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Oct
24

The Three Most Important Changes to Uplift Humanity

The Three Most Important Changes to Uplift Humanity (Part 1 of 3) by Michael Krajovic

(This article recommends the three most important things humanity can do to move beyond its current struggles.  The first and most important is uplifting human consciousness in order to set clear intentions for guiding human society towards a brighter future. The second is developing a new economic and monetary system, and then finally, changing the education of children.  These articles will introduce these concepts which will be further developed in future articles because of their critical importance to the social and spiritual evolution of humankind.)

             If humans had a one time opportunity to change three things in the world to uplift humanity, what would they change?  Would it be access to money, food, solving global warming, creating world peace, curing cancer?  While this hints at the old jokes about a genie in the bottle granting someone the fantasy of three wishes, it is actually a very important question. Why? Because it deals with the most creative force on the planet- the collective intention of humanity.  What we wish for and set our attention on to do can come true.

            Humanity can change the world by changing its intention about what type of world it wants to create.  It is that simple.  This will create a powerful, massive chain of events beginning with a new sequence of thoughts, then words and finally actions.  As explained in the Community Creation Process video on the website, the current condition of the world is the result of our collective thoughts about ourselves, and what we have intentionally focused our  attention on to create, or in most cases unconsciously.

            And so the first step to changing our world is for the human species to fully understand that it is solely responsible for creating the current condition of the world.  The second step to changing the world is understanding that humanity has the powers of recreating it to fulfill its highest aspirations.  While simple, it is challenging because far too many people believe the state of the world is unavoidable because of basic human nature.   Many human thought systems have promoted the concept of the inherent evilness of mankind and have shied away from teaching about the self-creative powers found within each individual fearing the outcome.  They use fear as a way to force obedience to their doctrines in an effort to save people’s souls.   Some are actually predicting the end of the world as inevitable and sincerely believe the physical world will be destroyed at the time of Armageddon.  Salvation is for the soul and cannot be obtained in a human life, only earned for the afterlife.  Perhaps there is something they do not know, a knowing of which could change everything.  It is a knowing about the divine right of free choice and the human power of collective intention to actually stop the destruction and create a ‘heaven on earth.’ 

            Author Barbara Marx Hubbard wrote about this in Conscious Evolution.  Human evolution does not have to be an unconscious reaction to random events, but it can be a deliberate and conscious act of creation.  Evolution after all is just another word for the ongoing process of creation.  Humans are creative beings.  But for humanity to consciously evolve, it must be clear on what type of world it is trying to create.  This creates the opportunity for a common uniting theme for religious believers and non believers alike to work together to create a better world.  After all, it would appear purely logical that working to create a more loving, tolerant, peaceful and sustainable “heaven” on earth would be powerful way for those dedicated believers to be judged worthy at the time of their death to enter their spiritual heaven.   For secular humanists who may not believe in an afterlife, working to create a better world would improve their quality of life right now.  To accomplish this, it will require a combined desire to change the direction of the world.  No matter whether it involves an individual or an entire world, it is almost impossible to get from point A to point B if the people involved are not clear on where they want to go together.  This brings us back to the importance of intention.

            Unfortunately public intentions are rarely discussed or developed.  The issues and problems during each time period in history are often publicly debated such as the current issues dealing with the economy and climate change, but these are the results of circumstances.  They do not represent true, timeless intentions that transcend current issues and serve as principles to guide the operation of society.  These societal intentions are very uncommon, but are widely treasured in the moments of history that they emerge. They act as a compass pointing a new direction on how the world is to organize itself to operate its social systems and deal with changing events.  They add a sense of purpose for what society is trying to accomplish and what it believes.  Human operating systems like government, education and economics can then be designed, operated and evaluated on their basic functionality to achieve their intended public purpose.

            Few examples of intentionally and publicly developed social documents exist since civilization began such as the Magna Carta which dealt with basic human rights, or the American Declaration of Independence and its Constitution.  The United Nation’s world charter is also worthy of mention, as is the more recent Earth Charter which is trying to guide the world onto a sustainable and peaceful path.  The American documents outlined a higher purpose for society to follow such as the purpose of government is to support the general welfare of the people by empowering individual freedom for the pursuit of individual happiness. This included a sense of responsibility to others in a pledge of alliance to the government of the self-governed people or as stated – to the democratically elected republic, as well as a pledge for the liberty and justice of all people.

