To evolve means “to develop from a simple to a more complex form.”
However, for this blog I prefer “to come forth, gradually, into being more of your potential,” after all we’re here to learn about growing as individuals to achieve a better life experience for ourselves, right?
By definition, evolve means to change, so the next questions become, How do we create positive change, What will we change into, and How does this change impact our lives? I’ll answer these questions shortly but first I would like to provide some relevant context so the answers become more meaningful for you.
Who am I now?
This journey of life we are on is one of continuously unfolding possibilities. There is no ‘set’ way for us to be living, and there are no single answers to life’s big questions that will satisfy everyone.
We can look to nature for inspiration as nature is never static, but very dynamic, and always in a constant state of growth, always filling in the gaps in the best possible ways. Even when decaying, nature is busy returning the raw materials back to herself to be recycled into something new. No potential is wasted, and life never rests but continues to create even more life.
However, for humanity, the majority of us have been programmed to live within clearly defined boundaries and our programming is preventing us from exploring our huge potential for more personal growth and development. The possibilities for greatness we are all born with are usually stifled from the moment of our conception and continue throughout our lives as we are compelled to conform to, and then to perpetuate the current consensus reality.
We are encouraged, pressured, and even forced, to comply with all the written and unwritten rules of our societies, and if you think about it, this happens without our informed consent. After all, how could we give consent to all the rules, regulations, restrictions, and conditioning that we have received since birth when at birth, we had no conscious ability to comprehend language, rules, the world, and its cultures.
So, by default, we accepted programs (the ideas and beliefs of our family’s and cultures) and we became a product of the environment we were born into. We were born a ‘blank slate’ and have gradually, with time, evolved into who we are now. And those of us who take the time to reflect on the meaning of our lives are often left feeling like we are missing out on something greater, something important!
What happened to us that we lost our ability to continually evolve?
In our early years, even though we were not conscious of it, it seems that we are naturally primed towards phenomenal growth. We learned so much without having to think about it or working hard to achieve it. Learning new things was exciting and we were passionate to understand the world around us. Everything new had to go into our mouths, unfamiliar sounds would grab our attention, and pulling the cat’s tail made us squeal with delight.
We quite naturally learned how to walk, talk, ride a bike, socialize, and thousands of other things. Then something went wrong!
Unfortunately, as we were ‘taught’ (indoctrinated with) more of the ‘rules’ over time, it seems that our natural ability for learning diminished until many of us just settled into a familiar and comfortable life which doesn’t allow opportunities for us to see, or hope for, much beyond what we are currently experiencing.
For many people, this means that their evolution effectively came to a standstill. They basically stopped learning anything new and significant that would challenge them in any meaningful sort of way.
They are either content to remain as they are, are afraid of the unknown that comes with changing themselves, or they are unaware that far greater possibilities for an amazing life experience afraid of the unknown that comes with changing themselves, or they are unaware that far greater possibilities for an amazing life experience are waiting for them just above the horizon. I say greater possibilities because evolution never goes backward, it is always moving forward to something better than what currently ‘is.’
Is evolving a choice that I can still make now?
To continue to evolve, or not, is a choice we can ALL consciously make at any time (remember, NOW is the only time that we have any conscious influence over). Few people are wise enough to realize this, and the rest of us……….well, we just sit around waiting for things to happen.
If you are lucky like me, the choice will have been made for you.
For some of us, it almost seems as if our souls don’t like ‘easy, complacency, and mediocrity.’ So we are ‘given’ situations to shake us up a bit (or tear our smug lives apart) to encourage us to change.
I say I was lucky because I didn’t realize that I could change, should change, that change was even a possibility. It was never something that was actively discussed within my family or group of friends.
Looking back, I can honestly say that I was previously just scratching the surface of life and that so much more was always available for me to experience than what I was living at the time. I was too busy living my life in a bubble that I could not see outside of the bubble. I needed to be kicked out of my comfortable, easy, lifestyle so that I would wake-up and look over the horizon to become aware of the greater possibilities and more opportunities.
So, circumstances in my life conspired to give me a much-needed ‘kick in the bum.’ I was forced to take a good look at myself, and ask the big questions: Who am I, What am I doing, and, What is it that I want to do with the rest of my life?
