If you’re familiar with EnlightenNext magazine, then you probably know how excited we are by an emerging perspective we call “The Evolutionary Worldview” and its untapped potential to help us in meeting the most pressing challenges of our time. In fact, we believe an evolutionary worldview is so crucial to the future we all know is possible, we are dedicating an entire daylong virtual seminar to it on Saturday, May 15th. Led by our editorial team of Andrew Cohen, Elizabeth Debold, Ross Robertson, and myself, this free live event will also feature several special guests, including Ken Wilber, Brian Swimme, Marilyn Schlitz, Deepak Chopra, and more. Continue reading…
When we awaken to the evolutionary impulse, we realize a completely new relationship to what it means to be alive and what it means to be ourselves here and now. Not only do we discover a freedom to be ourselves that we’ve never known before, but even more importantly, we find a reason for living with intense commitment and liberated passion that gives us an incomparable sense of personal, philosophical, and spiritual self-confidence. We suddenly begin to understand, in ways that both include and transcend our intellect, that the reason we are here on Earth (once all of our basic survival needs have been met) is not merely to experience security, comfort, pleasure, or even peace of mind but to develop. We realize that we are here to consciously evolve, to intentionally do anything and everything we can to unleash all of the extraordinary creative potential within, so that the human race’s next step can, in some small but not insignificant way, emerge through us.
When you awaken to the evolutionary impulse behind the entire cosmos as your very own Authentic Self, you find yourself living in a new world. It’s not the small, personal world that your ego or separate self-sense has lived in since the day you were born. You may still exist and function in that world, but deeply, it’s no longer your home. Your home is the vast process that began the day the entire cosmos was born. When this kind of shift occurs irrevocably, the idea of living “for a higher purpose” doesn’t even make sense any more, because at an interior level, you and that purpose have merged and become one. You have become the actual manifestation of that higher purpose. It’s no longer external to who you are. To a significant degree, you and that higher purpose become indistinguishable. That’s what Evolutionary Enlightenment means. Your entire life becomes permeated by that evolutionary impulse, because that is who you have become.