            For its time in the 1770’s and 1780’s, these were revolutionary ideas.  They said that that the purpose of government was not to rule over the people, but for government to be of service to the people in their own freely chosen path to achieve personal happiness.  The people became the government.  Over 200 years and ten generations later, America and the world have yet to fully achieve this intention, just as the United Nations has been largely ineffective in fulfilling its charter working with all of the countries in the world.

            In fact in many ways the world has regressed.  People are more conflicted than ever.  Government has taken on a life of its own and people in democracies talk about it as if it was a separate, autonomous institution. National leaders may be able to describe a beautiful image of each nation’s ideal quality of life, but they do not know what path to take to get there.  They cannot unite their own people under a common direction, let alone all nations moving forward together.  The world has regressed because the concepts of higher guiding principles have been all but forgotten in common dialog of daily life.  From observations of current human social behavior, they have been replaced by the dominating intention of the maximum pursuit of profit for material possession in the modern era.  Whether people are conscious or unconscious of it, profit and money influences nearly every individual and governmental decision regardless of the level or location in the world.  And where has this led humanity?  Even in America where over the last 50 years the country experienced the greatest period of material wealth accumulation in the history of the world, the purposeful pursuit of profit has not led to the fulfillment of the original American intentions.  Most of its population suffers from failing health, depression, increasing fear, economic insecurity, anger and social division.  The people are not very happy.  America is the perfect example to demonstrate that money may buy temporary physical pleasures, but not lasting happiness because acquiring money and material wealth is not the purpose of the human experience.  No matter how much is acquired, neither the human ego nor the soul will ever be satisfied.

          Despite these observable facts, securing money and wealth is still the primary intention and guiding principle of human society when economics should actually only be a process that is used to achieve a higher human purpose.  If the competitive pursuit of wealth, money or profit continues to be the guiding and motivating principle for human existence, then the human species will have chosen to stay on the current path where individuals must compete economically against individuals, communities against communities and nations against nations when there is never enough for everyone to win.  Even when there are temporary circumstances that there is enough money, prices are bid back up, out of reach of most whether it is a college education, a home, medical services or perhaps even basic necessities like nutritious food.  This system of continuous competition creates more disunity within and between nations when the world is desperate for unified action.  This will be examined in greater detail later in Part Two of this article.

             This historic period of excessive materialism has increased human suffering throughout the world, including the west, and now it is growing in the east.  While some will argue that globalization has lifted tens of millions out of destitute poverty, this was all done for the pursuit of profits, not with the intention to reduce human suffering, and therefore will not last.  It may have been an effect, but it was not the intention.  They will simply follow the American path of boom and bust as described above with all of its social problems.  And human suffering is not just limited to the physical, but to the mental, emotional and spiritual side of being human.  Looking again at the America model, hundreds of books have been written about its founding fathers praising their intellect, inspiration, courage and wisdom.  With all of that brain power working to decide the best purpose of human society, they came up with the common intention for America of – pursuing happiness.  That was their best effort.  Deceptively simple, but something the country has yet to optimize and maintain.  None of them spoke of the purpose of America being about the maximum pursuit of profit, maximum consumption, maximum ownership or maximum pursuit of self interests.  They did, however, speak about ensuring the common welfare, justice, liberty, individual rights, freedom and acting responsibly to ensure the same or greater opportunities for future generations.

            One social system trying to address these deeper human issues is religion. While the world’s religions have generally been a force for good and have accomplished much, observably, despite their best efforts, they have failed to produce enough enlightened individuals for new leaders to emerge to guide society to create a higher quality of life or ‘heaven’ on earth where all people can live freely and be happy.  This will also be examined in future articles.   Sadly, in some cases, religious intolerances have even been the source of violence and war.  Whether it is religion, world charters, constitutions or declarations, humanity needs more than ever to refocus its intention on what type of world it wants to create and establish specific principles and values to guide itself on a new path to improve the human life experience. 

