| How Evolved Am I?
One thing I encountered in delving into spirituality is how often
hierarchies appear. For example: Christianity's saints or sinners; or a
hierarchy of Ascended Masters and the rest of us. This prompts the
question of where I fit into the grading system. We get sucked into
wondering 'How evolved am I?' However, this tendency is often used as a
means of social control and power. Consider these two quotes (from Love and Power by Hara Estroff Marano in Psychology Today, posted 1 January 2014, accessed 13 March 2014):-
"He who wields
excess power in a relationship wins the battle—but loses the war, says Terry
Real, who aims to nudge the world into thinking about relationships
ecologically. “You’re not above the system. You’re in it. If you throw out
pollution over there, it winds up in your lungs over here. Relationally, if one
partner wins and the other loses, both lose—because the loser always makes the
"But there’s only one path to intimacy. It runs straight
through shared power in relationships."
By marking someone as more or less evolved, shared power is endangered. It is really important to ensure we all receive optimal bonding when young. In this way, humans are less likely to be corrupted, less likely to transform into brutes or monsters. As David P. Mikkelson puts it:
better we not obscure the idea that happiness and misery, kindness and greed,
and good works and bad deeds are within the capacities of us all, not merely a
The same trap is encountered when contemplating reincarnation. Why
are some people apparently more evolved than others? In this linear
understanding of time, how did some people apparently become much more
evolved than others? Did some souls start the journey before others?
Why was the world designed to allow this inequality? My answers include:-
So, I don't think it helps to
view the world as a place where some are more evolved than others. We
need to find a way to ensure we all grow up as emotionally intelligent.
The main tool that I suggest is Natural Family Living.
- The inequality arises
from socio-cultural and other environmental pressures. Not from some
people being better than others, or starting the journey earlier!
- Time is a very real
linear law in this world. But in the Spiritual World, time is not real,
rather being more of a web of interconnectivity.
Another issue with
reincarnation is that it glamorises people and diverts them from being
present, here and now. They can avoid dealing with real life issues. In
the same room, there can be several people claiming to have been
Cleopatra or Leonardo. I am not saying that reincarnation does not
exist. I am just saying that preoccupation with reincanation can breed
glamour, prejudice, and lack of presence.
Perhaps the way forward can be summed up by Christopher Reeve (cited by Geoffrey
D Falk here,
accessed 12 March 2014):
"Gradually I have
come to believe that spirituality is found in the way we live our daily lives.
It means spending time thinking about others."
Anyway, You have the talent to save the world with Love - if you use it!
- A man does not have
to be an angel in order to be a saint. (Albert Schweitzer)
try to be a great man. Just be a man, and let history make its own judgements.
(Zefram Cochrane quote in Star Trek:
First Contact movie 1h12m58s)
- Each being is sacred - meaning that each has inherent value that cannot
be ranked in a hierarchy or compared to the value of another being. (Starhawk)
on the highest throne in the world, we are still sitting on our ass. (Michel de
- Everybody is a
genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live
its whole life believing that it is stupid. (Albert Einstein)
- I don’t want to better than anybody, I just want to be better than I was
yesterday. (Dr Wayne Dyer)
does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop. (Confucius)
- It’s great to be great, but it’s greater to be human. (Will Rogers,
philosopher/comedian, half-Cherokee, in 'Cherokee American Indian Nation', p.18 of
Native American Wisdom, an anthology selected by Alan Jacobs, Watkins
- I've come to
believe that most of the masters and gurus are actually the patriarchy's most
brilliant way of keeping these always-revolutionary truths of divine identity
and equality under wraps. ('Teachers & Seekers', an Andrew Harvey interview
in 'Yoga Journal' USA magazine Issue 123 August 1995 p.59)
bird soars too high, if he soars with his own wings. (William Blake)
irony being only by losing one’s self importance do we become an inspirational
presence that is a healing one. (Judy Fraser in her 15 April 2010 email
Newsletter ‘The Monthly Oracle’ April 2010)
truth is that there is nothing noble in being superior to somebody else. The
only real nobility is in being superior to your former self. (Whitney Young)
no more time talking about great souls and how they should be. Become one
yourself! (Marcus Aurelius Antoninus)
all have the extraordinary coded within us, waiting to be released. (Jean
you feel in the presence of a true spiritual friend is equality, the real
equality of soul. That is the priceless gift of somebody who is in that state
of humility. It is like a rose opening and sending its fragrance. ('Teachers &
Seekers', an Andrew Harvey interview in 'Yoga Journal' USA magazine Issue 123
August 1995 p.60)
- Winners compare
their achievements with their goals, while losers compare their achievements
with those of other people. (Nido Qubein)
- Your greatness is measured by your gifts, not your possessions. (Yogi Tea teabag message)
- In the theme of eternity, all is paid and all people
will be equal. (Lilla Bek personal interview for Bruce, 2 October 1995)
- In the end, the greatest joy probably is that one can be
many things. And one can enjoy them for their eternal use. And, therefore,
forget about evolving, and just concentrate on being... Other people's sense of
beingness may be different to yours. They may feel that unless they are in
charge of huge groups, then, that satisfies their beingness, maybe. Others want
to sit in a cave because that satisfies their beingness. We are not in charge
of other people's beingness. We are in charge of our own beingness... So, just be free of what others do, what they think they
are, what they say they are - and people who have it don't need to talk about it
very much. (Lilla Bek personal interview for Bruce, 11 May 1997)
Love - You can Save the World