I was thinking how often I have heard people say ” I have evolved. She or he had really evolved over time. I have evolved into a spiritually enlightened individual.” This of course led me to ask the question “What is evolution? I have come to belief that enlightenment is not of an evolutionary nature but rather an unfoldment. The term evolution to me feels very linear, as if there is somewhere outside of you to get to. We come into this world with the knowledge of all—we stil have the knowledge of all whether we know it or not. We are whole and complete Beings. The dictoionary defines evolution as follows: a. The process of developing.b. Gradual development. 3. Biology a. Change in the genetic composition of a population during successive generations, as a result of natural selection acting on the genetic variation among individuals, and resulting in the development of new species. b. The historical development of a related group of organisms; phylogeny. 4. A movement that is part of a set of ordered movements. 5. Mathematics The extraction of a root of a quantity. Development. What is development?
A linear process? You develop SKILLS. Based on a past, present and future. Do skills live in the spoken world? The world of judgement, assessment, filters, believes, opinions, views? What is the EXPERIENCE of unfoldment vs. evolution? I look back at my life, with it’s many twists and turns and think how NOT LINEAR those experiences occurred for me. The experiences may have occurred over time in a seemingly linear fashion. I mean, time passed.
2002 came before 2005. But my experience in the unfoldment of awareness came more like leapfrog–bouncing back and forth, connecting dots in an irregular fashion. Awareness works like that for me. Experience may inform in the world of past and present, but awareness unfolds more organically for me. I see when I see. The seeing is always there and what we see is the world we walk though. HOW we see is created by us. We are the authors of our story, our experience. So, what develops is our language—how we describe what we are experiencing. It is a story of a memory. IT is not REAL. How much of our self-worth is wrapped up in false memories? How much bravado? How much time do we spend beating ourselves up, or making each other wrong? How much time and energy is wasted on what we think has been done to us? What are we creating FOR each other?
So then I ask again, WHAT IS EVOLUTION? We are taught to respect evolution as path to betterment. Survival of the fittest, a learned improved outcome of a linear process–a heirarchy. We have evolved into thinking, feeling, superior beings haven’t we? Well, haven’t we? I read an article today in this months TIME Magazine. “The Price of Free Speech”. It’s an article of a hatemonger named FRED PHELPS, founder of Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas. He goes to soldiers funerals with a group a poeple who hold hate signs hate signs saying “You are going to hell”, and “God hates Fags ” among other things. A quote from him in his church preaching ” You cannot preach the bible, if you don’t preach God’s hate. Evolution?
Unfoldment happens and shows up in the language world. Many of us have insights, an epiphany, a seemingly insurmountable challenge, facing mortality and just an ah ha moment where we see something we have never seen before.
Yes, I like the believe enlightenment occurs more like a flower unfolding it’s petals to take in the morning sun–allowing the darkness of isolation to give way to the warmth a light of the new sun. Open and stretching, embracing the shadows and the light in the same moment.