3. Get a hobby

Explore previous interests. They may have faded over time because of life's pressures, but revisiting them will give you less time for the news and provide self-empowering entertainment.

4. Meditate or pray

Quiet time will help you return to sanity by providing a sense of control and hope. As the saying goes, "When we pray, we talk to God. When we meditate, God speaks to us.

5. Electronic free day

Take at least one day a month, preferably once a week, and free yourself from electronics. Removing yourself this way will free up a part of yourself you may not have seen in a while.

6. Sit and talk

When we gather with others, there is pressure to do something. Try sitting, talking, perhaps playing a game, and laughing for a few hours. Get lost in this fellowship and instantly feel saner.

7. Be intimate with your partner

Spend time holding, caressing, and bonding with your lover. Do this as much as possible and certainly in place of watching the news before bed!

8. Educate yourself

There is so much that we don't know. There is no educational prerequisite for one to learn. Pick a topic, like History, and become fascinated. Perhaps learn a new language to communicate with a new set of people.

9. Adopt a pet

Having something to care for can be empowering and life-affirming and can restore sanity.

10. Read material that brings out the best in you

This could be anything from a book that aligns with your religious beliefs to a self-improvement article to a course that teaches you how to meditate.

11. Don't take yourself too seriously

Learn to laugh at the way the AB shows itself. For me, when a crazy thought pops up in my head, it makes me laugh because I know it is the AB's feeble attempt to protect me at all costs.

12. Don't always believe, trust, or take direction from your Automatic Brain

The fear that you are in constant danger will place you in constant danger. Don't instantly trust the instinct when you feel insecure, threatened, or vulnerable. It is often derived from years of AB programming. It is

the source of most insanity.


When you can bring the AB up to the level of awareness and consciousness, you will be surprised how it controls you—from craving the news to stopping you from pursuing your dreams. On a larger scale, you will begin to understand that it is at the core of creating an insane world. However, when you become aware, you nourish and cultivate your mind—your sanity—and open the door to your Divine nature.

© Dr. Charles F. Glassman, CoachMD

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