A strange thing has been happening to me most of my adult life. It occurs whenever I make what I consider to be a perfectly rational statement, but then I discover that my words have produced some kind of shock. The person to whom I am talking suddenly blinks at me as if I have just turned into an alien from outer space and then looks away. I have learned to identify this response as the Ruth-is-being-crazy-again expression. My listener invariably dismisses what I have just said as insane lunacy, but he or she is too polite to say so. Then comes the inevitable changing of the subject.

That's right, the effect I usually have upon my fellow human beings is . . . Ruth-is-crazy. Ruth really is crazy. Ruth drinks too much purple Kool-Aid. Ruth keeps dreaming up the most crackpot ideas in the history of the world. Ruth's opinions about life, the universe, and everything are so far off the wall that the wall starts to collapse. And as for her insanity about the future . . . Ah, yes--this is the big one: Ruth's completely nutso ideas about what's coming to Planet Earth. How she thinks anyone will ever listen to her is beyond comprehension.

Well, let me remind you that as far as thinking outside the box goes, every once in a while an outside-box person actually does manage to make the world a better place. So it never hurts to pay attention. Especially since in my case I am not a prophet of doom. On the contrary, I am convinced that all of us seven billion humans are on the verge of experiencing the most stupendous change for the better in human history. It's not going to happen all at once, nor is it going to happen everywhere at the same time, but happen it will. Moreover, there are already signs indicating that the initial steps of this change have already started manifest. What's even more welcome is that this change is going to put an end to all the interminable personal and social problems which have plagued humanity for millennia. We are entering into a wholly new kind of human reality where the beliefs and the patterns of the past will have no more meaning. And no, this change is not something that any of our prestigious scientists or futurists have predicted, but crazy Ruth is certain that it is coming. So you may as well hear me out.

I am sure that most readers are regarding these words with skepticism. That is only natural. One thing I have noticed about human history is that people in all human epochs have a very peculiar tendency. On the one hand they realize that the only constant in this world is that of change. Philosophers such as Heraclitus in the West and Laozi in the East have always emphasized that we live in an ever-transforming universe. Here today, gone tomorrow. Nothing ever last forever. And as Heraclitus tells us, "You cannot step twice into the same rivers; for fresh waters are flowing in upon you."

On the other hand, there is a second human tendency which has also been noticed and remarked upon throughout most of human history. This is the tendency for us idiot humans to persuade ourselves that the way things are now are the way they are always going to be. If you know anything about cultural history, you see this phenomenon manifesting time and again: political leaders, religious leaders, and countless numbers of ordinary people make their decisions based upon the fantasy that the current social, governmental, or religious arrangements are going to last . . . uh . . . forever. This particularly holds true if any kind of cultural manifestation has already been around for several centuries.

And if ever there were an era when people suffer under the forever delusion, we happen to be living in it. I doubt that there has ever been a human generation so ferociously certain that what's we've got at the moment will go on until the last syllable of recorded time. People who possess this delusion are rock-solid certain that the post-WWII democratic welfare state is somehow the culmination of human aspiration. So there simply cannot be a better to do society or government. These people will perhaps also admit that things aren't quite perfect in our socially-engineered nation states, but still, what we've got at the moment is going to last until the sun burns itself out. The Republican and Democrat parties are going to last forever, as will suburbia, video games, office work, the Denver Broncos, the Roman Catholic Church, hamburgers, Hollywood, and the United States of America. Well, of course they'll go on forever! What kind of lunatic would think that these manifestations might disappear from our earth? Or that we would even want them to?

The only catch in this nonsense is the obvious fact that nothing about our culture is working any longer the way it is supposed to. In case you haven't noticed, all systems here in our dismal 21st century reality are currently imploding. Government doesn't work the way it should, nor does organized religion, medicine, economics, education, the legal system, insurance, scientific research, you name it. They are all collapsing under the weight of incompetence, corruption, and inefficiency. So why do people want our current mess to last forever? Why not figure out new and better ways to do things? But we can't do that! What we've got at the moment is the only way to do it! So it has to be permanent! Permanence is real! Permanence can actually happen! Let's keep stepping into the same river twice for the rest of all eternity or something!

