Category Archives: Evolutionary awakening

THE INTELLIGENCE OF THE LAND

I used to live at the Findhorn Foundation from 1977-1984 and it was great to see this blog post about the community.

CLIMATE CHANGE & CONSCIOUSNESS

THE INTELLIGENCE OF THE LAND: How Nature Teaches Us to Be Resilient Leaders

By conference convener, Stephanie Mines, Ph.D.

It is more than fifty years since Eileen and Peter Caddy together with Dorothy MacLean enjoyed the mythical giant vegetables they first grew at Findhorn. Yet, the abundance of their simple wisdom continues to be harvested. The soil they found where they pitched their caravan was barren, sandy and rocky and they knew little of gardening. However, growing their own food was a practical necessity, surviving as they were on Peter’s unemployment benefit of £8 per week. How were they to do it in sterile soil with little knowledge or experience? It was Dorothy who first received guidance from within about how to garden co-creatively with the ‘intelligence of Nature.’ Her awakening to direct communication with the unseen beings of the natural world, which she called ‘devas,’ not only resulted in many wonderful…

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What On Earth is Going On?

In our journey through the ages from being particles of stardust to our current selves, we have come to a place now where we are being pushed to take a leap into a new and different way of being human. Through many past generations we have developed the incredible gift of intellect and have begun to understand and control the world within us and around us. We have learned to express our intellectual power, building a world that would have been completely unimaginable only one thousand years ago. Yet we cannot rest comfortably here, for the world we have built now presents us with challenges which cannot be solved at the level we utilized to build it. We are pressed to evolve again in order to survive this new situation.

In the process of developing this capacity, our intellect has overshadowed any sense of who we are beyond itself. Intellect frames who we are in terms of ideas, temporarily blinding us to the reality behind those ideas. We have been caught in a golden trap where our lives are for the most part confined within a web of thinking, unable to escape from relating to everyone and everything through our ideas about them.

Yet in each generation, some small percentage of our ancestors have pursued various contemplative traditions, building an ongoing connection with what lies beyond intellect, a golden thread if you will — a human capacity which portends our possible escape from the trap our minds have us caught in, shining a light on our collective passageway ahead. We have planted for ourselves the seed of our next stage of development and it is growing. It is the capacity to open up to what is, to experience the fullness of life without filtering and limiting everything through our preconceived ideas about it. Because of the nature of the challenges we are presented with at this time in history, it is time now for this seed to grow from isolation into the mainstream of human life – from the cloister into the marketplace.

All around the world, the fruits of this seed are beginning to develop and ripen. People are beginning to wake up as if from a long sleep. Contact with those pioneers stimulates the same capacities in others and a new and wonderful contagion spreads. New possibilities become visible that could not be seen before. The felt-sense is that of having a new door of perception has opened. Life is radiant with vitality, people are seen as unique expressions of divine grace, the answers to the previously intractable world issues are already in the room.

Intellect is no longer is in charge of having to figure everything out and can assume a new, more do-able role as servant of something beyond itself and is less subject to initiating self-defense type activities and more prone to just exploring what is possible. The thought-based operational self which the intellect created to try to run everything and survive, is no longer in change. We find ourselves a part of something larger and much more stable and secure. Intellect becomes the most amazing tool.

To be alive now, at this critical juncture between the potential for humans to meet the challenges of our time or self-destruct is both a privilege and an opportunity. Many people are thriving as pioneers here in the midst of the pain of the dying of the old order. This is truly a renaissance of human nature arising at a time when the old world’s forms, organizations and thought processes are beginning to fail us. Many people are already beginning to build on the new possibilities, even as they are dwarfed by the weight of what is failing all around them. New structures spring up like weeds.

Because this is just beginning, these pioneers often can feel isolated and overwhelmed. Yet I would argue that these far-flung pioneers of a new humanity are in fact already all parts of one movement stretching across the globe. I would also argue that it is the work of this time to begin to make connections between ourselves, forming a network which transcends all the differences once separating us from each other and solidifies our true unity in the oneness of all life in a way that we can palpably feel and be supported by. We have the technology to form this network, and all around us humanity is beginning to awaken.

Open Focus Attention and Experiencing the Oneness of All Life

I am going to give you a quote below from the Open-focus Brain book I’m reading, which I thought was absolutely fascinating.  The book is by Les Fehmi and Jim Robbins.

A very condensed summary about their “open focus brain” method is that we are habituated to a narrow object-oriented way of paying attention to everything, and the method uses prompts to shift attention, to help people become aware of the spaces between things as entry into a more open focus way of paying attention.  This may correlate to  or explain some of my recent experiences of “we-space”, the relational field or Patricia Labare’s fascinating “mutual awakening” ideas.  Here is the slightly paraphrased quote the book:

“Consciousness might be said to consist of three primary elements: 1-attention 2- the contents of our attention and 3-the witness of both. Each of these elements is represented by the brains electrical rhythms in different regions of the brain. When the activity between these regions is out of phase then a distinction is made between internal and external attention content. When the activity is in phase between the two regions then this distinction is lost, and these two elements are undifferentiated, becoming a unified whole. Out of phase activity between the two regions also creates an interference pattern where they abut which is the mechanism that gives rise to the witnessing self, the I am self. Out of phase activity between regions allows us to separate self from attention and its contents, that is, from our surroundings. In narrow/objective focus the sense of self is most pronounced.”

“when we move into a more diffuse/immersed attention style, self merges into attention and its contents, leading to more synchronous activity and increasing our ability to become volitionally un-self-conscious. When attention and its contents brain activities are in phase, however, conscious distinctions disappear, because abutting brain regions do not create interference patterns. There is a lack of differentiation or separation between attention and its contents. All is one, and the self disappears.”

“at its most profound level, this lack of differentiation between self, attention and its contents, expands to a universal embrace, resulting in ecstatic experience, a sense of complete oneness.”

But do please take these ideas in the spirit of openness.  The same ability to focus on space rather than only the objects in it seems wonderfully aligned with the power of having a good question, rather than always going straight for the answers/solutions.

Sometimes I can feel a bit down that I don’t have all the answers.  What if it’s not about the answers?  What if answers are just mental attempts to freeze something that’s really vitally alive and evolving?  And continuing to ask better and better questions is what matters?

Alice