It’s undeniable—life as we’ve known it is changing – and changing at warp speed. Sometimes it seems as if we’re in a tailspin—in the midst of chaos. When I’m able to stand in the calm of the eye of the storm, I can step back and look out a bit more objectively. I then see that the Universe has been stirring things up, impatient for us to make changes, to move towards all that we can become. I catch a glimpse of the New Human, one who has moved past the negativity, toxicity and divisiveness that seems to surround us, to a more loving, healing presence on this beautiful planet.
Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, something new is emerging from all the turmoil around us. I have always believed that out of chaos, new opportunities arise, often better and richer than I could have ever imagined. I hold onto that thought amidst this shifting, bubbling life that is all around me, giving me a wild ride. I can feel the changes within myself, as I remain calm and at times unperturbed, even as I’m bombarded by events and commentaries that swirl around us all.
So what is it that is happening? What is it that we are becoming? Is this a new configuration of us humans? Or is it all an illusion—a way of coping with a world that seems to be tilting out of control? As I contemplate these questions, I fall back on my core—the values that I hold near and dear to my heart, by which I attempt to live and in turn provide added value to the world around me. While my core values have worked reasonably well for me in the past when I have been able to put them into action, something seems to be missing in these new times that are right in front of me. It’s as if my world has built up a “tolerance” for my value system, much the same way our bodies build up a tolerance to a medication, and then it ceases to be effective. My inner self is telling me that something more, something “stronger” is called for right now, to propel me out of the muck and mire of the chaos, into a higher plane. I feel called to gather my resources, some of which I may not even be aware of at this point, in order to inspire healing and growth of this New Human and New World that awaits me.
At this point, I still feel surrounded by the fog that is not allowing me to clearly see the full complement of values that the New Human encompasses. Without knowing this, I feel ill-equipped to figure out whether I already possess these new values and resources and whether I am ready to move forward as the New Human. It is clear to me that pondering this and reaching answers is not a solitary endeavor. It is through coming together with other like-minded souls who are asking the same questions, that I might discover some answers.
Thankfully, as a team member of the Centre for the New Human, I have a community in which to explore these and many other questions. In the New Year that is rapidly approaching, Gloria Harrison, Ham Hayes and I will be hosting a lively and interactive discussion on this timely and important topic, for our January offering. I invite you to join us on Sunday, January 21, 2018, from 2:00 – 5:00 PM at Wise Awakenings in downtown Bellingham. For more information, you can visit the Events section of our website, www.thecentreforthenewhuman.org. I hope to see you there.
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!