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Gradient is the Elixir of Youth

This phrase resonates in my head. Constantly. For me, it’s poetic. Over three years ago, I posted a comment on another blog that talked about a life crisis that can come in early adulthood, around the age of twenty five. The author called it the “quarter-life crisis”. In my comment, I included the following:

“A good friend of mine had the quote “gradient is the elixir of youth” as his high school write up. At the time that was completely wasted on most of us – myself included. But the phrase comes to me now quite often – maybe it is the recognition of gradient or the awakening to gradient, that is the elixir of evolution.”

I know my friend was referring to skiing – one of his passions at the time – but knowing the person, who remains a good friend, he was also pointing to the broader and deeper meaning, if not consciously. Evolution – change – growth – expansion are all the elixir of youth and really, the elixir of life. Myth and meaning are the the engine and fuel for that evolution. And a crisis can be the stimulus for that growth, but the timetable is variable and unpredictable. Mixing metaphors with abandon, I know. But this is Mashup Soup, at least for now, so wtf.

Myth and Science – A Teaser

The institution of science and the materialism it has embraced as the core tenet, has put myth on the margins, as having little relevance to our lives. I seek to correct this error. Myth has remained, albeit diminished in importance in our modern society, not because humans irrationally seek escape into the unreal, but rather we are drawn to the most fundamentally real that is revealed by myth and art.

More to come – much more.

Carl Jung Wisdom

What is Consciousness?

Consciousness is this complex self awareness that we are all sure that we possess. Some will say that it’s perhaps the one thing we can be sure of – our own consciousness. Conventional material science that starts with physical matter has a real problem with explaining how consciousness arises. This video briefly looks at the conventional scientific view of consciousness. It shows serious people in white lab coats looking at images of brains functioning, in the quest to find the origin of consciousness. The implication is that science has made real progress and we are close to understanding the relationship between brains and consciousness, when in reality there is a chasm between consciousness and physical matter that seems to me to be unbridgeable if we insist that consciousness arises from the physical matter of brain. There’s no question that our brains play a central role in our experience and expression of our consciousness, but that in no way proves that our consciousness arises from our brain.

I want to explore consciousness from the other side – starting with consciousness, but first it is useful to look at the physical approach. As well as people in lab coats, we have Daniel Dennet, a philosopher and cognitive scientist, who fundamentally denies the centrality of consciousness to the experience of being human. I understand his position because he is constrained by the limits of working within a physical universe. He could be right, but I am convinced that he is not, for reasons that I will develop in future posts. I also take issue with Daniel Dennet in that he and others gives evolution a bad name, because conventional science has so thoroughly related it to being fundamental with physical existence, when it is equally at home with the broader existence and metaphysics. Conventional physical science has claimed evolution as its own. I am here to claim evolution beyond physical existence – way beyond.

So this video discusses a view of consciousness that I essentially take extreme issue with. I think that by any measure, this attempt to understand and explain consciousness has been a failure, but it remains the current dogma in much of science, but not all. I want to present this before I move on to another view of consciousness in later posts.

Science As It Should Be

“The true and only goal of science is to reveal unity rather than mechanism.”

Henri Poincaré

Poincaré was a philosopher of science, physicist, mathematician, and engineer. I will refrain from diluting the above quotation by presenting others, but Poincaré took science very seriously and  very deeply, so he is worthy of further investigation.

But the above quotation stands on its own. Ultimately science points to its own limitations, when it limits itself to the physical world.

Individuality and Evolution – People Who Don’t Like Music

Since I think evolution is absolutely fundamental to our lives, I think that the world is full of factors and processes that support evolution. I think that individuality is a powerful enhancer of evolution. Diversity breeds evolution. The more differences there are among people, the greater the opportunities to learn, grow and expand by exposure to the variety of ideas and opinions. Everyone of us in Canada is enhanced enormously by the cultural diversity we enjoy. And within cultures, there is more and more diversity.

We see differences and we see common features with our fellow humans. There is much that bonds us all – fundamental values, experiences and emotions. But we are all individuals with unique experiences, temperaments, and ideas. It is easy to see ourselves as members of tribes and there are powerful social forces that encourage our identity in that way.

It’s also easy to take at least some of our personal views for granted, as being shared by everyone. A trivial example for me was when I found out that many people do not share my love of spring – my favorite season. I assumed my feelings were widespread and when I found out lots of people loved fall as their favorite season, I was really surprised. But vive la difference! Even in this small way, the world is a richer place for that tiny difference among people.