The Earth Charter is good example of a world movement to accomplish this.  Here are some excerpts:

Preamble

We stand at a critical moment in Earth’s history, a time when humanity must choose its future. As the world becomes increasingly interdependent and fragile, the future at once holds great peril and great promise. To move forward we must recognize that in the midst of a magnificent diversity of cultures and life forms we are one human family and one Earth community with a common destiny. We must join together to bring forth a sustainable global society founded on respect for nature, universal human rights, economic justice, and a culture of peace. Towards this end, it is imperative that we, the peoples of Earth, declare our responsibility to one another, to the greater community of life, and to future generations.

The Challenges Ahead

The choice is ours: form a global partnership to care for Earth and one another or risk the destruction of ourselves and the diversity of life. Fundamental changes are needed in our values, institutions, and ways of living. We must realize that when basic needs have been met, human development is primarily about being more, not having more. We have the knowledge and technology to provide for all and to reduce our impacts on the environment. The emergence of a global civil society is creating new opportunities to build a democratic and humane world. Our environmental, economic, political, social, and spiritual challenges are interconnected, and together we can forge inclusive solutions.

Universal Responsibility

To realize these aspirations, we must decide to live with a sense of universal responsibility, identifying ourselves with the whole Earth community as well as our local communities. We are at once citizens of different nations and of one world in which the local and global are linked. Everyone shares responsibility for the present and future well-being of the human family and the larger living world. The spirit of human solidarity and kinship with all life is strengthened when we live with reverence for the mystery of being, gratitude for the gift of life, and humility regarding the human place in nature.

We urgently need a shared vision of basic values to provide an ethical foundation for the emerging world community. Therefore, together in hope we affirm the following interdependent principles for a sustainable way of life as a common standard by which the conduct of all individuals, organizations, businesses, governments, and transnational institutions is to be guided and assessed.

 

(Note the italicized words and phrases like choice, recognize, decide, future, creating, guiding, being, living, vision, aspirations, values, life and community.  I encourage you to read the entire document at www.earthcharter.org.)

 

            With all of the chaos in the world today, there is only one thing that will accomplish refocusing the world’s intention to create and follow higher values and guiding principles as called for in the Earth Charter – an uplifting of human consciousness.  This is the single most important thing that humanity can do to reverse its current unsustainable course. 

            Many books have been written about human consciousness which is basically about state of mind or becoming aware of your own thoughts.  Some call this finding the internal observer within yourself.  Rather than simply thinking and reacting, going through life in an unconscious manner, unaware of your own thoughts, emotions and feelings, a person begins to realize that they have control over their thoughts.  Consciousness is also about understanding and experiencing the universal awareness of the interconnectedness of all things.  With advances in sensory technology, quantum scientists are able to show that people react to events before their brain receives the actual physical images through the body’s senses.  In other words, there is something non-physical that interconnects all things.  Awareness increases intuition and a knowing of that interconnection.  In the popular Star War movies, the Jedi Knights were taught to be “mindful of their thoughts.”  Knowing what you are thinking or how you are behaving is becoming aware, conscious that you can control your thoughts and actions.  And thoughts are the first step of creation. Human consciousness can only change one individual at a time because it can only be experienced in the human mind.  It is about aligning with one’s higher self, unique essence or what many call one’s own soul.  As explained in the Human Creation Process video (www.upliftinghumanity.org) on the website, each person has an inalienable and supernatural power of free will to make their own choices, not so much about doing, but always about being.  Other people and circumstances can prevent someone from doing something they want to do, but they can’t control or determine how that person will experience each circumstance.  The experiencing is about choosing a state of being-ness which is the divine and sovereign right of each individual.  The state of being-ness originates from the state of mind or consciousness within each person.   It is the state of human being-ness that can create a world which allows greater freedom to pursue individual happiness which in a natural progression will influence human actions.

