Thanksgiving is with us shortly. As the name implies, perhaps I should be expressing my gratitude on this holiday, but for what? At times, it seems as if we are in a small boat in stormy seas, in danger of being swamped. Rudder broken, sails ripped, on our last legs…..the ‘old’ model of human, us, looks like a junk car ready for salvage. Maybe it’s time to turn off the news and step outside for some fresh air to find something to be thankful for.
I’ve heard about a New Human. If I could find one, that might be worth giving thanks. But I’m a bit stuck…..what does a New Human look like? How would I recognize one and where should I look? Perhaps I need to look through history for role models or heroes like Gandhi or King Arthur or others. Perhaps a journey to a faraway mystical land is called for, meditating on a mountain top. Surely this New Human is not close. Maybe they only exist in the future. The journey to find one seems too difficult, even fearful, not so?
Worse than the struggle to find one, what if the New Human I find has Flaws. Would my gratitude be stopped in its tracks? Would the New Human have to be fixed, just like the old model?
The fresh air is having a positive effect. I’m realizing that these thoughts ARE the ‘old’ model….fears, worry, uncertainty. Time for a fresh look.
Perhaps giving thanks is really giving of ourselves. It doesn’t have to be all of ourselves, just a wee bit. This could be a good starting definition for what a New Human is…someone who gives a wee bit of themselves. After all, life is in a state of constant change, constant evolution, constant creation from which we are inseparable. If 7 billion of us give a ‘wee bit’, that’s a lot of creation.
So using this definition, ‘give a wee bit’, it turns out to be easy to find New Humans. For example, there are over 1.8 million non-profits and charities in the US. There are dozens here in our New Human town. This is a good place to look.
New Humans are close by, neighbors, friends, family. In fact, I wager you are one as well.
For that I am very grateful this Thanksgiving!
By Gloria Harrison
New Human! New Human! In our current culture, we are hearing and seeing more and more the words “New Human. “ Is this just a concept, an idea, something to ponder, even something to grab ahold of in desperation, as we find ourselves immersed in the chaos and challenges of our times? Or is this something real? Is humanity becoming something different? What do we really know about the New Human? I wish I could say I know the answers to these questions with certainty, but in this present time of great uncertainty in pretty much all aspects of our lives, the evolution of humanity into something new is far from assured.
Yet, there is evidence emerging. I find it encouraging as well as validating to see that some of today’s great thinkers are talking and writing about this evolutionary process. I give you two examples out of many from our current culture. Dr. Jean Houston makes reference to the Quantum Human. She invites us to identify our quantum blueprint so we can be the fullest expression of who we are, calls us to expand out of our limited perceptions of time, encourages us to access the true power of our imaginations, reminds us that we have the power within to manifest our heart’s desire and holds that we possess profound healing and energizing abilities. A description of the possible new human, to be sure!
A second wise elder, Barbara Marx Hubbard, openly discusses the emergence of Homo Universalis. In her response to the breaking down and changing of most, if not all of our institutionalized systems, she invites us to embrace the “arising in our midst for the first time, a more universal humanity.” There are signs of this emergence as universal humans, she states, such as: “unconditional love for the whole of life, a powerful, irresistible passion to unite with Spirit within, and a deep heart-felt impulse to connect with others and co-create a world equal to our love and our capacities.” Barbara challenges us to truly know that we are co-creators, co-evolvers working with Spirit to create this new world, and to say yes to our full potential.
In the current literature, I have also seen this evolutionary process referred to as the emergence of Homo Divinicus, or Home Divinus. After all, there is no reason to think that evolution stops here, and Homo Sapien Sapien is not the end of the road on our evolutionary path (unless we continue to find ways to destroy ourselves). This transition from Homo Sapien Sapien to Homo Divinus starts with a shift in consciousness arising out of a defining event or simply out of an increased state of awareness (the current mindfulness movement). We begin to make changes in how we live our lives. These changes are validated by the often intense positive feelings we hold within, propelling us ever forward in our search for our true selves; our spiritual identity. We discover that we are divine; that we are part of all that is, and there is only oneness. Hagerty, (Homus Divinus, An Evolutionary Advantage, Matrix Masters,2002) writes “a distinguishing trait of the new humans is that they understand, at the most fundamental level, how intimately everyone and everything is interconnected. And they are aware that they are not destined to be the supreme species on this planet. They see themselves as they truly are, an equal part of all life on Earth.” I am strongly suggesting that our survival as a species will depend on us embracing and acting from Hagerty’s concept and those of other new thought visionaries.
