From Immanence to Transcendence:
The Missing Link & Creative Evolution
As science probes ever deeper into space and even so into the nucleus of atoms in its tireless search for life's meaning, one must wonder too what the future holds for humankind as we embark upon a new millennium.
In Marilyn Ferguson's provocative book, The Aquarian Conspiracy (covering personal and social transformation), she has revealed many of the extraordinary theories and practicalities of what is happening on the leading edge of science, evolution, the creative process, consciousness and transcendence.
Yet, despite the knowledge, science has accrued within the last thousand years, it has yet to pinpoint exactly how matter originates and even as to where did space come from? What it has found, however, is what seems to be a progressive and sequential order of events occurring throughout the natural world, but again how this happens, is still to be deciphered.
Nevertheless, from atoms to molecules, single-celled organisms to multi celled plants and animals; from individuals to nations, planets to galaxies, microcosm to macrocosm - the probability of universal oneness seems implicit as we discern patterns of order and sequence throughout every facet of life.
Cambridge-educated physicist and psychologist, Peter Russell, in his inspiring book, Awakening Earth - Global Brain (who in so many ways inspired this writer and sowed the seeds for this "Our Planet" site), bases his scientific understanding on the premise of a life of ever-expanding complexity but with a proportionately increasing unity as ever-larger numbers become intricately greater wholes.
Enter the theory of evolution: According to Harvard biologist/geologist Stephen Jay Gould and Niles Eldridge of the American Museum of History, the fossil evidence of evolution - although a milestone in the evolution of matter - is not without its flaws. Gaps in the evolutionary record, generally known as missing links, exist side by side with what appear to be whole species suddenly appearing in full form. Scientists now agree that these "new" species would seem to be the result of severe environmental stresses forcing the earlier species to adapt and evolve quite suddenly.
In consideration of such sporadic, evolutionary progression, Russian paleontologists have developed a similar theory which they term punctuated equilibrium. This suggests the appearance of periodic surges within a species' growth pattern where circumstances can pave the way for the emergence of newly evolved beings. These scientists imply that a new species can seem to spring into being quickly; say from the low-browed dark and hairy Neanderthal to the lighter, relatively hairless Cro Magnon sporting a high forehead.
Interlaced with this theory is the cosmology of the Jesuit philosopher-priest and paleontologist, Teilhard de Chardin. With a special interest in prehistoric life, de Chardin viewed the whole struggle of evolution as one of a divine force found in all matter which seeks to continuously expresses itself and must always find ways to do so. This force propels the universe from an immanent state to one of spirit, moving through the stages of matter and personality in its quest. Likewise, the mystics felt this driving force as one which eventually would have to express itself as emerging consciousness coming into being. As scientists grapple with this more recent theory of evolution - the concept of stressful situations as stimulating the emergence of new species - they are faced with this question: if we evolve only when confronted with impending disaster, could we also, as a left-brained semi-conscious species actually preempt certain catastrophes by envisioning our way out of such potentially precarious situations? Can we humans imaginatively create our own reality, thereby directing our destiny toward that of a peaceful, universally aware, eminently conscious species?
Austrian anthroposophist Rudolph Steiner proposes that wisdom is crystallized pain, but do we have to learn by pain alone, or is there another way by which we can master our destiny? Fortunately, our new scientific understanding points to the way of altering our fate so that we may finally choose our reality which ultimately forces us to either evolve and transmute - or self-destruct.
Since the 1980's, Cambridge University's eminent biologist Dr. Rupert Sheldrake has shaken the very foundation of the scientific world with his hypothesis of a transcendent principle guiding all matter into its own characteristic physical shape. This would infer that any time a thought or action is generated because of its inherent patterns of energy, (which seeks to constantly generate itself,) a similar thought or action can likewise appear elsewhere almost simultaneously. It is believed that in order for this to happen however, a chain reaction reaching a state of critical mass must be present.
Dr. Lyall Watson, author of "Supernature", recounts in his book "Life Tide" the well-known parable of the hundredth monkey which exemplifies the progression of thought and energy in reaching such a critical state. Coincidentally, Ken Keyes, best-selling author of the book "Nuclear Disarmament", based his solution for Nuclear Disarmament on this phenomenon.
The Parable of the Hundredth Monkey
Off the coast of Japan lie several tiny islands whose population of Macaque monkeys were under continuous scientific observation for over twenty years. Daily, the participating scientists would strategically place potatoes on a beach in order to entice the monkeys out of the jungle and into the open for observation.
