Bojan Gorjanc on September 30th, 2009
Spontaneous Evolution

Spontaneous Evolution: Our Positive Future

If looking at today’s headlines makes you wonder about the fate of our planet, here is some news that may surprise you: from an evolutionary standpoint, we are exactly where we need to be.

According to eminent biologist Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D., and political philosopher Steve Bhaerman, authors of the book Spontaneous Evolution: Our Positive Future (and a Way to Get There from Here), we are surrounded by the proof that we are poised to take an incredible step forward in the growth of our species. This evolution is driven by a change in human consciousness. We are, each and all, active participants in what will amount to be the greatest of human adventures.

Each of us is a powerful force in creating civilization’s positive future. Let us join this evolution and learn how we can play an active role in the evolution of humanity! We can begin with some Spontaneous Evolution questions & partial answers.

What is spontaneous evolution? Is it anything like a spontaneous remission?

  • Civilization is on the threshold of a profound evolutionary leap.
  • Conventional belief holds evolution as a long and gradual process. However, new scientific insights reveal that evolution occurs in what amounts to quantum jumps.
  • Just as health seems to be restored “miraculously” in an individual’s spontaneous remission, by changing our collective beliefs human society can undergo a similar healing.
  • Visually, this emergent shift can be demonstrated by the changing schooling patterns of fish when population reaches a threshold density.

Your book subtitle mentions humanity’s “positive future.” Where is the evidence?

  • The repeating patterns of nature and evolution indicate that crisis ignites evolution, that change is imminent, and that the imminent evolutionary change will bring about greater awareness and greater connection.
  • Unlike prior evolutionary stages, we humans will be conscious participants.

What are the “perennial questions” – the fundamental questions that have shaped the human story?

  • Since the dawn of human civilization, the human mind has been concerned with three questions: How did we get here? Why are we here? And now that we are here, how do we make the best of it?
  • Whatever organization or entity that provides the “best” answers to these fundamental questions of life, shape the truths and character of that civilization.
  • As answers to these questions change over time, so does civilization.
  • Although the public is largely unaware of it, science has provided new, more sustainable insights that contradict the current answers to these questions.
  • The current state of global crisis indicates we are operating under faulty assumptions based on obsolete answers to the perennial questions.

You say that civilization is in decline, and that that’s good news. How and why is it good news?

  • Einstein said a problem cannot be solved at the same level it was created. The current confluence of crises indicates that a fundamental change is at hand.
  • The decline of what is not working is akin to the caterpillar deconstructing itself as the butterfly is formed.
  • Seen in that light, we can begin to recognize the new butterfly civilization being born, even as the caterpillar one crumbles.

What are the pillars of Western thought that are crumbling – what you call the Four Myth-Perceptions of the Apocalypse – and why are they crumbling?

  • Our culture and lives are based on the truths we perceive about our world.
  • The four fundamental beliefs about our world that until recently have been the foundation of the scientific paradigm, have now been profoundly revised by the latest scientific discoveries.
  • These crumbling pillars include:
    1. Newtonian Physics
    2. Genetic control of life
    3. Survival of the fittest
    4. Notion of random evolution
  • Because these radical new conclusions haven’t reached the general public, society’s institutions continue to navigate by these “burned out stars,” and thus are taking the world in a misguided direction.

With all the knowledge and information we have now, how could it be that much of what we know is wrong?

  • While we have access to more content than ever before, content must be seen in the proper context in order for information to be used wisely.
  • Unfortunately, the current context for holding information is based on scientifically disproved beliefs.
  • We have accepted disempowering programming as “truth,” and with new and more accurate knowledge comes empowerment.

If the Four Myth-Perceptions have proven untrue, what keeps them in place nonetheless?

  • Just as surely as it took more than a century for the world to accept Copernicus’s proof that the earth revolves around the sun, world-shattering beliefs meet with resistance because most people don’t want their worldview shattered.
  • Institutions founded on these now-disproved principles have a vested interest – i.e., their own survival – in keeping the old beliefs in place.
  • Those organizations (religion, health care, banking, etc.) are not run by awareness but by profit. So the short answer what keeps it in place? Money, or more accurately, the unquestioned belief that money has the right to rule.