In a trip to the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta Mountains of northern Colombia, earlier this year, I had the opportunity to directly observe and experience the interconnectedness of all beings. The Arhuaco indigenous tribe that resides here holds this interconnectedness to be true. In their cosmology, there is no separation between them and all aspects of nature and they are in constant communication with the energy of the mountains, trees, rocks, water, all life forms. No decisions are made without consultation with nature. They believe their fundamental purpose for being on this planet is to maintain balance in the natural world. Traveling with them as part of a small group of “Bunachi Dunas” (sacred foreigners), I participated in “pagamentos” – rituals enacted to cleanse and clear ourselves and the land, to restore balance and embrace the wisdom and guidance of the elements and elementals. There is no hierarchy in their cosmology, only reverence. I believe our Western culture has much to learn from them; even essential now as we observe how we, as a race, appear to have little reverence for life in all its forms.
The concept of the New Human as a galactic being is emerging in our current culture and gaining momentum. Homo Galactica (my words), in the prevailing theory, was seeded here millions of years ago from other star systems. Yes, we have cosmic origins! Taken from the work of Czeizel & Gresko (Stellar Nations – Soul Families), the stellar nation of the cosmic human holds that “the purpose from the beginning to the end, even in our present age is to find harmony, balance and fulfill the oneness, the complementation (dualism ). Everything is motivated by this desire even if we seem to experience the battle of oppositions and the extreme tension between the contradictory qualities.” According to their theory, humanity carries the codes (template or blueprint) of all of the other stellar nations, such as the dolphins and whales, the cats, the serpents, the bears and many other life forms (I won’t go into any detail here, but it is fascinating reading.) We are not separate from them; we hold the codes of these life forms within us. They are our guardians, protectors and companions. The job, then, of “Homo Galactica,” as suggested by this seminal work, is to bring all life into a harmonious unity, to lift all into the Light, by completing the highest path of evolution.
For the past several years I have been part of a group that is actively exploring what it means to be a New Human, through the process of direct experience. This group, under the organization called The Centre for the New Human, has been offering monthly workshops, inviting the general public to come and experience aspects of what it means to be a divine human. It is our perception that the New Human is really the Divine Human; that we carry within us the spark of divinity; that we are really god in form. Although we talk about the emergence of the New Human, we are really not new at all. We have always carried the divine spark; we have merely forgotten who we are, the powers that we hold, and the ways to use these powers to evolve ourselves into a much more expansive expression of the Divine. We believe that now is the time, not merely to define what are the aspects of the New Human, but to learn how to really live from that inner knowing. Together with our participants, we have delved into such aspects as expanded awareness, multidimensionality, creativity, seeing the sacred in one another, embodying the elements, awakening through ritual and celebration, mindfulness, interconnectedness of all life, balancing our actions (karma), releasing our biases, exploring past lives, use of symbols to describe our inner and outer world, creating abundance through trust, accessing guidance from the spirit world, meditation, freedom through Satsang, uncovering our dragon energy, the power of forgiveness, and healing the wounds of our ancestors. Other aspects yet to be explored are finding our soul’s purpose, soul growth through life experiences, quantum connectedness, self-healing, intentional transitions through death of the body and many more. I invite you to check out our offerings and come join us.
To have moments of deeply experiencing aspects of the divine within us is one thing, but to actively live each day, in all of our interactions with self and others from that place of divinity is another. This is my greatest challenge. I’m wondering if it is also yours. Most of us are pretty good at talking the spiritual talk. Walking that talk is a whole different ballgame. I recently helped facilitate an all-day retreat for a spiritual organization that was experiencing divisiveness among their members to the point that civility was difficult to maintain. All participants in the retreat spoke the language of spirit and held the intention to create peace and harmony, yet they couldn’t seem to get past that divisiveness and judgment to begin healing the rift. I, for one, fall into the rift zone at times in my own relationships. I observe this dynamic playing out on a regular basis in others’ lives as well, at all levels: with our partners, family, community, country and most certainly globally.
