Follow the Map: Review and Overview
The emergence! See the photo and caption in Part A for the hopeful metaphorical meaning in this.
The Golden Room, A Golden Civilization: Four Steps toward Saving the World
Here is the outline of this series of related posts:
- Step One Recognize we need a new consciousness
- Step Two Strive toward the tipping point of 10%
- Step Three, Part A Follow the Map: Image, Metaphor and Introduction
- Step Three, Part B Follow the Map: Review and Overview
- Step Three, Part C-1 Follow the Map: Story and Sketch
- Step Three, Part C-2 Follow the Map: Structural Details
- Step Four Tools to help us get there
This is Step Three, Part B, Review and Overview. Please see Step Three, Part A that gave an Image, Metaphor and Introduction to this step.
Review of Steps One and Two:
The goal is to save the world and create what my brother George Kinder is calling the Golden Civilization, a society that can live sustainably with freedom and sufficiency, justice and peace for all.
Step One toward that goal is to identify what is needed to overcome the many obstacles in its way. That step was summed up succinctly by Gus Speth, who wrote, “Many of our deepest thinkers and many of those most familiar with the scale of the challenges we face have concluded that the transitions required can be achieved only in the context of what I will call the rise of a new consciousness.”
In other words, the path to a Golden Civilization starts in the Golden Room. The Golden Room is our truest self, our heart’s core. We live increasingly in, from and for the Golden Room as we move to higher levels of consciousness and deeper spiritual states. It is the place within us where we find the intuition, insight and creative connections we need in order to fulfill our individual callings and solve seemingly impossible local or global problems.
The Golden Room is also the place where we find our oneness with all. Universal empathy and unconditional compassion grow out of the sense of oneness. Empathy and compassion lead to support for the changes that saving the world requires. Imagine how seeing our oneness and having compassion for all would change the way our society looks at climate change or economic inequality or war, no matter how far from our back yard it was happening.
We do not need to raise the consciousness of a majority to have oneness become the dominant perspective. Step Two in this series showed that we need a committed minority of only 10% that sees the world from a new, higher level of consciousness in order to make the transitions required.
The first thing we need in order to implement solutions to the problems threatening the world is the higher consciousness that can both produce those solutions and engender sufficient political support to enact them. (See the story at the end of this post for a practical example of this.)
Overview of Step Three:
So how can we move 10% of the population to that higher level of consciousness as quickly and directly as possible?
We are blessed to have some brilliant people giving that question much thought right now. We are also blessed to have thousands of years of wisdom about raising consciousness in the different spiritual traditions. Most of all we are blessed that the universe has written The Map we need on the hearts of all living things (see the image and metaphor in Step Three, Part A).
We were born to follow that map of emergence into higher stages of life, and when we do, we are working with a powerful force: the way of nature that created us. We may not feel optimistic about achieving the new consciousness we need in time to save the world, but we have good reason to hope.
We also have history to encourage us. We can look back at moments when civilization moved to a higher level of consciousness, when entire peoples grew up to a new stage of being and massive changes took place in many fields, as in the Enlightenment. We can look at periods when relatively rapid changes took place in society’s perspective on slavery or women’s rights. If a rapid shift to higher consciousness happened then, it can happen now.
Step Three is to study the map that leads up the developmental mountain—that leads us individually and culturally to the next higher stage of consciousness—and commit ourselves to follow that map.
We need people at every stage to move higher, and then higher still. There is no one alive who cannot move up. We need those who care about the future of the world to master the tools in Step Four that can “facilitate the process of inner transformation” (Thomas Keating’s phrase about one of those tools, Centering Prayer, a form of meditation from the Christian contemplative tradition).
It is urgent that we solve the problems of the world and create a golden civilization that can live sustainably with freedom and sufficiency, justice and peace for all. So it is urgent we do the golden room work required to attain the higher consciousness that is the necessary context for solving those problems.
The next installment, Step Three, Part C, will give details of the path we can follow from where we are now to a new consciousness.
It will include a story or two, and I will finish this part with a story as well:
Beavers had moved into a wetland in a small New England community. They began building a dam to block a culvert, endangering a town road with a washout.
The town governing board decided to trap and kill the beavers. Local high school students got upset about it and circulated a petition. Some people in town felt angry about the reactionary government’s massacre of innocent beavers, while others felt angry that bleeding heart liberals cared more about animal rights than taxpayer pocketbooks. The town board hosted a hearing to discuss their decision.
Feelings were deep and tensions were high. A local group had been studying nonviolence, learning to think and problem solve in ways that were based on the work of Mahatma Gandhi. In other words, they were trying to look at the world from the highest developmental stage and deepest spiritual state. The group was practicing meditation together as well as studying ways of engaging with the community.
A retired elementary school teacher in her upper 70s was learning this way of looking at the world for the first time. She went to the beaver hearing. She and others from the group were helping to keep the tone of the meeting friendlier than it could have been, but it remained stuck until a sudden insight came to her. Why couldn’t the town spend the same money budgeted to trap and kill the beavers and instead build a barrier that let the water through but kept the beavers out, so they could not dam the culvert?
Both sides were happy with her solution, and even happier to find a way to be happy together, to be a united beloved community instead of angry and divided.
It was just a small breakthrough on a small problem in a small town, but as polarized and angry as people were it probably would not have happened without the intentional effort by a committed minority to raise themselves to a higher developmental level.
Their training enabled them to “be the change they wished to see,” being one with people at all developmental levels on both sides of the divide even when they differed with them, and being able to listen to all in an open-hearted and open-minded way so that insights of creative solutions could arise.
We need this story repeated in all fields at all levels of civilization if we are going to save the world. Next we turn to the details of how to get there.
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