Can we reach 5,000 members by the end of this year? I asked that question in this space on Sept. 25, and since then we have increased in membership by 100. I am so happy to welcome those of you who have joined with us. Do you think you, and the rest of us, might recruit 500 more members by December 31st? Should we bother even trying?
“What’s the use?”, you might ask. “What’s the point?”
This is an update of a message, below, that I first posted here in late September. In it, I wondered if we could reach a membership of 10,000 before January 1. That may not happen…but you know what? I am wondering why.
It is a gentle wondering, not an indictment. My heart is simply and quietly pondering…what does it take to sufficiently inspire or motivate people to spend a few hours a month in something that could — if it grew large enough — really impact the world? I notice that some groups seem to have no problem increasing their numbers. They are clear that they can impact the world. They did so again in Paris on Nov. 13. People in these groups are willing to give up their lives for their beliefs. Are we willing to give up, say, ten minutes to simply read the article below?
Well, let’s see…
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Here it is again, just as I posted it in late September. Can you give me (and your world) 10 or 12 minutes to read it — and maybe even consider joining in a different kind of revolution on this planet?
The September article:
Just what is the message that we are seeking to send the world with the Evolution Revolution? What are we are inviting our planet’s people to embrace? And can it really change anything if people everywhere embraced our message? For that matter, why bother trying to change anything? People have been seeking to “change the world” for decades, centuries, and millennia. Has it worked?
Good questions, and I would expect anyone who is looking at the Evolution Revolution and considering joining in this effort to ask them. So let’s answer them one by one.
But first let me acknowledge that this article violates every Rule Of The Day when it comes to written material.
“No one will read anything that takes more than 2 minutes to read,” the experts now say. “Even that’s a long time by today’s standards. The Internet has killed us as far as reading is concerned. If you can’t get it down to a few hundred characters, no one is going to hear you. It’s gotta be able to be read in 20 to 30 seconds.”
I don’t believe that’s true. I do not believe that we have become that unable to give more than a half minute to something that could be important to us. I am not observing that people think they have little time to devote to their own spiritual lives, and the collective experience around us. In fact, I observe just the opposite. People are more interested than ever in focusing on matters of importance to their Soul — and to the Soul of Humanity.
Given that, I’d like to take just a moment here to look at something that just can’t be articulated in 140 characters on Twitter. I’d like to answer four questions I’m asked almost every day in one form or another, but I’m going to need your eyes and your attention for about 2,700 words.
Most people read about 300 words a minute. Some read more. So 2,700 words is a few minutes worth. So I hope you’ve spent just a little time with this document, yes? I think it could make a difference to you, and to a lot of people.
Okay, let’s look, then, at those four questions about the Evolution Revolution.
- Just what is the message that we are seeking to send the world?
It’s simple. We’ve reduced it to four words: We are all one.
It is the most important message found in the books of the Conversations with God cosmology. Stated more fully: “All things are One Thing. There is only One Thing, and all things are part of The One Thing There Is.”
- Can it really change anything if people everywhere embraced it?
The idea that there is only One Thing in existence, and we are it, is revolutionary. It is not new, but it is revolutionary. If the world embraced this truth as its functioning reality, it would change everything. Our politics. Our economics. Our ecology. Our education and parenting. Our social systems. Our relationships. Our spirituality and religions. Our understanding of ourselves. Everything. That’s why it is resisted so much. People are afraid of change. Even if the change would be for the better.
- For that matter, why bother trying to change anything?
Conversations with God tells us that “every act is an act of self-definition.” This is true for a society and a culture and an entire species as much as it is true for every individual. The only reason to try to change anything — in our own life or in the world — would be if the way things are now do not represent (that is, re-present) us accurately. If the life we are living and the life we are collectively creating is not a re-presentation of who we are and who we choose to be, that would be a reason to seek change. Would you listen to music all day long that you intensely dislike? Would you watch a movie over and over again every night if you found it to be dreadful from first moment to last? Would you re-read a book that you despised, and then read nothing else for the next 20 years? Why, then, would you step into the same story, listen to the same screeching cacophony, watch the same horrific scenes, and read the same grim headlines every day of your life?
Yet the only reason to change anything is to change You. You have come here, your Soul has come to the Earth, to experience your Self, not to experience the world at large. The world at large is the context within which you experience your Self, but it was never intended to create you. You were intended to create it. It was supposed to be a reflection of you, not the other way around. We are now living in a situation where the tail is wagging the dog.
