“Let this be your heart’s deepest yearning; to become all of those things which you are tempted to seek from another. And in your becoming, you will get that there is nothing to get.”—Happily Ever After…Right Now.
—Luann Robinson Hull, second edition to be published August 18, 2020
These are powerful and unprecedented times–perhaps times that are ripe for healing our human wounds–those raw places in our hearts and souls that can provoke feelings of separation and strong positions on this or that. Such a propensity can alienate us even further from those with whom we disagree, while standing firm in our sanctimonious righteousness—unable to hear any differing point of view.
A beloved professor of mine, Ana Perez Chisti once said, “Elevate the position of your adversaries. Inevitably, they all have something to teach you.”
I know, it may seem impossible to do so, but what choice do we have? Are we really going to waste one nanosecond of our lives by snapping at the bait that will inevitably hook us? Or, will we avoid doing so at all costs by rising up to realize that whether or not humanity chooses to expand to the next level of our evolutionary status is up to us right now—it really is. If this is so, what are the necessary steps that will pivot us in the right direction? Many wise and brave souls on whose shoulders we can choose to stand, have carried the torch for us. Isn’t it our turn to show up and advocate for positive change, while heeding their accomplishments and the methods by which they achieved them?
“You never change things by fighting against the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the old model obsolete.”
—R. Buckminster Fuller
Here are a few shapeshifters to consider:
- Dr. Martin Luther King won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for his leadership in transcending racial injustice.
- His mentor, Mahatma Gandhi, facilitated freedom from foreign subjugation for a fifth of the human race with non-violent activism.
- Philosopher and transcendentalist, Henry David Thoreau practiced civil disobedience by speaking out against slavery, the war (which the US had declared upon Mexico in 1846), and government authoritarianism. Following a night in prison for not paying taxes, he wrote Civil Disobedience, setting a precedent for Gandhi and King.
- Pakistani Malala Yousafzai, an advocate for female education, was shot by a masked, Taliban, gunman who, after barging onto her school bus demanded, “Which one of you is Malala?” Without hesitation she courageously stood and responded, “I am Malala.” Miraculously, Malala survived the bullet that traveled through her skull and went on to write her memoir: I am Malala. That book and her peaceful activism for women’s’ rights to education led her to become the youngest Nobel Prize laureate to date.
Each of these four were all about creating “a new model by helping to make the old model obsolete,” as they listened to both the inner and outer cries for change.
“We are not going to be able to operate our Spaceship Earth successfully nor for much longer unless we see it as a whole spaceship and our fate as common. It has to be everybody or nobody.”—R. Buckminster Fuller, Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth
If you are reading the words on this page, whether you want to admit it or not, you are here to transcend the amnesia of the world in one way or another. So, what are you for? If you are not doing so already, it is time to speak up. White Eagle, a member of the Hopi Indian tribe recently said, “This moment that humanity is going through can be seen as a portal or a hole. The decision to go through the portal or fall through the hole is up to you…there is a social demand in this crisis, but there is also a spiritual demand…”
What is the best thing you can do toward becoming the most evolved person you are meant to be? Albert Einstein’s theory on the quantum world for which he won the Nobel prize in Physics in 1921 implies that for every action there is a reaction. If you support such a theory, please consider the possibility that every single word, gesture, and breath you take has an effect on the general field of human consciousness. Each act of forgiveness and compassion, together with every gesture of kindness raises the ocean of humanity. Conversely, every act of hatred, resistance, and violence sinks the human species lower and lower toward entropy and despair.
Which way will you choose?
Suppose you become well known for your contributions to humanity in a decade or so (should we survive the current quagmire in which we find ourselves). You and your accomplishments are acknowledged and celebrated on the front page of your favorite publication (July 29, 2030). What will that say?
We are standing at the edge of the frontier on what we can become. That becoming depends entirely on the limitations (or lack thereof) we place on ourselves. The decision to “fall into the hole, or travel through the portal” is entirely up to us. And when you triumphantly make your way through that portal, acknowledging any reluctance you have in doing so, you will realize, “There is no path. You make the path by walking.”—David Whyte.
Successful entrepreneur, Steve Hull (my beloved brother), who forged his own incredible path by putting one foot in front of the other says, “You just have to begin. The rest is easy.”
Believing in you…