            All of the past and all of the present true spiritual teachers in the world have worked or are working to raise human consciousness.  Regardless of the state of the world around them, they seem to live and teach a life of peace, love, serenity and joy.  They do no harm to others but live to serve others.  They seem to be in this world, but not caught up in the normal chaos of it.  They have mastered their state of being-ness through their state of mind.  True happiness, love, inner joy and peace are a choice, a soulful and divine choice, instantly and always available to everyone.  One does not do love, but is loving.  A person does not do happiness, but is happy and therefore chooses to do certain things.  An unhappy person may try to do certain things to make them happy, but even if they are successful to distract their mind with material things and physical activities, when they are quietly alone at the end of the day they will find that the unhappiness will return.  However, they may find through the interconnectedness of all things, that by serving others to make other people happy, they may find a growing and lasting feeling of happiness within themselves.  This is the Jesus injunction where he taught that what you do for another, you do for yourself.  Similarly, what harm you do to another, you do to yourself as a member of the same human family.  As one’s consciousness rises, the basic truth of these statements increase as does the understanding of the divine, energetic interconnectedness of all things.  We are human beings, not human doings.  Being-ness leads to doing-ness.  As stated in the Earth Charter, life is about being more, not having more.  The world has forgotten this.  It is stuck in the embedded culture of the Profit-Era of Do – Have – Be.  I will do this job, to have more money so I can be happy.  This is another way of saying that humans live in a materialistic, profit driven world.  Doing is the function machines perform, but even machines will not be able to achieve a state of being-ness no matter how hard or long scientists try.  Love cannot be physically proven or fabricated.  It can only be experienced through being-ness as felt in the human heart.  Humans are not machines though they have free will to act like them and operate the world as if physical and material things are all that exists.  In this mistaken thought, the human species has forgotten how to exists.  This has led the world to the precipice of choosing between existence and extinction.  This choice is very real, the outcome of which is becoming clearer with each passing year.

         The higher choice of sustaining life will be made by through a shift in human consciousness.  It is what will wake people up from the nightmare of existence that they do not realize that they have created.  More importantly now, they will realize that they have the powers of creation to change it.  It is the path to their freedom or ‘salvation’ from the suffering or ‘hell’ on earth that they have created.  Uplifting human consciousness is the first and most important thing that needs done to uplift humanity, to create ‘heaven on earth,’ to ‘physicalize’ divinity.  It is time for the people of the world that profess to be from nations formed and guided by divinity to start acting like it, and they need the help of true spiritual teachers to put them on the path of walking their talk.  This is both an opportunity and challenge for the world’s religions to transcend their dogmas and return to the originating messages of peace and unity of their founders through a living communion with others.  Then their followers can go forth from their churches, synagogues and mosques with the awareness and consciousness of their higher  states of human being-ness to recreate the world and put it on a sustainable path to fulfill its divine destiny of creation.  In its simplest and highest form, this is love.  What the world is lacking is love.  Love of the Creator, love of self, love of others, love of creation, love our home (nature) earth.  

        There have been others, but there has never been a better teacher who expounded upon the message of love than Jesus of Nazareth.  Sadly his teachings have been largely misinterpreted over the millenniums and lost its message of being-ness and love.  What world desperately waits for is for a new generation of spiritual teachers to deliver the true message of love as taught by Jesus and many other masters over the centuries.  Jesus taught by example as a way of living or being, before there was a bible or any Christian religion.  This message of being-ness has been largely lost in the largely ineffective message of obedience and submission that is so prevalent today in many modern religions.  Obedience is not freedom and contradicts with basic human nature of divine free will to achieve each individual’s highest aspirations, improve the human life experience and increase personal happiness.  The world is ready for these true teachers to step up and step out to teach others how to uplift their human consciousness to become empowered human beings capable of creating a life of love and the will to serve as a light to guide others into a new way of living.  This includes uplifting and bringing forth the core message of love contained in all of the world’s great religions.  This is a call for action, spiritual action on the planet.

            This will shift perceptions to awaken humanity to the dysfunction of its social operating systems and the need for new social guiding principles and values.  This will create a new generation of leaders to guide human society into a new era of peace and sustainability. From the individual shift will come group action.  Group action will lead to government action.  Government action will lead to world action.  All action will result from a rise in the collective human consciousness which will bring a sense of unity back into the human community.

In the Part 2, we will examine the next two most important changes for humanity to make as it uplifts its consciousness.

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