Sometimes we need crisis to create change. Over the last hundred years, there have been many unfortunate political conflicts, such as the two world wars, the Cold War, Vietnam, 9/11 and the War on Terror. After events like these, it’s become apparent that the current systems at work in the world aren’t operating effectively and need to be changed. About 200 years ago we had the Industrial Revolution, which sowed the seeds for some of the corporate/capitalist systems in place in the West today, but lately there have been whispers of another revolution; this time, one of a more spiritual nature.

Last week, Nathaniel Solace and Amateo Ra of Creator Course conducted a webinar on the evolution of world consciousness. The two visionary thinkers believe that in order to make lasting, positive changes to the spirit of the world, we need to re-visit the practices of ancient societies, ones which existed before modern technology or anything closely resembling our current political and economic systems. The way that people in ancient societies evolved and developed was by collaborating in small groups such as tribes. Since then, larger groups like corporations and governments  have gradually taken over society. Perhaps due to the ability to communicate with people all over the world through the Internet, many of us have recently begun to wake up to this reality and have realized that control of the many by the powerful few is not what we want. Therefore, a return to the small-group mentality is essential.

Luckily, Solace and Ra believe the Internet is the tool that will allow us to accomplish this. Technology is a double-edged sword—while it can be used as an isolating device, it can also be used to connect with more people than some of us would have dreamed possible as recently as 15 years ago. Before the Internet, we were limited to socializing with the people near us, who may not have shared the same ideals, but today we are open to a whole world of like-minded people. We must take advantage of this opportunity and use it to make global changes for the benefit of all. According to Ra, Darwin’s “survival of the fittest” theory really makes reference to the survival of the strongest collaborating group. Therefore, if those of us interested in conscious thought and engaged living allow other groups, such as those only working for the interests of themselves to collaborate more strongly than we do, then they will gain control of the human evolutionary path.

Amateo and Nathaniel do offer one cautionary piece of advice. For people to effectively use the spiritual energy within the universe that’s available to them, they must be ready. Perhaps we waited until now to take any steps towards the world’s next major shift because we simply weren’t ready for this kind of change 20, 40, or 60 years ago. However, now, by recognizing that we can combine the ancient spiritual values of harmony and community (which are still strongly present in many of the societies of our Eastern neighbours) with our contemporary knowledge of science, technology, and economics, we’re prepared to turn our small groups of inspired global citizens into one large one, and take the next evolutionary leap toward more fulfilling lives for everyone.

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