135 – Archetypal Steps in Human Evolution …

An archetype, according to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is the original pattern or model of which all things of the same type are representations or copies.

We can gage evolutionary progress in human history through archetypal steps that have become the first imprints of significant change. Some examples of archetypal steps in our evolution are the agricultural, industrial, and technological revolutions in our physical capacities, and our ability to conceptualize abstract ideas and be conscious of self-reflection in our mental capacities.

The physical revolutions named above, plus the capacity to conceptualize abstract ideas are steps in our evolution easily accepted as archetypal. But conscious self-reflection, because it is rooted in more primal origins, is not something we easily perceive as an archetypal step, and yet it is one of the most important.

As opposed to instinctive self-reflection, which is an innate capacity in living systems, conscious self-reflection, is not. Being conscious of our own body, of our presence in the world, of how we can manipulate with a purpose and be manipulated by natural events (weather, chemical imbalances), or how fictional concepts can be turned into objective reality for the benefit of others (nations, religions, corporations, money), these levels of conscious self-reflection are not innate. We begin to acquire them in our early development and under unique environmental circumstances. And it can reach levels of consciousness in which we can perceive not only the magnificent order in Nature, but that it is alive, and that it is in us.

The capacity of the human mind to perceive the fact that we are integral elements of that order was first addressed as “Cosmic Consciousness” by the Canadian psychiatrist Richard Maurice Bucke: “Cosmic consciousness, a consciousness of the life and order of the universe which is possessed by few men at present. It is a further stage of human evolution which will be reached by all humanity in the future”. This highly developed consciousness has already been emerging in individuals like Aristotle, Balzac, Rilke, Rumi, Einstein, Sagan, Attenborough, to name a few.

Once we are able to overcome the paradigm based on division, consumerism and constant conflict that currently control us, this archetypal step, this capacity of the human mind to perceive its participation in the universal order, will explode into our collective consciousness to bring ‘the most astonishing transformation humanity has ever experienced.” [1]

I can see children all over the world being taught from very early in their lives that there is a beautiful, self-organizing, self-regulating, self-creative order in our Universe, and that it is in us, and that we are part of it … conscious of it.

[1] Do not remember the source

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