I just came across an article that explored a phenomenon that I would have assumed did not exist. A good number of people do not react positively to music – all music. According to the article, 3 to 5% of the population do not enjoy music – musical anhedonia. Anhedonia is the inability to feel pleasure for anything, which is associated with so-called mood disorders – I guess by definition.

Inside the Heads of People Who Don’t Like Music

Musical anhedonia is not temporary, but appears to be a feature of how some people’s brains or minds are wired. The why is completely open to speculation and I believe we really have no clue to the fundamental source of our ideas, emotions, thoughts, and beliefs. Our knowledge of the nature of our consciousness remains very primitive, but our brain activity can certainly point to something that’s going on with us.

This article discussed a study that looked at the neural response of people based on their feelings for music – those who were apathetic about music, those who liked music, and those who love music – called hyper-hedonics. They found that when listening to music, members of the three groups showed significant differences in their neural responses. They simply found that people who enjoyed music more showed more activity occurring between the auditory and reward regions of the brain.

It’s easy to see that this is perhaps obvious and doesn’t tell us a great deal. But for me, it’s a potent reminder that as similar as we may seem to be to our partners, friends, family, and even strangers, there can be profound differences that can have an enormous effects on how we see and experience the world. In the article, a woman who is a retired engineer feels essentially nothing – “music sits in an odd spot halfway between boring and distracting.” Yet she came from a very musical family.

As a passionate lover of music I simply cannot imagine not enjoying music and I think most people feel the same way. But not all do and that is important to remember as we live our lives. Our experiences are absolutely unique to ourselves and that’s a very good thing. It fuels our expansion and growth, but we must never forget how many differences we may have that are not at all apparent. I think opening ourselves up to that awareness of the uniqueness of ourselves and others, leads to a happier life as well as greater evolution and expansion – the virtuous circle.

 

Alchemy of Evolution

Where art, science, culture and ideas intersect at the meaning of life.

For followers of this blog, or rather for my Mom, it’s been a tentative start.

With the title “Mashup Soup”, I was hoping to be eclectic and a bit mysterious. I have perhaps, succeeded too well. I hope that a renaming will better reflect my intention and my interests – to stimulate myself and maybe others.

I am not sure when I will move the blog to  alchemyofevolution.com, but I surely will – in the not distant future. Until then, I remain here, but thinking alchemy of evolution.

As I have written previously, I think that evolution is the meaning of life – our central purpose. That is just the beginning of course. Each one of us must determine our own personal meaning to our lives. The search for meaning, expanding that meaning, relating it to other people and their meaning and greater knowledge (broader and deeper), is essential to evolution. The search for meaning is an exploration of our deepest self – our soul.

There are a number of ways to express this bigger meaning of life – I like evolution. It includes the scientific sense of evolution a la Darwin, but goes way beyond that narrow conception. You could also call this bigger meaning of life growth, expansion, transformation, or even enlightenment – sort of. To me enlightenment implies a destination you could reach, but I’m speaking of a never-ending journey along a personal path, that winds and curves as it meets and crosses the paths of fellow travelers. I don’t think there is a final destination – only the road forward.

Ultimately we are speaking of the evolution of our souls – that deep part of us that resides and endures beyond our egos. We are not our egos. They are a tool of our minds. Like any tool, our egos are useful for some tasks, and not for others. It’s very easy to identify yourself as your ego, and that is a common error. The ego actively encourages this indentification. It would be like identifying yourself as your car or your house. Ironically enough our egos often do elevate our cars and our houses to be identified as fundamental parts of ourselves.

So. Alchemy. It’s complicated.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alchemy

Wikipedia defines alchemy as: “a philosophical and a proto-scientific tradition practiced throughout Europe, Egypt and Asia. It aimed to purify, mature, and perfect certain objects.”

That is the traditional or simple definition. But definitions are very narrow descriptions of complex concepts, and alchemy is as complex as concepts can get. That’s a good thing. Just considering alchemy and exploring its history and its implications is enough to expand and evolve you.

The last thing you should do with the concept of alchemy is to dismiss it as an ancient and misguided early attempt at chemistry. Alchemy needs no defense. You just need to keep an open mind. To dismiss alchemy, is to close the door to a tremendous source of wisdom that has evolved over thousands of years.