Well, here comes crazy Ruth to tell you that there are actually better ways of doing both government and society. Furthermore, these new ways are going to be based upon the kind of ideals which most of us still cherish, such as life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. So a completely new kind of world is not something that should be feared. It would be a tremendous improvement for everyone on our planet, and instead of scoffing at its possibility, we should all start doing our best to bring it into being.

But why do I think that this new world is starting to manifest? And what makes it possible for me personally to see the future more clearly than anyone else? That's easy. I practice divination. And unlike most other diviners, I frequently ask my oracular tool questions about political arrangements, human destiny, how people can make good choices in their lives, and what kind of social institutions would be most effective. There is nothing spooky or occult about divination--it has been practiced in all human cultures since the beginning of time. And the information anyone can receive from an oracle will invariably give them very practical advice about living the best possible life.

So what does divination tell me about the future of planet earth? I believe that the upcoming change in our planetary reality will come into being because of a side effect of the digital revolution, which no one except myself seems to have noticed. I am convinced that our daily interaction with digital data is creating an evolutionary shift in our human bodies. More specifically, the bytes with which we interact every day are increasing the velocity of our atomic vibrations. In ages past people spent their time working with "solid" materials like wood, steel, rocks, and earth, and they made our human cultures out of these raw materials. But in today's world, most people spend their time either gazing at or working with those electrical impulses called bytes, and their atomic energies are shifting because of it.

Mind you, I don't have a shred of evidence for any of these statements. So all I can say is that my ideas are only premises, which you can take or leave as you please. But you ought to remember that evolution is not something which happened way back in prehistory and then stopped. All life forms on our planet continue to evolve in many different ways, up to and including us humans. Is it so preposterous to think that our daily interactions with electrical impulses are somehow altering our physical beings?

You also need to remember what makes up our human bodies, namely atoms. Even though our physical forms seem to be solid objects in space, our bodies are instead energy fields composed of swirling atomic particles moving through vacant space. And mostly empty space at that: Frank Close in Nothing: A Very Short Introduction tells us that atoms are 99.9999999999999% empty, which makes for a lot of emptiness. It is only the inadequacy of our senses which makes us think that our consciousness is inhabiting a solidity called a human body. I have heard of some psychics who see human beings as transparent entities, which means that they are probably seeing the vacant spaces at the atomic level. We humans are energy fields, and when we spend hours each day working at a computer, our energies are going to shift as a result, even if we do not notice any kind of visible change in our body mass.

But why would a more rapid atomic rate make for an evolutionary change? Well, when your vibes start spinning faster and faster, two things happen. First, your physical body starts to become ever more empty, or to use a better word, transparent. Not that this transparency is as yet perceptible by our senses, but I am convinced it is happening. Secondly, this increasing non-solidity is generating what I believe to be a much more important transformation in our human reality: an ever-increasing psychic sensitivity. That's right--that desktop or laptop you've been working with all these years has been creating within you something you never thought you had: psychic ability.

It is important to remember that every last one of us already possesses a certain amount of psychic sensitivity--we are all born with it. It's just that most people never realize that they've got it, nor do they ever try to develop it. As a result, psychic ability is seen to be a talent which only the tiniest of minorities possess. Well, this is about to change big time. In the years to come billions of people all over the world are going to realize that their speeded-up atomic vibrations are enabling them to pick up on what used to be mostly non-perceptible energies.

I should know. I was not born with any kind of special psychic ability, nor did I ever try to work with extrasensory energies until I was in my late thirties. But now, after more than two decades of working both with an oracular tool and with computers, I am probably as sensitive as a psychic can get. If I can develop my skills like this, anyone can.

Here you need to understand what being psychic means. On the one hand, it is a way to exercise what are known as shamanistic skills: you can, for example, learn how to predict the future, perceive the presence of spiritual beings, read minds, communicate with animals, control matter with your mind, and practice natural healing. All this is well and good and can be of great benefit in anyone's life. Still, these talents are nothing compared to the other great blessing that psychic ability can give us, which is a way to receive guidance directly from the Divine. Throughout most of human history, only those very rare and special people known as prophets or sybils have been able to hear the voice of the Almighty. Not any longer. In a world where everyone's energies are speeding up, everyone will also have the opportunity to receive guidance directly from the Divine. Wouldn't you like to be your own prophet? We are moving into a world where it can happen.

