an awakening species

13 when we practice

Human consciousness and awareness are growing.

The movie Lucy explores what might happen if we’re able to utilise more of the ninety per cent of our brains we believe we don’t use.  We can’t stop ourselves asking these kinds of question.

There’s possibly nothing else in the universe more mysterious than Humans.

‘By virtue of conscious self-awareness, we are connected to the mystery from which we emerge.’*

Alex McManus points to how we’re aware of how Humans are distorted by and towards evil, how we can be inhuman, and how genetics offer us the possibility of becoming transhuman, yet we still long to be more Human:

‘We want to close the gap between what we are – our experiential state, our actuality – and what we imagine we can be – our dream state, our possibility.’**

As Jack Nicholson’s character Marvin Udall (As Good as it Gets) says to the woman he’s fallen in love with: ‘I know I can do better than that.’

We can’t become more Human alone.  We need everyone to turn up, to join the party, to enter the infinite game of life: ‘We need your contribution, your vision, your truth.’^  When we turn up to contribute we tell the truth about ourselves.  Only when we are naked, as Seth Godin puts it, can we tell a more beautiful truth about others.  We move from an I-in-me worldview, to one of I-in-we.^^

Whilst we need one another to become more Human, we have to take responsibility for how we live moreHuman, not hiding but bringing our art, our gift, our truth, our love, our courage, our generosity, our wisdom.

‘It’s only when we are naked that we’re able to fully take our turn and to understand what it is to make something.  If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing this naked, this alone, this responsibly.’^

(*From John O’Donohue’s Eternal Echoes.)
(**From Alex McManus’s Makers of Fire.)
(^From Seth Godin’s It’s Your Turn.)
(^^From Otto Scharmer’s Theory U.)


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