Wednesday, 5 October 2011


If thoughts create our world, whose thoughts make predators kill? You cannot say that the young zebra has brought about its own demise in the jaws of a pride of lions, through its thoughts. Well, I suppose you can say it, but the idea doesn't quite stick! So whose thoughts are causing the violent death and suffering of billions of animals preyed upon by others?

Could it be our thoughts, collectively?

When we truly shift, enough of us, will the predatory system change? Will there be a new way to receive and give energy, not involving one creature devouring another? Could it, in effect, cause an evolutionary leap for all Earth's creatures, not just us humans? Might we, at some point, indeed have the lion lying down with the lamb - in gentle companionship? Because we think only thoughts of peace? Because we are peace.

Wouldn't that be cool? What do you think?

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Free Your Mind and Your Ass Will Follow

I would love to look into the eye of a whale.  In the wild seas.  Unafraid.

What mystery there?  What depth of wordless thinking?

Given that they cannot hug or speak, I'm certain they use other ways to connect.  I'm certain that they feel connected in spite of their seeming aloneness.  Inseparable from each other.  Inseparable from the ocean.

We do not know, but we can imagine.  It is gross arrogance to assume that other creatures are lesser, that they are biological automatons, without any Knowing.
I would love to gaze, long and open, into the eye of a whale.  To see its being.  To understand its essence.  And to allow that eye to see me.  Allow that eye to reflect me back to me, filtered by the whale's dream.

Would I like to look into the eye of an orca?  Sea-wolf; huntress?  See the bloodlust, the thrill of the kill?  Not so much.  For I fear to awaken those urges in me.

We have the power to imagine anything.  To call up and create anything.  We are conjurers, magicians, mini-gods creating.

Let's not be small.  Let's be towering in our creative benevolence.  Let's put it all right, because we have the capacity to imagine it put right.  To imagine it all good.

Where first we imagine, the planners follow, then the builders, then everyone can come to inhabit these new places.

That's how a new world is made.

"...The infinite intelligence within you knows the answers.
Its nature is to respond to your thoughts…"

You gravitate to that which you secretly love most
You meet in life the exact reproduction of your own thoughts
There is no chance, coincidence or accident
In a world ruled by law and divine order
You rise as high as your dominant aspiration
You descend to the level of your lowest concept of your self
Free your mind and your ass will follow
The infinite intelligence within you knows the answers
Its nature is to respond to your thoughts
Be careful of the thought-seeds you plant in the garden of your mind
For seeds grow after their kind

Dr Funkenstein / Funkadelic

Friday, 11 March 2011

Conscious Evolution and Evolutionary Spirituality

This is the spiritual concept that most captures my enthusiasm. So what is it?

I have this impulse inside me that drives me to seek more out of life, particularly to find a way to give more. To give something of meaning to the planet, to humanity. To do something for the greater good.

Where does that impulse come from? I know I'm not the only one feeling it. Not everyone is feeling it, but many, many people are feeling it. And often it begins as a dissatisfaction with the way life is turning out. A questioning. Is this really all there is? Is this really as good as it gets?

The universe began from a single, unimaginably tiny, point. Something caused that point to expand, and keep expanding. Something set in motion a process that drove the tiny particles from that initial explosion to form the simplest atoms. They coalesced into suns which produced enough energy to form heavier atoms, more explosions, a new generation of suns, planets, and all the space debris we're now familiar with. And no doubt, plenty we don't yet know.

Something caused our planet to generate life. And that life, over billions of years, increased in complexity until there was an astonishing array of life-forms interwoven together, constantly developing, constantly changing. That "something" can be called the evolutionary impulse, an impulse towards ever greater complexity.

So now we come along. Humanity. Very recently, in history-of-the-universe terms, as we are so often hearing. But my, how quickly we have grown! We became self-conscious. We became thinkers. Problem-solvers. Innovators. Masters of our environment. Conquerors. Amazing, wonderful, inventive. Can we say, the most successful species on the planet? We are, after all, everywhere (as that fantastic TV series Human Planet beautifully illustrates).

But of course, it's not all good. We're polluting our environment. We're killing, torturing and enslaving our own kind. We're destroying habitats at an unsustainable rate. Something is very off-course. We all know it. But we're not sure that there's anything we can do about it.

Well, yes there is. We can evolve. The big damage has happened, mainly, in the last couple of hundred years. Which is also the time that we've been coming to terms with the concept of evolution, rather than a sudden, complete creation. Many people have come to accept that this evolution has been taking place. They've let go of the classic beliefs, that all is either static or cyclical. Things change, states the new paradigm, endlessly.

Even the pace of change, changes.

Now, we are becoming conscious of the evolutionary process within us, not just across those eons past, but within an individual, in one lifetime, right now. Humanity has not stopped evolving. Even human nature itself is evolving. There is a long way for us to go. In fact, we are only just beginning, and we cannot fathom where we will be in a few more centuries.

We are the universe becoming conscious of itself. We are the consciousness of the evolutionary impulse, embodied. We are its physical form.

Barbara Marx Hubbard believes we are birthing a new species of human, dubbed Homo universalis (sometimes Homo progressivus or Homo noeticus), who will have a very different orientation to Homo sapiens.

The new universal human will be in touch with the evolutionary impulse inside them, tapping into that divine source of love, joy, wisdom and inspiration, at will. They will be motivated by the impulse within to find meaningful "work" which contributes to the greater good, while providing a safe and self-nurturing platform to perform that work from. Relationships will be the coming together of people already fulfilled and happy, who are not seeking fulfilment and love FROM each other, but who are bringing those gifts TO each other.

Understanding that is a major key. To have the best, happiest, liberating, committed relationships, we do not demand love or happiness from each other. We unlock the love and joy that is available to each and every one of us INSIDE, thereby automatically bringing love and happiness to our partners, family and friends. We become love. We are joy.

Reading books is a great way to increase understanding but it is very important to activate your heart and not just your mind when grappling with these ideas. Read with an open mind and an open heart.  For a good grounding in the concepts you can't beat:

Conscious Evolution (UK)
Conscious Evolution: Awakening Our Social Potential

Conscious Evolution (US)
Conscious Evolution: Awakening Our Social Potential

and for my personal evolution, I'm well into and thoroughly enjoying:

Love for No Reason (UK)
Love For No Reason: 7 Steps to Creating a Life of Unconditional Love

Love for No Reason (US)
Love For No Reason: 7 Steps to Creating a Life of Unconditional Love

Listening, I find, is even better, because you can hear so much more in a voice, the nuances convey so many extra clues, and you can feel like you are part of a group of like-minded seekers. Anything where Barbara Marx Hubbard speaks is well worth listening to. Another favourite is Jean Houston, she is awesome. Craig Hamilton is very much into exploring the conscious evolution concept and two others I've enjoyed listening to recently are James O'Dea and Terry Patten. And another favourite is Bruce Lipton (The Biology of Belief).

The whole audio series led by Claire Zammit and Katherine Woodward Thomas, called Women on the Edge of Evolution, is well worth exploring.

And all these audio series are available to download for free - hundreds of hours of stimulating, heart-expanding, mind-broadening conversations between people who are doing extraordinary good in the world.

So, why not dive in and let your evolutionary impulse guide you to just one, to listen to today? I guarantee there'll be at least one lovely "aha!" moment just for you.


The Shift In Action

The Shift Network

The Great Integral Awakening

Women on the Edge of Evolution