And no, you shouldn't think that the Divine is not interested in communicating with a nobody like yourself. If a State of Illinois Secretary IV (yours truly) can receive messages from the Divine, anyone can. This, by the way, is what the word divination means: communication with the Divine. People never talk about "futurization" or "humanization" when they work with an oracular tool: what happens is the "div" sound, indicating an encounter with the Divine. If there's something in your life which needs to be fixed, there is no universal cure-all like honest-to-God Divine energy.

Think about how your life would be improved if you could receive direct Divine guidance about the various issues you have to deal with, such as managing your finances, raising your children, making the best dietary/health choices, or whether a major change, such as marriage or a new job, would actually be beneficial to you. And think what your society would be like if you and everyone else could start to solve social problems based on Divine information instead of hubristic human guesswork. National security could be more easily managed since any kind of potential attack could be predicted in advance. Chronic social problems like racism or corruption would vanish. Only those businesses putting out benevolent energies would prosper. People would know in advance if the San Andreas or any other planetary fault line was about to go belly up. Best of all, for the first time in human history people would be able to perceive genuine Reality, instead of those legacy illusions which continue to perpetuate resentment and violence all over the planet.

Legacy illusions? What legacy illusions? I am talking about all those disastrous human beliefs which have been almost universally accepted over the centuries but which were never anything but the most insubstantial of mirages. For example, most people have always managed to convince themselves that each individual human being is somehow separate and apart from all the other human beings on the planet. Well, both quantum physics and ancient Buddhist and Vedic traditions tell us that all energy manifestations in our universe are somehow "entangled". The Vedic seers called this interconnection Indra's Net. This means that the idea of separateness which most of us experience as we go through our days is nothing but a false impression of our environment. Universal interconnection is the reality of our spacetime universe, not that empty space which you think exists between you and another sentient being.

Then there is that illusion called hierarchy. In a universally interconnected world, all energy manifestations, including us humans, exist in terms of absolute equality. Visionaries such as John Burroughs have always understood this: he correctly tells us in The Last Harvest (1922) that "the universe is a democracy." Now I am aware that the human race has been riddled with various kinds of hierarchical silliness since the beginning of history, as in titles, caste, rankings, status symbols, glitterati, winners and losers, and homecoming queens. But the reality of our spacetime universe is that all energy manifestations which exist are equal. Those ideas of specialness or celebrity to be found in our current planetary reality are nothing but legacy human constructs which have no basis in Reality.

Then there is the legacy idea that our universe is some kind of mechanism, or as Sir Isaac Newton would have it, a giant clock. Newton also wanted us to believe that matter had solidity and there was a cause for every effect. Behold three more illusions which have also been blown out of the water thanks to the revelations of quantum physics. Nevertheless, the ignorant continue to take personal or political action based upon these illusions time and again. If you ask me, this is why we no longer get any kind betterment in our societies, only those disasters called unintended consequences.

All of the above means that the greatest problem with the human race is perception. Not money, politics, religion, race, nationality, or class. What has created our planetary mess is erroneous perception. Not that most people ever quite realize that they are not perceiving Reality correctly. We live in a world where billions of our fellow human beings are furiously determined to create structures built upon illusion, pass laws based upon illusion, interact with their fellow human beings based on illusion, and spend their leisure time watching illusion. So it is no wonder why everything is falling apart these days.

But things would get better in a world where everyone started to use their innate psychic skills to perceive true Reality. And in my opinion such skills are soon going to be within the reach of us all. The catch is that you have to do more than stare at an electronic screen if you want to increase your psychic sensitivity. You also need to know how to work with an oracle. It's true that our digital reality is speeding up your vibes, but my own experience tells me that working with an oracular tool is the other thing you need to do if you want your burgeoning psychic ability to go into overdrive.

But what is an oracular tool? Over the centuries people have used various ordinary implements to help stimulate their psychic sense, including runes, yarrow stalks (for the Yi Jing), sea shells, dice, tea leaves, and cards. Therefore you should not think that it will be difficult for you to learn how to work with an oracle--the basics are easily mastered regardless of which tool you use. My preferred oracle of choice is tarot, and my guidelines for working with it are here on this website: my book The Compleat Psychic or my shorter Ten-Minute Guide to Reading Tarot Cards.