Carl Jung recognized the power and value of alchemy and was instrumental in restoring interest in this ancient art and science. He wrote extensively on the relationship of alchemy and psychology in his Collected Works, Volumes 12, 13, and 14. Jung’s approach to psychology is ideally suited to our transformation and evolution. He was a man uniquely ahead of his time and we’ll have lots more to consider with him, including alchemy and its relationship to psychology. For me, Carl Jung is the first psychologist to recognize the centrality of our transformation and evolution as conscious beings.

In its broadest sense, and most essentially, alchemy is all about transformation and not of lead into gold. That is a metaphor. Alchemy is concerned with the eternal and the transcendent – much less so the material world. Gold is certainly nice and it’s a useful commodity in the world, but our soul, our being, is the real aim of life and yes, evolution. Gold can help our evolution, but it can more easily stand in the way. It often does. The pursuit of gold and the trappings of material existence are not to be rejected out of hand, but their pursuit can become a substitute for life – a terrible distraction from the real nature of our being.

Alchemy is an exploration of the mysteries of human life and that leads to evolution. Alchemy is an enormous body of wisdom and processes that can serve us in our lives and in our transformation and evolution. Alchemy serves our deepest selves – our souls.

Alchemy is metaphor, to study and explore meaning. It speaks to the deepest mysteries before us and within us. With alchemy, we have a conversation with life and the universe.

“All Suppressed Truths Become Poisonous”

I’m starting with this quotation of Friedrich Nietzsche from his book, Thus Spake Zarathustra, to make an important point about our self-discovery, which is invaluable for our evolution. In fact, it’s essential.

We need to see the reality of our selves in order to make real progress in our evolution and in our own happiness. Happiness is the secondary goal – evolution is the first. Happiness is a good guide however, for being on a path of evolution.

The world is full of joy and happiness. But pain is everywhere too.

Aboriginal communities in Canada are hit hard by suicide and nothing is more tragic than when it strikes young people. In some places it can be considered an epidemic.

Recently it was reported that there are strangers on social media who are taunting some of these kids at risk to actually carry out their suicide plans. Many kids use Facebook as a diary, so they expose their raw emotions to these strangers who occasionally act so cruelly.

‘Go kill yourself’: Social media messages encourage Indigenous youth to commit suicide – CBC Report

It’s easy to be horrified at this. But we can profit if we step back from our own knee-jerk reaction and look more deeply. There is one word to describe this situation – pain. People who carry out suicide must feel great pain, coupled with the lack of hope that deliverance is possible. These people require compassion and help to show them that their present situation is temporary and hope for real change is possible.

Not every such person in this pain and hopelessness can be reached, but what are we to think of people who would encourage such emotionally fragile people to carry out what has been called a permanent solution for a temporary problem? It’s easy to react with disgust and anger towards such people who seem so insensitive to others in such pain.

What could lead a person to act in this way to another human being in so much pain? I think it’s clear that these people encouraging suicide of others are in profound pain as well.

Carl Jung speaks of the shadow and of projection. The shadow is our unconscious – the part of us where we keep our darkest fears and attitudes hidden from ourselves – from our conscious mind and ego. At the unconscious level we have these characteristics, but we dare not face them as belonging to our self. So we see them in others by projecting aspects of our shadow.

This now leads us again to Nietzsche’s words.

“Let us speak of this, you wise ones, even though it be hard. To be silent is worse; all suppressed truths become poisonous.”

Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Friedrich Nietzsche

These truths about our self are suppressed, but they affect us. It is impossible for them not to do so. They poison us – not so much because we have these disturbing thoughts and emotions, but because they are supressed and denied. They remain trapped in the unconscious, and they do poison us because they have profound effects on our thoughts and actions regardless, and they encourage us to project these ideas on to other people. This helps us to continue to deny their relevance to our own life and the projection damages our relationships with other people. It builds barriers between us and the other, whom we condemn through these projections. Barriers are anti-evolutionary by closing peoples’ minds and hearts.

I see that the people encouraging a young person to take his or her life are almost certainly dealing with their own suicidal thoughts and pain, but largely, or entirely, in their shadow. They may be (for now) stoically carrying on with grim determination to live, despite their pain. They may see these young people baring their souls online as weak and are reacting to that as well, because they themselves are feeling weak. They could be just holding it together. Lashing out at these vulnerable people can be a temporary salve allowing them to focus their pain and condemnation on the other, rather than facing it in themselves.

It’s easy now for us, in turn, to condemn these people. But in doing so, we are projecting our own unconscious fears and thoughts on these people whom we are seeing as so cruel. To be sure, these people are acting cruelly, but what of us who in turn condemn the condemners?

