Raising Consciousness: Tuning Fork or Pitchfork?

You can approach every situation in life one of two ways: as a tuning fork for virtue or a pitchfork of vice.

As a tuning fork, you entire being, your overarching purpose relates to establishing harmonic resonances in the world around you. Indeed, virtue resonates harmonically. It is a peculiar and unmistakeable vibratory quality which draws forth that which is consistent with it and repels that which is not.

People talk about “raising consciousness” as a means of creating a better world. If history tells us anything it is that we cannot acculturate, educate, exterminate, legislate, perambulate or pontificate our way to a more perfect world. We must demonstrate over and over again, in creative ways that: (1) captivate the hearts and minds of our fellows and (2) motivate them to orient to a higher standard.

Conversely, as a pitchfork your all-consuming passion is to pick apart, to pique offense, divide and confuse. Whether your jabs are sharp and superficial or slow and penetrating, virtue is to be avoided at all costs, lest it be useful to camouflage a nefarious aim.

The pitchfork has long been used to deflate the efforts of those who have sought to raise consciousness. The invective with which anonymous commenters reply to well-meaning news articles and blog posts by those whose goal is to raise consciousness, for instance, is not a new practice, by any means. Those whose hearts are not consumed with the better feelings of humanity will spare no expense as they poke and prod the objects of their dissection.

You have a choice to make in each and every circumstance. You can choose to be a tuning fork for virtue or a pitchfork of vice. No one can make you be one or the other. It is, dear readers, entirely up to you.

7 thoughts on “Raising Consciousness: Tuning Fork or Pitchfork?

  1. Ricardo B.

    That one key is so vital – I remember when it became clear to me that no one can make you do anything. It’s a revelation for sure, for how many times do you hear the common refrain “you made me do it!”, typically in response to an ill passion acted out.

    We need a world of virtue now, more than ever, and now is my time to live by this word indeed.


  2. Carol

    Your mention of harmonic resonance reminded me of something written about a favorite author. An editor for women’s magazine wrote that when the author’s short stories would arrive to be published, magic would happen. The stories were sweet and uplifting and seemed to have an affect on the publishing team. Everyone would work together in harmony and agreement. There were no arguments. The artwork would win awards. The experience was creative and stood out.

    How much is written that contributes to discouragement, distrust, and confusion? I have to think that the majority of people are looking to be inspired and to be inspiring themselves. We choose our stance each day in what we allow to occupy our minds and hearts. If we choose to be a tuning fork, we naturally seek out those who are like-minded to lend our agreement.


  3. Joy

    To me Gregg it is not a difficult decision, it seems as if every major event of my life has compelled and propelled me to choose the tuning fork, why would I not! Something about a turning fork that has always fascinated me is that at certain time’s one will hear overtones…a host of other high and clear harmonic tones. Funny thing is that not everyone can hear those overtones; it appears as if the ear needs to be specially tuned to hear them. Your blog is indeed like the tone sounded by a tuning fork Gregg, it carries a specific resonant quality, some hear it, most don’t, and a very precious few, hear the overtones. It is always a pleasure to consider the topics you bring to us on a daily basis Gregg. Thank You!


  4. David R

    Feelings, thoughts, words – we can’t help but employ these vehicles while we live on earth, but do we recognize the nature of their linked genesis? Can we follow the pathways of purpose and intention that run through them? It takes honesty of an unusual quality to keep the pathways of meditation and verbalization clean and helpful, to be sure that the sentinel never abandons his post. It all matters!


  5. Chuck Reddick

    One way of looking at it is the choice between building or tearing down. I think that given our druthers most of us would prefer to build as tearing down is destructive in nature. However, under pressure who do we become – what choice do we make? Personally I prefer to build.


  6. Katherine

    Although the pitchfork and tuning fork may have some design similarities, they serve completely different purposes. Those who pick apart others typically rationalize their actions, thinking they are enacting justice for themselves or others. You can’t create a better world on the one hand and on the other, act as judge, jury and executioner. The pitchfork approach is anathema to creating a better world.


  7. Coco

    The Internet has proven to be a place where people can be themselves, in the name of freedom of speech. I say each could look at what they’ve written and they’ll see what side of the question they in fact do reside. There is nothing free about our speech or for that matter thoughts or feelings either. We answer for each of them, somewhat in the moment; as the blessing of the harmonic resonance unites you with the majesty of love or the decay of divisiveness gradually kills the soul like a slow growing cancer and ultimately we answer, when we face our creator as we account for our time as his servant on Earth. Either will become a habit and in turn our habitat. Terrific post, thank you for the concise consideration.


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