Choosing Conscious Evolution

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Each of these stories is a co-creative work in progress. The stories evolve and ripen as more contributors offer their gifts of insight and perspective. Please contact us if you would like to participate.

The Story

The core narrative begins with the progressive development of humanity's knowing faculty or consciousness: from sensory consciousness to feeling consciousness to thinking consciousness and, increasingly, to reflective consciousness. The name for our human species is Homo sapiens sapiens. “Sapiens” means knowing, so we are the species that is doubly knowing. We have the capacity to bring conscious reflection to our actions and their consequences and with that knowledge make new choices about our pathway through Life, both individually and collectively.

All of the world’s spiritual traditions as well as psychotherapy are based upon the insight that the first step in awakening and healing is to simply "see what is." Our healing practice is to become an objective witness or impartial observer of our lives and tell ourselves the truth about our situation. Honest self-reflection and non-judgmental witnessing provide a way to cut through the surface chatter of our lives to reveal the deeper voice of our soul. We then can take soulful responsibility for our lives and relationships as we progressively unfold our capacity for living more consciously.

Within the past few decades, the combined power of television, the internet, and the enhanced seeing capacities of telescopes, microscopes and space probes has produced a stunning revolution in our capacity to observe ourselves as a species. With the global communications revolution, the world is becoming transparent to itself. Humanity is becoming a collective witness to its own journey and the consequences of its collective actions. This opens a whole new possibility for consciously choosing the direction of our own evolution.

The Story in Action

Conscious Evolution is a rapidly emerging worldview, embraced by many of the world’s foremost thought leaders and spiritual teachers. It includes all of what we know from human and cosmic history, development, and science as well as what we know from the world’s wisdom traditions. Many people and groups are wrestling with how to describe what Conscious Evolution is. In early 2011, a group of Evolutionary Leaders engaged in a series of dialogues covering key questions related to Conscious Evolution. The content of those dialogues is reproduced here:

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Is Consciousness Evolving?

A short video in which scientist, Elisabet Sahtouris, explores the question of whether consciousness is evolving.

The Nature of the 'Self'

Peter Russell tells how we create an artificial, illsurory, sense of self from what we have or do. Opening to our true nature brings relief and ease.

Is Humanity Waking Up?

In this wide-ranging, half-hour conversation, Peter Russell and Duane Elgin explore whether humanity is waking up to a new level of consciousness? If so, what changes in consciousness are underway? Can we wake up in time?

The 'Power of Consciousness'

Bruce Lipton speaks about the power of consciousness:

The Mind of the Dolphin

Peter Russell describes his first-hand encounters with Dolphins and their consciousness

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