Why do so many of our institutions, from health care to banking, all seem to be failing at once?

  • These institutions were founded to support, enhance and complement the structure of civilization based on prevailing beliefs of that time.
  • Where once these beliefs adequately addressed the perennial questions, their answers are no longer accurate.
  • As science is telling us, life operates as an entangled whole, not merely as separate parts. Consequently, the failure of our institutions to integrate new understandings is system-wide, and so all systems seem to be failing at once.
  • As we are seeing particularly in the above-mentioned institutions, patching up the old system cannot work. Because there has been a change in the core beliefs of society, fundamental systemic change is required.

You conclude that we are on the verge of a planetary metamorphosis. How would you describe this metamorphosis?

  • Quite simply, it is the story of the caterpillar and the butterfly.
  • The old forms falling apart all around us, that is a healthy and necessary part of the transformative process.
  • Meanwhile, there is a butterfly being born, an amazing “flying machine” that will allow humanity to truly soar above anything it was able to accomplish as a crawling caterpillar.
  • Interestingly, the caterpillar and butterfly have the exact same DNA. They are the same organism! The only thing different is the signal each is receiving. The new beliefs we are adopting based on more accurate information is providing the new “signals” that will usher in our spontaneous evolution.

You say our cells may be smarter than we are. How and why?

  • Human civilization – a “mere” 7 billion of us — is currently struggling to survive. Meanwhile, the 50 trillion cellular citizens under our skin live in harmony and bliss.
  • In a sense, our cells created us! Cellular technology is far more sophisticated than anything humans have been able to come up with.
  • The emerging science of biomimicry extrapolates what nature has used to adapt and survive, and applies that mastery to our human world.

What can our cells teach us about solving our current economic crisis? Politics and government? Universal health care? Our current military budget, and the balance between growth and protection?

  • In regards to the economy, our cellular community enjoys full employment, universal health care and truly “no cell left behind.”
  • It is completely understood that communal health is wealth, so all cells receive proper nutrition and neurological protection from invasive diseases.
  • Payment comes in the form of ATP, the body’s energy currency. All cells get what they need to thrive, and those cells doing the most important jobs are “paid” more. Some even are given a “staff” of supporting cells.
  • Excess “wealth” is stored in community “banks” (i.e., fat cells) and gets allocated based on the needs of the whole system.
  • There is no “borrowing.” The body gets to use only the energy available.
  • There is no “inflation.” The value of ATP had remained stable for seven billion years!
  • In regards to government, the cellular system embodies the official motto of the United States, e pluribus unum, out of many one. Each cell is “free” to thrive, provided it contributes to the well being of the whole system.
  • Divisive and dualistic politics is unknown in the body. Different polarities – like proteins and lipids – cooperate to create an integrated whole.
  • Unlike the human mass media, our bodies rely on accurate information, unspun and undistorted, so that our protection systems can distinguish between real and imaginary threats. “Dialogue” between individual cells and the body’s central voice goes on all the time, and the “government” listens and endeavors to do what is best for the whole system.
  • In a cell – or for that matter a human body – growth and protection mechanisms are mutually exclusive. Growth is represented by moving toward a stimulus with “open arms” in order to assimilate and grow. In contrast, protection is moving away from a stimulus and closing down. While protection is sometimes necessary to defend one’s life, protection behaviors use the system’s energy but do not provide the system with energy for survival.
  • Consequently, an organism that spends an inordinate amount of time in the protection posture is by definition undermining its health. There is a biological truth behind being “scared to death.” While protection is necessary, an “overmilitarized” body is expressing a pathology called “auto-immune dysfunction.”

What was the Human Genome Project, and why were the results so anticlimactic?

  • Based on the notion that genes control their own expression, genetic scientists estimated that 150,000 genes would be necessary to control a complex organism like a human being.
  • The implications for medical science – and the pharmaceutical industry – was that individual genes could be patented and used for medical purposes through genetic engineering.
  • However the Human Genome Project revealed that humans only have about 22,000 genes, the same number as some of the smallest animals on the planet. The “missing” 125,000 genes indicate a fundamental misperception about how humans work.
  • In contrast to the flawed notion of “the primacy of genes,” the new science of epigenetics explains how the mind is the master of the genetic code. This obviously changes the model of how life works!