We are all suppressing truth within our unconscious – within our shadow. And we work to relieve our discomfort by projecting those ideas and feelings outward, making it easier for us to ignore this shadow-land within. The shadow-land is not to be ignored, but has to be made conscious for our evolution and the growth that comes from awareness.

Recognizing our strong feelings of condemnation of the other, is a gift for our expansion. It opens us to the possibility of exploring ourselves, because we are so often condemning in others what we condemn in ourselves. It’s so interesting to see that dynamic in people we know. A father and son can be estranged, yet on the outside we can clearly see that they are both stubborn or judgemental or insensitive – you name it. Their mutual and related shadows reinforce their animosity as they project to condemn the other. You can listen for years as they each attack each other, never recognizing their own inner reality, which could lead to healing. Projection serves to freeze the patterns of thoughts and behaviours making the healing, that deep down both so desire, impossible.

In my own life I have seen this with one of my brothers. No one can make me as angry as my brother, but I now see that I am most upset by those aspects of my brother that I can now recognize in myself. And naturally these are aspects of myself that I have denied and condemned. Staying in the shadow, they will remain as poison to me, but by becoming conscious of them, I can begin to alter my relationship with those parts of myself that cannot be denied. Now the possibility exists to move beyond the limitations imposed by these formerly unconscious aspects of myself.

This all takes work – continual work, but the momentum becomes easier to sustain. I find that I am slower to condemn other people, because when it starts, I look inward to face the real source of that condemnation. It lies not in the other, but within me. And I can only evolve myself – its more than enough work for a lifetime. Condemnation of the other is simply an egregious waste of time and energy. Most tragically, the potential for your own peace and evolution is lost… until you look deeply into your shadow. The unconscious is an incalculably valuable source of wisdom and growth for our being. Above all, Carl Jung explored and showed us this. It was one of his many contributions to psychology and to our evolution, but in many ways the notion is central to his massive body of work.

Face your shadow, and evolve on.

Essay on the Meaning of Life – My Starting Point and Perspective

We are at a major turning point in the history of humanity. Life is change and evolution. That’s why we’re here. Each one of us is here to evolve. We’re here to evolve as individuals and in that, we evolve our culture, our species and our planet. This is both the serious business and the joy of living. It is not a grim task, but it can have challenges and experiences that seem grim at the time.

Change, evolution, and growth are always happening. Life is impossible without these changes. In our own lives, change or evolution is not linear. It is not a steady progression. There are times of what appears to be stability. These quiet times can feel boring or they can be happy times of contentment. Either way, they do not last – they cannot last. Such times are quiet pools of liquid in a river, resting in a still backwater. Yet the river flows and water that is calm in one place, at one time, finds itself rushing over the rocks in a fast-moving tumble, traveling to the future.

We experience our lives as individuals, but in a web of relationships with other people, near and far. Each one of us is in a web of technology, culture, zeitgeist and circumstances seemingly beyond our control. We each shape our time and we are shaped by our time. We move as individuals, but we are all swept along by these forces and experiences. None of us experience the same environment as anyone else, but we share a great deal.

To be human is to live in a paradox. We are social creatures, tightly enmeshed in the lives of the people around us. Yet each of us experiences our lives as individuals and we have the responsibility of that. It is too easy to succumb to the herd, lost in the strong social forces around us. Many of these forces reach us consciously, but many more operate at the level of the unconscious. These forces are not here to determine our lives, but to inform them and to help to provide the clay that we must ourselves mold. We take our outside circumstances and experiences, and our own psyches, to choose our own personal path every moment, as we choose how to think and how to act. Slowly we construct the arc of our lives as our fellow travelers do the same, to weave the great tapestry.

At this time in human history, I think it is apparent that we find ourselves undergoing a disruptive and exciting, if not scary, jump in our evolution and growth. The rate of change is increasing for all of us. We are all buffeted by the forces and experiences at play. Old, contingent rules and guidelines are breaking down, while universal truths, mythical and archetypal contexts and stories remain to anchor us and provide the guidance we seek in this rapidly evolving world. And these universal truths, myths and archetypes seek us. So much of life is reciprocal.

