Every personal crisis is an opportunity to change, to grow, to evolve. We all face crises. We have deaths in our families; friends become ill; we may lose our jobs. Each of these crises is necessary to jolt us from our daily routine, our planned path, and give us the chance to move to a new level.
Every crisis a species faces is, similarly, an opportunity to evolve. Our species was faced with a crisis millions of years ago when our ancestors’ environment changed from forest to grassland. Our ancestors took the evolutionary leap and learned to walk on two legs. This freed hands for tool use, and that resulted in larger, better brains.
As we approach 2012, humanity faces crises related to
global warming and climate change, world economic systems,
nuclear arms–and the list grows.
The great difference here is that we are the first species that knows it is facing crises of its own making that could render us extinct or empower us to evolve. This awareness marks the beginning of the first age of conscious evolution.
We belong to the ﬁrst generations to face crises that could destroy our own biosphere. As a species, we have faced that possibility since the development of the atomic bomb. But at the same time, many millions of people are waking up, asking, “What can I do?” The answer does not lie with old governmental systems or educational institutions, nor with religions, but with innovation and creativity in every ﬁeld.
As the danger accelerates, innovation grows.
The crises now converging can bring an end to the dominator culture–with its over-population, separate-mindedness, environmental abuse and weapons of mass destruction–as our species makes its first conscious leap to our next phase. We have been told that we are at a bifurcation point, where the human species can either go down to further collapse, or make a positive shift through collaboration and connectivity. It depends on what we do.
We are at a “chaos window.” The system is out of balance. It can not continue by doing more of the same. We must innovate and transform, or we will devolve and self destruct. And there isn’t much time to make this choice.
The key to our possible rapid evolution is to connect what is working in every field and function toward a sustainable and evolvable world. It is to learn “social synergy” through collaboration and co-creativity. The very effort to connect the positive will evolve us toward the next phase of our species. We could become a “universal humanity,” capable of co-evolving with nature and co-creating with Spirit.
Our conscious evolution is being accelerated by the non-linear, exponential connectivity of what is emerging, through social networks of all kinds, driven by sacred activism, that is action from the heart for the common good.
I believe that, by 2012, we can share together a “planetary birth experience,”
the awareness that we are one planetary body with the technology,
resources and know-how to make it through these crises together.
Already we see enough innovations in technology, in health–in every sector–to give pioneering souls the vision of our birth as a universal species. Such innovations are breaking through in every area, but they are not visible in the media, or in our mainstream politics. You can see them with “evolutionary eyes,” that notice what is breaking through out of what is breaking down.
Our new capacities, especially in science and technology, make our next evolutionary leap very different from past changes. The next stage will be born not from random selection and survival of the fittest, but from the conscious choice of creative people working in synergy, integrating and applying our spiritual, social and scientific capacities.
Technologically, we’re gaining the powers once attributed to gods. Advances such as biotechnology, nano-technology, robotics, artiﬁcial intelligence and worldwide communication through the Internet put us on the threshold of no longer being creature humans.
We are going to be co-creative humans, universal humans, and I think eventually
we will be a universal species on this earth, in the solar system, and in the galaxy.
Our spiritual capacities are ancient, but in the past people projected their own innate abilities onto gods, masters or institutions. Now, millions of us are now feeling the spirit within ourselves, becoming spiritually activated: co-creative humans. We are bringing the gods home as our own evolutionary potential.
We can appreciate our challenges without judgment. In the social realm, no one has ever before been asked to evolve a planet. There are no experts. Nobody on this earth has seen a co-evolutionary, co-creative society. We are being asked to divine the design of social evolution–to design a world.
What is forming right now is a worldwide community of pioneering souls, a communion of people attracted to expressing and giving their gifts to the world. When we meet each other there is an instant rapport. The connectivity of such evolving humans is rapidly creating a resonant field, and a new critical mass of coherence and creativity that can shift the direction of human history.
As we probe into matter we find, through quantum physics, that there is no matter, that underneath energy there is a field, and underneath the field there seems to be an ordering process. It looks as though the most advanced scientific research is tapping into the mind of the cosmos–seeking to understand the way consciousness itself creates.
I am a proponent and practitioner of sacred activism, the sacred part of conscious evolution. When I ran for the Vice Presidential nomination in 1984, I proposed a Peace Room that would identify the work of sacred activists. It would scan for and map connections and communicate what is working in the world to mobilize for constructive action. This is beginning to happen now. The Foundation for Conscious Evolution is working in collaboration with others to bring the Peace Room, now called the Synergy Engine, into reality. The worldwide web, which was in its infancy in 1984, gives us the tools to scan for what’s emerging and bring people with ideas together. Scaled-up synergy and fast connections will let us show people how to apply conscious evolution in their own lives, for their own benefit, and for the greatest good of their neighbors and all of humanity.
The greater the emergency, the faster the emergence.
The situation itself is empowering.
The new society will involve people who see common goals and then match their talents with the needs of others. While we are increasing global intelligence by making creative ideas available for synergistic cooperation, we will also re-localize, as each person gives their gifts where they are needed.
We have the most wonderful opportunity humanity has ever faced. Without crisis, humanity would not make the leap to evolve into a new culture. As a species, we would remain in our fairly comfortable rut, fearing the unknown effects of change. The crises surrounding 2012 force us to change our society and ourselves. The new social structures we consciously create will not encourage survival of the fittest, in the old evolutionary paradigm. Rather they will free each of us to make our own unique contributions. It will be what Jonas Salk called “the survival of what fits best.”
As a global society, we will experience more synergy, as people with varied skills make vital connections. But that society will also be localized, as people share the results of that synergy where they are most needed. I envision local synergy centers, so people can connect with one another where they live and act based on local needs. These centers would help people develop alternative currencies to empower them to go beyond over-monetization to support collaboration and co-creativity.
It is important for us to share our visions of a universal humanity. This much we can already see: If humanity succeeds in moving to the next evolutionary stage, we will have expanded, and extended, intelligence. As members of one living planetary body, we will have matured into a consciousness of the whole system. We will have longer life spans. We will have powers we once projected onto gods, but those powers will be our own.
We will restore the Earth, free ourselves from deficiencies, develop synergistic social systems, release untapped human potential, inhabit the solar system and eventually become galactic humans. We will be born as universal persons.
A noted futurist, author, social architect and speaker, Barbara Marx Hubbard is a founding board member of the World Future Society and co-founded the Foundation for Conscious Evolution. Barbara is the producer and narrator of the award-winning DVD series Humanity Ascending: A New Way Through Together. She’s written five books: The Hunger of Eve, The Evolutionary Journey, Revelation: Our Crisis Is a Birth, Conscious Evolution: Awakening the Power of Our Social Potential, and Emergence: The Shift from Ego to Essence, Ten Steps to the Universal Human.
Barbara earned a BA in political science at Bryn Mawr College and studied at L’Ecole des Sciences Politique and the Sorbonne. She earned the first Doctor of Conscious Evolution degree awarded by the Emerson Theological Institute. She currently lives in Santa Barbara, California. To learn more about Barbara, visit http://www.BarbaraMarxHubbard.com.