How does the radical shift beyond a life rooted in the habitual egoic patterns of the past--into a life propelled by the positive, conscious stance of the evolutionary self-- really change things day-to-day?
With access to the evolutionary self, what will you be able to do? And how will things be different?
This waning of consistency and commitment is an inevitable byproduct of the limitations our unevolved nature--inherited from our ancient animal past. But when we are able to access the evolutionary self, we discover resources of will and motivation that are enduring and powerful enough to sustain our practices, truly embody new possibilities, and move us to act on what really matters.
Imagine tapping into a source of inspiration and motivation that so powerfully transcends the drives of the small self that you just can't go back to the way things have been. With a larger and more compelling perspective, we are reliably and consciously spurred to apply what we learn in our most inspired moments.
The result: an active, newfound robustness and rigor in our commitment to our spiritual practices, our lives, and our highest aspirations in the world.
That's where evolutionary partnership with kindred spirits becomes essential. One of the most consistent forms of feedback we receive from course graduates is gratitude for the supportive context provided by the course, and for deeply connected friendships and partnerships that continue long after the program ends.
In addition to support, we stand in a moment of extraordinary evolutionary potential regarding how to cooperate and unite to solve problems. The greatest challenges of our time will not be solved merely by separate individuals, but an enlightened collective. As an evolutionary, you can both give and receive in this emerging model of high-level conscious collaboration.
And although traditional paths and practices have helped humans all along, they're reaching their limitations, having been created for life in an ancient world that has little in common with today's environment.
Evolutionary spirituality is relevant to the complexities and challenges of modern life--an engaged, wholistic approach that turns everyday life into a spiritual practice, 24/7. We don't sequester ourselves to prepare for a later return to living. It's evolving human nature--in action.
When we step into the evolutionary impulse, conscious living is the practice--how we relate to our experiences, situations, and other people. The result is a practical, grounded spirituality that has a far greater impact on yourself and the world--and a daily life infused with meaning and purpose.
When these unproductive habits and instincts run the show unconsciously, nothing really works the way we sense it could--not in our lives or in the world.
What's more, many spiritual and psychological disciplines have taught us that this human nature is fixed and must be accepted, offering little hope for anything more than "small change."
But the discovery of the evolutionary self changes all that, offering a path beyond ego that's simpler and more direct than most of us can imagine. By aligning with that pure and powerful part of ourselves, which is already beyond the ego, we literally bypass its outmoded impulses. We liberate ourselves from the inner "software" of our primitive ancestry.
The drives toward safety and survival, stasis, certainty, avoidance of truth and responsibility, and other universal "faces of ego" lose their grip on our lives. They don't go away, but they cease to be compelling. The voice of limitation no longer captures our attention; the temptation to play the victim loses its charge.
With these primitive tendencies no longer in the driver's seat, you're free to take creative healthy risks, lean into positive change, face truths without resistance, and focus on the flourishing of our highest human potential.
Instead of being thrown off course by strong feelings, you find the will to act from your highest intentions consistently. Instead of waiting for spiritually enlightened feelings to move you, you move in spite of how you feel.
You cultivate the capacity to be good and do good whether you feel good or not--to live as an expression of your highest ideals on the outside, no matter what's passing through on the inside. You give up the notion that "I couldn't help it." Emotions such as fear are no longer obstacles to action.
This doesn't mean suppressing your feelings. You can feel all your feelings deeply--even more so, with an expanding care for the whole--and still see clearly in the face of them. And, you learn to read your feelings more accurately and obtain the wisdom and data they contain without getting sidetracked by them.
The result: Better choices and decisions, steadfast commitment, and a life of integrity and presence. We hear from many of our participants that the discovery of emotional freedom is one of the most liberating and powerful transformations of the course.
One of the pitfalls most people don't even realize they're stuck in is a context for our spiritual work that's simply too small. An unfortunate byproduct of our individualistic culture is that spiritual growth is often seen as being strictly personal--for our own fulfillment, happiness, and enlightenment.
Entire generations have thus been earnestly working on themselves chiefly to obtain happier, more peaceful lives--and wondering why this doesn't catalyze significant change.
What if the purpose of a spiritual path includes you, but doesn't end with you?
When you activate the evolutionary self, an intense care for something beyond you is ignited. You become accountable to and profoundly connected with the role your own progress plays in the great game of evolution--the way that, as evolving beings in an evolving universe, we can participate in the advancement of humanity and consciousness itself.
The evolutionary self sees that our future depends on our willingness to evolve as a species, and that we're either contributing to the whole--or holding it back. When your own radical betterment becomes an evolutionary imperative and not a personal project, you awaken the depth of passion and conviction required to propel you into genuine--and permanent--change.
Thankfully, the context of evolution provides genuine hope for change. The evolutionary worldview helps us understand and navigate our problems and challenges more accurately, and offers a perspective that is the ultimate antidote to cynicism: we realize that everything can and will change.
The practices of evolutionary spirituality infuse us with resilience, inspiration, creativity, and energy. With the evolutionary self leading the charge, we're tapped into the limitless, positive and unstoppable momentum of the cosmos itself. Rather than take on issues alone, as individuals or even as a community, we're fueled by something much larger.
We can also take heart in the fact that by developing ourselves, we are "being the change" and doing perhaps the most important work of all--contributing to a cultural shift that may ultimately instigate more improvement than tackling any one issue on its own.
These are a few of the ways in which your experience of being alive can shift when you step into what I call "an evolutionary relationship to life"--the fundamental shift in your orientation that is generated when you awaken this deeper part of the self and learn to give it the reins.
When you are able to cultivate these very real capabilities, you find that your deepest hopes and ambitions for a better self and a better world weren't a pipe dream after all. You learn that we can evolve what it is to be human--not modestly, but radically--in a way that not only better serves our work, families and lives, but fulfills on the highest promise of humanity's potential.