I am forever grateful that the most painful experience in my life turned out to be the greatest gift that I have ever received. I can say this now because from then, I have been using my time to create the best possible life experience that I can for myself, and those that I love and am surrounded by. Life is great, better than I knew what was possible, and this is why I encourage all of you to continue to evolve yourselves until your very last breath so that you too can go out saying, Wow, that was a life worth living!
Why would I want to evolve myself?
The journey that got each of us here has been unique, and that is why there is no one else on the planet who is exactly like us. We are all distinctive individuals even though we still conform to the common ‘herd mentality’ for the majority of our waking lives.
For most of us, our personalities, unique as they are, still only allow us to play the game of life within the rules of the game, or the matrix, which makes up the ‘playing field’ (the rules of time and space, societies, families, and religions, etc.) And this matrix, because it has rules, will only allow us to evolve up to a certain limit. However, the majority of us have reached nowhere near that limit, and this means there is still plenty of scope for all of us to evolve, mentally, physically, and spiritually, right here and right now.
Luckily, there have always been individuals who have pushed against the boundaries and sought to extend themselves beyond what most of us accept as life’s limits. Two of my favorite examples are The Buddha, and Jesus Christ, both of whom were subjected to the mind-numbing conditioning of their times, and yet managed to overcome all the obstacles to evolve into enlightened beings. And through their examples, and their teachings, they have shown us that the same possibility exists for us.
Our evolution is only ever restricted by ourselves. We are ALL very capable of seeking new information and new experiences to propel our lives into new directions for more love, joy, success, abundance, and power, and if our desires are up to speed with what our soul desires for us, then the growth that we achieve will be extremely rewarding in terms of increased satisfaction with our life experience.
How do we evolve ourselves into something more than we are now?
There are about seven and a half billion people on the planet, and no two people will walk the same path. This means there are many, many, paths to creating a better life for ourselves than the life we are currently living, and really, there is no limit to what is possible.
We will ALL eventually achieve a state of enlightenment, however, whether we choose to pursue it in this current lifetime, or not, is up to us. We may just be happy to settle for some small positive benefits that slow change bestows upon us like greater abundance, a smoother flow to life, fewer problems, more love and joy, a greater sense of self-satisfaction, and a feeling of self-empowerment. While others may be ready to take a much bigger leap!
As I mentioned earlier, evolution requires positive change. Positive change is achieved with purposeful attention to our lives, (mindfulness, or conscious awareness) and by being focused on what we wish to achieve. We will never arrive if we have not set our destination! Knowing how we want to be and how we want to be living in the future is the key to achieving it.
So we have a choice: We can sit around and wait for something to happen to bring random changes into our lives, or, WE CAN MAKE POSITIVE AND DELIBERATE CHANGES TO OUR LIVES TO STEER US IN THE DIRECTION WE WANT TO GO AND THEN REAP THE REWARDS AND BENEFITS THAT THIS BRINGS.
The easiest way to create positive change in our lives, starting now, is to rebuild our personality to ‘become the person we wish to be.’ We can look to our role models, or people like Jesus and Buddha, and begin to copy their belief systems and behaviors into our lives. And even if this is difficult or uncomfortable in the beginning, it will become easier and easier as we persist until we eventually become the type of person we are emulating. The action of ACTING ‘AS IF’ WE ALREADY ARE, WILL WITH TIME, BECOME LIVING AS ‘ALREADY BECOME.’
We can effectively be ‘BORN AGAIN’ in personality to BECOME the person we desire to be.
Are there any processes available that can help me speed up my evolution?
Yes, there are.
Meditation and mindfulness are great practices for becoming more self-aware of who we currently are and exposing what thought processes and beliefs we have that are holding us back.
For more information, check out some of my other posts:
Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, and intentional breathing are some other methods that have been used for centuries to help people evolve themselves.
And recent technologies including brainwave entrainment tools are increasingly being used to speed up people’s progress towards creating better lives for themselves and on the way to enlightenment.
As we evolve, we become aware of a greater purpose for our lives. This purpose is to become the ‘deliberate creator’ we were born to be. This means that instead of living life by default, we take control and have a clear purpose in mind for every thought that we think, every word we speak, and for every action we take.
Our purpose, while focused on ourselves, will infect the overall wellbeing and joy of all beings that we share our homes, countries, world, and universe with.
By purposefully looking to evolve ourselves, everyone and everything wins 🙂
Check out my next post that talks about: Why evolving ourselves is important.
Shared with love and respect for all beings that choose to play the game of life.