Posted by: Monkey | August 1, 2014

An open reply on the topic of the Consciousness Revolution

I have noticed an influx of new subscribers recently and I’m immensely grateful and touched to and by all of you who have taken enough interest in my writing to want more. Welcome and thank you for subscribing!
It has me inspired to commit to writing something each week as I continue my explorations and musings into the human experience.
Currently I am immersed in the study of a Masters in Social Ecology, which essentially takes all the things I am most curious and passionate about and channels that into a formal educational qualification! How cool is that?
I am also working on my first ever book which is tentatively titled “The Foundations of Authentic Relating” which takes my interest for genuine, deep, personal and meaningful conversation and turns it into a manual of teachable skills to let all of our interactions become that much deeper and intimate. It is also a foundation for intersubjective practices, that allow us to enter into deep states of awareness with others, to build upon. I’m not sure when this book will be available, hopefully within the year.
Lastly I am working on a website to consolidate this blog, some of my other writings published in various places and to offer some of my services, including working on a podcast idea, to the world. I hope to be completed with this in the next few months.
For this week post I was replying an email to someone who had written to me off this blog and was pondering the question of the seeming conscious revolution that many people are talking about. The following are some of my ideas about what is occurring in the world today and how simply by reading this, thinking and talking about the possibilities that you are already participating in this new emergence.




Heya ______,
The two main things I see you are talking about is this urge of wanderers, particularly of a more spiritual bent I imagine, and their desire for being a part of community. And then in this next email about the spiritual revolution.
For quite a while now I have become fascinated by the concept of human development, and particularly higher stages of adult development. The theorists and researchers looking into this topic point to the fact that we don’t just stop developing once we reach adulthood, that actually the potential to keep on growing is there and in some ways mappable, in that it has certain attributes associated with them in different stages… just like childhood, teenager, etc have specific attributes associated with them.
Different researchers have looked into different sets of attributes such as values, meaning-making and ego development.
As we reach into higher levels of development we become more complex human beings and as such able to take on a greater and greater perspective. We may look at animals and think of them as benign and naturally loving creatures, or is it that they just don’t have the ability to make as significant an impact as we do? Do they really care about or even see this planet in any clear and personally subjective way?
As we develop our first notion, as a baby, is utterly ego-centric. There is no other, the entire universe exists simply to provide for me. As we grow we develop that ability to take another perspective. We see that “oh there is me, and there is you” I can start to imagine that my actions impact you. Then we begin to see that for a group, my family group or my tribe or my religion is the most important to the exclusion of others out there. Wars come from this stage of consciousness as people from a different belief are others, we can’t necessarily identify with their life or that they feel and think like we do… they are different and as such ignorant. And then we develop again and we begin to step into a world-centric capacity. We see that all life has value. This is a considerable path of development from the first cavemen and women! Many people on the world have not reached this place of being, they can’t quite see with this lens yet… it is happening though. More and more people are waking into this capacity to honour and love all life.
This whole spiritual revolution… firstly I’m not a fan of the term revolution as it implies on one hand revolving and going around in a circle, and on the other some kind of uprising against something external.
I like the idea of evolution better… and I’m starting to feel that all of this great awakening stuff, it’s just a momentum towards the next evolutionary step in humanity.
It’s happened before. We have been through a renaissance, an enlightenment, an industrialisation, democracy, etc. At each of these it didn’t just suddenly happen out of nowhere. Rather there were people talking about new ideas and possibilities, probably for a long time. Bit by bit people began living into these new ideas and eventually a tipping point occurred where at a larger collective this new way was adopted and integrated into the morphogenetic field of the human species.
I think this is what is happening now. We are moving towards something new, something post-post-modern, post-democracy, post-capitalism. We don’t quite know what it is yet, only that where we are now isn’t working anymore for a growing number of us and we are talking about it. Little by little this talk becomes action in thousands and thousands of tiny ways scattered around the globe. Eventually some kind of consolidation will emerge with some great thinker/leader (or more likely to be some kind of collaborative group I think) standing up and proposing, en masse, radical changes to the way things are and with a rush of excitement and disturbance we will enter a new age. It’s not the end of the story, and it’s not the end of all problems… likely it will solve a huge number of the problems we are currently facing (likely environmental) yet will create in and of it’s own a huge number of new and even more complex problems for the next generations to grow into.
As the famous quote by Einstein goes “it is impossible to solve problems by the same level of consciousness that created them” (or something like that). Literally we have to grow to solve the problems we create by growing.
And so this phenomena you see by your peers and our urges to be in sustainable and conscious community… I think this is a part of the imperative towards this new way of being. You are a part of and witnessing the outliers, those who are on the far end of the bell curve of human development and their natural desire reaching into, and dynamically co-creating, what comes next. We are unsatisfied with the consumeristic way of living, and we feel in our cells the destruction to our home, the natural ecosystem of this planet to which we are utterly interdependent upon. We know something needs to change and we want it, we crave it .
By having this conversation, by any of us having these conversations. By dreaming together into the possibilities we are moment-by precious-moment actively imagining it into existence. The morphogenetic field to which we are all part is laying down grooves that will eventually become solid reality. Thoughts and conversations have substance, they are subtle objects and they have a power to them.
I have hope because everything in our history points to change. We evolve, adapt and evolve again. Any species that ceases to falls by the wayside and the universe goes on. We aren’t the pinnacle of existence, yet as far as we know we are the first time for this to ever happen on this particular planet. Whether we continue to grow into our potential or not, life will go on and the great spirit will continue to evolve.
Much love,

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