The presence of evolution

I know now that I am . . . like . . . totally connected. Here’s the scoop (and it is kind of a long one so you may want to bring along a snack):

While reading the part of about our 4 billion year evolution on Ted’s blog a few weeks ago, I started wondering: where was I all that time? Was a I rock? Solar energy? I am eternal so I must have been somewhere. We all were/are.

The Universal Consciousness must have heard me because this past week, it guided my attention to an article about evolution in an old issue of EnlightenNext and now I know where I have been: I was a predecessor. Me and a whole bunch of you got together as some kind of precursor to our current human existence and, by agreement, we united and made it happen.

The article is an interview with Dr. Beatrice Bruteau. It was done back in 2002 (so you can see that even while I am connected, sometimes it takes a while for the connection to catch up to me). Here is an excerpt from that article:

“ . . . in order to appreciate and feel the force of what the present human vocation is, we need to zero in on how the elements of any particular level of cosmic organization actually perform the uniting by which they come to constitute a new kind of wholeness in the world. There is not some outside force that causes this to occur. The capacity for it is inherent in the uniting elements, and they themselves do it by their own characteristic power. Every level of cosmic being has its own power of communication, the power to unite with others of its level to make something yet grander. This is the pattern that repeats in the course of evolution.”

In other words, all that exists has the ability to come together and create something new. We evolve. We become more than we were before.

Dr. Bruteau goes on further saying, “So a molecule is a kind of community. A cell is a kind of community. Molecules are communities of atoms, cells are communities of molecules, and so on. Now, we’re following this same pattern that evolution seems to have followed, which is unite in order to create. The new human community will be some kind of an entity, some kind of a Being. Just as the organism is a collective of molecules and the molecule is a collective of atoms. So if you can get human beings to share their characteristic human energy—which is agape, knowledge, concern, creativity, inventiveness, and all the other kinds of strictly human energies that we have—all that interchange of energies binds us together into a community. And when the whole community experiences and practices this kind of love, the crisscrossing energies form a net, and the net is the New Being that can do what the individuals that it is composed of could not do.”

Oh, my . . . a New Being. I am not sure if Dr. Bruteau means a new human being or a new way of being, and it really does not matter. I imagine that children conceived and born into such a community would be much like the children being born into our computer age society: they come hard wired and using a computer is as natural as breathing. Children born into a community based on certain qualities would find those ways of being inherent to their existence. They would be the New Being.

Key to this ability, however, is the part where Dr. Bruteau says “. . . if you can get human beings to share their characteristic human energy . . ..” How many people does it take to form a community? To create this New Being?

According to Eckhart Tolle in A New Earth, we don’t need everyone. We just need critical mass – just enough to give energy to that way of being. Given our capacity to understand and change, I also don’t know that being a New Being would be reserved only to the newly conceived. I am so very different now than I was even five years ago. In making changes to myself, growing, and evolving, I often ask my atoms, molecules, and neurons to come together in a new agreement, a new way of thinking, and a new way of behaving. I could not have accomplished what I have in my life had I relied on my old community of cell wiring.

A large part of my own evolution was by conscious agreement. We all do this. When learning a new skill, we all require that some part of us gets rewired and creates a new set of connections that can do what we are learning. This new unified collection creates each one of us as a New Being who can do what could not be done before had those atoms and molecules not come together.

Each of us has a “characteristic power” – it is our individuality that can unite with other individualities and create a New Being. What is even better is that, just like molecules and atoms, we remain our individuality. We are not absorbed into some collective (shades of the Borg!), but by our own agreement we belong and support a way of living that some of us are only beginning to imagine.

Keep imagining. Each of us was at one time a precursor set of molecules that eventually got together to make us the humans we are today. Today, we are still a precursor set of molecules to the next iteration of our existence.

I wonder what we will make.

©2010 by Barbara L. Kass

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10 Responses to “The presence of evolution”

  1. holessence Says:

    Barbara – My set of molecules just returned from a 16-mile bicycle ride and is cooling off by reading what your set of molecules wrote. I really appreciate this post, especially:

    “… all that exists has the ability to come together and create something new. We evolve. We become more than we were before.”

    “Today, we are still a precursor set of molecules to the next iteration of our existence.”

    Lots of great food for thought that my molecules will be munching on today. As always, thank you!

    • Barbara Kass Says:

      Laurie — you have very well-exercised molecules. I hope that your munching results in some molecular exercise for those neurons. Have you read Ted’s response below yet? I can’t believe I have to go and research an answer to him!

