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Sunday, October 9, 2016

Evolution of the...


The requirements for our evolution have changed. Survival is no longer sufficient. Our evolution now requires us to develop spirituality—to become emotionally aware and make responsible choices. It requires us to align ourselves with the values of soul—harmony, cooperation, sharing, and reverence for life.”
Gary Zukav

Some of us have difficulty with the concept of soul—what is it, where is it, where does it come from and where does it go when our body succumbs to death? I have no answers to these questions any more than you do, but I can tell you what I believe to be true. The soul of each human being is one manifestation of a greater entity; it is part of a greater soul that we call the universe, or the source, or God. It is, like every other thing in this universe, energetic in nature. It does not appear to us as an observable entity any more than the wind does. We don't doubt the wind's existence because we can look with our eyes and see the trees waving around and we can hear the sound of the air whizzing past our ears. We can feel wind on our skin and blowing against our clothing. The soul is like the wind—we know it through our senses, and through our intuition. Zukav explains it this way: “You experience your soul each time you sense yourself as more than a mind and body, your life as meaningful, or you feel that you have gifts to give and you long to give them.” I would also posit that we experience our souls in those rare moments when we feel one with everything—when the boundaries that define us fade from awareness and we are simply part of all that is.

Darwinian theory indicates that only the fittest are most likely to survive and propagate. Fitness is more that physical strength; it also includes adaptability, ingenuity and endurance. In the distant past, the fittest were those who could run fastest, had the most secure habitats, and an ample food supply. We have gone through many layers of evolution as a species, with each one advancing our knowledge base and therefore our definition of fitness. But, we've developed an imbalance because of our reliance upon weapons as our means of security. That type of technical ingenuity has outpaced our understanding of what is truly necessary to make us secure—which is where the soul comes in. It is leading us away from what I call weaponized religions—ones where we kill or enslave people who do not share our beliefs—to a spirituality that perceives all humans as precious. In the future, the fittest will be those people who embrace unity, and not those who hold the divide-and-conquer mentality of the past. The qualities of justice, harmony, and reverence for life will be the survival skills that push humanity's evolution forward.

Today, I hope you have an opportunity to experience your soul.

                                                            In the Spirit,


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