One day, a young monkey was seen to carry a potato down to the ocean and to proceed to wash it in the salty water before eating it. This monkey, by example, communicated this new trick to its mother, who began to do likewise. She, in turn, passed the new habit on to her current mate, who eventually passed it on to fourth monkey, and so on. Eventually, by the time the habit spread to the hundredth monkey, the entire colony was washing the potatoes before eating them. Then, in what seemed like just moments later, the new habit suddenly appeared on two nearby islands! Now, three physically isolated populations of monkeys who had until that time shown no inclination to wash their food were now washing potatoes prior to consumption. Monkey see, monkey do.
Although the story of the hundredth monkey is perceived as a myth, its beauty as an analogy and a metaphor for humanity is both poignant and profound. This suggests that we humans, because of our superior mental capacity and cognizance of being, should be able to consciously control our future - both as individuals and as a group - by creating our own reality and then passing it on - even inadvertently - to each other, over and over again. Eventually, the idea becomes a habit which crescendos in an ever-widening circle of influence until the entire species assimilates it into its daily routine.
Question: Can telepathy, with its roots in a species' instinct or the collective unconscious, be the ticket to the next step in our evolution? Rupert Sheldrake lends this analogy a scientific basis with a most elegant explanation of an all-pervading field of energy, one with a holographic essence to which all living beings are attuned. Here, Sheldrake introduces what he calls morphogenetic fields as all-encompassing or holographic regions which continually permeate all of space with information - not unlike a transmitting ether (whose existence has yet to be substantiated due to lack of sophisticated scientific measuring devices).
Sheldrake's explanation suggests that heredity and evolution, mind and memory, share a purely etheric foundation; which if confirmed, will deeply affect every field of study, including science and religion. His hypothesis lends beautiful credibility to the concept of each new thought or idea traveling through time and space only to affect other minds on similar wavelengths. Accordingly, even our memory, like radio and TV waves, is contained outside the brain; and instead is held in our auric field until tapped by a certain stimulus.
A simple example of morphic resonance features newly synthesized laboratory crystals which would pop up almost simultaneously in other laboratories anywhere else in the world. Likewise, a thought or idea once released will resonate in such a way that the potential for its manifestation becomes increasingly more pronounced and its resonance, through repetition of its energy pattern, is stepped up to the point where it can conceivably reach a state of critical mass.
It should be noted here that Sheldrake's concept of morphic resonance blends very nicely with that of C.J. Jung's theory of synchronicity, or meaningful coincidence. Likewise, Jung's studies of universal archetypes resulted in his belief in a collective unconscious containing these "shared symbols", a racial memory, and a subsequent "pooled knowledge" of species.
Perhaps, the best known example epitomizing both Sheldrake's and Jung's theories is the incidence of the manned flight experiments by Orville and Wilbur Wright. At the very same time as the two brothers were experimenting in the U.S. in the early 1900's, aviators in New Zealand, Australia, and France were similarly trying their wings.
Organising Ourselves - A Precursor to Positive Change
It is estimated that of the 6.4 billion human beings on Earth today, approximately two-thirds suffer in some way; either mentally, emotionally, and/or physically. Of these, we know that over one billion individuals go to sleep hungry each night, often without a bed. The remainder, whether rich or poor, are sick or lonely - or both. All are a consequence of a clearly dysfunctional society.
With so many of Earth's inhabitants living in abused bodies with damaged psyches, continually sending out vibrations of sadness and pain; feelings of unused potential and unfulfilled lives - is it any wonder that our society here on earth and even other civilisations in our galaxy might be increasingly alarmed as they in turn are possibly affected?
To switch from a world of suffering to one of well-being, we must eliminate the negative thought forms which have been emanating from our planet throughout our civilisation. Hope for a better world is the beginning. However trusting in our inner potential has to be the answer.
Some of us feel that if just fifty-one percent of the global population began emanating happiness, the rest of us would naturally follow suit. Other claim that if only ten percent of the populace practiced happiness, a critical mass of like consciousness would be reached. Still others, like transcendental meditation guru, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, believe that if as little as "the square root of one percent" of our entire population practiced meditation, we would be able to bring about paradise on Earth.
The opportunity for every consciously responsible person to begin thinking, talking, praying, and meditating for world peace and salvation has always existed. Perhaps, it is only now that the potential for lasting change has fully presented itself to our wakening psyches. We are on the threshold of creating a world with unlimited potential and a life of unconditional love. It is well within our power to do so, if we only acknowledge it. So let us start paving the way for the "new" order of being - that which we always intended from the beginning - but simply forgot!
text by Timothy Lynch
edit by Trudi Jousson email@example.com
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