- People have been seeking to “change the world” for decades, centuries, and millennia. Has it worked?
No. Not in the main. We are still dealing with the same circumstances and behaviors the world has faced and displayed from the earliest days of humanity’s habitation. Violence and killing. Greed, avarice, and cruelty.
Not everyone agrees. There are those who believe that humanity is evolving to higher and higher levels of sophistication and achievement, producing a better and better quality of life for all the members of our species.
It is possible that they would not, however, be among the 842 million people (one in eight in the world) who do not have enough to eat. It is certain that they would not be the parents of the over 650 children who die every hour of starvation.
They would presumably not be among the 20.9 million women and children who are bought and sold into commercial sexual servitude every year.
They would also, one imagines, not be among the over 3 billion people who live on less than $2.50 a day, or the billions who have no access to health care. (Some 19,000 children die each day from preventable health issues, such as malaria, diarrhea and pneumonia.)
They would probably also not be among the 1.7 billion people who lack clean water, or the 2.6 billion without basic sanitation, or the 1.6 billion people—a quarter of humanity—who live without electricity.
That’s right. In the first quarter of the 21st Century, 2.6 billion people live without toilets, and 1.6 billion without electricity.
How is this possible?, you might ask. And that is a very good question.
It is an especially good question given that humanity imagines itself to be a “civilized” species. To the people in the above categories, the “civilization of Civilization” has not even begun.
A planet where 5% of the population owns or controls 95% of the wealth and resources—and where most of that 5% think this is perfectly okay, even as unconscionable numbers languish in lack and suffering—would not seem to be a planet on which a great deal of humanitarian advancement has been achieved.
All of this is possible because of the collective values of those people who can do something about it. And where do those values come from? I suggest they derive at least in part from the understandings and beliefs about God held by many human beings—including those who do not believe in God at all.
Does anybody care that our species has been such a failure—or why?
Does anybody imagine it has not been?
Does anybody want to know how this whole situation can be turned around in the virtual blink of an eye?
Efforts to change the world have not succeeded because it has been imagined that we can alter our on-the-ground collective experience by trying to get people to stop doing certain things and start doing certain other things. But the answer lies not in “doingness.” The answer lies in “beingness.” And that is where the revolution comes in.
The biggest difficulty in the world today is that we continue trying to solveour problems at every level except the level at which the problems exist.
We first try to solve our problems as if they were political problems, because we are used to using political pressure on this planet to get people to do what they don’t want to do.
We hold discussions, we write laws, we pass legislation and adopt resolutions in every local, national, regional, and global language and assembly we can think of to try to solve the problem with words—but it does not work. Whatever short-term solutions we may create evaporate very quickly, and the problems reemerge. They will not go away.
So we say, “Okay, these are not political problems and they cannot be solved with political means. They are economic problems.” And because we are used to using economic power on this planet to get people to do what they don’t want to do, we then try to solve the problems as if they were economic problems.
We throw money at them, or withhold money from them (as in the form of sanctions), seeking to solve the problems with cash. But it does not work. Whatever short-term solutions we may create evaporate very quickly, the problems reemerge. They will not go away.
And so we say, “Okay, these are not economic problems, and they cannot be solved by economic means. They must be military problems.” And because we are used to using military might on this planet to get people to do what they don’t want to do, we then try to solve the problems as if they were military problems.
We throw bullets at them and drop bombs on them, seeking to solve the problems with weapons. But it does not work. Whatever short-term solutions we may create evaporate very quickly, and the problems reemerge. They will not go away. And so, having run out of solutions, we declare: “These are not easy problems. No one expected that they could be fixed overnight. This is going to be a long, hard slog. Many lives will be lost in trying to solve these problems. But we are not going to give up. We are going to solve these problems if it kills us.” And we don’t even see the irony in our own statements.
After a while, however, after a dozen millennia or so, even primitive beings of very little consciousness become tired of the killing and the dying of their own offspring in battle, and their own women and children and elderly in the line of fire. And so, after enough killing has been done with no solution in sight, they say it is time to call a truce and hold peace talks. And the cycle begins again…
We are back to the bargaining table, and back to politicking as a solution. And peace talks often include discussion of reparations and economic recovery. And so, we are back to money as a solution. And when these solutions fail to work in the long run, we are back to bombs again.