We face an exciting and daunting future, but the past has not abandoned us. There lies within each of us, a deep ocean of resources, beyond our imagination – literally. Ironically, it is this world beyond that fuels our imagination. This is the ocean of resources, history, and experience that we all share. The startling similarity of myths across time and across cultures clearly point to this shared, deeper world that we are all a part of. We visit this place every night in our dreams, but there is so much more to access. This deep connection to a shared world, apart from the obvious one that we touch and see every day, plays a vital role in our lives and in our evolution and growth.

The power and importance of our dreams is obvious – we become psychotic after prolonged sleeplessness – without the periods of rest and dreaming. When we lose this dream relationship to the world beyond our simple physical senses, we actually become disconnected to the physical world before us. We need this connection to the world beyond our world. Especially now, in these profoundly disruptive times, we need to cultivate this connection to the world beyond our physical senses, consciously within ourselves, not just in our dreams, to enrich and guide us. This wisdom is within us and everywhere around us, but it requires an awareness and a focus to access and use.

Our individual evolution is the task before us each. If we feel compelled or drawn to work on our fellow humans or the planet, there is nothing wrong with that. But our central task remains our own being – our own consciousness.  For those closest to us, we can help them in their growth and evolution, indirectly, by sharing and by example, not by domination. They do the same for us.  Our relationships are fundamental in our lives and in our evolution. The people closest to us are catalysts and draw us in to evolve in ways that answer the deep questions we are asking ourselves.

Evolution and growth cannot occur without these questions or yearnings within us. People satisfied with the status quo will not evolve or grow, or do so very slowly.

The discontent that many of us feel is the deepest part of our self that is asking us questions and driving us to evolve – to grow – to expand. It is too easy to avoid these questions – to avoid this yearning within us. Another paradox of our current lives is that the world has never been more demanding and enticing in its urge for us to evolve and grow. Yet never before have we been faced with so many trivial pursuits and distractions to keep us asleep to the great questions and yearnings within us. This tension of push and pull within, produces great tidal forces that can tear us apart or compel us to seek superficial comfort in the distractions of modern life. Try as we might, we cannot ignore our inner voices. There is a price to be paid for remaining asleep to those voices within.

The study of our inner lives and the forces at play within us is the province of psychology. It is a modern science that has only recently become formalized, although people have always been fascinated by their behavior and thoughts. In many ways psychology is both the youngest and the oldest science. Too much of modern psychology aims toward tinkering and optimizing our lives in small ways. Or helping us cope with major disruptions and conditions like anxiety or depression. There is certainly value in that, but it often ignores the fundamental issues – the bigger issues.

For me, most of psychology has avoided the biggest questions in life. Why are we here? How are we to live? Psychology should be concentrating on the greatest questions of human existence – not wandering around the periphery. Psychology should be focused on that world beyond this simple physical world – the world suggested by our dreams and beyond. Psychology needs to squarely face the spiritual, and our own depths, no matter how you conceive that vast unknown place. I am not here to advocate for one view of this world beyond our physical one, but I know it exists. Dreams are the most obvious sign of its existence and its importance. Dreams are simply the doorway to the richer world that includes this one. Once you have seen one black swan, you can no longer pretend that all swans are white. There is no going back.

When we sit quietly with meditation or simple rest, where do many of our ideas come from? Where does the artist get her inspiration? Where does the inventor get his ideas? Where does each one of us get our own ideas and inspirations? Often they come when we are laying in bed before sleep, or in the shower, or quietly sitting. They often don’t seem to be the products of deep thought, but rather appear from the background when our mind is quieter. They come from the world beyond this simple physical realm of our basic senses – the deep well of wisdom that is available to us when we make the effort. Or give ourselves the space and silence to contact it.

So here we are evolving in a revolutionary time in our history. The disruption we are all feeling is part of this evolutionary process and it is more acute because it is so large compared to evolution in the past. This disruptive evolution reverberates around the globe as modern technology and travel have connected and united us as never before.

I intend to explore and riff on the ideas and things that serve and demonstrate our evolution generally – the big and the small ideas. I will also focus on those people who have and are contributing to our evolution in the most profound ways.

There are three big subject areas in human life and evolution – psychology, philosophy and physics. These all work and play together in our culture, in art, in politics, in economics, and in our relationships. There are some giant thinkers who have contributed to my ideas here. Some you may have heard of – like Carl Jung. Some you likely haven’t heard of – like Colin Wilson or Jean Gebser. And some you may have heard of, but with a very distorted notion of their ideas and importance – like Friedrich Nietzsche.

Evolution and exploration go together like cows and grass. Evolution feeds off of exploration.