What makes it so difficult to choose in each moment to respond with love and compassion from that divine place, remembering we are all interconnected beings? I do not have all the answers to this question; however, I’m suggesting one answer may be that we are programmed by our life experiences. Our behavior patterns are ingrained through repetition, our faulty beliefs are lodged in our subconscious, and our ways of being in the world were formed through observation and experience before we became conscious of our divinity. We are so often operating on automatic reactions. These are powerful deterrents to the remembrance in each moment of who we really are. Are we doomed, then, to living out our humanity rather than our divinity? I think not, although the path to the divine may not be easy. For me, some of the ways that appear to be helpful are: setting the intention daily to be more conscious, practicing mindfulness, having a consistent spiritual practice, committing to acts of service in my community, and probably the most important; practicing self-compassion and forgiving myself and others when we veer off the path.
We know that most often, crisis precedes a birth. We are observing that all signs are pointing to now; that the chaos of these times is really the driver for the creation and emergence of the New Human. I urge you to create your own path to the divine within. Give birth to the New Human that you are; our very survival depends on it.
Lately, I have been exploring the concept of humility. What is it? What does it mean to be truly humble? Is it even possible to be truly humble? If so, how can one achieve this state of being? Why would one even want to achieve this state of being?
I invite you to explore these questions with me now, and let’s begin by attempting to define humility. Webster’s definition goes like this: freedom from pride or arrogance : the quality or state of being humble. Great! That really helps. So, what does humble mean? We defer again to Webster: 1: not proud or haughty : not arrogant or assertive. 2 : reflecting, expressing, or offered in a spirit of deference or submission, a humble apology. 3a : ranking low in a hierarchy or scale : insignificant, unpretentious…. This definition strongly implies that we consider ourselves as somehow less than, that we put ourselves in a place of deferring to others, that perhaps we are not as good as others.
I suggest that when we examine the spiritual definition of humility, we walk a different path of meaning, exposing a great paradox. A state of true spiritual humility reveals to us that we know nothing and we are nothing, and that means each and all of us – we are equal on the playing field of life. This state appears to be a difficult place to hold; often met with great resistance. After all, we may say, “haven’t I been on a spiritual path for a long time; embracing meditation, sitting in silence, moving into healing, becoming enlightened, mastering the heart over the mind, reading all the books from the gurus and following their guidance, and even touching that state of bliss?” When we compare ourselves, we may observe that we have mastery where others do not, we perceive that we have risen in importance as evidenced by all those that defer to our great wisdom and seek us out, we can see that all our hard work on the path has led us to become powerful healers, and so on and so on. Yet, all this work for nothing! And, we are nothing!
Yes, when we can fully embrace that we are nothing, we can open to the reality that we are Love. As Christ’s teachings expressed through “The Way of Mastery” state, ….you are created and not the Creator, that you are effect and not cause, that something called Life is not yours, that there is something beyond your capacity of containment and intellectual understanding. ….That Life is what you are. That Life is the presence of God’s Love, the depth of the ocean welling up into the waves of creation.” When we can internalize these concepts through our willingness to let go of our need for egoic grandness, embracing our nothingness, then true grandeur will begin to pour forth into and through us, and we become everything. That is the paradox. Reaching that place, even for a moment, brings us into a state of bliss, and in that sacred moment, we can truly know ourselves.
So I ask myself, then “How can I achieve this state of pure humility?” As I look at the daily unfolding of my life, I become aware that Life presents me with many, many opportunities to practice. Often the practice comes in the form of judging thoughts that might look like this: “I really want him to see how well I solved that problem.” “ I have great wisdom, and they should be able to recognize that.” “I have many friends who truly admire me; I must be special.” “Ah, it feels so good when others ask me for help.” “ I wish I could have said that as well as she did; I’m obviously not as good as she is.” Do you engage in any of those thoughts? You may have your own to contend with. Or, the practice may take the form of humbling experiences. As I age, I am more aware that I can no longer do some of the things I did in my youth, nor am I as fit. I am not remembering things I knew how to do in the past. It takes me longer to learn new things than it used to. I cannot multitask as well as I did before. As I embrace this awareness, I can step into either a moment of judgment, or a moment of deep humility. The choice is always mine.
The truth is that all of these thoughts and experiences do not matter, whether we’re judging them or not. We are all equal in our nothingness, and we are all equal in our everythingness – created by God through Love, becoming beings of Love, and allowing that Love to flow through us to others. All we need do is remember who we truly are, in each and every moment. That is the experience of true humility.