Think about how the world would change if psychic ability became the norm instead of the exception. Each one of us would be able to use our own personal divinatory revelations to improve our lives, instead of relying upon guesswork or unworkable legacy theories. We would then have the means to fulfill our potential, instead of dragging ourselves through useless jobs, toxic affiliations, or ever more harmful paradigms. In such a world no one would get shoved around any longer by the big shots since everyone would be their own big shot--as well as their own monarch or prophet or genius. This, quite simply, is the solution for Planet Earth. Not another grandiose governmental scheme, or a new religion, or yet another self-help expert telling the suckers how to get rich quick. Each one of us should do our best to develop our psychic skills.

Believe it or not, I am convinced that this new reality is already starting to manifest, and not only because of the digital revolution. Consider the other following changes which are now taking place on this earth:

Astrological energies are shifting. I am aware that many of my fellow Americans think that astrology is nothing but a bunch of hooey, and a ridiculous one at that. Well, my own intuition, plus what I have learned from my oracular tool, tells me that at least in its broad outlines, astrology has something valuable to tell us about the Reality of our universe. The most important astrological message we are getting at the moment is that our earth is moving from the Piscean era into that of Aquarius. This means that instead of focusing on emotional experiences as was common in the Piscean era, people are going to start paying more attention to mental energies such as communication, intellect, learning, thought, and expansion of consciousness. Our computerized world is itself a manifestation of these kinds of energies. And since the symbol for Aquarius, the water-bearer, stands for humanitarianism, I am convinced that we are going to start seeing a movement away from people's ego-based desires into a greater emphasis on the well-being of all sentient beings in Indra's Net.

**The internet and globalization are giving us a sense of universal interconnection. For the first time since the days before tribalism, we humans are able to get a sense of that Reality called universal interconnection thanks to the internet. Here in the Age of Connectivity, you can go online and communicate with anyone you like. While it is true that certain dictatorial regimes are doing their best to block this kind of free communication, they are wasting their time. The sense of the oneness of all phenomena is going to keep increasing as the internet becomes ever more free.

Stuff is becoming meaningless. Another impact of Aquarian energies is that people are becoming more and more indifferent to that nuisance phenomenon known as stuff. A prestige house filled with thousands of items is rapidly becoming a very dead legacy duck. People these days continue to want their electronics, but as for all that worthless trash our analog parents just had to have, who needs it? Nobody in the new world to come, and especially not when people realize that living among piles of stuff weakens both their psychic and their creative abilities.

It's not just people who are growing more transparent. I cannot ever remember the word transparency being used as a positive social value when I was younger, but it is a universal ideal these days, which is all for the best. In a transparent world, what was once hidden behind closed doors, such as corporate decisions or governmental oppression, can no longer be kept secret. This is a major step forward for the human race, and it will eventually result in the destruction of all our legacy oppressive systems.

Mobility is increasing all over the world. Like transparency, another word which is very popular these days is mobile. The Piscean tendency was to stay put in one locale, religion, profession, or mental tendency, and then cling to it for the rest of your life. Nothing could be more foreign to an air sign like Aquarius, which is a sign of movement, experimentation, learning, and advancing into new space and freedom.

Music is everywhere. We are heading into a world where all seven billion of us will be able to listen to the kind of music we prefer any time we like. Since this is yet another interaction with electronic bytes, the more digital music you listen to, the more transparent--and psychic--you become.

Newness is everywhere. Young people these days have no comprehension of what life was like in those bad old analog days when things pretty much stayed the same, day after day, year after year. Fortunately, that kind of existence is pretty much over and done with by now, when the internet can give us continual newness every day of our lives. It's true that we can be overwhelmed by the stupendous amount of information to be found online, but if we use the internet wisely, there are always new music or videos to be found online which are frequently free for the asking, as well as fresh ideas or concepts to study, new and better ways to do things, and best of all, creative ways to expand our consciousness.

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Well, doesn't this kind of world sound better than what we've got at the moment? And wouldn't you like to help create it? Believe it or not, there are lots of ways you can personally help an oracular world to come into being. Here are my initial recommendations about getting started. I am currently working on several more chapters, so the following list will be expanded in the months to come:

April, 2016