What does the new science of epigenetics tell us about our own powers?

  • Although conventional belief holds that our fate is genetically determined, in truth our genes are controlled by our perceptions of the environment. When we change our perceptions of the environment, we become masters of our genetic fate.
  • Collectively these perceptions represent the programming of our minds.

What do we know about the conscious and subconscious mind, and how does it impact our behavior?

  • There are two parts to the mind: the conscious, creative mind connected to Source, and the subconscious which is a record-playback device programmed by developmental experiences.
  • While we believe and perceive we are running our lives with our conscious mind, neuroscience now reveals that more than 90% of our behaviors are controlled by our programmed subconscious mind.
  • Most of the thoughts and actions we assume are “our own,” are really the “invisible” and largely unquestioned thoughts and beliefs of others.

Why does it seem so difficult to change habitual behaviors?

  • Up to now, we have been unclear on the relationship between the conscious and the subconscious and what actually triggers our behavior.
  • Much of “talk therapy” focuses on the surface awareness of the conscious mind, but doesn’t address subconscious beliefs. New awareness and techniques can access and change the underlying programs.

In your chapter on Rediscovering America, you call America a Petri dish. What do you mean by that?

  • Historically, nations represent a physical container with borders, figuratively and literally a “culture dish.”
  • The U.S. has been seeded by people / cells from a wide variety of different cultures, and allowed to thrive in a relatively unrestricted environment.
  • In the sense that it has integrated such a wide variety of cultures, the U.S. is a culture dish representing a miniature global society.
  • U.S. success is a biological representation of hybrid vigor where the progeny of purebreds are more powerful than their parents. This likewise suggests that global society will prove to be more vital than any individual culture.

We know about the Founding Fathers, but who were America’s true Founding Mothers?

  • The true founding fathers were actually the Native Americans who were here before the Europeans. For example, the U.S. Constitution and balance of powers is largely based on the principles and practices of the Iroquois Nation.
  • But a significant check and balance not adopted by America’s founders was something called the council of grandmothers. In the Iroquois Confederation, it was a council of elder women who determined whether the tribe went to war. They could even “impeach” the chief.
  • This would indicate that in Native culture, those who represented life itself had the final say about combat, and suggest that re-establishing the authority of our Founding Mothers would help restore balance and sustainability.

You ask the question, “Is scientific materialism a religion?” Is it?

  • Scientific materialism – as distinct from science – has become a “religion” in the sense that it even uses the word “dogma” (a belief based on faith, not evidence) to describe its most sacred tenets.
  • While science itself is a rigorous process of examining evidence and basing conclusions on that evidence, the belief system we call “scientism” refuses to accommodate the conclusions of new science that contradict its dogma.
  • Consequently, science the rigorous practice and science the belief system are at odds with one another.

How did science get so focused on the material, and why is materialism on shaky ground?

  • Science originated to challenge the faith-based dogma of the church, by describing and measuring phenomena in the physical world, and then making conclusions based on those observations.
  • In a “détente” between two ideological superpowers, science was given domain over the physical and visible world, religion got custody of the metaphysical and invisible.
  • When Newton was able to predict the movement of clockwork universe without God or spirit, it was assumed that eventually science would be able to explain the entirety of existence merely by observing the physical world in finer and finer detail.
  • However, a funny thing happened on the way to absolute faith in matter. Quantum physics ultimately revealed that the material world itself is a matrix of entangled energy that science calls “the field,” that is oddly similar to the “invisible moving force” that religion refers to as spirit.
  • By ignoring nonmaterial reality, science has omitted at least half of reality – and the portion that Einstein believed was the most important.

If the survival of the fittest has been disproved, what is true instead?

  • Darwinian theory is focused on the fitness of the individual. However, as human civilization reaches the limits of its growth, our fitness as a species is being called into question.
  • Recent understandings indicate that evolution is based on evolution of community … cooperation and harmony, not competition.
  • Based on the “myth-perception” of survival of the fittest, we have learned to spend our human and planetary resources on fighting one another. Now we must recognize cooperation is key because the crisis we face today is not the survival of the individual fit or unfit human, but the entire community of life.