One more word to ponder – meaning. Most kids start their education shortly after they start talking, with the single most important word in any language – why? Everything in this universe is connected to everything else, in a myriad of ways and combinations. “Why” is the question that explores these connections and relationships. Meaning is the sense of that relationship. If you ever start answering a young child’s question of “why”, you quickly discover that there is no end to “why”. One answer just leads to another “why”. Until you reach the biggest why – the ultimate question to the universe, life and everything.

I like to call this the Bigger Meaning of Life. Bigger, as opposed to big, implies not static – evolving and growing. And big means not small. If money or success are your meaning of life – your ultimate purpose, more power to you. But I think you’re playing small. I want the Bigger Meaning of Life and for me that’s evolution – never stopping – the expanding whale swallowing its own tail, to riff on the archetype of the serpent swallowing its own tail.

The wonderful thing about evolution or growth is that it is so broad that anyone can find something personal that fits their own evolution and serving that of humanity. You get to make up the rules and purpose of your life. You want to support your evolution as well as that of others. The concept of evolution as the ultimate meaning of life does help to guide you in your thoughts and actions, profoundly, but only generally. You create the details of your own life and working within the context of your own meaning and evolution, while supporting the meaning and evolution of those around you (or at least not actively getting in the way of others’ evolution). And you can’t get it wrong – evolution includes experiments that do not turn out as planned or expected. Evolution is messy, but that is a feature and not a bug.

To paraphrase Shakespeare, “there is nothing good or bad, but supporting or not supporting evolution makes it so”. The most obvious example is love versus fear. Love clearly supports evolution and fear does not. There you have it, a guide to thought and action via the Bigger Meaning of Life.

As always, we’re just getting started.

We’re here to evolve.

Evolve on.

 

To Become, or Not To Become, That is the Question

“What one can be, one must be,” said Abraham Maslow.

He said “be”. But he was really talking about becoming. To be one thing and then to be another is to become.

For me, being and becoming are two sides of the same coin – the coin of life.

petrarch

Petrarch is considered by some the first humanist – a free thinker who sought to explore ideas beyond the dogma of religion and tradition. He climbed Mount Ventoux in Southern France on April 26, 1336. That’s considered a historic event because he climbed a mountain for no other reason but recreation. And the root of recreation? Creation. Evolution of consciousness.

The Wikipedia article indicates he was also the first tourist who traveled for recreation. The historical accuracy of this is not really important. Petrarch may have been the first or not, but at some point we entered the modern age. Humanity moved beyond the rigid thinking imposed by outside forces – or rather started to move beyond rigid thinking. We still have a very long way to go.

Petrarch, and later all of us, became explorers of our outer world, not to get somewhere or discover a new trade route. We’re not exploring for so-called practical reasons like commerce or trade, but we’re exploring our world to explore ourselves in the process. The outer journey is really an inner journey.

James Hillman, a Jungian inspired psychologist, discussed the importance of the Mount Ventoux climb as “rediscovery of the inner world” according to Wikipedia. Again details and interpretation are not specifically important. Climbing a mountain for no physically practical reason is a spiritual journey. You cannot travel without being changed by the experience, and that change is within you, within your psyche. And that change will lead to further changes.

That’s why we’re here. Conscious evolution and creation fueled by our curiosity and that great ocean of the unconscious that we all visit every night in our dreams. Attend to the unconscious. It is the great sea calling you to the voyage which is your purpose in life. There can be no other calling, because there can be no other calling greater than that…evolution of your consciousness. Growth. Expansion. Creation. Discovery. Exploration. The unconscious within us and outside of us, in the collective unconscious, is the voice that never stills. It’s existence is the fountainhead of our dissatisfaction. Our  yearning. Our desires. Our will to live beyond that which we know. And life can only be lived beyond the known. Living within the known can only be stasis – death. Without growth, we cannot live. That’s why we all look for novelty, fun and recreation. They can be part of our growth or it can stifle our growth when it becomes a trivial pursuit that becomes a distraction. Fun and enjoyment are not problems, but they cannot be our biggest goal. They can be signposts that signal progress, but real growth goes beyond simple fun and distraction.

This is the journey that we’re called to make every single day. Our personal journey and the journey of humanity on the road to our future – the future that never arrives. We are always at the beginning of infinity. That is the mystical road that we are all on, whether we recognize it or not. As you become familiar and comfortable with this journey, it becomes natural and peaceful (generally), but never routine.

The adventure continues.

 

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