I have written on numerous occasions that our work in life is to awaken to our true nature, but I don’t believe I have every really written about why this is so critical, until now.
We face challenges today like never in history. If you doubt this, check out the Millennium Project and Global Issues. While we can argue about the ordering of problems threatening our future, and where we should put our time, money and effort, most realize that we cannot engineer ourselves out of these problems. They are just too big. And even more depressing, is knowing that despite our individual efforts to recycle, conserve, and reduce our footprint on the planet, our efforts are futile in the face of the enormity of these global challenges.
So is it all doom and gloom? Huh! No, that is the reason for the post!
If we are to identify, implement, and successfully overcome the significant challenges facing our future, we will need to tap into what Larry Dossey calls One Mind. We will need to go beyond individual minds to solve these problems. The brilliant Lewis Thomas once said:
We need to know more.We now know that we cannot do this any longer by searching our minds, for there is not enough there to search. We need science, more and better science, not for its technology, not for leisure, not even for health or longevity, but for the hope of wisdom which our kind of culture must acquire for its survival.
One Mind goes by many names and exists in all major spiritual and wisdom traditions. There is overwhelming scientific evidence for One Mind despite many believing the contrary (just read Dossey’s latest book One Mind or a dozen others that he lists in the book by notable scholars). Even Einstein understood this:
A human being is part of the whole, called by us ‘universe,’ a part limited in time and space. He experiences his thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal decisions and to the affection of a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
So why is awakening to our true nature so important? Because it leads to the realization that we are not separate, that we are part of One Mind, and that only by tapping into it will we discover hope of wisdom and know how to address the challenges that threaten our future.
Please read: One Mind: How Our Individual Minds is Part of a Great Consciousness and Why it Matters by Larry Dossey. It’s brilliant, lucid writing that motivates why we need to develop a contemplative lifestyle in our daily rush of madness.