And on and on and on it goes, and on and on and on it has gone throughout human history. Only the names of the players have changed, but the game has not.
Only primitive cultures and primitive beings do this. I know that you have all heard the definition of insanity. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting to get a different result.
We can’t seem to change our ways, however, because we are very used to trying to force solutions in our world.
Yet solutions that are forced are never solutions at all. They are simply postponements.
The great tragedy and the great sadness of humanity is that we are forever willing to settle for postponements in place of solutions. Postpone our solution to climate change. Postpone our solutions to global terrorism. Postpone our solutions to worldwide poverty and suffering. Postpone, postpone, postpone.
Only primitive cultures and primitive beings do that. Highly evolved beings would never, ever settle for a ten-thousand-year postponement in solving their biggest problems.
Here on this planet we’ve never really faced the largest problem of humanity head on. We refuse to. We pretend we don’t even know what it is. And so we do our endless dance all around it. And we continue, century after century, to solve the world’s problem at every level except the level at which the problem exists.
The problem facing humanity today is not a political problem, it is not an economic problem, and it is not a military problem. The problem facing humanity today is a spiritual problem, and it can only be solved by spiritual means.
The problem is rooted in our most fundamental beliefs about life, about each other, and about the thing we call God.
Put simply, the problem with our basic beliefs is that we believe in Separation. We believe that all things are separate from other things, that all people are separate from other people, and that all humans are separate from God.
This is, and has been for millennia, our Cultural Story. It is a Story of Separation.
Our opportunity on the Earth today is to jointly author a brand new story about who we are and how it is with us. And most important, how it’s going to be.
We get to declare, at long last, as a single voice, the truth of our being: We are all One. And with that declaration as the foundation of our New Cultural Story, we can bring an end at last to Separation Theology.
Separation Theology is a theology that insists that we are “over here” and God is “over there.” Its doctrine tells us that God separated us from God as punishment for our sins, and that our job now is to get back to God, which is possible only if God will allow it, which God will do only if we obey God’s commands, follow God’s laws, and submit to God’s will. In short, we must do what God wants.
This Separation Theology has produced a Separation Cosmology (that is, a way of looking at all of life on this planet that includes separation as its basic principle), which, in turn, has produced a Separation Psychology (that is, a psychological way of looking at things, of holding life, that rests on a foundation of separation), which, in turn, has produced a Separation Sociology (that is, a way of socializing with each other that encourages us to act as separate beings serving our own separate interests), which, in the end, has produced a Separation Pathology (that is, pathological behaviors of self-destruction, producing suffering, conflict, violence, and death by our own hands).
Only when our Separation Theology is replaced by a Unity Theology will our pathology be healed. We must come to understand that all of life is One. This is your first step and it is mine. It is the jumping off point. It is the beginning of the end of how things now are. It is the start of a new creation, of a new tomorrow. It is the New Cultural Story.
Oneness is not a characteristic of life, life is a characteristic of Oneness.
Life is the expression of Oneness Itself. God is the expression of Life Itself. God and Life are One. You are a part of Life. You do not and cannot stand outside of it. Therefore you are a part of God. It is a circle. It cannot be broken.
What does all of this have to do with you?
Well, if you believe that humanity can and must change its Cultural story, from one of Separation to one of Oneness, you will do what you can to place that new Cultural Story on the ground.
First, you can make a firm commitment this day to demonstrate Oneness in every moment, by the way you move through Life.
You can choose to show that you are One with everyone and everything, just by the way to think and speak and act . . . this very day.
Finally — and this is not a small thing — you can choose to play an active role in sharing and spreading the Story and the Truth of our Oneness with everyone whose life you touch. And now, thanks to this extraordinary thing called The Internet, and to the Evolution Revolution that has found its place here, the number of people whose lives you touch can extend into the thousands.
Would you wear a shirt or a blouse that did not fit you anymore, and actually made you feel uncomfortable? Would you put it on wherever you went anyway? Why, then, do we put on the cloaks on our ancestors, the old clothes in the closet of our culture, when they clearly do not fit anymore?
Have you made the decision to do your part? Will you take one step in that direction — on tiny, but potentially important and meaningful step — and join the Evolution Revolution? Will you engage in the changing of yourself and join with others in engaging in the changing of our world?
As I write this we have 4,389 members. If we can’t get to 10,000 by year’s end, can we at least get to 5,000 — half of our goal? The larger our membership, the more we can do — and the more it will mean.
Are you in?