What have baboons and bonobos taught us about the nature of human nature?

  • We have been led to believe violence is a large part of our genetic makeup as exemplified in the aggressive male dominator behavior observed in populations of baboons and chimpanzees.
  • However, a more advanced chimpanzee society, the bonobos, maintain a peaceful and harmonious culture and literally make love and not war.
  • Research reveals that even an aggressive primate culture — in this case, baboons — can spontaneously become peaceful with a change of environment.

Why did science assume evolution was a random process, and what happened that shows us otherwise?

  • In Darwin’s day, most people were familiar with animal breeding, wherein the traits of the parents are generally reproduced except for the occasional mutation, assumed to be an accident of nature.
  • Later genetic science mistakenly concluded that the genetic code could not be influenced by the environment, and therefore all genetic changes are the result of molecular accidents.
  • However in the late 1980s, surprising research began to reveal that organisms could in fact modify genetic expression based on environmental stresses.
  • In contrast to the widely-accepted yet mistaken assumption that life is random, and hence meaningless, we are coming to recognize that every life form – including humanity – plays an integral part in balancing the biosphere.

What is the difference between random and chaotic, and why is it important?

  • Random means completely devoid of pattern, and hence unpredictable. Chaotic systems look random from the outside, but have an underlying order and pattern – even though we may not be able to recognize the pattern.
  • A belief in a random world means we are subject only to outright chance. Consequently, we go blindly into an unknown future.
  • Science has come to recognize that things we attribute to chance – like the weather – can, with more and more sophisticated measurements, be predicted.
  • While we have perceived the world as a series of random accidents, the world is unfolding through underlying patterns we have yet to recognize.
  • Future events can not only be predicted, but also influenced and responded to before they occur! This offers us more survivability and mastery over life.

You have a section in the book entitled Weapons of Mass Distraction … what exactly are we being distracted from?

  • Primarily, we are being distracted from our own power, individually and collectively.
  • We are being distracted from the two components of every evolution: awareness, and community.
  • In the face of their imminent demise, the vested interests in society provide the distractions that keep us apart and keep us from finding out how powerful we are.

You write about going sane. How do we go sane?

  • First we must recognize that sanity is not merely a subjective term based on what is considered “normal” by a society. The root of the word sanity is “sanus,” the same as the root of sanitary, and it means “health.” If we want to point ourselves in the direction of sanity, we must change our behaviors to those that promote health.
  • Next we must recognize that a definition of insanity is “doing the same things over and over, and expecting different results.” Part of going sane is to own the insanity of continuing to do what isn’t working.
  • Going sane means to recognize what science is telling us about being co-creators, not passive victims. Instead of remaining passive “children of God” who merely worship the teachings, sanity involves becoming “adults of God” who actually live them.

What is fractal mathematics, and why is it important in predicting our evolutionary future?

  • Geometry is the science of putting structure into space. The Euclidean geometry we are familiar with works for building man-made structures but cannot be used to replicate nature.
  • Nature designs itself using the principles of a newly identified math called fractal geometry.
  • Inherent in fractal math is the scientific principle popularly described as “as above, so below.” In other words, the structure of nature is based on repetitive and self-similar patterns, and by recognizing these patterns we can predict future stages of development.

What does the previous pattern of vertebrate evolution tell us about the next phase in our human evolution?

  • Just as vertebrates evolved from fish to amphibians to reptiles, and then mammals, human society has demonstrated a similar pattern.
  • Human culture is apparently in a phase similar to the time when dinosaurs, birds and mammals all coexisted.
  • Just as mammals became the dominant species on earth, we are evolving now from a reactive reptilian-based culture to a proactive and nurturing mammalian-based culture.
  • This pattern indicates that the next phase of human evolution involves recognizing that we are cells in a larger organism called humanity.

Einstein said the field is the only reality. What did he mean by this, and why is it important?

  • Humans have conventionally divided the universe into tangible physical matter on one hand, and nonmaterial invisible energy as two separate components of existence.
  • When quantum physics was able to look inside the visible atom, it found that what we call matter is actually points of focused energy.
  • Consequently, the energy that comprises matter and the energy that fills the space between matter are one and the same and are referred to as the field. So … the only reality is field, and matter is an illusion.