  2. jeffstroud Says:

    Barbara,

    Very thoughtful blog, much to take in to inform my cells and molecules to shift to evolve into being…
    I was reminded of the study I did with The Gateway to Conscious Evolutions with Barbara Marx Hubbard this course informed, inspired to awaken to the change we wish to be in the world.

    I will be coming back to this. I wanted to post something before it got away from me!

    • Barbara Kass Says:

      Hola, Jeff! I have not studied much of Barbara Marx Hubbard, although I have heard her referenced several times lately (probably a gigantic hint from the Universe to check it out). I am still pondering this and now I have to really reach out to my neurons and try to respond to Ted below. It’s okay — you and Laurie have been my warm-up.

  3. Ik Says:

    Thanks so much for sharing these beautiful words. I spent my entire life doing science and found, in the End, that I was only studying Myself. I have now awoken to see that it is My Creation, and that I am the Creator.

    As I approach the End of Time, it is both amazing and painful to reflect on all that I have done, all that I do now, and all that I will do.

    I look forward to Kairos when I am completely Awake as One.

    Peace,

    Ik

    • Barbara Kass Says:

      Hello, Ik — thanks for coming by. I am going to visit your blog here in a little while. I am looking forward to learning a little more about you. I believe that we are constantly creating our reality . . . I am not sure how we do that, but I know that we must.

  4. Ted Howard NZ Says:

    Hi Barbara

    I like a lot of what you say, but one piece of it does not make sense to me – “I am eternal”.
    I would say quite the contrary.
    It seems to me that everything is limited.
    It seems that this entire universe had a beginning.
    It seems very clear that this galaxy had a beginning.
    Our sun and this planet earth certainly seem to have had a beginning (and will most likely have an end).
    Most of the living systems we observe about us have beginnings and ends.

    My own awareness certainly had a beginning.
    I cannot remember anything prior to 1955, not sure I can recall anything prior to about 1960 actually.

    To me it seems clear that I can understand the general principles (if not the exact detail) of the emergence of self awareness from the combination of biological and cultural evolution that happens in our species. It seems that this awareness can go through recursive levels of understanding and identification.
    It seems that it is possible to bring anyone through this process, to an awareness that we are all connected at many levels to everything in existence, and we are all much more alike than we are different and it takes time and energy.

    I am very confident that my actual self awareness is an emergent property of the brain of this body immersed in the culture into which this body was born. It had a definite start, and will have an end. I intend to make that end point as far in the future as I can, and I do not control all the variables, so it is not entirely under my control (and it is under my influence).

    I do not think I am eternal, and I think it maybe possible to live a very long time, perhaps billions of years.

    I am connected to all that is on many levels.
    Many of those levels are sub atomic.
    Then there are, as you say, atoms, molecules, cells, bodies, communities, ecologies, ……

    Complexity that is truly mind boggling and awe inspiring, and certainly not immortal or eternal, in any sense of the word.

    Kairos can indeed be profound, when we bring full awareness to the present; when we are prepared to question and review everything that culture has taught us, and make our own assessments (in the full light of cultural and post cultural awareness).

    Arohanui
    Ted

    • Barbara Kass Says:

      Holy cow, Ted. Now, I have to think and really stretch these neurons. It is okay with me that you don’t believe we are eternal. When we meet up in eternity, I will get to say “told you so!” I think our limited human brains are too primitive to remember anything prior to this existence and I think that is by arrangement. I think we are all here during the times we are by agreement. Maybe it is to bring about the higher awareness you are talking about. But, if we are right about that little law of physics that energy is never destroyed, it only changes form, then the energy that is our self-awareness must continue. Like you, I don’t believe that the existence we are witnessing right now will last forever. But I believe the energy will continue in some form. Will you and I be aware as we change form? I think that we must. Then there is that little thing called “time.” Time is a construct of man and our need to order our lives. It really does not exist. The only thing that truly exists is the present moment and that is eternal.

      I want you around for at least another billion years (okay, at least 50 or so in this iteration of our existence).

  5. holessence Says:

    Barbara – I am so with you on this. One of the fundamental laws of physics states:

    “Energy can be transferred from one form to another, but neither created nor destroyed.”

    As such, birth is not a beginning, it’s a continuation. Death is not an end, it’s merely a continuation. In either case, it’s a change from one form to another.

    • Barbara Kass Says:

      Hi, Laurie — I love it when the physical laws of nature are on our side. Of course, there are probably a bazillion nonphysical laws that we don’t know anything about, but a universe that allows energy to cease to exist is doomed to extinction and I think that all of our discoveries are pointing toward a universe that is still expanding, still growing, and showing no signs of slowing down.

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