What if everything we thought about God was inaccurate? Would it matter?
In The Storm Before the Calm, I shared a sparklingly brilliant observation shared with humanity by Margaret J. Wheatley, author of Turning to One Another: Simple Conversations to Restore Hope to the Future (2002). Ms. Wheatley is not someone without credentials. A globally known consultant on organizational behavior, she received her doctorate from Harvard University, holds an M.A. in systems thinking from New York University, and has worked on every inhabited continent in virtually every type of organization. Here’s what she says:
“There is no more powerful way to initiate significant social change than to start a conversation.”
And so you see, there is something you can do. And you do not have to turn your own life upside-down, or sign up to devote hundreds of hours a month that you do not have to spare, in order to do it. You simply need to be willing to talk about things. To say out loud what is in your heart.
You can do this by bringing the subject up whenever and wherever stimulating people congregate. You could even cause them to congregate by starting a discussion group in your own home. If you want to be really daring, invite the pastor of your local church to allow you to start a discussion group there.
If this seems all too “visible” for your taste, you could become what I call a “quiet activist.” Offer it to family and friends from the “for what it’s worth department,” and just ask them what they think of it. Accidentally leave copies of it everywhere. Forget that you placed it on a park bench or your subway seat. Add it to the reading material on the table at the hair styling salon. Misplace it at the coffee shop. Lose it on an airplane. Let it find its way to the book table at your organization’s charity rummage sale. Create ways to join an underground distribution network.
If you think that openly talking about all of this might feel out of place in today’s fast-paced, sorry-no-time-to-talk world, consider that Ms. Wheatley observed in a 2002 article in Utne Reader that “. . . true conversation is . . . a timeless and reliable way for humans to think together. Before there were classrooms, meetings, or group facilitators, there were people sitting around talking.
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“We can take courage from the fact that this is a process we all know how to do. We can also take courage in the fact that many people are longing to converse again . . . we are awakening an ancient practice, a way of being gathered that all humans intimately understand.”
Having said that, Ms. Wheatley offered a powerful concluding comment:
“Change doesn’t happen from someone announcing the plan. Change begins from deep inside a system, when a few people notice something they will no longer tolerate, or when they respond to someone’s dream of what’s possible.”
That is precisely, to the letter, what the Evolution Revolution is all about. It is a call to people everywhere, gathering in small groups of spiritual activists around the world, to ignite a global conversation that will sow seeds of sanity, producing at last the civilization of Civilization.
I invite you to the effort, for the work of the evolution of our beloved species will advance only if you see this work as truly your own.