You suggest that the intangibles such as love, harmony and coherence are not only measurable but show measurable benefits. In what ways?

  • Thanks to more sophisticated instruments for measuring “energies” (after all, that is what an MRI is … what we are seeing is not the organ itself, but the energy field around the organ), we can see the impact of thoughts and emotions on our physiology.
  • Experiments have shown that prayer, meditation and relaxation cause measurable changes in individual physiology and collective behavior – even at long distances!
  • Even something as intangible as “love” has been shown to have measurable healing benefits.

From nature’s standpoint, what is wealth? What are the implications for a new and healthy economy?

  • The word “wealth” has the same root as “well-being.” Therefore, the purpose of wealth is to create and preserve health.
  • Wealth represents the ability – i.e., energy – to do work.
  • In today’s world, wealth has been misinterpreted to mean money. Consequently we have the absurd discussion of whether we can “afford” universal health care.
  • The body understands that a system where all cells are given what they need to be healthy is far more efficient and ultimately uses less energy.
  • A focus on wealth alone doesn’t provide health. Therefore, we must decide individually and collectively what is truly valuable.

What is Newtonian-Darwinian politics, and why might it be up for revision?

  • For millennia, most of our collective activity – which we call “politics” – has been based on “might makes right.” This behavior is reinforced by the Darwinian notion of survival of the fittest, and the Newtonian idea of equal and opposite reactions.
  • However, the planet-changing impact of human civilization – particularly the destructiveness of warfare – necessitates a change in understanding from survival of the fittest to “thrival of the fittingest.”
  • Nature shows us that survival is based on cooperation, and that is likewise true of human survival.
  • As we come to recognize that our true nature is community, harmony and wholeness, we also see that our political system must reflect this evolved understanding: Protection must be for all cellular citizens, not just the “rich” ones; information must be as clear and accurate as possible, not used to benefit one over the other; decision-making needs to activate the wisdom of all citizens; invisibles and intangibles like love and caring must be recognized as important parts of a healthy and coherent political “field.”

What do these new discoveries mean for politics?

  • As we are coming to understand, “survival” at this level is not the survival of the fittest individual. Our entire species is being tested for fitness.
  • Consequently, we must now focus on what benefits the commonwealth – not just the uncommonly wealthy.
  • Never before has the motto e pluribus unum been so important to our survival. The purpose of a political system is now to paradoxically expand both freedom and community at the same time.
  • New understandings will have us shifting from adversarial to cooperative, based on the “One Suggestion” that we are all in it together.
  • Necessity now demands that we focus on solutions rather than positions, and that we practice integrating opposite polarities like left and right, progressive and conservative, masculine and feminine.

You also say that life is progressive and conservative. How is that so?

  • Based on nature, life naturally progresses forward with new growth … however, in order to survive there must be a protection mechanism as well.
  • We can represent growth as “progressive,” and protection as “conservative.” Both are equally important, each is necessary for both survival and thrival.
  • From this perspective, “progressive” and “conservative” will shift from being two opposite polarities, seeking to dominate, and become instead fully empowered dance partners, working in concert.
  • Imagine what it would be like were we to collectively ask and answer the questions: “How do we wish to progress?” and “What do we choose to conserve?”

Now that we know what’s so, so what? How do we change the old story and write a new one?

  • The first step is to become aware of the story and at the same time recognize the story we’ve been brought up with has been programmed into the behaviors of the subconscious mind. 95% of what we do and say is done and said without our conscious awareness!
  • The beliefs that determine our reality are virtually invisible to us – like water for fish and air for birds. Making these invisible beliefs visible is the next important step.
  • As we come to understand why the old story is defective, we can make a “leap of awareness” (as opposed to “a leap of faith”) into the new story.
  • With more and more individuals and communities divesting from the old story, that old story will have diminishing influence on reality.
  • Meanwhile, as we learn, live and reinforce humanity’s new story as a thriving organism, we will be providing ourselves with more and more evidence that we are indeed here on the planet to “re-grow the Garden.”

(Source: Spontaneous Evolution Questions & Partial Answers)

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